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BMW withdraw from WSB

Michael Guy, 24 July 2013 13:55

BMW have confirmed today that they will terminate their involvement in the World Superbike championship at the end of the 2013 season. BMW joined WSB with a big budget full factory team with their class leading S1000R in 2009. Although it took three years before they secured their first WSB win, they are now one of the benchmark teams in ...

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WSB Phillip Island test – Day 1 – Laverty leads the way, Sykes suffers finger injury

Michael Guy, 14 February 2013 10:45

The first round of testing got underway at Phillip Island today with factory Aprilia man Eugene Laverty taking first blood to top the timesheets at the end of day one.The 26 year old Irishman set a 1’31.7s best on the newly surfaced Phillip Island track in dry conditions.Fixi Crescent Suzuki rider Leon Camier showed just how far he and the ...

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Jules Cluzel joins FIXI Crescent Suzuki

Michael Guy, 29 October 2012 15:41

World Supersport sensation Jules Cluzel has signed for the British Fixi Crescent Suzuki team to race in WSB in 2013. Cluzel arrived in the WSB paddock riding the PTR Honda in WSS in 2012, finishing runner-up in the standings with four wins and eight podiums to his credit. The exuberant Frenchman showed both pace and consistency which as a result ...

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Monza WSB race one cancelled for safety reasons

Michael Guy, 06 May 2012 12:10

The opening World Superbike race at Monza has been cancelled for safety reasons following heavy rain at the Italian circuit.The race initially got underway in dry conditions with Tom Sykes and Sylvan Guintoli leading the way, but was red flagged on lap three when it began raining.The circuit was then hit by torrential rain and after on-going discussions between the ...

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Tyre issues could jeopardise Monza WSB races

Michael Guy, 06 May 2012 09:11

Following yesterday’s Superpole session which saw full wet weather tyres disintegrating along the 200mph front straight at Monza there is genuine concern for today’s two WSB races.Through a mixture of the track being fully wet and completely dry in places, riders opted to use full wet weather tyres, but because of the conditions and extreme heat build up the tyres ...

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Joan Lascorz injury update

Michael Guy, 03 April 2012 11:21

Following his serious accident at Imola yesterday in testing, Joan Lascorz underwent surgery last night in Italy to repair damage to his back. The 28-year-old Spaniard underwent an operation to relocate a broken vertebra which had moved partly damaging his spine. The factory Kawasaki rider will continue to be treated and assessed in the Hospital Maggiore di Bologna, but there ...

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Imola WSS: Second place Lowes positive after first qualifying

Michael Guy, 30 March 2012 14:54

Bogdanka Honda rider Sam Lowes ended the opening day at Imola with the second fastest time and remains optimistic about the remainder of the weekend. The 21-year-old set a best lap of 1.52.784 trailing South African Kawasaki rider Sheridan Morais by 0.236 seconds. Speaking to MCN, Lowes said: “I enjoyed that! Phillip Island was disappointing for us so it’s good ...

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Checa weighing up big money BMW deal

Michael Guy, 14 October 2011 18:22

Carlos Checa has until the tomorrow to accept a lucrative offer from the BMW Motorrad Italia team to ride the S1000RR in 2012. MCN understands that the 2011 world champion has been offered in the region of £700,000 to ride for the Italian squad which would see him placed alongside Ayrton Badovini and potentially give BMW a stunning rider line-up of Badovini, ...

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Elias tests BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike

Michael Guy, 13 September 2011 12:25

Toni Elias got his first World Superbike test underway at Misano today. The 28 year old Spaniard rode the BMW Motorrad Italia S1000RR as a replacement for James Toseland who announced his retirement last week. Elias currently rides for the LCR Honda team in MotoGP and despite enduring a tough season, isn’t expected to make a mid season swap to ...

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WSB 2012 calendar revealed

Michael Guy, 02 September 2011 15:03

A provisional 2012 WSB calendar has surfaced at Nurburgring today. The most notable inclusions are the Sepang race in Malaysia at the beginning of March and the addition of the new Moscow Race Way round in Russia at the end of August. MCN understands that the Malaysian round is still yet to be confirmed due to limited dates available. 25 ...

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