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WSB Australia: Guintoli takes race two as Laverty challenge ended by mechanical

Simon Patterson, 23 February 2014 04:34

Sylvain Guintoli has won his first World Superbike race in exactly a year, after red flags brought a premature end to Eugene Laverty’s hopes of a double victory. Guintoli was part of a four way battle for the victory alongside Laverty, Tom Sykes and Loris Baz when the Northern Irishman’s engine dramatically let go, bringing out the red flags with ...

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Cal Crutchlow: FTR-Yamaha speed won’t influence Ducati strategy

Matthew Birt, 23 February 2014 02:27

British rider Cal Crutchlow doesn’t believe Ducati will be influenced to adopt Open class status in MotoGP this year following Aleix Espargaro’s brilliant display in Sepang testing earlier this month. Spaniard Espargaro was the surprise package in the Far East when he clocked the fourth fastest time to easily finish top of the new Open class entries. After Crutchlow finished ...

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HRC unveil full rider line-up in Japan

Michael Guy, 07 February 2014 09:03

MotoGP, Dakar, MX and Trials get HRC status – but no support for WSB. Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) is the most prestigious name in motor racing with unprecedented success in their chosen fields of competition. Their MotoGP effort remains the pinnacle of their racing activities with riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa finishing 1st and 3rd in 2013 to secure ...

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Voltcom Crescent Suzuki show off 2014 contender

Simon Patterson, 06 February 2014 12:39

Voltcom Suzuki unveiled their 2014 WSB machine last night to a packed crowd at the team’s Verwood base, as Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes stepped out for the first time in the new livery. With power network providers Voltcom moving to title sponsor to replace the departing Fixi, the team moves back to a scheme with blue featured more prominently, ...

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Marco Simoncelli to become MotoGP legend

Matthew Birt, 03 February 2014 14:30

Marco Simoncelli, the rising star of MotoGP who tragically lost his life in a racing accident at Sepang in 2011, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame later this year. The former 250GP world champion will become the 21st rider to be given MotoGP Legend status, joining iconic names like Giacomo Agostini, Mike Hailwood, Kenny Roberts, Barry Sheene, John ...

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Tech 3 Yamaha workshop damaged by floods

Matthew Birt, 21 January 2014 14:14

The French base of Bradley Smith’s Monster Yamaha Tech 3 MotoGP squad has suffered extensive flood damage after torrential rain battered southern France. The workshop in Bormes les Mimosas was under water on Sunday after a nearby river burst its banks and caused close to an estimated £100,000 in damage. Herve Poncharal’s squad had been preparing for the forthcoming first ...

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Yamaha unveil 2014 MotoGP livery

Simon Patterson, 17 January 2014 09:35

Yamaha have unveiled their 2014 MotoGP livery today at an event in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. The 2014 M1, unveiled in person by Rossi and Lorenzo, features a similar paint scheme to the 2013 model, albeit with more white, and remains without a title sponsor. Holding the event in Indonesia, where Lorenzo and Rossi ahve thousands of diehard fans, reflects ...

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Dakar Stage 4 – Pedrero wins for Sherco, Despres off the pace, Sunderland out

Michael Guy, 08 January 2014 22:47

San Juan to Chilecito, Argentina  563km including 353km timed Special Stage Juan Pedrero Garcia was the surprise winner of stage four of the 2014 Dakar riding a factory Samsung Sherco 450 SR. The 35 year old Spaniard finished fifth overall riding a factory KTM in 2013 but his victory today marked his first ever Dakar stage win and Sherco’s second. ...

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Doriano Romboni loses life at Simoncelli tribute race

Simon Patterson, 01 December 2013 11:52

Six time 125 and 250 GP race winner Doriano Romboni has passed away, after suffering fatal injuries at the Sic Supermoto Day, the supermoto race held at the Latina circuit in memory of Marco Simoncelli. Early reports say Romboni ran onto the grass during an early practice, before swerving back onto the track and into the path of former Italian ...

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Corser’s Downunder Motorsport team out of the running for 2014 WSB assault

Gordon Ritchie, 26 November 2013 13:11

The planned Aussie WSB team, Downunder Motorsport, will not be able to contest the 2014 championship, despite the best efforts of leading figures Tom Larsen and Troy Corser. The deadline for teams to apply for a slot on the 2014 grid has recently passed and with not all of the required budget in place, the nascent team has decided to ...

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