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WSB Qatar: Spies Batters Haga Again

Mike Nicks, 14 March 2009 13:41

American new boy Ben Spies again drubbed the World Superbike Championship old guard when he won the second race at the second round of the series in Qatar on his Yamaha R1. The former AMA  Superbike king made his afternoon’s work look easy as he completed the first lap in third place, jumped to second in the fourth lap and ...

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WSS Qatar: Defeated Pitt Still Leads Points Table

Mike Nicks, 14 March 2009 12:21

Reigning World Supersport champion Andrew Pitt was generous in defeat after he mounted the podium in Qatar today in second place below race winner Eugene Laverty. “Second again, but still some good points,” said the 33-year-old Australian, who now leads the series with 40 points after two rounds. “Congratulations to Eugene,” he continued. “He led at the front a lot ...

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WSS Qatar: How Laverty Climbed from Grand Prix Obscurity

Mike Nicks, 14 March 2009 11:57

Eugene Laverty’s success in topping the rostrum in the World Supersport race at Qatar today is a wonderful reward for a young rider who could so easily have sunk into the obscurity suffered by so many competitors who get sucked under the murky waters of 250cc grand prix racing. After finishing third in the 2006 British Supersport championship, Eugene was ...

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WSS Qatar: Laverty Hammers Ten Kate Pair

Mike Nicks, 14 March 2009 11:36

Eugene Laverty emerged from two years of despair in 250cc grand prix racing to win his first World Supersport Championship race in an extraordinary sprint to the line on his Parkalgar Honda CBR600 in the second round of the series in Qatar. The 22-year-old Ulsterman shot out of the slipstream of the Australian Andrew Pitt, on one of the legendary ...

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WSB Qatar: Byrne Backs up Words with Strong 6th

Mike Nicks, 14 March 2009 10:45

British champion Shane Byrne lived up to his confident pledge to bounce back in the second round of the World Superbike series by scoring a strong sixth place in the opening leg on the Losail circuit in Qatar. Byrne suffered two embarrassing crashes in the first round in Australia after dominating winter testing on his Sterilgarda Ducati, but qualified for ...

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WSB Qatar: Spies Cuts into Haga's Lead

Mike Nicks, 14 March 2009 10:14

American Ben Spies sent a chill through the Ducati Xerox pitbox in Qatar today when he won his second consecutive World Superbike Championship race on the new Yamaha R1 on the desert circuit. Noriyuki Haga spent the entire 18-lap race in a three-way battle with Spies and Aprilia’s Max Biaggi, but in the end his 1098R Ducati V-twin appeared to ...

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Qatar WSB: Spies Attacks with Provisional Pole

Mike Nicks, 12 March 2009 13:49

American threat Ben Spies again pressured his WSB rivals when he claimed provisional pole position on a Yamaha R1 for Saturday’s second round of the series at Qatar. Spies ripped round the desert circuit in 1m 58.886s during a session in which he completed 23 laps and hit a top speed of 191.83mph through the speed trap. But Britain’s Jonathan ...

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Qatar WSB: Neukirchner, Spies and Rea Set Pace

Mike Nicks, 12 March 2009 10:13

Germany’s Max Neukirchner, buoyed by his second-place ranking in the World Superbike Championship, gunned his Alstare Suzuki round the Losail circuit in 2m 0.486s to lead the first free practice session in the second round at Qatar. But the man who everyone is watching, American newcomer Ben Spies, was only fractionally slower on his Yamaha R1 in 2m 0.514s. Jonathan ...

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Hungary Drops out of MotoGP

Mike Nicks, 11 March 2009 17:47

As revealed by MCN in February, this year’s MotoGP calendar will be reduced to 17 rounds following the cancellation of the new Hungarian round scheduled for the Balatonring circuit on September 20. The organisers blame delays in construction of the new track resulting from the harsh winter weather and the current world financial downturn. They have requested that the race ...

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WSS Qatar: ‘Laverty Can Be Top Brit’

Mike Nicks, 11 March 2009 13:18

Ahead of the second round of the World Supersport Championship at Qatar on Saturday, Parkalgar Honda team manager Simon Buckmaster believes that Eugene Laverty represents the best chance for any Irish or British rider to win a world title. Irishman Laverty and his team-mate, Portuguese Miguel Praia, both like the Losail circuit in Qatar and are sure they can challenge ...

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