British Superbikes (Jan - Dec 2012)

  • Kiyo to partner Lowes at Samsung Honda

    10 December 2012 by Simon Patterson

    Kiyo to partner Lowes at Samsung Honda

    Honda have today announced the lineup for their 2013 British championship effort under the Samsung Honda banner. The team sees the shock return to BSB of Japanese star and three-time champion Ryuichi...

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  • Shane Byrne opts for BSB over MotoGP

    20 November 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Shane Byrne opts for BSB over MotoGP

    Shane Byrne will attempt to lift a fourth BSB title in 2013 after opting not to move to Paul Bird’s MotoGP squad next season. Byrne could have moved to Bird’s CRT squad but he has chosen to stay in...

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  • Hill announces shock sabbatical

    09 November 2012 by Simon Patterson

    Hill announces shock sabbatical

    2011 British Superbike champion Tommy Hill has announced that he will be taking a year-long sabbatical from racing for the 2013 season. The Kent rider has released a statement stating that ...

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  • Karl Harris signs for PR Racing for 2013

    29 October 2012 by MCN Sportsdesk

    Karl Harris signs for PR Racing for 2013

    Following his step in as a mid-season replacement for Gary Mason, Yorkshireman Karl Harris has signed to ride PR Racing's Kawasaki ZX-10 in the 2013 BSB Championship.  He continued to improve at...

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  • Two-man MV Agusta team in BSB next year

    29 October 2012 by MCN Sportsdesk

    Two-man MV Agusta team in BSB next year

    Rochdale MV Agusta dealer Robinsons is planning to a run a two man MV Agusta team in BSB next year. Robinsons say they have full backing from the Varese-based manufacturer and UK importer MotoGB and...

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  • Team WFR take break from racing

    24 October 2012 by Liam Marsden

    Team WFR take break from racing

    Team WFR has taken the decision to take a break from competing in both two and four wheel motorsport. The team enjoyed a successful year in 2012, with Alex Lowes qualifying for the Showdown and...

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  • Brands Hatch BSB: Byrne secures 2012 title

    14 October 2012 by MCN

    Brands Hatch BSB: Byrne secures 2012 title

    Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider Shane Byrne won his third race of the weekend at Brands Hatch to secure his third British Superbike championship. Australian Josh Brookes took the lead off the line and...

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  • Brands Hatch BSB: Byrne wins red flagged race one

    13 October 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Shane Byrne extended his lead in the British Superbike Championship to 18 points after winning the opening race of the weekend at Brands Hatch. The Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider grabbed the holeshot and, despite coming extreme pressure from Alex Lowes, he was never headed and with spots of rain falling, Lowes crashed out at the end of the 15th lap which saw the red flag come out and Byrne...

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  • Brands Hatch BSB: Lowes snatches pole position

    13 October 2012 by Liam Marsden

    Brands Hatch BSB: Lowes snatches pole position

    WFR Honda rider Alex Lowes has taken the final pole position of the season after holding off Showdown leader Shane Byrne during qualifying. Lowes crashed in the morning's free practice session, but...

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  • My boys and Shane Byrne

    04 October 2012 by Tracy Clack

    My boys and Shane Byrne

    Here's a photo of my two youngest boys meeting shane Byrne at Brands Hatch. They were over the moon and he was such a nice guy. We also met other great riders including Haga, Chris...

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  • Silverstone BSB: Lowes does the double

    30 September 2012 by Phil Wain

    Silverstone BSB: Lowes does the double

    Alex Lowes completed a sensational double in the second British Superbike Championship race on Sunday afternoon, in what was, arguably, one of the greatest BSB races ever. With less than a second...

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  • Silverstone BSB: Lowes takes race one win

    30 September 2012 by Phil Wain

    Silverstone BSB: Lowes takes race one win

    Alex Lowes has claimed victory in the opening British Superbike Championship race at Silverstone on Sunday, coming home ahead of Shane Byrne and Michael Laverty. Having qualified on pole position,...

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  • Silverstone BSB: Lowes sets pole

    29 September 2012 by Liam Marsden

    Silverstone BSB: Lowes sets pole

    WFR Honda rider Alex Lowes will start tomorrow's first BSB race from pole position after seeing off competition from reigning champion Tommy Hill in the final qualifying session. Current championship...

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  • Byrne and Brookes share BSB honours at Assen

    23 September 2012 by MCN Sports Desk

    Byrne and Brookes share BSB honours at Assen

    Josh Brookes leads the MCE British Superbike Championship by two points from Shane Byrne after two epic races at Assen, Holland. Byrne claimed an historic first Assen race win this morning on his...

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  • Lowes takes Assen pole

    22 September 2012 by Gary Pinchin

    Alex Lowes claimed an historic pole position this afternoon in preparation for Sunday’s first-ever Assen MCE Insurance British Superbike round. Tomorrow’s two races form the first of the three-round, seven-race Showdown to decide this year’s title and Team WFR Honda rider Lowes is looking to close the 33 points gap on defending champion Tommy Hill. Lowes said: “I knew my way around the Assen...

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  • Assen BSB: Lowes sets pace

    21 September 2012 by Gary Pinchin

    Assen BSB: Lowes sets pace

    Alex Lowes set the pace in Free Practice 2 this afternoon (Friday) at Assen ahead of Sunday’s opening round of the three-round Showdown which will decide the outcome of this year’s MCE British...

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  • Donington BSB: Brookes does the double

    09 September 2012 by Liam Marsden

    Donington BSB: Brookes does the double

    Australian Josh Brookes has dominated the Donington Park round of the 2012 BSB championship by taking victory in race two, after victory in race one and taking pole position. Brookes again got off to...

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  • Double Win for Tommy Hill

    27 August 2012 by MCN Sportsdesk

    Double Win for Tommy Hill

    Tommy Hill completed an emphatic double in Monday's second British Superbike Championship race at Cadwell Park, coming home just over two seconds clear of Josh Brookes. The Swan Yamaha rider grabbed...

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  • Tommy Hill Extends his Championship Lead

    27 August 2012 by MCN Sportsdesk

    Tommy Hill Extends his Championship Lead

    Tommy Hill extended his British Superbike Championship lead further in Monday's first race at Cadwell Park with the Swan Yamaha rider putting in a faultless performance on a cloudy but dry day. Second...

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  • Alex Lowes Pole Position

    26 August 2012 by MCN Sportsdesk

    Alex Lowes Pole Position

    Alex Lowes took his WFR Honda to a brilliant pole position at Cadwell Park on Sunday afternoon, overcoming difficult, damp conditions in the early stages of the qualifying session to take top spot for...

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  • Polita tests Panigale ready for BSB return

    10 August 2012 by Laura Stevens

    Polita tests Panigale ready for BSB return

    Italian Alex Polita is due to return to the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship grid later in the season as he continued testing the Ducati Panigale during the official test at Donington Park...

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  • Harms tests Doodson Motorsport Honda

    10 August 2012 by Laura Stevens

    Harms tests Doodson Motorsport Honda

    Former World Supersport Championship podium contender Robin Harms joined the Doodson Motorsport Honda team on track at Donington Park after the Danish rider jetted in to ride alongside Tom Tunstall at...

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  • Walker hunting top six as Showdown approaches

    10 August 2012 by Laura Stevens

    Walker hunting top six as Showdown approaches

    Chris Walker is just 21 points shy of the top six in the standings as the British Superbike Championship heads to Cadwell Park this August Bank Holiday weekend and with two rounds before the Title...

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  • Lowes tops Donington test

    09 August 2012 by Gary Pinchin

    Lowes tops Donington test

    The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship contenders returned to the track at Donington Park for an official test session before the series returns to the Leicestershire circuit for the round...

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  • Foray quits Quattro Plant Kawasaki team

    03 August 2012 by MCN Sports Desk

    Foray quits Quattro Plant Kawasaki team

    Frenchman Freddy Foray has quit the Liverpool-based Quattro Plant Kawasaki team citing a lack of machine development as a prime reason. He follows Gary Mason who left the team several weeks ago. Foray...

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  • Laverty and Kirkham test at Croft

    02 August 2012 by Laura Stevens

    Laverty and Kirkham test at Croft

    Samsung Honda’s Michael Laverty and Jon Kirkham were back on track yesterday (Wednesday) as the pair completed a two day test at Croft ahead of next week’s official test at Donington Park on Tuesday.

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  • Guintoli rides Moto Rapido Ducati

    02 August 2012 by Laura Stevens

    Guintoli rides Moto Rapido Ducati

    Former BSB rider Sylvain Guintoli admits he is never one to miss an opportunity to get out on track and after a spontaneous visit to Donington Park he was able to complete a handful of laps on Scott...

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  • Shane Byrne claims his first double win of 2012

    22 July 2012

    Shane Byrne claimed his first double win of the 2012 British Superbike Championship season as the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider again held off a hard-charging Josh Brookes. Michael Laverty again had a characteristic flying start to the race onboard the Samsung Honda to lead on the opening lap from Byrne and Brookes, but race one winner Bryne wasn't settling for second and he took the lead at...

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  • Shane Byrne responds in perfect style at Brands Hatch

    22 July 2012 by MCN Sportsdesk

    After leaving Oulton Park somewhat deflated, Shane Byrne responded in perfect style at Brands Hatch, taking a strong win in the opening race on Sunday. The 2003 and 2008 Champion overhauled the fast starting Michael Laverty and then resisted a late challenge from Josh Brookes to take his third win of the season.   Brookes, fourth on the opening lap, set a series of fastest laps to move up to...

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  • Shane Byrne claims his first pole position of the season

    21 July 2012 by BSB Sports Desk

    Shane Bryne took the top spot in today's qualifying session at Brands Hatch for round 7 of the British Superbike Championship. The Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider was one of only two riders to dip below the 1m26s bracket and a time of 1m25.908s gave him a slender advantage of 0.062s over current Championship leader Tommy Hill.   The Swan Yamaha man will be joined on the front row by Michael...

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  • Samsung Honda test at Assen

    13 July 2012 by MCN Sports Desk

    Samsung Honda test at Assen

    The Samsung Honda team completed a successful day of testing at Assen ahead of the British Superbike Championship debut at the circuit later in the season as Michael Laverty and Jon Kirkham now...

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