Aug 30, 2001
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Four of the remaining factory AMA Superbike teams are testing at Willow Springs this week, in preparation for the upcoming AMA National at the Rosamond, California racetrack.<BR><BR>Yoshimura Suzuki started testing Wednesday, along with the Yamaha Superbike team and Graves Yamaha.<BR><BR>On Thursday, Honda joined Yoshimura Suzuki and Yamaha, and, on Friday, Kawasaki will test.<BR><BR>The teams are at Willow Springs now to avoid the AMA restrictions on pre-event testing for riders who are in the top 10 in Superbike and 600cc Supersport points.<BR><BR>The Willow Springs National is scheduled for September 14-16, following a Team Hammer School and Track Ride day on Wednesday, September 12 and a Team Hammer Pro Practice on Thursday, September 13.<BR><BR>Reached by phone on Thursday, August 30, Team Kawasaki's Al Ludington--Crew Chief for Eric Bostrom--confirmed that Kawasaki planned to test on Friday.<BR><BR>Ludington also commented on the recently announced news that Kawasaki and Suzuki had formed a strategic alliance, saying, "We've requested Mat's set-up notes, but we haven't heard back from Suzuki yet."