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Eugene Laverty hails stunning podium

Matthew Birt, 22 September 2008 10:09

Eugene Laverty hailed his brilliant World Supersport podium in Vallelunga as the ‘best day’ of his career. The Irish rider, who has quit his Blusens Aprilia 250 squad for the remaining four races to focus on clinching a top World Supersport deal for 2009, finished third in a thrilling race. Riding injured Fabien Foret’s Yamaha R6, Laverty produced a brilliant ...

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World Superbikes: Max Biaggi to race in Valencia

Matthew Birt, 02 April 2008 15:19

Injured Italian Max Biaggi has confirmed this morning that he will brave the pain of his broken left wrist to try and compete in this weekend’s Valencia World Superbike clash. Max Biaggi breaks wrist at Phillip Island The Sterilgarda Ducati rider broke his left wrist in a 170mph crash in race two at the Phillip Island round last month, and ...

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World Superbikes: Gregorio Lavilla confirmed for Paul Bird World Superbike squad

Matthew Birt, 06 December 2007 15:16

As was predicted in MCN last month, Paul Bird has just officially announced that Spaniard Gregorio Lavilla will ride in a one-man World Superbike effort in 2008. Gregorio Lavilla will return to the World Superbike series after a three-year stint in the British superbike championship, which saw him clinch the title at the first attempt in 2005. The 34-year-old former ...

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World Superbikes: Makoto Tamada nears World Superbike move

Matthew Birt, 10 October 2007 16:20

Makoto Tamada looks set to be the next MotoGP star to join World Superbikes, with the Japanese rider understood to be in advanced negotiations with the Italian DFXtreme Honda team. The 30-year-old Japanese rider was once considered to be a potential future threat to Valentino Rossi when he won two races on a Bridgestone-shod Honda in 2004, but since then ...

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World Superbikes: Toseland weighs Yamaha and Honda offers for 2008

Matthew Birt, 19 July 2007 12:08

James Toseland goes into this weekend’s Brno World Superbike round in the Czech Republic with two clear choices open to him for 2008.The Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP team has made it clear they want the WSB series leader for next year, and has the lure of a works Yamaha M1 on Michelins as its main draw and – most likely ...

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James Toseland's Ten Kate Honda team rule out 2008 MotoGP move

Matthew Birt, 03 July 2007 15:21

If James Toseland is to move to MotoGP it will not be with his current Hannspree Ten Kate World Superbike squad as they have ruled out making a bid to enter the 2008 MotoGP world championship. The Dutch-based squad have been rumoured to have submitted a formal request to HRC for the lease of an RC212V 800cc machine next season. ...

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Honda want Toseland in World Superbikes

Matthew Birt, 06 June 2007 09:44

Honda will fight what looks likely to be a futile battle to keep James Toseland in World Superbikes next season. With rumours intensifying at last weekend's Italian GP in Mugello that he will switch to MotoGP, Honda Europe boss Carlo Fiorani said the preferred option would be for Toseland to stay in the Ten Kate squad for 2008. The current ...

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Picture Exclusive: Bayliss injured

Matthew Birt, 03 April 2007 11:17

This is the moment Aussie Troy Bayliss saw his hopes of retaining the World Superbike title suffer a crushing blow at last weekend’s Donington Park clash. Moments after he crashed at the Coppice corner while leading race one, Bayliss stares in agony at the seriously injured little finger on his right hand in this exclusive shot snapped by MCN reader ...

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Vermeulen expects Toseland and Bayliss battle

Matthew Birt, 29 March 2007 15:11

Factory Suzuki MotoGP rider Chris Vermeulen reckons home favourite James Toseland and fellow Aussie Troy Bayliss will be the stars of the show in this weekend’s crucial Donington Park World Superbike clash. Former World Superbike runner-up Vermeulen, who is in his second year in MotoGP with the British-based Rizla Suzuki squad, said he expects another titanic battle between Toseland and ...

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Yukio on the mend

Matthew Birt, 07 March 2007 10:19

Factory Suzuki rider Yukio Kagayama will crush Neil Hodgson's hopes of a dramatic World Superbike return at Donington Park next month. Hodgson has been linked with a replacement ride on Suzuki's GSX-R1000 but Kagayama is confident that he will be fit to return to action at Donington to partner Italian Max Biaggi. He has been released from hospital and is ...


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