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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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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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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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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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Brit Fans Follow Our Super Seven in Qatar

Mike Nicks, 11 March 2009 11:09

Thousands of loyal enthusiasts are expected to tune into Eurosport on Friday and Saturday to follow the adventures of Britain’s Super Seven in the second round of the World Superbike and Supersport championships in Qatar. Led by tough guy Leon Haslam, who holds third place in the superbike points standings on his Stiggy Honda, the septet’s battles for glory in ...


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