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Harley-Davidson announce XR1200 prize money and tyre details

Harley-Davidson has confirmed today that the one-make XR1200 series that will run as part of British Superbike weekends in 2009 will have Dunlop solely supplying tyres for the championship. Dunlop, who supply the OE tyres for the road going bike, will increase their presence in the domestic championship following BSB using Pirelli as a control tyre from last year. The ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • British Superbikes
  • 06 January 2009

The changing weight regulation timeline

When British Superbike organisers adapted the minimum weight regulation for V-twins in May it sparked the biggest riot in recent BSB history. Here’s how it all happened. FebruaryJonathan Palmer becomes the commercial rights holder of BSB, taking over from Dorna UK. And with it comes a new set of MCRCB rules. May Shane Byrne’s 44 point leads to an announcement ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • British Superbikes
  • 31 December 2008

BSB Review: The moment that made us wince, in pictures

One of the most unforgettable moments of the 2008 British Superbike campaign was this almighty off at Thruxton back in April. Do you think you’d be able to get up and walk away from being slammed in the face with a Rizla Suzuki? No, me neither. But that’s what Karl Harris did at the opening race weekend of the season ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • British Superbikes
  • 29 December 2008

BSB Review: Difficult first season for Atsushi Watanabe

Atsushi Watanabe may have arrived in Britain with a glowing reference and a CV good enough to make any Superbike team salivate, but the two-time Japanese Superbike champion had a difficult opening campaign in the series. Fourteenth in the championship, 247 points shy of team-mate Tom Sykes and a best result all season of seventh at Cadwell Park was short ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • British Superbikes
  • 28 December 2008

BSB Review: Why Tom Sykes is the most promising

Tom Sykes might have finished fourth in the championship, but a late performance surge and impressive wildcards made him one of the hottest properties to come out of BSB in 2008. Sykes had a torrid start to his 2008 title push. The 23-year old had two DNF’s in the first six races of the year – enough to hamper a ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • British Superbikes
  • 27 December 2008

Alistair Kennedy: Why we didn't go with Ducati

Alistair Kennedy has spoken out about the decision to take North West 200 backing to Rob McElnea’s Yamaha team over forming his own squad and running Ducati machinery. Kennedy was contemplating setting up his own team around Michael Rutter for 2009 after a deal to run factory-backed Ducati’s fell out of bed. Kennedy was on the verge of sealing an ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • British Superbikes
  • 23 December 2008

Leon Camier takes on gold medal-winning cyclist

Three-time British Superbike race winner Leon Camier took time out of his training regime to go head-to-head in a cycling contest with Beijing Olympic double gold winning sprinter, Jason Kenny. The pair were brought together at the Manchester Veledrome as part of an Airwaves Pro opportunity. Camier was set the task of spending a morning following Kenny’s strict cycling training ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • British Superbikes
  • 23 December 2008

Video: GSE Racing workshop tour

As well as changing manufacturer to Yamaha from Ducati for 2009, GSE Racing has also moved into a new headquarters. The 2008 British Superbike Champions have moved into the former HQ of the Petronas World Superbike team. Based in Burton on Trent, the facility not only has a workshop, it also boasts meeting rooms, engine building rooms, enough space to ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • British Superbikes
  • 22 December 2008

James Ellison hoping for extended GSE career

James Ellison has told MCN that he’d love to race for GSE Racing for more than just 2009. The 28-year old penned a year-long contract with the 2008 British Superbike Championship winning team. But in an exclusive interview with MCN he said he’s already hoping for more than just a season working under Colin Wright. Ellison said: “As a rider ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • British Superbikes
  • 22 December 2008

Shane Byrne: “No Ducati is sad for the fans”

Reigning British Superbike Champion Shane Byrne says the championship will be missing an important element without the presence of Ducati in 2009. Byrne took his second BSB title this season and his second for Ducati, after first winning the crown back in 2004 with Paul Bird’s MonsterMob team. Ducati UK confirm BSB split But next season there will not be ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • British Superbikes
  • 18 December 2008

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