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World Superbikes Valencia, Race 1: Spies Falls, Haga Wins

Mike Nicks, 05 April 2009 12:07

Ben Spies reversed everyone’s assumptions about the outcome of the opening World Superbike race in Valencia when he slid gracefully off his Yamaha R1 on the tenth lap on the Ricardo Tormo circuit. The American had scored his third consecutive pole and in the morning warm-up recorded a string of 1m 34s laps that rivals could not match. But championship ...

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World Superbikes, Valencia: Super Spies Rocks to Third Superpole

Mike Nicks, 04 April 2009 15:31

With just over five minutes of Superpole action remaining on the Ricardo Tormo circuit, the quiet American Ben Spies rolled his Yamaha out of pit lane. At the end of sector one on the 2.487-mile he was quicker by 0.199s than any rival, and as he left sector two the gap had grown to 0.356s. And as the 24-year-old Tennessean ...

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World Supersport, Valencia: Crutchlow Blazes to Second Pole

Mike Nicks, 04 April 2009 13:22

Britain’s Cal Crutchlow scored his second pole position in three races in qualifying for tomorrow’s World Supersport race at Valencia. The 23-year-old factory Yamaha rider bounced to the front with less than two minutes remaining in the 45-minute session with a lap in 1m 35.865s. This made him the only rider in the 1.35s bracket, as Joan Lascorz, the 24-year-old ...

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World Superbikes Valencia: Spies Quickest, but BMW Edges Closer

Mike Nicks, 04 April 2009 11:05

American sensation Ben Spies headed the timesheets for the first time this weekend when he lapped his Yamaha in 1m 34.709s in the final qualifying session for tomorrow’s World Superbike round in Spain. In a spree that saw the top 14 riders finish within half a second of one another, Spies headed surprise runner-up Regis Laconi (DFX Corse Ducati) by ...

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WSS Valencia: Lascorz Pips Crutchlow in Final Practice

Mike Nicks, 04 April 2009 09:52

Kawasaki’s Joan Lascorz just beat Britain’s Cal Crutchlow to head the timesheets in the final practice session for the World Supersport race at Valencia today. The Spaniard ripped his ZX-6R round the 2.487-mile Ricardo Tormo circuit in 1m 35.948s – the fastest supersport lap ever recorded here – to head Crutchlow, on the factory Yamaha YZF R6, by 0.363s. But ...

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Valencia WSB Biaggi's Aprilia heads Yamaha and Ducati

Mike Nicks, 03 April 2009 16:42

Max Biaggi underlined the amazing out-of-the-box speed of Aprilia's new RSV4 by finishing the first qualifying session for the third round of the World Superbike championship in first place. On the same day that the road version of the 1,000cc machine was launched at Misano in Italy, Biaggi lapped the 2.487-mile Valencia circuit in Spain in 1m 34.775s to lead ...

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WSS Valencia McCoy and Triumph Chase Glory

Mike Nicks, 03 April 2009 16:09

Veteran MotoGP and World Superbike rider Garry McCoy, 36, could be on the verge of giving Britain’s Triumph factory a top six finish in Sunday’s World Supersport race at Valencia. The Australian was punted off the track on the first lap at the previous round in Qatar, but tigered back to finish seventh on his 675cc ParkinGO Triumph Daytona. Now ...

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WSS Valencia - Crutchlow Hot, Laverty Cruises, in First Session

Mike Nicks, 03 April 2009 15:40

Spaniard Joan Lascorz benefited from a recent test session on the Valencia circuit to record fastest time in the first World Supersport practice session on his Kawasaki ZX-6R. His best lap of 1m 36.672s was 0.671s faster than his closest pursuer, Britain's Cal Crutchlow, who also tested his Yamaha R6 on the 14-corner circuit in the last few days. Third ...

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Checa Hits Back for Ten Kate Honda

Mike Nicks, 03 April 2009 14:22

Carlos Checa gave a hint in the first free practice session that the chatter problems that have plagued the Ten Kate Hondas in early rounds of the World Superbike Championship may have been overcome for this third round at Valencia. Checa languishes in 14th place in the championship, but got round the 2.487-mile Ricardo Tormo circuit in 1m 35.673s on ...

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WSB Qatar: Haga and Spies Open Points Gap

Mike Nicks, 14 March 2009 14:00

Noriyuki Haga and Ben Spies look like making the battle for the 2009 World Superbike Championship a two-man shootout after both edged away from rivals in today’s two races in Qatar. Haga holds onto the lead with 85 points after having to accept two second places on his Ducati Xerox. But Spies has closed the gap to just ten points ...

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