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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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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: 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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