Sport (Jan - Dec 2011)

  • Walker launches road race school

    16 November 2011 by Gary Pinchin

    Walker launches road race school

    Chris Walker will launch his new road racing school at Motorcycle Live, NEC Birmingham on Saturday. Only two weeks ago the BSB star announced Stalker MX, the motocross practice track he has bought at...

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  • More Donington Park race days in 2012

    16 November 2011 by MCN Sportsdesk

    More Donington Park race days in 2012

    Donington Park Racing has planning permission approved for 60 race days per annum for the next two years. It is the culmination of six month’s work by the Donington Park team who have been working...

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  • TT Legends fifth in Doha

    14 November 2011 by MCN Sportsdesk

    TT Legends fifth in Doha

    The Honda TT Legends inaugural Endurance World Championship came to a close today with a fifth place finish in the Eight Hours of Doha at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. The resulting...

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  • Rouse wins Triumph young guns ride

    18 October 2011 by MCN Sportsdesk

    Rouse wins Triumph young guns ride

    Triumph Motorcycles has confirmed Chrissy Rouse as the winner of its 2011 Young Guns initiative. After six months of assessment and mentoring, three finalists - Chrissy Rouse, Adam Robinson and Lee...

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  • Symonds steals MRO Superteen championship

    27 September 2011 by James Sharpe

    Symonds steals MRO Superteen championship

    Max Symonds stole the MRO Superteen title at the final round at Brands Hatch, after Jordan Gilbert had headed the championship all season. Symonds arrived at Brands Hatch 15 points adrift of Gilbert...

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  • Scott Hudson crowned champion of Brands

    26 September 2011 by James Sharpe

    Scott Hudson crowned champion of Brands

    Scott Hudson became the 2011 Champion of Brands with Bemsee this weekend, after taking maximum points in the MRO Super 6 Clubman Cup. He beat off competition in the form of former MRO Powerbike...

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  • Watch Le Mans 24 hour live here!

    24 September 2011 by MCN

    Watch Le Mans 24 hour live here!

    If a weekend of World Superbikes and British Superbikes isn't enough for you then you're in luck, because we have a live stream of the Le Mans 24 hour endurance race below. Watch the Honda TT Legends...

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  • Club racing Ninja 250 warriors

    13 September 2011 by MCN Sportsdesk

    Club racing Ninja 250 warriors

    The British Motorcycle Racing Club has announced a new Kawasaki powered National Junior Cup for the 2012 season. Using the Kawasaki Ninja 250R twin four-stroke machine, the new series will feature a...

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  • Esposito BMCRC Rookie 1000 champion

    07 September 2011 by James Sharpe

    Esposito BMCRC Rookie 1000 champion

    Gennaro Esposito wrapped up the British Motorcycle Racing Club's Rookie 1000 championship at Snetterton in the final round of the season. Esposito, on a Kawasaki ZX-10R, went into the weekend leading...

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  • Cairoli joins motocross greats

    05 September 2011 by Richard Mellor

    Cairoli joins motocross greats

    Antonio Cairoli yesterday claimed his third consecutive MX1 motocross world title. The reigning world champion took his radical Red Bull-sponsored KTM 350 to second place at the Germany round in...

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  • Hudson Bemsee Rookie 600 champion

    02 August 2011 by James Sharpe

    Hudson Bemsee Rookie 600 champion

    Scott Hudson wrapped up the British Motorcycle Racing Club's Rookie 600 championship this weekend at Brands Hatch, with a double win on Saturday. The 23 year old took the two wins needed to seal his...

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  • Burns’s Oschersleben superbike win

    07 July 2011 by Zoe Burn

    Burns’s Oschersleben superbike win

    Chris Burns celebrated his maiden win in the ONK Dutch Superbike Championship at Oschersleben last Sunday. The Newcastle rider, onboard the GS Racing Honda, became the first in the championship this...

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  • Sam Lowes and Ellison headline Mallory RoY

    24 June 2011 by MCN Sportsdesk

    Sam Lowes and Ellison headline Mallory RoY

    World Supersport stars Sam Lowes and James Ellison will be racing at this weekend’s Buildbase Race of the Year at Mallory Park on Saturday and Sunday 25th and 26th June. After a two-year absence the...

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  • Donington World Endurance cancelled

    17 June 2011 by MCN sportsdesk

    Donington World Endurance cancelled

    The World Endurance race scheduled for August 20/21 at Donington Park has been cancelled.  The FIM has issued this press statement: "It is with considerable regret that we have learnt from the...

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  • Reed strikes gold in California

    23 May 2011 by Paul Harris

    The AMA Motocross Nationals kicked off on Saturday at the Hangtown Classic in California - all the supercross wannabes forgot to tell Kevin Windham that they wanted to be number one, the Honda veteran charging out to a lively holeshot in the opening 450 moto, much to the general satisfaction of the massive crowd. But he soon had close company in the form of Ryan Dungey, reigning champion and fresh...

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  • Reed wins battle, Villopoto wins the war at Vegas Supercross shootout

    08 May 2011 by Paul Harris

    How often in sport does the big showdown not live up to the hype? I’d say most of the time – the big fight that goes to a listless decision, the big match that plays out a 0-0 draw, another American des Nations win. Motocross is not immune, but the Las Vegas finale of the 2011 AMA Supercross season is the exception that proves the rule – it was a belter. Three men – Ryan Villopoto, Chad Reed and...

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  • Then there were three… Villopoto wins again with one round left

    08 May 2011 by Paul Harris

    There were four men in contention for the 2011 supercross championship heading into this weekend, just two main events left in the long seventeen-race season. All four gated well, occupying the top four places within a couple of laps – the battle for the title was on… James Stewart led from the off, ahead of Ryan Villopoto and Ryan Dungey, after the two Ryans relegated Justin Brayton to...

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  • Honda TT Legends fifth in Bol d’Or

    18 April 2011 by MCN Sports Desk

    Honda TT Legends fifth in Bol d’Or

    The Honda TT Legends team finished its debut Bol d’Or in an impressive fifth place after a gruelling 24-hour race that saw John McGuinness, Steve Plater and Keith Amor complete 796 laps of the...

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  • Then there were four… Stewart wins in Seattle as Supercross heats up.

    17 April 2011 by Paul Harris

    Alas, alas, the Fabulous Five have become the Furious Four – after fourteen rounds of intense racing, the AMA Supercross series had been ridiculously close, with five riders in genuine contention with just three rounds left to run, but one of the five, rookie Trey Canard, has become the first to fall out of the title race. The factory Honda rider fell in testing on Wednesday and broke his femur –...

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  • Stewart smokes 'em in St Louis

    11 April 2011 by Paul Harris

    The Supercross Circus went to St Louis this week. After a fairly extraordinary month (even by his standards), James Stewart came out and just plain beat everyone straight up to take his first win since February. The Yamaha star gated well and was soon by the holeshotting Ivan Tedesco for the lead, but Ryan Dungey was right there and quickly into second - there was nothing, however, that he could...

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  • Canard cranks up the pressure in Texas

    03 April 2011 by Paul Harris

    The merry-go-round of the 2011 Supercross series continued in Texas on Saturday. Mike Alessi was quickest out of the gate, but Trey Canard was on hand and straight through into the lead – Ryan Dungey tried to follow Canard through but tangled with Alessi, allowing Chad Reed to pass both of them, and then James Stewart came past the lot of them. Speedy Reedy fought back and made his way back into...

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  • Canard edges Reed for Jacksonville victory

    21 March 2011 by Paul Harris

    Just as it seemed like Ryan Villopoto was about to put a lock on the title, the whole thing has been turned upside down and the title race is wide open once more. I’m not making this up, I swear it… Kawasaki’s Villopoto had an atrocious night from the off, crashing in his heat to go to the LCQ, then crashing twice more in the LCQ and failing to qualify for the main. The door was open for James...

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  • Villopoto takes third win on the bounce

    13 March 2011 by Paul Harris

    Ryan Villopoto took his third win on the bounce at the Indianapolis super cross on Saturday to put a serious dent in the hopes of his title competitors. Kawasaki’s ginger ninja came into the race with a handy 23 point lead after a couple of inherited wins when the competition imploded in front of him, but was in no mood to wait for fate to push him towards the title - this one he won all on his...

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  • Simpson and Tonus take big gold in Little Silver

    07 March 2011 by Paul Harris

    The Maxxis British Championships took the gate for the first time in 2011 at Little Silver near the bottom end of the M5. Shaun Simpson made a great impression making his UK debut in the 450 class for Honda, scoring a Toni Cairoli (2-2-2) to take the overall on one of his rare domestic forays. Jason Dougan passed Brad Anderson early on to lead ahead of Simpson and Stephen Sword in race one, but...

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  • Villopoto makes breakthrough at Daytona

    06 March 2011 by Paul Harris

    It’s been a long time coming, but as the clock ticks over into the second half of the AMA Supercross championship, someone has finally had a decisive break. Ryan Villopoto went to Daytona hanging onto his slender series lead, but by the time he left the Speedway, the lead was out to 23 points - a margin just two points shy of a full win. Given how close the battling has been between the five...

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  • David Aldana to race in Oxford shorttrack

    02 March 2011 by MCN Sport desk

    David Aldana to race in Oxford shorttrack

    David Aldana, one of the legends from the greatest motorcycle film 'On Any Sunday', has confirmed he will race in UK again. Aldana is well-known from road racing in the UK with his skeleton leathers...

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  • Villopoto steals victory in Atlanta

    28 February 2011 by Paul Harris

    So far, the closely-fought five-way battle for the 2011 AMA Supercross Championship has been fought on pretty good terms, but the intensity levels went up a notch in Georgia on Sunday. James Stewart took the holeshot but, maintaining hard won momentum after his first win of the year in San Diego last weekend, Australian Chad Reed was right on his tail, the pair immediately on a level above anyone...

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  • Wayne Gardner’s son signs Spanish deal

    23 February 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Wayne Gardner’s son signs Spanish deal

    Wayne Gardner’s highly rated son Remy has signed a deal to compete in the 2011 Spanish CMV series. The son of the 1987 world 500cc champion and former MCN Man of the Year has penned a deal with the...

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  • Reed takes the glory in San Diego

    20 February 2011 by Paul Harris

    Not to overdo the hyperbole or anything, but has there ever been a supercross season like this one? The San Diego event was round seven in the series, the race saw the fourth different winner of the season, and reigning champion Ryan Dungey still isn’t among their number. There are 23 points covering the top five - there’s still a long way to go, but the indications are that this one’ll go all the...

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  • Shorttrack UK on TV

    15 February 2011 by MCN Sportsdesk

    Shorttrack UK on TV

    British flattrack racing comes to Motors TV in February with full coverage of one of Shorttrack UK’s most prestigious events, the Indoor Shorttrack Championship. The year’s races from Braintree’s...

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  • Canard breaks SX duck

    13 February 2011 by Paul Harris

    Goodness me, if it wasn’t such a cliché, I’d think that scriptwriters were at work fashioning the 2011 AMA Supercross championships. It looked last week like James Stewart was finally getting into his stride, but things took an intriguing turn at the Houston Supercross - he was there on pace (second fastest, behind Davi Millsaps, would you believe), but he didn’t make the podium, wasn’t even...

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