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Ian Hutchinson wins Macau Grand Prix

Stephen Davison, 16 November 2013 11:01

The ‘Bingley Bullet’, Ian Hutchinson, took a sensational win on the Milwaukee Yamaha in the Macau Grand Prix in China yesterday to mark a fairytale return to road racing following serious injury. 34 year old Hutchinson overtook Michael Rutter (SMT Honda) on the fourth lap of the 3.8 mile Guia circuit and opened a two second gap that he maintained ...

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New WSB schedule and qualifying format for 2014

Simon Patterson, 15 November 2013 13:47

The World Superbike Commission have announced a major reshuffle to the weekend calendar for 2014, with races moving closer in the day to each other and superpole being reworked to match the MotoGP format introduced for 2013. The Sunday schedule will be shortened for next year, with the four races for the three championships (Superbike, Supersport and Superstock) now being ...

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Eugene Laverty rubbishes Suzuki MotoGP link

Matthew Birt, 14 November 2013 14:34

Eugene Laverty has rubbished suggestions that his new World Superbike deal with Suzuki comes with a guarantee that he will switch to the Japanese factory’s MotoGP project in 2015. The Irishman ended a turbulent few weeks surrounding his future when he inked a deal to join the British-based Crescent Suzuki effort earlier this week. Laverty had been linked with Aspar ...

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Day joins Whitham at Eurosport for WSB

Simon Patterson, 14 November 2013 14:06

British Eurosport has announced their 2014 World Superbike team, with Steve Day joining Jamie Whitham for the world series. Jack Burnicle, previously the primary WSB voice for the channel, will become UK-based, as he moves to concentrate on the extended coverage of MCE British Superbikes that will now see Saturday's qualifying sessions televised. Day, who deputised for Toby Moody a ...

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Downunder Motorsport Team nearly there

Gordon Ritchie, 13 November 2013 17:39

An Australian dream team trying to find a spot in the WSB paddock next year is currently being organised by the vastly experienced former Honda and BMW Crew Chief Tom Larsen and double WSB Champion Troy Corser. With a deadline looming for applications and the last elements of budget not yet in place the team has now decided to go ...

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Bradley Smith takes shock second in Valencia test

Matthew Birt, 13 November 2013 16:53

British rider Bradley Smith delivered the final shock of 2013 in Valencia today when the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider finished a three-day MotoGP test with the second fastest time. Running a soft tyre and low fuel load experiment on new Yamaha YZR-M1 upgrades that included a 2013-factory spec chassis, seat unit and fuel tank, Smith clocked a personal ...

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Laverty joins Fixi Crescent Suzuki for 2014

Simon Patterson, 13 November 2013 09:40

Eugene Laverty has joined the Fixi Crescent Suzuki squad for 2014, as revealed by MCN weeks ago. Laverty will race the World Superbike Championship for the Dorset-based team, probably alongside Alex Lowes, who tested the bike last week at Jerez. He will make his debut on the bike at the next round of testing on 25th and 26th November, but ...

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Brookes joins Bridewell at Milwaukee Yamaha

Simon Patterson, 12 November 2013 17:18

Milwaukee Yamaha have finally confirmed their 2014 line-up for the MCE British Superbike Championship, with Josh Brookes joining Tommy Bridewell at the Guisborough based team. Brookes said: "Three years with any team is fairly long so this is a good time for a change, and I believe Milwaukee Yamaha has a package capable of winning the championship. I have never ...

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Paul Bird waiting for improved Aprilia deal

Matthew Birt, 12 November 2013 10:06

British team boss Paul Bird says he will have no hesitation to quit MotoGP unless he can get increased support from Italian factory Aprilia. Bird met with Aprilia boss Ramono Albesiano last Saturday in Valencia to try and secure a 2014 deal that included significantly increased factory support for a two-rider squad. With Aprilia’s number one squad - the Spanish-based ...

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Jerry Burgess stunned to be dropped by Valentino Rossi

Matthew Birt, 08 November 2013 16:58

Valentino Rossi’s legendary Australian crew chief Jerry Burgess has spoken of his shock and surprise at being dropped by the Italian star for the 2014 MotoGP world championship. Nine-times world champion Rossi dropped a bombshell in the Valencia paddock yesterday (Thursday) when he informed Burgess that he would be replacing him immediately after this weekend’s final race in Spain. The ...

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