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Phillip Island, Australia, Feb 17, 2004
- Work got underway in Australia today as Yamaha's MotoGP teams began a three-day test in a windy yet sunny Phillip Island alongside Honda, Ducati and Aprilia. The teams arrived directly from Malaysia, where Yamaha spent a total of six days testing so far this year. World Champion and Yamaha new-recruit Valentino Rossi, who celebrated his 25th birthday yesterday, posted the third fastest unofficial time of the day, recording 1'31.40 towards the end of the session. Just ahead of the Italian were Honda riders Colin Edwards (1'31.06) and Sete Gibernau (1'31.37) whilst fellow Italian Max Biaggi (Honda) recorded exactly the same time as Rossi. New Honda team-mates Nicky Hayden (1'31.67) and Alex Barros (1'31.75) came next, with Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha rider Carlos Checa put in a 1'32.32.
Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha men Rossi and Checa both began the day with the set-ups they used in Sepang, keen to see how the bikes would respond at the new circuit. Rossi carried on working with one of the new engine specs he tested last week while team-mate Checa continued to work on general set-up rather than pushing for a 'hot-lap.'

The Fortuna Gauloises Yamaha squad of Marco Melandri and Norick Abe had a day of mixed fortunes. Melandri, who fought for the lead here in October before falling, was pleased with his progress today but Abe had a more frustrating time and was unable to find a comfortable set up.

Max Biaggi fell foul of the temperature change from Malaysia to the breezy Phillip Island, feeling a little under the weather today with a slight cold. He was as determined as ever on the track though to improve the
set-up of his Camel Honda machine, although recognised that the team would need more work for him to feel happy with the bike before they leave the 4,448 metre circuit.

The Telefonica MoviStar pairing of Sete Gibernau and Colin Edwards are still going about their work in a methodical fashion, which has proved fruitful for both so far this pre-season. Edwards in particular today
looked at home on the Australian track and set the fastest time of all the riders out on a busy day. Gibernau was close behind, with Biaggi, Nicky Hayden, Alex Barros and Makoto Tamada following in that order in terms of lap times.

Repsol Honda's Hayden, fastest in the last test at Sepang, searched for a better set-up with his Honda after putting in a massive amount of laps, but was still left wanting, whilst team-mate Alex Barros is beginning to shrug off the stiffness around his recovering right shoulder. Finally, Camel Honda's Makoto Tamada has in turn recovered from the bout of flu that struck him in Sepang, only to be affected by a problem out of his control with his tyres.

Colin Edwards (Repsol Honda) - 1m 31.06s +- 70 laps
The bike feels good here, it's like I'm learning more about it every single day, and I get faster with everything I learn, I'm becoming competent with it now! The Aprilia I rode last year was a real handful here; but with all
the information from previous years, advice from my crew chief Fabrizio, and the things gathered from Rossi and Gibernau here in the race last year, my Honda was set-up great when I showed up. It's different to the Sepang set-up definitely. The track is special here with all the left-handers, so the Michelins have to cope with that and the heat. I feel they have a lot more to give though, it's just a matter of gathering more data. As I said, I feel good, I don't feel as though I'm in over my head or at the limit yet. I'm just cruising around and I feel there's a lot more time to gain in there.

Sete Gibernau (Honda) - 1m 31.37s 80 laps
"For sure Phillip Island is not one of my favourite circuits but I put in around 80 laps today, mostly testing tyres for Michelin both fronts and rears. Now I ca say I'm happy with the feeling with he bike on these tyres,
and I'm getting comfortable with Phillip Island. We have two more days of testing ahead of us and I'm confident we will be in really good shape when we leave here."

Valentino Rossi (Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha) 89 laps, 1'31.40
"This is one of my favourite circuits; some of my best memories of winning have been here. This is a really important test for us because we are seeing how the bike responds at a new circuit, and so far we've only tested in Sepang. I'm quite happy so far but have had some small problems today with the gearbox, something we've already fixed. Yamaha are really motivated and are helping me to try the new things I want to try. The response of the bike here is good in general, and this is normally a very difficult track so I'm fairly happy. We need to get as many kilometers as possible under our belt this week."

Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda) - 1m 31.50s. 100 laps
"We tested quite a lot of tyres today and got through quite a bit of work for Michelin. We seemed to go in one direction then tried another - not the greatest of days - but all part of the testin' process. Tomorrow we really
want to work on the bikes set-up. I'm not that happy with the way we have it now. It's been clear and windy today. Nice to get on a new track after being at Sepang for two back-to-back sessions. It's definitely a breath of fresh air to go at it on another circuit and see what carries from one circuit to another."

Carlos Checa (Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha) 76 laps, 1'32.58
"I've still got big problems with the bike when turning. I can't find stability at certain points of the track, which is frustrating. We've been trying different settings again today but I feel a bit like we are against a wall with nowhere to go! We began with the same set-up as at the race last year and then softened the front and rear, which was an improvement. Hopefully tomorrow will be better."

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Ducati Corse Press, Feb 18th- Loris Capirossi powered to the quickest time in today’s second day of testing at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia, where the Desmosedici GP4’s development programme is continuing. Both Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss made major progress from yesterday and the early indications given by the Ducati MotoGP Team riders to the engineers are beginning to confirm the new bike’s potential. Today’s weather conditions saw clear skies and a light wind typical of the spectacular Australian circuit, while temperatures were similar to yesterday (air 19° - 25°; track 21° - 48°).

Loris Capirossi (Marlboro Fila Ducati Corse) 1"30.71
Loris Capirossi saw all the hard work of the past few days rewarded with a superb lap time of 1’30.71 in his 65 laps. This was not only the best time of the day, but also almost two seconds quicker than yesterday, and just two tenths of a second slower than the time he set in Australian GP qualifying last year on soft tyres.

“That was really good,” commented Capirossi at the end of today’s session. “The changes we made to the set-up confirmed that the bike has great potential. I lapped most of the day with the familiar 17” front tyre to verify the new set-up of the GP4 and it was only towards the end of the session that I used the 16.5” front. Tomorrow I’ll concentrate exclusively on this new tyre.”

Troy Bayliss also focussed on finding the best set-up for the Desmosedici on his home circuit, the Australian knocking almost a second off yesterday’s time. Troy completed 63 laps, recording 1’31.56. “I’m pleased with the progress we made today,” declared the Australian. “I’m still missing a bit of feeling with the front, but we’re gradually getting there. We’re working on it and we know exactly where to intervene to improve the bike.”

Loris in the fast groove at Phillip Island.

Feb 19th-
Once again the sun shone brilliantly for the final day at the dramatic Australian circuit. Yamaha continued to test alongside Honda, Ducati and Aprilia, the latter without new signing Jeremy McWilliams who flew home to recover from a broken rib sustained in Sepang last week.

Unofficial fastest time of the day was set by Italian Honda rider Max Biaggi, who recorded 1'30.27. He was closely followed by his Honda colleagues Colin Edwards (1'30.45) and Sete Gibernau (1'30.60) who both stopped before the lunch break after completing just 31 and 41 laps respectively. American Nicky Hayden (Honda) posted exactly the same time as Gibernau. New Yamaha rider and reigning world champion Valentino Rossi finished fifth fastest today with a time of 1'30.80 after 78 laps, just a fraction slower than the time he set yesterday. Fellow Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha rider Carlos Checa finished ninth with a time of 1'31.96.

Loris Capirossi, who yesterday had the satisfaction of being the quickest rider around the track, today concentrated more on testing than the fastest lap time, completing a total of 56 laps with a best time of 1'30.97. The Italian rider continued to focus on finding the best feeling with the new 16.5" front tyre, and was just two-tenths of a second away from yesterday's time.

"I am quite pleased with the way todayís testing went," declared Capirossi. "I did my quickest laps in the morning, while in the afternoon I lost a little bit of feeling with the front, but for the moment itís OK. We've done a lot of work over the past two weeks. The GP4 is a new bike and it is already giving us a lot of satisfaction despite being at the start of its development phase."

Max Biaggi - 1m 30.27s. 62 laps
" I'm quite happy, we have a good rhythm, good lap time and things are working very well. A lot of confidence so at the moment I'm looking okay.
The consistency today was very good today, and for sure much better than the race distance from last year. My bike is working good, and I ma, what can I say, the tyre performance is improving and it all looks good. The race is two months away but I can't wait for it to come. We confirmed that the problem with the bike chattering is a structural problem today, maybe we can change the chassis or something. We mixed the two bike's settings up so now I have one good bike and one which needs fixing, but hopefully it can be sorted for the next test or for the Barcelona MotoGP test."

Valentino Rossi (Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha) 78 laps, 1'30.80
"I'm pretty happy. This test's been quite good and we have already improved a lot since we began testing. I still need more horsepower and it is more difficult to ride at the moment because I have to push much harder. Today I did more than 25 consecutive laps and already the bike seems to work quite well when the tyres are wearing down, which is very important to know. In an ideal world I will have more horsepower for the next test here in two weeks time. Yamaha has worked so hard and so quickly so I am sure we can continue in this way."

Jeremy Burgess (Valentino Rossi's crew chief)
"We're alright. We just need some more push from the engine, which Yamaha is working on. This engine spec is still very new for us but everything we wanted to test is done. Yamaha is on track and they seem happy. This circuit requires quite a lot of horsepower and our times have been slightly off but the bike reliability is good. We've been developing new tyres with Michelin over the three days; they like using Valentino for testing because he gives such great feedback. We are now looking forward to the next test here and also to testing the bike in tracks such as Barcelona during the final stage in the lead-up to the first race."

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Regis Laconi Sets Fastest Time in Final SBK Testing
Valencia, Feb 11, 2004- A frantic final day of testing at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia saw the morning session delayed twice because of two separate oil spills. The afternoon session delivered the fastest lap of the test to Regis Laconi (Ducati Fila), the Frenchman taking a best overall time of 1:35. 393. His hard work over the whole three days saw him set a total of 156 laps as he installed himself in the position of first among equals, after what is the last test before the laps start to count for real.

Laconi was the first rider into the 1:35 bracket but he was not the last, as Steve Martin (DFX Ducati) improved on his previous best personal performance to secure a lap time of 1:35.574, finishing second overall. On a private Ducati compared to Laconiís factory machine, Martin was impressive throughout, even if he did experience a couple of gremlins on the final day.

James Toseland (Ducati Fila) was third fastest overall in the tests, his lap total also being one of the best, a massive 190. He beat his own previous quickest mark from Thursday to take a time of 1:36.162 on the final day, 0.8 seconds shy of his team-mate Laconi.

Finishing his final day with a rush to the airport and home Leon Haslam (Renegade Ducati), joined his new SBK peer group in more than respectable style, improving despite his finger injury and setting a best time of 1:36.201; good enough for fourth quickest of all sessions.

Marco Borciani (DFX Ducati 999RS) put in a massive leap on the final day, stripping 1.2 seconds from his Thursday performance to record a lap of 1:36.303 and edge out 1996 World Champion Troy Corser (Foggy Petronas FP-1). Ending his weekend sixth fastest, Corser made steady improvements each day on the unique three-cylinder 900cc machine, which remains largely unchanged from last yearís spec. Returning World Superbike hero Noriyuki Haga finished his first official test on the Renegade 999 Ducati in seventh overall, using only one of his two bikes. He set a better time on the second day than the last, with a personal best of 1:36.676 his eventual top reward.

The new Honda CBR1000RR FireBlade finished its first proper SBK test in ninth place, after Chris Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda) gradually brought his times down to 1:36.907. His was nonetheless the fastest four-cylinder machine on display, displacing Spaniard Sergio Fuertesí MIR GSX-R1000 Suzuki. Fuertes had to sit out the second day after a crash on day one damaged his machine too much to continue without replacement of some key parts.

Ivan Clementi and Mauro Sanchini (Kawasaki Bertocchi ZX-10) rode their relatively stock fours into tenth and eleventh, with Clementi overtaking his team-mate in the final standings on the very last day.
Chris Walker gained more knowledge of his Petronas triple to finish in the top 12, but one even more experienced rider found his new Ducati a tricky machine to set-up to his liking. Swapping back to his 998 Ducati for a period to make comparisons, Pierfrancesco Chili (PSG-1 Ducati 999RS) eventually finished 13th overall, two seconds down on Laconiís quickest time.

Riding a single bike at the test Garry McCoy (Xerox Ducati NCR 999) was disappointed with his 14th classification on the stopwatch, never feeling comfortable on a bike which is a big change from the multi-cylinder machines he has been used to.

SBK perennial fixture Lucio Pedercini was one of the few 998RS riders on show and ended his test 15th out of 24 entrants. Piergiorgio Bontempi was the fastest rider out of the two Zongshen Suzuki pilots, in 18th, two places ahead of SBK new boy Miguel Praia (Xerox Ducati 999RS).

In World Supersport Karl Muggeridge (Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) showed the fact that his team had tested twice before at Valencia by setting his best time of all sessions, a 1:37.665, on the very first day. His machine also topped the speeds with a 267kmph best.

Running out fastest by a narrow margin over Sebastien Charpentier (Klaffi Honda CBR600RR) Muggeridge set only 82 laps in total, in comparison to the 120 plus put in by most others. The Ten Kate riders Muggeridge and Broc Parkes finished their tasks a session early and packed up as most other teams continued to lap the 4.005km Spanish circuit.

Three Hondas were followed by three Yamahas, the fastest of them Kevin Curtain (Yamaha Motor Germany YZFR6) in overall fourth classification. Christian Kellner (Yamaha Motor Germany) was fifth, 2002 World Champion Fabien Foret (Yamaha Belgarda) sixth. All three Yamaha men improved their best times on the final day. Suzukiís best rider proved to be Katsuaki Fujiwara, on the latest GSX-R600, in seventh quickest position on the timesheets. Lorenzo Lanziís Ducati Fila 749RS went 15th overall.

The tests mark the end of the pre-season preparations as the team return to Valencia for the first meeting of the 2004 SBK World Superbike season, 27-29 February.

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28/1/2004 - World Endurance champions Phase One are to campaign the new 2004-model Yamaha YZF-R1 in this year’s seven round world championship.The British-based team will be officially supported by Yamaha, receiving assistance from Yamaha Motor Racing and Yamaha Motor UK.
The decision to run the 1000cc R1 means that Phase One is returning to the Yamaha brand after a 15-year absence. Experienced Belgian Stephane Mertens will ride the machine alongside British riders Dean Ellison and Andy Notman.

“Endurance racing is great way to promote the new R1,” commented Yamaha Motor Racing manager Laurens Klein Koerkamp. “It requires not only performance and speed but is also a real test of a machine's reliability. For many years the Phase One team has proven itself to be real specialists in the class and naturally we’re pleased that they have chosen the new R1 to defend their world title.”

Explaining the team’s decision to join Yamaha, Phase One team manager Russell Benney added: “It’s great to be recognised for our successes and the enthusiasm shown by Yamaha is second to none. The quality of the parts supplied by Yamaha is fantastic. We’ll be using YEC (Yamaha Engineering Corporation) parts for the engine and doing our own chassis development The technical input from Wilco Zeelenberg (Yamaha Motor Racing’s Technical Coordinator) will also be a great help.

“We’ll be starting the season with less weight and more power than at the end of 2003, which is a great place to be. It’s a massive uphill challenge to prepare for the first race at Assen in April, but we’ll be ready. Our chassis consultants have been warned to expect a tidal wave of work and we’ll be testing at Almeria and Nogaro in March, as well as running at least one six-hour race distance shakedown before Assen.”

The 2004 Endurance World Championship starts on Easter Monday, April 12, with a 500km race at Assen, The Netherlands.

Fontana, California, USA (Tuesday, 17 February) – Defending American Superbike champion Mat Mladin and his Yoshimura Suzuki team took full advantage of near perfect weather conditions to record some of the fastest lap times the team have recorded at California Speedway.

The team completed the two-day test (held over Monday and Tuesday, Feb 16 & 17) feeling very upbeat with what was achieved and given that the season opening race at Daytona is only a matter of weeks away Mladin and his crew are full of enthusiasm for the season ahead where he will be aiming at an unprecedented fifth AMA Superbike crown.

“The test went very well for us as we had a combination of great weather plus a bunch of new stuff to try on the bike which all worked out at the end of the second day,” said Mladin.

“It’s always good to have some things to check and evaluate with the bike and that’s what we did here. Showa, our team’s suspension supplier, also had a bunch of new things to try that at the end of the second day saw us tun a flat 1:25 lap, the fastest we’ve been around here on a race tyre on the GSX-R1000.”

“Our lap times started coming together after lunch on the second day. Prior to that we were just doing our normal routine of checking through the new stuff, see what worked and then put it all together. I’m happy with where we ended up.”

“This year with the new rule changes we will be down a bit on speed, it’s something that we knew would happen, so to counter that, the team is working hard at getting the chassis package as best we can. We know we can get around at a quicker pace while not having the best top speed, as that’s what we had to do when we ran the old 750. The rules may have changed slightly from last year, but that has not taken our focus away from winning the championship again.”

Tyres have been a controversial topic in America in recent months, with all of the tyre manufacturers working overtime to ensure that their products can cope with the demands placed on them by the current batch of high performance 1000cc motorcycles that compete in both the Superbike and Superstock classes in the AMA Championship.

“Tyres have been a problem lately, but I know that Dunlop have been working hard to get their product right for us to use. We have worked very closely with them in developing the new tyres and I know there is still a way to go with this and I’m confident that they are heading in the right direction.”

The tyre controversy came to a head at the annual tyre test sessions at Daytona in December 2003. A number of failures occurred which then led to a number of riders including Mladin (a two time winner at the famed banked circuit), voice their concerns as to whether Daytona had outgrown the current crop of race motorcycles.

“I still feel the same way about Daytona as I did when we were there in December last year, the only thing is that I may have said a few things in the heat of the moment that I shouldn’t have had. What I can say is that I will be racing a Superbike there this year in the 200, but will be planning our race according to the conditions. The title of ‘Mr Daytona’ doesn’t do anything for me, what I’m here for is to win championships. There are eighteen races in this year’s championship and that is only one of them.”

Mladin and his Yoshimura Suzuki team have completed their pre-season testing schedule and will now make final preparation to their machines before making the trip cross country to Daytona for the opening round of the championship, the Daytona 200, which for the first time will be held on a Saturday (March 6).

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One of the world's largest petrolum companies and sponsors of the factory Honda MotoGP team, Repsol will be sponsoring the AMA 1000cc Superstock Series beginning this year. Repsol motorcycle lubricants are not readily known in America, but they are planning a big push through their U.S. distributor Motorcycle Stuff.

Xerox sponsors NCR Ducati
The NCR Ducati team in World Superbike with transplanted MotoGp rider Garry McCoy has picked up major sponsorship from the American corporation Xerox by way od the world headquarters office in London.
The most experienced privateer team in this year's SBK Championship behind the factory Ducati Fila tea, popular "Sulton of Slide' Aussie McCoy

has been finding it difficult in recent testing (see report at left) to come to terms with the heavier V-Twin Ducati 999F Superbike compared to the 80 lb lighter quick reving inline four MotoGP machines he raced previously.

Anthony Gobert
Back to AMA
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2/15: The bad boy of roadracing with a career of highs and lows unmatched by any other rider in the history of the sport has just been handed another reprieve by Erion Racing Honda.
Anthony will be joining his brother Alex on the Erion team in the new AMA Superstock class aboard the new 2004 Honda CBR1000RR.

Anthony's past race histroy includes wins in World Superbike for Kawasaki and Bimotoa, plus 11 wins in AMA Superbike. But his record for non performance and off track anticts have caused him to be let go from nearly every team he has ridden for, as well. Erion Honda is an official support team to American Honda and as such, Anthony will be under contract directly to American Honda, and it is surmised his contract, based on his past history, is mostly performance driven without a large base sallary, based on his race results.

Team owner Kevin Erion was candid as to why he needed Honda to sign Anthony.
"I wanted someone on the Superstock bike that could run up front right away. I think Alex can grow into it. But if Anthony shows up at the race track, i think wehave someone who will run up front right now. If the racer shows up, we're going racing."

Anthony is presently back home in Australia. The required delay to get a new Work Visa to return to America means Anthony probably won't big swinging hios leg over the new Honda CBR1000RR until the first day of practice at Daytona Speed Week on March 3rd.

Honda Racing of Japan supports SBK World Supersport
It what is probably its first official acknowledgement of the SBK World Championship since leading the other Japanese manufacturers in a pull out of World Superbike, Honda racing of Japan issued this press release on their official support of privateer teams competing in the 2004 SBK World Supersport Championship. This could be an indicator to Honda's possibly returning to the World Superbike class in 2005. Plus, they certainly want to be able to promote any success of their new CBR1000RR in racing this year, though they certainly look set to win with the bike in AMA Superbike and Superstock.

Honda Racing Rress 2/23/04 -No global race class is a better test of machinery than the World
600 Supersport Championship. Featuring close to production spec machines, with relatively few modifications and DOT tyres, Supersport is a true proving
ground of the track readiness of any particular machine.

In 2003 the Honda CBR600RR made its spectacularly successful appearance on
the World Supersport scene. Honda riders took 16 podium finishes including seven out of 11 wins - and six out of 11 pole positions. With a second year of off-season machine development and increased
experience of the CBR600RR, the officially supported Honda teams in World Supersport are primed for another year of exciting competition, in what is
normally one of the most closely contested series in the world.
Six riders, in three teams will feel the benefit of Honda-supported status.

The Ten Kate Honda squad has provided the set-up for the past two World Supersport Champions, Fabien Foret in 2002 and Chris Vermeulen in 2003. This year an all-Australian pairing of Karl Muggeridge and Broc Parkes will ride in the distinctive solid yellow livery of the Ten Kate squad. Each is
a proven entity in Supersport, with Muggeridge the more experienced of the two.

Former World Sidecar Champion Klaus Klaffenbock lends his name to the Klaffi Honda team, and for the 2004 season he has relied on a mix of experience and youth in his Austrian-based team. Frenchman Sebastien Charpentier was a revelation when he joined Klaffi midway through the season in 2003, securing a podium finish and enough points in only nine races to end his year in the top seven.
His team-mate this time around is young German battler Max Neukirchner, a relative four-stroke novice but a highly regarded investment for the
future however immediate or long term.

Team Italia Megabike exists to promote Italian riders into the higher echelons of racing and this year the team's tie up with Alessio Corradi and Denis Sacchetti takes place on supported Honda CBR600RRs.
Corradi is a former European Champion and recent podium finisher in World Supersport while Sacchetti is the latest in a long line of Team Italia riders looking to break into the rarefied atmosphere of the World

The powerful wing beat of Honda's awesome CBR600RR will propel all six factory backed riders from Australia to Imola, Brands Hatch to Valencia, as
once more Honda's unquenchable spirit of competition forms the vanguard of this intense World Championship competition.