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Melandri set for official testing despite shoulder surgery

Michael Guy, 24 December 2010 11:31

Marco Melandri is expected to ride at the official WSB test at Portimao on 26 – 28th January despite undergoing surgery on his shoulder on Thursday. The 28 year old Italian elected to have an operation after some complaints around the joint, possibly due to an old injury aggravated by three days hard riding earlier this month in Phillip Island.After ...

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Top Brit Craig Bounds ready for Dakar challenge

Michael Guy, 21 December 2010 14:17

Craig Bounds is looking to make up for the bitter disappointment of retiring out of a top 25 position in the 2010 Dakar and is aiming for even greater success when the 2011 Dakar kicks off in Buenos Aires on 1st January. For 2011 Bounds has switched from the KTM690 Rally and will race a Yamaha WR450F having secured well deserved support ...

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Melandri on the pace in Valencia

Michael Guy, 12 November 2010 09:27

Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty concluded a successful one-day test at Valencia today with the Italian posting impressive lap times during his first ever ride on a Superbike. Riding a black and white factory Yamaha R1 the 28 year old Italian set a competitive 1.34.5 on a race tyre before posting a fast 133.9 on a qualifier. Melandri has spent ...

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Ruben Xaus to join Ten Kate Honda?

Michael Guy, 10 November 2010 11:24

Spaniard Ruben Xaus is set to become the second rider in the Ten Kate Honda WSB team to ride alongside Brit Jonathan Rea in 2011. The 32 year old Spaniard is reported to have signed a deal this week that will see campaign the proven CBR1000RR. Xaus, an 11 time WSB race winner and former title contender has had two ...

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Crutchlow concludes first Yamaha MotoGP test

Michael Guy, 21 October 2010 22:47

Cal Crutchlow has concluded his two day test in Japan onboard the Yamaha M1 MotoGP bike he will campaign next season. The 24 year old flew to Yamaha’s head quarters at the start of the week where he was measured up for the bike before riding at the factory's test track, Fukoroi on Wednesday and Thursday. Unfortunately the test was hit ...

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Haslam talks new BMW WSB deal

Michael Guy, 28 September 2010 20:26

As reported in this weeks MCN, Leon Haslam will race the BMW S1000RR in the 2011 World Superbike Championship. The 27 year old Brit will join the German team to ride alongside Australian veteran Troy Corser. Haslam has been linked with the deal for months and finally got an official release from Alstare Suzuki squad leading to an official announcement ...

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Rea stays with Ten Kate to fight for WSB crown in 2011

Michael Guy, 13 September 2010 15:41

Jonathan Rea has ended speculation that he could switch to MotoGP next season by confirming that he will remain in WSB with Ten Kate Honda in 2011. During 2010 Rea has already won four races and has comfortably outscored any of his rivals in the previous six races having secured two wins and four seconds. He now sits third in ...

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Marco Melandri signs for Yamaha WSB team in 2011

Michael Guy, 05 September 2010 23:00

Marco Melandri has signed an agreement to join the World Superbike Championship for the 2011 race season. Melandri will ride the Sterilgarda Yamaha R1 and follow former MotoGP riders Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa into the Superbike class. He said: “I’m very happy with this new challenge, it’s a big change and I want to fight for world superbike wins,” ...

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WSB test Imola – Fabrizio heads Rea, Haslam suffers big crash

Michael Guy, 30 June 2010 13:57

Xerox Ducati rider Michel Fabrizio was once again the fastest man on track at the end of the opening four hour session this morning. The 25 year old Italian ran in the top three from mid morning onwards and posted a lap time of 1.47.854 over i/10th faster than Leon Haslam’s day one best. Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider Jonathan ...

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Bayliss on the pace despite crash

Michael Guy, 14 June 2010 15:35

In the final day of testing at Misano, Troy Bayliss remains on the pace of factory riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio despite crashing just before lunch. The three time world champion who revealed on Saturday that he will not be making a return to WSB competition as either a full time rider or wild card lost the front of ...

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