World Superbikes (Jan - Dec 2003)

  • Foggy rides again

    01 September 2003

    Foggy rides again

    Carl Fogarty indulged himself with a few laps in the saddle of the Petronas FP1 during the first day of a two-day private test at Valencia in Spain. " I am officially old! " said team boss...

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  • Send your support for Hodgson

    26 August 2003

    Send your support for Hodgson

    Britain’s Neil Hodgson is aiming to claim the World Superbike championship at Round 10 in Assen on September 7. And we want your messages of support.The former British Superbike champion has dominated...

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  • Foggy drops Haydon

    12 August 2003

    Foggy drops Haydon

    James Haydon will not be riding the FP1 in World Superbikes next year after the Foggy Petronas team decided not to renew his contract for 2004.The decision comes after Haydon’s disappointing...

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  • Yamaha signs van den Goorbergh for 2004

    05 August 2003

    Yamaha signs van den Goorbergh for 2004

    Yamaha has announced Jurgen van den Goorbergh will continue to race for the Yamaha Belgarda team in World Supersport in 2004.The 33-year-old Dutchman is currently second in the championship on an R6.

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  • Suzuka Eight Hour underway

    01 August 2003

    Suzuka Eight Hour underway

    The opening practice sessions for this weekend’s Suzuka Eight Hour endurance race have begun.Honorary Brit and BSB star Yukio Kagayama and team-mate Atsushi Watanabe recorded the fastest lap of the...

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  • Kagayama second on the grid at Suzuka

    01 August 2003

    Kagayama second on the grid at Suzuka

    BSB star Yukio Kagayama has qualified in second place for the start of tomorrow’s Suzuka eight-hour endurance race.Kagayama, who has competed in the World Superbike, British Superbike, GP and now...

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  • WSB tyre manufacturer announced

    29 July 2003

    WSB tyre manufacturer announced

    Pirelli has been officially announced as the manufacturers of the ‘control tyres’ for the Superbike World Championship in 2004 and 2005.The tyre firm will supply rubber for all the teams in the three...

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  • Your pictures and stories from Brands

    22 July 2003

    Your pictures and stories from Brands

    Here are all the pictures and stories from Brands submitted by the readers of motorcyclenews.com. if you have any you’d like to share, email them to mcn.online@emap.com.Brands - It’s changed my...

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  • Biggest Brands ever

    22 July 2003

    Biggest Brands ever

    A staggering 120,000 people turned up to Brands Hatch to make the WSB round the biggest ever motorcycle meeting in the UK.Even the sun turned up on Sunday, making the weather as hot as the racing,...

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  • The stars

    22 July 2003

    The stars

    Here is where you will find our pics of the racers and stars at Brands Hatch. Send your pics to mcn.online@emap.com.

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  • Have you won Brands WSB tickets?

    22 July 2003

    Are you one of the lucky winners in our Brands WSB ticket giveaway, in association with Bennetts Insurance Services?One winner was selected for sending us the funniest tale from previous Brands events, and two more were selected at random after sending us an email with the answer to our quick question.The funniest story winner is Jon Germany (Jon, could you email mcn.online@emap.com with your...

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  • The girls

    22 July 2003

    The girls

    Here are all the brolly babes we could find. If you have any more, email them to mcn.online@emap.com.

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  • Alstare 1-2 in free practice

    22 July 2003

    Fujiwara Katsuaki and Stephane Chambon made it an Alstare Suzuki 1-2 as they set the fastest times in this morning’s World Supersport free practice session at Brands Hatch.The weather conditions had improved significantly from the torrential rain on Friday leaving a dry track for the 600cc machines.Katsuaki put in 21 laps in the 45 minute practice session to take the top spot with a best time of...

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  • Superstock qualifying practice: Two Brits on front row

    22 July 2003

    James Ellison and Luke Quigley will be starting from the front row for the European Championship Superstock race at Brands Hatch.Pole was taken by Italian Michel Fabrizio, but the two British riders are second and third, with Gianluca Vizziello fourth. Fifth is John Laverty, with Ben Wylie in seventh, Kelvin Reilly ninth, Ben Wilson twelfth and David Gatenby in 28th. Tom Van Looy and Gerry Gepts...

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  • Brits dominate in Brands first practice

    22 July 2003

    Brits dominate in Brands first practice

    Seven out of the top ten riders in today’s World Superbike free practice session at Brands Hatch are British and five of them are wildcards.HM Plant Ducati rider Chris Walker took the fastest time in...

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  • Chambon takes Supersport Victory

    22 July 2003

    Chambon takes Supersport Victory

    Stephane Chambon led from start-to-finish to take a commanding World Supersport victory at Brands Hatch.The Suzuki rider posted the fastest lap on his way to building up a 7.045 second lead at the...

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  • Reynolds on pole for WSB

    22 July 2003

    Reynolds on pole for WSB

    John Reynolds will be on pole position for the start of the World Superbike race at Brands Hatch on Sunday after topping a rain drenched Superpole session.A light rain started just before the session...

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  • Byrne does Brands double

    22 July 2003

    Byrne does Brands double

    Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne has done the double at Brands after a scintillating second race.BSB regulars Byrne and John Reynolds made the race their own after early leader Sean Emmett was black-flagged for...

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  • Xaus on provisional pole

    22 July 2003

    Xaus on provisional pole

    Ruben Xaus has taken provisional pole after a very wet first qualifying session for World Superbikes at Brands Hatch.The Fila Ducati rider upped his pace from the mornings practice session knocking a...

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  • BSB regulars lead WSB qualifying practice

    22 July 2003

    Shane Byrne has gone fastest in qualifying practice for Sundays WSB races at Brands Hatch. Sean Emmett and John Reynolds complete the provisional front row with Regis Laconi the only WSB regular on the front row.HM Plant riders Toseland and Walker are fifth and sixth, in front of championship leader, factory Ducati rider Neil Hodgson in seventh.Gregorio Lavilla was eighth quickest on the Alstare...

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  • Hodgson answers your questions

    22 July 2003

    Hodgson answers your questions

    We asked you to send in the questions you would ask World Superbike championship leader Neil Hodgson. Well we’ve taken the best and the factory Ducati rider has taken the time to reply. Read on to...

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  • Jon Germany’s winning story

    22 July 2003

    At Brands Hatch two years ago we had just gone to our tents to sleep after a long drinking session. We were all woken to a loud voice yelling "You dirty bas**rd what are you doing". We got up to see what was going on and discovered that my (very drunk) son who was sharing a dome tent with two others, had half-woken up and said to the others sharing the tent, "I need a pee.""Well go on then, "...

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  • Put your questions to Neil Hodgson

    15 July 2003

    Put your questions to Neil Hodgson

    You can put your questions to Britain’s Neil Hodgson in the run-up up the Brands Hatch round of the World Superbike championship.Hodgson is still leading the championship by 122 points from factory...

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  • Wildcards lead in WSB qualifying

    08 July 2003

    AMA Superbike racer Mat Mladin has stormed to provisional pole position for round eight of the World Superbike championship at Laguna Seca.Mladin, who rides a GSX-R1000 for the Suzuki Yoshimura AMA Superbike team, took the provisional pole with a time of 1:25.219, 0.3 seconds ahead of Yoshimura team mate Aaron Yates.Regis Laconi was the highest placed regular rider sitting in third place on the...

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  • Chili and Xaus share Laguna wins

    08 July 2003

    Chili and Xaus share Laguna wins

    Pier-Francesco Chili and Ruben Xaus took one win each at the World Superbike round at Laguna Seca, USA, on Sunday.Brit Neil Hodgson had to settle for second place in both races on his factory Ducati.

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  • Mladin takes pole at Laguna Seca

    08 July 2003

    Wild-card rider Mat Mladin will start the eighth round of the World Superbike championship on pole with championship leader Neil Hodgson relegated to the second row of the grid.Mladin continued his hot pace from the qualifying sessions to set the fastest lap in the Superpole session. Regis Laconi and Franci Chilli take second and third on the grid followed by Mladin’s Yoshimura AMA Superbike...

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  • The MSMA release in full

    08 July 2003

    The MSMA and each of the individual manufacturers who are members of the MSMA would like to thank the media for all the work they put into covering motorcycle racing and for encouraging so many people to take an interest in, and give their backing to, the sport.On the assumption of implementation with the World Championship SuperBike from 2004, each of the participating manufacturers—members of...

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  • WSB future in jeopardy: More details

    08 July 2003

    The future for World Superbikes looks bleak after manufacturers slammed new rule changes.The Motorcycle Sports Manufacturer Association, whose members include Ducati, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Aprilia, has stated " the large majority of the MSMA member companies who were considering entering World Championship SuperBike have reviewed their positions and decided not to enter World...

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  • Zongshen 1 wins 12-hour night race

    24 June 2003

    Zongshen 1 wins 12-hour night race

    Zongshen No. 1 has won the fourth round of the World Endurance championship at Albacette in Spain.The 12-hour night race was beset by numerous crashes during the first qualifying sessions as riders...

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  • Xaus does double in Italy

    17 June 2003

    Factory Ducati rider Reuben Xaus overshadowed team-mate Neil Hodgson with a double win at Misano in Italy.Xaus charged through the pack in race one after a crash by Hodgson upset the established order, with the British rider lowsiding out of a commanding lead on lap one. While Toseland, Laconi and Chili fought for the race, Rueben Xaus was able to get in on the action.In the later stages Laconi...

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