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No. 45, Thursday June 1, 2000

Honda: the company has announced a to expand sales within of its three product lines: motor vehicles and power based on accelerated innovation in research and development.

With sales reaching an all-time of nearly 11 million motorcycles, and power products in the most fiscal year, Honda has a new sales target of 16 million for the fiscal year ending 31 2004.

At a press conference at the company’s headquarters, Honda CEO Yoshino said, Honda’s is to be a company at the leading edge creates new values for our customers.

has forecast motorcycle sales to seven million units, an of 2.6 million units, automobile to reach three million an increase of 500,000 units and product sales to increase by 50 per to six million units.

To achieve the Honda will focus on segments within each line. It expects the biggest in motorcycle sales will be in Asia and other industrialised

The firm also announced it has a developed a new system called Manufacturing Circle (DMC). The technology system works as a database network from through to production engineering. hopes the new system will new model development time and the number of costly prototype needed to reach production

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For the trivia buffs: Loris first 500cc victory at last weekend has produced the winner in six rounds for the premier The win also made Honda the manufacturer to break MV Agusta’s standing record for the most GP

Mugello GP report: a crash in the 500cc Grand Prix at cost Australia’s Garry a possible podium finish and has him two places in the world championship he led in the season.

However, fellow Anthony West gained a in the 250cc championship with a ride after two crashes qualifying, concussion and a brain and starting 23rd on the grid.

not so bad after everything that’s here, but I expect even the 18-year-old West, from Gold Coast, said of his finish on a Shell Advance which earned him nine and put him fifth in the 250cc standings.

winner of the season-opening 500cc GP in Africa, has dropped to fifth in series after six rounds with 10 races to go, culminating in the Australian GP at Victoria’s Phillip on October 29.

The 28-year-old Red Bull rider from Sydney has 61 — 41 of which he scored in the two races. He trails the joint American Kenny Roberts and Carlos Checa, who have Japan’s Norick on 65, and Italian Capirossi on 63.

Reigning world Spaniard Alex Criville, two points behind McCoy as he was one of victims of the crash-strewn Mugello

Capirossi, a former 250cc and world champion, scored the GP win of his career at Mugello — and his 500cc victory since last Australian GP in 1996, Criville cannoned into Mick Doohan on the last

At Mugello it was Capirossi’s countrymen Max and Valentino Rossi who fell on the lap, robbing Italy of a sweep of the podium. Nonetheless, triumph was the first by an Italian in a GP at Mugello, although it was Honda’s straight at the Tuscan circuit six of them having come five-time world champion

Capirossi also gave a record 140th 500cc GP taking it past Italian MV Agusta.

It was my best win, Capirossi, who was disqualified at Mugello year for dangerous riding. I had of anger that day, but time they are tears of Biaggi had me a couple of times, but I on.

Biaggi, a superstar but with one finish this year, I wanted to win so much, but I would’ve happy enough with It’s a real shame, but it was a race for the fans.

Checa second place on a Yamaha for the time this season, 36-year-old Ulsterman Jeremy was third on an Aprilia, becoming the British rider to score a podium for seven years.

was the early leader on his Suzuki but had to for sixth place after problems, while Brazilian Barros, who had taken a surprise position on his Honda, tumbled out of the

McCoy started a lowly but made his trademark charge to be sixth at three-quarter distance, behind McWilliams, when he

I was closing on McWilliams, who finished on the so who knows? McCoy said.

I a few guys pretty quick and was on a pace, which I felt I keep up until the finish, but all ‘ifs and buts’ — and don’t count on the points

The crash has cost me a couple of in the championship but there are still 10 to go, so it’s better it happens now later in the season.

In the 250cc West charged at the start and worked his way into the top 10 as many of his crashed, including the Aprilia — 43-year-old Italian Marcellino Lucchi and German Waldmann.

Japan’s Shinya scored his third win of the season on a giving him the 250cc championship with 112 points, while his Daijiro Katoh now trails on 107 finishing third at Mugello on his behind Nakano’s French Olivier Jacque.

West is on 62 having displaced Waldmann fifth in the series.

Italian Locatelli, on an Aprilia, easily won his straight 125cc Italian GP and is now in that series, four behind countryman and Honda Mirko Giansanti.

Giansanti his fourth second place of the at Mugello as San Marino’s Manuel and Italian Lucio Cecchinello at close to 200kmh on the last

Japan’s Masao Azuma was on a Honda while Spanish champion Emilio Alzamora’s place cost him the series

The seventh round of the world is the Catalunya GP in Barcelona, Spain, on 11.

500cc standings: 1 ROBERTS, JR. 100 USA, 2 CHECA, Carlos 100 3 ABE, Norick 65 Japan, 5 Loris 63 Italy, 4 MCCOY, 61 Australia, 6 CRIVILLÉ, Alex 59 6 AOKI, Nobuatsu 59 Japan, 8 Alex 52 Brazil, 9 OKADA, 42 Japan, 10 ROSSI, Valentino


Former GP rider Cadalora tested the Roberts KR3 GP last Monday at the Mugello Kenny Roberts asked me if I lap around on the new motorcycle to help towards a better development of the explained Cadalora after the session. This is the only 500 (De Gea) has ever ridden, manager Chuck Aksland But Luca has vast experience and he the team well.

I’m confident he’ll be to give us a lot of information that we can use to David and our own development.

Jean-Michel and teammates Christian Lavieille and Van Den Bossche won the Estoril 8-hour race last weekend, on a Suzuki GSX-R750. They now the championship lead with races remaining. The Guyot GMT team took second (after a UK Suzuki team in the last hour) while the One Suzuki team took

The next race is at Spa-Francorchamps.

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MX GP (Foxhill) 125cc GP Results: 1. Kenneth Gundersen (N) KTM; 2. Dobb (GB) KTM; 3. Brown (USA) Honda; 4. Ramon (B) Kawasaki; 5. Grant (SA) KTM. Moto 2: 1. 2. Carl Nunn (GB) 3. Sandro Puzar (I) Yamaha; 4. 5. Cédric Melotte (B) KTM.

after 6 GPs (12 motos):1. Brown, 2. Langston, 166; 3. Dobb, 4. Seguy, 120; 5. Caps, Nunn, 102; 7. Gundersen, 97; 8. 95; 9. Thomas Traversini (I) Husqvarna, 86; 10.


The 250 and 500 events were cancelled due to while the next round be held at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium weekend, with all classes

Former GP racer John now competing at home in the USA, has won a law against Bell helmets. He the company owed him 748,000 a sponsorship contract and was awarded 1.6 by a Californian jury.

Cannondale has just had its first MX bike come off the end of the production The USA bicycle manufacturer, now getting motorcycles, can be visitied on the web at .

Yamaha has its race website at . Have a

Suzuki has announced a reshuffle at the top of the tree. Current President Suzuki is about to become while current Vice-President Toda will become

Got a web site that you reckon the of us should be looking at? Drop the Ed a at

Negotiations are underway for the of the motorcycle GP at Australia’s Phillip circuit. According to the Victorian for Tourism, John Pandazopoulos, the fee charged by Dorna and the cost of hire are at issue. The race is up to (and including) 2001, the current negotiations are over the of the contract.

The bike GP loses $5 million (compared to the Albert F1 car GP which loses around $3 which is underwritten by the state of Victoria as an investment in tourism. We that, despite the Threat to island GP story published in Saturday’s The Age newspaper (Melbourne), are continuing and so far do not represent a threat to the of the race.

Since we’re on subject, series organiser tells us that last Mugello race pulled a TV of 6.36 million in Italy the closing laps, with an of 5 million for the whole event.

Australia has released details of its owner rally, set for the first of November. See your local for more info.

We’re a late with this, but the Riders Association has announced the Melbourne city council has dropped its campaign against the civilised idea of allowing to park on footpaths so long as don’t hinder pedestrian You can visit the organisation on the web at .

This year’s Munich show is likely to reveal a of MV Agusta’s superbike contender or at least that’s what the mill says.

Australian News has an edition out featuring the Hayabusa and Kawasaki ZX-12R run See it at your newsagent.

Australia’s Doohan has been inducted the Moto GP Hall of Fame in of his exceptional motorcycle road career, highlighted by winning successive 500cc world titles.

Doohan, who was forced retirement in 1999 because of is the inaugural recipient of the honour.

He was with a plaque in honour of the at the Italian Grand Prix on at Mugello, which he attended as of his new position as Honda Racing General Manager of Racing.

been lucky enough to many awards over the and being recognised by motorcycling is special because it’s the sport and people I’m with said Doohan.

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