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Superbike champ Nicky Hayden launches the RC211 out of a corner
Honda and Ducati MotoGP
teams test at Sepang
Rivals Rossi and Biaggi
turn top times for Honda
Honda and Ducati MotoGP Winter Tests, Sepang, Malaysia,
Jan 20-22, 2003: The Christmas and New Year holidays
are well and truly over and it was back to work for the MotoGP
Championship teams as they prepare for the 2003 season. The
MotoGP Open Winter Tests for all the Honda teams and Team Marlboro
Ducati at Sepang, Malaysia, ended on a high note with all teams
and riders satisfied with the results and the data logged for
future reference. Overnight rain lingered at the 5.548km circuit
during the morning of the final day but by 13.30. the track
was dry enough for he riders to get in track time in good conditions.
Rossi and Biaggi quickly up to speed on Day One
Honda MotoGP Championship Team riders Valentino
Rossi, the reigning MotoGP World Champion, and American
Superbike Champion Nicky Hayden, completed
day one of the three day Honda winter test at the 5.548km Sepang
circuit, Malaysia, today.
Champion Rossi spent the day evaluating the braking performance
of his RC211V five-cylinder, 990cc four-stroke, while 2003 MotoGP
debutante Hayden made his acquaintance with the fast grand prix
circuit. Valentino Rossi: "Today we did only 23 laps. We
only have one bike and started with the set up we had at the
GP in Sepang last year. We concentrated on braking today and
the transmission performance while under braking. But if I need
adjustments made it's difficult with only one bike, I have to
wait while the mechanics get it ready. This afternoon when we
came in to make changes it was dry, when the bike was ready
it was raining. So we decided to stop. This is just the first
day and we hope for a full days testing tomorrow."
"This is another good chance for me to get in some training
on the bike. This is my first time at Sepang and I like it,
it's a real GP circuit, fast and safe. I didn't push so hard
today I just concentrated on finding a set up for the circuit
and trying to find a good rhythm out sthere. I need the experience."
over the electronic feedback from his practice laps with an
HRC engineer and Repsol Honda team manager Jeremy Burgess.
MoviStar Honda Gresini team began the Sepang test as
a full team, with team riders, Daijiro Kato
and Sete Gibernau testing their RC211V machines
at the 5.548km circuit. New boy to the RCV camp, Sete Gibernau,
who had only once briefly tested the RCV prior today, spent
the opening day of the test finding a base set up to work from.
Sete Gibernau: "This is my first full test on board the
Honda RC211V, and obviously it will take time to adapt to the
new machine, but there is no rush. There are a few little things,
mainly electronics, that need setting up to suit me, but little
by little it will come. Also, after a break such as the one
I've just had, you need to get back into the mindframe of racing
once again, to pick up the rhythm where you left off. This is
obviously harder when you have to get used to a new bike too,
but for an initial test, I'm very satisfied indeed. The team
is very good and very supportive, and I'm excited about the
year ahead, and about fighting for the top positions once again."
Teammate Kato concentrated his efforts on suspension work, an
area the diminutive, lightweight Japanese feels vital to his
success in 2003. Daijiro Kato: "I feel refreshed after
the short winter break, but I picked
up a bit of a stomach upset yesterday, and I still feel a little
under the weather today, so that didn't help me, even though
I set a good lap time. We are working mainly on the suspension
settings for the bike, which is
where I need to focus most. We do not have the new parts for
this season to test yet - they will arrive in February at the
next session. I'm looking forward to 2003 now, and although
it rained here this afternoon I decided against going out, because
I got lots of rain laps in during the test we did in Jerez."
Third place finisher in the MotoGP Championship last season,
Tohru Ukawa, was at Sepang with his new team.
Ukawa completed put in 56 laps aboard the Honda Pons
RCV during the opening day of the test. Tohru Ukawa: "Everything
is going okay here in Sepang, where we are currently working
mainly on both the front and rear suspension settings. We have
already improved it considerably and will be working on it more
tomorrow. This afternoon I was going to dedicate to tyre testing,
but then the rain came, so I couldn't do any of that, hopefully
the rain will stay away for the next two days. We are still
using the same machine as last
year, testing some of the new parts added whilst they construct
a whole new bike in Japan. Overall though, I am happy with how
everything is going with my new team, communication is good
and we work well together."
Italian Max Biaggi returns to the Honda camp
in 2003 racing an RCV for the Pramac Honda Team.
Biaggi completed 27 laps today, primarily trying various adjustments
to the seating position, footrests, and the controls, in a bid
to find the most comfortable riding position. Max Biaggi: "Today
was the first time I sat on a motorcycle for over two months.
I didn't do so many laps today, it's a new bike and we have
a lot of testing before we start the season. We were working
on the electronics today and we needed some help form the Japanese
technicians. They had many riders to look after so it took time.
We spent time on my seating position on the bike, footpegs,
levers, I have yet to feel comfortable on the bike. The important
thing now is for me to understand the strong and weak points
of the motorcycle. Right now I feel the strong point is the
power and the delivery, the weak point is the clutch."
Makoto Tamada makes his MotoGP debut in 2003,
riding the second Pramac liveried RCV. Tamada's machine will
be equipped with Bridgestone tyres as the Japanese manufacturer
steps up its tyre development programme, working with four-stroke
MotoGP machines for the first time. Tamada completed 56 laps
of the track today. Makoto Tamada: "The first day of testing
was, as always, dedicated to the set-up of the bike, partly
because it's the first time I've ever been to Sepang and I need
to understand and interpret the circuit. I'm pleased with the
way things went today, as I've been able to prepare well for
the days ahead. There's plenty of room for improvement, and
we'll be carrying on with the test programme tomorrow."
Bridgestone have also recruited the services of former grand
prix rider Shinichi Itoh to assist with their
winter testing programme. Itoh, now an HRC test rider, has been
working on various Bridgestone testing projects in
recent years and his vast knowledge of grand prix racing and
Bridgestone tyres will be invaluable to new boy Tamada as he
approaches the most important season of his young career. Shinichi
Itoh: "I hadn't ridden at Sepang for a year - and last
time I was using tyres from a different manufacturer. I noticed
the difference, and after trying out a few solutions we drew
up the work programme for the coming days. It's going to be
pretty intense but I'm not worried about the quantity of work
as I'm sure we'll be able to achieve some excellent
times Sepang January 20, 2003: Valentino
Rossi, ITA Repsol Honda 2m 05.76s - 23 laps.
Daijiro Kato, JPN Telefonica MoviStar Honda 2m 05.02s - 29 laps.
Max Biaggi, ITA Pramac Honda Team 2m 06.0s - 27 laps. Tohru
Ukawa, JPN Honda Pons 2m 06.0s - 55 laps. Sete Gibernau, SPA
Telefonica MoviStar Honda 2m 06.6s - 28 laps. Shinichi Itoh,
JPN HRC Honda 2m 07.5s - 55 laps. Nicky Hayden, USA Repsol Honda
2m 07.76s - 58 laps. Makoto Tamada, JPN Pramac Honda Team 2m
09.2s - 56 laps.
Times Tumble on Second Day of HRC Sepang Test
Jan 21st: Day two of the HRC winter test at
the Sepang circuit, in Malaysia, saw all Honda RC211V riders
lower their lap times from yesterdays opening session. Reigning
MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi set a scorching pace on
his Repsol Honda while testing tyres for team supplier Michelin.
In the searing temperatures and high humidity of Sepang Rossi
set a lap time 1.6s faster than his best lap time during the
grand prix held at Sepang October of last year.
Valentino Rossi: "Basically very happy with the results
of today. The bike now seems stable and we have no chatter.
It is now possible to go very fast and to keep regular fast
laps. The engine feels strong and I have good
traction without having to slow to stop spinning. We will keep
all the settings the same for tomorrow. We have worked hard
on the front today with nine different compound Michelins. Tomorrow
we will work more on the rear."
Rossi's Repsol Honda teammate, American Superbike Champion Nicky
Hayden, was feeling more at home on day two of the test. The
American put in an amazing 84 laps of the circuit, lowering
his lap time by over a second from yesterday as he familiarised
himself with both the changes to he RCV and the Sepang circuit.
Nicky Hayden: "I'm feeling a lot more comfortable on the
bike which is good but the track has taken me a lot longer to
learn than I'm used to; certainly longer than the other GP tracks
I've ridden on. It's such a long lap time and so much wider.
Although we got a faster lap time it's been a little frustrating
today and at times we seem to be going round in circles - I
guess hardly surprising - it's still early days. Tomorrow we'll
do more work with suspension setting and with tyres. Step by
Testing times Sepang January 21st: Valentino
Rossi, ITA Repsol Honda 2m 03.5s 65 laps. Daijiro Kato, JPN
Telefonica MoviStar Honda 2m 4.3s 56 laps. Max Biaggi, ITA Pramac
Honda Team 2m 04.5s 47 laps. Sete Gibernau, SPA Telefonica MoviStar
Honda 2m 04.9s 58 laps. Tohru Ukawa, JPN Honda Pons 2m 04.9s.
Shinichi Itoh, JPN HRC Honda 2m 05.6s 76 laps 76 laps. Nicky
Hayden, USA Repsol Honda 2m 06.6s 84 laps. Makoto Tamada, JPN
Pramac Honda Team 2m 07.1s 61 laps.
Honda rivals Rossi and Biaggi burn ip the track on Day Three
Jan 22nd: Most riders spent the afternoon testing
tyres for their 2003 suppliers. The Repsol Honda team of Valentino
Rossi and Nicky Hayden pronounced themselves satisfied at the
end of the day. Rossi happy with the amount of technical set
up and tyre testing work he completed, Hayden happy with the
progress he has made to date.
Valentino Rossi: "A good three days and for me the best
part is to understand the problems we have had in braking. We
got some good settings yesterday and today we have found some
good Michelin tyres. The grip on the edge has always been a
problem but today we have the tyres and the settings to get
good grip on the edge. The engine and chassis feel strong and
now we understand the braking better it is possible to make
a good time."
"I can look back on this test and say it was very positive.
Two and a half months without riding a motorcycle. But within
10 laps of riding this bike I felt comfortable, at the end of
the test I felt quite good
about it. Today we finalised the set up and covered a lot of
kilometers. Michelin asked us to do an endurance test with the
tyres. The test went well, Michelin are doing a great job for
us for 2003. I spent the last 10
minutes of the test I pushed hard looking for the limit. I got
close but I didn't want to make a mistake on the first test
with the bike. The team and I are beginning to understand each
other and I feel comfortable. We now
have one month before we test again. I will keep my concentration,
I want to ride the bike again as soon as possible. I'm having
a lot of fun with it!"
Nicky Hayden: "I've gotta be pretty pleased with the tests
here. It's an awesome place and although it's been hard learning
the track on the new bike - I've leaned heaps and the important
thing is I've stayed upright and
the times are getting faster. Things seemed to get better when
we set most of the bike to standard settings and I could concentrate
on the tyres and just riding the bike better. I'd like to be
able to go harder into the turns. It's a question of confidence
really. I know I can be far harder on this bike than I could
be on my VTR. I'm enjoying it. I'm sure it'll come!"
Testing times Sepang January 22nd:. Valentino
Rossi, ITA Repsol Honda 2m 02.65s 55 laps. Max Biaggi, ITA Pramac
Honda Team 2m 02.8s 48 laps. Tohru Ukawa, JPN Honda Pons 2m
03.4s. Daijiro Kato, JPN Telefonica MoviStar Honda 2m 03.7s.
Sete Gibernau, SPA Telefonica MoviStar Honda 2m 04.3s. Nicky
Hayden, USA Repsol Honda 2m 05.47s 60 laps. Makoto Tamada, JPN
Pramac Honda Team 2m 06.5s 30 laps. Shinichi Itoh, JPN HRC Honda
2m 06.5s 31 laps.
Loris Capirossi power slides the new Desmosedici. His MotoGP
experience and track knowledge is allowing him to come to grips
with the new bike much quicker than team mate Superbike Champ
New Ducati Marlboro Desmosedici Team on Pace at Sepang
Ducati Marlboro Team started its three-day test at Sepang with
Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss continuing development and
set-up work on the Ducati Desmosedici for its first season in
the MotoGP championship. This was Ducati’s first ever
appearance at the Malaysian circuit, and Troy Bayliss, unlike
Loris Capirossi, was getting to grips with the Sepang track
for the first time.
On arrival, the Ducati Marlboro Team was greeted with average
temperatures of 30° C (35° C track) in addition to stifling
humidity and the test session was later interrupted by a violent
tropical downpour in the afternoon. The first day of testing
however allowed the Ducati engineers to continue with set-up
work on the bike and the riders to gain more experience with
the Desmosedici prototype. Using the positive tests
at Phillip Island as a basis, the riders undertook several test
sessions, and by the end of the day Capirossi had completed
38 laps and Bayliss 39.
day of testing for the Ducati Marlboro Team at the Sepang circuit
in Malaysia mainly revolved around set-up work on the Ducati
Desmosedici. Both Capirossi and Bayliss completed a similar
number of laps, 56 for Loris and 57 for Troy. The high temperatures
(air 33° C / 51° track) enabled the team to
verify the performance of the bike in difficult conditions,
and confirmed the validity of the technical solutions applied
so far by Ducati Corse engineers.
Both riders slightly improved their times on day two. Capirossi,
who felt more at home on the Malaysian track, got down to a
time of 2’04.4”, while Bayliss continued his learning
curve, but improved on
yesterday’s performance to end the day with a time of
“I’m pleased with the way testing went today”
commented Troy at the end of the session. “My aim is above
all to learn the track and establish the right feeling with
the bike and the results so far show that we are on the right
track. Today we concentrated on finding the best set-up for
these temperatures and this type of track surface. I feel that
we’ve still got a lot of room for improvement, but at
the moment I prefer to concentrate on testing and set-up. As
well as the Michelin tyres, today I also tried a number of different
fairings, due to the high temperatures, and new gear ratios.
We have to take advantage of every lap of the track to understand
the bike and we’ll be doing the same sort of work tomorrow.”
“Today we did a really good job” declared Loris.
“We managed to resolve many of the doubts that we had
yesterday, in particular regarding grip. We tested lots of front
and rear tyres and by the end
of the day we had sorted out the problems of traction and spinning
at the rear. This enabled me to improve on yesterday’s
time and I finished with 2’04.4”. We mustn’t
forget however that we are only here to do testing and tomorrow
will also be dedicated to the tyres and accumulating as much
experience as possible because
inexperience will be our worst enemy. The results that we are
obtaining day after day are most satisfying and give us cause
for hope. In addition these four-stroke bikes are really enjoyable
to ride, the Desmosedici slides around easily, it’s great
PRO RACING OFFERS INCENTIVES TO LEADING WERA RIDERS
AMA Pess Release 1/20/03: A program has been
developed by AMA Pro Racing and WERA Motorcycle Roadracing to
give leading WERA riders a better opportunity to compete in
the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship. Riders finishing
in the top three in WERA's 600 and 750 National Challenge classes
will be awarded free AMA Pro Racing licenses and a set number
of free entries for the 2003 season.
The program will work as follows: First place riders in WERA
600 and 750 National Challenge classes will be provided a free
AMA Pro Racing license and seven free entries into AMA Chevy
Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship events. Second-place riders
will receive the license and five free entries, and third-place
riders will get a license and three free entries. Entries may
be used for any class in which the rider is licensed to participate
in 2003. "We see WERA as a valuable partner in developing
America's road-racing talent,"
said Scott Hollingsworth, AMA Pro Racing CEO. "We would
like to provide WERA's best riders a better opportunity to make
a smooth transition into the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike
Championship and this program will help make that possible."
WERA President Evelyne Clarke sees the AMA Pro Racing/WERA alliance
as a great opportunity to give WERA riders much deserved recognition.
"WERA has always been a training ground for riders who
have gone on to win national and world championships,"
said Clarke. "We are happy to see our riders go on to be
successful in AMA Pro Racing. This union between WERA and AMA
Pro Racing should provide even more of an opportunity to showcase
our top riders and to give them help in making the transition
to AMA Pro Racing." For additional information on this
program contact AMA Pro Racing at (614) 856-1900 or via e-mail
WERA Motorcycle Roadracing, Inc, is one of the oldest and largest
national sanctioning bodies conducting motorcycle roadraces
at road courses across the United States. 1999 marked the 25th
Anniversary for WERA Motorcycle Roadracing. There are over 3,000
roadracers holding a competition license and 250 holding a
SBK Fast Dates World Superbike Girls win!
things to tell you about. Firstly, Nicky Lane pictured above -
Miss Great Britain 2001, our official SBK Fast Dates World Superbike
calendar girl at Laguna Seca 2002 who is featured in our upcoming
2004 Calendars and was Troy Bayliss' Ducati umbrella girl at Laguna,
Nicki won the title of Miss Reading (her home city in Britain)
and she's back in the finals of Miss Great Britain for 2003.
Plus, Nicki's got through to the final stages of British TV's
Cheerleader Idol, which is one of those competitions similar to
American Idol. The winner will get to dance during the British
Superbowl for the Jacksonville Jaguars team -so pretty good prize.
Nicki is a professional dancer, teacher and certified aerobics
above, Joanna Krupa, another one of our 2004 FastDates.com Calendar
Angels who will be joining us as an official SBK Fast Dates World
Superbike girl at Laguna Seca 2003, won the Spokesmodel competiton
on American TV's Star Search on Thursday the 23rd. Please watch
Joanna in the coming weeks on Star Seach as she tries to advance
through to the finals. Please cast your vote for her during the
show at www.cbs.com/star
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Pro Racing Announces New U.S. Super Moto Championship
our LA Calendar Motorcycle Show to be the premier event of the
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- AMA Pro Racing will debut an all new motorcycle
racing championship in 2003 based on the popular supermoto format.
The series is
scheduled to begin in late Spring and AMA Pro Racing plans a complete
press conference and introduction during Daytona Bike Week in
According to Scott Hollingsworth, CEO of AMA Pro Racing, the new
series already has the support of the major OEMs as well as a
number of national sponsors. "It's apparent that the marketplace
is ready for this championship and AMA Pro
Racing is pleased to take the leadership role in its development,"
with its combination of road racing, motocross and
flat track elements, is a fantastic platform for manufacturers
to showcase new product and expand their marketing opportunities.
Plus, there's no better way to demonstrate rider versatility.
To succeed in this series competitors will have
to master several racing disciplines."
A cross section
of national caliber riders has expressed interest in competingin
the series including reigning AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat
Track Champion Chris Carr, two-time X-Games gold medalist /freestyle
Mike Metzger, five-time Daytona 200 winner Scott Russell and former
World GP Champion, Kevin Schwantz. Bringing riders together from
backgrounds will ensure not only a good show but broad fan appeal
Races will run in conjunction with already-established AMA professional
as stand-alone events in a number of major markets nationwide.
One of the goals
of the series is to offer as many riders as possible the opportunity
to compete. Complete series details, including class structure
and rules will be announced
our own National caliber FastDates.com SuperMotard Race Weekend
is taking place at our huge Los Angeles Calendar Motorcyle Show
Weekend July 19-20th at the Queen Mary Event Park in Long Beach.
With over 20,000 spectators and 150 industry manufacturers and
companies in attendance in the heart of America's motorcycle community,
this will no doubt be the premier Supermotard event in America.
Our Motard event is being produced by Paul Brent and Glen Curtis
of MotoMaster. The AMA is presently in negotiations with us to
secure our race as the showcase event in their proposed National
Championship Series. Title sponsorships opportunities for our
Los Angles round are available by contacting Gianatsis Design
at ph: 818-223-8550.
Yamaha Belgarda -
Casolo and Jamie Whitham forced to retire with medical problems
Belgarda have signed MotoGP star Jurgen van den Goorbergh to spearhead
their 2003 Supersport World Championship campaign. The 33 year-old
Dutchman attended last weekend’s team test in Valencia,
Spain, where he showed great promise aboard the new 2003 YZF-R6.
The good news of Jurgen’s arrival comes at a sad time for
the team as they learn of the departure of riders Paolo Casoli
and Jamie Whitham, who will both be retiring from racing for health
Casoli has spent the winter months convalescing from a cranial
trauma he sustained in a crash while testing last November. This
week a full neurological examination by Professor Carlo Bollini
at the Bellaria Hospital in Bologna has shown the 37 year-old
Italian is completely over the trauma but retains some mild tissue
damage (anencephaly) which, in the case of another crash, could
lead to more serious complications. Casoli, who in all other respects
can lead a normal healthy life, has chosen to follow the advice
of his doctors and retire from racing.
"The doctors have been very honest, they told me that if
I crashed again I could have big problems and ruin my future;
this is too much of a risk that I don't feel like taking"
explained Casoli. "I am very sad to leave in this way after
20 years of racing at the highest level. In 2003 I would have
had a very fast Yamaha, new tyres and the ambition to win the
Supersport World Championship. I couldn't wait to face this challenge.
But I have to think about my family too, they are my main reason
for life. I have a son, a wife and wonderful parents who would
have worried too much knowing the risks I was taking. So I prefer
By an unlucky twist of fate, Paolo’s team-mate Jamie Whitham,
another 20-year veteran of racing, has also seen his career cut
short by health concerns: this time glaucoma of the left eye.
At the end of last season he first encountered slight vision difficulties
and sought medical treatment, though the full impact of the problem
has only now become evident. Jamie maintains near normal vision
for daily activities but the impairment becomes more acute during
the stresses of top-level competitive racing and this has led
to his decision to retire. Doctors have suggested that the cause
of the problem may be the chemotherapy treatment that Whitham
received in 1995 after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease
- a form of lymphatic cancer, from which he made a full recovery.
“I was aware of this problem at the end of last season and
discussed it with the team,” said Whitham. “I didn’t
notice it again during the first two winter tests when we were
in the wet and riding quite slow, but it became a problem while
I was testing at full speed in the dry last weekend. I just can’t
give that last 10% with any confidence - and confidence is what
racing is all about. I wouldn’t want to put myself or anyone
else in danger, plus the guys at Belgarda are more like a family
than a team and they deserve to have a rider who is 100% fit.
I know the bike is going to be good - good enough to win the championship
- so it’s important that they have the best possible rider.
It’s been a really hard decision to make - I’ve been
racing all my life and all my friends are in racing. I know I’ve
got be philosophical but I’m really going to miss it.”
Claudio Consonni, Yamaha Belgarda’s racing director, admitted
to feelings of both pleasure and pain by the developments: “I
feel split down the middle today. I feel very sad to see two such
great riders and friends as Paolo and Jamie leave. We are very
close to them both and hope they will remain part of the Belgarda
extended family. On the one hand it‘s very exciting for
us to have signed Jurgen and I’m sure he will be give us
a great chance at the title this year. He has the right skill
and mentality and we are very optimistic.”
Asked about his move from MotoGP to Supersport, Jurgen had the
following to say: “After MotoGP I think World Supersport
is the most important and competitive race class, where all major
manufacturers are represented. I have already tested the new R6
and have a very positive feeling for both the bike and the team.
It can’t be easy for such a close team to lose both riders
at once, I’m aware I have a big gap to fill and certainly
hope I can meet the challenge.”
Together with his army of enthusiastic Dutch race fans, Jurgen
will be supported in his challenge of the 2003 Supersport World
Championship title by Yamaha Motor Netherlands. Yamaha Belgarda
will test with 24 year-old Italian, Simone Sanna, on the 26th
and 27th of January in Valencia. The ex-GP125 rider has already
had trials on World Superbike machinery this past winter with
Maxim, FHM, Stuff,
Sport Rider, Playboy, Superbike
Easy Riders, Cycle World, more!