World Superbikes (Jan - Dec 2002)

  • Izutsu back on Kwak for Misano

    17 June 2002

    Izutsu back on Kwak for Misano

    Hitoyasu Izutsu, Chris Walker’s WSB Kawasaki teammate on the factory ZX-7RR, makes his WSB return at this weekend’s Misano round after an eight week lay-off through injury.The Japanese star was...

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  • Bayliss stuns in Misano qualifying

    17 June 2002

    Bayliss stuns in Misano qualifying

    Troy Bayliss set a blistering pace in Misano, Italy to claim provisional pole with a time of 1:34.420 – half a second quicker than second placed man, Ben Bostrom ahead of Sunday’s WSB round.With track...

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  • Bostrom takes provisional pole at Lausitz

    03 June 2002

    Bostrom takes provisional pole at Lausitz

    Ben Bostrom has taken provisional pole in Germany, despite the best efforts of Brits Neil Hodgson and Chris Walker.Bostrom qualified in front of Hodgson, Walker, Troy Bayliss and Ruben Xaus, despite...

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  • Bayliss qualifies on pole for Sunday

    03 June 2002

    Troy Bayliss has continued his dominant season by claiming pole for Sunday’s race in Lausitz, Germany.The reigning world champion qualified ahead of fellow Ducati rider Ben Bostrom, and his nearest championship rival, Colin Edwards.Neil Hodgson claimed fourth, ahead of Ruben Xaus in fifth, Piefrancesco Chili in sixth, James Toseland in a creditable seventh place, Noriyuki Haga in eighth, Gregorio...

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  • Edwards fastest in Silverstone test

    20 May 2002

    Edwards fastest in Silverstone test

    Title chaser Colin Edwards was the fastest man around the 3.2-mile course in Wednesday’s Silverstone test with Steve Hislop close behind.Even Hizzy’s home advantage couldn’t overcome the Texan Tornado...

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  • Everything you need for Silverstone WSB

    20 May 2002

    Think of Silverstone and you probably think of Michael Schumacher leading a tedious procession of Snore-mula One cars from pole position all the way to the podium.But this weekend you’ll see some proper racing there when World Superbikes descends on the circuit for the first time in the 16-year history of the series.Though we’ve got used to WSB and GP rounds being held at Donington Park,...

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  • Where to watch

    20 May 2002

    You can either watch from the brand-new grandstands or from the banks, which let you walk round the whole circuit.The first corner at Copse is best for the start of the race, and on subsequent laps you can see the bikes hammering down the pit straights towards you before disappearing into Maggotts and Becketts.From Stowe, at the bottom of the circuit, you can see the whole of the very wide, long...

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  • Your free guide to Silverstone WSB

    20 May 2002

    Your free guide to Silverstone WSB

    FREE in Wednesday’s MCN, your guide to this weekend’s Silverstone World Superbikes, and why Neil Hodsgon says it’s the perfect place for him to start winning.The HM Plant Ducati rider tells MCN: ...

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  • Riders for Health auction on Sunday

    20 May 2002

    It’s your chance to come away from Silverstone World Superbikes with the ultimate souvenir. Riders for Health will be holding an auction of gear and equipment donated by the top riders in the series, with the proceeds going to the Riders for Health charity.The auction will take place in the Paddock Show, situated in the paddock immediately after the post race press conference for the second World...

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  • Chris Walker: ‘I’ll be back in BSB’

    13 May 2002

    Chris Walker: ‘I’ll be back in BSB’

    In a live webchat Thursday May 16, Chris Walker told motorcyclenews.com users that he will return to BSB, because he wouldn’t retire as a four times runner-up, and not a champion.He also told us what...

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  • Catch the world’s best for £10

    13 May 2002

    Catch the world’s best for £10

    This weekend you can see some of the world’s best international and national racers going at it hammer and tongs – for just a tenner.Sunday sees the MCN- backed British round of the world endurance...

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  • Chris Walker: In his own words

    13 May 2002

    Mentaltrev: Hi Chris - I suffered from Bell's Paulsy when I was a teenager but it must have been more mild than you've suffered since it responded to steroidal treatment and cleared up in about 2 weeks. How's YOUR recovery coming along - is it still affecting you at all when you're on the race bike?ChrisWalker: The recovery hasn't been as fast as it could have been because the steroids they...

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  • Bayliss is practice perfect in Misano

    13 May 2002

    Bayliss is practice perfect in Misano

    Just days after his Monza double, Troy Bayliss has continued his untouchable form with a dominant performance at the full WSB tests in Misano.The squads had stayed on in Italy to collect valuable...

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  • Looking after Phase One

    13 May 2002

    Looking after Phase One

    Britain’s top world endurance team goes into Sunday’s MCN-backed Silverstone 200 as championship leaders and with a fierce ambition to reclaim the world title they last lifted in 2000.The privateer...

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  • Zongshen conquer the Silverstone 200

    13 May 2002

    Zongshen conquer the Silverstone 200

    The team of Warwick Nowland and Stephane Mertens took the number 2 Zhongshen bike to victory at the end of the 63 laps of the Silverstone 200 on Sunday.Their victory came despite pressure from the...

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  • Hodgson blitzes them in Monza

    06 May 2002

    Hodgson blitzes them in Monza

    Neil Hodgson set the the fastest ever time around the Monza circuit on a superbike on his way to a stunning provisional pole today.The HM Plant Ducati rider went more than three tenths quicker than...

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  • Benelli back for Monza

    06 May 2002

    Benelli back for Monza

    Benelli’s three-cylinder Tornado storms back into WSB action at this weekend’s round in Monza after pulling out during the series curtain-raiser in Valencia, Spain.The factory pulled the Tornado to...

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  • Bayliss wins in Monza

    06 May 2002

    Bayliss wins in Monza

    Troy Bayliss has won the first race at Monza after a miscalculation by Neil Hodgson. Hodgson had made a good start from pole position, and with the retirement of Noriyuki Haga, had seemed to have the...

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  • Sidecars shift to Saturday

    06 May 2002

    Sidecars shift to Saturday

    The sidecar world championship races will now take place on the Saturday of each WSB round, starting with this weekend at Monza, FIM bosses have announced.They have also cancelled the sidecar...

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  • Eric Bostrom in for injured Izutzu

    01 May 2002

    Eric Bostrom in for injured Izutzu

    Eric Bostrom will fill in for the injured Hitoyasu Izutzu in the Kawasaki WSB squad in Monza on May 12.Izutzu crashed heavily in qualifying at his home round in Sugo and broke a bone in his left hand.

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  • Frankie out for Sugo

    15 April 2002

    Frankie out for Sugo

    Frankie Chili has no chance of being fit for this weekend’s Japanese round of WSB at Sugo.The NCR Ducati rider broke his collarbone in a clash with Ruben Xaus on the warm-up lap of race one in Phillip...

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  • Hodgson just misses out in Sugo Superpole

    15 April 2002

    Hodgson just misses out in Sugo Superpole

    Noriyuki Haga may have taken the pole for tomorrows Japanese World Superbike round at Sugo, but Neil Hodgson was the closest man behind him, 0.017 seconds behind him. Japanese wildcard and previous...

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  • Izutsu injured in qualifying at Sugo

    15 April 2002

    Izutsu injured in qualifying at Sugo

    Eight crashes, three stoppages and three restarts marked one of the most incident-laden qualifying sessions in the history of WSB at Sugo on Friday – with Hitoyasu Izutsu ruling himself out of racing...

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  • James Toseland: In his own words

    15 April 2002

    Starguide: How was dinner?JamesToseland: Hi...yeah it was ok...we've eaten at the same restaurant for the last 3 nights now. And there's not that much on the menu. Steak is about it. Other than that it's noodles and more noodles!Masalmon: At the last few rounds no-one has really threatened Bayliss, how do you see this changing as we come into the European rounds?JamesToseland: Good question. This...

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  • Six weeks to Foggy bike

    15 April 2002

    Six weeks to Foggy bike

    Team Foggy Petronas road bikes will be ready to roll in just six weeks time and will go on sale another four weeks later, says the team’s marketing boss.For the full story on the Foggy WSB project...

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  • Business as normal for Bayliss at Kyalami

    01 April 2002

    Business as normal for Bayliss at Kyalami

    Troy Bayliss continued his dominance of World Superbikes in both races at Kyalami. In race one, he overcame early challenges from Edwards, Ben Bostrom and Noriyuki Haga to head Edwards and Ruben Xaus...

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  • US Superbike series bound for Britain

    01 April 2002

    US Superbike series bound for Britain

    We could see the likes of Mat Mladin, Eric Bostrom and Anthony Gobert dicing on British turf thanks to a new deal signed by American Superbike bosses and TV giant Sky.Sky have just clinched the deal...

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