The new DUCATI 1198 while maintaining the same aesthetic lines of the previous 1098, looks like a motorcycle totally renewed. The more powerful thanks to 170cv (125kW) paid by the new propeller Testastretta Evolution, lighter than the 1098 thanks to just 171kg dry weight, incorporates all the technology borrowed directly from the motion SBK World Champion Troy Bayliss 2008.

The 1198 is equipped with a jewel of technology as the engine Testastretta Evolution, the culmination of the development generated by the L-twin Ducati, capable of delivering 170cv (125kW) at 9750 rpm and develop a pair of 13.4 kgm at 8000 rpm, the highest among the sport's own category.

Many innovative solutions developed by Ducati on the track, including the integrated system of data acquisition series, the ingenious dual technique applied to the lightweight swingarm monobraccio and control system with traction active discharges approved for road use.

The innovative Ducati Traction Control, standard on the 1198 S version, by monitoring the speed of rotation of the tires front and rear, notes the shift in the rear acceleration and reduces electronically delivering power to restore grip. The system, which lets you choose from eight different profiles, greatly increases the security of being in acceleration curve.

The new engine Testastretta Evolution 1198
The engine Testastretta Evolution is the culmination of the development and refinement of the L-twin Ducati. The excessive power in World Superbike for nearly two decades is the result of continuous dedicated to the development of technology Bicilindrica. Ducati has decided to share with all Ducatisti the fruits of such efforts, applying to engines of production technologies from world champions developed by his racing team official.

The new models 1198 and 1198 S are driven by a motor Desmodromico L-twin liquid-cooled paying 170cv (125kW) at 9750 rpm and develops the highest torque between the sports category of its own, amounting to 13.4 kgm at 8000 rpm.

Ducati 1198 Testastretta Evoluzione

Engine Liquid cooled, four stroke, 90°“L”twin cylinder, DOHC, desmodromic 4 valve per cylinder.
Capacity 1198
Bore x Stroke 106 x 67.9 mm
Compression Ratio 12.7:1

Induction Marelli electronic fuel injection, elliptical throttle bodies.

Exhaust Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes. Twin stainless steel mufflers
Ignition / Starting - / electric
Clutch Dry multiplate with hydraulic control
Max Power 170hp 125 KW @ 9750 rpm
Max Torque 97 lb-ft 131.4 Nm @ 8000 rpm
Transmission / Drive 6 Speed / chain
Ratio 1st 37/15, 2nd 30/17, 3rd 27/20, 4th 24/22, 5th 23/24, 6th 22/25 /
Frame Tubular steel Trellis frame
Front Suspension Showa 43mm with TiO fully adjustable upside-down fork, 127mm / 5in wheel travel.
Rear Suspension Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Showa monoshock. Aluminium single-sided swingarm, 127mm / 5in wheel travel
Front Brakes x 330mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc calipers 4-piston, 2-pad.
Rear Brakes Single 245mm disc 2 piston caliper
Front Tyre 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tyre 190/55 ZR17
Seat Height 820mm / 32.2in
Dry-Weight 171kg / 377lb
Fuel Capacity 15.5 Litres / 4.1 US gal
1198 RM 158,000.00
1198s RM 185,000.00

Grand Prix de France

Grand Prix de France - Sunday 17 May
Spanish star Jorge Lorenzo found the perfect remedy for his Jerez frustrations at Le Mans, bouncing straight back from his DNF in Spain with a brilliant win at the Grand Prix de France in highly difficult conditions - to return to the top of the standings. Lorenzo took the lead on the first lap and shot away at the front, building up a big advantage on wet tyres as the track dried quickly, eventually being the last rider to change onto slicks in his first ever ‘flag-to-flag’ contest and riding superbly on both sets of tyres to win by a 17 second margin. Another brilliant effort by Hayate Racing’s Marco Melandri saw him cross the line second for his first podium since 2007, having been unsure of his MotoGP future over the winter. Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa hunted down his team-mate Andrea Dovizioso on the final lap for third place to secure his third consecutive rostrum result.
A nightmare for Valentino Rossi saw him slip from first to joint second in the standings after a chaotic race. The World Champion swapped bikes three times, suffered a crash and was given a ride through for speeding in pit lane before eventually finishing last. Australians Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro) and Chris Vermeulen (Rizla Suzuki) were fifth and sixth respectively, with Stoner drawing level with Rossi in second place in the championship. Veterans Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), who mounted a comeback from sixteenth early in the race, and Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki) would have ultimately hoped for better than their seventh and eighth places. A solid performance for James Toseland (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) saw the Englishman take a step in the right direction in ninth and Toni Elías (San Carlo Honda Gresini) completed the top ten.

Earlier, on a wet track Marco Simoncelli took his second podium in two races, with his first win of the year, going some way to make up for his pointless visits to Qatar and Japan.
Simoncelli brought his Metis Gilera machine home 18 seconds ahead of Héctor Faubel (Valencia CF – Honda SAG), who recorded his first 250cc podium with a solid ride. Also avoiding any errors was Simoncelli’s team-mate Roberto Locatelli who came home third having not been on the rostrum since 2006.
Álvaro Bautista (Mapfre Aspar) picked up good points in fourth place to go top of the general standings, a single point ahead of Hiroshi Aoyama (Scot Racing) who finished eighth. Ratthapark Wilairot (Thai Honda PTT SAG) scored the best result of his career to date, whilst Raffaele de Rosa (Scot Racing) crossed the line sixth.
Czech rider Lukas Pesek (Auto Kelly - CP) was seventh and Imre Toth (Team Toth) ninth, coming home just ahead of World Championship newcomer Vladimir Leonov (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) who scored a creditable tenth.


Like Lorenzo, Julián Simón put his Jerez heartbreak behind him with a masterful display in the 125cc race, dealing brilliantly with the difficult conditions to come from seventh on the grid to win by 27 seconds.
In second place German 15 year-old Jonas Folger (Ongetta Racing I.S.P.A.) also put his Spanish GP disappointment out of his mind with a battling display from 16th on the grid, riding beyond his years to take his first podium in just his tenth race.
On another good day for the Bancaja Aspar team Sergio Gadea completed the rostrum places, with his team-mate Bradley Smith doing a professional job to bring his Aprilia home in fourth and collect more valuable championship points.
Japanese rider Takaaki Nakagami (Ongetta Racing I.S.P.A.) and Swiss competitor Dominique Aegerter (Ajo Interwetten) were fifth and sixth respectively, whilst Andrea Iannone (Ongetta Racing I.S.P.A.) remounted from a first lap crash to finish seventh. Efrén Vázquez (Derbi Racing Team) was eighth, double crasher Nico Terol (Jack & Jones Team) finished ninth and Lorenzo Zanetti (Ongetta Racing I.S.P.A.) was tenth.

The MotoGP World Championship returns to action after a weekend’s break, with the Gran Premio d’Italia Alice taking place at Mugello from 29th-31st May.

AF7 Finale

Congrats to Hafiz

Hyundai i10

Honda Civic 2.0A Modulo

Toll Gombak - Jabor RM29.00

SPECIFICATIONS Honda Civic 2.0A Modulo
Engine Type 4-cylinder 16 valves; Chain Driven; DOHC i-VTEC
Fuel Supply System Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
Bore & Stroke (mm) 86.0 x 86.0
Displacement (cc) 1,998
Compression Ratio 9.6 : 1
Maximum Power (PS (kW) @ rpm) 155(114) @ 6,500
Maximum Torque (Nm (kg-m) @ rpm) 188(19.2) @ 4,500
Transmission Type Electronically controlled 5-speed automatic with Paddle Shift Control
Clutch Type Torque Converter
STEERING Rack and Pinion Power-assisted (Electric Power Steering)
Overall Steering Ratio 13.62
Turning Radius (m) 5.8
Turns, lock to lock 2.65
Front Ventilated Disc I
Rear Solid Disc
Front MacPherson Strut
Rear Independent Double Wishbone
Overall Length (mm) 4,540
Overall Width (mm) 1,750
Overall Height (mm) 1,435
Wheelbase (mm) 2,700
Treads (Front / Rear (mm) 1 ,500 / 1 ,525
Ground Clearance (mm) 150
Curb Weight (kg) 1,315
Wheel Size 17x7J
Tyre Size 215/45 R17
Spare Wheel and Tyre Size 15x4T T135/80D15
Fuel Tank Capacity (litre) 50

A night to remember

" Ride on Harley, Fly On Airbus"
Harley Rides & Night Flight treats for orphans by MAS Charter
Subang (1 May 2009): It was certainly a 'Night to Remember' for 180 children from welfare homes during the 'Ride a Harley, Fly an Airbus' event organized by MAS Charter following the 2008 RC Airshow and the 2007 Msportbike Bike Ride Event today.
Malaysia Airlines' Head, Haj & Charter, Captain Nik Ahmad Huzlan said "Organizing this event requires great coordination internally and support from our sponsors. The main driving force for this event is the MAS Charter spirit of giving to the less fortunate and this event is the prime example on how a small contribution can make a big difference in someone's life".

Dato SM Zulkifli of H-DKL assisting an orphan ride aboard a Harley during the joy-ride at Hangar 4, MAS Charter
The once-in-a-lifetime experience began with the children from Persatuan Kebajikan Anak Yatim & Miskin AI-Munirah, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak-anak Yatim/Miskin Klang (PEYAKIN), Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak-anak Yatim/Miskin, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak anak Yatim dan Miskin Sungai Pinang, Persatuan Rumah Kanak Kanak Ini DiSayangi (Rumah KIDS) being transported by tour buses provided by Anika Dimensi SB from their respective homes to the Malaysia Airlines base at Subang Airport. They were then escorted by 25 Police escorts and 60 Harley Davidson bikes throughout the journey.

The charming gals of MAS Charter with their Captain Nik Ahmad Huzlan

Upon arrival at the MAS Complex A in Subang, the children were served dinner courtesy of Malaysia Airlines inflight caterer, LSG Skychef. Following this, each child was taken for a bike ride on the Harley Davidson where they enjoyed the experience of riding in a convoy.

The highlight of the evening was the night flight for the children out from Subang to the KL International Airport on a Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330. This was the surprise element to the evening as the children had not been informed of this arrangement prior to this.
Ketua Polis Daerah Petaling Jaya ACP Arjunaidi Mohamed handing over gfts to the orphans, prior to the flight.

The awaiting "Lembaga Besi", the Airbus A330

Sara (Purser) with Azfar Fadhullah

Faruk 11 (left) and Azizul 10, with Purser Sara during the flight out.
On airliners, the Cabin Manager or Chief Flight Attendant is often called the purser.

Some of the kids locating their seats.

Amongst the things that money can't buy, the smile of satisfaction on these kids after the flight.

"I would like to thank Harley Davidson KL, Polis Diraja Malaysia Petaling Jaya, LSG Skychef, Anika Dimensi SB, Angkatan Tentera Malaysia, members of MalaysianWings.net for working closely with us to make this a very meaningful community event. I'm sure that it will be a night to remember for all the children" said Captain Nik Huzlan.

MAS Charter is a division within Malaysia Airlines. Apart from operating the annual Hajj Pilgrimage Flights, MAS Charter sealed a two-year contract with the Ministry of Defense for the National Service Training Program (PLKN) flights between Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah & Sarawak to be operated by the national carrier.

Malam penuh kenangan bersama MAS Charter
Jumaat 1 hb Mei 2009 yang lepas tentu nya menjadi malam penuh kenangan bagi lebih 180 anak yatim dari Persatuan Kebajikan Anak Yatim & Miskin AI-Munirah, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak-anak Yatim/Miskin Klang (PEYAKIN), Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak-anak Yatim/Miskin, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak anak Yatim Miskin Sungai Pinang, dan Persatuan Rumah Kanak Kanak Ini DiSayangi (Rumah KIDS) dari sekitar Selangor. Kanak kanak bertuah ini telah diraikan dalam satu program "Malam Penuh Kenangan" anjuran MAS Charter yang telah bermula di Balai Pameran Harley-Davidson Kuala Lumpur yang terletak di Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Sebaik saja selesai solat maghrib beramai ramai di sana, anak anak ini yang menaiki bas bas yang disediakan Anika Dimensi Sdn Bhd telah diiringi lebih 60 buah motosikal Harley-Davidson untuk berkonvoi ke Kompleks A Sistem Penerbangan Malaysia (MAS) di Subang. Konvoi ini juga telah dibantu dengan kawalan lalu lintas oleh 25 buah motosikal trafik dari Polis Di Raja Malaysia di sepanjang perjalanan tersebut.

Se tiba nya di Subang, mereka disajikan jamuan makan malam yang disediakan oleh LSG Skychef yang merupakan penyaji katering dalam penerbangan bagi MAS. Mereka kemudiannya di beri peluang mengalami pengalaman membonceng motosikal Harley-Davidson, dengan di bawa sekeliling kompleks berkenaan.
Acara kemuncak merupakan satu kejutan bagi kanak kanak tersebut. Setelah selesai pengagihan cenderamata kepada tiap orang, mereka kemudiannya diiring oleh para pramugari untuk ke Hangar 4 bagi menaiki sebuah pesawat Airbus A330 yang sedia menanti di sana. Tidak hanya untuk melihat keadaan sebenar di dalam pesawat tersebut, mereka telah di berikan pengalaman penerbangan buat pertama kali dalam hidup mereka. Airmuka kegembiraan jelas terpancar di wajah kanak kanak tersebut yang langsung tidak menjangka untuk mengalami pengalaman penerbangan sedemikian.

Pesawat tersebut telah berlepas dari Lapangan Terbang Subang untuk mengelilingi ibukota Kuala Lumpur yang bergemerlapan indah dengan cahaya lampu, dengan bangunan Menara Kuala Lumpur dan juga Menara Berkembar Petronas jelas kelihatan. Pesawat tersebut kemudiannya menghala ke Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) di Sepang bagi mengakhiri penerbangan selama lebih setengah jam tersebut.
"Usaha ini tidak mungkin akan menjadi realiti tanpa kerjasama semua pihak yang terlibat, dan saya ingin mengucapkan ribuan terima kasih kepada semua yang terlibat dalam menjayakan program ini, iaitu Harley Davidson KL, Polis Diraja Malaysia Petaling Jaya, LSG Skychef, Anika Dimensi SB, Angkatan Tentera Malaysia dan juga MalaysianWings.net ." kata Kapten Nih Ahmad Huzlan, Ketua MAS Charter.

Selain menguruskan penerbangan haji saban tahun, MAS Charter yang merupakan cabang Sistem Penerbangan Malaysia MAS ini juga juga diamanahkan oleh Kementerian Pertahanan Malaysia untuk pengangkutan peserta peserta program PLKN diantara Semenanjung Malaysia, Sabah dan Sarawak.