The 500km of Assen 2004

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ASSEN — Holland April 12th

Assen 500 Suzuki Castrol on Pole

Phillipe has taken pole for Suzuki Castrol with a 1:21.871 lap in this afternoon’s

qualifying session, over a second quicker than any team.

His closest opposition from Yamaha Austria and GMT94; Yamaha Austria’s Jerman put in a 1:22.373 lap in the closing of his session, quickly followed by Checa for GMT94 with a lap.

Last year’s qualifying lap was 1:23.543, set by Karl on the Ten Kate Honda, and the fastest lap was 1:23.376 set by James Ellison for One. Suzuki Castrol, Austria and

Yamaha GMT94 all dipped well below in an effort to take pole and the battle between

these teams is certain to carry on the race.

With many of the teams fielding new machinery year, today’s four have been very

as riders tried to find a which worked well. The track temperatures and the flowing of the

circuit have also to the problems, with some finding it difficult to get sufficient into their


Dominic Meliand, team of Suzuki Castrol on pole —

“We were trying for place on the grid, but we were trying to find a bike set up was easy to ride for all three this is not so simple. Our main for the race will be GMT94 and Austria – both have machines. I’m happy to be at the front of the but there is still a lot to do.”

Kainz, team manager of Austria in second place:

“ Horst Saiger was able to put in a time on a race tyre and Jerman went even using a qualifier, but Vincent ’s time for Suzuki Castrol is another world.”

Provisional Top Ten Positions

1st 3: Suzuki Castrol – FRA – GSX-R1000 – V.Phillipe 1:21.871

2nd 7: Austria Racing Team AUT– Yamaha YZF-R1 – 1:22.373

3rd 94: Yamaha GMT94 – FRA Yamaha YZF-R1 – D.Checa

4th 38: Yamaha Endurance Moto 38 FRA – Yamaha YZF-R1 – G.Giabbani

5th 20: Suzuki Herman Verboven BEL– Suzuki GSX-R1000 – 1:23.949

6th 111: Pajic – NED — Kawasaki ZX10R – 1:24.006

7th 5: WRT Honda Austria – AUT – CBR1000RR – E Wilding 1:24.554

8th 1: Phase One Endurance – GBR – Yamaha – S.Mertens 1:24.938

9th 47: Suzuki Bikers Profi – GER – Suzuki – T.Rothig 1:25.144

10th 6: Shell Endurance Academy – GBR – GSX-R1000 – M.Rohtlaan 1:25.569

The 500 of Assen — and the start of a new era in Motorcycle Endurance..

129 laps of the meter National circuit Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Aprilia and a full works team fighting for what people are calling the REAL Superbike Championship. The French Endurance Racing Team were being run from and once again had the services of top manager Dominique Meliand, riders Vincent Philippe, four and Matthieu Lagrive.

The led the race this year at Le in the Master of Endurance series a spate of crashes put them out of the At Assen they would a full superbike-specification Suzuki and would be up against Manfred Yamaha Austria team of Saiger, Thomas Hinterreiter and Igor Jerman. running a Yamaha R1.

Christophe Guyot’s GMT94 R1 team came 2nd at Le Mans year and were running a Yamaha R1 with Sebastien William Costes and Spain’s Checa — their engine wasn’t ready and only had superbike-spec camshafts and fitted for Assen.

Moto38 had former Police22 pilot Giabbani, Frederick Jond and Duterne. Honda Austria was a new with backing from Austria and HRC and run by former Yamaha rider Erwin Wilding who be riding with another Yamaha Austria rider Truchsess. Their third Jaroslav Hules, had crashed and himself in practice and would be to ride for a couple of months.

and Karl would be sharing the at Assen, with German Robert Ulm joining the team for the round.


From the off, SERT Vincent Philippe took the with the Bollinger No8 Kawasaki a great start from on the grid to get away in 2nd, rider Barry Veneman on the Verboven Suzuki No20 3rd and in 4th. By the end of lap1 it was SERT Hermann Verboven No20, and Bollinger No8.

Stephane riding the Phase One No1 Yamaha had a problem trying to get the bike (a problem that would its head later in the race) and the first lap in 29th place.

By lap 5, it was that the Hermann Verboven was holding up GMT94 and SERT No3 had a gap in 1st place. Lap 7 and GMT94 had finally got the local team and set about the gap on SERT No3, with rider Sebastien Gimbert in the fastest lap of the race — on Lap 9, a full 2 seconds faster last years lap record closing the gap to SERT No3 to 4.5 seconds.

Lap 14 and it was still SERT No3, and Hermann Verboven No20 Yamaha Austria up to 4th and Moto38 in 5th — but the next lap saw the No20 into the pits with a and we saw the first crash of the race for Nik Fagerjo-El No12 team out of the race after only 15 with the ex-Phase One Suzuki.

the next couple of laps the gap SERT No3 and GMT94 see-sawed the 7 second mark with teams stretching their over Yamaha Austria Moto38 and the local Pajic No111 ZX10R team, who 40 seconds away from the leader.

Lap 22 and GMT94 were closing the gap to SERT No3. Lap 23 saw Fincher pushing in the junior One bike; the No6 Shell Endurance Suzuki had a problem but they rejoin the race. The senior ridden by Stephane Mertens, had through the pack and was by now up to 8th place.

Germany No21 (the Rookie Endurance team) had a major crash in practice and had their fule tank. As the didn’t have a spare had to run with the damaged tank, thankfully wasn’t leaking. but it was at first pit-stop that the told. While trying to on Lap 29 the team had a major fuel luckily not igniting on the Kawasaki’s hot

They eventually got their filled but there was no way that damaged tank would the regulation 22 litres.

The Bollinger No8 Kawasaki was in the pit box with the trying to find out what was with the bike — were suffering an electrical and stated that they only use the rest of the race as a to get things right for the China They would eventually after having done 42 laps but their partner Diablo666 Kawasaki were in the top 10.

The Benelli team No2 were in the top 15 but had from 2 pitlane drive-through — one from having too people working on the bike at one (the rule is that 5 hands can work on the bike at any one the other was for rider Paolo tearing down pit lane at double the regulation 60kph — a little too much there!

After the first of the pit stops it was clear that the Yamaha R1 of GMT94 was a match on for the Superbike GSXR1000 Suzuki of No3 — but the SERT bike still do about 3 more before pitting. It was shaping up to be an close race between the two with the Superbike Yamaha No7 team fighting back 3rd. that is, until Lap 37.

The No7 superbike had gone onto 3 and came into the pits a dropped valve, putting out of the race. Manager Mandy lamented . 6000 kilometers of and no problems. maybe Karl gave it too much gas at the start.

the first pit-stops, the GMT94 had taken the lead but the gap over No3 was only 2 seconds. Moto38 had 3rd place with Honda up to 4th, Bridgestone Bikers No47 in 5th, the Pajic No111 in 6th and the Ducati Spring in 7th.

SERT No3 team manager Meliand was worried and, at refused to talk about was happening. The team that in the Master of Endurance series for the 2 years was finding the going in the World Championship — but got lucky.

GMT94 had a suspension at Le Mans this year one of the adjusters on their Ohlins coming loose. and it was suspected the same problem was occurring at During the last part of the their speed had dropped as the were finding it difficult to grip and get effective drive. No3 had retaken the lead by 24 seconds although the GMT94 Yamaha match them on speed, were unable to close the gap time.

The 4th placed Honda No5 Fireblade also had a problem as the wouldn’t pull top revs. The changed the ECU but the problem was still and they were fighting to their position. The Jet Suzuki No4 were lying 6th with Kawasaki and Ducati Spring locked in battle behind and trying to close.

By the end of the race, No3 had held off GMT94 to take the win by 18 Moto38 were third 3 down, Honda Austria had on to 4th, one lap in front of Bridgestone Profi No47 with Jet No4 in 5th, Diablo 666 Kawasaki 6th off Ducati Spring No10 Team Innodrom Suzuki 9th and No Limits Suzuki No44 in

Pajic Kawasaki had problems at last pit-stop with to get the front wheel back on the They had to prise apart front bake pads and the final stop cost a top ten finish, dropping them to 14th.

World Champions Phase One No1 saw a suspected recurrence of their when their new rider Scarnato pushed the bike in it cut out on the track. The team refuelled the and it restarted. but it wasn’t out of fuel as was still at least a litre in the and Scarnato hadn’t seen any light. The team are still to trace this mysterious a fault which saw them 17 laps down, 25th out of 26

With 5 manufacturers in the top 8 places and the factory team scoring in their first World race, the manufacturers’ championship is now open. 6 teams with National or European manufacturer HRC support for Honda Austria, the team now run from Japan and a factory effort from the World Motorcycle Endurance could well be, as some of the have suggested, the real Superbike Championship. a Championship millions of people in China experience at the first FIM sanctioned race on May 2nd in the Peoples Republic of at Zhuhai

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