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Brands Hatch BSB: Brookes on pole after crash fest session

Simon Patterson, 20 April 2014 17:36

Josh Brookes will start tomorrow’s opening MCE British Superbike race from pole position, after a controversial qualifying session in tricky conditions that saw the entire front row fall, along with a lot of other riders further down the grid. Brookes crashed not once but three times, falling twice in the opening Q1 but managing to scrape through to Q2 and ...

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Video: Honda Racing show off 2014 plans

Simon Patterson, 19 April 2014 08:58

When Honda UK announced that they were withdrawing their championship-winning MCE British Superbike team at the end of 2013, many mounted the loss of the most successful team in the series’ history. However, Honda have other plans, and have reemphasised time and again since that the decision not to race in the superbike class for 2014 is temporary, and the ...

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Brookes goes second with mixed emotions

Simon Patterson, 18 April 2014 17:20

Josh Brookes was left with mixed emotions after the opening hour-long testing session of the weekend at Brands Hatch, making changes that negatively affected his Milwaukee Yamaha but still managing to find pace late in the session to go second fastest. “We made some small changes with the bike and noticed some small improvements, but I actually feel like we ...

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Byrne fastest at Brands despite struggling with back pain

Simon Patterson, 18 April 2014 17:14

After launching an intense winter fitness campaign in an attempt to gain every advantage over his rivals ahead of the start of the 2014 MCE British Superbike series, Shane Byrne has been left struggling to regain full fitness ahead of this weekend’s Brands Hatch round after suffering an injury while filming a Eurosport pre-season feature. “It’s one of those things, and you ...

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No surprises in BSB Brands test as Shakey goes fastest

Simon Patterson, 18 April 2014 16:23

There were no surprises in the one-hour test session that kicks off the opening weekend of the 2014 MCE British Superbike season, as Shane Byrne took the top spot with a late fast lap from Josh Brookes. Byrne, who spent most of the session inside the top six, repeated the technique he’s perfected in pre-season testing, with a late group ...

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Cal Crutchlow braced for tough Argentina after double surgery

Matthew Birt, 18 April 2014 09:38

Cal Crutchlow has undergone double surgery to his right hand and arm after his heavy crash during last weekend’s Circuit of the Americas MotoGP round in Texas. The British rider underwent a double procedure in San Diego on Wednesday after the learning the right little finger he dislocated at COTA was also broken. He has a pin inserted in the ...

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Ben Spies: ‘I’ll never race again’

Matthew Birt, 18 April 2014 09:24

Ben Spies has admitted the serious shoulder injury that forced him into premature retirement last year will never recover sufficiently enough to allow the Texan race again. The triple American superbike champion first damaged his right shoulder at the end of 2012 when he crashed out of a rain-lashed Malaysian round while riding for Yamaha’s factory squad. Spies moved to ...

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Jorge Lorenzo backed to recover from nightmare start to 2014

Matthew Birt, 18 April 2014 09:23

Jorge Lorenzo’s factory Yamaha boss Wilco Zeelenberg has backed the Spaniard to fight back from a disastrous start in his bid to wrestle the MotoGP crown away from Marc Marquez. Lorenzo won eight races in 2013 but still lost the title to Marquez by just four-points after a nail-biting final round shootout in Valencia. After two truly awful races into ...

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Revamp for Qatar night race schedule?

Matthew Birt, 17 April 2014 10:17

Next year’s night race schedule in the big season opening clash in Qatar could be revamped to avoid a spate of crashes that dominated this year’s floodlit race. Jorge Lorenzo, Stefan Bradl, Bradley Smith and Alvaro Bautista all fell out of podium contention in Doha, with the quartet all losing the front-end in cool temperatures. It will prompt official tyre ...

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Suzuki boosted by new entry concessions in 2015

Matthew Birt, 17 April 2014 09:34

Suzuki has admitted that special concessions given to new entries for 2015 will be a massive boost to help its bid to threaten Honda and Yamaha’s domination of MotoGP. Suzuk plans to return to MotoGP next year as an official Factory entry, but it won’t have to race under restrictions like a 20-litre fuel tank or be limited to five ...

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