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Feb 13, 2001

Snow Closes Passes Overnight, But Willow's Just Wet

Although the California Highway Patrol closed two snow-clogged mountain passes leading toward Willow Springs Raceway last night, the raceway itself is just wet with rain, and no snow is on the ground.<BR><BR>In the early-morning hours, the Grapevine section of Interstate 5, the main north-south highway in California, was closed due to several feet of snow, and Highway 14, the main highway leading from I-5 to the track in Rosamond, was also closed. Highway 138, an alternative two-lane route to the track from the San Bernardino/Riverside/Corona area, remained closed at post time.<BR><BR>But while the track itself was sodden with rain still falling this morning and expected to continue through Wednesday, no snow is present on the track itself nor on the hills immediately surrounding it.<BR><BR>The weather front is playing havoc with Ducati testing planned for the track. The HMC Ducati and Competition Accessories teams had planned to test at Sears Point but cancelled due to rain and headed south 300 miles to Willow Springs, but the rain followed. The Ducati teams had planned to test Monday and Tuesday privately and then continue to test Wednesday and Thursday with the Suzuki and Kawasaki Superbike teams.