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Phillip Island WSB test: First blood to Checa

Michael Guy, 21 February 2011 08:37

Carlos Checa reiterated his credentials as a championship contender in 2011 by dominating the first day of official testing at Phillip Island. The Spanish rider stunned his rivals with an impressive 1m31. 383s best – nearly a second faster than his closest rival. Frenchman Sylvan Guintoli showed that the combination of his Liberty Racing Ducati and the flowing Phillip Island ...

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Max Biaggi names first son Leon

Matthew Birt, 16 December 2010 16:20

World Superbike champion Max Biaggi has named his first son after his biggest rival in 2010. Biaggi and partner Eleonora Pedron have named their son Leon, who was born earlier today in Italy. The four-times world 250GP champion defeated British rival Leon Haslam to win the World Superbike crown for the first time in 2010 for Aprilia. Leon Alexandre is ...

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Toseland gets first taste of BMW

Michael Guy, 29 November 2010 17:31

James Toseland has completed his first ever laps onboard the BMW S1000RR at a wet and cold Portimao this morning. The two time WSB champion rode the BMW test team’s bike in preparation for his future with the new BMW Motorrad Italia squad he will ride for in 2011. Despite the poor conditions, Toseland was able to gain an initial ...

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Laverty stuns WSB paddock at Magny Cours test

Michael Guy, 06 October 2010 20:35

Eugene Laverty has admitted he is as surprised as anybody after topping the time sheets at the end of his first ever WSB test at Magny Cours. Riding the Sterilgarda Yamaha R1, Laverty posted an impressive 1.38.8s best using a qualifying tyre but was also one of the pace setters on race rubber. Speaking to MCN from Magny Cours, he ...

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Haslam gets first taste of factory BMW at Magny Cours

Michael Guy, 05 October 2010 11:20

Leon Haslam has completed his first tentative laps onboard the BMW Motorrad S1000RR at a wet Magny Cours this morning. The 27 year old completed a handful of laps to acquaint himself with the new bike after spending the 2010 season riding the Alstare Suzuki GSXR1000. Riding Ruben Xaus’ 2010 spec bike the most obvious modification other than foot rest ...

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Imola WSB: Sykes on pole

James Keen, 25 September 2010 15:10

Kawasaki Racing Team rider Tom Sykes will start on pole for tomorrow's Imola WSB clash after topping the time sheets in this afternoon's superpole session. Fellow Brit and Alstare Suzuki rider Leon Haslam finished in second place, with Team Pata B&G Racing rider Jakub Smrz in third.  Italian Luca Scassa finished in fourth for the Supersonic Racing Team, leaving fellow ...

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Haga to Aprilia in 2011

Michael Guy, 25 September 2010 13:55

Noriyuki Haga will ride a factory supported Aprilia RSV4 in 2011. MCN has learned that a deal has been put in place to run Haga in a one man team run by the current DFX Ducati squad. The team is expected to receive official bikes from Aprilia and will also benefit from a number of Aprilia technicians in the team. ...

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Aprilia to stop development as Biaggi closes in on WSB crown

Michael Guy, 15 September 2010 14:22

Aprilia boss Gigi Dall’Igna has revealed that any development of Max Biaggi’s Aprilia RSV4 has now stopped for the rest of the season. The decision to halt the flow of new parts is to allow Biaggi to concentrate on winning his first WSB crown without running the risk of any new development part failing. Biaggi currently holds a 58 point ...

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WSB test Imola: Shakey taken to hospital after collision with Haslam, Crutchlow fastest

Michael Guy, 01 July 2010 00:11

Shane Byrne finished the two day Imola test in hospital following a crash at the end of the day which left him with a severe cut on his left hand. Byrne was on an out lap when he was hit by fellow Brit Leon Haslam who was on a fast lap in the final minutes of the second days testing. ...

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Misano WSB: Max Biaggi takes race one win

Liam Marsden, 27 June 2010 11:47

World Superbike championship leader Max Biaggi took victory in race one at Misano after passing race leader Troy Corser in the dying laps of the race. BMW rider Corser looked odds on to take BMW's first ever WSB win, starting from pole position and leading the entire race until Biaggi made his move late in the race. Ducati rider Carlos ...

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