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Steve Mercer to make TT debut in 2009

Rob Hull, 30 October 2008 17:18

British Superstock and Superbike rider Steve Mercer will make his TT debut in 2009. Mercer dominated the 2006 MRO Superstock Championship before making the switch to British Superstock big-time the following year with 16th overall in his debut season. In 2008 he had a short spell in the British Superbike Cup, taking a third and first in the opening three ...

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Portimao World Superbikes: Corner entry concerns for HM Plant Honda

Rob Hull, 30 October 2008 15:10

HM Plant Honda Team Manager Havier Beltran has said grip levels, mainly on corner entry, will be the big concern this weekend for the final round of WSB at the new Portimao circuit. HM Plant Honda joined a small group of World Championship teams including newly-crowned WSB Champs Xerox Ducati and the circuits Supersport team, Parkalgar Honda, for a two-day ...

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Portimao World Superbikes: Leon Haslam eyes double podium

Rob Hull, 30 October 2008 14:51

Leon Haslam has his sights set on a double podium at the all-new Portimao circuit in Portugal this weekend. The runner-up in the 2008 BSB campaign will get an early shot at the WSB paddock with his current HM Plant Honda BSB team who will wildcard the final event of the WSB calendar. And following a successful two-day test out ...

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BSB Blog: Bloody foreigners, taking our jobs…

Rob Hull, 28 October 2008 11:30

In the first of a new series of weekly sports blogs, MCN reporter Rob Hull says BSB should follow the example of the Premier League when it comes to foreign signings. The best talent will secure the championship’s future and give fans the best spectacle. Join in the debate by posting your comments at the foot of the page. Honda’s ...

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Jonathan Rea gets early Superbike ride at Parkalgar

Rob Hull, 27 October 2008 09:20

Jonathan Rea will make an early graduation up to the World Superbike class this weekend at Parkalgar. Rea has already signed a deal to ride for the Ten Kate Honda World Superbike team after a season with the squad’s World Supersport outfit. But with team-mate Andrew Pitt already securing the Supersport title, Rea has been granted early access to a ...

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Centurion Honda retain Hobbs and Cooper

Rob Hull, 22 October 2008 10:41

Centurion Racing will field a two-rider line-up in 2009, retaining both Dennis Hobbs and Dan Cooper. Get the latest BSB news Centurion’s top points scorer from 2008, James Westmoreland, made a switch to NCT Yamaha this week that inevitably reduced the three-man squad. Both Hobbs and Cooper had difficult years in 2008. Hobbs suffered a serious shoulder injury in a ...

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HM Plant Honda confirm Glen Richards and Josh Brookes

Rob Hull, 21 October 2008 12:33

HM Plant Honda has announced the signatures of both Glen Richards and Josh Brookes to ride in the factory Honda team for 2009 in BSB. Both emerged as favourites to sign in the last two weeks after the departures of both Cal Crutchlow and Leon Haslam to the World Championship. Richards will bring with him a wealth of experience after ...

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James Westmoreland stays in British Supersport

Rob Hull, 21 October 2008 09:48

James Westmoreland has signed to ride for NCT Racing in BSS next season after finishing fourth last season with three impressive rostrum finishes. Get all the latest BSB news Westmoreland was Centurion Racing’s top points scorer, but has jumped ship to NCT Racing to run alongside Lee Jackson who moves from the Superstock 1000 Championship. Westmoreland will also switch manufactures, ...

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Q&A: Josh Brookes on BSB hopes in 2009

Rob Hull, 20 October 2008 17:05

With Josh Brookes expected to be named in the 2009 HM Plant Honda line-up alongside 2008 British Supersport Champion Glen Richards, MCN spoke to the 25-year old about his one-off appearance in the BSS Championship at the final round at Brands Hatch, what his plans are for the future and a prospective switch toBSB. What were your initial feelings about ...

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No WSB at Brands Hatch in 2009: Jonathan Palmer reaction

Rob Hull, 20 October 2008 16:29

MSV Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer has spoken of his disappointment of losing a World Superbike slot for Brands Hatch in 2009, but has remained hopeful of a special one-off event to take place around August to substitute for the loss. It was revealed in MCN two weeks ago that Brands Hatch could lose it’s World Superbike allocation after series owners ...

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