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2004 Japanese 1000cc Superbikes
DOA in AMA
Nov 17th - Kawasaki's decission to pull out of AMA Superbike for
2004 has a lot to do with the late arival of their new ZX1000R
Superbike, which probably won't arrive in America until the spring
of 2004. Too late in the season to develop it as a competive Superbike
against the current Honda RC51 and Suzuki GSXR1000. For the same
reason we do not expect Yamaha to race its all-new R1, or for
Hondar to race its new CBR1000 Fireblade in AMA Superike in 2004.
will be forced to make do with the current RC51 which will have
to make do with now old specifica tions from the 2002 season.
Having their Japanese parent companies spending all their race
budget on MotoGP and not developing their new generation of in-line
fours to compete in World Superbike is having a direct impact
on various countries distributor national superbike programs as
Only the Yoshimua
Suzuki has the race shop technical team necessary to keep their
GSXR1000 competitive against Ducati's more current factory Superbike
in the AMA Nationals next year.
We hope Ducati,
despite its limited US budget for America, will field a 2 factory
rider in AMA Superbike next season to go up against the 2 rider
teams from Suzuki and Honda. Asking Eric Bostrom to ride solo
leaves a lot to change for the Italians. British Superbike Champion
Shane Burns would be the perfect choice for the second man on
the Ducat Austin team.
Suzuki withdraws from World Superbike
Nov 17th, Alleur, Belgium -
As one of the members who wish to promote motorcycle racing, Team
Alstare Suzuki wishes to thank all the media that are always fair
and neutral, and so dedicated to promote the fun and excitement
of motorcycle racing in the world.
On 15th November,
MSMA made a statement that all the members other than Ducati will
not compete in 2004 World Superbike Championship races as factory
teams, and furthermore, will not provide any technical assistance
on a factory basis. This is due to the fact the organizer has
not adopted a set of fair technical rules that had been agreed
by all MSMA members, and also the fact that the organizer have
decided to restrict tires to a single make.
In accordance with the MSMA’s decision, Team Alstare Suzuki
has decided not to participate in 2004 World Superbike Championship
races as Suzuki official Team. It is our heartfelt regret that
we are not able to show our racing performance at the track to
all of the SBK race fun. We do hope that the public can understand
that we were compelled to make such a sad decision this time.
would like to announce that Team Alstare Suzuki is going to participate
in 2004 World Supersport Championship races with the newly-designed
GSX-R600. The official details including Riders will be announced
at a later date. -Francis Batta. Team Manager, Team Alstare Suzuki
Manufacturers let Sportbike fans down
MSMA PRESS RELEASE
Nov. 17th- The MSMA and each of the individual manufacturers who
are members of the MSMA would like to thank the media for all
the work they put into covering motorcycle racing and for encouraging
so many people to take an interest in, and give their backing
to, the sport.
In light of rumors and misinformation regarding who will be competing
in World Championship Superbike racing, the MSMA would like to
make a clear statement of its position. A set of very fair technical
rules had been agreed by all MSMA members in order to prevent
unnecessarily high market prices for the machines that the series
is based on, but the rules have not been adopted.
the MSMA members have unanimously determined that unless these
rules are adopted and the decision to restrict tires to a single
make is rescinded, MSMA members will not compete in 2004 World
Championship Superbike racing as factory teams, and furthermore,
will not provide technical assistance on a factory basis. Ducati
is exempted due to its pre-existing contractual commitments to
The MSMA is
deeply saddened at having to make this announcement, but has been
forced into the decision. As motorcycle manufacturers, we have
to take a resolute stand against technical rules that are likely
to be detrimental to the interests of ordinary motorbike customers,
and also against the idea of restricting tires to a single make
so that a tire maker can become World Champion just by buying
the title. We sincerely hope that all devotees of the Championship
will appreciate why we have to take this approach. Finally we
would like to thank fans, the public and the media for all their
support and understanding at this difficult time for motorcycle
We would like to ask you for your understanding and hope that
you will continue to be able to give your support to the continuing
support to the growth of motor cycling and motorcycle racing.
The above press releease statement from MSMA is pure political
BS. The Japanese manufacturers had no intention of supporting
the 2004 World Superbike season before the change of the technical
regulations. This in turn, forced FG Sport to change the rules
and pick up a spec tire sponsor, Pirelli, to support the privaterer
teams and keep the Championship viable. Ducati and Foggy Petronas
are now the only factory teams racing in the 2004 World Superbike
Championship. A suggestion to our FastDates.com sportbike fans
- support the manufacturers who support racing.
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Petronas team make first test with new rider Chris Walker
Thursday 13 November 2003-
Carl Fogarty was provided with immediate proof of the value of new
signing Chris Walker during his Foggy PETRONAS Racing team's two-day
test at Valencia.
Chris was in action on the FP1 for the first time since signing
for FPR and joined team-mate Troy Corser in the first chance to
test the Pirelli tyres that all World Superbike championship teams
will be using for the 2004
season. But the focus of four-times world champion Foggy was firmly
on his new man, who has replaced fellow Brit James Haydon.
"This has been one of the best tests I have been to and the
atmosphere within the team has been really positive. Chris had
a few mechanical problems on the second day but the first day
went very well. He
loved the bike from the word go, especially the way it handled
in the corners. And I was very surprised to see that he was nearly
as fast as Troy at such an early stage. Chris did not really have
much of a chance to test thePirelli tyres, but Troy went very
well on them on the second day.
very impressed with Troy's performance. He did around 16 laps
on the same tyre, with his last lap quicker than the first. I
don't think I ever saw that with our Michelins. We still have
a bit of work to find the perfect tyre for our bike but Troy said
the Pirelli tyres gave good consistent grip throughout. So everything
looks good for exciting racing and close competition in the championship
finished the first day with a best time of 1:38.2, just half a
second down on his team-mate. But, while Troy broke into the 1:36s,
mechanical problems prevented Chris from making progress with
lap times on the
"I spent the first day familiarising with the bike and the
way the team works, but I was unable
to make much progress on the second day because of a few problems
with the bike. But I already know that the
bike does certain things very well. All I can do at this early
stage is use Troy as a benchmark and I was only half
a second behind him on the first day which was very encouraging.
I didn't get much chance to test the new tyres
but there will be time for that."
"I was doing lap times today as good as the ones at our last
test here, with similar engine performance. It is still early
days in our selection but the signs are that the one-tyre rule
is going to work well for the championship."