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if you can!
Max on the factory Honda takes pole for the Pacific Grand Prix.
MotGP World Championship, Pacific Grand Prix at Motegi, Round 13 of
Dominates at Motegi
Nicki Hayden scores impressive 3rd, Tomada and Hopkins disqualified
for rough riding
Japan, Oct 4-5th: Max Biaggi (Camel Pramac Pons RC211V) was
way ahead of the controversy that was eventually to surround the Pacific
Grand Prix when he won by 3.754 seconds from Valentino Rossi (Repsol
Honda RC211V) in front of 56,000 Japanese race fans in fine autumn
weather. But although Makoto Tamada (Pramac Honda RC211V) crossed
the line third after barging his way past Sete Gibernau (Telefonica
Movistar Honda RC211V) on the final lap, the Japanese rider was later
disqualified for what Race Direction described as “riding in
an irresponsible manner.”
Honda Fill the front Row as
Max Masters Motegi
Saturday October 4: As MotoGP
paid further respects to the hugely missed Daijiro Kato here at Motegi,
Max Biaggi (Camel Pramac Pons RC211V) went about the business of placing
his machine on pole. The Roman timed his fastest lap to perfection
in sunny and dry conditions edging local hero Makoto Tamada (Pramac
Honda RC211V) into second with Valentino Rossi (Repsol Honda RC211V)
qualifying third and Sete Gibernau (Telefonica Movistar Honda RC211V)
fourth for an all-Honda front row.
Biaggi revelled in the conditions and now he has the
measure of his RC211V, the Roman used his precise, inch-perfect style
to put in a 1m 47.696s lap in the final seconds of the session. He
timed his lap perfectly and no one had any answers to his sheer speed
around the 4.801km of Motegi.
Saturday’s final qualifying session began with
Loris Capirossi launching his Ducati skywards when he ran off-track
and then hit a pot hole that buckled the front wheel rim and catapulted
him and his machine into the air. Meanwhile Biaggi was taking his
time before venturing on track ten minutes into the session. Events
followed the usual pattern for the first half-hour with riders perfecting
set-up and testing tyre endurance. Biaggi bettered his first qualifying
time from yesterday within that first half-hour and Gibernau was holding
pole with a 1m 48.707s lap from that same session. Carlos Checa (Yamaha)
then hoisted himself to second place with a 1m 48.767s lap, but that
was his best shot and the Spaniard had to settle for seventh place
by the end of the hour.
Then Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC211V) showed precisely why he is
maturing into a real force in the premier class in his rookie year.
The American rocketed to a 1m 48.618s lap that was good enough for
him to hold pole with 13 minutes to go.
Then it was another rookie sensation’s turn
to grab the limelight as local hero Makoto Tamada posted a 1m 48.245s
lap to hold pole for a time. The Japanese, running Japanese Bridgestone
tyres, clearly had the measure of this track. He had said after yesterday’s
session that there was more to come from him and his RC211V –
and so it proved.
But his efforts were bested first by Rossi who briefly
held pole, and then by the storming Biaggi. Max waited until the opportune
moment mere seconds from the end of the session before firing his
machine around Motegi’s 14 turns in a rapid 1m 47.696s lap.
“There were many riders out there capable of
setting a fast time,” said Max. “It was a really exciting
session and extremely competitive. It always seems like the air is
special in Japan and I must congratulate Tamada because he was really
quick today. I have a good rhythm and riding the bike is a joy. It’s
the first time since Brno that I’ve felt comfortable on the
BIAGGI WINS AS HONDA RIDERS NET TOP FOUR PLACES
Raceday Sunday October
Biaggi (Camel Pramac Pons RC211V) was way ahead of the controversy
that was eventually to surround the Pacific Grand Prix when he won
by 3.754 seconds from Valentino Rossi (Repsol Honda RC211V) in front
of 56,000 Japanese race fans in fine autumn weather. But although
Makoto Tamada (Pramac Honda RC211V) crossed the line third after barging
his way past Sete Gibernau (Telefonica Movistar Honda RC211V) on the
final lap, the Japanese rider was later disqualified for what Race
Direction described as “riding in an irresponsible manner.”
Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC211V) to third and Gibernau to fourth
although the Spaniard made the finish in fifth before the authorities
stepped in. Gibernau, who did not make a protest, later said, “I’m
sure it’s the correct decision, I don’t want revenge or
Gibernau had to
take to the gravel trap after Tamada made contact with him in the
downhill braking area to the second tunnel section on the race's final
lap and although he did not fall off, the move was deemed sufficiently
beyond usual forceful racing manoeuvres to warrant a disqualification.
Paul Butler said, “We want to give a message to the riders that
these things (MotoGP bikes) are fast, heavy and dangerous. We’ve
spoken to the rider and there was an element of ‘it’s
a fair cop’ to his reaction.”
Pramac Honda Team appealed, but the appeal was thrown out by the FIM
stewards. There was further off-track involvement when John Hopkins
was served a ban from next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix for
a first turn, first lap incident when he collided with Carlos Checa
(Yamaha) and Troy Bayliss (Ducati). Hopkins’ Suzuki Team appealed
against the decision. The appeal was thrown out.
On track, events
were typically compelling. A dramatic first turn incident right off
the start and subsequent avoiding action taken by those who rode through
it unscathed deprived the riders stationed behind the chaos of getting
in touch with the early leaders. Gibernau made it out of turn one
in the lead with Biaggi tucked in behind him, with Hayden, Rossi and
Tamada in touch.
After a very strong qualifying
performance during the opening two days of the Pacific Grand Prix,
race day eventually brought mixed results for the Fortuna Yamaha Team.
The highlight saw Marco Melandri ride a very determined 24-lap race
to finish a respectable fifth place on the YZR-M1. It was a result
that came after the first turn crash – involving Troy Bayliss
(Ducati) and John Hopkins (Suzuki) – which forced the 21-year-old
MotoGP rookie off the racing line, relegated him back to 19th on the
opening lap. The news, however, was not so positive for Fortuna Yamaha
Team-mate Carlos Checa, who was unable to avoid the incident and was
hit from behind, forcing the Spaniard off the track and out of the
Pacific Grand Prix along with Bayliss and Hopkins.
Rossi (46) carves his way back past Gibernau (15),
Hayden (69) and Tomada (6) after running off the track ealier in the
race. The clock ran out before Rossi could catch back up to race winner
On lap three
Biaggi took the lead from Gibernau and began to make a gap, which
by lap six stood at 1.236 seconds on lap seven. Rossi was pushing
hard in second having disposed of Hayden and Gibernau – hard
enough to run wide at turn one on that lap and take to the gravel
before rejoining the track in ninth place. But the reigning World
Champion set a fastest lap of 1.48.885 seconds on lap 16 as he dug
deep to make up the final few yards on Biaggi’s immediate pursuers.
He soon made short work of them taking Tamada on lap 18, Hayden on
lap 19 and then Gibernau two turns after he’d disposed of his
American Repsol team-mate. But Biaggi had now carved out a 5.007 second
lead over his pursuers and there was little even Rossi could do in
the remaining four laps to put any real pressure on Biaggi, who was
riding a composed and rapid race. He won with comparative ease, but
no MotoGP win is ever easy.
a tough and complicated race because the rhythm was fast from the
start,” he said. “I made a good start and got ahead of
Gibernau on the brakes. When I learned what happened to Rossi I just
tried to maintain the rhythm and build up a good lead. Two laps from
the end I nearly fell and it was a miracle I managed to stay on the
bike. This has been one of the best Grands Prix of the year and I
would like to dedicate it to Daijiro Kato.”
Rossi had to be
content with extending his points advantage over title rival Gibernau.
“After a few laps I made a mistake braking,” he said.
“I went straight on and the situation was very bad with Gibernau
in second place and me in ninth. After I recovered I made the fastest
lap and got back to the second group. Now I’ll arrive in Malaysia
with a big advantage.”
Hayden who was
bounced up to third by the disqualification of Tamada was happier
with his continued competitiveness at the front of the field than
his inherited result. “It’s not the way I want to move
up the tables,” said the American rookie. “I want a proper
podium and that’s what I’ll be working for.”
Gibernau was sanguine
about the result and happy to come away with what he did after suffering
from a fever. “It was one of my most difficult races,”
said the Spaniard. “Luckily I didn’t fall and I can look
forward to the next race when I hope to be in better shape. I felt
very weak when I got off the bike.”
Tamada said, “I
know what I can do when braking and I’ve got a front tyre I
can trust, so I decided to play all the cards I’ve got. When
I saw that I was on the inside and half a length in front of Gibernau
I started taking the corner. I’m sorry that Sete took exception
to what I consider to be a normal race manoeuvre. I’m also upset
about the sentence that I feel is exceptionally harsh.”
Tohru Ukawa (Camel
Pramac Pons RC211V) finished eighth. “I didn’t make a
great start,” he said. “But it wasn’t that bad either.
What really affected my race was the incident involving Hopkins which
made me lose touch with the leaders. I can’t be happy when I
finish 20 seconds behind the winner.”
Rossi leads the
World Championship points table with 282 points to Gibernau’s
224, with Biaggi on 199 and Capirossi on 131.
Race Classification MotoGP : (24 laps = 115.224 km)
Pos/Rider /Nat /Team /Motorcycle /Time/KM/H
1/Max BIAGGI /ITA /Camel Pramac Pons /HONDA/43'57.590/157.267
2/Valentino ROSSI /ITA /Repsol Honda /HONDA/44'01.344/157.043
3/Nicky HAYDEN /USA /Repsol Honda /HONDA/44'03.231/156.931
4/Sete GIBERNAU /SPA /Telefónica Movistar Honda /HONDA/44'17.046/156.115
5/Marco MELANDRI /ITA /Fortuna Yamaha Team /YAMAHA/44'17.499/156.089
6/Alex BARROS /BRA /Gauloises Yamaha Team /YAMAHA/44'18.528/156.028
7/Tohru UKAWA /JPN /Camel Pramac Pons /HONDA/44'19.897/155.948
8/Loris CAPIROSSI /ITA /Ducati Marlboro Team /DUCATI/44'25.477/155.621
9/Shinya NAKANO /JPN /d'Antín Yamaha Team /YAMAHA/44'39.321/154.817
10/Akira RYO /JPN /Team Suzuki /SUZUKI/44'47.696/154.335
11/Ryuichi KIYONARI /JPN /Telefonica Movistar Honda /HONDA/44'50.804/154.157
12/Noriyuki HAGA /JPN /Alice Aprilia Racing /APRILIA/44'51.179/154.135
13/Olivier JACQUE /FRA /Gauloises Yamaha Team /YAMAHA/45'03.210/153.449
14/Nobuatsu AOKI /JPN /Proton Team KR /PROTON KR/45'05.125/153.340
15/Kenny ROBERTS /USA /Suzuki Grand Prix Team /SUZUKI/45'06.645/153.254
Fastest Lap: Valentino ROSSI 1'48.885 158.732 Km/h Lap 16
1 ROSSI 282, 2 GIBERNAU 224, 3 BIAGGI 199, 4 CAPIROSSI 131, 5 BAYLISS
6 UKAWA 103, 7 HAYDEN 101, 8 CHECA 93, 9 BARROS 90, 10 NAKANO 84,
11 TAMADA 69,
12 JACQUE 61, 13 EDWARDS 51, 14 MELANDRI 40, 15 HAGA 40.
MotoGP to Elias on Aprilia
Elias (Aprilia) won the 250 race from Roberto Rolfo (Fortuna Honda
RS250RW) with Manuel Poggiali third (Aprilia). Elias made his break
right from the start, leading into turn one and never relinquishing
his lead throughout the 23 laps of the 4.801km track.
But although Elias hauled
himself into remote title contention with his win, Rolfo was the man
who did the most to improve his Championship chances by taking points
off Poggiali. And perhaps more crucially, Rolfo showed the San Marinese
title leader that he simply will not give up his chase for 250 honours
The last six races in the 250 World Championship have now been won
by six different riders and Rolfo is the only rider to have scored
points at all the 13 races so far this year. His consistency is as
much to do with his absolute determination to take the fight to his
rivals at every opportunity as it is to do with his ability to ride
within the limits of himself and his machine.
Rolfo had to use all his
wiles to get the better of Poggiali and the Italian made his move
on the penultimate lap. But Poggiali pounced back before Rolfo finally
made his pass stick and when Poggiali got his machine a bit too loose
in his bid to re-pass Rolfo he lost touch and Rolfo netted second
in comparative comfort.
satisfaction to be had from second on the podium,” said Rolfo.
“We had some huge problems during practice but we knew how to
rescue the situation. The result is very important for the Championship
and second place was in my hands – that’s why I fought
The World Championship
points tallies show Poggiali on 206, Rolfo with 188 and Elias in the
hunt with 176.
The Graves Formula
Extreame R1 Yamaha would be eligible for FIM and AMA Superbike, but
Yamaha wouldn't let them loose in AMA Superbike factory teams with
a front line rider. Take a good look, it might be the last you'll
see of a really modified 1000cc in-line four in a AMA roadracing for
a while. This
is the type of bike European distributor teams will be racing in World
Superbike next season. The American distributor teams may be unwilling
to enter AMA Superbike in 2004 with the new generation 1000cc fours
without the availability of trick factory parts like cams and pistons
from Japan. They may choose, instead, to race in the AMA's proposed
new 1000cc Superstock class should it actually happen. You can also
see why we like twins.
World Superbike, Supersport Championship
2004 Tech Rules for Superbike, Supersport
October 4, 2003: The main modifications to the Superbike
& Supersport Technical Regulations for the 2004 season have been
released by FGSport. These rules will be very similar to those adopted
by the AMA and British Superbike Championship, as well as many other
counties.(Full text will be available next week on the FIM Internet
2.4 Superbike Technical Specifications
2.4.1 Displacement capacities
2 cylinder Over 800cc up to 1000cc 4 stroke
3 cylinder Over 750cc up to 1000cc 4 stroke
4 cylinder Over 750cc up to 1000cc 4 stroke
The minimum weight will be 162 kg / 356.4lbs. A). 1% tolerance will
be allowed after the race. (The machine's weight after the race may
not be less than 160.38 kg)
Carburation Instruments for 1000cc 3 and 4 cylinders
* Carburation instruments refers to both throttle bodies and carburettors.
* The original homologated carburation instruments must be used un-modified.
* The uses of optional homologated carburation instruments are not
* The fuel injectors may be replaced, they must fit without modification
to the homologated throttle body.
* The carburation instruments intake insulators may be modified.
* Bell mouths may be altered or replaced.
* Variable length intake tract devices that function while the engine
is operating are not allowed, unless such a system is used on the
* Modifications to the fuel pump and the pressure regulator are allowed.
* The fuel injection management computer may be changed.
* The use of flash memory (flash RAM ) is allowed.
* Vacuum slides may be fixed in the open position.
* Secondary throttle plates and shafts may be removed or fixed in
the open position and the electronics may be disconnected or removed.
Variable-length carburettor/fuel injection intake tract devices that
function while the engine is operating are prohibited, unless such
a system is use on the homologated machine.
188.8.131.52 Fuel Injection System
The fuel injectors may be replaced, however they must fit without
modification to the homologated throttle body. Vacuum slides may be
fixed in the open position. Secondary throttle plates and shaft may
be removed or fixed in the open position and the electronics may be
disconnected or removed. Variable-length carburettor/fuel injection
intake tract devices that function while the engine is operating are
prohibited, unless such a system is used on the homologated machine.
All engines in the Superbike class must be 4 stroke type. The following
engine components may not be altered from the homologated machine
except as noted. 4 cylinder engines with a bore / stroke ratio of
1.5 to 1 or greater will be subject to an RPM limit of 14,000 RPMs.
This will be controlled by an electronic device issued by the FIM.
Please note rules specific for the 1000cc multi-cylinder machines
(3 & 4) will be found in the article concerning the component
in question. Other than noted, components may be modified or changed
as allowed the following articles.
*1000cc 3 and 4 cylinders: aftermarket or modified cam drive components
are allowed, however the cam drive must be in the homologated location.
1000cc 3 and 4 cylinders: Aftermarket or modified valves, springs,
retainers and other valve train components are permitted. The original
number of valves must be maintained.
A. Valve diameter, including stem, must remain as homologated.
B. Valves must be made of the same basic material as the homologated
C. Valves must remain in the homologated location and at the same
angle as the homologated valves.
1000cc 3 and 4 cylinders: The homologated crankshaft is allowed the
A. Bearing surfaces may be polished or a surface treatment may be
B. Balancing is allowed but only by the same method as the homologated
crankshaft. (for example heavy metal i.e. Mallory metal inserts are
not permitted unless they are originally specified in the homologated
crankshaft.) C. Attachment of aftermarket ignition components or sensors
D. Balance shaft may be removed.
Primary gear ratios must remain as homologated for 1000cc 3 &
4 cylinder machines.
1000cc 3 and 4 cylinders: Aftermarket or modified clutches (wet-type
cannot be changed to
dry-type) with back torque limiting capabilities are permitted. (slipper
184.108.40.206 Exhaust System
The noise limit for Superbikes will be 107 dB/A, with a + 3dB/A tolerance
after the race.
2.5 Technical Specifications
2.5.2 Minimum Weights
600cc 4 cylinders: 162 kg / 356lbs • 750cc 2 cylinders: 170
kg / 374lbs
The original surfaces of the front fork tubes (stanchions,
fork pipes) may be changed. Additional surface treatment is allowed.
220.127.116.11 Oil Pumps, Oil Lines and Water Pumps
The internal parts of the water pump may be changed or modified. The
drive ratio may be changed. The external appearance must remain as
Aftermarket or modified, stock-type clutch with back-torque limiting
capabilities (slipper type) are allowed. The use of electro-mechanical
or electro-hydraulic actuating system are not allowed.
18.104.22.168 Exhaust system
The noise limit for Supersport will be 107 dB/A.
2.9.2 Minimum Production Quantities
1) Supersport Manufacturers producing more than 75,000 motorcycles
per year must produce 1'000 units for homologation. Manufacturers
producing less than 75'000 motorcycles per year must produce 500 units