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World Superbikes Valencia, Race 1: Spies Falls, Haga Wins

Mike Nicks, 05 April 2009 12:07

Ben Spies reversed everyone’s assumptions about the outcome of the opening World Superbike race in Valencia when he slid gracefully off his Yamaha R1 on the tenth lap on the Ricardo Tormo circuit. The American had scored his third consecutive pole and in the morning warm-up recorded a string of 1m 34s laps that rivals could not match. But championship ...

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WSS Valencia McCoy and Triumph Chase Glory

Mike Nicks, 03 April 2009 16:09

Veteran MotoGP and World Superbike rider Garry McCoy, 36, could be on the verge of giving Britain’s Triumph factory a top six finish in Sunday’s World Supersport race at Valencia. The Australian was punted off the track on the first lap at the previous round in Qatar, but tigered back to finish seventh on his 675cc ParkinGO Triumph Daytona. Now ...

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WSB Qatar: Spies Batters Haga Again

Mike Nicks, 14 March 2009 13:41

American new boy Ben Spies again drubbed the World Superbike Championship old guard when he won the second race at the second round of the series in Qatar on his Yamaha R1. The former AMA  Superbike king made his afternoon’s work look easy as he completed the first lap in third place, jumped to second in the fourth lap and ...

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WSS Qatar: Laverty Hammers Ten Kate Pair

Mike Nicks, 14 March 2009 11:36

Eugene Laverty emerged from two years of despair in 250cc grand prix racing to win his first World Supersport Championship race in an extraordinary sprint to the line on his Parkalgar Honda CBR600 in the second round of the series in Qatar. The 22-year-old Ulsterman shot out of the slipstream of the Australian Andrew Pitt, on one of the legendary ...

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WSB Qatar: Spies Cuts into Haga's Lead

Mike Nicks, 14 March 2009 10:14

American Ben Spies sent a chill through the Ducati Xerox pitbox in Qatar today when he won his second consecutive World Superbike Championship race on the new Yamaha R1 on the desert circuit. Noriyuki Haga spent the entire 18-lap race in a three-way battle with Spies and Aprilia’s Max Biaggi, but in the end his 1098R Ducati V-twin appeared to ...

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WSS Qatar: ‘Laverty Can Be Top Brit’

Mike Nicks, 11 March 2009 13:18

Ahead of the second round of the World Supersport Championship at Qatar on Saturday, Parkalgar Honda team manager Simon Buckmaster believes that Eugene Laverty represents the best chance for any Irish or British rider to win a world title. Irishman Laverty and his team-mate, Portuguese Miguel Praia, both like the Losail circuit in Qatar and are sure they can challenge ...

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Shane Byrne Fights Back

Mike Nicks, 11 March 2009 11:03

British Superbike champion Shane Byrne approaches Saturday’s second round of the World Superbike Championship in Qatar in a confident mood on his Sterilgarda Ducati despite crashing twice in the opening races at Philllip Island in Australia. “I’ve raced at Qatar in MotoGP, and the most important thing for me is that unlike Phillip Island, no one else has tested there,” ...


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