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Brands Hatch BSB: Brookes on pole after crash fest session

Simon Patterson, 20 April 2014 17:36

Josh Brookes will start tomorrow’s opening MCE British Superbike race from pole position, after a controversial qualifying session in tricky conditions that saw the entire front row fall, along with a lot of other riders further down the grid. Brookes crashed not once but three times, falling twice in the opening Q1 but managing to scrape through to Q2 and ...

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Video: Honda Racing show off 2014 plans

Simon Patterson, 19 April 2014 08:58

When Honda UK announced that they were withdrawing their championship-winning MCE British Superbike team at the end of 2013, many mounted the loss of the most successful team in the series’ history. However, Honda have other plans, and have reemphasised time and again since that the decision not to race in the superbike class for 2014 is temporary, and the ...

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Brookes goes second with mixed emotions

Simon Patterson, 18 April 2014 17:20

Josh Brookes was left with mixed emotions after the opening hour-long testing session of the weekend at Brands Hatch, making changes that negatively affected his Milwaukee Yamaha but still managing to find pace late in the session to go second fastest. “We made some small changes with the bike and noticed some small improvements, but I actually feel like we ...

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Byrne fastest at Brands despite struggling with back pain

Simon Patterson, 18 April 2014 17:14

After launching an intense winter fitness campaign in an attempt to gain every advantage over his rivals ahead of the start of the 2014 MCE British Superbike series, Shane Byrne has been left struggling to regain full fitness ahead of this weekend’s Brands Hatch round after suffering an injury while filming a Eurosport pre-season feature. “It’s one of those things, and you ...

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No surprises in BSB Brands test as Shakey goes fastest

Simon Patterson, 18 April 2014 16:23

There were no surprises in the one-hour test session that kicks off the opening weekend of the 2014 MCE British Superbike season, as Shane Byrne took the top spot with a late fast lap from Josh Brookes. Byrne, who spent most of the session inside the top six, repeated the technique he’s perfected in pre-season testing, with a late group ...

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Revamp for Qatar night race schedule?

Matthew Birt, 17 April 2014 10:17

Next year’s night race schedule in the big season opening clash in Qatar could be revamped to avoid a spate of crashes that dominated this year’s floodlit race. Jorge Lorenzo, Stefan Bradl, Bradley Smith and Alvaro Bautista all fell out of podium contention in Doha, with the quartet all losing the front-end in cool temperatures. It will prompt official tyre ...

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Suzuki boosted by new entry concessions in 2015

Matthew Birt, 17 April 2014 09:34

Suzuki has admitted that special concessions given to new entries for 2015 will be a massive boost to help its bid to threaten Honda and Yamaha’s domination of MotoGP. Suzuk plans to return to MotoGP next year as an official Factory entry, but it won’t have to race under restrictions like a 20-litre fuel tank or be limited to five ...

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Kevin Schwantz rides Suzuki’s MotoGP bike

Matthew Birt, 16 April 2014 15:40

Texan legend Kevin Schwantz has given Suzuki his impressions of the Japanese factory’s new 1000cc MotoGP project at the Circuit of the Americas. The 1993 world 500cc champion took the opportunity to lap on the XRH-1 machine while Suzuki takes part in a special two-day test session at COTA in advance of its full-time return to MotoGP competition in 2015. ...

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Yamaha: No chassis support for Forward in 2015

Matthew Birt, 16 April 2014 11:52

Yamaha will insist on Aleix Espargaro’s Forward Racing squad building its own chassis for the 2015 MotoGP world championship.The Italian-based squad has been allowed to start 2014 with a YZR-M1 chassis and swingarm package, while it developed its own frame to race in the future.Yamaha’s foray into the new Open category was only ever meant to include a leasing deal ...

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Nicky Hayden in dark on RCV1000R upgrades

Matthew Birt, 16 April 2014 11:03

Nicky Hayden has admitted he has no idea when his underpowered production Honda RCV1000R machine will be given a performance upgrade in 2014. Hayden’s Spanish-based Aspar squad recently admitted the new Open class project will not be given an upgrade until the first European race at Jerez next month at the earliest. But 2006 world champion Hayden said he has ...

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