Feb 17, 2002
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From a press release:<BR><BR>Media Release from Superside FIM Sidecar World Championship<BR><BR>Friday 15 February 2002 - Track Sessions at Cartagena<BR><BR>Superside testing successful in Spain<BR><BR>The top Superside teams completed a successful two-day test session at Cartagena in southern Spain today with extremely positive feedback.<BR><BR>Of the thirteen teams to compete, world championship front-runner combinations of Steve Abbott and Jamie Biggs and Tom Hanks and Phil Biggs proved consistently fast as expected throughout the two days. <BR><BR>What was pleasantly surprising though, was the improvements made over the winter by the likes of Delannoy and Vannier, Schröder and Wäfler and Morrissey and Frith. Each of these teams demonstrated their commitment to the coming season through not only their increased on track performance, but also their presentation in the paddock.<BR><BR>French pairing of Delannoy and Vannier were the biggest movers during the testing, coming to terms with the state of the art Windle chassis combined with the power of the Suzuki GSXR engine. The conversion from last year's relatively older style chassis and early model Honda CBR1100XX engine was dramatic, with noticeably faster corner speed and acceleration.<BR><BR>Schröder and Wäfler completed the most laps of any team for the two days, testing two of their three race engines as well as a variety of other settings. The Swiss pairing put in some competitive times as well as getting value from their extensive track time.<BR><BR>All teams considered the testing extremely valuable to the start of the 2002 season and have already committed to further testing sessions in the future.