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Exclusive pictures of 2009 Alstare Suzuki

Michael Guy, 01 December 2008 14:04

The factory Alstare Suzuki squad completed their first shakedown test of the all-new GSX-R1000 in Phillip Island Australia last week and MCN have exclusive pictures of the new bike. Riding unbranded bikes, riders Max Neukirchner and Yukio Kagayama completed 420 laps during the three day test with Kagayama reportedly lapping faster on the all new bike than he managed during ...

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Have your say: Is MotoGP doomed?

Michael Guy, 26 November 2008 14:38

With companies like Aprilia and BMW using the production-based WSB series to develop new motorcycles and technologies, you have to ask why we need such an expensive racing series like MotoGP? BMW could easily afford to enter MotoGP and they chose not to. Japanese manufacturers argue it’s a way of developing new technologies that may filter down to road bikes in ...

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Shinya Nakano concludes two day Aprilia test on the pace

Michael Guy, 26 November 2008 09:20

WSB rookie Shinya Nakano ended his two day test at Valencia satisfied after setting an impressive 1m 35.3 best at the Valencia race track in Spain. Riding the Aprilia RSV4 for the first time, the Japanese rider completed a total of 141 laps over the two days slashing his lap time by over a second. On day one Nakano set ...

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Shinya Nakano gets first ride of WSB Aprilia RSV4

Michael Guy, 24 November 2008 15:15

Shinya Nakano got his first taste of the Aprilia RSV4 he will campaign in next years World Superbike Championship at Valencia today. The Japanese rider has spent his career racing in 250, 500 and MotoGP so used the opening day of the two day test to acclimatise himself to the new machine. Compared to the Honda RCV212 he raced this ...

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Shane Byrne tops final day of Parkalgar test

Michael Guy, 06 November 2008 09:06

Shane Byrne made a seriously impressive start to his World Superbike career by topping the time sheets in the two day test at the Parkalgar circuit in Portugal. The newly crowned BSB champion set a stunning 1m43.6s lap onboard his Sterilgarda Ducati during the final afternoon of the test. Byrne’s lap time was significantly nearly a full second faster than ...

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Spies shows pace after first day of testing

Michael Guy, 05 November 2008 09:56

Ben Spies proved he will be a WSB contender in 2009 by matching the lap time of Noriyuki Haga first time out on the Yamaha Italia R1 at Parkalgar. The American posted a 1m 44.0s lap onboard the bike Haga rode on Sunday in just 61 laps. During the day Spies also tried the 2009 big bang R1, but as ...

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Sykes and Spies test 2009 Big Bang R1

Michael Guy, 04 November 2008 11:58

Tom Sykes and Ben Spies got their first taste of the all new big bang Yamaha R1 they will be campaigning in next years World Superbike championship  on Monday. The two WSB rookies got out on track a day earlier than planned with Spies completing two laps and Sykes just one. The two men first went out on the current ...

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Shinya Nakano to Aprilia WSB

Michael Guy, 31 October 2008 10:53

As exclusively revealed on motorcyclenews.com over a week ago, Japanese rider Shinya Nakano will partner Max Biaggi after signing to ride for Aprilia in the World Superbike Championship in 2009. The long time 250 and MotoGP man ran out of options to stay in the GP paddock and after turning down a test rider deal for Honda targeted a ride ...

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Max Biaggi signs for Aprilia WSB

Michael Guy, 19 September 2008 10:39

Max Biaggi will ride for Aprilia in the World Superbike Championship in 2009. MCN has learned that the current Sterilgarda Ducati rider signed a two year deal with Aprilia on Thursday and there will be an official presentation in Rome on Sunday. Latest 2009 Aprilia RSV4 spy shots Biaggi is no stranger to Aprilia having won three 250GP world titles ...

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Mixed day for Walker and Laverty at Croft test

Michael Guy, 04 September 2008 16:55

Brits Chris Walker and Eugene Laverty completed a one day test at the Croft circuit on Wednesday to prepare for this weekend World Superbike round at Donington Park. Get all the latest WSB news Walker was desperate to get more time on the VentAxia VK Honda after making his return to the WSB championship at Brands Hatch last month. Unfortunately ...

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