Leon Haslam is a motorcycle road racer based in Derbyshire, England. For the 2017 and 2018 seasons, he was contracted to race in the British Superbike Championship aboard a Kawasaki ZX-10R, he won the 2018 British championship at the final event held at Brands Hatch in late October, having signed to join the Kawasaki Superbike factory team in World Championship from 2019 as team-mate to Jonny Rea. He began racing at an early age and by the time he was in his late teens, he had raced in most of the significant British and international championships. After the 2004 season on a Ducati in World Superbikes with teammate Nori Haga, between 2005 and 2008 he was a regular front-runner in the British Superbike Championship. For 2009 he returned to the Superbike World Championship, riding for Suzuki, BMW, Honda and Aprilia for 2015. Haslam is the son of former road-racer ` Rocket Ron' Haslam. Haslam was first exposed to motorcycle racing as a baby travelling with his parents to his dad's races, he was 1995 and 1996's National Youth Motocross champion, 1998's MCN Young Rider of the Year after finishing 7th in the British 125cc Championship.
He did an assortment of 125cc races in 1999, but advanced into international racing after that. Leon spent the 2000 season with the underprepared Italjet team on their return to the 125cc world championship racing a privateer Honda NSR500V in 2001, a 250cc Honda in 2002. At this stage, having never ridden on competitive machinery, he had valuable experience but little in the way of results, leading him to return home. For 2003 Renegade Ducati signed him to ride in the British Supersport championship, but he was promoted to the full blown Superbike after the departure of Sean Emmett riding in six World Superbikes races with a best finish of sixth at Assen and Magny Cours. For 2004 he did the full WSBK season for Renegade alongside Noriyuki Haga, he was 8th overall with a best of 3rd. Haslam had an impressive victory in a British Superbike race at Brands Hatch on one of the team's 3 ventures into the series. In torrential rain, this was the only Ducati win in the series all year though this was the title-winning bike in both 2003 and 2005.
With Renegade switching to Honda machinery and cutting to one rider Haslam moved to BSB with the reformed GSE Racing Squad, now known as Airwaves Ducati. Haslam finished 4th overall behind only teammate Lavilla and the two HM Plant Hondas of Ryuichi Kiyonari and Michael Rutter. 2006 saw. In the first 12 races of the 2006 season he finished 2nd no less than 8 times, without winning a race but taking 3 poles and lying 2nd overall; the wins came later. He managed to push for the title all the way to the last race of the season at a rain soaked Brands Hatch where Leon and Kiyonari all had a chance to win. Leon was running second to Kiyo in the first race when it was stopped after Byrne crashed and despite storming to victory in the second race, he ended the season in second place and Lavilla was third. Leon did however drive off in the £50,000 Audi convertible, his prize for scoring the most points in the Audi pole position competition. While Lavilla won the first four races and lead the championship after eight, Haslam struggled to match these results.
However, two-second places at Oulton Park in round four moved him up to fourth overall. He finished 3rd, behind Kiyonari and Jonathan Rea's Hondas but ahead of a fading Lavilla. Haslam was released by Airwaves Ducati for 2008, when they withdrew from the series over questions about the legality of the Ducati 1098 under the new BSB tuning rules, he joined Airwaves' rivals HM Plant Honda, but the Ducati proved to be the faster bike, with Shakey Byrne dominating the championship. Haslam struggled early in the season and was outpaced by younger teammate Cal Crutchlow, was excluded from race 2 at Oulton Park after a racing incident with Tom Sykes. Despite several podium finishes his first win did not come until round 8 at Knockhill, when race leader Byrne crashed heavily, he took a double win at Cadwell Park, despite not starting on the front rowHaslam made two wild card appearance in the World Superbike Championship at Donington Park and Portimão. A competitive showing at Donington ended with disappointing results.
In race one he ran with the leaders after a red flag, but eased off after seeing a white flag with a red cross, which means the surface is slippery in WSBK, while in British Superbike, that indicates a safety vehicle is on course. The time he lost here proved costly. In race two he crashed out of fourth place with just three laps to go. At Portimão he finished third in race two, with a German flag above him on the podium, implying that the officials expected Max Neukirchner to overhaul him. WSBK remained his target for 2009, he joined the Stiggy Honda team for their first World Superbike campaign, starting the year with a third-place finish at the first round at Phillip Island in race two; the Dutch Grand Prix at Assen was a successful weekend as Haslam finished on the podium in both races with a third place in race one and a second place in race two. He finished the season 6th overall. Haslam's impressiv
Karl Muggeridge born 20 April 1974 in Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia is a former professional motorcycle racer. He is married to Isobel, has one son, Ryan Luca, he won the Supersport World Championship in 2004, raced in Superbike World Championship on Hondas. After several years of Motocross, Muggas began circuit racing in 1994, finishing 4th in his homeland's 250cc series a year on a Suzuki. Over the next 3 years he did an assortment of races around the world on 600cc Supersport bikes, he was a regular in his home series in 1996, in the British championship for the next 2 years, coming 4th overall in 1999, before moving on to the Supersport World Championship. He was 5th overall in 2000, 7th in 2001, 14th in 2002 and 4th in 2003, before taking the 2004 crown as the lead rider for Ten Kate Honda, with 7 wins and 8 poles. Ten Kate expanded its Superbike World Championship team to 2 Honda Fireblade bikes for 2005, Karl was moved up to join Chris Vermeulen, who won the WSS title for Ten Kate in 2003 and challenged for the WSBK crown as a series rookie in 2004.
2005 proved to be a tough year for Karl He finished the season 11th overall with 124 points. In 2006 a back injury caused him to miss the Valencia round and he again failed to score a podium finish, despite strong qualifying runs including 3rd at Brands Hatch, he finished the season 12th with 123 points. He lost his ride for 2007, was offered a Supersport World Championship ride by the team, he instead remained on a Honda by joining countryman Josh Brookes at Alto Evolution. He missed his home race at Phillip Island after a crash in practice. At Monza he started 6th but crashed in the one race staged before heavy rain caused the event to be abandoned; the team missed Misano due to legal problems, Brookes left the team, but Muggeridge returned at Brno. He finished the season 16th with 62 points. For 2008 he moved to the DFXtreme team, again on Hondas, he scored two sixth places among his fourteen points finishes, although he only scored four times in the last seven rounds, coming 15th overall. For 2009 he joined the Celani Suzuki team.
He struggled throughout the season with his highest place finish of 8th in race 2 of the penultimate round at Magny-Cours, Karl did not race in the final round of the season. He raced a couple of rounds in the British Superbike Championship for the HM Plant, Honda as a replacement rider for the injured Glen Richards. For 2010 Muggeridge moved into the IDM Superbike Championship riding the Holzhauer Racing Promotion Honda, collecting a pole position and a double race win at the opening round at the Lausitzring, he took a double race win at Nürburgring in the third round of the season. Muggeridge is leading the series by 29 points with one round left to go. Muggeridge went on to win the title with a total of 244 points, 19 clear of his closest rival. Muggeridge stayed in the German championship for 2011 to defend his title, he failed to win a race in the 2011 season and ended the championship in 3rd on 200 points. Muggeridge had a guest ride with the Castrol Honda team in the World Superbike Championship during the last round at Portimao, finishing both races outside the points.
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Cal Crutchlow is a British professional motorcycle road racer, who competes in the MotoGP World Championship for CWM LCR Honda. In early 2017, the RAC awarded Crutchlow the Torrens Trophy, an accolade made in recognition of "outstanding contribution to motorcycling in the United Kingdom"; when making the award, the RAC spokesperson cited "the first Brit to win a premier class race since Barry Sheene in 1981". He started his career as a superbike rider, he was the 2006 British Supersport Championship champion and the 2009 Supersport World Championship winner with Yamaha. He won races in the British Superbike Championship – finishing 3rd in 2008 – and in the Superbike World Championship, finishing 5th in 2010. Since 2011, Crutchlow competed in the MotoGP World Championship, he joined the Tech 3 Yamaha satellite team, achieving six podium finishes over three seasons, between 2011 and 2013. In 2014, Crutchlow joined the factory Ducati team on a two-year contract. After just one season with the team – with one podium finish, finishing thirteenth in the riders' championship – Crutchlow terminated his contract to join CWM LCR Honda for the 2015 season, riding a factory Honda.
Born in Coventry, England, he was named Cal after the American motorcycle racer Cal Rayborn. Although his father Derek was a racer, he did not become interested in the sport himself until age 11; as of 2007 he did not hold a motorcycle licence for the road. He had football trials with Coventry City and Aston Villa as a youth, but after a knee injury chose to concentrate on motorcycle racing. Crutchlow won the UK Junior Challenge in 1999, the Aprilia RS125 Challenge in 2001, he was runner-up in the 2003 Yamaha R6 Cup behind Tommy Hill, who earned a factory sponsored ride in the British Superbike series for this achievement. He won the British Supersport Championship in 2006, after a 3-year stint in the series in which he finished 3rd in 2005. For 2007 he made his debut in the prestigious British Superbike Championship, with the Rizla Suzuki team alongside four-time runner-up Chris Walker, he took pole at Croft, finished 9th overall after finishing the season with his first podium, third at Brands Hatch.
For 2008 he moved to HM Plant Honda, sponsored by CIA Insurance. He took his first series win in race 2 at Thruxton, he took pole for round 3 at Oulton Park – he led race 1 before running wide in damp conditions, crashed out of 2nd place in race 2, injuring his ankle in the process. After having the better of teammate Leon Haslam, Crutchlow was outpointed by him, he took two wins in the season, finished 3rd overall in the championship, beating Tom Sykes by two points after the Yorkshireman had a late mechanical failure in the final round. On 23 September 2008, it was confirmed that Crutchlow had signed a deal to ride for the Wilco Zeelenberg-managed Yamaha factory team in the 2009 World Supersport Championship, he finished in the top four at every race until a mechanical failure while leading at Brno, found himself in a two-way championship dice with surprise package Eugene Laverty on a Parkalgar Honda. Crutchlow lead the championship until a gearbox failure while leading at Imola meant that Eugene Laverty moved to within 3 points.
However, at Magny-Cours after an intense start Laverty crashed, but picked his bike back up to leave him 19 points behind Crutchlow with 1 race at Portimão left. Laverty won in Portugal, but a fourth place by Crutchlow was enough to secure him the 2009 championship. On 1 October 2009 Yamaha announced that Crutchlow would make the move from World Supersport to the Superbike World Championship in 2010, his teammate was former world champion James Toseland, who rejoined the Superbike World Championship after losing his place in MotoGP. He did not win either race, he stoked controversy after the first race there by mentioning in an interview that he was well clear of Toseland when he crashed out, but insists that he is not arrogant. Toseland pointed out that Crutchlow's tendency to speak his mind means that not everybody can get on with him. Crutchlow took his first two World Superbike wins at Silverstone, after battling with Ten Kate Racing rider Jonathan Rea, as a result climbed from tenth to fifth in the standings.
2011 It was announced on 5 September 2010 that Crutchlow would join Tech 3 for the 2011 MotoGP Championship. Crutchlow ended the season in 12th position in the championship, sealed the Rookie of the Year Award after achieving his best result of the season – fourth place – in Valencia. 2012After a successful period in the winter testing for the 2012 season, Crutchlow got off to a good start. In Losail, Crutchlow secured 3rd position on the starting grid, went on to achieve 4th place ahead of teammate Andrea Dovizioso, matching his previous best finish in Valencia last year. Following his first front-row qualifying, his father lost a bet with Wilco Zeelenberg and had to shave off his 40-year-old moustache. Crutchlow again suffered disappointment at Silverstone during practice for the British Grand Prix when he crashed at Chapel Corner. Early x-rays showed no break to his ankle, however it was clear Crutchlow was in considerable pain. Further examination showed a broken and dislocated left ankle, raised questions over Crutchlow's participation in the race.
He was given the all clear by doctors, passed a fitness test at the circuit. Starting at the back of the grid, Crutchlow raced with characteristic determination, finished in a commendable 6th place. Overall Crutchlow had a positive season, finishing seventh in the championship, running within the top-five riders and obtaining two podium finishes – third place on both occasions – in the Czech Republic and in Australia. 20
The Netherlands is a country located in Northwestern Europe. The European portion of the Netherlands consists of twelve separate provinces that border Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, the North Sea to the northwest, with maritime borders in the North Sea with Belgium and the United Kingdom. Together with three island territories in the Caribbean Sea—Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba— it forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; the official language is Dutch, but a secondary official language in the province of Friesland is West Frisian. The six largest cities in the Netherlands are Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Tilburg. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the seat of the States General and Supreme Court; the Port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe, the largest in any country outside Asia. The country is a founding member of the EU, Eurozone, G10, NATO, OECD and WTO, as well as a part of the Schengen Area and the trilateral Benelux Union.
It hosts several intergovernmental organisations and international courts, many of which are centered in The Hague, dubbed'the world's legal capital'. Netherlands means'lower countries' in reference to its low elevation and flat topography, with only about 50% of its land exceeding 1 metre above sea level, nearly 17% falling below sea level. Most of the areas below sea level, known as polders, are the result of land reclamation that began in the 16th century. With a population of 17.30 million people, all living within a total area of 41,500 square kilometres —of which the land area is 33,700 square kilometres —the Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. It is the world's second-largest exporter of food and agricultural products, owing to its fertile soil, mild climate, intensive agriculture; the Netherlands was the third country in the world to have representative government, it has been a parliamentary constitutional monarchy with a unitary structure since 1848.
The country has a tradition of pillarisation and a long record of social tolerance, having legalised abortion and human euthanasia, along with maintaining a progressive drug policy. The Netherlands abolished the death penalty in 1870, allowed women's suffrage in 1917, became the world's first country to legalise same-sex marriage in 2001, its mixed-market advanced economy had the thirteenth-highest per capita income globally. The Netherlands ranks among the highest in international indexes of press freedom, economic freedom, human development, quality of life, as well as happiness; the Netherlands' turbulent history and shifts of power resulted in exceptionally many and varying names in different languages. There is diversity within languages; this holds for English, where Dutch is the adjective form and the misnomer Holland a synonym for the country "Netherlands". Dutch comes from Theodiscus and in the past centuries, the hub of Dutch culture is found in its most populous region, home to the capital city of Amsterdam.
Referring to the Netherlands as Holland in the English language is similar to calling the United Kingdom "Britain" by people outside the UK. The term is so pervasive among potential investors and tourists, that the Dutch government's international websites for tourism and trade are "holland.com" and "hollandtradeandinvest.com". The region of Holland consists of North and South Holland, two of the nation's twelve provinces a single province, earlier still, the County of Holland, a remnant of the dissolved Frisian Kingdom. Following the decline of the Duchy of Brabant and the County of Flanders, Holland became the most economically and politically important county in the Low Countries region; the emphasis on Holland during the formation of the Dutch Republic, the Eighty Years' War and the Anglo-Dutch Wars in the 16th, 17th and 18th century, made Holland serve as a pars pro toto for the entire country, now considered either incorrect, informal, or, depending on context, opprobrious. Nonetheless, Holland is used in reference to the Netherlands national football team.
The region called the Low Countries and the Country of the Netherlands. Place names with Neder, Nieder and Nedre and Bas or Inferior are in use in places all over Europe, they are sometimes used in a deictic relation to a higher ground that consecutively is indicated as Upper, Oben, Superior or Haut. In the case of the Low Countries / Netherlands the geographical location of the lower region has been more or less downstream and near the sea; the geographical location of the upper region, changed tremendously over time, depending on the location of the economic and military power governing the Low Countries area. The Romans made a distinction between the Roman provinces of downstream Germania Inferior and upstream Germania Superior; the designation'Low' to refer to the region returns again in the 10th century Duchy of Lower Lorraine, that covered much of the Low Countries. But this time the corresponding Upper region is Upper Lorraine, in nowadays Northern France; the Dukes of Burgundy, who ruled the Low Countries in the 15th century, used the term les pays de par deçà for the Low Countries as opposed to les pays de par delà for their original
France the French Republic, is a country whose territory consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The metropolitan area of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean, it is bordered by Belgium and Germany to the northeast and Italy to the east, Andorra and Spain to the south. The overseas territories include French Guiana in South America and several islands in the Atlantic and Indian oceans; the country's 18 integral regions span a combined area of 643,801 square kilometres and a total population of 67.3 million. France, a sovereign state, is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its capital in Paris, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. Other major urban areas include Lyon, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nice. During the Iron Age, what is now metropolitan France was inhabited by a Celtic people. Rome annexed the area in 51 BC, holding it until the arrival of Germanic Franks in 476, who formed the Kingdom of Francia.
The Treaty of Verdun of 843 partitioned Francia into Middle Francia and West Francia. West Francia which became the Kingdom of France in 987 emerged as a major European power in the Late Middle Ages following its victory in the Hundred Years' War. During the Renaissance, French culture flourished and a global colonial empire was established, which by the 20th century would become the second largest in the world; the 16th century was dominated by religious civil wars between Protestants. France became Europe's dominant cultural and military power in the 17th century under Louis XIV. In the late 18th century, the French Revolution overthrew the absolute monarchy, established one of modern history's earliest republics, saw the drafting of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, which expresses the nation's ideals to this day. In the 19th century, Napoleon established the First French Empire, his subsequent Napoleonic Wars shaped the course of continental Europe. Following the collapse of the Empire, France endured a tumultuous succession of governments culminating with the establishment of the French Third Republic in 1870.
France was a major participant in World War I, from which it emerged victorious, was one of the Allies in World War II, but came under occupation by the Axis powers in 1940. Following liberation in 1944, a Fourth Republic was established and dissolved in the course of the Algerian War; the Fifth Republic, led by Charles de Gaulle, remains today. Algeria and nearly all the other colonies became independent in the 1960s and retained close economic and military connections with France. France has long been a global centre of art and philosophy, it hosts the world's fourth-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is the leading tourist destination, receiving around 83 million foreign visitors annually. France is a developed country with the world's sixth-largest economy by nominal GDP, tenth-largest by purchasing power parity. In terms of aggregate household wealth, it ranks fourth in the world. France performs well in international rankings of education, health care, life expectancy, human development.
France is considered a great power in global affairs, being one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council with the power to veto and an official nuclear-weapon state. It is a leading member state of the European Union and the Eurozone, a member of the Group of 7, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Trade Organization, La Francophonie. Applied to the whole Frankish Empire, the name "France" comes from the Latin "Francia", or "country of the Franks". Modern France is still named today "Francia" in Italian and Spanish, "Frankreich" in German and "Frankrijk" in Dutch, all of which have more or less the same historical meaning. There are various theories as to the origin of the name Frank. Following the precedents of Edward Gibbon and Jacob Grimm, the name of the Franks has been linked with the word frank in English, it has been suggested that the meaning of "free" was adopted because, after the conquest of Gaul, only Franks were free of taxation.
Another theory is that it is derived from the Proto-Germanic word frankon, which translates as javelin or lance as the throwing axe of the Franks was known as a francisca. However, it has been determined that these weapons were named because of their use by the Franks, not the other way around; the oldest traces of human life in what is now France date from 1.8 million years ago. Over the ensuing millennia, Humans were confronted by a harsh and variable climate, marked by several glacial eras. Early hominids led a nomadic hunter-gatherer life. France has a large number of decorated caves from the upper Palaeolithic era, including one of the most famous and best preserved, Lascaux. At the end of the last glacial period, the climate became milder. After strong demographic and agricultural development between the 4th and 3rd millennia, metallurgy appeared at the end of the 3rd millennium working gold and bronze, iron. France has numerous megalithic sites from the Neolithic period, including the exceptiona
Michel Fabrizio is a professional motorcycle road racer. From 2006 to 2015, he raced in the Superbike World Championship, he competes in the CIV Supersport 600 Championship, aboard a MV Agusta F3 675. Born in Frascati, near Rome, Fabrizio first raced in Minimoto at the age of 6, winning several titles before reaching his teens, he won the Aprilia Challenge in 2001, raced in the 125 cc World Championship for Gilera in 2002, with little success. In 2004 he made his first appearance in MotoGP, with the WCM team, failing to complete the season and finishing the season 22nd cc-gp.htm. In 2005 he raced on a factory Honda, he was 5th overall, with 9 top 5 results in the 12 races. For 2006 Fabrizio was teamed with the veteran Pierfrancesco Chili on privateer Honda machinery, he started his career with eighth at Qatar. He stood in for Toni Elías on MotoGP Fortuna Honda at Donington Park, but crashed in practice and broke his collarbone, he replaced the injured Elías again for the same team in the 2007 German Grand Prix at Sachsenring on July 15, 2007.
At Brno in the 2006 Superbike World Championship, he started tenth, but chose hard-compound tyres, which remained on the pace as other riders faded. In the first race he passed a fading Andrew Pitt as well as Fonsi Nieto, Troy Corser and Noriyuki Haga in the closing laps to score his first Superbike World Championship podium finish. In race two he fared better - after passing James Toseland for fourth towards the end, he caught the battle for second between Haga and Corser; as Corser attempted a move, Fabrizio dived down the inside of both and nearly hitting Haga, before edging ahead of them both to the line improving on his career-best result with a second. His best results of 2007 were two third places, at Brno. In both seasons he was eleventh overall. In 2008 he raced alongside Troy Bayliss for Ducati Xerox Team on the new Ducati 1098, he came third in race one at Philip Island, despite a huge crash at the original start. At Miller Motorsports Park, he qualified on the front row and took a pair of third places, despite dropping to eleventh on lap one of the first race.
He had a double-DNF at Assen, shortly before an arm operation, finished a career-best 8th overall. For 2009, he stays on at Ducati Xerox, his first WSBK win came at Monza. Seven successive podiums followed, cementing his third place in the standings behind Spies; this run ended at Brno. He finished the season third overall. Fabrizio and Haga both continue with the team for 2010; the bike dominated pre-season testing at Phillip Island. After Ducati announced that they would be ending support for their World Superbike operations at the end of the 2010 season, Fabrizio agreed a contract with Team Suzuki Alstare to race in the 2011 Superbike World Championship season. In August 2009, after Casey Stoner announced his intention to withdraw from the next three Grand Prix, it was announced that his place in the Ducati Marlboro team would be taken by Mika Kallio whilst the Finn's place at Pramac Racing would be taken by Fabrizio, his race was marred by physical difficulties, which caused him to retire from the first race in Brno.
Fabrizio being unavailable for the next race in Indianapolis the ride was given to Aleix Espargaró for the remaining two races. Profile on motogp.com Profile on worldsbk.com
Jakub'Kuba' Smrž is a professional motorcycle road racer. He competes in the Superbike World Championship, aboard a Yamaha YZF-R1. For 2017 and 2018 he rode a BMW S1000RR in the British Superbike Championship, but in June 2018 he suffered a serious shoulder injury when guest-riding for Czech BMW team Mercury Racing in the Oschersleben eight-hour event in Germany. Luke Hedger rode Smrž' machine in his absence. For 2015 Smrž was contracted to ride a Ducati Panigale in the British Superbike Championship for Moto Rapido Racing, but after a crash and injury in the fourth round at Snetterton, was replaced mid-season by John Hopkins. For the last three races of 2015, Smrž was drafted-in by Shaun Muir Racing to compete aboard a Yamaha YZF-R1, he first entered the 125cc World Championship in 2000. He was 17th overall in 2001 divided his time between 125cc and the 250cc championships in 2002, he remained in the 250cc World Championship until 2006, finishing 12th overall with a best of 7th that year. For 2007 he was the surprise choice to replace Roberto Rolfo at the race-winning SC Caracchi Ducati team in the Superbike World Championship.
On a customer Ducati 999 F05 he troubled the top sixteen in qualifying. He finished the season 14th with a best race result of 8th. For 2008 he rode a customer Ducati 1098 RS 08 for the Guandalini Racing by Grifo's team, he finished the 2008 season in 13th place in the championship. For 2009 Smrž continued with the Guandalini Racing Team, gaining his first podium finish in the fourth round of the season at Assen and first pole position in the eighth round at Misano Adriatico; this time he finished 10th overall. Smrž remained with the team in 2010, running under the B&G moniker after a partnership deal with the former Sterilgarda Ducati team. After a string of mechanical failures midseason, the team switched to an Aprilia bike, marking the first time Smrž had ridden anything other than a Ducati in the class, he was the fastest Aprilia in qualifying at Silverstone. Smrž lives in Zlín. fansofsmrz.cz Official website Profile on MotoGP.com Profile on WorldSBK.com