pick the error, and Edwards on the pace.. :) All looking GOOD!

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    Biggus Guest

    Edwards gets on the pace as Valencia test concludes
    December 12th, 2003

    Progress continued on the final day of the three-day final test of
    2003 at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, Spain, with two of the
    four Honda riders improving their times and the fourth holding onto
    the fastest time overall.
    For the second time in three days, Telefonica MoviStar Suzuki's* Sete
    Gibernau finished the day with the fastest time, the Barcelona native
    making progress while working through the choice between the 16.5 inch
    and 17 inch front tires. Gibernau ended the day with a time of
    1:33.20, well under the 1:33.404 he turned in the season-ending
    Community of Valencia Grand Prix just six weeks ago. "In the whole
    three days I haven't touched one click of the bike, just to keep the
    bike how it was. And that's why I'm so happy," he said. Tomorrow
    Gibernau is off to play golf with countryman Sergio Garcia.

    Team-mate Colin Edwards reverted to fork settings he'd used en route
    to the 2002 World Superbike Championship aboard the Castrol Honda
    VTR1000SP-2 and the change was instant and dramatic. A new set of
    forks installed at mid-day inspired confidence in the Texan and he
    instantly dropped half a second from his lap time, then consistently
    lapped in the mid 1:33's, the fastest he'd ever been around the 4.005
    kilometre circuit. "They're basically World Superbike forks," Edwards
    said. "Put it on there and went half a second faster in two laps and
    kept it there." Edwards lost more than half the day when a mechanical
    problem sidelined him in the early going. Once back on track, he
    attacked with his trademark aggression and smoothness, which
    translated to his best times of the weekend.

    Pramac Honda's Makoto Tamada nearly equaled his best lap time from the
    previous day before crashing after just 20 laps. The Japanese rider
    had little warning when an oil leak coated his rear tire sending him
    over the high-side. He was up quickly and unhurt, but his testing day
    was over.

    Camel Pramac Pons' Max Biaggi found an infuriating chatter this
    morning that never went away. The veteran Italian said the problem was
    perplexing and kept him from improving on the best lap of the test, a
    1:32.88 done on Thursday afternoon. "Basically I lost one day because
    in the morning I have a chatter problem, big problem," he said.

    Overall though, the test was deemed a success by Honda Racing
    Corporation team manager Shoji Tachikawa. "Everybody made many laps
    and we tested many items for Michelin and Bridgestone, and they're
    happy," he said. He was also happy that HRC was able to supply
    advanced spec motors at the end of the race year, rather than early in
    the 2004 test season. "We planned the new spec engine a little early.
    Normally it's January or February. We prepared for the riders now
    because it's necessary. It's an evolution engine and we'll have a new
    one for the first test of the New Year."

    Sete Gibernau, 1:33.20, 78 laps. - "I think we're doing a great job
    exactly, that's our main goal to work very hard on what we think has
    to be the correct bike and the correct setting and the correct tires
    and that takes a lot of effort from not only me but the whole time to
    be very concentrated every lap for three days. And not. Just focused
    on that. And in racing it's very difficult because at the end of the
    day everyone is looking for the lap time but many of the times you
    have to put that behind to see what the pace is, to see what happens
    when you've got 30 laps on the tyre. It's very difficult to go back
    and forth between the 16.5 and the 17-inch the riding style is
    completely different. So that's why at the end I'd been able to do low
    33's with both and that is why I'm so happy. Now I can race with any
    of the tyres, although I think my mind is quite clear on what I would
    like to have. We tried 16.5-inch small rim, big rim, 17 inch small,
    wide. The overall is the reaction and the speed that the bikes moves
    from one lean angle completely to the other. That is the biggest
    difference. The 16.5 really moves very fast from the right to the
    left. It can't be straight up and down and then throw it. Really when
    you're on the side to the other side it's faster. There's other areas
    that we need to work."

    Colin Edwards, 1:33.40, 63 laps - "I struggled for the two days just
    trying to find where the limit was. I had no clue. The front wasn't
    telling me anything. When I rode this thing at Barcelona, the Showa
    guys said we have your fork valving from Superbike ready, so you can
    test that in Valencia. As it turned out that particular setting is one
    that probably went through about 15 or 18 different settings in 2002,
    found that one, never changed all year. Same valving, unheard of.
    Never changed the valving and you know how good that bike was. As it
    turned out we didn't put it on until midday today. We changed forks,
    just totally forks. Just different all around. Different valving,
    different coding, different everything. Did 33's the whole time. It
    was good. I had no clue what was going on. Then as soon as I put those
    forks on I remember these. 'I missed you. Thanks honey for coming
    back.' Stayed on 16.5. this 16.5 is different form the one I was on in
    2002, even last year. I was just milling around while the bike was
    getting put back together. So I was like, when I get back on we'll go
    as hard as we can for as long as we can."

    Makoto Tamada, 1:33.50 - "We had a small problem and for this moment
    they're checking it. It caused me to fall when there was oil on the
    tyre. It happened very suddenly in the right at the top of the track
    before the last corner after the short cut. Luckily, I was not
    injured. Before I fell, we changed the front fork settings and it
    helped. But we had a lot of things to test. I wanted to make the fast
    lap of this test."

    Max Biaggi, 1:33.85, 50 laps - "In the morning and afternoon we
    changed the tyre, the front the rear, we changed the suspension. No
    change. We used the 17. I tried the 16.5. No change. So a surprise.
    Also the Japanese are surprised because they see on the data big
    chatter. They don't know where it's coming from. We set the fast time
    yesterday and normally you want to go faster. I ended up with such a
    big problem that we didn't have yesterday at all. When you watch the
    data, it's fair. That's what happened. That's what you see. They must
    Biggus, Dec 13, 2003
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    damige Guest

    Sorry dude
    Bayliss on top running 17 inch , 1'33.15.
    and hows Shane ( Shaky )Byrne 11th on the Cube
    boy its going to be great next year.:))
    damige, Dec 13, 2003
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    Aido Guest

    Hiya Biggus.
    This what your pointing too? 2 different times for Max?
    Aido, Dec 13, 2003
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    Biggus Guest

    Max Biaggi kept him from improving on the best lap of the test, a 1:32.88
    But 1.32's thats better :)~~~~~
    Biggus, Dec 13, 2003
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    Biggus Guest

    hint What does Gibber ride?
    Biggus, Dec 13, 2003
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    Knobdoodle Guest

    Honda; same as the rest....
    Is it that Biaggi's best lap was before this latest test session?
    Knobdoodle, Dec 13, 2003
  7. I don't know a lot about *Shakey* other than he likes to *have a big go* as
    for team mate McWilliams he is very fast,well at least during qualifying, 2
    x GB subjects in the team ??

    The Prilia needs to make another step foward, started ok last year and then
    did/nt progress any further,

    Looking foward to the racing it is going to be a massive year

    CDIHL (Trading as Gibberis)
    Dott.Ing.HatzOlah®, Dec 13, 2003
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    Biggus Guest

    The story stated Suzuki.. This is the reply from mcnews.com.au

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Postmaster - MCNEWS.COM.AU [mailto:]
    Sent: Sunday, 14 December 2003 1:21 AM
    To: 'Bruce'
    Subject: RE:

    Ta mate. Do you believe that was from a Honda press release they sent
    me ?

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Bruce
    Sent: Saturday, 13 December 2003 7:15 PM

    You state That gibber is on a Zooki.. That he aint.
    Biggus, Dec 13, 2003
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    Knobdoodle Guest

    Akk; so it does! (You even added an apostrophe to help us spot it)
    Blame it on "advertisement blindness".
    Ta ......

    Knobdoodle, Dec 14, 2003
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