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Leon Haslam: Sykes, Melandri and Laverty WSB title favourites

Matthew Birt, 11 February 2013 12:41

Ten Kate Honda rider Leon Haslam believes Tom Sykes, Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty will kick off the new World Superbike season in Australia later this month as the main title contenders. Last year’s runner-up Sykes, BMW rider Melandri and Aprilia’s Laverty haven’t changed machinery for the forthcoming season, which gets underway at the spectacular Phillip Island track on February ...

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Dorna moves to cap price of World Superbike machinery

Matthew Birt, 18 January 2013 10:19

Dorna’s crusade to drive down costs in MotoGP will be mirrored in World Superbikes, with a price cap on machinery certain to be introduced for 2014. Now that Dorna controls both MotoGP and World Superbikes, CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta is spearheading a cost-cutting drive in both to counter the on-going impact of the global financial crisis. The Spaniard is also keen ...

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Yamaha open to World Superbike return

Matthew Birt, 31 October 2012 11:45

Yamaha could be tempted back to World Superbikes if new owners Dorna introduce radical technical changes that will reduce costs and make the bikes more closely linked to a Superstock level of tuning. The Japanese factory pulled its factory team out of WSB at the end of 201, but boss Lin Jarvis said it would be closely monitoring the changes ...

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800s and 1000cc bikes to race against each other in 2012

Matthew Birt, 05 February 2010 16:59

800cc four-stroke machines could race against a batch of new 1000cc bikes in MotoGP in 2012, MCN can reveal. In a surprise development on the second and final day of testing at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia, Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta confirmed to MCN that he fully expected a split grid of 800cc and 1000cc bikes in 2012. It was ...

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John Hopkins signs Stiggy Honda WSB deal

Matthew Birt, 20 March 2009 07:38

MotoGP exile John Hopkins has signed a deal to race for the Stiggy Honda World Superbike team, as was first reported by MCN four months ago. The 25-year-old, who was left without a ride following Kawasaki's shock withdrawal from MotoGP on January 9, ended a nightmare winter by confirming he will debut a Stiggy Honda CBR1000RR in Valencia on April ...

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World Superbikes: Gregorio Lavilla confirmed for Paul Bird World Superbike squad

Matthew Birt, 06 December 2007 15:16

As was predicted in MCN last month, Paul Bird has just officially announced that Spaniard Gregorio Lavilla will ride in a one-man World Superbike effort in 2008. Gregorio Lavilla will return to the World Superbike series after a three-year stint in the British superbike championship, which saw him clinch the title at the first attempt in 2005. The 34-year-old former ...

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World Superbikes: Makoto Tamada nears World Superbike move

Matthew Birt, 10 October 2007 16:20

Makoto Tamada looks set to be the next MotoGP star to join World Superbikes, with the Japanese rider understood to be in advanced negotiations with the Italian DFXtreme Honda team. The 30-year-old Japanese rider was once considered to be a potential future threat to Valentino Rossi when he won two races on a Bridgestone-shod Honda in 2004, but since then ...

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Toseland shares sponsors with Melandri

Matthew Birt, 29 November 2006 15:10

Marco Melandri and Toni Elias will share the same sponsors as James Toseland’s World Superbike team for 2007. The pair’s Gresini Honda MotoGP team signed a sponsorship deal with electronics firm Hannspree who will also sponsor the Brit. The former Fortuna team will be branded in the colours of the Taiwanese TV manufacturer, marking a major shift away from tobacco ...


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