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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-20-2006, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
 
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Superbike World Championship: round one - Qatar

Yamaha Press Release

Superbike World Championship: round one - Qatar

20/2/2006

Round 1: Losail, Qatar
Track length: 5400m
Opened: 2004
Fastest superbike lap: 2:01.244 (Troy Corser, Suzuki)
Lap record: 2:01.852 (Sebastien Gimbert, Yamaha)
Last year's winners: Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama (both Suzuki)

The 2006 Superbike World Championship gets underway this weekend at the Losail
circuit in Qatar with Yamaha Motor Italia looking to build on a race-winning
debut season in 2005.

Having tested twice at the Middle Eastern circuit during the winter break,
riders Noriyuki Haga and Andrew Pitt are more than familiar with the
characteristics of the modern 5.4km circuit.

The team has worked hard over the winter to increase the competitiveness of the
YZF-R1. Most of the focus has gone into improving traction and rideability of
the bikes over race distance. The new engine management system from Magneti
Marelli has been well received by the riders, who commented on the improved
power delivery and engine braking characteristics.

"I'm happy with the bike," explains Pitt. "The R1 is really feeling more
comfortable now and it's about evolution as much as anything else. Everything is
looking good, we made some good progress at our December test in Qatar and I
think that the team is well equipped to take on any problems that arise. The
important thing is that I have a lot of confidence in the bike and that I really
enjoy riding it now. The new electronics make it much easier to ride and we've
pretty much found a good set-up for the race. The main thing we need to work on
is finding a front tyre that will do the race distance. That was our big problem
here last year, although it was our first race with the R1 and hopefully it
won't be a problem this year."

Having won two races and having outscored eventual champion Troy Corser over the
second half of last year, Haga will undoubtedly be among the favourites for the
2006 title. It's a challenge the popular Japanese rider is relishing as he looks
to win the title that has so far eluded him.

"I don't feel any pressure," he says. "It is hard for me to say if I can win the
title or not because we have still not tested with our rivals. We have made some
good tests in Qatar and the bike is stronger than last year. It looks like
Yamaha has been able to make the improvements I asked for at the end of last
year so for now I am happy with progress. It is still my target to win the
title. Every year I am close: second position, fourth position, third
position... but never number one. I will always try my best at each race but
only when we race with the others can I know how strong we are. All I can say
now is that the championship is the one thing that I have never achieved. Every
year I always go in with the attitude and focus to win it and this year is no
different."

Yamaha will be represented by a second distributor-backed squad in 2006. Yamaha
Motor France will enter a three-rider team with Japanese rider Shinichi Nakatomi
joining the incumbent Norick Abe and Sebastien Gimbert for his world superbike
debut.

In the world supersport race, Yamaha riders will make up the lion's share of the
grid, with 15 riders aiming for glory on the new YZF-R6.

Expected to lead the Yamaha charge is the officially-supported Yamaha Motor
Germany squad of Kevin Curtain and Broc Parkes. The Australians were
consistently among the front runners in the 2005 campaign and despite the early
start to the season the German squad is as well prepared as possible, having
tested successfully with the new bike at Valencia and Phillip Island.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-20-2006, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
 
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Can u be able to upload the race ?
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Oh man, i can't wait :corn

I hope they give it live on eurosport
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Can u be able to upload the race ?
x2, that'd be fantastic
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