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Schumi Debuts in German Superbike Championship.

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Well after all the rumours and speculation,  Formula One legend Michael Schumacher indeed made his debut in the German Superbike series. Somewhat of a mixed weekend for the 37 year old and his Honda CBR1000RR. After qualifying 39th fastest he finished race one in 28th at the flag posting times just 3 seconds of the pace of teamate and race winner Martin Bauer. Unfortunately, race two saw Schumi crash out while working his way through the pack.

                                      Schumacher gets a taste of the German tarmac

There has been quite a lot of talk about why Schumacher has chosen to take up bike racing. Even Bernie Ecclestone has commented in the press hinting that it is not really a good idea. However, hats of to him and we’ll certainly be watching his exploits here at Gadget Freaks.

Moto GP 2008 Pre-Season Review

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Well folks it’s that time of year again and the 2008 Moto GP season is set to roll at the Losail Circuit in Qatar this weekend. As mentioned in previous posts this first GP of the year will be run at night under lights, quite an historic occasion. Of course we here at Gadget Freaks are out of our minds with excitement and anticipation as this season promises to be an absolute cracker!

With the reigning World Champion Casey Stoner from Australia in fine early form in testing and a host of ex-champions and rookies eager for a taste of the Moet it is going to be hot hot hot! The field this year hosts no fewer than 10 present or former World Champions (incl. 125cc,250cc,Moto GP and World Superbikes) and a host of young rookies up from the 250cc class.

Favourite for the title this year is 2007 Moto GP Champion Casey Stoner. The young Australian took the championship (and Valentino Rossi) by the scruff of the neck last year and won in convincing style. In only his second premier class season he took on all comers on his factory Ducati and won. This year he is joined at Ducati by Italian Marco Melandri (2002 250cc World Champion) a wild and exciting rider.Although it has to be said he has struggled with the new Ducati GP8 ( like most who ride the beast) whilst Casey has been setting the tracks on fire. However if Marco can come to grips with the world’s most powerful racing motorcycle he will be a force to be reckoned with.

Ducati entered Moto GP in 2003 after great success in World Superbike and immediately got onto the podium. It had been decades since a manufacturer had beaten the Japanese Big 4 at Grand Prix level but it would take a few years to claim the top spot. Now, however, they are dominating with Casey Stoner whilst the other Ducati riders ( including the D’antin satellite team) are battling to come to grips with the brute power of the factory Dukes.

So let’s take a look at the awesome hardware that the team will campaign this year- The Ducati Desmosedici GP8 !

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Specifications.

Engine: Liquid-cooled, 90 degree V4 four stroke, desmodronic DOHC, four valves per cylinder, 6 speed gearbox.

Capacity: 799cc

Max. Power: 200 hp +

Max. Speed: 310kph/180mph +

Dry weight: 148kg

Tyres: Bridgestone 16.5″ front and rear.

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Now that’s what I call a gadget!

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Casey Stoner in action last year. This year of course he’ll be wearing the #1 plate.

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March 4, 2008 at 8:19 am