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Jerez MotoGP: Rossi roughs up the young ones

Mike Nicks, 03 May 2009 13:51

Valentino Rossi claimed his first race win of the year at Jerez on Sunday, and leapt to the top of the points standings on his Fiat Yamaha when the 30-year-old Italian clubbed down three younger rivals one by one. Rossi started from fourth on the grid, and held that position as the packed streamed around the 2.75-mile Jerez circuit, with ...

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Jerez MotoGP: Smith takes first 125GP win

Mike Nicks, 03 May 2009 10:45

The 18-year-old Oxford rider Bradley Smith scored his first ever grand prix win in his 50th race in the 125cc event at Jerez. Smith, who had qualified second fastest, streaked into the lead from the grid on his Bancaja Aspar Aprilia, and never relinquished his advantage. His job was made easier when his two main rivals, team-mate Julian Simon and ...

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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 Supersport, Valencia: Crutchlow Takes His First Win

Mike Nicks, 05 April 2009 15:06

The 23-year-old British rider Cal Crutchlow scored his first World Supersport win in only the third race of his first full season in the series when he crushed Australian Anthony West in a 23-lap super-struggle on the Ricardo Tormo circuit at Valencia. The 2006 British Supersport champion also jumped to the joint leadership of the points table after a stunning ...

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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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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 Supersport, Valencia: Crutchlow Blazes to Second Pole

Mike Nicks, 04 April 2009 13:22

Britain’s Cal Crutchlow scored his second pole position in three races in qualifying for tomorrow’s World Supersport race at Valencia. The 23-year-old factory Yamaha rider bounced to the front with less than two minutes remaining in the 45-minute session with a lap in 1m 35.865s. This made him the only rider in the 1.35s bracket, as Joan Lascorz, the 24-year-old ...

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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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