March 2005
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Page 1 - 2005 British Superbike Preview
Nicky Hayden Tops MotoGP Testing • Jessica Beil Kicks Ass!
Race Prepping Yamaha R1 / R6 • Honda CBR1000RR
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MotoGP Winter Tests - Gibernau Quickest at Barcelona March 18-20th
• SBK Superbike Winter tests Corser Quickest at Valencia March 12-13th
AMA 2005 Season Opener from Daytona Suzuki and Mladin with Hodgson close.
AMA Pro Racing and the Daytona 2000 : the death of roadracing in America?

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2005 SBK World Superbike Season Preview - The Most Competitive Ever
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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.

2005 British Superbike Championshp Season PREVIEW

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March 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.

The British 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.

Reigning 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).

Reynolds 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."

Who will 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 race circuits.

Having recently 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.

Jentin Yamaha 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.

Dean has 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.'

Dean Ellison: "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."

2005 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 - 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

2005 British Superbikes Calendar
1. March 26 – 28 Brands Hatch, Kent (Indy)
2. April 8 – 10 Thruxton, Hants
3. April 22 – 24 Mallory Park, Leics
4. May 1 – 2 Oulton Park, Cheshire
5. May 13 – 15 Mondello Park, Co Kildare Ireland
6. June 3 – 5 Croft, N Yorks
7. June 24 – 26 Knockhill, Fife
8. Juky 8 – 10 Snetterton, Norfolk
9. Auguest 19 - 21 Silverstone, Northants
10. August 27 - 29 Cadwell Park, Lincs
11. September 9 – 11 Oulton Park,
12. September 23 – 25 Donington Park,
13. October 7 – 9 October Brands Hatch, Kent (GP)

The Contenders for 2005 - MotoGP and World Superbike
Above: The Usual Suspects line up for the official MotoGP 2005 Rider Group shot. In an ironic turnaround in just one year, the 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.

IRTA MotoGP Final Winter Tests, Jerez, Spain

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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.

Nicky 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

Underdogs on Top! Suzuki's Hopkins and Kawasaki's Nakano are fastest
in weather extremes the first 2 days at Jerez MotoGP Testing
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.

John Hopkins (1'40.893):
"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!"

The 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.

The fastest 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.

Gauloises 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.

The Yamaha 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.

Repsol 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.

Telefonica 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 surface.

Ducati's 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 pits.
"This morning I did a few laps and I was pleased with the performance of the tyres in the wet" declared Loris.

"Then 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".

Vittoriano 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 by Vitto.

"The 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."

Brazilian 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 track tomorrow.

Barros' 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.

Makoto 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.

Nicky 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."

"By 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 there on
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 got that
to test in the dry conditions in the morning."

"Jerez 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 to chase
a good result this year."

Day 1 (dry track)
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
Day 2 (damp track)
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

As usual, champ Rossi didn't look too concerned about not being thee quickest in testing.

Final Day 3 falls to quickest American Nicky Hayden
March 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.

Many 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 Benson.

Nicky 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 the winter.

“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) - 1'40.539
"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!"

Jerez 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 Racer
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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.

Aprilia 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.

Program Outline:
• 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
2004 RSV R Factory - $6,000
• Dealer will order and pre-register Racer Purchase Program 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 R and $1,600 for RSV R Factory:
- Copy of sales receipt
- Copy of Racing License
- Copy of Drivers License
- Copy of Racing Organization Race Results History
- Completed 2005 Aprilia Contingency Verification Form
- Sales receipt and racing license must match registration documents and race results must be confirmed with racing organization’s online reports.

Contact your US Aprilia dealer and visit the website for additional details.

MotoGP 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 immediate application):
Sporting Regulations:

Unless 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 the race.

- 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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Reynolds rides again -
BSB Round One

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.

Smart made 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.

There are 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.
John Reynolds:

"I am 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."
Scott Smart:

"We were 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."

Simon Green, Team Co-ordinater:
"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 faster.

"Scott 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 for tomorrow."

Practice Times:
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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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!"

Hopkins 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 racer.

Hopkins 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.

In 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 results.

John Hopkins (1'40.418):
"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!"

Kenny 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.

More 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."

Makoto 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."

Marco Melandri, Telefonica MoviStar Honda:
1m 40.291s
– 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.”

Sete 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.”

Alex 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.”

Capirossi Up to Speed with Ducati as Team continues testing engine braking system
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 shoulder.
Today Loris concentrated mainly on testing several types of tyres, and the Italian obtained positive impressions from the qualifying and front tyres.

"I 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."

Loris completed a total of 93 laps of the Spanish track, setting a best time of 1m40.55s.

Teame 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".

The MotoGP Teams' next appointment will be on April 10, again at Jerez, for the opening round of the 2005 MotoGP World Championship!

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