World Superbikes (Jan - Dec 2002)

  • WSB updates to your mobile

    01 April 2002

    WSB updates to your mobile

    We’ve added a new rapid-reaction text message service for your mobile phone: MCN2U WSB Alerts.Subscribe and our trackside reporters will send you at least five messages over a WSB weekend, for £1 a...

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  • Edwards takes Superpole

    01 April 2002

    Edwards takes Superpole

    Honda rider Colin Edwards held off Troy Bayliss to take pole position for tomorrow’s races in Kyalami. Bayliss, second, was followed by fellow Ducati rider Ben Bostrom, and Noriyuki Haga on the...

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  • Chat live with Steve Hislop

    01 April 2002

    Chat live with Steve Hislop

    Find out how Steve Hislop is feeling after his victory and second place in the opening round of the MCN-backed British Superbike championship. He’ll be joining us live at 1pm, Thursday April 4 to...

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  • James Haydon: In his own words

    25 March 2002

    Dazzie: James, Laguna Seca is the 5th from last race of the season. Is it worth rushing development for the sake of 5 races?JamesHaydon: Well, there will not be any rush in development that's why we are waiting till then. We could have rushed and come out sooner, but you have to remember it's only just past halfway through the season, and if there was any thought that development would have to be...

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  • Foggy blasts FP1 critics

    18 March 2002

    Foggy blasts FP1 critics

    IN an exclusive interview with MCN Carl Fogarty has blasted critics of his WSB project. Ever since he announced his FP1 would make its race debut at Laguna Seca in July, he’s had to deal with sceptics...

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  • Double delight for Bayliss Down Under

    18 March 2002

    Double delight for Bayliss Down Under

    A command performance in front of his home fans saw Troy Bayliss take both WSB wins today in Phillip Island. Race two was a carbon copy of the first with the defending champion holding off Honda’s...

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  • Bayliss quickest at Phillip Island qualifying

    18 March 2002

    TROY BAYLISS stamped his authority on the opening day of round two of the WSB series at Phillip Island in Australia by claiming provisional pole position.Infostrada Ducati’s Bayliss was four-tenths of a second faster than nearest rival Colin Edwards on the Castrol Honda VTR SP-2 with the Australian world champ looking comfortable.His time of 1:32.656s was just over half a second slower than the...

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  • Aprilia man joins Foggy team

    11 March 2002

    Aprilia man joins Foggy team

    Carl Fogarty has signed former Aprilia engineering chief Guiseppe Bernicchia to improve his chances of having the three-cylinder FP1 ready for track testing by the end of next month.Bernicchia spent...

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  • McGuinness to miss Oz WSS round

    11 March 2002

    McGuinness to miss Oz WSS round

    John McGuinness has been withdrawn from the Australian round of the World Supersport series because he is not recovering fast enough from the shoulder injury he recently suffered.McGuinness struggled...

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  • Slight makes last gasp switch to BTCC

    11 March 2002

    Slight makes last gasp switch to BTCC

    Former World Superbike star Aaron Slight will be racing in the British Touring Car Championship after securing a drive with Barwell Motorsports. Slight had been linked with the ASCAR oval racing...

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  • Toseland is fitter than Beckham

    11 March 2002

    Toseland is fitter than Beckham

    James Toseland is fitter than football superstar David Beckham, our tests at Lilleshall have revealed.GSE Ducati WSB rider Toseland, standing 10th in the world championship after the opening races in...

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  • Mark Heckles: In his own words

    11 March 2002

    Daveb: What was it like lining up on the WSB grid for the first time?MarkHeckles: In a word … amazing. To come so far so quickly was amazing really.Namezippy: What are your hopes for this season?MarkHeckles: My hopes...are to progress even further as a rider and to be competitive at such a high level. As a rider I have no doubt I've got what it takes to be worthy of being one of the strongest...

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  • Bostrom misses out as Bayliss takes pole

    04 March 2002

    Bostrom misses out as Bayliss takes pole

    Ben Bostrom staged an amazing recovery to come within a tenth of a second of taking pole in Saturday’s Superpole at Valencia. But it was reigning world champion Troy Bayliss who came out No1.Baylisss...

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  • Xaus on provisional pole for Valencia

    04 March 2002

    Xaus on provisional pole for Valencia

    Ducati’s Ruben Xaus was fastest in qualifying on Friday for Sunday’s WSB opener in Valencia.His time was more than half a second under the fastest qualifying time set last year.Reigning world champion...

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  • Free eight-page WSB preview

    04 March 2002

    Free eight-page WSB preview

    Buy MCN on Wednesday (March 6, 2002) and you’ll get a free eight-page pull-out preview to the WSB season which kicks off this weekend.In it you can win VIP passes worth £600, Carl Fogarty rates the...

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  • Your bids raise £4537 for Clinica Mobile

    04 March 2002

    Your bids raise £4537 for Clinica Mobile

    Your bids have helped raise £4537.22p for the Clinica Mobile in an auction on this site which closed at midnight on March 1.Chili, Edwards, Bayliss, Toseland and Haydon went under the hammer with...

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  • Bayliss socks it to ‘em in Valencia

    04 March 2002

    Bayliss socks it to ‘em in Valencia

    WSB champion Troy Bayliss got the perfect start to his title defence with two wins in Valencia on Sunday afternoon…thanks to his lucky socks.Bayliss had worn the same pair in his successful pre-season...

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  • Win a KBC Chrome helmet

    04 March 2002

    Win a KBC Chrome helmet worth £229.Entry costs 50p per competition, per entry.This competition runs from May 29-June 5. Other entry mechanisms are published in MCN.South Korea-based manufacturer KBC claims to be the first company to make a completely chrome-coated helmet after perfecting the process to cover lids with the shiny metal – and you can win one.MCN has teamed up with the firm to give...

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  • Benelli pulls out of WSB for first three rounds

    04 March 2002

    Benelli is out of the opening WSB races in Valencia on Sunday citing cash shortages.Essentially, they have blown up too many engines and don’t have enough left to compete.The factory, which has been showing off its road bike in Valencia, says it will have to miss the first three rounds of the season, but is confident it will be back for the Monza WSB round.MCN learned of the decision on Saturday...

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  • Whitham banned from morning practice

    04 March 2002

    Jamie Whitham was seething after having to sit out the Friday morning practice session in Valencia while his World Supersport rivals got a head start on their set-ups.Whitham was banned from the morning session by an FIM official because he had missed the riders briefing held on Thursday. He was angry because a representative of his Belgarda Yamaha team had been granted permission by SBK officials...

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  • Walker WILL ride in WSB opener

    04 March 2002

    Walker WILL ride in WSB opener

    Chris Walker is looking better and will ride in Sunday’s opening WSB round in Valencia, Spain.Walker still has partial facial paralysis as the result of a bout of Bells Palsy and is struggling to...

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  • Foret fastest after opening WSS qualifying

    04 March 2002

    Honda rider Fabien Foret was fastest after first qualifying at Valencia in WSS. He took provisional pole on a CBR600, more than half a second ahead of Italian Yamaha rider Alessio Corradi.Stephane Chambon was third quickest and Stefano Cruciani completes the provisional front row.German Yamaha riders Christian Kellner and Jorg Teuchert are fifth and sixth with Aussie Chris Vermeulen seventh. Paolo...

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  • MacPherson lands Riba’s WSS ride

    04 March 2002

    MacPherson lands Riba’s WSS ride

    Scot Iain MacPherson has landed Pere Riba's vacant Honda World Supersport ride.MacPherson clinched a deal with the Dutch-based Ten Kate team on Monday morning after Riba quit on Friday to take up Alex...

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  • Best test times of Saturday and Sunday

    25 February 2002

    Valencia, Spain, WSB test, February 23-24, 20021. T Bayliss: 1’34.922. 2. N Haga: 1’34.957. 3. C Edwards: 1’35.168. 4. B Bostrom: 1’35.260. 5. R Xaus: 1’35.260. 6. P Chili: 1’35.668. 7. S Martin: 1’35.962. 8. L Pedercini: 1’35.962. 9. H Izutsu: 1’36.032. 10. J Toseland: 1’36.305. 11. N Hodgson: 1’36.358.12 G Lavilla: 1’36.595. 13. J Borja: 1’36.728. 14. C.Walker: 1’36.930. 15. A Antonello:...

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  • Hodgson reveals his go-faster diet

    25 February 2002

    Hodgson reveals his go-faster diet

    We’ve now added the full transcript from Neil Hodgson’s Thursday lunchtime web chat in which he reveals his recipes for success.Neil starts a WSB race day with porridge, tucks into bananas and fig...

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  • Neil Hodgson: In his own words

    25 February 2002

    Jo d: You were very pleased with the Philip Island test but seemed more frustrated during the Valencia test. Do you think this is essentially down to your style being incompatible with the circuit rather than a more wide-ranging problem?NeilHodgson: Erm, yes. I think you've hit the nail on the head there. I do have a slight problem with the set-up of the bike, but I think it's more a case of my...

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  • Slight to race in UK

    25 February 2002

    Slight to race in UK

    Aaron Slight will be racing a 500bhp V8 this year. No it’s not Moto GP gone mad, he’s on four wheels for the ASCAR oval racing series in the UK and Germany.Slight is driving the TJ Motorsports Ford,...

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  • Walker will test despite paralysis

    18 February 2002

    Walker will test despite paralysis

    Chris Walker will test his Kawasaki WSB bike this weekend despite continued problems with partial facial paralysis caused by Bell’s Palsy.Walker has been having treatment all week to try and alleviate...

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  • Smart replaces injured McGuiness

    18 February 2002

    Smart replaces injured McGuiness

    Injured John McGuinness will be replaced by Scott Smart for this weekend’s crucial final test at Valencia before the start of the World Supersport season.McGuinness injured himself while filming a...

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