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Kawasaki Superbike begin testing in Spain

Michael Guy, 17 December 2009 16:03

The Kawasaki World Superbike team of Chris Vermeulen and Tom Sykes kicked off it’s latest round of testing with two days of track time at Almeria today. The British run team elected not to attend last weeks multi team test at Valencia, instead to deciding to test away from their Superbike rivals at a bright, but cold Almeria. Earlier this ...

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Stiggy Honda out of WSB

Michael Guy, 15 December 2009 17:06

The Stiggy Honda team that ran Leon Haslam and John Hopkins in World Superbike in 2009 has been forced out of racing due to the ongoing economical crisis and budget shortfall. The Johan Stigefelt run team made the step up to WSB in 2009 while continuing to run their successful World Supersport programme, but after the withdrawal of team investors ...

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Mat Mladin linked to WSB ride with BMW

Michael Guy, 11 December 2009 14:54

Seven times AMA Superbike champion Mat Mladin could be poised for a sensational switch to WSB in 2010. The 37 year old Australian who retired at the end of the 2009 season has been linked with a second BMW Superbike team to race in World Superbike. Speculation started earlier this week when Mladin tweeted the following message: “A couple of ...

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Shane Byrne signs Althea Ducati deal

Michael Guy, 11 November 2009 19:12

Shane Byrne has signed a deal to join the Althea Ducati squad in next year’s World Superbike championship. As revealed by MCN nearly 24 hours ago, the popular former double British Superbike champion will ride a top spec Ducati 1198 with Spanish veteran Carlos Checa in 2010. MCN understands a deal for 32-year-old Shakey will stay in WSB having finished eighth ...

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Tardozzi open to offers

Michael Guy, 06 November 2009 15:07

Former Xerox Ducati WSB team boss Davide Tardozzi has told MCN that he is open to offers from other factories to continue his distinguished career as one of the worlds most successful team managers. Tardozzi worked for Ducati as a rider and then team manager for 20 years having clinched the WSB crown with Carl Fogarty, Troy Corser, Neil Hodgson, ...

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Toseland makes Yamaha Superbike debut

Michael Guy, 27 October 2009 14:28

Current Tech3 Yamaha MotoGP man, James Toseland made his much highly anticipated return to the WSB paddock today onboard the factory Yamaha R1 this morning. Riding a Superbike for the first time since 2007, Toseland made a steady start as he reacclimatised himself to the Superbike, Pirelli tyres and the technically demanding and hard to learn Portimao circuit. The morning ...

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Cal Crutchlow: World Supersport Champion 2009

Michael Guy, 26 October 2009 09:19

Cal Crutchlow became Britain's first-ever World Supersport champion in a year that has seen him become hot property in the world of racing. With ten poles and five wins, Crutchlow took the title by seven points after a tactical ride to fourth place at Portimao. After extensive celebrations the 23-year-old arrived in parc ferme in tears, overwhelmed at his achievement ...

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Spies clinches WSB title after epic rookie season

Michael Guy, 26 October 2009 08:58

At the end of another epic World Superbike season, American rookie Ben Spies clinched the title by just six points from veteran Noriyuki Haga. In a season that was expected to be wide open with countless race winners the year was utterly dominated by the two men who claimed a staggering 22 wins and 39 podiums between them in the ...

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Crutchlow and Laverty to benefit from Portimao test

Michael Guy, 14 October 2009 12:59

World Supersport championship rivals Cal Crutchlow and Eugene Laverty are leaving nothing to chance in their battle for supremacy with both men testing at Portimao this week ahead of next weekend’s season finale. Crutchlow was in action on Monday and Tuesday on a track day but struggled to get on the pace due to a lack of grip and usual ...

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Donington Park given two week reprieve

Michael Guy, 14 October 2009 10:46

Following reports in the National press suggesting that Donington Park will lose the 2010 Formula One race, the Leicestershire circuit has been granted a two week extension by F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone to prove the necessary funding is in place. With its F1 future hanging in the balance next years WSB and BSB races could also be in jeopardy if ...

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