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Walker third fastest despite 'tough' day at Snetterton

Simon Patterson, 09 April 2014 10:06

Chris Walker had a ‘tough’ opening day of testing at Snetterton, despite finishing third only to Shane Byrne and Jakob Smrz, with windy conditions at the Norfolk track being less than perfect for the veteran rider. “We’re making progress each and every time we go out on track, but it’s been a tough day today; the wind was so strong ...

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Kiyonari pleased with pace despite lack of track time

Simon Patterson, 08 April 2014 20:41

Ryuichi Kiyonari has been able to return some of the form that took him to three MCE British Superbike titles on the first day of the Donington test, with the Japanese rider ending the day third fastest despite struggling to get enough track time. With visa issues delaying his return to the UK, the Buildbase BMW team have had a ...

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Byrne tops day one as rivals close gap

Simon Patterson, 08 April 2014 19:29

Shane Byrne has once again topped the day in pre-season testing for the MCE British Superbike Championship, finishing the day at Snetterton 0.4 ahead of Jakub Smrz as his rivals slowly close down the gap. Smrz was impressive on the Millsport Ducati Panigale, finishing 0.4 behind Byrne but almost a second clear of third placed man Chris Walker, who had another ...

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Shock speedway GP winner as Brit world champ suffers

Tony Hoare, 05 April 2014 10:06

German racer Martin Smolinski took a shock victory in the opening round of the 2014 speedway world championship Grand Prix in New Zealand.  It was Smolinski's first-ever appearance in the Grand Prix after making it through the qualifying rounds, and there's not likely to be a bigger surprise this season than his win in his GP debut. The 29-year-old was ...

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Bimota BB3 makes first appearance ahead of Aragon

Simon Patterson, 05 April 2014 05:30

Bimota’s new BMW-powered BB3 machine has finally appeared ahead of next week’s second round of the World Superbike Championship, where British rider Christian Iddon will join Italian Ayrton Badovini on the machines for the first time. Missing from the opening round at Phillip Island last month, the Alstare-ran team were forced to sit out the opening round after homologation issues ...

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Yamaha eager to secure Rossi and Lorenzo deals

Matthew Birt, 04 April 2014 10:35

Yamaha says it is poised to kick off detailed contract renewal discussions with Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. With Honda admitting last month that it plans fresh talks to lure Lorenzo off a YZR-M1 for 2015, Yamaha will act swiftly to ensure its most prized asset in MotoGP commits to a new two-year deal. While Yamaha is also keen to ...

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Aspar not expecting imminent RCV1000R upgrade

Matthew Birt, 04 April 2014 09:59

Nicky Hayden’s Aspar squad has conceded that its underpowererd new production Honda RCV1000R is unlikely to receive a motor upgrade until the fourth race of 2014 at the earliest. A lack of acceleration and top speed was quickly identified as a big weakness of the new RCV1000R, which is Honda’s entry in the new Open category, designed specifically to bolster ...

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Mugen reveal McGuinness and Anstey's TT Zero challenger

Simon Patterson, 03 April 2014 11:23

Mugen have unveiled the Shinden San that John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey will compete in this year’s electric TT Zero race at the Isle of Man in June, with the machine gaining a more aerodynamic shape over last year’s bike. With main rivals (and three time winners) Motoczysz sitting out the 2014 event, McGuinness’ main rival could well be teammate ...

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Rain For Final Day In Jerez

Gordon Ritchie, 02 April 2014 17:23

The expected poor weather at Jerez arrived for a time at the start of the last day and conditions proved changeable for the most part, with only a few riders able to get anywhere near a normal lap time when the sun occasionally shone. That left fastest man of the tests Davide Giugliano (Ducati World SBK) thanks to his brilliant ...

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Brookes continues to adjust riding style

Simon Patterson, 02 April 2014 14:12

Josh Brookes, having found a comfortable setting early in testing for the 2014 MCE BSB season on the Milwaukee Yamaha, is now struggling to adapt his riding style to suit the smoother power delivery of the R1 package. After three years on the Tyco Suzuki, Brookes admits himself that it’s taking time to recondition himself to the much higher corner ...

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