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NEWS ARCHIVE - MAY 2005
HORAS 21st MAY
ENDURANCE LAP RECORD HOLDER GWEN GIABBANI
Policeman Gwen Giabbani (Yamaha Austria
Rider) has been getting some extra practice on his...er...Police bike...OK, it's
his BMW Power Cup bike...
ONE OF THE
REASONS WE LIKE ALBACETE...
DUNLOP - UPDATE ON THE NEXT BIG THING
The Road Racing season started at Cooktown
on April 30th, William was racing in 3 classes: the 125, 600 and the open race
on a 250. In the 125's he finished in a solid 4th place after qualifying 3rd.
There was drama in the 600 he qualified 13th on the grid but was put to the back
as the race number on his bike ( his usual ) was different to the race number
they had in the programme - it got worse as he had to retire on lap 2 with
In the open race he qualified 11th and finished in another solid 4th and was the
first 250 home...and this was up against 750's, etc!
On May the 7th he was at the second road race of the season at Tandragee,
competing in the 125 race. There was no qualifying session as the weather was
too poor so he was installed in 6th position on the grid...and finished in -
wait for it - another 4th.
He is leading the Irish 125 Championship by a very healthy margin at the moment
and is wild carding in the British 125 championship at Mondello Park at the
Warwick Nowland has his 2001 GSXR1000 up for
sale - with the added benefit of matching leathers and helmet!
BOL D'OR MOTO REVUE TEAM SHIRT
For all those who want to do something for
charity while acquiring something unique...
Kevin Schwantz's signed race shirt is up for auction on the Riders For Health
website. This is from last years' Bol d'Or, Kevin's first real race since his
Many thanks for the riders and teams who
offered items for the Riders For Health Charity Auction at Alexandra Palace. I
have finally received information from them as to how much the items raised.
Thanks, Wokka, Mandy, Steve and Kevin!...Warwick Nowland Helmet £200, Signed
Yamaha Austria team shirt £60 and Steve Plater Helmet £250.
Press Release –
Diablo 666 Kawasaki go testing with new bike
1st May 2005
After the season opening round at Assen, where the Team enjoyed its first ever
podium, finishing a magnificent 3rd, just behind partner Team, Bolliger Kawasaki
in 2nd, it was back to the equally important job of mid season testing for
Following the Assen meeting, Diablo’s spare machine, an absolutely stock ZX-10
was brought back to the UK for chief mechanic, Geoff Randall, to work on and to
turn into the Team’s No. 2 Machine.
Testing...it's a tough job...
The running in of the new bike went extremely smoothly by James Hutchins and
Kevin Falcke with no major problems and it will be interesting to compare its
performance with the main race bike when the Team arrives in Spain in three
weeks time for the 8hrs race at Albacete.
Steve Mizera had unfortunately been unable to fly over from Germany, due to
business commitments at the Dresden Moto Park, where he is head of publicity,
which was staging an official press open day.
Terry Rymer, Diablo 666 Team Manager, who due to business commitments missed out
on the trip and celebrations in Assen added, “The lads
did a fantastic job in the wet difficult conditions in Assen. I was so proud of
the Team when I heard the news. With this new bike being available for testing
between races, I would expect the Team to be even more competitive especially
with the rider line up we have this year now with the permanent addition of
Steve Mizera into the squad”.
Roll on the Team’s next outing at the 8hrs night race at Albacete on 21st / 22nd
Italian manufacturer Aprilia will be well represented at this months Albacete 8
Horas Nocturnas round of the FIM World Endurance Championship.
The Aprilia Motociclismo Test Team will make their 2005 permanent team debut at
the Spanish night race. Their RSV1000 will be ridden by double world motocross
champion and official factory Supermoto rider Frederic Bolley, official Aprilia
factory test rider Fabrizio Pellizzon and Antonio Calasso, a journalist from
motorcycle magazine Motociclismo.
Aprilia’s 1000cc 60-degree v-twin has earned an excellent reputation for
reliability in endurance racing, and Calasso qualified in tenth place on the
Motociclismo RSV at last year’s Vallelunga 200 round of the World Endurance
Spanish wild-card entry Marcel Motorsport Box have also entered an Aprilia
RSV1000, to be ridden by Alberto Martinez, Javier Delgado and Manel Segarra. The
Aprilia Motociclismo Test Team are joining permanent teams representing Ducati
(Spring Team) and MV Agusta (Burger King Lust) in challenging the big four
Japanese factories. With a very varied roster of wild card machines expected
over the course of the season, the World Endurance Championship remains the most
technically diverse international championship; 13 manufacturers were
Of course, I'm rooting for
Aprilia - I had mine stolen...
Superbike World Championship - round four: Italy
Track length: 5792m
Year opened: 1922
Superbike lap record: 1'47.434 (Troy Bayliss, 2002)
Last year's winners: Regis Laconi (Ducati)
Monza typified everything that World Superbike
stands for - outstanding racing, high drama, a massively passionate crowd,
glamour, fun and a wonderful spirit amongst all involved.
The weekend was a true showcase for the millions of fans watching on television
around the world as well as the thousands that packed themselves into every
corner of the circuit to see some of the best racing of this year.
Two very different World Superbike races delivered two very different
results at Monza, in front of a weekend crowd of 93,000. In race one World
Championship leader Troy Corser (Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki) scored the win in
his accustomed strong front-running form, but had to make do with third in race
two, as his fellow Aussie countryman Chris Vermeulen (Winston Ten Kate Honda)
took his first win of the year. It was also the first non-Suzuki success, and
had Regis Laconi (Ducati Xerox) been able to hold onto his long-term race two
lead, there may have been a hometown win for the Italian manufacturer.
An outstanding three-rider race for most of the 16-lap Supersport event was
reduced to two in the final couple of laps, with Winston Ten Kate Honda rider
Katsuaki Fujiwara holding off his team mate Sebastien Charpentier in an
often-physical battle around this classic 5.793 km Monza circuit.
A mistake from Charpentier changing gear after a brave pass at the entrance to
the last corner allowed Fujiwara to gain the final advantage.
Gianluca Nannelli (Ducati SC Caracchi) had a magnificent ride to third, only
dropping off the leading pace in the last two tours.
The next round of the championship takes place at Silverstone in UK on 29th May.
ENDURANCE - ASSEN 500 RACE REPORT
- now with pictures.
I'm in desperate need of a
haircut...two days after this, Philippe breaks his leg...is it me?
GMT94 - CHRISTOPHE GUYOT C'EST UN ROCK
...we can only hope that the Yamaha isn't in the swimming pool...