Aug 8, 2001
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Following two days of tests at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) by Honda, Kawasaki and HMC Ducati on Monday and Tuesday, factory teams will return to VIR again next week.<BR><BR>The next round of factory Superbike team tests will be August 13, 14 and 15 and will include Honda, Yamaha and Yoshimura Suzuki.<BR><BR>Factory teams use such testing to develop machines and refine set-ups.<BR><BR>Leading factory teams spend an estimated $70,000 to $100,000 each on stand-alone testing during a typical calendar year.<BR><BR>Factory teams want an end to Thursday practice prior to AMA National races, prefering to use Thursday to park their semi-trucks and set up their pit areas, and claiming that the extra expense of showing up on Wednesday to set up instead of on Thursday is a budgetary burden.<BR><BR>Private teams and riders unable to afford extensive stand-alone tests rely on pre-event Thursday practice to develop and set up racebikes.<BR><BR>AMA Pro Racing officials and representatives of factory teams have not been sympathetic to the Thursday practice needs of non-factory teams and riders, and, earlier this year, AMA officials flatly stated that Thursday practice will be eliminated next year.