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MotoGP: Heading into Misano This Weekend

31 Aug

Repsol Honda rider Casey Stoner now has a 44-point lead at the top of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship standings going into Round 13 of 18 this weekend, the Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini.

A seventh win of the 2011 campaign at Indianapolis extended Stoner’s lead over defending title holder Jorge Lorenzo, as the Repsol Honda rider further reinforced his already strong claim for this year’s crown. A personal milestone of a 30th premier class GP win for the Australian could also prove to be a pivotal one in the fight for the title come the end of the year, especially after Lorenzo placed fourth. Now the premier class heads directly from the USA to San Marino for the Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini as the season enters its final third.

Yamaha Factory Racing rider Lorenzo’s task in retaining his title now seems to be an even tougher one, but he will head to Misano determined to stop the run of three successive victories that has led Stoner to his improved current position. In doing so Lorenzo will need a return to the podium having been off it for the past two rounds, but will garner confidence from his record at Misano where he has placed second for the last three years.

At close quarters in third place is Andrea Dovizioso, a rider who will be counting on a strong support from the Misano crowd as he looks to improve on fifth from Indianapolis at a track he is yet to score a premier class podium at. His team-mate and last year’s Misano race winner Dani Pedrosa comes into Round 13 off the back of a second place finish at Indianapolis, as he homes in on a strong final third of the campaign.

With his third podium of the year at his home race Ben Spies heads to Misano in fine form. The Yamaha Factory Racing rider currently lies fifth in the Championship, with just five points separating Pedrosa ahead of him and Valentino Rossi behind in sixth.

For the seven-times premier class World Champion Indianapolis proved to be one of his most difficult races to date in his first season on the Desmosedici. Gear box issues during the race and an all-round difficult weekend contributed to 10th place, his worst result to date in 2011, although it did stretch his run of points-scoring finishes to 23 races which started in Germany last year on his return from injury.

Nicky Hayden and Marco Simoncelli will both be grateful for the back-to-back races as they aim to immediately put the memory of 14th and 12th placed finishes, respectively, behind them, whilst Colin Edwards will eye an improvement on seventh from the last round.

Hiroshi Aoyama will tackle the track fully fit for the first time on a MotoGP bike after riding last year’s race whilst still recovering from injury – he scored a top-ten result at Indy – and Héctor Barberá’s sole focus will be on erasing the memory of his final-corner crash at Indianapolis when trying to go through on the Japanese rider.

Rizla Suzuki rider Álvaro Bautista converted his recent form into a top-six finish at Indianapolis and will be confident of building on that at Misano, and Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) will be another rider hoping to carry momentum gained in the States through to the next round. Toni Elías stepped on the podium in the premier class at Misano in 2008 and will hope for a boost, whilst Karel Abraham  and Loris Capirossi both failed to finish the Indianapolis race so will be intent on strong results, Capirossi in front of a solid fan base. The Italian’s team-mate Randy de Puniet scored his best result of the season so far with eighth at Indy.

 
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Panasonic Announces Firmware Update Programme

31 Aug

Panasonic Announces the Firmware Update Program for DMC-GH2 / G3 / GF3 / GF2 for Enhancing the Functions of the New Power Zoom Lenses

Panasonic announces the new firmware update program for the digital interchangeable lens system cameras DMC-GH2, DMC-G3, DMC-GF3 and DMC-GF2 of LUMIX G Micro System. The firmware version 1.1 will be released to enhance the functions when the camera is used with the new power zoom lenses – LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (H-PS14042) and LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (H-PS45175).

The following functions will be available with the new firmware:

Display of the local length When you zoom, the focal distance is displayed and you can confirm the zoom position.
Step zoom When you operate the zoom, the zoom will stop at positions corresponding to predetermined distances.
Zoom resume When you switch the power switch [ON], the zoom positions when you last switched [OFF] are automatically restored.
Selectable zoom speed Users can select the speed of electric-powered zooming.

The new firmware program ver.1.1 will be available worldwide from the beginning of October at http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/

The power zoom lenses can be used with DMC-GH2, DMC-G3, DMC-GF3 or DMC-GF2 if the firmware is not updated. However, Panasonic recommends all users to update it.

 
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DayMen Group Acquires Joby

30 Aug

DayMen Group, manufacturer and leading distributor of high-quality imaging, laptop and other electronic protective accessory brands, is pleased to announce it has reached an agreement to acquire JOBY.

JOBY is the San Francisco-based manufacturer of iconic photo, mobile and lighting products that inspire the creative and active lifestyle, including the award-winning GorillaPod line of flexible tripods.

“DayMen will bring its extensive distribution network and our history of building great brands to the JOBY line of products,” said Gil Roberts, DayMen CEO. “DayMen and JOBY are built on a shared passion for creativity, superior functionality and constant innovation. Together, we can accelerate the growth of our business and build the global presence of our Lowepro, Acme Made and JOBY brands, as well as the many outstanding third-party brands we distribute around the world.”

DayMen has been distributing JOBY in Canada since 2007 and Australia since 2008. Since it was founded over six years ago, JOBY has grown from a start-up to a company with distribution in over 65 countries.

Forrest Baringer-Jones, JOBY CEO said, “When we introduced our best-selling GorillaPod for sale in 2006 we were able to redefine the way photographers capture images. Since then, we’ve developed a number of great products to thrill our customers including new lines related to lighting and mobile accessories. The acquisition by DayMen gives JOBY a great opportunity to expand both our distribution network and our product line.”

“I am incredibly proud of the team we have built, the products we have developed, and the customer and distributor relationships we have forged,” said JoeBen Bevirt, JOBY’s founder. “I am excited for the tremendous opportunity DayMen has provided for JOBY to continue to grow.”

About DayMen:
Since its inception in 1981, The DayMen Group has enjoyed an exceptional reputation in the photographic and consumer electronics industry as an innovative manufacturer and distributor of high quality imaging products and accessories from Lowepro, Acme Made and other third-party brands. Based in Petaluma, CA, DayMen Group is owned by private equity firm Brockway Moran & Partners.

About JOBY
JOBY creates iconic, award-winning photo, mobile and lighting products that inspire the creative and active lifestyle. We believe great design starts with a user-centric approach, is functional yet playful, and enhances people’s lives. Founded in 2005 with the introduction of the industry-defining and best-selling GorillaPod, JOBY is a global company headquartered in San Francisco, CA with offices in Geneva, Switzerland, Tokyo, Japan and Shenzhen, China.

 
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Delkin Announces World’s Fastest CF Memory Card

30 Aug

Delkin Devices, Inc. has announced their much anticipated ruggedized waterproof CF memory cards boasting the fastest read and write speeds in the world. The new cards are available in capacities ranging from 8GB up to 64GB and are capable of transferring pictures, video, music and more at speeds up to 685X, or 103MB/s. In addition to impressive speed performance, the cards are fully compatible with advanced HD and 3D video recording modes including slow motion recording.

“Since we launched our initial CombatFlash lineup of CF cards in 2010 we’ve had fantastic success among professional photographers and videographers,” explains Marketing Manager, Anna Lopez. “Unlike a traditional CF memory card, the CombatFlash PCB is protected with a Tekta infusion process that enables the card to achieve phenomenal reliability and performance in environments where a normal CF card would typically fail. The card is protected from underwater submersion, solid impact, corrosion, rust & more. That reliability equals a day of production that doesn’t need to be reshot, or a climb up Mount Everest that is captured reliably. It equals invaluable peace of mind.”

The new CombatFlash685 card includes the same ruggedized qualities as it’s 625X predecessor, but adds more than 10MB/s in speed performance and the ability to shoot in over cranking mode (or slow motion recording) with Canon’s XF series HD camcorders, including the trending XF305, XF300, XF105 and XF100 models.

Lopez states, “Sophisticated cinema recording applications like Slow & Fast Motion and HD infrared capabilities are increasingly being utilized on a regular basis. Delkin’s US engineering staff is consistently heightening their standards to not only keep up with the evolving equipment, but to also anticipate future breakthroughs that will require exceedingly fast and high quality memory.”

Delkin’s CombatFlash memory remains the only consumer flash storage brand built to comply with MIL-STD-810 specification. Extreme environmental testing has rated the CombatFlash CF line to remain fully operable anywhere between 0°C to 70°C, while soldered and sealed internal components and advanced wear leveling & error correction features manage data continuously to ensure data integrity and card longevity.

CombatFlash685 CF memory is supported by Delkin’s trusted lifetime warranty and U.S. based support center, available by phone on working days between 8am-5pm PST. This innovative product, along with Delkin’s complete lineup of imaging accessories, can be found at digital camera retailers worldwide, as well as direct from http://www.delkin.com for retail prices ranging from US$149.99 for an 8GB card to US$899.99 for a 64GB card. CombatFlash 625X memory is also available for purchase for a limited time, with 4-16GB capacities retailing from US$79.99-US$229.99.

 
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Stoner wins Indy MotoGP, Pedrosa 2nd and Spies 3rd

29 Aug

Stoner was the clear victor at the 2011 Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, leading by nearly five seconds ahead of Pedrosa and Spies.

Dani Pedrosa took the early race lead, until team mate Casey Stoner overtook the Spaniard on lap seven and stretched his lead in front of the pack to remain unchallenged for the remainder of the race. Stoner extends his Championship lead to 44 points ahead of reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo with this win, his first ever podium at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

A bad start for Ben Spies from second on the grid found the Texan down in ninth position, after his poor start was made worse when he and Andrea Dovizioso touched heading into turn one, pushing Spies wide. The 25 year old methodically made his way back through the field and into third position by lap sixteen. The pace set by Spies would have been quick enough to fight for second position, though his poor start kept him from catching Pedrosa, who crossed the line second in front of the American.

Lorenzo had seen second position in the early laps, but was overtaken by Stoner and then eventually Spies to finish in fourth position. Dovizioso tussled with Nicky Hayden early in the race for fifth, until the American from the Ducati Team fell back with tire problems, leaving the Italian to chase Lorenzo.

Álvaro Bautistafinished a lonely sixth after starting ninth on the grid. The Spaniard crossed the line 9 seconds in front of American Colin Edwards on his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine. Randy de Puniet crossed the line in eighth, giving the French rider his best finish of the season.

Ninth spot went to Hiroshi Aoyama, who crossed the line a second and a half ahead of Valentino Rossi. Rossi’s tenth place was of note in that on lap eight the Italian fell back into 17th position with apparent tire troubles. It appeared he would be entering the pits, but kept circulating and made his way back up to finish tenth in front of rookie Cal Crutchlow.

Marco Simoncelli had seen as high as third position in the race, until tire trouble for the Italian saw him slowly dropping back, finally finishing in twelfth. Toni Elías and Hayden completed the race finishers, with Elias ahead of the American. Hayden had pitted in earlier with troubles and rejoined the session to salvage some points, finishing 14th.

A disappointing end was had for Héctor Barberá, who crashed out of eighth place in the final corner.

1 Casey Stoner Repsol Honda Honda RC212V  
2 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Honda RC212V  
3 Ben Spies Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha M1  
4 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha M1  
5 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Honda RC212V  
6 Alvara Bautista Rizla Suzuki Suzuki GSV-R  
7 Colin Edwards Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha M1  
8 Randy De Puniet Pramac Racing Ducati GP11  
9 Hiroshi Aoyama San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda RC212V  
10 Valentino Rossi Ducati Marlboro Ducati GP11  
11 Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha M1  
12 Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda RC212V  
13 Toni Elias LCR Honda Honda RC212V  
14 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Ducati GP11  
15 Hector Barbera Aspar Team Ducati GP11  
16 Karel Abraham Cardion AB MotoRacing Ducati GP11  
17 Loris Capirossi Pramac Racing Ducati GP11
 
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Casey Stoner seizes Brickyard Pole with New Lap Record

28 Aug

Casey Stoner sealed pole position for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix by a margin of over half a second ahead of Spies. Stoner has yet to finish on the podium in two career starts at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, but his new pole position record of 1’38.850 indicates that may soon be changing. The Australian will start from pole position for the seventh time in the 2011 season.

Ben Spies who started from pole least year, qualified second behind Stoner with a 1’39.373, while Jorge Lorenzobettered his morning pace with a new bike set up by nearly one second with a best lap of 1’39.629, giving him the final spot on the front row.

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa held off Andrea Dovizioso to take the first spot on row two with a time of 1’39.947, the Spaniard’s time was 0.077s faster than that of his Italian team mate though a tenth slower than his earlier practice time. American Colin Edwards completes the second row after posting a time of 1’40.098.

Marco Simoncelli leads the third row, his time of 1’40.204 was a tenth quicker than the pace he lapped at in the morning practice outing. Nicky Hayden of the Ducati Team upped his pace to qualify eighth on the grid with a time of 1’40.244, nearly a second quicker than he was running in the morning. The final spot on row three went to Álvaro Bautista, who trailed Hayden’s time by just 0.040s.

Héctor Barberá was the final rider in the top ten times, while Valentino Rossi went down at the start of the session, rejoining the field aboard his second bike although the set up was clearly not ideal, as the nine time World Champion finish the qualifying in fourteenth.

Cal Crutchlow and Randy de Puniet (Pramac Racing) both had run offs into the gravel, the two will start from eleventh and twelfth, respectively, on the grid.

1 Casey Stoner Repsol Honda Honda RC212V 1:38.850
2 Ben Spies Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha M1 1:39.373
3 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha M1 1:39.629
4 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Honda RC212V 1:39.947
5 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Honda RC212V 1:40.024
6 Colin Edwards Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha M1 1:40.098
7 Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda RC212V 1:40.204
8 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Ducati GP11 1:40.244
9 Alvara Bautista Rizla Suzuki Suzuki GSV-R 1:40.333
10 Hector Barbera Aspar Team Ducati GP11 1:40.360
11 Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha M1 1:40.620
12 Randy De Puniet Pramac Racing Ducati GP11 1:40.815
13 Hiroshi Aoyama San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda RC212V 1:40.925
14 Valentino Rossi Ducati Marlboro Ducati GP11 1:40.975
15 Toni Elias LCR Honda Honda RC212V 1:41.030
16 Karel Abraham Cardion AB MotoRacing Ducati GP11 1:41.085
17 Loris Capirossi Pramac Racing Ducati GP11 1:41.092
 
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Indy MotoGP: Repsol Honda Team Enjoys a Strong Start

27 Aug

The Repsol Honda riders were back on track today for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix at the famous Motorsport Speedway, which has undergone substantial resurfacing since last years race.

In this morning’s first session, all three riders complained with the lack of grip that this new surface suffers from. Conditions improved slightly for the afternoon session after more rubber had been laid on track from the other classes. Lap times dropped consistently and Casey Stoner lapped three seconds faster than his morning lap time. Stoner ended the day at the top of the times sheets with an impressive 1’40.724, only six tenths slower than the circuit record lap of 1’40.152 (Jorge Lorenzo, 2009).

Dani Pedrosa focused on adapting to the new track conditions, working on the set up of his RC212V and found more grip claiming the third fastest time of the day, improving his morning lap times by four seconds. Andrea Dovizioso finished fifth at the end of the first day. Andrea struggled with tyre wear during the afternoon session. Tomorrow he will continue to work on the set up and try to understand how manage tyre wear.

Casey Stoner:
“This afternoon the track was slightly better and of course the lap times improved with more bikes on track and cleaning it up, but I’m still not comfortable on this surface. It’s incredibly slippery and the track is certainly my least favorite of the whole season. It’s very tight, slippery and the new surface is pretty bad, it’s not just the dirt on the surface but there seems to be something strange where the two surfaces join, some grease of some sort that creates more issues. We tried the harder front this afternoon which gave us good feedback and we were able to go a little bit faster, but in general the track needs to improve before we can know what direction to go in, and I just hope the conditions improve for the race. My last few exits were slightly ruined from traffic on track and also wildlife! I saw something out the corner of my eye, I’m not sure what it was perhaps a gopher or something, I thought it was a part from someone’s bike, I’m just glad we both escaped from that situation unharmed!”

Dani Pedrosa:
“The track improved in the second session, at least on the racing line, but outside the line the surface is still very dirty and slippery. However, we made some better lap times; it’s just about getting a good setup with the tyres and trying to take care of them. Let’s hope that the conditions keep improving throughout the weekend and we can keep working step by step on the set up considering that the tyres will be the key point in this race. In general, I’m happier than this morning, we were able to improve by four seconds in just one session, but we have to keep focused and make another step forward tomorrow.”

Andrea Dovizioso:
“The track improved a lot from the morning to the afternoon and in FP2 the lap times dropped by three seconds. With more rubber on track, the grip changed quickly and now the main issue is tyre wear. This is typical for new asphalt so we have to manage the tyres carefully, with special attention on the front tyre. The key point for the race will be managing the tyres. I hope that conditions will improve again tomorrow as with today’s situation it’s impossible to finish the race. I’m not worried with fifth position as when it was time to push, we weren’t able to because we had to keep the tyres for tomorrow so I’m confident that we can be competitive here.”

 
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Casey Stoner Fastest in Day 1 of Indianapolis MotoGP

27 Aug

Casey Stoner was the fastest man on the opening day of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix weekend. Ben Spies and Dani Pedrosa followed in second and third in the times.

The premier class set off onto the newly paved circuit under sunny skies and high temperatures of 31 degrees (87.8F), with the 27 year old Yamaha Factory Racing rider Spies leading the majority of the second practice session of the weekend. His best time of 1’40.918 was an improvement of over two seconds from his FP1 time, though not enough to stay in front of the Repsol Honda of Stoner, whose time of 1’40.724 was fastest of the day and 2.828s quicker than his time set in the morning session.

Dani Pedrosawho won last year’s Indianapolis GP, followed in third with a time of 1’41.205, a vast improvement over his earlier best of 1’45.192. Jorge Lorenzo also moved up significantly in the second practice outing, bettering his time by over three seconds, moving him into fourth for the day.

Andrea Dovizioso was fifth quickest in FP2 with a best time of 1’41.536, a three second improvement for the Italian from the morning, 0.163s ahead of Colin Edwards in sixth.

Marco Simoncelli finished in seventh with a best time of 1’41.742, followed by Nicky Hayden in eighth aboard the first Ducati in the times, Álvaro Bautista ninth and Randy de Puniet, who with 8 minutes remaining had been the fastest Ducati of the session in eighth place, posted a time of1’42.339 to finish tenth.

Valentino Rossi improved on his FP1 time by just under two seconds, a good improvement but not enough to keep him within the top ten times, moving the Italian into eleventh for the day.

1 Casey Stoner Repsol Honda Honda RC212V 1:40.724
2 Ben Spies Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha M1 1:40.918
3 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Honda RC212V 1:41.205
4 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha M1 1:41.461
5 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Honda RC212V 1:41.536
6 Colin Edwards Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha M1 1:41.699
7 Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda RC212V 1:41.742
8 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Ducati GP11 1:41.789
9 Alvara Bautista Rizla Suzuki Suzuki GSV-R 1:42.231
10 Randy De Puniet Pramac Racing Ducati GP11 1:42.339
11 Valentino Rossi Ducati Marlboro Ducati GP11 1:42.405
12 Hiroshi Aoyama San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda RC212V 1:42.673
13 Hector Barbera Aspar Team Ducati GP11 1:42.920
14 Loris Capirossi Pramac Racing Ducati GP11 1:43.034
15 Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha M1 1:43.085
16 Toni Elias LCR Honda Honda RC212V 1:43.230
17 Karel Abraham Cardion AB MotoRacing Ducati GP11 1:43.528

 

 
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Lumix G X 14-42mm & 45-175mm Power Zooms for Micro Four Thirds

26 Aug

Panasonic today announced the arrival of two new high performance interchangeable lenses for their Lumix G System cameras; the Lumix G X H-PS14042 and X H-PS45175. The new ultra compact electronic power zoom lenses are the first from the premium lens brand, ‘X’ for LUMIX G. Lumix G X lenses are a new breed of the highest quality zoom lenses, based on the Micro Four Thirds System standard. Their focal lengths complement each other perfectly for quality wide angle, portrait and landscape imagery,

The new LUMIX premium ‘X’ brand is at the forefront of the next generation of camera lenses; utilising the best in advanced optical performance. The new lenses feature Panasonic’s unique nano surface coating technology, optical image stabilisation (POWER O.I.S.) and aspherical and ED glass elements to achieve superb image quality while maintaining compact and light design.

Both lenses utilise Panasonic’s nano surface coating to significantly minimise the reflection at entire visual light range. The results are incredibly clear pictures and a dramatic reduction in ghosting and lens flare. The zoom lever on the lens barrel, an industry-first for interchangeable lenses, provides the user with fast, precise and silent zooming especially when shooting HD video recording. Manual focusing is also available, with the manual focus lever for users requiring a more precise control.

The new POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilisation) which is newly integrated in both the LUMIX G X lenses makes it easy to take images with great clarity even in low-light conditions. With the improved sensitivity of the gyro sensor, the new POWER O.I.S. dramatically improves the hand-shake correction power – resulting in visibly improved sharpness.

Lumix 14-42mm X Pancake Zoom lens
Specifically, the new LUMIX G X H-PS14042 lens offers a versatile zoom range that extends from 14mm to 42mm (35mm equivalent: 28-84 mm) making it suitable for a wide range of scenes, from dynamic landscape shots to impressive portrait images. The collapsible power zoom lens is ultra-compact when not in use, and expands to a 3x zoom lens when switched on. It is approximately the same size as a 20mm pancake lens but with the added features that a zoom brings. The two ED lenses and four aspherical lenses correct a variety of aberrations to deliver excellent optical performance whilst minimising distortion levels and chromatic aberration even at the 28mm wide-end.

In comparison to the Lumix G Standard 14-42mm kit lens, these new lenses provide significant improved optical performance yet achieve a 58% reduction in size (when turned off) and a 48% reduction in weight.

Lumix 45-175mm X zoom lens
The new LUMIX GX H-PS45175 tele-zoom lens has a versatile focal range from 45mm to 175mm (35 mm equivalent: 90-350 mm). It features notably high contrast and resolution for images shot at its wider-end, which makes it great for taking portrait shots; meaning it complements the LUMIX G X H-PS14042 lens perfectly. In an industry-first, the adoption of its fast motorised Multi-Actuator Floating Inner Focus System ensures that air and dust isn’t sucked into the lens during zooming or focussing, and downsizing in both size and weight is achieved while improving image quality.

The LUMIX G X VARIO lenses are available in the highly stylish and sophisticated colour options of black and silver, a perfect complement to the LUMIX G and LUMIX GF3 cameras.

 
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Elena Myers On Riding The Suzuki GSV-R MotoGP Bike

26 Aug

Elena Myers made her debut on a MotoGP machine at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today as she completed a handful of laps onboard Alvaro Bautista’s Suzuki GSV-R prototype machine.

Team SuzukiScoopFans rider Myers was given the chance to ride the GSV-R after chatting with Suzuki MotoGP Team Manager Paul Denning at Laguna Seca this year and was able to fulfill that opportunity at Indy today. The 17-year-old produced a superbly-confident performance on the Suzuki as she completed five laps of the 4,216m American circuit as part of the build-up to this weekend’s Grand Prix at the historic track. Myers got into a smooth rhythm and managed to break the 300km/h barrier as she clocked an impressive 306km/h (190mph) down the main straight. She was watched by regular Suzuki MotoGP racer Bautista and many other Grand Prix stars as she put the GSV-R through its paces, and all were impressed with her smooth and self-assured riding style. Bautista was also on-hand before Myers took to the track to offer advice and was waiting in the pit-box as she returned his bike ready for Sunday’s race.

Myers became the first female racer to win an AMA Pro road-race when she took victory at the AMA Pro SuperSport event at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma in 2010. This season Myers has recorded a podium finish at Barber Motorsports Park, plus five more top-five finishes on her way to an impressive fifth overall in the 2011 AMA Pro SuperSport West Division – despite missing two rounds due to injury.

The young American star will remain at Indianapolis for the rest of the weekend and see Bautista, the GSV-R and the rest of the MotoGP field in action during the 12th round of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship.

 
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