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Donington BSB: Camier fights cold and new power delivery

Mike Nicks, 24 May 2009 19:02

Pole-sitter Leon Camier is fighting an energy-sapping cold as he aims to build on his run of three consecutive race wins on the Airwaves Yamaha in the British Superbike championship. “It’s difficult to keep concentrated, and I’m fighting with it instead of flowing with it,” the 23-year-old Kent rider said after stepping from his 1,000cc R1 on the 2.5-mile Donington ...

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Donington BSB: Guintoli targets victory on his only known track

Mike Nicks, 24 May 2009 15:41

Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli, who is only 11 points behind series leader Leon Camier in the British Superbike championship, must win at Donington Park this weekend because it is the only one of the 11 circuits in the 12-round championship that he has previously raced on. That’s the opinion of Jack Valentine, Guintoli’s team manager in the Worx Crescent Suzuki team, ...

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Donington BSB: ‘Now We’ve Got 1,000rpm More’

Mike Nicks, 24 May 2009 15:16

Airwaves Yamaha riders Leon Camier and James Ellison are enjoying an extra 1,000rpm on the top end of their Yamaha YZF-R1s at Donington Park this weekend. The bikes’ performance has been boosted with conrods, pistons, camshafts and valves taken from Ben Spies’ World Superbike programme with the Yamaha Italia factory bikes. “Now we can rev the engines to 14,500rpm,” team ...

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MotoGP Blog: Britain’s Articulate Grand Prix Boy Racers

Mike Nicks, 04 May 2009 08:16

There is an argument that exposing children to sport too early in their lives converts them into robotic racing clones, with brittle-thin personalities and narrow interests. But you only had to see Bradley Smith’s comportment on the podium at Jerez and in the press conference after his first-ever 125cc victory to appreciate that he’s articulate, courteous and cultivated. Bradley, now ...

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Jerez MotoGP: Rossi: ‘Dani is hard to catch from behind’

Mike Nicks, 03 May 2009 14:44

“That was fun but difficult,” Valentino Rossi said of his sixth victory on the Jerez circuit in the Spanish MotoGP race. “I was quite behind after the first laps. But after I came back I had a great battle with Casey and was able to arrive in second place. “Dani was then a little more one second in front, and ...

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Jerez MotoGP: Rossi roughs up the young ones

Mike Nicks, 03 May 2009 13:51

Valentino Rossi claimed his first race win of the year at Jerez on Sunday, and leapt to the top of the points standings on his Fiat Yamaha when the 30-year-old Italian clubbed down three younger rivals one by one. Rossi started from fourth on the grid, and held that position as the packed streamed around the 2.75-mile Jerez circuit, with ...

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Jerez MotoGP: Smith now second in the world

Mike Nicks, 03 May 2009 11:15

“Maybe you try to picture your first win, but this is nothing like it,” Britain’s latest grand prix winner Bradley Smith said in a podium press conference only minutes after climbing from his Bancaja Aprilia at Jerez today. But he also revealed that his crushing 13-second victory in the 125cc Spanish GP almost turned into disaster when he ran into ...

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Jerez MotoGP: Smith takes first 125GP win

Mike Nicks, 03 May 2009 10:45

The 18-year-old Oxford rider Bradley Smith scored his first ever grand prix win in his 50th race in the 125cc event at Jerez. Smith, who had qualified second fastest, streaked into the lead from the grid on his Bancaja Aspar Aprilia, and never relinquished his advantage. His job was made easier when his two main rivals, team-mate Julian Simon and ...

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Jerez MotoGP: Rossi finds the missing tweak

Mike Nicks, 03 May 2009 10:05

Valentino Rossi appeared to have found the missing link in the set-up on his Fiat Yamaha when he bounded to the top of the timesheets in the morning warm-up for the Spanish MotoGP at Jerez. The Italian – who starts from the second row after a troubled qualifying session when he lacked front-end grip – produced a warm-up lap in ...

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Jerez MotoGP: Rossi: ‘I Can’t Win Like This’

Mike Nicks, 02 May 2009 16:32

Valentino Rossi admitted after finishing fourth fastest in qualifying for the Spanish round of the MotoGP championship that there is no way he can win tomorrow’s race unless his team can improve the front-end settings of his Fiat Yamaha. “No. Like this, no – no way,” was the reigning champion’s emphatic response when asked if he could beat his team-mate ...


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