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World Superbike announce provisional 2009 calendar

Rob Hull, 20 October 2008 16:00

The FIM has released a 2009 provisional calendar for WSB and, as reported in MCN at the start of the month, Brands Hatch is not on the schedule. Below is the provisional calendar released today: The 2009 provisional calendar of the FIM Superbike and Supersport World Championships and Superstock 1000cc FIM Cup is the following : March 1: Australia (Phillip ...

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Michael Rutter wins Sunflower Trophy

Rob Hull, 20 October 2008 14:12

Michael Rutter headed his North West 200 team-mate, John Laverty, at this year’s Sunflower Trophy in Northern Ireland. Laverty headed the early stages of the race on Sunday – an impressive feat on his first competitive ride of the full-blown Ducati 1098 F08 rather than his Superstock-spec 1098R that he won the championship on. But after swapping the lead, Rutter ...

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STP Superbike gets Portimao WSB wildcard slot

Rob Hull, 20 October 2008 12:09

Chris Burns and the STP Superbike team will line-up alongside the World’s best Superbike riders for the final round of WSB in Portugal. STP will join HM Plant Honda at the totally-new Parkalgar circuit – the first major event to take place at the Portuguese track. STP Motorsport Team Principal Jon Strike said: “Due to an administration problem we missed ...

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Steve Plater and John McGuinness confirmed for HM Plant Honda road assault

Rob Hull, 20 October 2008 11:44

Steve Plater will ride alongside John McGuinness for HM Plant Honda at the Isle of Man and the North West 200. Honda had been expected to announce a strong racing field for their road campaign in 2009 which is the manufactures 50th anniversary year of participation in motorcycle racing. Plater has taken a number of wins at the North West ...

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British Eurosport extend BSB deal

Rob Hull, 20 October 2008 11:33

British Eurosport has signed a new two-year deal to cover the British Superbike series. Part of the deal included a four-hour live show from each of the 12 rounds for the next two seasons and repeat packages later in the week. MSV Chief Executive, Jonathan Palmer, said: "Television coverage is extremely important to MSV as the promoters of BSB and ...

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Tom Sykes wins Race of the Year

Rob Hull, 20 October 2008 11:12

Tom Sykes bid farewell to his Rizla Suzuki team with a dominant victory at the Mallory Park Race of the Year. Sykes dominated the weekend’s proceedings, topping practice and qualifying before dominating the shortened 18-lap race. Karl Harris was Sykes’ closest rival, but even when the Rizla Suzuki man did find himself in traffic, Harris couldn’t make an impression on ...

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British Supersport: Billy McConnell signs for Raceways Yamaha

Rob Hull, 15 October 2008 09:24

Billy McConnell will make a step down back into the British Supersport Championship in 2009 with Raceways Yamaha after a season in BSB with MSS Discovery Kawasaki. The Aussie finished the season in 12th position with 91 championship points with his best finishing position of the season being a 10th. McConnell has a good history on Supersport machinery. In 2005 ...

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British Superbikes: James Ellison signs for GSE Racing

Rob Hull, 15 October 2008 08:49

James Ellison has landed what he called his ‘dream move’ to the four-time British Superbike Championship winning team, GSE Racing. The former MotoGP and AMA Superbike ace penned a deal with the factory Yamaha outfit for 2009 last weekend at Brands Hatch. Ellison spoke exclusively to MCN about the move. He said: “It’s a mega deal – absolutely perfect. “It’s ...

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Rizla officially out of BSB

Rob Hull, 14 October 2008 13:28

Crescent Suzuki has released a statement this morning confirming the departure of title sponsor Rizla. Rizla has become an iconic part of BSB, sponsoring the factory team for the last seven years. But Crecent’s Managing Director and MotoGP team boss Paul Denning says the future is still bright for the Suzuki team in British Superbikes. He said: “We thank all ...

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Brands Hatch British Superbikes: James Ellison and Hydrex Honda part company

Rob Hull, 12 October 2008 19:31

After a successful season on the Hydrex Bike Animal Honda, James Ellison is moving elsewhere for his 2009 racing season. In a statement released by the team, Ellison was quoted as saying:   "It's been a fantastic year and it's been a lot more than I expected from the team, they've been like a family and it's a bit emotional ...

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