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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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Byrne fastest as BSB returns to home soil

Simon Patterson, 01 April 2014 21:34

Shane Byrne has topped the sheets at the first BSB test of 2014 on British soil, after coming out on top of a ferocious battle with title rival Josh Brookes at the end of the final session of the day and blowing away the lap record in the process with his 1:29.5 lap. Brookes, the fastest man for most of ...

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Rutter breaks leg in testing crash

Simon Patterson, 05 March 2013 10:25

Honda TT Legends and Bathams Honda rider Michael Rutter has suffered a broken leg in pre-season testing for the endurance team in France. Rutter crashed on Sunday at the Dunlop-owned Mireval test track, and was diagnosed with a crack to the base of his tibia near his ankle. He has returned to the UK for further treatement as the rest ...

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Tom Sykes fastest at Brands Hatch BSB test

Gary Pinchin, 13 April 2011 14:32

WSB star Tom Sykes was the quickest rider during the Brands BSB test yesterday (Tuesday). The Kawasaki factory rider was having a run-out to try some different settings ahead of this weekend’s Assen World round and set a best time of 45.6 – just 0.1 slower than Ryuichi Kiyonari’s pole time of last year and only 0.2s off the outright ...

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MCN BSB blog: First day at Guadix

Gary pinchin, 09 March 2011 10:16

After driving down from Cartagena to Guadix yesterday and kicking around the town, having a lazy afternoon, today it was back to business as usual – or so we had hoped. Guadix is a beautifully maintained, delightful 3.0km race circuit owned by ex-pat Brit Clive Greenhalgh, and its mix of fast corners and hairpins make it a perfect venue for ...

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Hunts Motorcycles back Michael Dunlop

MCN Sports desk, 19 February 2010 16:54

Michael Dunlop will race a Honda Fireblade in this year’s superstock races supplied by Manchester Honda dealer Hunts Motorcycles. As well as the international road races, the Ballymoney rider is also hoping to take in several National Superstock Championship rounds. The 22 year old is looking forward to building on his already considerable list of successes which include an emotional ...

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BSB well-placed to weather the storm

Gary Pinchin, 21 January 2009 16:34

“Is Jonathan Palmer completely delusional? He’s lost his best riders. The top guys left are all old. The teams are struggling like any other businesses. "Yet he’s predicting crowds will only drop off by 5% and says BSB won’t be affected by the recession. Interesting!” That was the emotional outburst I heard in the office from a non-racing person as ...

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Suzuka: James Toseland crashes out of Suzuka 8-hour

Michael Guy, 29 July 2007 18:54

James Toseland crashed out of the Suzuka 8-hour race just three laps into his first stint forcing the number one Honda squad out of the race and ending his dream of victory in the prestigious event. Toseland and his team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari were lying in second position after starting the race in fourth place, but it all went wrong for ...

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Lavilla pole at Oulton

Gary Pinchin, 06 May 2007 16:19

Gregorio Lavilla claimed his and Dunlop’s first pole position of the year for tomorrow’s fourth round of the Bennetts’ British Superbike championship at Oulton Park.The Airwaves Ducati rider just ducked in side Ryuichi Kiyonari’s lap record of 1:35.436 set last July with a best time of 1:35.430.Lavilla currently leads the championship and said: “Being on pole is good but the ...

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Haslam fastest in Albacete

Gary Pinchin, 19 March 2007 12:08

Leon Haslam continued to set the pace in pre-season testing when he set the benchmark lap time in the three-day Albacete test this weekend on the Airwaves Ducati. Team-mate Gregorio Lavilla was marginally quicker on race rubber than Haslam, but the Brit was ultimately the fastest when he fitted qualifying tyres late on Saturday afternoon when Dunlop asked his team ...


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