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Toseland is fitter than Beckham

Anonymous, 11 March 2002 00:00

James Toseland is fitter than football superstar David Beckham, our tests at Lilleshall have revealed.GSE Ducati WSB rider Toseland, standing 10th in the world championship after the opening races in Valencia, proved to be fitter than a supercross rider, a downhill mountain bike champ and an Olympic runner, when we put them head to head.And just to see how much ...

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Aprilia man joins Foggy team

Anonymous, 11 March 2002 00:00

Carl Fogarty has signed former Aprilia engineering chief Guiseppe Bernicchia to improve his chances of having the three-cylinder FP1 ready for track testing by the end of next month.Bernicchia spent the past two years at Aprilia and is considered the man responsible for turning the RSV1000 into the fastest bike on the WSB grid after its disappointing debut in 1999. ...

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Slight makes last gasp switch to BTCC

Anonymous, 11 March 2002 00:00

Former World Superbike star Aaron Slight will be racing in the British Touring Car Championship after securing a drive with Barwell Motorsports. Slight had been linked with the ASCAR oval racing series, in which he was going to drive a 500bhp V8 Ford. Instead, the move to BTCC will leave him in a more sedate sounding Vauxhall Astra Coupe. Mind ...

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McGuinness to miss Oz WSS round

Anonymous, 11 March 2002 00:00

John McGuinness has been withdrawn from the Australian round of the World Supersport series because he is not recovering fast enough from the shoulder injury he recently suffered.McGuinness struggled at Valencia at the weekend. It was clear his shoulder had not healed properly after he high-sided a VFR800 road bike filming a promotional video last month.Team boss Roger Harvey said: ...

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Heckles: I’d never ridden on slicks before

Anonymous, 11 March 2002 00:00

Britain’s Mark Heckles made his World Superbike debut at Valencia, and on Thursday March 14, he joined us live in our VIP lounge for a webchat to tell us what it was like.His inauspicious start to the season was all the more understandable when he told motorcyclenews users, " I don't think there are many WSB racers who have gone ...

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Whitham banned from morning practice

Anonymous, 04 March 2002 00:00

Jamie Whitham was seething after having to sit out the Friday morning practice session in Valencia while his World Supersport rivals got a head start on their set-ups.Whitham was banned from the morning session by an FIM official because he had missed the riders briefing held on Thursday. He was angry because a representative of his Belgarda Yamaha team had ...

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Bayliss socks it to ‘em in Valencia

Anonymous, 04 March 2002 00:00

WSB champion Troy Bayliss got the perfect start to his title defence with two wins in Valencia on Sunday afternoon…thanks to his lucky socks.Bayliss had worn the same pair in his successful pre-season test at Valencia and decided to stick with them for this weekend. Let’s hope they get washed before the next round.Bayliss started from pole after dominating Saturday’s ...

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Benelli pulls out of WSB for first three rounds

Anonymous, 04 March 2002 00:00

Benelli is out of the opening WSB races in Valencia on Sunday citing cash shortages.Essentially, they have blown up too many engines and don’t have enough left to compete.The factory, which has been showing off its road bike in Valencia, says it will have to miss the first three rounds of the season, but is confident it will be back ...

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Bostrom misses out as Bayliss takes pole

Anonymous, 04 March 2002 00:00

Ben Bostrom staged an amazing recovery to come within a tenth of a second of taking pole in Saturday’s Superpole at Valencia. But it was reigning world champion Troy Bayliss who came out No1.Baylisss stamped his authority with a stunning lap of 1:34.814s. But Bostrom’s achievement seems more remarkable because he almost launched himself on one of the earliest turns ...

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Free eight-page WSB preview

Anonymous, 04 March 2002 00:00

Buy MCN on Wednesday (March 6, 2002) and you’ll get a free eight-page pull-out preview to the WSB season which kicks off this weekend.In it you can win VIP passes worth £600, Carl Fogarty rates the chances of the main contenders and Suzi Perry gives her tips for 2002.You’ll also find details of the latest MCN2U text message service, a ...

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