Press Release
(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)
YRC News
Round 7: Assen, The Netherlands

Track length: 6027 m
Opened: 1955
Fastest lap ever: tbc
Superbike lap record: tbc
Last year Superbike winners: Chris Vermeulen (Honda) and James Toseland (Ducati)
Circuit web site:

Yamaha Motor Italia riders Noriyuki Haga and Andrew Pitt go to the Dutch round
of the Superbike World Championship looking to write their own small piece of
motorcycling history.

This weekend's races will be the last world championship event to be held on the
legendary 6km circuit before the bulldozers move in to shorten the northern loop
section of the track, making way for a new hotel and entertainment complex.

The Yamaha riders go to the Dutch race well rested and in high spirits. Haga has
been in inspirational form in the last two rounds, winning in both Brno and
Brands Hatch to climb to fifth in the championship and move within five points
of fourth placed Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki).

"I was very happy after Brands Hatch," commented Haga, who has spent the four
weeks since the last race holidaying with his family. "I know that I cannot win
the championship so my aim now is just to win races. I do not care about my
championship position if it is not champion but I know that we can win races so
I will be trying maximum for win is Assen. I also hope to try out a new engine.
All season I have asked for more engine power. My feeling with the chassis is
now very good and with more power it will make my job easier!"

The long-awaited new specification engine has been track tested by Pitt, who
completed a day's testing at Alfa Romeo's Bolloco test track. The Australian,
who finished third on his on his debut with the team at last year's Assen world
supersport event and is hoping for a similar result at the famous circuit this
year. "I love riding at Assen and we got a good result there last year," he
explained. "We got back on track at Brands Hatch. I felt a lot more comfortable
on the bike and that gives you the confidence to push hard so, yes, I'm really
looking forward to the weekend."

Team coordinator Massimo Meregalli was satisfied with the outcome of the
shakedown runs, commenting: "Overall Andrew's feeling was very good. He didn't
notice much change in the characteristics of the new engine but the dyno and
datalogging figures all suggest that it is better in all areas. Since the test
we have carried out reliability runs on the dyno without any problems. We are
building up the engines now and will make the decision on which engine to race
during the race weekend."

Another rider looking for a good result in Assen in Yamaha Motor France's Norick
Abe. The Japanese is no stranger to the circuit from his MotoGP days, and has
proven to be quick on tracks he knows. He goes to Assen tenth in the
championship, one place behind Pitt.

Haga hits double milestone in Assen

Noriyuki Haga is due to hit two important milestones in the second race at
Assen: his 150th start in the Superbike World Championship and his 100th on a

The ever popular 29-year-old Japanese made his debut as a wild-card rider at the
1994 Japanese round at Sugo. Riding a privately entered Ducati, Haga made an
inauspicious start with a 12th place in race two. Two years later Noriyuki
announced himself to with world after grabbing his first class podium at the
same venue, taking his Yamaha YZF750 to second place in race one. After Sunday's
races, Haga will have made 100 starts riding Yamaha, 26 on Aprilia and 24 on
Ducati. In his 148 races to date, he has scored 19 wins and 25 other podium

Supersport World Championship - Curtain targets second

Having produced a stunning display to finish third at Brands Hatch, Yamaha Motor
Germany's Kevin Curtain heads to Assen looking for his first win of the season
and a chance to move up to second in the championship. Championship leader
Sebastien Charpentier (Honda) looks to have one hand on the title with a 74
point advantage going to the Netherlands. Curtain was one of the form men at
Assen last year, only being denied a podium finish when another rider took him
out at the final corner, and now he has his sights firmly set on the runners-up
position presently occupied by Katsuaki Fujiwara (Honda), who is currently seven
points ahead of the Australian Yamaha rider. Team-mate Broc Parkes is also
aiming for a reversal of fortunes at Assen. The 23-year-old goes to the Dutch
race on the back of two non-finishes that have seen him slip back to seventh in
the championship. Parkes is also no stranger to the Assen track, having finished
fourth there last season.

Superstock - young guns going for it in Assen

Yamaha R6 Cup graduates Kenan Sofuoglu and Massimo Roccoli continue to battle
for honours in this series for young riders running virtually stock 1000cc
sports machines, with Sofuoglu's Brands Hatch win taking him back to the head of
the championship. The Turkish rider is almost completely recovered from hand
injury that saw him miss the Misano round in June and, with Roccoli crashing in
Brands, he now has a 18 point advantage in the championship - the Italian
slipping back to third behind Craig Coxhell (Suzuki). Last season Sofuoglu
grabbed third place behind fellow Yamaha riders Lorenzo Alfonsi and Gianluca
Vizziello, while Belgian team-mate Didier van Keymeulen took the lap record at
what is his local race. Van Keymeulen currently lies fourth in the series and
could kickstart a late bid for the title with a win in Assen. In the 600cc
superstock class, Italian Yamaha R6 rider Claudio Corti goes to the Netherlands
with a 26 point advantage at the head of the championship.