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WSB First Qualifying: Rea sets the pace in Phillip Island

Michael Guy, 24 February 2012 07:04

Honda Superbike rider Jonathan Rea claimed provisional pole position at the end of first qualifying today. The 25 year old was the one and only man to dip under the 1m 32s bracket with a best lap of 1m 31.959. Speaking to MCN, he said: “I didn’t have the best session this morning, but this afternoon it all came good. ...

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Haslam injured at Phillip Island test, Checa stays in control

Michael Guy, 20 February 2012 09:39

Leon Haslam is likely to need an operation to repair a crack in his right Tibia after suffering a heavy crash at Phillip Island today. The 28-year-old Brit high sided his BMW Motorrad S1000RR exiting the fast final turn slapping both his ankles hard onto the tarmac. Haslam and his team are currently deciding on whether he will have an ...

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Team Effenbert Liberty Ducati launch 2012 team in style

Michael Guy, 07 February 2012 11:50

The five man World Superbike and Superstock 1000 Effenbert Liberty Ducati team unveiled their team in a glamorous launch high up in the Piemonte mountains in Italy. The three man Superbike team of Sylvan Guintoli, Jakub Smrz and new recruit Maxime Berger made an impressive debut in 2011 with both Guintoli and Smrz securing podium finishes during the season. Despite ...

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Rea and Aoyama conclude successful three day Phillip Island test

Michael Guy, 19 January 2012 10:33

The Honda World Superbike squad of Jonathan Rea and Hiroshi Aoyama wrapped up three days of successful testing at Phillip Island today. The team enjoyed hot, but sometimes windy conditions during their private test where both riders got fully dialled into their new 2012 specification bikes. For Rea it was a massive contrast to a pre-season test at the track ...

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Positive second day for Rea at Phillip Island

Michael Guy, 18 January 2012 10:20

Honda World Superbike’s Jonathan Rea continued to work through a host of chassis and suspension changes on day two of a three day private test at Phillip Island. After completing in excess of 100 laps on day one, Rea and his team focussed their efforts on evaluating an array of different specification and stiffness factory Ohlins forks and rear shocks. ...

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Rea completes over 100 laps in day one of Phillip Island test

Michael Guy, 17 January 2012 11:36

Jonathan Rea completed in excess of 100 laps during his first day of testing at Phillip Island today. The 24 year old got to ride the new 2012 specification Honda Fireblade and was on track alongside new team-mate Hiroshi  Aoyama.Rea continued to build the relationship with his new crew chief Chris Pike and also got to work with the teams ...

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Haslam from Laverty on day two at Portimao

Michael Guy, 29 November 2011 19:03

Leon Haslam maintained his position at the top of the time sheets after posting a 1, 43.2s lap time – 0.4 faster than his day one best. The BMW Motorrad rider continued to work through chassis and electronic changes onboard his 2012 spec S1000RR. “It’s been another good day, I was able to reduce my average time on the hard ...

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Crescent Suzuki poised to confirm WSB future

Michael Guy, 20 October 2011 14:01

The British-based Crescent Suzuki Racing team are expected to confirm their switch to WSB in 2012. As reported in MCN this week, the current BSB squad have been in on-going discussions with WSB bosses about graduating to the world championship. The BSB runner-ups proved themselves when they competed as wild cards at this year’s Silverstone WSB round where rider John ...

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Picture exclusive: Laverty gets first ride on Aprilia RSV4

Michael Guy, 18 October 2011 10:23

Eugene Laverty got his first ride on the factory Aprilia RSV4 he will campaign in the World Superbike Championship in 2012. Riding at Portimao this morning the 25 year old completed an out lap before coming straight back into the pits to make changes to the gear lever and quickshifter to improve his feeling on down shifts. His immediate response ...

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Laverty confirmed at Aprilia for 2012

Michael Guy, 16 October 2011 11:28

Eugene Laverty will become a factory Aprilia rider in 2012 after signing a two year deal with the Italian manufacturer this morning. It remains unclear the exact structure of the team, but it seems unlikely that he will be lining up alongside Max Biaggi in the Alitalia squad. The more likely scenario is that he will be run out of ...

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