Sport (Jan - Dec 2008)

  • Telford Ice Speedway cancelled

    02 January 2009 by MCN News Desk

    Telford Ice Speedway cancelled

    Telford Ice Speedway chiefs have reluctantly cancelled their plans for February’s big event. An upgrade of plant machinery at the venue has meant there’s a strong chance the ice rink will not be...

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  • Shorttrack UK 2009 race dates

    02 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Shorttrack UK 2009 race dates

    There will be eight rounds of the American-inspired Shorttrack UK series in 2009, kicking off at the Norfolk Arena, Kings Lynn on May 3 and reaching its climax at Rye House Speedway, Hoddesdon on...

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  • 2009 Dakar ready for kick off

    01 January 2009 by Michael Guy

    2009 Dakar ready for kick off

    The 2009 Dakar has been totally revamped with competitors facing an all new challenge across Argentina and Chile. The event has been run since 1979 and its original route began under the arches of the...

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  • BSB Review: Ducati 1098R in numbers

    31 December 2008 by MCN News Desk

    BSB Review: Ducati 1098R in numbers

    In this year’s review of the year MCN named the Ducati 1098R as the bike of the year in the British Superbike championship. Here’s why, in numbers. 14 - Number of race wins Ducati had in BSB in...

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  • Mackenzie and Whitham race Harley-Davidsons

    29 December 2008 by Gary Pinchin

    Mackenzie and Whitham race Harley-Davidsons

    Niall Mackenzie and James Whitham will take guest rides in the all new Harley-Davidson XR1200 Trophy series at BSB rounds next year. Harley UK’s Greg Willis said: “Niall and James are confirmed as...

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  • Steve Plater third in Scunthorpe shorttrack

    28 December 2008 by Gary Pinchin

    Steve Plater third in Scunthorpe shorttrack

    HM Plant Honda’s Steve Plater finished third in Saturday’s Shorttrack UK Christmas Cracker meeting, his best finish yet in the annual meeting on the Scunthorpe speedway oval. Plater borrowed a Honda...

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  • Pete Boast wins Christmas Shorttrack

    28 December 2008 by Gary Pinchin

    Pete Boast wins Christmas Shorttrack

    Peter Boast won the Silkolene Shorttrack UK Christmas Cracker meeting at Scunthorpe Speedway on Saturday afternoon. The event promoter and Shorttrack UK Thunderbike champion made light work of heavy...

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  • Racing on Roads 2009

    25 December 2008 by MCN News Desk

    Racing on Roads 2009

    Racing on public roads isn’t just about the TT or even the amazing Irish scene. There’s a world of traditional racing on public roads still out there. Some of the races are now consigned to classic...

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  • Shorttrack racing: The Framers and DTX

    24 December 2008 by Gary Pinchin

    Shorttrack racing: The Framers and DTX

    If you go to the annual Silkolene Shorttrack UK Christmas Cracker meeting at Scunthorpe speedway on Saturday, December 27, not only will you see BSB stars Steve Plater, Guy Martin and Karl Harris...

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  • Shorttrack: Busting the jargon

    23 December 2008 by Gary Pinchin

    Shorttrack: Busting the jargon

    Saturday’s annual Silkolene Shorttrack UK Christmas Cracker meeting at Scunthorpe Speedway is unique in bringing together top BSB stars Steve Plater, Guy Martin and Karl Harris against the top men...

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  • Pick your fantasy fight

    22 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Pick your fantasy fight

    The bike racing world is currently awash with speculation and rumour about a possible dream World Superbike clash between record-breaking MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi and Aussie Troy...

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  • Plum Pudding Races at Mallory Park

    16 December 2008 by Sarah Carnell

    Plum Pudding Races at Mallory Park

    Classics, scooters, 125s, CB500s, Formula 600s and Pro-bikes will all appear at the traditional Plum Pudding races at Mallory Park on December 26. The 13-race programme also includes events for...

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  • Honda quit AMA superbikes

    15 December 2008 by Henny Ray Abrams

    Honda quit AMA superbikes

    Former World Superbike Champion Neil Hodgson was gutted when he found out late on Friday night that he has no ride. Neil Hodgson was getting into bed at his home on the Isle of Man just...

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  • Zero carbon TTXGP racer

    11 December 2008 by Gary Pinchin

    Zero carbon TTXGP racer

    Grantham-based Evo Design Solutions is the first company to commit to the TTXGP zero carbon fuel Grand Prix. The race is to be held on the same day as the premier Senior TT event on June 12 and will...

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  • TT star Gary Johnson goes under the knife

    08 December 2008 by Gary Pinchin

    TT star Gary Johnson goes under the knife

    Lincolnshire’s Gary Johnson is due to have a knee operation next Monday to repair the ligament damaged he suffered in his high-speed crash at the Skerries this year. Johnson was at the NEC Show on...

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  • Valentino Rossi scoops rally award

    08 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi scoops rally award

    Valentino Rossi’s impressive performance in last weekend’s Wales Rally GB earned him the Abu Dhabi Spirit of the Rally award. Rossi collected the award after he finished 12th in the punishing rally,...

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  • Valentino Rossi claims 12th in Rally GB

    08 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi claims 12th in Rally GB

    MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi ended his second assault on the Wales Rally GB in 12th position yesterday. The 29-year-old, who ended a weather-hit first day down in 24th place, bought his...

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  • Valentino Rossi improves to 16th in Rally GB

    06 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi improves to 16th in Rally GB

    MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi has gained eight places on the second day of the Wales Rally GB, the Italian ending 16th overall in the Stobart-backed Ford Focus. Rossi was 24th after an opening...

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  • Valentino Rossi 17th in Rally GB shakedown

    04 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi 17th in Rally GB shakedown

    MotoGP world championValentino Rossi clocked the 17th best time during Thursday’s shakedown stage for this weekend’s Wales Rally GB. Driving a Ford Focus WRC car, the Italian clocked a best time of...

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  • HMRC (Hottrax) Race Officials

    02 December 2008 by Alfonso Lygo

    HMRC (Hottrax) Race Officials

    Officials are; Pete Clifford, Shaun Knox, Caroline Knox, Bob Covey, Fraser Greenroyd, Lindsay Greenroyd, Dave Eyre, Garry Gardiner (microphone), Karen Mabbutt and Dave Mabbutt

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  • UK Endurance Racing - blast from the past

    02 December 2008 by Alfonso Lygo

    UK Endurance Racing - blast from the past

    Dave Railton (Ducks Cross’ Jon’s dad) was kind enough to give me some photocopies of race programmes that I had consciously taken to the tip, along with a full tea chest of documents in a similar vein...

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  • Jim Stock's stolen stock

    02 December 2008 by Alfonso Lygo

    Jim Stock's stolen stock

    Not sure if you guys/girls are aware of this, but Jim from Slingshot Racing was burgled over the weekend (thought to be Saturday 22nd November 2008 @ 0300 in the morning) Jim says – “Yes its true,...

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  • Hottrax Motorsport Racing Club race report

    02 December 2008 by Alfonso Lygo

    Hottrax Motorsport Racing Club race report

    2008 Season Resume by class Overall – despite failing to score at the opening round when Macca ditched the R1 at Anglesey this was the title GBMoto (Mark Smith-Halvorsen/Mick Godfrey/Mike...

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  • Video: Michael Dunlop interview on Norton at TT09

    01 December 2008 by Rob Hull

    Two of the biggest names in TT history will merge together next year with Michael Dunlop riding for Norton. The son of the late Robert Dunlop and nephew of the legendary Joey Dunlop will pilot the NRV588 Rotary Norton round the notorious 37¾ mile Mountain circuit. Click here for the full story and pictures Norton has been away from the TT for 16 years since Steve Hislop’s historic victory...

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  • Donington Park offer Christmas racing pass

    28 November 2008 by Rob Hull

    Donington Park offer Christmas racing pass

    Donington Park is offering a special deal on tickets for 2009 so you can go see the best motorcycle racing action for a reduced price. Called 'The True Biker Summer Pass', racing fans will be able to...

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  • Michael Dunlop to ride Norton at TT’09

    27 November 2008 by Rob Hull

    Michael Dunlop to ride Norton at TT’09

    Two of the biggest names in TT history will merge together next year with Michael Dunlop riding for Norton. The son of the late Robert Dunlop and nephew of the legendary Joey will pilot the NRV588...

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  • Get in to racing with Bemsee

    26 November 2008 by Sarah Carnell

    Get in to racing with Bemsee

    Bikers interested in getting out on track and joining a race series can get some help with the British Motorcycle Racing Club’s new rider support programme. The club, also known as Bemsee, will be...

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  • Laverty brothers star in Kings of Wannerroo

    10 November 2008 by Stephen Davison

    Laverty brothers star in Kings of Wannerroo

    Adrian Mettam, President of the Motorcycle Racing Club of Western Australia, was a man with a lot on his mind last weekend. Adrian had convinced the Club that they had to go ‘International’ to boost...

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