British Superbikes

  • Smart back to Hawk?

    22 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Smart back to Hawk?

    Scott Smart could be on his way back to Hawk Kawasaki, if the team can secure the backing to run a second rider alongside Peter Hickman. Smart, speaking from the WSB paddock in Doha where he’s...

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  • Martin for BSB

    22 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Martin for BSB

    Roads hero Guy Martin could be racing a Hydrex Honda in BSB this year.  The Ulster GP winner and outright lap record holder was down to race in British Supersport this year but Hydrex team boss...

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  • Team NB on Pirelli

    22 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Team NB on Pirelli

    Devizes-based bothers Ollie and Tommy Bridewell will race Team NB Suzuki GSX-R1000s in BSB this year.  And the team, essentially the re-branded Vivaldi outfit from 2006, have switched from Dunlop...

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  • Mondello Upgrades

    15 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Mondello Upgrades

    The drainage system at Mondello Park is being improved after last year’s dramatic cancellation of the BSB races due to persistent heavy rainfall. There was a general acceptance that no race track...

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  • Ducati 1098S race-build

    14 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Ducati 1098S race-build

    The Buildbase Ducati team, based at John Hackett’s Ducati Coventry shop, are fielding John Laverty and Keiran Clarke in the National Superstock series this year on a pair of the exciting new 1098S...

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  • Oulton improvments

    14 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Oulton improvments

    Druids corner at Oulton Park has a new larger run-off area and gravel trap with the Armco barrier moved back by 72 feet.  New Rizla Suzuki signing Chris Walker last raced at Oulton seven years...

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  • Steve Spray’s Norton demo

    14 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Steve Spray’s Norton demo

    Former British Superbike Champion Steve Spray was back in action recently – riding the ex-Steve Hislop 1992 Senior TT-winning Norton Rotary in New Zealand. Spray and the Norton starred in the...

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  • Cal faster at Calafat

    13 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Cal faster at Calafat

    Rizla Suzuki completed a two-day test at Calafat, Spain yesterday and Superbike rookie Cal Crutchlow lapped faster than his more experienced team-mate Chris Walker. Crutchlow was having his first real...

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  • Rizla's sunshine test

    08 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Rizla's sunshine test

    While we’re shivering under the heaviest snowfalls in Britain for ten years Rizla Suzuki are testing at Calafat, Spain in ideal 24-degrees of sunshine. Chris Walker completed 90 trouble-free laps...

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  • Relentless TAS

    05 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Relentless TAS

    TAS Suzuki are gearing up for BSB in 2008 thanks to a major sponsorship from Relentless – an energy drink targeted at active young people. TAS are the highest-profile race team in Ireland, racing in...

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  • GP250 British Revival

    01 February 2007 by MCN

    GP250 British Revival

    Re-establishing the British title tag to the GP250 class has dramatically boosted interest in the ailing two-strokes.    The exciting new ACU Dunlop Tyres MotoStar Cup GP250 series has...

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  • Metzeler Superstock

    01 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Metzeler Superstock

    While the tyre war wages on in BSB with Dunlop, Michelin and Pirelli all out to claim top honours in the series, Metzeler Racetec will continue as the official tyre supplier and sponsor of both the...

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  • Richards on BSB MV

    01 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Richards on BSB MV

    Aussie Glen Richards is to ride MV Agusta for Q Motorsport in BSB.  The exclusive 1000cc F4 SBK will be developed by UK MV distributor Three Cross Motorcycles. Glen Richards finished 10th in...

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  • Video: Kiyo on 07 Blade

    25 January 2007 by MCN

    Video: Kiyo on 07 Blade

    Surprise attendee at the Sepang MotoGP test was Ryuichi Kiyonari. He was out on a Suzuka Eight Hour-spec Fireblade.  Watch this video to hear just how different it sounds from the MotoGP bikes.

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  • Kiyo suprise in Malaysia

    22 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Kiyo suprise in Malaysia

    Reigning British superbike champion Ryuichi Kiyonari was a surprise addition to the Sepang line-up. The Japanese rider was testing two Honda FireBlade machines for a ‘multitude’ of purposes according...

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  • UK1 signs teenagers

    21 January 2007 by MCN

    UK1 signs teenagers

    Former 125 British title–winning team UK1 Racing are continuing their philosophy of fostering new young riders. They have announced they have signed 14-year-old Connor Behan alongside 13-year-old...

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  • MV in BSB

    20 January 2007 by MCN

    MV in BSB

    While the world waits to see if Carl Fogarty can pull off a deal to run factory MV Agusta machinery in WSB, an enterprising team have already finalised their plans to race two of the exotic Italian...

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  • Emmett to ride Honda

    18 January 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Emmett to ride Honda

    Sean Emmett’s turbulent racing career has another lease of life. Britain’s bad boy of racing has linked up with Liverpool-based PR Branson Honda to race in BSB this year. Emmett said: "The perennial...

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  • Rea's MX rehab

    17 January 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Rea's MX rehab

    Jonathan Rea has taken delivery of a new CR250F motocross today as he continues his rehabilitation programme following recent extensive knee surgery. The new HM Plant Honda signing ruptured his ACL...

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  • Joey's trophies displayed

    15 January 2007 by MCN

    Joey's trophies displayed

    The 26 trophies won by TT record holder Joey Dunlop, OBE, will go on display to the public during next year’s races. The aim is to boost funds for the Joey Dunlop Foundation and raise money to build...

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  • Stobart get busy

    15 January 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Stobart get busy

    Stobart Honda have had a busy Christmas preparing their bikes for the most extensive winter pre-season testing programme the team has ever undertaken. The work follows the initial shakedown test at...

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  • BSB boss on '07

    12 January 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    BSB boss on '07

    We caught up with BSB Race Director Stuart Higgs at the NEC Racing Car Show and asked him about the prospects for the 2007 season. MCN: We had a great 2006 season in BSB. How is the 2007 season...

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  • Bridewells sign for BSB

    10 January 2007 by MCN

    Bridewells sign for BSB

    Wiltshire brothers Ollie and Tommy Bridewell have both signed to ride BSB for the Naturally Best Suzuki team. The team is using the 2006 Vivaldi Suzuki superbikes, operating out of the old Vivaldi...

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  • Another 1098 in Superstock

    05 January 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Another 1098 in Superstock

    The Buildbase Ducati team of Keiran Clarke and John Laverty won’t be the only ones running 1098s in the National Superstock series this year. Michael Pensavalle, the 27 year-old from Low Moor,...

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  • Dorna take on new man

    05 January 2007 by MCN

    Dorna take on new man

    Dorna UK, the commercial rights holder of the British Superbike Championship, have announced (January 5, 2007) the appointment of Colin Clark to the new position of head of sales and marketing. Colin...

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  • Rizla get ’07 bikes

    04 January 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Rizla get ’07 bikes

    Chris Walker and Call Crutchlow will have four brand new 2007 GSX-R1000s between them when they resume their pre-season winter testing programme in February. The team took delivery of three 2007...

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  • Jones fund hits £70K

    03 January 2007 by MCN

    Jones fund hits £70K

    The memorial fund for British 125 racer Chris Jones who died on Bank Holiday Monday back in August 2005 has hit the £70,000 mark. And the parents of the teenage racer say more fund raising will...

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  • Jentin’s ’07 plan

    23 December 2006 by Gary Pinchin

    British 125 champion Daniel Cooper will ride for the Jentin team in British Supersport in 2007. The 19-year-old from Stroud will have one new R6 plus the Piranha Yamahas fettled by Race Techniques and raced by Simon Andrews this year. Jentin will also run brand new 2007 R1s in the British Superbike class but have yet to confirm their rider, though team boss Bernie Toleman said: “We’re aiming to...

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  • Win BSB tickets

    18 December 2006

    Win BSB tickets

    MCN London Motorcycle Show and Brands Hatch are giving away five pairs of entry tickets and two VIP hospitality places to the opening round of the 2007 championship.  Held on the full-length GP...

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  • Shakey: "I've got to start again"

    13 December 2006 by Gary Pinchin

    Shakey: "I've got to start again"

    Shane Byrne has admitted he was so disappointed with his 2006 season with Rizla Suzuki, he sees his signing with old team Stobart Honda like the start of a new career in 2007. Byrne was finally...

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  • Order official BSB calendar

    13 December 2006

    Order official BSB calendar

    British Superbike fans looking for that extra something to fill their Christmas stockings fear no more. The official 2007 calendar is now available at a discounted price of £7.99 (normally £9.99) and...

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  • Racers turn to baseball

    12 December 2006 by Sarah Carnell

    Racers turn to baseball

    British racers might spend the winter months longing for warmer climes and thinking of their training regimes – Japanese racers play baseball. Race stars Yukio Kagayama, Nori Haga, Makoto Tamada,...

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  • 1098 to race in British Superstock

    11 December 2006

    1098 to race in British Superstock

    Ducati’s new 1098 V-twins might not be eligible to race in the superbike class for 2007 but we’ll still be able to see the exciting new Italian machines in top-class British racing next year. Ducati...

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  • Video: Haydon's R1 deal

    07 December 2006 by Angus Farquhar

    Video: Haydon's R1 deal

    New Virgin Yamaha signing James Haydon has spoken exclusively to MCN about his decision to return to the team. Watch the video clip to hear as he explains in his own words why he has made...

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  • Video: Haslam off season

    07 December 2006 by Angus Farquhar

    Video: Haslam off season

    Ever wanted to know what Leon Haslam gets up to away from the track? In part two of our special feature, see our BSB writer Gary Pinchin putting the questions to the MCN 2006 Man of the Year Watch the...

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  • Shakey signs for Stobart

    07 December 2006 by Gary Pinchin

    Shakey signs for Stobart

    Shane Byrne will team up with the team with which he won the British Superbike title after he re-signed to join Paul Bird’s Stobart Honda team for 2007. Byrne revealed to MCN that he turned his back...

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