|No. 48, Tuesday June 20, 2000
Australians Troy Corser (Aprilia) and Troy Bayliss (Ducati) dominated Sunday's
superbike fest. For Corser it was a return to form for the former world
champ, while for Bayliss it was a case of making the most of his stand-in
role for regular Ducati pilot Carl Fogarty.
Here are last weekend's superbike revelations, as only the Italians
can write it...
Race 1: Troy Corser made it a perfect start to his race day with
a fine win in the opening race, enjoying an eight second gap over Troy
Bayliss, who fought through from a poor start.
Katsuaki Fujiwara delivered on his practice promise, taking his
first ever WSS podium, with Juan Borja just missing out in fourth place.
Akira Yanagawa, another slow starter made it through to fifth,
with Ben Bostrom on the NCR private Ducati in a fine sixth. World Championship
leader Colin Edwards and his Castrol Honda team mate, Aaron Slight, collided
on lap two, with both crashing out of the race.
Pierfrancesco Chili failed to finish due to a machine problem.
Race 2: Troy Corserís first ever double win as an Aprilia Axo
factory rider gave him a perfect weekend at Misano, scoring fastest in
regular qualifying, Superpole, two race wins, two race fastest laps and
a new lap record of 1:35.986 at the modified Santamonica circuit.
In a good weekend for the relatively inexperienced men, Troy
Bayliss of the Ducati Infostrada team took second ahead of NCR Ducatiís
Ben Bostrom, who took his first World Superbike podium since his win as
a wild card rider at the Laguna Seca circuit last season.
Katsuaki Fujiwara just missed out on his second podium of the
day on his Alstare Suzuki, with Juan Borja on the Ducati Infostrada machine
once more fully competitive in the run up to his home race in Valencia,
Spain next weekend.
Fuchs Kawasakiís Akira Yanagawa took sixth place, ahead of Corserís
team mate, Alessandro Antonello, who took a fighting seventh on what is
almost his home circuit.
Peter Goddard, a replacement for Gregorio Lavilla had another
strong ride to eighth, and he has been confirmed as a starter for the Fuchs
Kawasaki team at the Valencia race next weekend.
Aaron Slight and Colin Edwards had unusually low finishing positions
of ninth and tenth on their VTR1000 SPW Castrol Hondas, although Edwards
has held on to his World Superbike championship lead, heading up Troy Corser,
208 points to 170.
Pierfrancesco Chili has fractured his left collarbone after falling
in the middle of the Variante Arena chicane.
In the Supersport World Championship Jörg Teuchert took
third place and the championship lead on his Alpha Technik Yamaha after
previous leader James Whitham crashed out while chasing through the field
on his Yamaha Belgarda machine. Teuchertís team mate, Christian Kellner,
took his first ever World Supersport win from local hero Paolo Casoli,
after a forceful overtake on the penultimate lap relegated the Ducati Infostrada
man to second.
Teuchert now leads Whitham by eight points, but reigning World
Champion Stephane Chambon may well be out of the overall championship race
now after suffering a complicated fracture of the collarbone which means
he too will miss the next race at Valencia.
More info: <http://www.superbike.it>
are getting caught in international trade wars, with the revival of a plan
in the USA to place a 100 per cent excise on Euro 50-500cc bikes. Apparently
this in retaliation for a Euro exercise on American beef imports.
Trivia buffs ... Cycle News in the USA reports: "The clocks were turned
back when PJ1 Racing's Jimmy Filice won the MBNA 250cc Grand Prix under
a light drizzle at New Hampshire International Speedway. The last time
Filice won an AMA race was on September 24, 1995 at Firebird Raceway in
"The Yamaha-mounted 37-year-old ran down early leader Jeffrey
Wood on the Penguin Racing School Yamaha on the fourth of 24 laps, then
Filice partnered John Kocinski in a Castrol Six-Hour in the late
eighties in Australia, on a Yamaha. It was part of a program to import
talent and develop new riders. The duo on the other Marlboro-backed Yamaha
in the race was Michael Dowson and Kevin Magee.
Okay, what was the year, and the bike model? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
with your reply.
More info: <http://www.cyclenews.com>
the latest development toys being played with by those fun-loving folk
at Honda HQ is an air-bag for a Goldwing. No, really. Why not? It might
be a better option than spearing through the windscreen/fairing. We reckon
it needs to be powerful enough to not only stop the human/fairing mix,
but actually punt you off the bike so you can watch it self-destruct from
a safe distance ...
Dorna (GP supremos): "The end of 2000 will see the launch of the official
video game of MotoGP for the Sony Playstation 2 platform. Namco designers
and software engineers, with a team of 40 people, are currently developing
the new game at their studios in Tokyo.
"The new video game is defined as a motorcycle racing simulation
game (Really? - Ed) and has been designed with the advice of the three
Aoki brothers, all three having the experience of racing in MotoGP.
"Five different tracks can be raced on in the new game:
Suzuka and Motegi (Japan), Jerez (Spain), Paul Ricard (France) and
Donington Park (Great Britain). All five have been reproduced with their
1999 MotoGP layout and they have been recreated with a huge level of realism,
so that players can feel that they are actually riding a 500cc machine
in the World Championship.
"There will be several different competition modes: time
attack (like a qualifying session, the player has to improve his own
lap-times), versus mode (two players racing each other) , the Namco World
Grand Prix (the player racing against the whole 500cc field in all
the racetracks) and others."
Our expert PC doctor, young Noel Wiltshire, reckons the MkI version
of the game was good in most respects and scarily realistic. We suggest
making your own play-leathers with bits of old carpet in place of knee-scrapers.
Anne Dalton - one of our more vocal readers: try this website <http://skybike.hypermart.net/contact_us.htm>http://skybike.hypermart.net/contact_us.htm>
More vocal readers welcome...
Safari has been upgraded and included on the World Cup calendar for international
motorcycling cross country rally events in 2001.
Australia will host the fourth of six rounds in the Federation
Internationale Motocycliste (FIM) Cross Country Rallies World Cup as part
of next year's Safari, which is scheduled to be held from August 19-26
and will also include an Auto Division for four-wheel-drive vehicles.
The FIM's decision to allocate World Cup motorcycling status
to the Safari virtually guarantees the participation of the high-profile
overseas factory-supported KTM, Yamaha, Honda, and Husqvarna teams who
contest the series, and possibly BMW, who dominated this year's Paris-Dakar
More info: <http://www.australiansafari.com.au>
to last week's lead story on a 2WD bike from Yamaha: "Unless my memory
is very bad, about May/June 1969 or May/June 1970, at a scrambles meeting
at Barrabool near Geelong Victoria, there was a demonstration of a Husqvarna
scrambles bike (now called Moto-Cross) with an automatic gearbox.
"But the interesting thing was that there was also a more experimental
machine that had 2WD using hydraulic fluid to drive a sprocket which was
between the triple clamps on the front forks and this drove the front wheel
in combination with the rear by using the same torque converter as the
gearbox and splitting the power.
"I was in Denmark in 1982 and stayed with the Danish Suzuki importer.
Whilst there, we had a visit from some Swedish dealers and the conversation
came up about this 2WD dirt bike. It appears that the original reason behind
2WD was to enable one to traverse ice and snow more easily and the Swedish
military had asked Husqvarna to look into the possibilities of a border
bike that could be ridden by relative newcomers to motorcycling.
"Therefore the automatic gearbox and the 2WD were incorporated
but apparently it didn't become a commercial reality. Probably because
of the inherent costs and all of that kind of stuff!"
250cc MX GP points update from the Suzuki media service ...
Meeting results: 1. Bolley, 2. Pichon SUZUKI, 3. Coppins SUZUKI,
4. Demaria, 5. Federici, 6. Cooper.
Overall points: 1. Pichon SUZUKI 249, 2. Bolley 217, 3. Beirer
159, 4. Coppins SUZUKI. 143, 5. Federici 126, 6. Cooper 113.
a squiz at our free motorcycle classifieds in the Garage Sale section of
the same site - advertisers tell us it's getting a good response. You can
drop in your own ad on-line while you're there.
are a few of rally and event notices we need to get through. If youíd like
your event added to the list, e-mail us now at email@example.com.
Honda Riders Club of Australia annual rally. This year its's at Batemans
Bay in sunny NSW, where you should be wary of the local parking nazis.
Otherwise a great place to visit and the event usually turns on plenty
of entertainment along with demos rides etcetera. See you local dealer.
November 6-December 1
The Great Honda Road Ride. This leaves from the HRCA Rally and does
a loop of the country. You're able to do the whole thing, or just join
in varying sections. Again, see your dealer for details.
November 7-10, 2000
Ducati Turismo 2000: start Sydney, finish North Coast of NSW (full
details not finalised as yet). Includes a number of activities and displays
including tech seminars, test rides, a concours event,formal dinner and
much more. For further details contact Steve Reeves at NF Importers, tel
(02) 9748 7833.
Triumph Rally, Jindabyne, NSW. This is a big event, which takes over
one of the major resorts up in the Snowy Mountains. A great excuse to get
in among some of the world's best riding territory and the brand usually
uses this to show off a new model. See your local dealer.
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