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Michael Guy  says:

WSB First Qualifying: Rea sets the pace in Phillip Island

Honda Superbike rider Jonathan Rea claimed provisional pole position at the end of first qualifying today. The 25 year old was the one and only man to dip under the 1m 32s bracket with a best lap of 1m 31.959. Speaking to MCN, he said: “I didn’t have the best session this morning, but this afternoon it all came good. I...

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Jun 09

Posts: 851

Camier is dark horse


Camier is doing better than some people might think, currently in 12th but less than a second off pole. His team mate isn't helping much either, just testing the strength of the fairings.  

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Oct 11

Posts: 617

revnev7 says:


         Maybe he`s been in the sun too long,but If he manage`s top 6,I reckon he`ll be well pleased. This is a real rider`s track,ask Stoner,oh and Rossi in his heyday.You still need a good set-up,but it ain`t the be all and end all.I`m kinda hoping Mr.Sykes will be able to keep his speed all race,then a top 3 is poss`.As for top 2,well I can only see Checa and Biaggi doing the bizz.     I`m gutted that Hopper is out,he is the only 1 bar Rea,who would probably have run up front.But we`ll soon see ,eh?Should be blinding !

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Jun 10

Posts: 120

wak1309 says:

Getting very excited now!

I think a little bit of wee just came out haha!


Seriously though, it looks like the Ducati's are sorted....Wouldn't mind Sykes and / or Rea mixing it all race at the front?! Hope Haslam can race full distance too...

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Feb 09

Posts: 846

chrisg011 says:

Top 14 within 1 second

and 6 manufacturers... notably Yamaha missing.

Problems with the WSBK format, nah it looks pretty strong to me. Real shame Hopper is injured though, I would have bet on him roughing up some of the other ex-gp stars at PI

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Aug 02

Posts: 316

cthwaites says:

No Yamahas? Did I miss an announcement?

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Jun 09

Posts: 851

Honda development strategy - its Jonny Rea

I think your right BennyHedgehog! 

Ducati will moan about a little 6 kilo weight limit, thats a good meal for me, but really they know they have an advantage. Hence they haven't even bothered to wheel the Panigale out for WSB this year - which is very odd. They'll come up with reasons for that, but in truth its because they'd wipe the floor with the four strokes with a factory Panigale superbike. I mean it makes about 100 pounds of torque with number plate and mirrors!!!

Meanwhile Rea is the ingredient keeping the four year old Honda in the game. Honda know it, thats why they have their eye on him for MotoGP. Problem is Jonny will be on the ragged edge to do those laps and you can't do that all season.  

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Jul 08

Posts: 1009


Feels a bit weird looking at a time sheet without the name Haga or even Corser to some degree. But then I just remembered Haga will be doing some BSB! Rea really needs to concentrate on staying upright this season let alone worry about tagging on to the GP retiree's. A guy I really really rated from his BSB days, Rea has just seemed to slip further away from the GP dream or even WSBK success. Of course he wins races and is crazy fast at times but his consistency has been a major problem. With accidents comes injuries and the poor guy has just disappointed a bit. Here's wishing him a successful season and hopefully be in the running right up to the end.

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Jun 09

Posts: 851

Its cos he's riding the wheels off the thing. Simple as that. Put him on a factory V Twin and see how consistent and composed he becomes.  

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Oct 05

Posts: 112

RichieRotten says:


To keep the Honda in contention Johnny has had to right on the Limit and he has frequently gone over that limit trying to set competative times. As did Stoner and Rossi on the Ducati, it is common to see a gifted rider having to push to stay in the Race. If the Honda has the pace this year then he will not crash so much. I would love to see him win a few.

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Sep 11

Posts: 2289

YamahaGYTR says:

Here was me thinking Checa was gonna run away with it but its good to see a change at the top the BMW will be interesting to see and the improvements they make.

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