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Jan 25, 2001

Haskovec Tested Pirelli Tires For Blackmans Before Bailing On Deal

Racer Vaclav "Vincent" Haskovec has revealed that he tested Pirelli tires January 14 at Buttonwillow Raceway in Buttonwillow, California for Blackmans Cycles Racing, prior to bailing out of his deal with the Blackmans team. Haskovec did his testing on a Yamaha YZF-R6, comparing the latest Pirelli tires against comparable Dunlops.

"I went as fast as I could on the Dunlops, then I put on the Pirellis and went one second faster," Haskovec said of his test session. "Pirelli is fantastic tire. I came to Willow Springs and told Dunlop, 'You must do something, because Pirelli is better. Pirelli has found something.'"

Haskovec had agreed to ride an Aprilia RSV Mille R for the Blackmans team in the Formula USA Series but bailed out on the deal before signing a contract. Haskovec believes he is riding for an AMA Pro Supersport team sponsored by Corona beer and American Suzuki Motor Corp. and organized by Landers Sevier, but Haskovec has not seen or signed any paperwork on the deal. Suzuki officials have refused to comment other than to say that no deal has been finalized.