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Phillip Island WSB test: Checa ends test on top, Laverty injured

Michael Guy, 15 February 2012 10:24

Reigning World Superbike champion Carlos Checa picked up where he left off by finishing the three day test in Phillip Island at the top of the time sheets. The 39 year old set a best time of 1.31.8s on the final day of the test despite scorching 54 degree track temperatures. Checa was also riding with an additional 6kg’s of ...

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Phillip Island WSB test: Carlos Checa fastest on day two

Michael Guy, 14 February 2012 12:08

Carlos Checa picked up the pace and put in a 1’32.2 second lap on a dry and warm second day of testing in Australia. The World Champion got down to more work on his overall race set-up with the Althea Ducati, and it paid off, despite an early health scare that he quickly recovered from. Said Checa, “I did not ...

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Crescent Fixi Suzuki unveil 2012 WSB contender

Michael Guy, 07 February 2012 20:22

The British based Crescent Fixi Suzuki team have unveiled the bike they will campaign in the 2012 World Superbike Championship. The proven team have heavily updated the GSXR1000 that they campaigned in BSB last season with the 2012 bike featuring new Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes, updated Motec electronics and engines from Japanese tuning legends Yoshimura. The bikes are currently on ...

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BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet WSB team launched

Michael Guy, 01 February 2012 11:28

The BMW Motorrad Italia WSB squad launched their new look team and title sponsor at Monza on Tuesday. The Italian team entered the World Superbike championship in 2011 after signing two time world champion James Toseland and 2010 Superstock champion Ayrton Badovini. The season was a mixture of highs and lows and while Toseland crashed heavily in testing which ultimately ...

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European Junior Cup switches to KTM 690 Duke for 2012

Michael Neeves, 30 January 2012 09:59

For 19,950 Euros (around £16,700) young riders will again get their chance to race in front of big crowds and WSB bosses, in this year’s single-make European Cup. Supporting eight of the European World Superbike rounds, the series, which is open to riders aged 14-19 year’s old, is in its second year and will use a modified version of KTM’s ...

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2012 WSB grid grows to 24 permanent riders

Michael Guy, 24 January 2012 13:22

Despite the ongoing economical down turn the World Superbike Championship grid has grown to 24 permanent riders in 2012. And the depth of field is once again impressive with full factory efforts from Aprilia, BMW and Kawasaki with supported teams from Honda, Suzuki and Ducati. 1  Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 1000 F Aprilia Racing Team2  Eugene Laverty IRL Aprilia ...

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Hopkins confirmed at Crescent Suzuki for WSB

Michael Guy, 19 November 2011 09:08

John Hopkins has re-signed for the Crescent Suzuki Racing team with a new deal that will see him compete in World Superbikes in 2012. The 28 year old American finished runner-up in the British Superbike championship in 2011 with a brilliant year long campaign, which revitalised his flailing career. Hopkins had been focussed on making a full time return to ...

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Portugal WSB: Checa wins fifteenth race of season

Tom Cambio, 16 October 2011 12:43

2011 WSB champion Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) took his fifteenth race win of the season at Portimao, passing Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) with three laps remaining to take victory. Guintoli, who finished second, rode consistently throughout the race leading from the second lap where the Frenchman managed to pass Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) at turn one. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha ...

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Portugal WSB: Rea secures pole position at Portimao

MCN, 15 October 2011 16:02

Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) secured a pole position start for tomorrow's race at Portimao with a storming first lap in the final super pole session, going straight out to set the fastest lap and convincingly break the 1'42 barrier. Championship winner Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) rode consistently to secure second on the grid, whilst Yamaha World Superbike team mates Eugene Laverty ...

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Aoyama confirmed at Ten Kate Honda

Michael Guy, 15 October 2011 08:00

Hiroshi Aoyama has been confirmed as the second rider to join Jonathan Rea in the Ten Kate Honda squad to race in WSB in 2012. Aoyama is currently competing in MotoGP with the San Carlo Honda Gresini team, but it will be all change in 2012 when he swaps his Honda RC212V for a production based Honda CBR1000RR. Aoyama was the ...

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