British Superbikes (December 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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