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Ward bailed out, but Paris is ready for the Daytona Formula
Xtreme race - Watch out Miguel!
Yamaha of Europe
will show you how to build Noriyuki Haga's R1 factory Superbike
this month in Valencia, Spain, or you can stay home and also see
how in Paddock
Garage. With free 1224 Giant Screensavers
of Nori's bike!
Yamaha Racing School through Yamaha of Europe
1st - After last year’s success, the Yamaha Race
Training (YRT) is coming back. The 2005 YRT will be held from
March 20th to March 23rd at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia,
Spain. The YRT is set up once again to help the pre-season preparations
and improve the knowledge of the technical set-up and machine
tuning of the 2003/2004/2005 YZF-R6 and the 2004/2005 YZF-R1,
equipped with (certain) YEC kit parts.
for Yamaha racers in America, Yamaha USA does not want to acknowlede
the school, nor do they offer through American dealers any of
the full range of official Yamaha Racing factory parts for the
R1/R6 sportbikes and YZF motocross bikes. It is a sad state of
affairs due to the product liability and persoanl injury lawsuit
climatehere in America that most of the Japanese manufacturers
in America do not want to be directly associated with assisting
customers to go roadracing in any way from sponsoring track riding
schools to selling you the factory racing parts that are readily
available from distributors in european countries. The brave exception
to this is US Suzuki GSXR Champiuonship Finals. It's just one
more reason why the U.S. based motorcycle distributors are helping
the AMA Pro Racing with The
Decline of Motorcycle Roadracing in America.
Race Training (YRT) is:
For SUPERSPORT, SUPERBIKE & SUPERSTOCK teams with race license,
racing the 2003/2004/2005 YZF-R6 and 2004/2005 YZF-R1 ONLY!
3- day Race Training, including theoretical sessions and practical
education at racetrack on how to set-up and tune the bike.
organised by Yamaha Motor Europe – education and advise
given by race engineers from Yamaha Japan, Yamaha Europe racing
staff, as well as some of the leading tyre and suspension manufacturers
and 2D Datarecording.
OF CHARGE. Costs that the teams will have to pay are travelling
costs, eventual hotel facilities, food, fuel, tyres and other
1. Technical presentation (05 models R1 and R6)
2. 2D data kit
3. Suspension – setting up and maintenance of front forks
and rear shocks
4. 2005 YEC Kit manual presentation (incl. installing and tuning)
• Sunday 20th March (arrival teams) to Wednesday 23rd March
(inclusive) at Ricardo Tormo circuit, Valencia, Spain. For more
information and route description, please visit the website: www.circuitvalencia.com
How to Register:
For detailed program information and for registrations, please
contact your national Distributor before February 23rd! To find
who to contact at your distributor, please see list below as listed
on the Yamaha-racing.com website in the Racing Parts Section under
information and parts sources for preparing the Yamaha R1 and
R6 superbikes for roadracing vist our Paddock
Yamaha of Europe will show you how to build Norick Abe's R1 factory
Superbike this month in Valencia, Spain, or you can stay home
and also see how in Paddock
Garage. With free 1224 Giant Screensavers
of Abe's bike!
and Performance Machine present the 2005
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Show Weekend July 16-17th 2005
Featuring the new Metric Midway with 2-Wheel Tuner
Sportbike Class and MotoCreations.com Ducati Class, World's top
Builders and Custom Bikes, Jardine Dyno Shootout, Famous Builders
Seminars, and zillions of Beautiful Girls
Angeles, March 1st - The Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle
Show Weekend sponsored by Performance Machine and held at the
beautiful Queen Mary Event Park on the Pacific Ocean in downtown
Long Beach, CA, continues to grow every year as the most popular
consumer street bike show in America catering to custom, cruiser,
classic and sportbike enthusiasts. Always the 3rd weekend of July,
the 14th Annual Show scheduled for Saturday July 16th and Sunday
July 17th, 2005. The Show features a huge weekend of activities
with an expected 180 major motorcycle and product manufacturers,
exhibitors and venders, together with the leading custom bike
from across America. Associate Sponsorship support for the premier
streetbike event weekend in America is provided by Iron Works
magazine, Jardine Performance, Trader Publications, Trader Express,
Connection Magazines, Quick Throttle Magazine, 2-Wheel Tuner,
FastDates.com Calendars & Website, The Los Angeles Times /
ReCycler / Cycle Buys, Bikernet.com and SPEED TV’s American
an incredible lineup of activities including the Jardine Performance
West Coast Horsepower Dyno Shootout - an exclusive permanent feature
attraction at the Show. Another exclusive feature are the Calendar
Bike Builder's Seminars held both days at the Show, conducted
by the leading custom bike builders in America as featured in
the Iron & Lace Calendar. You'll meet many legendary builders
with their latest bikes including 3-time Show winner Jesse Rooke,
plus Russell Mitchell, Don Chica, Mitch Bergeron, Paul Yaffe,
Mike Stafford, Harold Pontarelli, Ron Simms and others. Plus exciting
new builder Dreamcraft Studios with the next world premier their
latest rolling piece of techno artwork featuring the world's first
fully machined 1-piece billet chassis. Each builder will be available
to meet at their bike displays with free autographed posters,
and at their Builder's Seminars where they will tell fans how
they really build their bikes. It's not Reality TV, it's live!
Show will place a special emphasis on the growing metric cruiser
market with the exciting new Metric Roadhouse and Midway. Located
right inside the main Spectator Entrance / Exit of the Show, the
LA Calendar Bike Show Metric Roadhouse and Midway will feature
an exciting host of activities to draw the entire range of streetbike
enthusiasts throughout the weekend. Targeted activities in the
Metric Roadhouse Roadhoue include the Jardine West Coast Horsepower
Dyno Shootout, the Metric Cruiser and 2-Wheel Tuner Sportbike
and MotoCreations.com Ducati Bike Show Contest classes with leading
edge metric customs and sport bikes, a beautiful girl DJ spinning
hot tunes, along with great food and beverages throughout the
night Show promoter Jim Gianatsis hosts the Iron & Lace Calendar
Builders Night Party beginning at 9pm on board the historic Queen
Mary ocean liner in the Observation Room Bar with live musical
entertainment by a sensational new national female recording artist.
Many of the top Iron & Lace Calendar bike builders together
with other top celebrity builders attending the Show weekend will
be there, together with fans and the beautiful FastDates.com Calendar
Angels featured in the Iron & Lace Calendar.
the LA Calendar Show offers the premier Custom, Sportbike and
Classic Bike Contest on the West Coast featuring many of top Pro
and Amateur bike builders in America vying for the prestigious
Performance Machine Best of Show Trophy. Performance Machine and
show producer Jim Gianatsis have bolstered the already huge $60,000
Bike Show awards purse with an additional $10,000 in Case prize
money for Best of Show and Best PM Equipped Bike at the Show.
Expect 3-time LA Calendar Motorcycle Show winner Jesse Rooke to
return to reveal his latest cutting edge custom in another bid
to secure the coveted Performance Machine Best of Show title.
But competition will again be intense from many of world's top
builders like last year's winner Shinya Kimura from Zero Engineering
who flew in from Japan to took home the Best of Show trophy with
one of his famed retro choppers that have customers on a 4-year
Highlighting a full weekend of live entertainment, this year’s
LA Calendar Motorcycle Show features a Classic Rock ‘n’
Roll and Blues Festival both days. Returning is the hugely popular
Unauthorized Rolling Stones out of San Francisco together with
the Janis Joplin style rock/blues vocals of the beautiful Boudeeka.
Alternating on stage will be beautiful blues rock singers Jessie
Payo on Saturday, and Shari Puorto on Sunday. Also featured both
days will be the beautiful Purrfect Angelz with their sizzlin’
Las Vegas style stage shows which set the Show on fire, literally,
with the sexy outfits, and stage routines which include fire twirling
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“Rockin’ Robin” Cunningham who will be hosting
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“Bandit” Ball of Bikernet.com and biker magazine fame.
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and the Honda were quickest in this week's MotoGP testing at Losail
World Championship Test Losail, Qatar.
Nicky Hayden quickest on
opening day of Qatar test
Losail, Qatar, March 1-3rd: The Repsol Honda
team riders, Nicky Hayden and Max Biaggi, together with Konica
Minolta team rider Makoto Tamada, had flown to Qatar directly
from Tokyo. All three plus many stars of both two and four wheeled
racing had taken part in the annual Honda Motor ‘Kick off
party’ where the company officially announced the Honda
racing programme for the 2005 season.
set times inside the official lap record as they sought the ideal
set up for their RC211V V5 990cc MotoGP machines. Hayden quickly
established a good base line and went on to set a time faster
than pole position time set at the Qatar GP in October of 2004.
The young American ended his 82-lap stint around the 5.400kms
desert circuit confident there is more to come over the next two
days of testing.
Biaggi struggled to find his way early on but by the end of the
day was beginning to feel comfortable with his RCV and the direction
the team are working in
MoviStar Honda team stole the show at the inaugural Qatar GP with
a superb one – two finish for Sete Gibernau and his, now
departed, teammate Colin Edwards. Gibernau has a fever and elected
to sit out day one. His new teammate, Marco Melandri, did test
and put in his best performance since switching to the Honda RC211V
for the 2005 campaign.
three full test sessions prior to Qatar Melandri has worked step
by step towards finding a base set up he was comfortable with
before he thought about setting fast lap times. Today everything
worked well for the young Italian and he was second fastest man
behind Hayden, but more importantly he set consistently fast times
while tyre testing.
Honda team of Alex Barros and Troy Bayliss were restricted to
just 53 laps between them due to a shortage of fuel. Brazilian
Barros continued his experiments with the new front fork while
Bayliss chased a sound base set up to work from for the remaining
two-days of the test.
made a cautious start to the test still feeling the effects of
his big crash at the last test. The Konica Minolta rider worked
on confirming what the team had learned about the new RCV before
getting down to serious testing tomorrow. Honda
rider lap times and quotes:
Tamada takes top spot on Day 3 at Qatar
Japanese Honda rider Makoto Tamada ended the three-day MotoGP
test at Qatar with a scintillating lap time of 1m 57.63s round
the 5.400kms Losail circuit. Tamada’s time was an incredible
2.3s faster than pole position time set at the GP last October.
Minolta Honda rider and his technical crew have established a
solid base line setting for the Honda RC211V with the Michelin
tyres Tamada will use this season. Over the winter testing period
Tamada has found the rhythm and consistency he will need if he
is to challenge for major honours when the season begins in earnest,
at Jerez, Spain on April 10.
Makoto Tamada, Konica Minolta Honda: 1m 56.63s - 77 laps.
“I’m very happy for what we have globally done in
these three days since I have been the fastest rider during the
second and the third day. My major satisfaction, apart from the
lap times we have obtained, is the feeling I found with the bike.
We confirmed also on this circuit after the performances during
the Sepang and Phillip Island tests, that the package we have
at our disposal for the season 2005 is at a highest level compare
to the one we had the past season. Therefore I’m very trustful
and I hope to be able to always perform at the maximum level during
the season which is about to begin.”
has grown in stature with each test aboard the new 2005 Honda
RC211V 990cc V-5 grand prix machine and departs for his Kentucky
home for a well earned rest. The Repsol Honda rider has developed
a good feeling with his RCV that has instilled a high level of
confidence as the 17-round championship series approaches. He
rounded off the test with by setting his fastest time of the three-days,
two seconds faster than his qualifying time at the Qatar GP last
Repsol Honda, Nicky Hayden: 1m 57.33s – 79 laps.
"After three days here we're really starting to put it all
together. I really enjoyed it here in Doha. There have been fewer
riders around and we have really made some good progress. The
conditions here have been good; less windy today. I'm back to
Kentucky for a few days before coming back to Europe for the final
tests before the season starts proper. I feel we're in good shape;
the team is working real good, and the bike is working well."
Max Biaggi’s final day was one of mixed fortunes. Biaggi
and the team achieved most of their objectives set for the day
but their efforts were hampered when Biaggi lost the front end
at turn 12 and slid off his RCV. The Italian was unscathed and
the machine suffered only superficial damage allowing the team
to complete their test programme.
Max Biaggi, Repsol Honda: 1m 57.94s – 37 laps.
"Today was not the best day. We had wanted to make a race
simulation but we make a small mistake and I lose the front end
of the machine in Turn 12. There was not so much damage but it
was hard to get re-started again. We struggled with the set-up
of the bike here both on the first day and today. However, we
have much data and we tested several interesting parts from HRC
and in some cases we have some good results. The team is so strong
and motivated. I really look forward to the next test at Barcelona
and then move onto racing."
MoviStar Honda rider Sete Gibernau shook off the after effects
of the fever which has plagued him at Qatar to set second fastest
time on the final day of the test. The Spaniard’s condition
restricted the number of laps he put in and the team elected to
spend the time they had available to tyre testing.
Telefonica MoviStar Honda: 1m 57.32s – 57 laps.
“Considering my physical conditions, I can be quite satisfied
of the work done. We focused on tyre testing and even if I was
not 100% fit, I did the minimum work required for this test session.
We are confirming the work done in Malaysia and Australia, there
is still some things to improve and I hope that there will be
some new things for Barcelona.”
impressive young teammate Marco Melandri has shown his step by
step approach to testing has paid off and he has mastered the
power and handling characteristics of his RC211V. Melandri ran
for 78-laps today mainly testing tyres running a race simulation
distance to gauge tyre wear and behaviour as the race develops.
Marco Melandri, Telefonica MoviStar Honda: 1m 57.31s –
“This 3-day test session in Qatar was very positive for
me, I’m happy of the method of work we have used here. I
believe that, mentally, I have done an important step forward.
I have learned from the Australian test session and I came here
more relaxed and with clear ideas. Today we made some small modifications
to the bike and worked a lot on tyre testing. This afternoon I
made a race –distance endurance with very positive results:
I lapped consistently on low 1’58”even at the end
of the race. For me it’s very important to understand the
bike and see how it changes on a race distance.
Honda team of Alex Barros and Troy Bayliss made progress today
despite a crash for Barros while testing a new front tire. Bayliss
improved on his best lap times of yesterday while working to find
optimum machine balance using race tyres. The Camel team will
remain at Losail for an extra day of testing tomorrow.
Marlboro Reports on its Testing in Qatar
Capirossi and Checa prepare for forthcoming IRTA tests with an
improvement in lap times and satisfaction for the work carried
out in collaboration with Bridgestone.
Doha (Qatar), 3 March 2005 - The Ducati Marlboro
Team concluded the third and final day of testing at the Losail
circuit in Qatar, the fourth scheduled test for the development
of the Bridgestone-shod Ducati Desmosedici GP5. Loris Capirossi
and Carlos Checa made the best of today's final session, which
took place in perfect weather conditions (28° air/33-50°
track) on a surface that gradually improved over the three days.
The Qatar circuit is particularly tough on the front tyre, so
both riders concentrated on getting the best performance from
the bike exclusively in a race configuration.
Team engineers also managed to identify several promising set-up
and tyre solutions, which clearly have to be developed in the
next scheduled tests before the start of the championship.
Loris Capirossi succeeded in improving on yesterday's performance,
and the Italian recorded a best time of 1m57.320s in his 54 laps.
quite pleased with the work we have done over the past three days.
We're still not 100% right with the front but we are on the right
path" commented Capirossi. "The GP5 is also going really
well on this track and I am sure that the tyres will show further
improvement before we come here to race in October. I didn't want
to use a qualifying tyre because we concentrated on development
work that was far too important to be distracted by the search
for sensational times: we are working calmly, there will be time
for that in the future".
Carlos Checa was just a fraction of a second behind Loris, the
Spanish rider recording a best time of 1m57.350s in his 60 laps.
"We got through a lot of work today: it wasn't easy and I
think that everyone should be pleased with the results obtained"
declared Checa. "We improved a lot since the first day but
what is really good is the constant progress that we made: it
means that we worked well on a track that last year didn't give
much satisfaction either to Bridgestone or to the Ducati Marlboro
Team. We are improving all the time and this test puts me in a
good frame of mind for the future".
With the start of the 2005 MotoGP championship just around the
corner, the development of the Desmosedici GP5 is continuing in
parallel with the promising partnership with the Japanese tyre
The Ducati Marlboro Team's next testing appointments are as follows:
March 18-20, Barcellona - IRTA Test
March 25-27, Jerez de la Frontera, IRTA Test
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