World Superbikes (Jan - Dec 2003)

  • Double double for Fila Ducati

    01 March 2003

    Double double for Fila Ducati

    The second race at Valencia quickly fell in to the pattern set by the first with factory Ducati 999 riders Neil Hodgson and Ruben Xaus leading HM Plant Ducati 998 riders James Toseland and Chris...

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  • Hodgson on pole

    01 March 2003

    Hodgson on pole

    Neil Hodgson managed to better his qualifying time to get the pole position for tomorrow’s two races despite the blustery wind.Hodgson beat former team-mate James Toseland by 0.566 seconds and was...

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  • Fila Ducati 1-2 in Race 1

    01 March 2003

    Fila Ducati 1-2 in Race 1

    Neil Hodgson and Ruben Xaus dominated the first race of the WSB season taking their Ducati 999’s to first and second place. Hodgson with a total time of 36:56.205 and Xaus four seconds behind at...

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  • Hodgson in line for pole position

    01 March 2003

    Hodgson in line for pole position

    The second qualifying session has finished at Round 1 of World Superbikes in Valencia, with Neil Hodgson retaining the top spot.Hodgson only managed to come in 0.210 seconds under his Friday best with...

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  • BBC won’t show WSB live on Sunday

    25 February 2003

    BBC won’t show WSB live on Sunday

    The BBC will not be showing Sunday’s WSB round live. Instead all we’ll get is highlights on BBC 2 at 11:55pm.If you want to see it live you’ll need access to Eurosport which will show the races from...

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  • The reasons behind the BBC decision

    25 February 2003

    Grandstand producer Belinda Rogerson explained the BBC’s decision to drop live WSB this Sunday. She Said: " Unfortunately, the scheduled date for the 1st round in Valencia was moved from March 9 to March 2 late in 2002. We had planned to show both of the races during the day on BBC TWO on March 9, however the schedule of sport that we were already committed to showing on March 2, including...

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  • Hodgson heads first day of Winter testing

    18 February 2003

    Hodgson heads first day of Winter testing

    British rider Neil Hodgson made his intentions clear for 2003 by posting the fastest time on the first day of the official World Superbikes tests at Valencia.Hodgson and Fila Ducati team-mate Ruben...

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  • Laconi drops in on Ducati

    18 February 2003

    Laconi drops in on Ducati

    Regis Laconi cemented his arrival at Ducati by getting a taste of the racing heritage he is now a part of.He couldn’t resist getting his leg over Mike Hailwood’s Ducati 900, the bike that won him the...

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  • Riders for WSB Valencia test announced

    11 February 2003

    Riders for WSB Valencia test announced

    The list of riders taking part in the official World Superbike and Supersport winter test at Valencia on February 21-23 has been announced.MCN will be bringing all the latest news and an exclusive...

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  • Red Bull rookie switches to Boxer Cup

    04 February 2003

    Red Bull rookie switches to Boxer Cup

    Barry Burrell, one of the five riders chosen to go on to the next stage of the Red Bull Rookie search, has already reaped the benefits of the program by being picked to ride for the BMW Motorrad GB...

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  • Another result for the Texan Tornado

    21 January 2003

    Another result for the Texan Tornado

    Colin Edwards and his wife Alyssia will be celebrating today, following the birth of a baby daughter, named Gracie.We’ll update this story with more news as it arrives.To congratulate the Edwards on...

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  • Whitham announces his retirement

    21 January 2003

    Whitham announces his retirement

    World Supersport racer Jamie Whitham has quit racing for good.The 37-year-old is suffering from glaucoma, an eye disease which doctors fear may have been caused by the chemotherapy he underwent for...

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  • Walker goes faster than Bayliss

    21 January 2003

    Walker goes faster than Bayliss

    Chris Walker has set a time in testing, which is faster than Troy Bayliss managed on the same bike this time last year.Walker was testing at Almeria in Spain, and recorded a time of 1:36.9s That time...

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  • Foggy happy with Phillip Island test

    14 January 2003

    Foggy happy with Phillip Island test

    The Foggy Petronas team completed a successful three-day test at Phillip Island, leaving boss Carl Fogarty feeling positive.The team would not release official times, but Troy Corser was running 1:34...

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  • Supermoto champ on Supersport pace

    07 January 2003

    Supermoto champ on Supersport pace

    World Supermoto champ Thierry van den Bosch shocked his new rivals in World Supersports by matching lap record pace in his first test of Yamaha’s latest R6.He lapped Spain’s Almeria circuit as fast as...

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  • Foggy on A Question of Sport

    07 January 2003

    Foggy on A Question of Sport

    Carl Fogarty, the four-times World Superbike champion, and boss of Foggy-Petronas racing, will appear on BBC’s A Question of Sport this Friday, January 17.He’ll be joining team captains Ally McCoist...

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  • Updated 2003 WSB and Endurance calendar

    01 January 2003

    Updated 2003 WSB and Endurance calendar

    The Malaysian round of World Superbikes will not be taking place this year, but there will still be 12 rounds of action, plus eight World Endurance races, and the three Masters of Endurance events at...

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