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World Superbikes, Valencia: Haga Breaks the Spies Spell

Mike Nicks, 05 April 2009 17:04

Noriyuki Haga won the second race in the World Superbike Championship round at Valencia today on his Xerox Ducati, and proved decisively that the American new boy Ben Spies can be beaten on equal terms. In this race Spies stayed on his Yamaha R1 – he dropped it in the first encounter – but still trailed in second by 5.105s ...

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World Superbikes, Valencia: Haslam Leads Brit Charge

Mike Nicks, 05 April 2009 12:34

With a strong ride into fifth place in the first race at Valencia, Leon Haslam continues to reign as top Brit in this year’s World Superbike championship. Noriyuki Haga leads the points table after five races with 110 points to the 75 of Ben Spies. Max Neukirchner holds third place on 56 points on the Alstare Suzuki, but then comes ...

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World Superbikes, Valencia: Super Spies Rocks to Third Superpole

Mike Nicks, 04 April 2009 15:31

With just over five minutes of Superpole action remaining on the Ricardo Tormo circuit, the quiet American Ben Spies rolled his Yamaha out of pit lane. At the end of sector one on the 2.487-mile he was quicker by 0.199s than any rival, and as he left sector two the gap had grown to 0.356s. And as the 24-year-old Tennessean ...

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World Superbikes Valencia: Spies Quickest, but BMW Edges Closer

Mike Nicks, 04 April 2009 11:05

American sensation Ben Spies headed the timesheets for the first time this weekend when he lapped his Yamaha in 1m 34.709s in the final qualifying session for tomorrow’s World Superbike round in Spain. In a spree that saw the top 14 riders finish within half a second of one another, Spies headed surprise runner-up Regis Laconi (DFX Corse Ducati) by ...

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Valencia WSB Biaggi's Aprilia heads Yamaha and Ducati

Mike Nicks, 03 April 2009 16:42

Max Biaggi underlined the amazing out-of-the-box speed of Aprilia's new RSV4 by finishing the first qualifying session for the third round of the World Superbike championship in first place. On the same day that the road version of the 1,000cc machine was launched at Misano in Italy, Biaggi lapped the 2.487-mile Valencia circuit in Spain in 1m 34.775s to lead ...

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Checa Hits Back for Ten Kate Honda

Mike Nicks, 03 April 2009 14:22

Carlos Checa gave a hint in the first free practice session that the chatter problems that have plagued the Ten Kate Hondas in early rounds of the World Superbike Championship may have been overcome for this third round at Valencia. Checa languishes in 14th place in the championship, but got round the 2.487-mile Ricardo Tormo circuit in 1m 35.673s on ...

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WSB Qatar: Haga and Spies Open Points Gap

Mike Nicks, 14 March 2009 14:00

Noriyuki Haga and Ben Spies look like making the battle for the 2009 World Superbike Championship a two-man shootout after both edged away from rivals in today’s two races in Qatar. Haga holds onto the lead with 85 points after having to accept two second places on his Ducati Xerox. But Spies has closed the gap to just ten points ...

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WSS Qatar: How Laverty Climbed from Grand Prix Obscurity

Mike Nicks, 14 March 2009 11:57

Eugene Laverty’s success in topping the rostrum in the World Supersport race at Qatar today is a wonderful reward for a young rider who could so easily have sunk into the obscurity suffered by so many competitors who get sucked under the murky waters of 250cc grand prix racing. After finishing third in the 2006 British Supersport championship, Eugene was ...

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Qatar WSB: Spies Attacks with Provisional Pole

Mike Nicks, 12 March 2009 13:49

American threat Ben Spies again pressured his WSB rivals when he claimed provisional pole position on a Yamaha R1 for Saturday’s second round of the series at Qatar. Spies ripped round the desert circuit in 1m 58.886s during a session in which he completed 23 laps and hit a top speed of 191.83mph through the speed trap. But Britain’s Jonathan ...


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