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Round 2 Thruxton
Ryuichi Kiyonari continues to steamroller the locals
10th, Thruxton, GB- Japanese rider Ryuichi Kiyonari on a Honda
CBR1000RR continued to dominate in British Superbike for the second
race meeting in a row, handily wiining both races today and take
a commanding points lead in the world's most competitive National
superbke series. Former World Superbike rider Gregoria Lavila
on Ducati, and former British Superbike champ Michael Rutter,
Honda mounted, traded the other 2 podium spots both races behindKiyonari.
racer Scott Smart found extra performance from his GSX-R1000 during
a tough day's racing at the second round of the British Superbike
Championship at Thruxton.
Smart finished seventh in the opening race at the Hampshire circuit.
He then altered the rear suspension settings on his Rizla Suzuki
for the second race and despite pulling out on lap 13, came back
to the pits upbeat that he has unlocked extra performance that
will let him race at the front in the future.
British Superbike Champion John Reynolds took a battling 14th
place finish in the first race. Still suffering from a broken
right leg, JR was outside of the points and struggling against
the bumpy nature of the track in the second race when his crew
called him into the pits to retire rather than risking further
Former Formula One commentator Murray Walker joined Rizla Suzuki
at its home Thruxton circuit to lend his support to the team.
He spoke highly of JR's bravery in racing at one of the fastest
tracks in the UK. Honda's Ryuichi Kiyonari won both races.
The BSB teams
go to Oulton Park on Friday 15th April for an official BSB test
before the Championship resumes with the third round at Mallory
Park on April 24th. Channel Fourin GB will be showing highlights
of today's racing next Sunday morning - featuring a competition
to win a pillion ride with Rizla Suzuki at Mallory Park.
Race One Result:
1: Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) 28:05.231, 2: Michael Rutter (Honda)
+9.672, 3: Gregorio Lavilla (Ducati) +12.111, 4: Leon Haslam (Ducati)
+15.791, 5: Sean Emmett (Yamaha) +15.817, 6: Karl Harris (Honda)
+17.628, 7: Scott Smart (Rizla Suzuki ) +18.340, 8: Dean Thomas
(Kawasaki) +18.615, 9: Glen Richards (Kawasaki) +25.311, 10: Tommy
Hill (Yamaha) +32.655, 14: JOHN REYNOLDS (RIZLA SUZUKI) +45.634.
Race Two Result:
1: Kiyonari 28:45.734, 2: Lavilla +0.444, 3: Rutter +1.298, 4:
Emmett +7.055, 5: Richards +8.896, 6: Thomas +9.066, 7: Haslam
+9.188, 8: Harris +10.392, 9: Jeremy McWilliams (Honda) +21.668,
10: Steve Plater (Kawasaki) +21.833, DNF: John Reynolds), DNF:
Scott S,art (Rizla Suzuki).
Standings after two of 13 rounds: 1: Kiyonari 100, 2: Lavilla
72, 3: Rutter 69, 4: Emmett 46, 5: Richards 43, 6: Harris 38,
7: Haslam 35, 8: Thomas 31, 9: Scott Smart (Rizla Suzuki) 17,
10: John Reynolds (Rizla Suzuki) 16.
MARLBORO MEN FOCUS ON NEW
Marlboro Spanish Grand Prix, Jerez, Friday practice, April 8 -
Ducati Marlboro Team riders Loris Capirossi and Carlos Checa used
today's opening two practice sessions for Sunday's Marlboro Spanish
GP to continue development work on Ducati's innovative new engine-braking
system. After initial tests last month, both riders had both their
bikes fitted with the new unit for the first time, illustrating
the factory's confidence in this new technology. The new system
is designed to optimise braking stability by reducing excessive
engine-braking forces, and has the added advantage of slightly
reducing fuel consumption.
using the new system because we know that the best place to really
stress new parts is at a race," said Ducati Corse director
Filippo Preziosi. "During testing you can ride many laps
without problems, but it is under pressure in a race situation
that you find new limits, which gives us better information to
improve. Today is the first time that we have focused 100 per
cent on the new system. After just two hours of track time we're
very happy with progress. We have already matched our best time
on race tyre from our November tests here and we're not so far
from the front guys. It's encouraging but we still don't know
how long it will take us to find all the benefits of new system,
but we are working towards that."
ON DAY ONE
Loris Capirossi ended the first day of the 2005 MotoGP season
in ninth spot. The Ducati Marlboro Team man spent much of both
sessions working on the new clutch system, which has undergone
minor improvements since the team tested here two weeks ago.
still getting used to the system - it feels very different to
ride with, like you've switched off the engine when you brake,"
said the Italian. "But it already has its good points and
I believe it will give us a real advantage by improving stability
during heavy braking, that's why we're sticking with it. At the
moment the new system isn't quite as the same level of the standard
system but it gets better every session. We had some trouble this
morning but made a big improvement this afternoon."
IS 80 PER CENT
Carlos Checa slid off during this afternoon's practice session,
thankfully not aggravating the shoulder injury he sustained when
he tumbled at Catalunya last month. The Spaniard is having to
play catch up here because he missed last month's group Jerez
tests, following that fall at Catalunya.
a big crash," said the Ducati Marlboro Team rider, so far
16th fastest. "I went down at the hairpin at the end of the
back straight, just before the gravel trap. My shoulder is probably
about 80 per cent at the moment, but I thought it might be even
worse before I got here. I have a lot to do here because I missed
the tests - I'm getting my feeling back after a few weeks off,
as well as working on set-up and the new clutch. I've had better
days but I'm confident we will improve tomorrow."
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duel boosts TV audiences for MotoGP opener
heart-stopping 45-minute battle between World Champion Valentino
Rossi and his long-standing rival Sete Gibernau in MotoGP’s
2005 season opener, the Gran Premio Marlboro de España
in Jerez, saw huge support from TV viewers worldwide. Unsurprisingly,
the largest audiences were recorded in their respective countries,
Italy and Spain, where viewers of both Mediaset (Italia 1) and
Televisión Española enjoyed the thrilling showdown
live in their homes, with the race remarkably taken to the final
corner by both riders.
of over 7 million spectators enjoyed Rossi’s win through
Italia 1, representing a market share of 34.4%. At the broadcasting
peak, during the last lap of the race in Jerez, almost 8 million
fans were tuned in. In total, the transmission reached 11.5 million
A similar phenomenon occurred in Spain. Although the huge 127,000
crowd present at the circuit and the TV viewers at home were unable
to celebrate their home-hero’s victory, TVE’s main
channel scored its largest race audience since Alex Crivillé’s
World Championship win in 1999. The average viewing figures for
the race were 3.7 million, with an average share of 38%. The “golden
minute” of the broadcast, immediately before the dramatic
outcome of the race, recorded 5.5 million viewers (46% market
Another good example of the success of MotoGP’s first race
of the season was the audience in the United Kingdom through the
BBC. The average viewing figure for the show was 1.2 million (14%
market share), one of the largest for MotoGP broadcasts, and well
above the regular network audience for Sunday lunch-time.
This data reflects the massive interest in the 2005 MotoGP World
Championship, with fans across the globe eagerly waiting for the
next round in the Rossi-Gibernau showdown, which takes place in
Estoril on Sunday April 17th at the betandwin.com Grande Premio
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Death of Professional Roadracing in America
Don Emde Comments on AMA Pro
Racing and American Honda
Don Edde won the Daytona 200 in 1972 aboard a Yamaha TZ350.
He now publishes a dealer trade magazine Parts Magazine.This is
a leter he sent to us and Cycle News to follow up on a column in
Cycle News last week by contributing journalist Henry Ray Abrams
on the demise of this year's Daytona 200, relagated to a one brand
Honda showcase attended by less than 5,000 spectators.
FastDates.com has been voicing
a similar opinion since August of 2004. We are glad to see someone
else in the Industry havng the courage to speak on the factors contributing
to the demise of pro roadracing in America. -Ed.
wanted to comment on Henny Ray Abrams’ thought-provoking
Chicanery column (“A Farce”) that ran in the March
23rd issue of Cycle News. In my opinion, the two biggest issues
that cloud the direction of roadracing by AMA Pro Racing is the
number of classes that they run and the structure of the AMA Pro
Racing Board of Directors.
it seems clear to me that the AMA’s goal is to have lots
of classes so that most, or all, of the manufacturers can win
a class championship. Kind of like the Olympics when the “Medal
Count” is what teams shoot for rather than any single Main
know some people don’t like to hear “Back in my day,”but…back
in my day, yes, we had some preliminary races during Daytona Bike
Week, but there was one big shoot-out on the last day with all
the big dogs on the track at the same time. That’s the kind
of Daytona 200 that I won, as did Kenny Roberts, Wayne Rainey,
Freddie Spencer, Scott Russell and others in their day. There
needs to be a Main Event and that is what we didn’t have
this year at Daytona.
are two key classes of motorcycle sportbikes – 600s and
1,000s. But we have four classes in the AMA series. Sure, some
allowances need to be made for the Ducatis and other brands that
emerge with less cylinders, but that can be worked out. But there
is no need to have two classes each for 600s and two for 1,000s.
The fan confusion is really hurting the sport.
I don’t have anything against Ray Blank or American Honda,
I think Honda makes great products. But it is totally wrong, in
my opinion, that only a representative from Honda should sit on
the AMA Pro Racing Board and participate on all the decisions
are being made, while the others sit by their mailbox waiting
for the news to arrive about what the rules of racing will be.
few years back when it was announced that this one manufacturer
would sit on the board, people wondered if decisions would be
unbiased. Now, I think the answer is clear. As Keith McCarty replied
in the “Chat Room” interview on page 16, they were
notified about the switch to Formula Xtreme machines for the 200
in August. Don’t tell me that’s when Honda first knew
about it. And look at the number of rule changes that have effected
the Superbike class in the past three or four years as Mat Mladin
and Suzuki have continued to succeed. I could be wrong, I hope
I’m wrong, but that has always appeared to me to be “strategic.”
Whatever the reasons have been, the result was that this year
the defending champion of the race was already on his way home
when the Daytona 200 started. And the Yamaha and Kawasaki team
trucks were somewhere in East Texas heading west.
a result of its “for-profit” corporate structure,
the AMA Pro Racing board is not required to publish its meeting
minutes, so we don’t know what proposals are brought forward
and how the voting goes. But I’d say the board should have
been overly sensitive to the possible criticism of the bias issue,
but they failed completely to do so. So how else should they think
the public and industry would react to a “Daytona 200 by
Honda,” with only the four factory-support Honda rider pummeling
a field of privateers?
during Bike Week and since, I’ve had conversations that
range from “we have to fix the situation at the AMA”
to “it’s not fixable.” Fixing what we have would
seem to be the best direction as we’d hold everything together
in one series. But if the latter is true, then the AMA and Honda
can go do their series and the rest of the sport can go do something
else. I think there are some people and organizations out there
that could run events that could be very fan-friendly even with
just three-of-the-four Japanese brands.
way this goes, the most important aspect is that there is a level
playing field for all the participants and that everyone has an
equal voice. As Henny Ray pointed out, big changes are needed
and it’s going to take people with some balls to make them.
- Don Emde, Laguna Niguel CA
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