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Dakar Stage 3 - Despres wins stage to take overall control

Michael Guy, 05 January 2010 10:52

2007 Dakar winner Cyril Despres won the third stage of the 2010 Dakar Rally and now leads the overall standings for the first time in three years. Despres didn’t put a wheel wrong in the 182KM Special and navigated his way through the sand dunes to win the stage by 10m 40s. Despres said: “It’s been a long time since ...

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Dakar Stage 2 - Stage win to Fretigne, Casteu leads overall

Michael Guy, 04 January 2010 10:58

Yamaha WR 450 rider David Fretigne won the second stage of the Argentina Chile Dakar Rally to move up to third in the overall standings. Fretigne sits just 2m 14s off the overall lead and is making the most of  the opportunity of racing on a level playing field against the air restricted KTM 690’s. Fretigne who has been racing ...

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Dakar Stage 1 - David Casteu and Sherco surprise early leaders

Michael Guy, 03 January 2010 17:45

Frenchman David Casteu was the surprise leader at the end of stage one of the 2010 Argentina Chile Dakar Rally. Onboard the factory Sherco 450XX, Casteu took 1:50.42s to complete the 219KM Special which form,ed part of a 620KM opening day. Second place went to former winner Cyril Despres riding the air restricted KTM 690, the 35 year old finished ...

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Biaggi ends 2009 on top at Valencia test

Michael Guy, 10 December 2009 18:05

Aprilia Racing’s Max Biaggi stormed to the fastest lap time of the two day test at Valencia with an impressive 1m 33.8 second best set on race tyres. Biaggi was in impressive form throughout the two days, but saved his best until his final lap of the day before returning to the pits, getting changed and leaving the circuit to ...

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Toseland heads day two of Valencia test

Michael Guy, 10 December 2009 12:00

Factory Yamaha rider James Toseland is currently the fastest man on track at mid way through day two of the Valencia WSB test. Using the new specification Pirelli tyre, Toseland lapped the Spanish track in 1m 34.3s, half a second quicker than his day one time. Unofficial lap times at 12.50 local time James Toseland (Yamaha) 1m 34.38sLeon Haslam (Suzuki) ...

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First blood to Haslam in Valencia

Michael Guy, 09 December 2009 17:59

Alstare Suzuki man Leon Haslam secured the fastest lap time on day one of the two day WSB test at Valencia. The 26 year old Brit used the latest specification rear tyre from Pirelli to post an impressive 1m 34.5s lap while boasting impressive consistency. Speaking to MCN Haslam said: “I used one of the new tyres today. I did ...

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Fabrizio takes control in second qualifying

Michael Guy, 03 October 2009 10:55

Inform Italian Michel Fabrizio stamped his authority on the second qualifying session at Magny Cours by finishing a convincing 0.377 seconds faster than his closest rival Ben Spies. Onboard his Xerox Ducati, Fabrizio dipped under the outright best lap time set by Noriyuki Haga in 2008, despite not yet having access to qualifying tyres.Ben Spies secured second ahead of title ...

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Fabrizio secures provisional pole from Rea

Michael Guy, 02 October 2009 19:46

Imola race two winner Michel Fabrizio stormed to an impressive provisional  pole position in first qualifying at Imola today. Onboard the Xerox Ducati, the 25 year old Italian snatched the position by just 0.051 seconds after trading places at the top of the time-sheets with Brit Jonathan Rea. Fabrizio said: “Today I had no particular problems. We found a setting ...

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Imola WSS: Laverty closes to within two points of Crutchlow in Imola thriller

Michael Guy, 27 September 2009 15:00

Cal Crutchlow saw his once commanding championship lead get slashed to just two points in a two part aggregate race at Imola. Despite being the fastest man on track, Crutchlow suffered a false neutral on the way into the fast Acque Minerali corner and crashed out of the lead gifting Ten Kate Honda man Kenan Sofuoglu the win. Despite suffereing ...

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WSB Imola: Fabrizio sets the pace at Imola

Michael Guy, 25 September 2009 19:58

Xerox Ducati man Michel Fabrizio made the most of the single, one hour free practice session at Imola to set the fastest time of the day. The 25 year old Italian was the only man to lap under 1m 50s, but was still over one second slower than his best time from the two day test at the circuit in ...

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