MotoGP Updates

Sean Alexander
by Sean Alexander
--------Camel Clues (04 December 2003)---------


Max Biaggi honed his Supermoto skills by winning a two-hourendurance race in Rome on Sunday. The Camel Pramac Pons star paired up with European Supermoto contestant Simone Girolamito ride the Honda to victory. It was good preparation for Biaggi who takes on the likes of Loris Capirossi, Troy Bayliss, Gary McCoy, Carlos Checa and 250cc World Champion Manuel Poggiali in a special "Superbikers" of Supermoto at the Bologna Motorshow in Italy next Monday (December 8).

There may be some changes to the 2004 MotoGP calendar because of the proposed cancellation of the French Formula One Grand Prix at Magny Cours next year. If the French F1 Grand Prix is cancelled the promoters of the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone would alter the date of their race to July 11 which would clash with the British MotoGP event at Donington Park. Obviously such a clash is not beneficial to either event and it appears that the Donington date would be changed. If the change occurs it could also affect the dates of other MotoGP events. The Formula One dates will be confirmed at the FIA World Council meeting on December 12 and no decision about Donington will be made until then.

There are important tyre changes for next season with confirmation that Suzuki have switched to Bridgestones after using Michelin for almost the last 30 years.

American John Hopkins and test rider Kosuko Akioshi have already completed three days of testing the Suzuki GSV-R fitted with Bridgestones at Sepang in Malaysia.

Also at the Sepang test, were the Yamaha trio of Carlos Checa, Norick Abe and Norihiko Fujiwara. Ducati and Aprilia tested the previous week at Jerez in Spain.

The British-based Proton KR team have used Bridgestone tyres for the last two years and are still hoping to continue with them next year.

World Champion Valentino Rossi will make his long awaited Yamaha debut at Sepang in Malaysia on January 20 next year.Yamaha were hoping that Rossi would be released from his Honda contract to enable him to test this weekend but Honda refused. The 24-year old Italian has nearly two months to wait until his first ride on the M1 machine.

Yamaha have also confirmed that four members of Rossi's Honda World Championship team will move with him to near Monza in Italy, where the Yamaha MotoGP team are based. They are crew chief Jerry Burgess and mechanics Alex Briggs, Bernard Ansiau and Gary Coleman.
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