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Eugene Laverty rubbishes Suzuki MotoGP link

Matthew Birt, 14 November 2013 14:34

Eugene Laverty has rubbished suggestions that his new World Superbike deal with Suzuki comes with a guarantee that he will switch to the Japanese factory’s MotoGP project in 2015. The Irishman ended a turbulent few weeks surrounding his future when he inked a deal to join the British-based Crescent Suzuki effort earlier this week. Laverty had been linked with Aspar ...

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Danny Webb makes World Supersport switch

Matthew Birt, 16 August 2013 15:37

Danny Webb will move to the World Supersport series for the remainder of 2013 having signed to join the PTR Honda squad. The 22-year-old was dropped by his Italian Moto3 squad on the eve of this weekend's Indianapolis round, but was not looking for a ride for long after it was confirmed he will join Simon Buckmaster’s PTR Honda outfit ...

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Chaz Davies aims for more WSB victories in 2013

Matthew Birt, 11 February 2013 15:24

Chaz Davies is confident he can build on his impressive first season in the World Superbike championship by adding more victories when the 2013 campaign gets underway in Australia later this month. Davies will partner Italian Marco Melandri on a BMW S1000RR machine this season and after breaking his victory duck at the Nurburgring in Germany last year, the British ...

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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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500cc four-stroke class to join World Superbike schedule?

Matthew Birt, 17 January 2013 11:18

A non-world championship category for 500cc four-stroke machinery could join the World Superbike schedule from 2015 onwards. With MotoGP rights owners Dorna now controlling World Superbikes too, plans to drastically reduce costs and the technical specification of machinery in WSB and World Supersport means the European Superstock 1000 and 600 classes look certain to be cut off the schedule in ...

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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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Max Biaggi names first son Leon

Matthew Birt, 16 December 2010 16:20

World Superbike champion Max Biaggi has named his first son after his biggest rival in 2010. Biaggi and partner Eleonora Pedron have named their son Leon, who was born earlier today in Italy. The four-times world 250GP champion defeated British rival Leon Haslam to win the World Superbike crown for the first time in 2010 for Aprilia. Leon Alexandre is ...

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Haslam battles for fitness after Nurburgring crash

Matthew Birt, 10 September 2010 13:24

Championship contender Leon Haslam faces a race against time to be fit for the penultimate round of the World Superbike Championship at Imola in 15 days time. Haslam high sided his Alstare Suzuki on the opening lap of the first race at Nurburgring with his crash bringing out the red flags. The 27 year old heroically got on his spare ...

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Ducati will support Troy Bayliss comeback

Matthew Birt, 19 May 2010 10:07

Ducati will wholeheartedly support Troy Bayliss’s bid to make a dramatic return to the World Superbike championship in 2011. Bayliss stunned the racing world earlier this month when he declared his intention to step out of retirement and return to World Superbikes next season – two years after he walked away from the sport.  The Aussie retired at the end ...


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