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MotoGP at Bruno, Round 10
It was a race that will go down in MotoGP history as one of the most exciting and competitive ever in a season that itself has been more than extrodinary. The entire 23 lap race was a 4-way battle for the lead between the 2 factory Ducatis of Troy Bayliss and Loris Capirossi, and the works Hondas of Rossi and Gibernau. Bayliss exploded from his second row start and the former World Superbike Champion lead the first 10 laps of the race, his first time in the lead of a MotoGP, until his persuers finally reeled him in and an epic 4-way battle ensued for the lead. At one point they were actually 4 abreast going into one corner, and more times than could be counted the four riders traded 1st for 4th in the space of a corner.
The race came down to 2 laps from the end when Rossi recovered his Repsol Honda from 4th position, Capirossi's Desmosedici expired at the wayside with a dead electrical system, and Rossi retook the lead from Bayliss and Giberneau on the final lap, holding off the Frenchman by half a bike length - just 0.041 seconds as they crossed the finish line.
For Rossi himself the race was a vindication of his self-belief after some relatively lowly results of late. “That was one of the best races of the year,” said the Italian. “For the first time we fought without tactics. Sometimes this year we have thought too much about the moves. Today there were four or five really fast guys who all wanted to be at the front. We pushed the bikes very hard and I made some mistakes. Sete made some and I crossed the line first. It was very special.”
Gibernau was full of praise for his rival, even in defeat. “Every race we have this year seems to be better than the other ones,” smiled Gibernau. “We are battling very hard and we tried 100% from the start. Congratulations to Valentino, he deserves it. Today he was the best - I tried my best to win, but he won. I heard that Valentino was in a crisis – I hoped he was in a crisis. If this is his crisis I do not want to know about it when he is not having a crisis!”
Having run with the leading bunch in the early laps, Brno specialist Max Biaggi (Camel Pramac Pons RC211V) slid down the order to finish fifth after experiencing turn in problems, running wide and almost losing the front. Biaggi was one place behind the Yamaha of Carlos Checa.
is certainly not a good result,” said Biaggi. “I did not
enjoy riding and this has been a terrible race because I know I can
go much faster at this track. At one stage I nearly fell but I jolted
the handlebar with my left hand and that miraculously redressed the
balance – but by that time Checa had overtaken me. I think the
three hours we had in practice were not enough to set-up the bike
Another weekend of progress for Nicky Hayden was not enough to satisfy the young American’s hunger for success. “Generally a positive weekend,” he acknowledged. “It was good being up the front in qualifying but this weekend I wanted a little more. I just seemed to be missing a little bit – me and the bike. I got on the back of Checa for a long time but just couldn’t get past. I’m happy I finished so close to the leaders, that gap was pretty close and it’s good to have moved up in the points as well.”
place was a disappointment for the hard work put in by Tohru Ukawa
and his Camel Pramac Pons team. “ The result is no good, eighth
position,” said Ukawa. “In the middle of the race my pace
was not so bad but at the beginning it was so difficult to be in the
lap time. There was too much gap to make up to the top group. We have
seen this many times this year. At the end there was much more spinning
from the rear than earlier so the gap to Barros grew. Tomorrow I am
testing here so we will try to find a solution.”
Race Classification MotoGP : (22 laps = 118.866 km)
de Puniet and Aprilias continue 250cc Domination
Rolfo was frustrated to take fourth. “I didn’t make the best of starts and I had to recover quickly,” said the Italian, who still enjoys a genuine chance of the championship win itself. “After I had dropped back to fourth it was impossible to close the gap again and I did not have the acceleration I needed off the corners. It was like an elastic effect, close going into the corner, slower coming out.”
Porto (Telefonica Movistar Junior Team RS250RW) was on the tail of
the leading group after overcoming a third row start and he was to
end his race five seconds down on Rolfo, in a fine fifth place.
The only girl in the MotoGP World Championship, Katja Poensgen (Dark Dog Molenaar Honda RS250RW finished was 20th. The former SBK and German National SuperStock star has yet to break into the top half of the standings this season.
The World Championship points standings show Poggiali in the lead with 145 points, Nieto second on 136 and Rolfo third, a single point down on Nieto and only ten behind Poggiali. De Puniet is on a total of 130 and Elias sits fifth on 126. Porto is eighth, with 98 points.
(20 laps = 108.06 km).
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2004 AMA SUPERBIKE RULES FINALIZED
Preliminary Support Class Rules Also Announced
PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Aug. 18, 2003) -- The AMA Pro Racing Board of Directors has ratified technical rules for the 2004 AMA Superbike Championship season and have approved, but not released a preliminary set of rules for support classes including Supersport, Superstock and Formula Xtreme. A refinement to the 2004 class structure has also been approved but not releases as of yet..
Here are the principal tecnnical regulations for AMA Superbike:
injection throttle bodies:
Scott Hollingsworth, AMA Pro Racing CEO is confident the new technical rules will help achieve the objectives of continuing to deliver close competition and quality entertainment, maintaining adequate control of costs, and encouraging increased participation from major motorcycle manufacturers. “With the input of all major stakeholders, we have created a set of rules that will provide the ideal marketing platform for continued growth,” said Hollingsworth. “The United States represents the world’s most important motorcycle market and we’ve opened up the door for more companies to use motorcycle racing as a means to promote their products.”
Development of the final AMA Superbike rules included measures taken to improve parity among the two primary engine configurations. “Keeping the twins competitive and opening the door for increased manufacturer participation was a primary goal for 2004,” said Hollingsworth. “We expect performance of the next generation multi-cylinder models to advance even further and it’s imperative that we adjust the rules structure to account for this ongoing development. We have created an environment that provides opportunity for all manufacturers to showcase their products and remain legitimately competitive.”
In addition to finalizing the 2004 AMA Superbike rules, the AMA Pro Racing Board of Directors has approved a preliminary set of rules for support classes. AMA Pro Racing licensed riders and credential holders may comment on proposed support class rule changes during a 30-day comment period beginning Monday, Aug. 18 through Tuesday, Sept. 16. Comments can be made on AMA Pro Racing’s RIDERS ONLY website at www.amaproracing.com/ridersonly. After the 30-day comment period concludes, AMA Pro Racing will review suggestions before sending the package to the AMA Pro Racing Board of Directors for final ratification.
Hollingsworth confirmed that the 30-day comment period, specifically for support classes, will yield final technical rules for AMA-sanctioned road racing in the United States. “With AMA Superbike complete, we can now turn our attention to the support classes,” concluded Hollingsworth. “At the end of the process, we’ll have created a class structure and set of technical rules that best serves the needs of the entire racing community, including our fans, and allows for continued growth and commercial development of our series.”