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Asked for your top ten Formula One drivers, it wasn’t much of a surprise that the three most recent Champions, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton dominated the number one spot…

01) Fernando Alonso – The most talented driver on the grid at the moment, and a master tactician to boot.
02) Lewis Hamilton – Very very close between him and Massa for 2nd/3rd, but he just shades it for the fact he is a proper racer, although some question marks remain about his ability to deal with pressure.
03) Felipe Massa – Raised a few eyebrows when he joined Ferrari, but has proved that he is an excellent driver, and has consistently out-raced his more experienced team-mate….

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Harley-Davidson Inc. of Milwaukee made the unusual move Thursday of disclosing in a regulatory filing that worldwide retail sales of Harley motorcycles fell 13 percent during the first two months of the year, results that one analyst said topped prior expectations.

U.S. retail sales of Harley-Davidson motorcycles were down 9.4 percent compared with the same period in 2008. …  Details

Aprilia USA, the U.S. importer and distributor of innovative, technology-driven motorcycles and scooters, finished 2008 with strong sales gains across its expanding product range. The company sold 66.4 % more bikes and scooters to customers in the U.S. market, spurred by the addition of four all-new motorcycles, three fresh scooter models and continued strengthening of its dealer network. Along with plenty of new product arriving from the Noale, Italy based factory, Aprilia USA also continued to add racing successes to its long list of championships, such as the U.S. company’s second consecutive MOTO-ST road race championship and first place in the 2008 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 750cc category.

For 2009, company executives see more opportunity. “Our 2008 sales results are remarkable, especially in light of overall declining motorcycle industry sales,” says Gary Pietruszewski, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Piaggio Group Americas. “Much of our success can be attributed to …  Details


Coca-Cola Co.’s NOS Energy Drink will sponsor Kyle Busch’s car in 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series races, according to NOS and Joe Gibbs Racing.

The announcement is expected to be made today as NASCAR prepares for racing this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Busch, known as “Rowdy” in the racing circles, is part of the Joe Gibbs team….


2008 Market Share

A host of brands are fighting for market share in the energy drink segment.

Market Share by Volume

1. Monster: 29.9 percent

2. Red Bull: 24.8 percent

3. Rockstar: 14 percent

4. AMP: 9.3 percent

5. Full Throttle: 6.1 percent.

6. SoBe: 4.2 percent.

7. NOS: 3.5 percent.

Source: Beverage Digest

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