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Phillip Island WSB: Haga and Spies share spoils

Liam Marsden, 01 March 2009 06:21

Ducati rider Noriyuki Haga and WSB rookie Ben Spies took a win each at the opening round of the season at Phillip Island. Race one Haga made his intentions for the season clear by taking the win in race one after Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider Jonathan Rea led early on. Haga got off to an amazing start, finding himself ...

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Phillip Island WSB: Ben Spies takes pole on debut

Liam Marsden, 28 February 2009 06:55

Yamaha rider Ben Spies smashed the lap record to take pole position on his WSB debut at Phillip Island. Spies broke the lap record - held by Troy Bayliss - by four tenths of a second with his best time of 1'31.069 Spies only just managed to qualify for the new-look superpole session in the dying moments of the qualifying ...

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Phillip Island WSB: Smrz surprise package in WSB first qualifying

Michael Guy, 27 February 2009 10:01

Jacob Smrz stole the limelight on the opening day of round one of the World Superbike championship to take provisional pole position. In scorching 33 degree ambient temperatures and 51 degree track temperature the Guandolini Ducati rider set an impressive 1m 32.312 in the very last lap of the hour long session. His time dislodged factory Ducati man Noriyuki Haga ...

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Carlos Checa rates his title rivals

Michael Guy, 23 February 2009 09:00

Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider Carlos Checa will start the 2009 season as one of the favourites. The veteran Spaniard now has a year of World Superbike experience and a year of developing his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade superbike. Speaking ahead of this weekends opening World Superbike race, Checa told MCN his prediction for the season ahead and who his biggest rivals will ...

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Team personnel key to Troy Corser’s success at BMW

Michael Guy, 20 February 2009 14:08

Troy Corser has put his impressive testing pace onboard the new BMW S1000RR down to the strength of his immediate crew and professionalism of the German team. Get all the latest WSB news Corser is one of the most experienced racers in WSB history with 413 race starts. During his illustrious career he’s ridden for Ducati, Aprilia, Foggy Petronas, Suzuki ...

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Biaggi fastest in three day Phillip Island WSB test

Michael Guy, 18 February 2009 17:19

Aprilia’s Max Biaggi has ended the first round of testing at Phillip Island with the fastest time. Riding the Aprilia RSV4, Biaggi survived a day two fall at Honda Hairpin to get his pre season testing back on track after struggling last month in Portugal. He now heads into round one of the championship on 27th Feb to 1st March ...

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Jonathan Rea – WSB countdown diary – Day 2

Michael Guy, 18 February 2009 15:19

Jonathan Rea touched down in Australia yesterday ahead of the opening round of WSB at Phillip Island in nine days time. While Aprilia, Stiggy Honda and Altea continue to test Rea has had a much easier time of it with beach action and BBQ’s. In the second day of his MCN countdown diary he told us what he’s been up ...

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Aprilia focus on aerodynamics

Michael Guy, 04 February 2009 11:48

The factory Aprilia World Superbike team have conducted a number of wind tunnel tests to optimise the aerodynamics of the all new Aprilia RSV4. Japanese rider Shinya Nakano spent a day in the wind tunnel at the Department of Industrial engineering at the University of Perugia, Italy. Working with Aprilia race technicians, the aim of the test was to ascertain the current ...

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Parkalgar WSB test: Byrne again on final day

Michael Guy, 25 January 2009 18:51

Shane Byrne made it three out of three by setting the fastest time once again on the third and final day of the World Superbike test at Parkalgar today (Sunday). Byrne set his best time during the new look Superpole session which sees a three stage knock out system decide pole position. The new qualifying system will be introduced at ...

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Parkalgar WSB test: Byrne stays top with fastest ever lap of Parkalgar circuit

Michael Guy, 24 January 2009 20:01

Shane Byrne fired yet another warning shot to his rivals on day two of the Parkalgar WSB test in Portugal by posting the fastest ever lap of the circuit to stay at the very top of the leader board. Byrne, riding the Sterilgarda Ducati incredibly set the best time using a hard race tyre, not a soft qualifier leaving the ...

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