British Superbikes (Jan - Dec 2012)

  • Mason and Foray test Quattro Plant Kawasakis

    28 March 2012 by Gary Pinchin

    Mason and Foray test Quattro Plant Kawasakis

    The Quattro Plant Kawasaki team completed their first shakedown test at Donington Park yesterday (Tuesday). Gary Mason rode one of the team’s Kawasaki superbikes, Freddy Foray spent most of the day on...

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  • Michael Laverty fastest in Snetterton test

    23 March 2012

    Michael Laverty fastest in Snetterton test

    Michael Laverty set the pace in the official BSB test at Snetterton today (Thursday) on his Samsung Honda, setting a best time of 1:48.5 that was full second quicker than his closest rivals Tommy Hill...

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  • Honda teams step up testing at Snetterton

    15 March 2012 by Gary Pinchin

    Honda teams step up testing at Snetterton

    Honda Racing and Padgetts Honda BSB teams braved the cold conditions at Snetterton yesterday as their pre-season testing programme intensified. Both teams had a shakedown run at Cadwell last week, but...

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  • Swan Yamaha boosted by Spanish test progress

    13 March 2012 by Laura Stevens

    Swan Yamaha boosted by Spanish test progress

    Reigning MCE Insurance British Superbike champion Tommy Hill has completed his Spanish pre-season test ahead of schedule in Almeria as the Swan Yamaha rider now returns to the UK to evaluate the work...

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  • Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki arrive at Cartagena

    10 March 2012 by Gary Pinchin

    Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki arrive at Cartagena

    The Rapid Solictors Kawasaki team truck has arrived at Cartagena this morning after the late night 350-mile drive from Aragon. Team manager Paul Risbridger said that Shane Byrne was in good form and...

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  • Hill crashes in Cartagena

    09 March 2012 by Gary Pinchin

    Hill crashes in Cartagena

    Tommy Hill was lucky to escape unhurt after a big fourth-gear crash at Cartagena this afternoon. He fell in the fast left turn six and, while he walked away unscathed apart from a sore hip, the...

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  • Positive first impressions for Haga

    09 March 2012 by Gary Pinchin

    Positive first impressions for Haga

    Noriyuki Haga rolled into the pit lane this afternoon, dismounted from the Swan Yamaha and walked over to put his arm around his crew chief Simon Green. Haga had been in and out of the pit box every...

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  • Hill’s first impressions of 2012 Swan Yamaha

    09 March 2012 by Gary Pinchin

    Hill’s first impressions of 2012 Swan Yamaha

    The Swan Yamaha team might be spending time fine-tuning the fuelling with the new Motec spec ecu but Tommy Hill was happy enough with his first morning back in the office at Cartagena. “Considering...

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  • Haga and Hill on track in Spain

    09 March 2012 by Gary Pinchin

    Haga and Hill on track in Spain

    These are the first pictures of Swan Yamaha duo Noriyuki Haga and BSB champion Tommy Hill on track at Cartagena this morning. Right up to leaving for Spain, the team worked with Motec back at the...

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  • Team WFR complete six days of testing

    08 March 2012 by Laura Stevens

    Team WFR complete six days of testing

    The WFR Honda team completed their final day on track at Alcarras yesterday (Wednesday) as Alex Lowes, Graeme Gowland and James Westmoreland wrapped up six days of Spanish testing. The team had...

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  • Positive MSS Kawasaki test in Spain

    08 March 2012 by MCN Sportsdesk

    Positive MSS Kawasaki test in Spain

    MSS Bathams Kawasaki boss Nick Morgan summed up their three day Alcarras test as “one of the most positive experiences we’ve had as a team.” The team took a full range of bikes, equipment and staff...

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  • TAS Tyco Suzuki testing ended by rain

    07 March 2012 by MCN

    TAS Tyco Suzuki testing ended by rain

    TAS Tyco Suzuki’s second day of testing at Kirkistown, County Down was hit by rain just after midday but all three riders clocked laps in the morning sunny, but cold conditions. Alastair Seeley tried...

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  • WFR Honda and MSS Kawasaki Alcarras test

    07 March 2012 by Laura Stevens

    WFR Honda and MSS Kawasaki Alcarras test

    Pre-season testing continued yesterday (Tuesday) at Alcarras for the WFR Honda and MSS Bathams Kawasaki MCE BSB teams as the riders ended their penultimate day on track. The WFR Honda trio have now...

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  • Swan Yamaha prepare for testing

    07 March 2012 by MCN Sports Desk

    Swan Yamaha prepare for testing

    Swan Yamaha get their 2012 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship underway this week as the team travel to Spain to begin their pre-season testing campaign with a shakedown test at Cartagena.

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  • Laverty makes track return alongside Marino

    07 March 2012 by Laura Stevens

    Laverty makes track return alongside Marino

    Splitlath Redmond Racing have completed their first pre-season test on track yesterday (Tuesday) at Oulton Park as John Laverty rode again for the first time since recovering from injury alongside his...

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  • WFR Honda: Cartagena complete, on to Alcarras

    07 March 2012 by Laura Stevens

    WFR Honda: Cartagena complete, on to Alcarras

    WFR Honda completed three days on track at Cartagena as Alex Lowes, Graeme Gowland and James Westmoreland attempted to make up for time lost during the second day with the trio feeling positive at the...

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  • Tyco TAS testing at Kirkistown

    07 March 2012 by Gary Pinchin

    Tyco TAS testing at Kirkistown

    The Tyco TAS Suzuki team braved a cold windswept Kirkistown, County Down yesterday (Tuesday) for their first shakedown test of the 2012 season. Aussie Josh Brookes and local hero Alastair Seeley were...

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  • Rutter and Hickman testing in Spain

    06 March 2012 by Gary Pinchin

    Rutter and Hickman testing in Spain

    The newly renamed MSS Bathams Kawasaki squad are now in Spain undergoing three days of intensive training at the Alcarras circuit with all four of their Superbike and Superstock riders. With an all...

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  • Honda’s first BSB test wiped out by rain

    06 March 2012 by Gary Pinchin

    Honda’s first BSB test wiped out by rain

    Honda Racing’s first shakedown test at Snetterton, today, was wiped out by freezing temperatures, gusting winds and rain. New signings Michael Laverty, Jon Kirkham and the rest of the crew spent most...

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  • Polita tests Panigale in Italy

    01 March 2012 by Laura Stevens

    Polita tests Panigale in Italy

    Jentin Doodson Motorsport’s Alex Polita tested the Ducati Panigale at the Italian circuit of Vallelunga yesterday (Wednesday) as the preparation continues for their respective debuts in the...

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  • Moto Rapido confirm two-man team for 2012

    23 February 2012 by MCN Sports Desk

    Moto Rapido confirm two-man team for 2012

    Winchester-based Moto Rapido Ducati have confirmed they will run a two-bike team in partnership with the Saudi Falcons racing team in the 2012 British Superbike Championship. Existing rider Scott...

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  • Polita joins Jentin Doodson Ducati in BSB

    17 February 2012 by Laura Stevens

    Polita joins Jentin Doodson Ducati in BSB

    The newly-amalgamated Jentin Doodson Motorsport team have today (Friday) confirmed their return to MCE BSB, switching to Italian machinery as they campaign the exotic new Ducati Panigale with former...

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  • Anthony West joins Supersonic BMW in BSB

    17 February 2012 by Laura Stevens

    Anthony West joins Supersonic BMW in BSB

    Former Grand Prix race winner Anthony West has today (Friday) become the latest world-class rider to join the 2012 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship as the Australian was signed up by the...

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  • Padgetts sign Scassa and Lowry for BSB

    15 February 2012 by Gary Pinchin

    Padgetts sign Scassa and Lowry for BSB

    Padgett’s are back in BSB having signed Italian Luca Scassa and the overlooked Ian Lowry to ride their Hondas. Scassa comes to BSB for the first time after finishing fifth in last year’s World...

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  • PR Kawasaki seek Andrews’ replacement

    13 February 2012 by Gary Pinchin

    PR Kawasaki seek Andrews’ replacement

    PR Racing Kawasaki are seeking a replacement for Simon Andrews in BSB after they parted company at the weekend PR team owner John Jameson told MCN: “There’s been a concern over Simon’s fitness. He...

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  • Haga replaces Hutchinson at Swan Yamaha

    13 February 2012 by Gary Pinchin

    Haga replaces Hutchinson at Swan Yamaha

    Noriyuki Haga will replace the injured Ian Hutchinson in the Swan Yamaha team alongside 2011 BSB champion Tommy Hill. The 36-year-old Japanese rider has been signed for the full season while...

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  • Splitlath sign John Laverty and Florian Marino

    06 February 2012 by Laura Stevens

    Splitlath sign John Laverty and Florian Marino

    The Splitlath Redmond Racing team confirmed their 2012 line up ahead of the forthcoming MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship season as John Laverty returns from injury and is joined by former...

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  • More testing options in Spain

    06 February 2012 by Gary Pinchin

    More testing options in Spain

    In addition to the official BSB tests at Cartagena and Alcarras, organised by MSV and run by Pacedayz, former Honda and Norton race team boss Barry Symmons is also running his four-day Pro-Test at...

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