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Ducati offers chance to become a BSB grid girl

Michael Carroll, 31 March 2008 12:28

Airwaves Ducati has launched a competition to find its rider Leon Camier a grid girl for each round of the 2008 British Superbike championship. The contest is being run in conjunction with the Daily Star Sunday, and offers the winners full hospitality and the chance to meet Leon Camier and his teamate Shane “Shakey” Byrne.Prospective brolly dollies should send their ...

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Kawasaki ZX-10R now covered by finance deal

Michael Carroll, 28 March 2008 09:33

Kawasaki is hoping to keep sales of its models healthy by adding its ZX-10R to a list of motorcycles offered with 0% finance. The superbike is the latest Kawasaki available through the finance scheme, with the ZX-6R, Z1000, Z750, and ER-6f already on offer. Kawasaki’s finance partner Black Horse has provided the scheme, which offers 0% finance over a 30-month ...

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Brain injuries put in the spotlight by week-long campaign

Michael Carroll, 25 March 2008 15:38

Headway, the UK’s leading brain injury charity, is gearing up for a week-long campaign designed to raise awareness of the problems a brain injury can present. The Brain Injury Awareness week is a poster campaign that kicks off on March 31. The posters aim to highlight the day-to-day problems sufferers of a brain injury face, while explaining what form the ...

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Nicholas Soames MP summoned over quad-bike infringement

Michael Carroll, 21 March 2008 10:36

Conservative MP Nicholas Soames has been summoned by a magistrate’s court to answer charges that he rode a quad motorcycle on a public road with a child sitting on the back, while towing a trailer with two other children on board, a spokeswoman in the MP’s parliamentary office has confirmed. The spokeswoman said the MP has declined to comment on ...

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Rossi ranked as fifth greatest sportsman in the world

Michael Carroll, 20 March 2008 12:36

Valentino Rossi has been ranked as the fifth greatest sportsman in the world in a poll of Eurosport viewers. The Yamaha rider received 40% of public votes in one of two semi-finals, but was ranked third in his group by a team of Eurosport experts and so was knocked out of the running. Tennis player Roger Federer went on to ...

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Ducati lauds success in reader poll

Michael Carroll, 20 March 2008 12:05

A poll of the readers of eleven motorcycling magazines across Europe has resulted in Ducati scooping two awards for the 2008 Bike of the Year. A total of 95,000 readers contributed to the poll, which resulted in the Ducati's 1098 taking the overall award in the Sports bike category, and its Hypermotard achieving the top spot in the Trial/Supermoto section.  

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Japan asks its elderly drivers to give up

Michael Carroll, 19 March 2008 13:44

Japanese police have teamed up with businesses to encourage drivers over 65 to give up their driving license. The decision has been made in a bid to cut accident rates in the country, reports in the general press state. Older drivers are reckoned to have caused 100,000 accidents in Japan in 2007, prompting police to take action. Businesses are offering ...

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Paddy McGuinness ditches campervan for Kawasaki Z1000

Michael Carroll, 19 March 2008 12:57

Paddy McGuinness, who played Paddy in TV comedy Max and Paddy, has joined the motorcycling fraternity by taking delivery of a Kawasaki Z1000. The comedian passed his test in late 2007, and says the big Kawasaki Z1000 stirred him in the same way his first BMX bike did when he was younger. “Bikes like this are what prompted me to want ...

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Motoring tax income has grown by £1 billion per year

Michael Carroll, 18 March 2008 09:58

The amount of revenue the government gains from tax on motorists has grown by £11.3 billion to £45.1 billion since 1997, figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders shows. "40% of motorcycles untaxed" The Society states in a report that the amount UK motorists pay in taxes more than covers the cost of their carbon emissions. It calls ...

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Alistair Darling puts 2p petrol increase on hold - for now

Michael Carroll, 12 March 2008 17:01

Plans by the government to increase the price of petrol by 2p per litre in April have been put on hold until October, Chancellor Alistair Darling announced in his first budget. While the news is good in the short term, the chancellor is looking to increase fuel tax by 0.5p by 2010. The delay in the 2p per litre rise ...

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