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Sykes back on top after second qualifying, Davies brakes left wrist

Michael Guy, 25 February 2012 03:20

Tom Sykes bounced back to the top of the timesheets during second qualifying today with a blistering 1m 31.323s lap – half a second under the 2007 lap record set by Troy Corser. The factory Kawasaki rider put the free practice crash on Friday behind him and in addition to his outright pace showed good consistency. Speaking to MCN he ...

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WSB First Qualifying: Rea sets the pace in Phillip Island

Michael Guy, 24 February 2012 07:04

Honda Superbike rider Jonathan Rea claimed provisional pole position at the end of first qualifying today. The 25 year old was the one and only man to dip under the 1m 32s bracket with a best lap of 1m 31.959. Speaking to MCN, he said: “I didn’t have the best session this morning, but this afternoon it all came good. ...

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Haslam injured at Phillip Island test, Checa stays in control

Michael Guy, 20 February 2012 09:39

Leon Haslam is likely to need an operation to repair a crack in his right Tibia after suffering a heavy crash at Phillip Island today. The 28-year-old Brit high sided his BMW Motorrad S1000RR exiting the fast final turn slapping both his ankles hard onto the tarmac. Haslam and his team are currently deciding on whether he will have an ...

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Phillip Island WSB test: Checa ends test on top, Laverty injured

Michael Guy, 15 February 2012 10:24

Reigning World Superbike champion Carlos Checa picked up where he left off by finishing the three day test in Phillip Island at the top of the time sheets. The 39 year old set a best time of 1.31.8s on the final day of the test despite scorching 54 degree track temperatures. Checa was also riding with an additional 6kg’s of ...

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Phillip Island WSB test: Carlos Checa fastest on day two

Michael Guy, 14 February 2012 12:08

Carlos Checa picked up the pace and put in a 1’32.2 second lap on a dry and warm second day of testing in Australia. The World Champion got down to more work on his overall race set-up with the Althea Ducati, and it paid off, despite an early health scare that he quickly recovered from. Said Checa, “I did not ...

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2012 WSB grid grows to 24 permanent riders

Michael Guy, 24 January 2012 13:22

Despite the ongoing economical down turn the World Superbike Championship grid has grown to 24 permanent riders in 2012. And the depth of field is once again impressive with full factory efforts from Aprilia, BMW and Kawasaki with supported teams from Honda, Suzuki and Ducati. 1  Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 1000 F Aprilia Racing Team2  Eugene Laverty IRL Aprilia ...

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Laverty talks about his first Aprilia crash

Michael Guy, 30 November 2011 10:20

Eugene Laverty suffered his first crash onboard his factory Aprilia at Portimao yesterday  - and it was a big one. The 25 year old Irishman who finished the day second fastest had a huge high side on the approach to turn ten. Although heavily winded, Laverty sustained no serious injury and returned to the track after the crash on his ...

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Haslam from Laverty on day two at Portimao

Michael Guy, 29 November 2011 19:03

Leon Haslam maintained his position at the top of the time sheets after posting a 1, 43.2s lap time – 0.4 faster than his day one best. The BMW Motorrad rider continued to work through chassis and electronic changes onboard his 2012 spec S1000RR. “It’s been another good day, I was able to reduce my average time on the hard ...

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Haslam and BMW in control on day one at Portimao test

Michael Guy, 28 November 2011 17:49

BMW Motorrad rider Leon Haslam ended day one of the three day test at Portimao at the top of the time sheets. The 28 year old completed 56 laps and set a 1.43.6s best shortly before the circuit closed at 4pm local time. Haslam was up to speed from the start of the day having spent three days testing his ...

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Davies completes two day Aprilia WSB test at Portimao

Michael Guy, 04 November 2011 09:21

Newly crowned World Supersport Champion Chaz Davies made his WSB debut at Portimao this week riding an Aprilia RSV4. Davies was expected to make the step up to WSB with his ParkinGO team onboard a Ducati 1198, but a change of plan saw him get his first ever laps onboard a Superbike on an Aprilia. Although there has been no ...

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