British Superbikes (Jan - Dec 2008)

  • Sylvain Guintoli: “People recognise me”

    28 November 2008 by Rob Hull

    Sylvain Guintoli: “People recognise me”

    Sylvain Guintoli made his first public appearance as a Suzuki British Superbike rider at the NEC Show yesterday and told MCN he was happy that people now knew who he was. The 26-year old Frenchman has...

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  • Ian Lowry receives help to get fit for 2009

    28 November 2008 by Rob Hull

    Ian Lowry receives help to get fit for 2009

    Ian Lowry will take part in a University study to improve his fitness levels ahead of his first season in British Superbikes. Speaking to MCN at the NEC Motorcycle Show, Lowry said he will be taking...

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  • Video: James Ellison and Leon Camier visit MCN at the NEC

    28 November 2008 by Rob Hull

    GSE Racing’s 2009 line-up of James Ellison and Leon Camier took a short moment out from helping out on the MCN stand at the NEC Motorcycle Show to talk to MCN’s BSB reporter, Rob Hull. Meet Ellison & Camier on the MCN stand at the NEC! Both Ellison and Camier will be on the stand over the weekend, as they have been today and yesterday, giving away signed pictures and helping out selling the...

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  • Hudson Kennaugh stays in BSS with Seton

    28 November 2008 by Rob Hull

    Hudson Kennaugh stays in BSS with Seton

    Hudson Kennaugh will be gunning for the British Supersport Championship for the second season on the trot after joining Seton Racing for 2009. The South African finished runner-up to Glen Richards in...

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  • Ben Wilson signs for Gearlink Kawasaki

    27 November 2008 by Rob Hull

    Ben Wilson signs for Gearlink Kawasaki

    Superstock 1000 and R1 Cup 2008 ace Ben Wilson will ride for the Gearlink Kawasaki British Supersport team in 2009. Wilson joins the factory Kawasaki team and new team-mate Chris Martin, who last year...

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  • Karl Harris and Guy Martin in at Hydrex Honda

    26 November 2008 by Rob Hull

    Karl Harris has been named as one of the provisional two-man Hydrex Honda BSB team for 2009. Harris makes the move back to the same team he rode for in 2007 filling in the vacant spot left by James Ellison at the end of 2008. Harris will use Ellison’s side of the garage headed by Mick Shanley and will use the heavily developed Pi Pectel electronics used throughout 2008. Hydrex Honda Team Owner...

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  • Walker is a true champ!

    25 November 2008 by bobthedray

    I have just read the BSB Blog from a Fella named Rob Hull. Armchair racers are ten a penny, champions are rare. When Chris whas unlucky enough to finish runner up to Neil Hodgson, he took it like a true champ. Since then he hasn't been blessed with a great seat in any class of the sport. I hope he goes on to prove Mr Hull as wrong as I think he is.

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  • Chris Walker back in BSB with Rob Mac

    25 November 2008 by Rob Hull

    Chris Walker back in BSB with Rob Mac

    Chris Walker has signed a deal with Rob McElnea to bring him back to British Superbikes on a Yamaha for 2009. Walker will be part of a two-man British Superbike line-up for McElnea’s Yamaha squad next...

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  • North West 200 drop Michael Rutter

    25 November 2008 by Rob Hull

    North West 200 drop Michael Rutter

    Michael Rutter has been pushed into the BSB shadows after being ditched by his 2008 team, North West 200 Ducati. Rutter looked to be the favourite to continue his partnership with the North West 200...

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  • Chris Walker to come back to BSB?

    25 November 2008 by Rob Hull

    Chris Walker to come back to BSB?

    Rob McElnea will announce one of the names for his 2009 BSB team line-up tomorrow, and it’s expected to be fans favourite Chris Walker. Walker has been away from BSB for a year after half a...

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  • Hawk Kawasaki sign Tristan Palmer

    19 November 2008 by Rob Hull

    Hawk Kawasaki sign Tristan Palmer

    Tristan Palmer will ride for Hawk Kawasaki in 2009. 26-year old Palmer was one of the surprise packages of 2008 with the Tena for Men Honda, regularly causing problems for the factory supported...

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  • Video: Walker talks dirt bikes and 2009 plans

    17 November 2008 by Michael Guy

    MCN caught up with World Superbike star Chris Walker at the Stoneleigh Park DirtBike show last week. Walker is an off road fanatic and spent the day cruising the show seeing what bike to buy for winter training and what goodies he wants for Christmas. Walker also revealed that his 2009 plans are taking shape and that he has a number of offers on the table that will see him back at the...

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  • Sylvain Guintoli’s career in pictures

    14 November 2008 by Rob Hull

    Sylvain Guintoli’s career in pictures

    Crescent Suzuki’s new signing, Sylvain Guintoli, might have had a two year spell in MotoGP, but how much do you know about his career before then? The Frenchman has graduated from being the youngest...

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  • James Ellison says he’s getting Wii fit

    13 November 2008 by Rob Hull

    James Ellison says he’s getting Wii fit

    James Ellison has said he’s already started his preparation for the 2009 British Superbike season by working on his balance with a computer game. Ellison said in his latest GSE Racing blog that he’s...

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  • Video: Sylvain Guintoli tests Crescent Suzuki

    11 November 2008 by Rob Hull

    MCN took advantage of catching up with British Superbike new recruit Sylvain Guintoli in his first test with the Crescent Suzuki team. The 26-year old Frenchman clocked an impressive 48.0-second lap in single-figure conditions during a track day at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit. Pick up a copy of this week’s MCN available on November 12 for the full report on how he got on during his first day...

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  • Shane Byrne helmet raises £820

    31 October 2008 by Rob Hull

    Shane Byrne helmet raises £820

    A one-off Shane Byrne replica helmet has sold on eBay and raised £820 for the Kent rider’s chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Support. The specially-designed helmet was part of a competition from the...

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  • Q&A: James Westmoreland

    24 October 2008 by Tom Mckenzie

    Q&A: James Westmoreland

    James Westmoreland was arguably the surprise package of 2008 in the British Supersport Championship. The former 125cc front-runner proved his Supersport prowess in his second year with Centurion...

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  • Centurion Honda retain Hobbs and Cooper

    22 October 2008 by Rob Hull

    Centurion Honda retain Hobbs and Cooper

    Centurion Racing will field a two-rider line-up in 2009, retaining both Dennis Hobbs and Dan Cooper. Get the latest BSB news Centurion’s top points scorer from 2008, James Westmoreland, made a switch...

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  • Q&A: Josh Brookes on BSB hopes in 2009

    20 October 2008 by Rob Hull

    Q&A: Josh Brookes on BSB hopes in 2009

    With Josh Brookes expected to be named in the 2009 HM Plant Honda line-up alongside 2008 British Supersport Champion Glen Richards, MCN spoke to the 25-year old about his one-off appearance in the BSS...

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  • British Eurosport extend BSB deal

    20 October 2008 by Rob Hull

    British Eurosport extend BSB deal

    British Eurosport has signed a new two-year deal to cover the British Superbike series. Part of the deal included a four-hour live show from each of the 12 rounds for the next two seasons and repeat...

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  • Shane Byrne-out

    17 October 2008 by Rob Reynolds

    Shane Byrne-out

    Picture of Shane Byrne at Druids bend on the last race of the season, has to be one of the best pictures i took while i was there. What a race!

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  • A few snaps from Brands

    16 October 2008 by steve dennis

    A few snaps from Brands

    Here's a few snaps of brands. Good luck to shakey and the boys on the world stage next season. Great weekend, all the riders we met are so down to earth and always ready for a chat.

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