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Mad Max on the factory Honda takes pole for the Pacific Grand Prix.

MotGP World Championship, Pacific Grand Prix at Motegi, Round 13 of 16

Max Biaggi Dominates at Motegi
Nicki Hayden scores impressive 3rd, Tomada and Hopkins disqualified for rough riding

Motegi, Japan, Oct 4-5th: Max Biaggi (Camel Pramac Pons RC211V) was way ahead of the controversy that was eventually to surround the Pacific Grand Prix when he won by 3.754 seconds from Valentino Rossi (Repsol Honda RC211V) in front of 56,000 Japanese race fans in fine autumn weather. But although Makoto Tamada (Pramac Honda RC211V) crossed the line third after barging his way past Sete Gibernau (Telefonica Movistar Honda RC211V) on the final lap, the Japanese rider was later disqualified for what Race Direction described as “riding in an irresponsible manner.”

Honda Fill the front Row as Max Masters Motegi
Final Qualifying Saturday October 4:
As MotoGP paid further respects to the hugely missed Daijiro Kato here at Motegi, Max Biaggi (Camel Pramac Pons RC211V) went about the business of placing his machine on pole. The Roman timed his fastest lap to perfection in sunny and dry conditions edging local hero Makoto Tamada (Pramac Honda RC211V) into second with Valentino Rossi (Repsol Honda RC211V) qualifying third and Sete Gibernau (Telefonica Movistar Honda RC211V) fourth for an all-Honda front row.

Biaggi revelled in the conditions and now he has the measure of his RC211V, the Roman used his precise, inch-perfect style to put in a 1m 47.696s lap in the final seconds of the session. He timed his lap perfectly and no one had any answers to his sheer speed around the 4.801km of Motegi.

Saturday’s final qualifying session began with Loris Capirossi launching his Ducati skywards when he ran off-track and then hit a pot hole that buckled the front wheel rim and catapulted him and his machine into the air. Meanwhile Biaggi was taking his time before venturing on track ten minutes into the session. Events followed the usual pattern for the first half-hour with riders perfecting set-up and testing tyre endurance. Biaggi bettered his first qualifying time from yesterday within that first half-hour and Gibernau was holding pole with a 1m 48.707s lap from that same session. Carlos Checa (Yamaha) then hoisted himself to second place with a 1m 48.767s lap, but that was his best shot and the Spaniard had to settle for seventh place by the end of the hour.
Then Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC211V) showed precisely why he is maturing into a real force in the premier class in his rookie year. The American rocketed to a 1m 48.618s lap that was good enough for him to hold pole with 13 minutes to go.

Then it was another rookie sensation’s turn to grab the limelight as local hero Makoto Tamada posted a 1m 48.245s lap to hold pole for a time. The Japanese, running Japanese Bridgestone tyres, clearly had the measure of this track. He had said after yesterday’s session that there was more to come from him and his RC211V – and so it proved.

But his efforts were bested first by Rossi who briefly held pole, and then by the storming Biaggi. Max waited until the opportune moment mere seconds from the end of the session before firing his machine around Motegi’s 14 turns in a rapid 1m 47.696s lap.

“There were many riders out there capable of setting a fast time,” said Max. “It was a really exciting session and extremely competitive. It always seems like the air is special in Japan and I must congratulate Tamada because he was really quick today. I have a good rhythm and riding the bike is a joy. It’s the first time since Brno that I’ve felt comfortable on the bike.”

Raceday Sunday October 5th: Max Biaggi (Camel Pramac Pons RC211V) was way ahead of the controversy that was eventually to surround the Pacific Grand Prix when he won by 3.754 seconds from Valentino Rossi (Repsol Honda RC211V) in front of 56,000 Japanese race fans in fine autumn weather. But although Makoto Tamada (Pramac Honda RC211V) crossed the line third after barging his way past Sete Gibernau (Telefonica Movistar Honda RC211V) on the final lap, the Japanese rider was later disqualified for what Race Direction described as “riding in an irresponsible manner.”

This elevated Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC211V) to third and Gibernau to fourth although the Spaniard made the finish in fifth before the authorities stepped in. Gibernau, who did not make a protest, later said, “I’m sure it’s the correct decision, I don’t want revenge or anything.”

Gibernau had to take to the gravel trap after Tamada made contact with him in the downhill braking area to the second tunnel section on the race's final lap and although he did not fall off, the move was deemed sufficiently beyond usual forceful racing manoeuvres to warrant a disqualification.

Race director Paul Butler said, “We want to give a message to the riders that these things (MotoGP bikes) are fast, heavy and dangerous. We’ve spoken to the rider and there was an element of ‘it’s a fair cop’ to his reaction.”

Tamada’s Pramac Honda Team appealed, but the appeal was thrown out by the FIM stewards. There was further off-track involvement when John Hopkins was served a ban from next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix for a first turn, first lap incident when he collided with Carlos Checa (Yamaha) and Troy Bayliss (Ducati). Hopkins’ Suzuki Team appealed against the decision. The appeal was thrown out.

On track, events were typically compelling. A dramatic first turn incident right off the start and subsequent avoiding action taken by those who rode through it unscathed deprived the riders stationed behind the chaos of getting in touch with the early leaders. Gibernau made it out of turn one in the lead with Biaggi tucked in behind him, with Hayden, Rossi and Tamada in touch.

After a very strong qualifying performance during the opening two days of the Pacific Grand Prix, race day eventually brought mixed results for the Fortuna Yamaha Team. The highlight saw Marco Melandri ride a very determined 24-lap race to finish a respectable fifth place on the YZR-M1. It was a result that came after the first turn crash – involving Troy Bayliss (Ducati) and John Hopkins (Suzuki) – which forced the 21-year-old MotoGP rookie off the racing line, relegated him back to 19th on the opening lap. The news, however, was not so positive for Fortuna Yamaha Team-mate Carlos Checa, who was unable to avoid the incident and was hit from behind, forcing the Spaniard off the track and out of the Pacific Grand Prix along with Bayliss and Hopkins.

Rossi (46) carves his way back past Gibernau (15), Hayden (69) and Tomada (6) after running off the track ealier in the race. The clock ran out before Rossi could catch back up to race winner max Biaggi.

On lap three Biaggi took the lead from Gibernau and began to make a gap, which by lap six stood at 1.236 seconds on lap seven. Rossi was pushing hard in second having disposed of Hayden and Gibernau – hard enough to run wide at turn one on that lap and take to the gravel before rejoining the track in ninth place. But the reigning World Champion set a fastest lap of 1.48.885 seconds on lap 16 as he dug deep to make up the final few yards on Biaggi’s immediate pursuers. He soon made short work of them taking Tamada on lap 18, Hayden on lap 19 and then Gibernau two turns after he’d disposed of his American Repsol team-mate. But Biaggi had now carved out a 5.007 second lead over his pursuers and there was little even Rossi could do in the remaining four laps to put any real pressure on Biaggi, who was riding a composed and rapid race. He won with comparative ease, but no MotoGP win is ever easy.

“This was a tough and complicated race because the rhythm was fast from the start,” he said. “I made a good start and got ahead of Gibernau on the brakes. When I learned what happened to Rossi I just tried to maintain the rhythm and build up a good lead. Two laps from the end I nearly fell and it was a miracle I managed to stay on the bike. This has been one of the best Grands Prix of the year and I would like to dedicate it to Daijiro Kato.”

Rossi had to be content with extending his points advantage over title rival Gibernau. “After a few laps I made a mistake braking,” he said. “I went straight on and the situation was very bad with Gibernau in second place and me in ninth. After I recovered I made the fastest lap and got back to the second group. Now I’ll arrive in Malaysia with a big advantage.”

Hayden who was bounced up to third by the disqualification of Tamada was happier with his continued competitiveness at the front of the field than his inherited result. “It’s not the way I want to move up the tables,” said the American rookie. “I want a proper podium and that’s what I’ll be working for.”

Gibernau was sanguine about the result and happy to come away with what he did after suffering from a fever. “It was one of my most difficult races,” said the Spaniard. “Luckily I didn’t fall and I can look forward to the next race when I hope to be in better shape. I felt very weak when I got off the bike.”

Tamada said, “I know what I can do when braking and I’ve got a front tyre I can trust, so I decided to play all the cards I’ve got. When I saw that I was on the inside and half a length in front of Gibernau I started taking the corner. I’m sorry that Sete took exception to what I consider to be a normal race manoeuvre. I’m also upset about the sentence that I feel is exceptionally harsh.”

Tohru Ukawa (Camel Pramac Pons RC211V) finished eighth. “I didn’t make a great start,” he said. “But it wasn’t that bad either. What really affected my race was the incident involving Hopkins which made me lose touch with the leaders. I can’t be happy when I finish 20 seconds behind the winner.”

Rossi leads the World Championship points table with 282 points to Gibernau’s 224, with Biaggi on 199 and Capirossi on 131.

Results MotoGP
Race Classification MotoGP : (24 laps = 115.224 km)
Pos/Rider /Nat /Team /Motorcycle /Time/KM/H
1/Max BIAGGI /ITA /Camel Pramac Pons /HONDA/43'57.590/157.267
2/Valentino ROSSI /ITA /Repsol Honda /HONDA/44'01.344/157.043
3/Nicky HAYDEN /USA /Repsol Honda /HONDA/44'03.231/156.931
4/Sete GIBERNAU /SPA /Telefónica Movistar Honda /HONDA/44'17.046/156.115
5/Marco MELANDRI /ITA /Fortuna Yamaha Team /YAMAHA/44'17.499/156.089
6/Alex BARROS /BRA /Gauloises Yamaha Team /YAMAHA/44'18.528/156.028
7/Tohru UKAWA /JPN /Camel Pramac Pons /HONDA/44'19.897/155.948
8/Loris CAPIROSSI /ITA /Ducati Marlboro Team /DUCATI/44'25.477/155.621
9/Shinya NAKANO /JPN /d'Antín Yamaha Team /YAMAHA/44'39.321/154.817
10/Akira RYO /JPN /Team Suzuki /SUZUKI/44'47.696/154.335
11/Ryuichi KIYONARI /JPN /Telefonica Movistar Honda /HONDA/44'50.804/154.157
12/Noriyuki HAGA /JPN /Alice Aprilia Racing /APRILIA/44'51.179/154.135
13/Olivier JACQUE /FRA /Gauloises Yamaha Team /YAMAHA/45'03.210/153.449
14/Nobuatsu AOKI /JPN /Proton Team KR /PROTON KR/45'05.125/153.340
15/Kenny ROBERTS /USA /Suzuki Grand Prix Team /SUZUKI/45'06.645/153.254
Fastest Lap: Valentino ROSSI 1'48.885 158.732 Km/h Lap 16

World Championship Positions:
1 ROSSI 282, 2 GIBERNAU 224, 3 BIAGGI 199, 4 CAPIROSSI 131, 5 BAYLISS 112,
6 UKAWA 103, 7 HAYDEN 101, 8 CHECA 93, 9 BARROS 90, 10 NAKANO 84, 11 TAMADA 69,
12 JACQUE 61, 13 EDWARDS 51, 14 MELANDRI 40, 15 HAGA 40.

250 MotoGP to Elias on Aprilia
Tony Elias (Aprilia) won the 250 race from Roberto Rolfo (Fortuna Honda RS250RW) with Manuel Poggiali third (Aprilia). Elias made his break right from the start, leading into turn one and never relinquishing his lead throughout the 23 laps of the 4.801km track.

But although Elias hauled himself into remote title contention with his win, Rolfo was the man who did the most to improve his Championship chances by taking points off Poggiali. And perhaps more crucially, Rolfo showed the San Marinese title leader that he simply will not give up his chase for 250 honours this year.
The last six races in the 250 World Championship have now been won by six different riders and Rolfo is the only rider to have scored points at all the 13 races so far this year. His consistency is as much to do with his absolute determination to take the fight to his rivals at every opportunity as it is to do with his ability to ride within the limits of himself and his machine.

Rolfo had to use all his wiles to get the better of Poggiali and the Italian made his move on the penultimate lap. But Poggiali pounced back before Rolfo finally made his pass stick and when Poggiali got his machine a bit too loose in his bid to re-pass Rolfo he lost touch and Rolfo netted second in comparative comfort.

“There’s huge satisfaction to be had from second on the podium,” said Rolfo. “We had some huge problems during practice but we knew how to rescue the situation. The result is very important for the Championship and second place was in my hands – that’s why I fought so hard.”

The World Championship points tallies show Poggiali on 206, Rolfo with 188 and Elias in the hunt with 176.

The Graves Formula Extreame R1 Yamaha would be eligible for FIM and AMA Superbike, but Yamaha wouldn't let them loose in AMA Superbike factory teams with a front line rider. Take a good look, it might be the last you'll see of a really modified 1000cc in-line four in a AMA roadracing for a while. This is the type of bike European distributor teams will be racing in World Superbike next season. The American distributor teams may be unwilling to enter AMA Superbike in 2004 with the new generation 1000cc fours without the availability of trick factory parts like cams and pistons from Japan. They may choose, instead, to race in the AMA's proposed new 1000cc Superstock class should it actually happen. You can also see why we like twins.

FIM World Superbike, Supersport Championship
FIM 2004 Tech Rules for Superbike, Supersport
October 4, 2003: The main modifications to the Superbike & Supersport Technical Regulations for the 2004 season have been released by FGSport. These rules will be very similar to those adopted by the AMA and British Superbike Championship, as well as many other counties.(Full text will be available next week on the FIM Internet site):

2.4 Superbike Technical Specifications
2.4.1 Displacement capacities

2 cylinder Over 800cc up to 1000cc 4 stroke
3 cylinder Over 750cc up to 1000cc 4 stroke
4 cylinder Over 750cc up to 1000cc 4 stroke

2.4.2 Minimum Weights
The minimum weight will be 162 kg / 356.4lbs. A). 1% tolerance will be allowed after the race. (The machine's weight after the race may not be less than 160.38 kg) Carburation Instruments for 1000cc 3 and 4 cylinders
* Carburation instruments refers to both throttle bodies and carburettors.
* The original homologated carburation instruments must be used un-modified.
* The uses of optional homologated carburation instruments are not allowed.
* The fuel injectors may be replaced, they must fit without modification to the homologated throttle body.
* The carburation instruments intake insulators may be modified.
* Bell mouths may be altered or replaced.
* Variable length intake tract devices that function while the engine is operating are not allowed, unless such a system is used on the homologated machine.
* Modifications to the fuel pump and the pressure regulator are allowed.
* The fuel injection management computer may be changed.
* The use of flash memory (flash RAM ) is allowed.
* Vacuum slides may be fixed in the open position.
* Secondary throttle plates and shafts may be removed or fixed in the open position and the electronics may be disconnected or removed. Carburettors
Variable-length carburettor/fuel injection intake tract devices that function while the engine is operating are prohibited, unless such a system is use on the homologated machine. Fuel Injection System
The fuel injectors may be replaced, however they must fit without modification to the homologated throttle body. Vacuum slides may be fixed in the open position. Secondary throttle plates and shaft may be removed or fixed in the open position and the electronics may be disconnected or removed. Variable-length carburettor/fuel injection intake tract devices that function while the engine is operating are prohibited, unless such a system is used on the homologated machine. Engine
All engines in the Superbike class must be 4 stroke type. The following engine components may not be altered from the homologated machine except as noted. 4 cylinder engines with a bore / stroke ratio of 1.5 to 1 or greater will be subject to an RPM limit of 14,000 RPMs. This will be controlled by an electronic device issued by the FIM. Please note rules specific for the 1000cc multi-cylinder machines (3 & 4) will be found in the article concerning the component in question. Other than noted, components may be modified or changed as allowed the following articles.
*1000cc 3 and 4 cylinders: aftermarket or modified cam drive components are allowed, however the cam drive must be in the homologated location. Cylinder Head
1000cc 3 and 4 cylinders: Aftermarket or modified valves, springs, retainers and other valve train components are permitted. The original number of valves must be maintained.
A. Valve diameter, including stem, must remain as homologated.
B. Valves must be made of the same basic material as the homologated valves.
C. Valves must remain in the homologated location and at the same angle as the homologated valves. Crankshaft
1000cc 3 and 4 cylinders: The homologated crankshaft is allowed the following modifications:
A. Bearing surfaces may be polished or a surface treatment may be applied.
B. Balancing is allowed but only by the same method as the homologated crankshaft. (for example heavy metal i.e. Mallory metal inserts are not permitted unless they are originally specified in the homologated crankshaft.) C. Attachment of aftermarket ignition components or sensors are permitted.
D. Balance shaft may be removed. Transmission/Gearbox
Primary gear ratios must remain as homologated for 1000cc 3 & 4 cylinder machines. Clutch
1000cc 3 and 4 cylinders: Aftermarket or modified clutches (wet-type cannot be changed to
dry-type) with back torque limiting capabilities are permitted. (slipper type) Exhaust System
The noise limit for Superbikes will be 107 dB/A, with a + 3dB/A tolerance after the race.

2.5 Technical Specifications for Supersport
2.5.2 Minimum Weights
600cc 4 cylinders: 162 kg / 356lbs • 750cc 2 cylinders: 170 kg / 374lbs Front Forks
The original surfaces of the front fork tubes (stanchions, fork pipes) may be changed. Additional surface treatment is allowed. Oil Pumps, Oil Lines and Water Pumps
The internal parts of the water pump may be changed or modified. The drive ratio may be changed. The external appearance must remain as homologated. Clutch
Aftermarket or modified, stock-type clutch with back-torque limiting capabilities (slipper type) are allowed. The use of electro-mechanical or electro-hydraulic actuating system are not allowed. Exhaust system
The noise limit for Supersport will be 107 dB/A.

2.9.2 Minimum Production Quantities
1) Supersport Manufacturers producing more than 75,000 motorcycles per year must produce 1'000 units for homologation. Manufacturers producing less than 75'000 motorcycles per year must produce 500 units for homologation.

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Daijiro Kato Inducted into MotoGP Hall of Fame
Motegi – Japan October 4, 2003: At an emotional ceremony at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit today the late Daijiro Kato was inducted into the MotoGP Hall of Fame. Daijiro’s father, Takashi, attended the ceremony to receive Daijiro’s MotoGP Legends Medal from Carmelo Ezpeleta, C.E.O of Dorna, in the presence of MotoGP Legends, Angel Nieto, Michael Doohan and Kenny Roberts Senior.
The multi-talented rider from Saitama Prefecture Kato was the finest Japanese grand prix rider of his generation. The accident at Suzuka, on April 6, that eventually claimed his life, robbed the world of MotoGP racing of one of the sport’s truly individual talents. Kato, Daichan to all who knew him, was a Superstar in his own right, his astonishing achievements testimony to his brilliance. He was a man who possessed awesome skills, he was tactically astute, and was as tough as he needed to be in a given situation.
Daichan was, however, above all, a man at ease with himself, his family and his team. A man who combined his exceptional qualities as a rider with a relaxed, disarming down to earth personality. He has sadly missed by all fortunate enough to have known him. Wife Makiko, son Ikko, now almost three, and daughter Rinka, seven months old, survive him.

Daijiro Kato – Japan.
July 4, 1976 – April 20, 2003.
Team Honda Gresini
Racing number 74
Race machines NSR250 - RC211V
Date of birth : July 4, 1976.
Place of birth : Saitama Prefecture, Japan.
First race : 1992 Pocket Bike racing
Grand prix debut : 1996 Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka - NSR250 Honda
First Grand Prix win : 1997 Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka - NSR250 Honda
Total podium places 27
25 x 250cc - NSR250 Honda – 1 x NSR500 – 1 x RC211V
Total grand prix wins 17
17 x 250cc - NSR250 Honda
World titles 1
1 x 250cc in 2001- NSR250 HondaCareer Highlights - Daijiro Kato
1994 : 7th 250cc All Japan Championship Honda
1995 : 5th 250cc All Japan Championship Honda
1996 : 2nd 250cc All Japan Championship Honda
3rd 250cc Japanese Grand Prix (Wild card entry)
1997 : 250cc All Japan Champion Honda
1st 250cc Japanese Grand Prix (Wild card entry)
1998 : 8th 250cc All Japan Championship Honda
1st 250cc Japanese Grand Prix (Wild card entry)
1999 : 2nd 250cc All Japan Championship Honda
2000 : 3rd 250cc World Championship Honda - race wins 4
Winner Suzuka 8 Hours
2001 : 250cc World Champion Honda - race wins 11
4th Suzuka 8 Hours
2002: 7th MotoGP World Championship
Winner Suzuka 8 Hours

British Superbike at Donnington
Double Victory for New Champ Shakey Byrne

Sept 28th: 2003 British Superbike Champion Shane Byrne celebrated in the best possible fashion when he posted his fourth double win of the season this afternoon in the last round of the series at Donington Park.

Byrne fought off stiff competition from John Reynolds and Sean Emmett in race 1 and went on to take a start-to-finish victory in race 2 to claim his fourth double victory of the year on his way to a total of 12 wins.

“What better way to round off the season than a pair of wins and I’m delighted. I wanted to show everyone why I’m champion and this was the way to do it. The team and the whole package has been fantastic and now we can party in style,” said Byrne.

Meanwhile team-mate Supersport rider Stuart Easton managed to secure 7th place in the Supersport race after an incident-packed race aboard the MonsterMob 748 Ducati. Easton made a mistake and passed fellow competitor Michael Laverty before the green flag on a safety car lap and was penalised one position for his error.

“When the two Hondas came past me I knew I wasn’t going to gain anything. I knew I would be in fourth place at best. I didn’t give in though, I just brought it home as the Championship was already settled and I had nothing to gain. I’m just disappointed,” said Easton.

Team owner Paul Bird was pleased with the team’s performance: “Shakey showed them why he is British Champion. They were both excellent races. I hope we can thrash a deal out with Ducati very shortly for next year so we can get sorted. I was a little disappointed with Stuart making a mistake early on and I think it played on his mind throughout the whole race, but he brought it home and finished second in the championship so all in all an excellent weekend.”

Race One
1. Shane Byrne (Ducati)
2. Sean Emmett (Ducati)
3. John Reynolds (Suzuki)
4. Michael Rutter (Ducati)
5. Glen Richards (Kawasaki)
6. Scott Smart (Kawasaki)
7. Leon Haslam (Ducati)
8. Gary Mason (Yamaha)
9. Dean Ellison (Ducati)
10. John Kirkham (Yamaha)
Race Two
1. Shane Byrne (Ducati)
2. John Reynolds (Suzuki)
3. Sean Emmett (Ducati)
4. Michael Rutter (Ducati)
5. Leon Haslam (Ducati)
6. Glen Richards (Kawasaki)
7. Gary Mason (Yamaha)
8. John Kirkham (Yamaha)
9. Mark Heckles (Honda)
10. Dennis Hobbs (Suzuki)

BSB Championship Standings
1. Shane Byrne (Ducati) – 488
2. John Reynolds (Suzuki) – 358
3. Michael Rutter (Ducati) – 289
4. Glen Richards (Kawasaki) – 255
5. Sean Emmett (Ducati) – 247
6. Steve Plater (Honda) – 246
7. Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki) – 214
8. Gary Mason (Yamaha) – 208
9. Scott Smart (Kawasaki) – 154
10. Steve Hislop (Yamaha) – 122