British Superbikes (Jan - Dec 2009)

  • BSB's defining moments: 4

    30 December 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    BSB's defining moments: 4

    4. Biggest disappointment Sylvain Guintoli - on so many levels. First off, the French ace was sidelined by the Donington crash. Up to that point Guintoli looked capable of giving Camier a good run for...

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  • BSB's Defining moments: 5

    29 December 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    BSB's Defining moments: 5

    5. Biggest under-achievers There’s no denying Chris Walker and the Motorpoint Yamaha team failed to live up to the promise shown in testing. Apart from a solitary third place in the second Donington...

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  • BSB's Defining moments: 6

    29 December 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    BSB's Defining moments: 6

    Two. The Guintoli incident at Donington Park. The seven-rider pile-up at Mallory Park. Both triggered by HM Plant Honda’s Josh Brookes. At Donington he t-boned Guintoli at the Melbourne Loop on the...

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  • BSB's defining moments: 7

    29 December 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    BSB's defining moments: 7

    7. Most promising rider Ian Lowry clinched fifth place in the points chase to cap an impressive rookie year on the Relentless Suzuki. Lowry didn’t just have to learn how to ride a 200bhp superbike, or...

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  • BSB’s Defining moments: 8

    29 December 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    BSB’s Defining moments: 8

    8. Best race Stuart Easton had a pretty fantastic season, taking the privateer Hydrex Honda to third in the championship. He had chalked up his first ever BSB race win at Croft but that was after...

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  • BSB’s Defining moments: 9

    29 December 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    BSB’s Defining moments: 9

    9. Best bike Without a doubt the Airwaves Yamaha R1 was the bike to beat in BSB 2009. It may have been down on power compared to its rivals and was very physical to ride but for Leon Camier got his...

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  • BSB’s 2009 bikes

    29 December 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    BSB’s 2009 bikes

    1 Airwaves Yamaha GSE Racing showed why they gained factory Yamaha backing when they finished 1-2 in the series. They started the year with virtually stock bikes but quickly switched to full factory...

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  • Kiyonari back with HM Plant Honda in BSB

    21 December 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Kiyonari back with HM Plant Honda in BSB

    Ryuichi Kiyonari is back with HM Plant Honda for the 2010 BSB season, alongside Australian Josh Brookes. Kiyo won back-to-back BSB titles in 2006 and 2007 but never enjoyed the same success in WSB,...

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  • Mason signs for MSS Kawasaki

    16 December 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Mason signs for MSS Kawasaki

    BSB Cup Champion Gary Mason lines-up alongside Simon Andrews on the MSS Colchester Kawasaki in BSB next year. Mason got the nod ahead of Chris Walker and Karl Harris – both arguably with more...

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  • Rob McElnea on Almeria test

    16 December 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Rob McElnea on Almeria test

    At the end of a disappointing 2009 season Motorpoint Yamaha team boss Rob McElnea was on the verge of winding up his team. As a last-ditch effort he asked rival team GSE Racing’s James Ellison to test...

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  • Linfoot casts off the best

    16 December 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Linfoot casts off the best

    Last year Dan Linfoot was Rob McElnea’s supersport runner. Mid-season injuries ruled him out of the title race on the Node 4 R6 so McElnea switched him to one of the team’s superbike R1s for the end...

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  • Hodgson: “we achieved so much at Almeria”

    16 December 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Hodgson: “we achieved so much at Almeria”

    Neil Hodgson, along with new Motorpoint Yamaha team-mate Dan Linfoot spent three days at Almeria last week, testing the R1s they will race in BSB next year. MCN asked Hodgson for his views on the...

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  • Andrews back with MSS Kawasaki

    16 December 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Andrews back with MSS Kawasaki

    Simon Andrews is back with MSS Colchester Kawasaki  in BSB next year. He admits he talked to lots of teams before committing to Nick Morgan’s team for a second season but now he’s back and...

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  • Video: Hodgson successful Almeria test

    11 December 2009 by MCN

    Video: Hodgson successful Almeria test

    Neil Hodgson and Dan Linfoot were both upbeat after their three-day test on the Motorpoint Yamaha R1 at Almeria.   For Hodgson is was his first time back on a bike after recent remedial...

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  • Lowes signs British Supersport deal

    11 December 2009 by MCN Sports Desk

    Lowes signs British Supersport deal

    2009 British Supersport Cup Champion, Sam Lowes has signed to ride for Gary Stubbington's Southampton-based GNS Honda Racing in British Supersport alongside Paul Jordan from Magherafelt. Lowes, 19...

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  • Chris Burns returns to National Superstock

    11 December 2009 by MCN Sports Desk

    Chris Burns returns to National Superstock

    Chris Burns returns to National Superstock 1000 in 2010 riding with the Splitlath Motorsport squad. The former WCM MotoGP rider will partner younger brother Joe to lead the Welsh outfit's two-pronged...

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  • Donington out. Second Cadwell BSB race in 2010

    11 December 2009 by MCN Sports Desk

    Donington out. Second Cadwell BSB race in 2010

    There will be a second Cadwell Park BSB championship round next year, replacing Donington Park, according to the revised 2010 calendar released today by MSVR. Donington Park has not been included in...

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  • Yukio Kagayama says hello British race fans

    04 December 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Yukio Kagayama was back in front of the British public last week at the NEC, his first major public engagement since signing for the Worx Suzuki team to race in BSB next year. And he’s promising some of his typical no holds barred,  ‘dramatic action.’ Kagayama’s outgoing personality and aggressive riding style won him the hearts of BSB fans when he rode for the Rizla Suzuki team in 2003/2004...

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  • Tommy Hill’s testing frenzy

    04 December 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Tommy Hill’s testing frenzy

    Tommy Hill met up with his new team-mate Yukio Kagayama on Thursday at the NEC Show and said he’s looking forward to race in the same team as the Japanese star next year. “I’m hoping we can push each...

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  • Gowland wants to stay in Britain next year

    04 December 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Gowland wants to stay in Britain next year

    Graeme Gowland is hoping to remain racing in Britain for a second season – despite an impressive two races on the British-built FTR Moto2 in the final two Spanish championships rounds of the...

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  • Future not good for GSE Racing

    02 December 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Future not good for GSE Racing

    The future is not looking at all good for GSE Racing. Despite dominating this year’s British Superbikes season, with Leon Camier and James Ellison finishing one-two in the points on their factory...

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  • Seeley confirmed for Relentless

    01 December 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Seeley confirmed for Relentless

    Superstock champion Alasitair Seeley has been confirmed as a Relentless by TAS Suzuki rider for 2010 – but what’s now clear yet is whether he’ll race a full BSB bike or ride an Evo-spec bike as the...

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  • Adam Jenkinson – BSB second time around

    25 November 2009 by MCN Sports Desk

    Adam Jenkinson – BSB second time around

    Adam Jenkinson gets a second crack at BSB, having signed to ride for Buildbase Kawasaki. His first crack at the top level with SMT Honda in 2008 didn’t last long. A monster crash – thanks to a locked...

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  • Martyn Jessop: “Ducati suits my style”

    25 November 2009 by MCN Sports Desk

    Martyn Jessop: “Ducati suits my style”

    Martyn Jessop will team up with Michael Rutter in an all-new BSB Ducati team backed by Riders (owned by Jessop’s father, Phil), Bathams Brewery and Black Horse Finance. The bikes will be up-rated...

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  • Jason O’Halloran to race TAG Triumph

    25 November 2009 by MCN Sports Desk

    Former Australian Supersport Champion and Superbike runner-up Jason O’Halloran is spearheading the TAG Triumph British Supersport title bid in 2010. Making it an all-Australian line-up in the south Derbyshire-based team, O’Halloran will be partnered by Triumph factory test rider and seasoned Daytona 675 racer will remain Paul Young. O’Halloran said “I am totally stoked to have secured a ride with...

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  • 2010 Triumph series at five BSB rounds

    25 November 2009 by MCN Sports Desk

    2010 Triumph series at five BSB rounds

    The 2010 Triumph Triple Challenge will increase its association with BSB with five out of nine rounds of this unique and challenging series hosted on the national stage.  The series features all...

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  • BSB: Who goes where in 2010

    25 November 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    BSB: Who goes where in 2010

    There are still a lot of unanswered questions about who goes where in next year’s BSB series. Here’s the latest list of confirmed entries – plus those still looking for rides and teams looking for...

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  • Buildbase Kawasaki sign Adam Jenkinson

    25 November 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Buildbase Kawasaki team owner Stuart Hicken has signed Superstock rider Adam Jenkinson will join John Laverty in the Buildbase Kawasaki team for next year’s British Superbike campaign. Jenkinson’s 2009 Superstock performances that took him to fourth in the championship caught Hicken’s eye and earned a shot on the Buildbase bike in the end-of-season Sunflower international at Bishopscourt. The...

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  • Rutter races on with Ducati in 2010

    25 November 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Rutter races on with Ducati in 2010

    Michael Rutter will race a Ducati in BSB next year – teamed up with Martyn Jessop on a pair of 1098RS F08s with backing from West Country motorcycle dealership Riders, Bathams Brewery and Black Horse...

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  • Neil Hodgson at North Yorkshire chat show

    24 November 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Neil Hodgson at North Yorkshire chat show

    Former World and British Superbike Champion Neil Hodgson is the guest for the North Yorkshire Road Racing Supporters Club chat show, tonight, Tuesday 24th November. Hodgson will be discussing with...

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  • Ellison puts Phase One Yamaha on Qatar 8H pole

    13 November 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Ellison puts Phase One Yamaha on Qatar 8H pole

    BSB runner-up James Ellison has put the British-based Yamaha Phase One Endurance on pole position for tomorrow's Qatar 8 Hour - the final round of the World Endurance Championship. He clocked 2:01.002...

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  • Moto Rapido confirm BSB ‘Evo’ team

    13 November 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Moto Rapido confirm BSB ‘Evo’ team

    Moto Rapido Ducati will make a step up to the MCE British Superbike Championship next season with a two-rider team. Current racer Scott Smart will return to the main class after a successful year in...

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