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Althea Ducati 2010 team launch

Michael Guy, 18 January 2010 11:05

The Altea Ducati squad of Shane Byrne and Carlos Checa was officially launched in Italy last week. Byrne and Checa were introduced to the 1198 Ducati’s that they will campaign in 2010 while getting to meet the full team and technical staff. The Italian run squad now head to Portimao in Portugal where they will take part in the official ...

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Ducati WSB squad gets major reshuffle for 2010

Michael Guy, 08 January 2010 14:03

Following Davide Tardozzi’s switch from the Xerox Ducati squad to BMW, WSB project leader Ernesto Marinelli was immediately installed as the new team manager. Now with the 2010 season set to kick off in Australia in seven weeks time the Italian manufacturer have announced a host of other key changes within the team. Marco Lozej arrives from the MotoGP development ...

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Dakar Day 6 – Coma takes second stage win, Despres extends lead

Michael Guy, 08 January 2010 12:04

Marc Coma bounced back from the tyre problems on day five to take a convincing victory on stage six to win by over 10 minutes. The Spanish KTM rider excelled in the dusty conditions and demonstrated his superb navigational skills escalating himself up three places up to fourth in the overall standings. Coma said: “At the 29KM point there was ...

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Dakar stage 5 – Lopez takes stage victory for Aprilia, Despres leads overall, Casteu out

Michael Guy, 07 January 2010 12:01

Chilean rider Lopez Contardo claimed an impressive stage victory riding the Aprilia RXV450 to finish 1m 30s ahead of KTM man Cyril Despres. Despres now leads the overall standings by a significant 37m 37s from second placed man Lopez. It wasn’t as straight forward for a number of competitors including Marc Coma and David Casteu in what was the second ...

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Tardozzi confirms switch to BMW World Superbike squad

Michael Guy, 05 January 2010 12:01

Former Xerox Ducati boss, Davide Tardozzi has joined BMW to become the team manager of the factory World Superbike squad. Tardozzi has enjoyed an illustrious career with Ducati having won WSB crowns with Carl Fogarty, Neil Hodgson, James Toseland and Troy Bayliss. The 50 year old Italian left Ducati at the end of the 2009 season citing the need for ...

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WSB's Defining moment number 2 - Biggest surprise and underdog

Michael Guy, 03 January 2010 19:46

Ben Spies' ability to turn up and win the World Superbike crown at his first attempt is was the biggest single surprise of the year. In terms impressing against the odds though, Leon Haslam and his Stiggy Honda team have to be victors. With his fellow WSB Brits signing for either established or factory backed teams, Haslam looked to be ...

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2010 Dakar kicks off in style

Michael Guy, 02 January 2010 10:57

A record crowd of over 800,000 people witnessed the Argentine Chile Dakar Rally get underway yesterday. A total of 160 riders left the Argentine capital Buenos Aires to complete a straightforward 317KM link stage as the first part of the 9,000KM loop.Favourites for the victory include the KTM pairing of Marc Coma and Cyril Despres who between them have dominated ...

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WSB's Defining moment number 1 - Race of the year

Michael Guy, 31 December 2009 12:22

With 28 WSB races in 2009 it’s hard to single out the best on track battles of the season. As far as stand alone rides go, the winner has to be Jonathan Rea taking his first WSB victory at Misano while be hounded by air pair of factory Ducati's.  Up until the Italian race in June, race wins were the ...

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Vermeulen: “Now it feels like my bike”

Michael Guy, 18 December 2009 16:35

After completing a two day test at Almeria this afternoon, Chris Vermeulen will leave the Spanish track happy and remains satisfied that he’s making good progress developing the factory Kawasaki ZX-10R that he’ll campaign in WSB 2010. Along with team-mate Tom Sykes, Vermeulen got to test a host of new parts and settings and revealed that he now feels comfortable ...

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End of the road for title winning Yamaha World Supersport team?

Michael Guy, 18 December 2009 13:34

Cal Crutchlow’s World Supersport Championship winning Yamaha team are looking increasing likely that they will not be in a position to defend their title in 2010. The Yamaha Europe backed squad who won the WSS crown for the first time since 2000 do not have the required budget to continue in 2010. Since the end of the season Yamaha bosses ...

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