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Reigning British Superbike champ John Reynolds on the Rizla Suzuki
hopes to retain his title aboard the new GSXR1000 despite a broken
leg in testing last month and a full 40 bike grid of serious contenders.
British Superbike Championshp Season PREVIEW
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22nd Brands Hatch, Great Britain - The opening round
of the 2005 British Superbike Series kicks off this weekend March
26th - 28th at Brands Hatch Circuit, Kent. The season promises
to be a highly charged show for Superbike fans with top motorcycle
racers - amongst whom are John Reynolds (reigning champion), Michael
Rutter, John McGuiness, Jeremy McWilliams, Leon Haslam, Glen Richards
and Scott Smart. Every race is important for the riders and with
13 rounds (26 races), the 2005 BSB series is tough, it's the most
competitive National race series in the world. Much more so than
America's Superbike which AMA
Pro Racing has relegated to a glimmer of its former glory
now contested by just 3 factory teams and their 7 riders.
Superbike Championship offers a full range of motorcycle manufacturers
vying for a win - Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Honda, Ducati there
is sure to be a racer riding the bike you ride on the road. A
full race calendar can be found below, as can a full list of all
the 2005 racers.
British Superbike Champion John Reynolds has has confirmed he
will be on the grid at Brands Hatch this weekend to defend his
Championship crown despite breaking his leg last month. The Rizla
Suzuki ace Reynolds broke his right leg in five places when he
crashed his GSX-R1000 during testing at Valencia and since then
has undergone an operation to have his tibia pinned, with his
fibula left to heal naturally.
He is having a special boot made for his right leg which will
act as a cast and provide him with the ability to balance he needs
to race. After consultations with his doctors, Reynolds was given
the all-clear to race today (Tuesday).
told Motor Cycle News earlier this month: "I want to race
at Brands. But from everything I've been told my target of racing
at Brands is 100 percent realistic."
win this year? With the bikes on very even terms with each other,
its down to the riders, mechanics and the best choice of tires.
Unlike WSB (Pirelli is the tyre), the teams in BSB choose their
preferred tyre supplier. Many racers have used success in BSB
to move to a more Global stage in World Superbike (Chris Walker,
James Toseland, Yukio Kagayama etc) or MotoGP (Shane Byrne, Troy
Bayliss, James Ellison etc).
One rider who is sure to throw some confusion into the leader
board is 27-year-old Dean Ellison who will ride for Jentin Yamaha
for the 2005 season. Originally from Kendal, the Superbike Star
is now based in Leicester allowing him easier access to the main
come back from a testing session in Spain Ellison is feeling happy
and confident as the new season approaches. Ellison missed a year
of the British Superbikes last year and contended in a number
of different events over the course of 2004 including the British
Supersport Series, the World Endurance and the World Supersport
keeping him flexible with his riding styles.
Racing won the Privateer Cup in 2004 with Dean's younger brother
James' on board. James has moved to MotoGP for 2005 and freed
up the seat for big brother Dean. Dean will be contending in the
full British Superbike class and his team-mate Gareth Glynn will
be contesting the Privateer Cup.
a very tough season ahead of him and it is set to be one of the
hardest line-ups in years. With a massive 36 riders entered for
the series he certainly has his work cut out but it is something
that he is prepared for. 'I've been training really hard over
the winter in the gym and have also spent plenty of time out on
my mountain bike and Motocross bike which has been keeping me
trim and bike fit. I have a tough training routine, as I want
to ensure that I am at my full fitness. The year is going to be
a tough one and now the British Superbike series is regarded as
the toughest National Championship in the World. I certainly have
my work cut out but I know what my aims and goals are for the
year. I have a fantastic team behind me and I'm extremely impressed
by Bernie Toleman and how he runs Jentin Racing and I feel privileged
to be linked to such a professional outfit. I just can't wait
for it all the start now, I'm really looking forward to it.'
"We had a really good few days in Spain and although there
are still a few adjustments to be made I'm certainly feeling fairly
content as we head for the first race. We completed over 400 laps
whilst we were out there and the new Dunlop's were providing me
with extremely consistent lap times over 30 laps which is a confidence
booster. I'm having to alter my riding style slightly and there
also a few things we need to change on the bike but they are only
minor issue which should be rectified easily."
British Superbike Entries
1. John Reynolds - Rizla Suzuki Suzuki GSXR1000
2. Michael Rutter - HM Plant Honda Honda CBR 1000RR
3. Gary Mason - Stobart Honda Honda CBR 1000RR
4. Steve Plater - Sendo Superbike Team Kawasaki ZX-10
5. Sean Emmett - Virgin Mobile Samsung Yamaha YZF R1
6. Ryuichi Kiyonari - HM Plant Honda Honda CBR 1000RR
8. Tommy Hill - Virgin Mobile Samsung Yamaha YZF R1
9. Karl Harris - Honda Racing Honda CBR 1000RR
10. Jon Kirkham - Sendo Superbike Team Kawasaki ZX-10
11. Ben Wilson - Vivaldi Racing Kawasaki ZX-10
12. Dean Thomas - Hawk Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX-10
14. John Laverty - Vitrans Ten Kate Honda CBR 1000RR
15. Dean Ellison - Jentin Racing Yamaha YZF R1
16. Gareth Glynn - Jentin Racing Yamaha YZF R1
17. Tristan Palmer - Vivaldi Racing Kawasaki ZX-10
21. Malcolm Ashley - MAR Kawasaki ZX-10
22. Michael Pensavalle - MP Racing Kawasaki ZX-10
24. Richard Wren - Virgin Mobile Samsung Yamaha YZF R1
25. Dennis Hobbs - Nvidia GR Motorsport Yamaha YZF R1
26. Chris Martin - Carmasters Racing Suzuki GSXR1000
33. Michael Laverty - Stobart Honda Honda CBR 1000RR
36. James Haydon - GSE Racing Ducati 999 F-04
37. Danny Beaumont - JJL Racing Honda CBR 1000RR
43. Howie Mainwaring - Bill Smith Racing Yamaha YZF R1
44. John McGuiness - AIM Racing Yamaha YZF R1
48. Nick Medd - ARCO Medd Racing Kawasaki ZX-10
50. Steve Brogan - PR Branson Honda Honda CBR 1000RR
56. James Buckingham - Quay Racing Suzuki GSX R
65. Jonathan Rea - Red Bull Honda Honda CBR 1000RR
74. Kieran Clarke - Hydrex Honda Honda CBR 1000RR
75. Glen Richards - Hawk Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX-10
77. Marty Nutt - Nuttravel.com Racing Yamaha YZF R1
86. Julien Da Costa - MSS Discovery Racing Kawasaki ZX-10
88. Scott Smart - Rizla Suzuki Suzuki GSX R1000
91. Leon Haslam - GSE Racing Ducati 999 F-04
99. Jeremy McWilliams - Stobart Honda Honda CBR 1000RR
British Superbikes Calendar
1. March 26 – 28 Brands
Hatch, Kent (Indy)
2. April 8 – 10 Thruxton,
3. April 22 – 24 Mallory
4. May 1 – 2 Oulton
5. May 13 – 15 Mondello
Park, Co Kildare Ireland
6. June 3 – 5 Croft,
June 24 – 26 Knockhill,
8. Juky 8 – 10 Snetterton,
9. Auguest 19 - 21 Silverstone,
10. August 27 - 29 Cadwell
11. September 9 – 11 Oulton
12. September 23 – 25 Donington
13. October 7 – 9 October Brands
Hatch, Kent (GP)
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large MotoGP grid from the past 3 years is now down to just 21
riders, while last season's floundering SBK World Superbike Championship
is back strong (Below) and along with British Superbike is up
to a full 40 rider grid. Click for the big picture. Meanwhile
in America, AMA Pro Racing has never figured out how to take a
group picture or keep us on their press list.
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Nicky was quickest at Jerez in the seaon's final test
leading up to the 2005 MotoGP opener there in 2 weeks.
MotoGP Final Winter Tests, Jerez, Spain
Jerez lap recond by 3 seconds!
Nicki Hayden is Top Dog at final preseaon MotoGP testing
Jerez, Spain, MotoGP 3-Day Tests, March 25-27th
- The long series of pre-season MotoGP winter test
session drew to a close at Jerez, Spain today in fine
sunny weather with Nicky Hayden setting the fastest
lap time over the three-day test. Repsol Honda factory
rider Hayden scorched around the 4.423km Spanish circuit
in an astonishing 1m 39.983s on his RC211V. He shattered
the exhisting race lap record by almost three seconds
with a time of 1m 39.983s.
Hayden, Repsol Honda: 1m 39.983s.
"This has been a great test for us. The team
has worked really hard and I've tried my best to do
everything they've asked of me. I got my best lap
today on a qualifier but it's important to do that
at this stage, in less than two weeks I'll have to
do that for real! "I still need to be faster
on race set-up and we've identified a problem with
the third of the four sections of the circuit here,
we need to put a bit of work in that area to try and
improve for the race in two weeks.”
American John Hopkins had the new Suzuki at the top
of the charts all 3 days
on Top! Suzuki's Hopkins and Kawasaki's Nakano are
in weather extremes the first 2 days at Jerez MotoGP
March 25-26th Team
SUZUKI MotoGP racer John Hopkins stormed to the top
of the time-sheets on the first day of the final pre-season
test at a dry, windy and overcast Jerez circuit in
Spain today. Onboard Suzuki's GSV-R, Hopkins set a
time of 1min40.893, using the latest generation of
Bridgestone's medium compound race tyres. He completed
a total of 79 laps on the 4.4km circuit, just two-laps
short of three full race distances and was regularly
in the top-three positions throughout the test.
"I'm really excited after today's test. We have
learned a huge amount for the race here in two weeks
time. The target now is to set-up the GSV-R to run
consistently fast for the 27 laps of the race. To
top the time-sheets today is a reflection of my confidence
in the bike and all the hard work Suzuki has done
over the winter. I'm having a great time!"
second day of the three-day IRTA test at Jerez, Spain
was run in mixed weather conditions. Heavy rain showers
in the morning prevented all but wet weather chassis
settings and rain tyre testing for all the factory
teams in attendance . The sun broke through after
lunch but the track was slow to dry with damp patches
lingering until the test finished.
rider on Day 1 was American rider John Hopkins on
the factory Suzuki with a 1'40.893 on a dry track,
while on Day 2 it was Japan's Shinya Nakano, who posted
a damp track time of 1’42.112 on his Kawasaki.
Honda rider Nicky Hayden was under a tenth of a second
slower with a time of 1’42.139. Sete Gibernau
(Honda, 1’42.278) was third and Suzuki rider
John Hopkins, fastest yesterday, was fourth today
with a lap of 1’42.359. valentino Rossi completed
42 laps, setting his best on the 39th in a time of
1’42.710, just inside the existing lap record
of 1’42.788 but slower than his time from yesterday
of 1’41.273. Edwards, who posted a time of 1’42.018
during yesterday’s session, recorded a best
time today of 1’43.095 on the 55th of 57 laps.
Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards
spent the morning doing some worthwhile wet-weather
testing on the soaked track. The rain eased off as
the day wore on and by mid afternoon the Spanish sun
had appeared and, coupled with a brisk wind, had dried
the track enough for the riders to go back out on
slick tyres and put in some faster times. Rossi and
Edwards continued to test tyres and work on set-up
and finished the day seventh and ninth fastest.
riders were pleased with the performance of their
new 2005-spec YZR-M1s in the wet conditions. Both
the world champion and his new team-mate made the
most of the better conditions later on and continued
testing right up to the six o’clock deadline,
although with the track still slightly slippery, none
of the 22 MotoGP riders were able to better their
times from yesterday.
Hondas factory rider Nicky Hayden was the fastest
of the Honda rider both day but conditions prevented
fast times and his best was a full second slower than
his best of yesterday. Max Biaggi on the second factory
machine needed dry track to find better base settings
than on the opening day. But it was not his day and
he settled for rain tyre testing for Michelin.
MoviStar teamHonda riders opted for opposite strategies
for the day. Sete Gibernau sitting out most of the
day waiting for a dry line to form around the 4.423km
track preferring to retain the base set up he foundyesterday.
He eventually covered 28 laps with good results.Teammate
Marco Melandri has no experience of the 990cc V-5
RC211V in the wet and covered as many laps as possible
building his confidence in the front end on the wet
Loris Capirossi completed a few laps in the morning
on the wet track, declaring that he was satisfied
with the performance of Bridgestone's wet weather
tyres. Late in the afternoon, when the track conditions
were back to normal again, Loris had a mechanical
problem on his second bike which forced him into the
"This morning I did a few laps and I was pleased
with the performance of the tyres in the wet"
I stopped for a while to wait for the track to dry.
Once it was back to normal, I started to lap but we
had a split in the oil cooler and as Vitto was using
my other bike, I went back into the pits".
Guareschi continued development work with the new
engine braking system, and also took to the track
with Capirossi's number 1 bike, which will be equipped
tomorrow with the new system that was tested today
weather didn't help us today, but this winter we have
been quite lucky and we were sure to find rain sooner
or later!", declared Corrado Cecchinelli, Ducati
Marlboro Team technical director. "It was useful
in any case to see that the Bridgestone rain tyres
work well here. Loris's number 2 bike had a problem
with the oil cooler and it was too late to get him
to go back out again."
Alex Barros only completed 15 laps on his Camel Honda
RC211V. The team plan was to test a variety of suspension
settings but the rain put pay to their plans. Wet
weather specialist Barros has ample experience of
Jerez in the rain and waited until the end of the
day to go out in a bid to prepare his RCV for a dry
teammate, Australian Troy Bayliss was not unduly dismayed
with the conditions. Bayliss is new to Honda and rode
the RCV for the first time in heavy rain and he needed
to establish good machine settings in case of rain
at the Spanish GP at the track in two weeks time.
Tamada (Konica Minolta Honda) called a halt to his
day as soon the track started to dry. The Japanese
rider had completed his first full wet session with
his RCV shod with Michelin tyres gathering invaluable
wet weather performance knowledge.Honda rider lap
times and quotes.
Hayden, Repsol Honda 1m 42.139s.
"We've had a mixed day because of the weather.
I went out in the wet conditions this morning but
it didn't stay wet long enough for us to really get
into testing some wet weather settings and tyres.
I've got a new Showa technician this year, Fukazawa-san,
and it was good to work with him on wet settings.
Michelin had some new wet weather tyres for us to
test but the track dried up too soon for me to get
out there and try them."
the end of today's session it was dry on the racing
line but there were wet patches so you couldn't really
go that hard. I just used yesterday's settings and
we didn't learn too much but it was good to be out
the bike. Tomorrow will be a big day, we've got a
lot of work to get through and Michelin have got some
new rear race tyres for us to try out. We also made
a gearbox ratio change after Friday's testing so I've
to test in the dry conditions in the morning."
has not been my best track so I'm looking to get ready
for the race in a couple of weeks - hopefully it'll
be third time lucky. I crashed here two years ago
and finished fifth in the rain last year so I'm keen
a good result this year."
usual, champ Rossi didn't look too concerned about not
being thee quickest in testing.
1. John Hopkins (Team Suzuki MotoGP) 1’40.893
2. Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda Team) 1’41.045
3. Valentino (Galoises Yamaha) 1’41.273
4. Sete Gibernau (Team Movistar Honda) 1’41.397
5. Marco Melandri (Team Movistar Honda) 1’41.626
6. Alex Barros (Camel Honda) 1’41.637
7. Makoto Tamada (Konica Minolta Honda) 1’41.668
8. Alex Hofmann (Kawasaki Racing Team) 1’41.702
9. Shinya Nakano (Kawasaki Racing Team) 1’41.775
10. Colin Edwards(Galoises Yamaha) 1’42.018
1. Shinya Nakano (Kawasaki Racing Team) 1’42.112
2. Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda Team) 1’42.139
3. Sete Gibernau (Team Movistar Honda) 1’42.278
4, John Hopkins (Team Suzuki MotoGP) 1’42.359
5. Marco Melandri (Team Movistar Honda) 1’42.573
6. Alex Hofmann (Kawasaki Racing Team) 1’42.699
7. Valentino (Galoises Yamaha) 1’42.710
8. Kenny Roberts (Team Suzuki MotoGP) 1’43.083
9. Colin Edwards(Galoises Yamaha) 1’43.095
10-. Troy Bayliss (Ducati Marlboro Team) 1’43.130
Day 3 falls to quickest American Nicky Hayden
27th - After yesterday's rain the Spanish circuit
stayed dry today and there were fast times from all
the MotoGP riders throughout. Fine weather (air 21°
C/track 43°) greeted the third and final day of
the last winter testing session prior to the start
of the 2005 MotoGP championship season and all the
MotoGP teams present were able to prepare their bikes
in view of the opening round of the season scheduled
to be held here on April 10.
riders elected to try out a qualifying tyre at the
end of the day and the best time of the whole test
was set by Honda rider Nicky Hayden. The American
set a lap of 1'39.983 in the dying stages of the eight-hour
session, nearly a second faster than Rossi's pole
position time from last year's Grand Prix. Second
fastest was Marco Melandri (Honda, 1'40.291) and John
Hopkins was in the top four for the third day running
after setting a lap of 1'40.418 on his Suzuki. Rossi
completed 96 laps today, his most over the three days
of the test, setting a best time of 1'40.539, despite
a few complications with rear grip in the afternoon.
Edwards also made the most of the last hours of testing
before the first race, completing 73 laps with a best
time of 1'41.284.
In past years the young American Hayden has not performed
at his best in a GP at Jerez but this time round it
will be a different story. With Jerez hosting the
season opening Spanish GP in two weeks time Hayden
goes into the race brimful with justifiable confidence
with his RCV and his new technical crew led by Peter
Hayden, Repsol Honda: 1m 39.983s.
"It's great to see the guys in the garage smiling,
this is the last day of 26 days of winter testing
and they've done a great job. My own personal performance
at Jerez has improved and that's down to the work
Honda has put in and the work Michelin has done over
“I definitely feel the best I've felt on the
machine and I'm ready to race now. At this level,
if you can find that extra little bit from somewhere,
it can make all the difference and I really think
we've gone a long way to finding that this weekend."
Gauloises Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and
Colin Edwards completed the last of 21 days of pre-season
testing as the final day of the Jerez IRTA Tests drew
to a close. Rossi completed the day with the fourth
fastest time and his team-mate was eighth; both bettering
the times they set on Friday and well inside the existing
lap record of 1'42.788. They spent the day making
last minute alterations and checks in order to refine
the set-up of their YZR-M1s in preparation for the
season-opening Grand Prix here in two weeks time.
Valentino Rossi (Gauloises Yamaha Team) -
"We went quite well until lunchtime. However,
during the afternoon we tried some new things and
they didn't go quite as well as we had hoped. We had
some troubles in the braking sections because the
bike was quite nervous when the tyre was coming to
an end. We know we can do better and what we have
to improve, so we are not too worried, it's just that
there is not quite enough rear grip after I've done
a lot of laps. The front is okay because we already
fixed this in Barcelona. Anyway, I'm now really happy
to finish the testing and I am feeling okay about
the first race, the bike has good potential and I
am looking forward to a good battle this year!"
Official times - Day 3
1. Nicky Hayden (Honda) 1'39.983
2. Marco Melandri (Honda) 1'40.291
3. John Hopkins (Suzuki) 1'40.418
4. Valentino RossiI (Gauloises Yamaha) 1'40.539
5. Loris Capirossi (Ducati) 1'40.559
6. Alex Barros (Honda) 1'40.569
7. Sete Gibernau (Honda) 1'40.662
8. Colin Edwards (Gauloises Yamaha) 1'41.284
9. Makoto Tamada (Honda) 1'41.380
10. Max Biaggi (Honda) 1'41.431
16. Toni Elias (Fortuna Yamaha) 1'42.387
17. Ruben Xauz (Fortuna Yamaha) 1'43.961
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Aprilia USA announces the 2005 Aprilia Racing Contingency Program.
Based on year end championship, the 2005 contingency program rewards
Aprilia racers with up to $10,000.00 in clubs across the country.
World Service USA, Inc. is pleased to announce the 2005 Racer
Purchase Program in order to assist local Aprilia dealerships
with its support of local racing. This program enables dealership
to sponsor local racers who have long been Aprilia most enthusiastic
and loyal customers, in their 2005 season.
• Availability is limited to a US total of 40 units while
in stock (any combination of 2004 RSV R or RSV R Factory) for
those dealers who wish to participate.
• Program start date is: January 1, 2005. Units must be
purchased after the start date 2005. Units purchased prior to
start date are not eligible.
• Units must come from AWS new inventory. A VIN will be
assigned after order is received from participating dealer.
• Customers must be currently licensed racers and must provide
copy of racing license, as well as a 2003 and/or 2004 results
summary. Purchaser and Racer must be the same person.
• Racer purchases the RSV R or RSV R Factory from dealer
at dealer cost including freight, tax, tag and title. The current
combined incentive of $1,600 on RSV R and $2,000 on RSV R Factory,
taken at time of wholesale to dealer.
• Total advertised Racer discount from MSRP as follows:
2004 RSV R - $4,500
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unit with AWS by forwarding copy of Racer’s license, racers
2003/2004 results, and purchase agreement. AWS will ship unit
to participating dealer.
• New motorcycle limited warranty will be in effect for
30 days after delivery.
• Racer must register the Aprilia VIN purchased under the
Racer Purchase Program, personally race the VIN and provide documents
in connection with the 2005 Contingency verification form for
two races prior to July 31, 2005.
• Upon finishing two races, Racer forwards the following
to AWS to receive additional rebate from Aprilia of $800 for RSV
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Introdues new rule regarding bike changes during a race
Catalunya, Spain 20/3/2005 - The Grand Prix Commission, composed
of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Claude Danis (FIM),
Sito Pons (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), in the presence
of Mr Paul Butler (Secretary of the meeting), in a meeting held
yesterday in Barcelona, unanimously decided to introduce the following
modifications to the MotoGP World Championship Regulations (for
the race is interrupted, after the leading rider has passed the
finish line at the end of his first lap, no further changes of
machines are permitted. After this time, in the MotoGP class only,
the 2 following bike change procedures will apply:
If the race has been declared wet (Art. 1.20), changing from a
machine equipped with rain tyre to a machine equipped with intermediate
or slick tyre, changing from a machine equipped with intermediate
tyre to a machine equipped with rain or slick tyre, and changing
from a machine equipped with slick tyre to a machine equipped
with intermediate or rain tyre is permitted at any time during
If the race has not been declared wet (Art. 1.20), the same machine
changes as mentioned above are permitted only after the white
flags have been displayed around the track.
In both cases, tyre warmers, changing tyres and adjustments are
permitted on the machine in the pit-lane.
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March 26th -RIZLA SUZUKI British Superbike Champion John Reynolds
battled against injury to complete 53-laps during today's first
practice for the opening round of the 2005 British Superbike Championship
at Brands Hatch in Kent. His team mate Scott Smart continues to
grow in confidence on his GSX-R1000 Superbike.
JR, who broke his right
leg in five places only 37-days ago in a testing accident at Valencia
in Spain, continued his miraculous recovery to spend nearly two-hours
on his Rizla Suzuki during free practice. He finished 21st on
the time sheets and found a comfortable setting on his bike that
will help him to improve tomorrow.
changes to his GSX-R1000's base suspension settings and tested
different rear tyre compounds, completing 90-laps in the practice
sessions. The Rizla Suzuki debutant finished eighth on the time
sheets and within close striking distance of fastest man of the
day, Honda's Ryuichi Kiyonari.
two qualifying sessions tomorrow with the racing starting at 13:45pm
on Bank Holiday Monday, March 28th, on the fast and furious 1.22-mile
long Brands Hatch Indy circuit.
pleased to have finished today with a comfortable setting on my
Rizla Suzuki and now I am exhausted. I have only completed a handful
of testing and practice laps since last September and it is amazing
how much riding hard takes out of you physically and mentally.
"My setting on the GSX-R lets me feel completely in control
and now I am going to have an early night and come back tomorrow
refreshed and ready to cut my lap times. My leg is holding up
well, in fact it is easier to ride the bike than walk."
able to run consistent mid 46-second laps today, which is very
encouraging. We also completed a series of Dunlop tyre tests and
found a preferred option for the race.
"We still have some work to do, but a lot of the improvement
will come from me personally - I was trying too hard today. I
have spoken with my crew and the plan for tomorrow is to go for
smooth lines rather than trying to push too hard. One thing's
for sure, my Rizla Suzuki is a missile and doesn't lack horsepower
in a straight line."
"JR has been inspirational to the entire team just by being
here and riding despite his injury - normal people would take
around five months to walk again but JR has beat the odds and
is here racing after just five weeks. He's found a comfortable
setting on his bike and while he is disappointed not to be closer
to the front times, after a good night's sleep he will come back
stronger tomorrow and we are confident he will continue to go
is happy with his Rizla Suzuki and is just over half a second
away from the fastest time of the day. He was trying very hard
today - too hard when we analysed his performance after the sessions.
It sounds bizarre, but if he slows down into the corners slightly,
he'll go a lot faster through and out of them and that's the plan
1: Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) 45.974, 2: Leon Haslam (Ducati) +0.314,
3: Karl Harris (Honda) +0.335, 4: Michael Rutter (Honda) +0.380,
5: Jeremy McWilliams (Honda) +0.400, 6: Sean Emmett (Yamaha) +0.485,
7: Glen Richards (Kawasaki) +0.655, 8: SCOTT SMART (RIZLA SUZUKI)
+0.680, 9: Gregorio Lavilla (Ducati) +0.703, 10: John McGuinness
(Yamaha) +0.884, 21: JOHN REYNOLDS (RIZLA SUZUKI) +1.700.
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from Jerez Tests
Colin Edwards (Gauloises
Yamaha Team) - 1'41.284
"I'm pleased because, other than Valentino, all the seven
riders above me in the timings put on a qualifying tyre. I had
a really good pace on the race tyres, consistently in the low
1'41s, and this bodes well for the race in two weeks time. However
it took a lot of work to get to this point. We tried so many things
today but finally we hit the nail on the head and now the bike
works really well. I've got pretty much the same setting as Valentino,
we're very similar in the way we ride the bike. I am now ready
for a quick break at home and then, finally, the first race! It's
been a long winter of testing!"
on fire as Suzuki goes to the sharp end of the time sheets
Mar 26th - Team SUZUKI MotoGP racer John Hopkins finished the
last day of the Official MotoGP pre-season test at Jerez in
Spain with the third fastest time on Suzuki's GSV-R990 prototype
improved on his quickest lap from Friday by nearly half a second
to record a time of 1min40.418. His lap was over 2.5-seconds
faster than his qualifying time during the 2004 Jerez race weekend
and comfortably faster than the pole position set by Valentino
Rossi at 1min40.818.
warm and sunny conditions, the 21-year-old Anglo-American was
able to test many of the latest generation of Bridgestone race
tyres at varying track temperatures and was impressed with the
"This test has been really good for me and the team. I
proved that I can go as fast as anybody on race tyres and we
have also showed that we were able to step it up in the rain
and run in the top places. The biggest achievement for me this
weekend was showing that I could ride as fast as any other rider
in the wet. I am now looking forward to racing, I can't wait!"
Roberts Jr worked on his GSV-R tirelessly throughout the final
day's testing. He fine tuned his suspension and chassis settings
and found a rear tyre that will allow him to run fast laps over
race distance at the Jerez circuit.
Honda Rider Quotes
Max Biaggi, Repsol Honda: 1m 41.431s.
"This was a really hard weekend. The good bike I had in
Barcelona disappeared. Since Friday I carried on new problems
until Sunday evening. The settings that were working on all
the other tracks here didn't respond and it's difficult to know
why. I have chattering troubles entering the corners and traction
troubles going out like. Anyhow I don't give up. In this moment,
more than ever, I must be strong and work with my team to move
towards the best solution."
Tanaka, Repsol Honda Team Manager:
"This test has been very successful for Nicky, his crew
arrived with a plan, moved step by step and continued to improve
the Repsol RC211V throughout the weekend here at Jerez. Nicky
was also in a strong position when it came to using a Michelin
qualifying tyre this afternoon and he made full of that with
a good lap time."Max has had a very difficult test and
eventually found some direction this afternoon. Max and his
crew have had a demanding time here at Jerez but finally they
found a good setting and his lap time wasn't too bad in the
end - considering the time lost working on settings and the
fact that he did not use a qualifying tyre."
Melandri, Telefonica MoviStar Honda:
– 93 laps.
“This test has been very positive for us we did a lot
of good work over the three-days. I ran a race simulation and
was able to run in 1m 41s consistently. Maybe I could have been
faster if I had used a set of tyres with a softer compound.
Michelin gave me some qualifying tyres to test and they were
impressive. We have a break before the GP but I can’t
wait for the race.”
Gibernau, Telefonica MoviStar Honda: 1m 40.662s
– 73 laps.
“I’m very satisfied with the results of this test,
everything went very well for us. The work we have done has
given us a very good base set up to start the season. We lost
most of yesterday to the rain so it was important to get everything
done today. I didn’t have time to run the race simulation
that we needed but I have a good set up and I didn’t want
to change it just to run a fast lap on qualifying tyres.”
Barros, Camel Honda: 1m 40.569s - 100 laps.
“In these Jerez tests we have really worked hard, especially
today when I did over a hundred laps. We have honestly explored
every avenue: electronics, front tyres, rear tyres, suspension,
various geometric settings and at the end we managed to improve
the bike where I wanted. Friday I was very nervous, today meanwhile
I was able to ride cleaner, with a used tyre over 15 laps old
I did a 1’41 and a half. With the qualifier I rode a 40.5
but I used my spare machine, so I think we can safely say things
have gone well.”
Up to Speed with Ducati
as Team continues testing engine braking
The three-day Jerez test concluded with a generally positive
balance sheet for the Ducati Marlboro Team, which could only
count on the services of Loris Capirossi and test-rider Vittoriano
Guareschi as Carlos Checa is recovering from a dislocated left
Today Loris concentrated mainly on testing several types of
tyres, and the Italian obtained positive impressions from the
qualifying and front tyres.
am very satisfied with the qualifying tyres: the ones I tested
were really excellent" commented Loris. "Even the
front tyres go well here at Jerez and the rear race tyres are
already pretty good. We felt the absence of Carlos over the
last three days, and with him for sure we could have got through
a lot more work. However I gave everything I could, now all
we have to do is wait for April 10."
completed a total of 93 laps of the Spanish track, setting a
best time of 1m40.55s.
Corse test rider Vittoriano Guareschi was also on the track
for the final day of the test, and amongst other things the
Italian completed a long-run with the new engine braking system.
"These were three hard days of work", declared Filippo
Preziosi, Director of Ducati Corse, who has been present at
both of the tests at Barcelona and Jerez. "We return home
with a massive amount of data accumulated by Loris and Vitto,
who were both tireless in their work as always. I would like
to thank Loris for his dedication and professionalism: he worked
really hard and that allowed us to make the most of this important
test session, even in Carlos's absence".
MotoGP Teams' next appointment will be on April 10, again at
Jerez, for the opening round of the 2005 MotoGP World Championship!