British Superbikes (January 2009)

  • Scott Smart in Superstock on a Ducati

    28 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Scott Smart in Superstock on a Ducati

    Former BSB rider Scott Smart is switching to the National superstock series, riding a  Ducati 1198S for Winchester-based dealers Moto Rapido. Smart, currently in Dubai, is flying home early to...

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  • Crescent Suzuki ready to resume testing

    27 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Crescent Suzuki ready to resume testing

    Crescent Suzuki team boss Jack Valentine has quashed rumours suggesting the Verwood-based team is about to shut up shop. The rumours, the latest in a never-ending stream in these hard economic times,...

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  • Croft future in doubt after appeal blow

    26 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Croft future in doubt after appeal blow

    The Croft circuit has suffered a massive blow today after losing an appeal related to noise pollution at the historic racing venue. The future of the Darlington circuit is now uncertain after the...

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  • HM Plant trio get fighter-pilot experience

    26 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    HM Plant trio get fighter-pilot experience

    HM Plant Honda riders John McGuinness, Steve Plater and Glen Richards, swapped two wheels for two wings to get airborne with some of the UK’s flying aces and experience life as a fighter pilot, with...

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  • It’s official – BSB gets younger!

    26 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    It’s official – BSB gets younger!

    BSB is getting younger and to prove it here’s the official rider lists with dates of birth and actual ages as of Jan 13th this month, supplied by the series organisers at MCN’s request. The chart...

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  • Jon Kirkham with BSB Jentin Yamaha team

    23 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Jon Kirkham with BSB Jentin Yamaha team

    The Lloyds British Jentin Yamaha team has confirmed it will run Jon Kirkham in BSB this year on a new Yamaha R1. The 24-year-old rider certainly impressed many team managers during his campaign last...

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  • Jentin Racing 2009

    22 January 2009 by Anonymous

    Anyone know what is happening at Jentin/Lloyds British for 2009? After finishing best Yamaha of 2008 with Simon Andrews, it's all gone a bit quiet for 2009, lets hope Bernie and the boys are back with a new Young Gun now that Andrews has moved to Kawasaki.

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  • BSB well-placed to weather the storm

    21 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    BSB well-placed to weather the storm

    “Is Jonathan Palmer completely delusional? He’s lost his best riders. The top guys left are all old. The teams are struggling like any other businesses. "Yet he’s predicting crowds will only drop off...

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  • Crescent sell 2008 BSB Suzuki GSX-R1000s

    20 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Crescent sell 2008 BSB Suzuki GSX-R1000s

    Crescent Suzuki’s 2008 BSB GSX-R1000s raced by Tom Sykes and Atsushi Watanabe 2008 are up for sale. Suzuki GSX-R1000s for sale With the all-new K9 now under development, all last year’s kit –...

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  • Croft future in doubt

    19 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Croft future in doubt

    The future of racing at Croft circuit near Darlington is in doubt after last week's High Court judgement awarded three local residents around £150,000 in compensation for noise issues. The circuit,...

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  • Tom Tunstall gets ex-WSB Hondas

    19 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    BSB privateer Tom Tunstall and the Hardinge Doodson Motorsport Team are sticking with Honda machinery in BSB this year but have upgraded to a new Honda sourced from the World Superbike Paul Bird Motorsport Vent-Axia VK team. Tunstall has sights set on success in the Daily Star Superbike Cup Championship and said: “I’m very happy with our preparations for 2009. "he new bike looks great...

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  • Honda boss dismisses HM Plant quit rumours

    16 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Honda boss dismisses HM Plant quit rumours

    Honda’s BSB team boss Neil Tuxworth dismissed rumours that Newcastle-based construction company HM Plant has pulled the plug on their sponsorship for 2009. Tuxworth said: “I don’t know where all these...

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  • HM Plant Honda cut back to one bike per rider

    16 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    HM Plant Honda cut back to one bike per rider

    HM Plant Honda team boss Neil Tuxworth has confirmed that the team will cut back to one bike per rider in 2009 for new BSB signings Glen Richards and Josh Brookes as part of a cost-cutting programme...

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  • BSB Calendar- Why Brands?

    15 January 2009 by iancol

    Just seen the calendar for 2009. The series starts on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit. Why is this circuit used now that it's too short for today's fastest bikes? Last year, there was more than one race result jeopardised by the front runners catching up with back markers.

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  • Two-man MV Agusta team in BSB

    14 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Two-man MV Agusta team in BSB

    There may not be any Ducatis in this year’s British Superbike championship but at least there will be two Italian bikes. The STP Motorsport team will field a two-man MV Agusta team in British...

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  • GSE Racing’s Yamaha R1s arrive

    14 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    GSE Racing’s Yamaha R1s arrive

    Two of GSE Racing’s four Yamaha R1s which they’ll race in the 2009 BSB series arrived this week and MCN were there to capture the moment. This is the first time since the team was established in 1997...

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  • BSB boss Palmer talks title sponsorship

    13 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    BSB boss Palmer talks title sponsorship

    MSVR boss Jonathan Palmer was shocked to see today’s press release from Bennetts, announcing they were no longer the BSB title. He said: I’m surprised they put that release out. Bennetts’ option to...

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  • Bennetts quit BSB

    13 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Bennetts quit BSB

    As we intimated only hours ago, Bennetts has announced today it will no longer be the title sponsor of the British Superbike championship. The insurance company has backed the championship for the...

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  • BSB without title sponsor?

    13 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    BSB without title sponsor?

    The absence of Bennetts branding on the official British Superbike website has led to speculation that negotiations between the insurance company and BSB series promoters MSVR have broken down. BSB...

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  • Karl Harris training hard

    09 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Karl Harris training hard

    Hydrex Honda boss Shaun Muir has written strict fitness and dietry controls into the contract of new signing Karl Harris. Harris has always previously used boxing as a method of training but his new...

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  • BSB blog 2009 – plenty of sub plots

    09 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    BSB blog 2009 – plenty of sub plots

    It may be a long way off to the start of the British Superbike season – and it’ll seem even longer with a predicted cutback in pre-season testing. But that hasn’t stopped talk in the MCN office about...

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  • HM Plant Honda will run two superbikes

    08 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    HM Plant Honda will run two superbikes

    HM Plant Honda team boss Neil Tuxworth has scotched rumours suggesting that their superbike effort would be slashed to just one rider for the forthcoming season. Rumours have persisted that Josh...

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