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Checa exceeds all expectations by topping time sheets in final test

Michael Guy, 19 February 2013 13:07

Carlos Checa stunned his WSB rivals on the final day of testing at Phillip Island by setting the fastest time onboard his Alstare Ducati 1199 Panigale R. His leaderboard topping lap time is the first indication of the pace and potential of the all new Ducati. Checa’s pre –season testing has been a disaster due to poor weather and medical ...

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WSB 2012 – a year to remember

Michael Guy, 08 January 2013 11:00

The 2012 WSB season will be remembered for a multitude of reasons. After 14 rounds and 27 races (Monza race two was cancelled) the championship fight came down to the wire. In fact it was the closest WSB finale in the championships 25 year history with half a point separating the old guard Max Biaggi and the new kid on ...

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Magny Cours WSB: Sykes and Melandri closes in on championship lead as Biaggi crashes out

Adam Child, 07 October 2012 13:12

Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes closed within 14.5 points of championship leader Max Biaggi after taking third position in damp, tricky conditions at Magny Cours. Factory Aprilia rider Biaggi crashed at the end of the long back straight, uninjured on lap two. BMW’s Marco Melandri finished second in the dramatic wet race and is still very much in the title fight, only ...

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Magny Cours WSB: Marco on top in the last qualifying before Superpole

Adam Child, 06 October 2012 10:13

Marco Malandri, improved from yesterday’s third position to top the time sheets in second qualifying knocking Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes back to second. Sykes couldn’t improve on Friday’s time and had to settle for second spot. Athea Ducati’s Carlos Checa improved from Friday’s time but moves from provisional second to third, with Honda’s Jonathan Rea moving up from fifth to fourth, ...

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Magny Cours WSB: Tom Sykes on top in first qualifying

Adam Child, 06 October 2012 08:35

In perfect sunny conditions Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes set the fastest time of the first 45 minute qualifying session, with a 1.38.200. Althea Ducati’s Carlos Checa joins him on the provisional front row followed by an injured Marco Melandri third with Checa’s team mate Davide Giugliano rounding off the front row. Championship leader Max Biaggi was seventh, followed by Haslam in ...

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Magny Cours WSB: Rea leads Brit charge at final round

Adam Child, 05 October 2012 12:22

Jonathan Rea topped the first free practice time sheets at Magny Cours, setting a 1.39.064 on a drying tack. PATA Ducati rider Sylvain Guintoli finished second with in form Brits Leon Camier and Tom Sykes rounding out the provisional front row. Championship leader Max Biaggi set the sixth fastest time with title contender Marco Melandri riding through the pain barrier ...

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Portimao WSB: Laverty wins from Rea and Biaggi

Michael Guy, 23 September 2012 18:34

Eugene Laverty celebrated his first victory since joining Aprilia with a classy performance onboard  his RSV4. The 25 year old Irishman made the break at the front and controlled the race, soaking up intense pressure from Honda man Jonathan Rea on the final lap. Laverty said: “It feels really good to finally get the win and get the monkey off ...

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Portimao-WSB: Sykes wins race one to close to within 14.5points of championship lead

Michael Guy, 23 September 2012 15:55

Tom Sykes secured a brilliant race one win after a tense battle with Carlos Checa at Portimao today. The factory Kawasaki rider dominated the restarted race to secure his third win of the year and move to second in the overall championship standings. He said: “In the restarted race I had a much better set-up and I could feel what ...

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Portimao WSB: Sykes storms to Superpole number eight

Michael Guy, 23 September 2012 08:52

Tom Sykes secured anther brilliant Superpole victory – his eighth of 2012. Onboard his factory Kawasaki Sykes also set a new best lap of the Portimao circuit with a stunning lap time using a rear qualifying tyre of 1’41.415. Second place went to a hard riding Carlos Checa onboard his Althea Ducati. The Spanish rider was clearly pushing the limits ...

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Biaggi pushes his way to the top of second qualifying

Michael Guy, 22 September 2012 14:16

A late charge by championship leader Max Biaggi in the dying minutes of second qualifying saw him move to the top of the time sheets onboard his factory Aprilia. He was followed him by in form Brit Tom Sykes who also left it to the final minutes of the session to move up the leader board. The two men knocked ...

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