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Kirkham back in the Showdown fight after Brands sixth

Jon Kirkham has returned to where he left off the 2013 MCE British Superbike season, scoring his best result of the season so far in race two at Brands Hatch and showing for the first time this season the pace that left him issuing out on a Showdown place to his teammate James Westmoreland last year. Still adapting to the ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • British Superbikes
  • 23 July 2014

Government launches motorcycle safety campaign

A radio campaign aimed at reducing the number of collisions at junctions between cars and motorcycles is launching today across the country. The THINK! radio campaign encourages drivers to take longer to look for motorcyclists after figures revealed that 30 bikers are killed or injured every day at junctions, Road Safety Minister Robert Goodwill has announced.The ‘Didn’t See’ campaign will ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 21 July 2014

BMW launches retro-fit cornering ABS for HP4

BMW has become the first manufacturer to launch cornering ABS for a sportsbike which will available as a retro-fit option on the S1000RR HP4 from October.The new system is called ABS Pro and it’s expected this will be the first of many models being offered with the Bosch-developed ABS system that works to stop the bike crashing even when hard ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 21 July 2014

Best back protectors under £100 on MCNshop.com

A back protector is a worthy part of any rider’s kit. It helps protect ribs, lungs and kidneys in the event of a tumble, as well as keeping your spine covered. A decent one will secure via shoulder and waist straps, and will cover a large area of your back. Look for Level 2 of the CE standard, which absorbs ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Leathers, jackets & suits
  • 12 July 2014

Smith, Bradl and Iannone set for Sachsenring Turn 11 test

British rider Bradley Smith, LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl and Italian Andrea Iannone have been selected to take part in a special pre-race test at the Sachsenring on Thursday to assess whether the German venue’s jaw-dropping Turn 11 needs modifying for 2015. The blind entry right-hander is taken flat-out in fourth gear at around 130mph and is regarded as one ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 07 July 2014

WSB Brits clash ahead of Portimao race

The general consensus as to why WSB is suffering from dwindling spectator interest despite its close racing is a combination of no terrestrial TV coverage and a lack of personalities and character coming out in the riders. While the riders themselves can do little about the TV situation – that’s down to series promoters Dorna, the riders are at least ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 03 July 2014

Ducati Monster 821 launch

MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is at the world launch of Ducati’s new Monster 821 in Bologna, Italy. A short spin this evening will be followed by a full day of riding the new naked middleweight tomorrow. This is the latest Monster to come from the Ducati factory, hot on the heels of the all-new 1200 Monster earlier this ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 24 June 2014

Mixed reaction to F1 corner test in Catalunya

A special 30-minute test on a revised layout of the Catalunya track divided the MotoGP grid earlier this week. The majority of the premier class field, including reigning world champion Marc Marquez, carried out a short test of a slower and tighter F1 section just before Turn 10. The test was instigated with concerns that there is now insufficient run-off ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 18 June 2014

Product Review: Forcefield Pro Sub4 back protector

Forcefield Pro Sub4 back protector, £139.99 Time tested: Two years What’s good? In an impact, this back protector withstands more force than any other, transmitting just 3.38kN during the EN1621-2 Level 2 safety standard – far exceeding the 9kN required to pass the test. I always ride in a back protector and have been a convert of Forcefield’s soft brand ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 18 June 2014

Snetterton BSB: Byrne takes race one as Brookes and Ellison scrap for second

Shane Byrne has taken a dominating win in the first MCE British Superbike race at Snetterton, leading from start to finish and winning by over four seconds, after a late charge from Josh Brookes failed to materialise into a threat. Brookes spent the race dicing with James Ellison for second, after Byrne escaped following an opening four laps spent behind ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • British Superbikes
  • 15 June 2014

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