World Superbikes (Jan - Dec 2005)

  • Valencia WSB test

    16 December 2005

    Valencia WSB test

    The debut World Superbike test for Yamaha Motor France rider Shinichi Nakatomi ended with the Japanese rider in hospital with a hand injury following a crash during the final session. The 27-year-old...

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  • Xaus returns to WSB

    16 December 2005

    Xaus returns to WSB

    Ruben Xaus has returned to the World Superbike championship for 2006 in a new team using Ducati 999 F04s. Xaus wil race for Team Sterilgarda Berik alongside Marco Borciani. Xaus rode in WSB in...

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  • Positive test for Hodgson

    09 December 2005

    Positive test for Hodgson

    Neil Hodgson will be positive about the 2006 AMA Superbike season, finishing the first day of a three-day Dunlop tyre test fourth quickest. The test began at Daytona International Speedway on...

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  • Corser quickest in Qatar

    02 December 2005

    Corser quickest in Qatar

    Troy Corser has continued to lead the unoffical times following the second of three days of testing at the Losail circuit in Qatar. The Australian reigning WSB champion finished fastest on the first...

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  • Bayliss tops Qatar test

    02 December 2005

    Bayliss tops Qatar test

    Troy Bayliss posted the fastest time on the final day of the three-day World Superbike test at Losail in Qatar. The Xerox Ducati rider posted a time of 1:58.66 on Tuesday, December 6, at the track...

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  • Qatar WSB test begins

    02 December 2005

    Qatar WSB test begins

    Testing began on Sunday, December 4, 2005 for the World Superbike teams in Qatar. The three-day Pirelli tyre test at the Losail Circuit is an opportunity to test at the circuit which will open the...

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  • Bid for Toseland's T-shirt

    25 November 2005

    Bid for Toseland's T-shirt

    Here’s your chance to land the shirt off 2004 WSB champion James Toseland’s back. The MCN T-shirt he sweated into while performing with his band Crash on MCN’s 50th birthday is now...

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  • Macau: Rutter fastest

    18 November 2005

    Macau: Rutter fastest

    Michael Rutter is on course to equal Ron Haslam’s record of six Macau GP wins after topping final qualifying on Friday (Nov 18) in fine and dry conditions. The race itself is on Saturday (Nov...

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  • Rutter takes sixth Macau

    18 November 2005

    Rutter takes sixth Macau

    Michael Rutter has stormed to his sixth victory in the Macau GP, equalling the record set by Ron Halsam in 1987. Rutter lead the race from start to finish on his Red Bull Honda Fireblade more than 16...

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  • Trio for Yamaha France

    18 November 2005

    Trio for Yamaha France

    Yamaha France will run a three-rider team in the 2006 World Superbike championship, with former Japanese 250cc champion Shinichi Nakatomi join returning riders Norick Abe and Sebastien Gimbert. ...

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  • Toseland tests Ten Kate

    11 November 2005

    Toseland tests Ten Kate

    James Toseland's first taste of his 2006 works Honda FireBlade has been lashed by rain on today, as the 2004 World Superbike champ tested at Valencia in Spain. The 24-year-old former Ducati man...

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  • Martin tumour scare

    04 November 2005

    Martin tumour scare

    Foggy Petronas WSB rider Steve Martin is now glad he crashed in the last round of the season after a scan of his injured kidneys revealed a previously unnoticed tumour. Martin crashed out of the race...

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  • Diablo 666 at the NEC

    04 November 2005

    Diablo 666 at the NEC

    James Hutchins from the MCN supported Diablo 666 World Endurance team was at the NEC for the final day of the show to meet his fans and get a snap taken with the MCN Babes. The team’s Kawasaki...

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  • Yamaha retain Haga

    04 November 2005

    Yamaha retain Haga

    Noriyuki Haga and Andrew Pitt will both stay with the Yamaha Motor Italia team in World Superbikes in 2006. The updated YZF-R1 will be the base for the 2006 camapign, with initial tests taking place...

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  • Bostrom B joins Hodgson

    28 October 2005

    Bostrom B joins Hodgson

    Ducati has announced that Ben Bostrom will partner the already-confirmed Niel Hodgson in the Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin team that will compete in next year's AMA Superbike Championship with factory...

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  • Toseland confirms move

    21 October 2005

    Toseland confirms move

    Former WSB champ James Toseland dropped by the MCN Stand at Thursday's NEC Show press day - for a chat on the sofa. Read his interview with Michael Guy in the next issue of MCN - out on November 2. ...

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  • 2006 WSB test dates

    14 October 2005

    2006 WSB test dates

    The final round of the World Sueprbike championship may only just have taken place but preparations for next year are well underway with the dates for the first round of the championship and the 2006...

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  • Jones signs for Foggy

    14 October 2005

    Jones signs for Foggy

    British Supersport runner-up in 2005, Craig Jones, has signed for the Foggy-Petronas team to race in World Superbikes in 2006. Jones has signed a one year deal with the team to race the FP-1, with an...

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  • Bayliss/Lanzi for Ducati

    14 October 2005

    Bayliss/Lanzi for Ducati

    Ducati has officially dropped James Toseland from its World Sueprbike team for 2006 with Troy Bayliss and rising star Lorenzo Lanzi taking over the two-bike squad next year. Toseland still...

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  • Yukio on provisional pole

    07 October 2005

    Yukio on provisional pole

    Yukio Kagayama has topped the first day of qualifying for the final round of the World Superbike championship at Magny Cours. The Japanese Suzuki rider is one of the few riders to have tested at the...

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  • Toseland misses out

    07 October 2005

    Toseland misses out

    Honda’s Chris Vermeulen and Ducati rider Lorenzo Lanzi took one win each at the final round of the WSB series at Magny-Cours. Newly-crowned WSB champ Troy Corser (who started from the fourth...

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  • WSB: Vermeulen on pole

    01 October 2005

    Chris Vermeulen will start the Imola round of the World Superbike championship from pole position after a Superpole lap around 0.5 seconds faster than the rest of the field. Second fastest was factory Ducati rider Regis Laconi, returning following injury. Third was championship leader Tory Corser, with Britain's James Toseland fourth quickest. The injured Chris Walker finished Superpole as the...

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  • Corser wins WSB title

    01 October 2005

    Corser wins WSB title

    Troy Corser is celebrating taking his second World Superbike championship following the cancellation of the second race at Imola in Italy, due to heavy rain. The first race of the day saw Chris...

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  • WSB season finale

    01 October 2005

    WSB season finale

    Despite winning the World Superbike championship at the previous round, Troy Corser still has a major point to prove at the season finale at Magny Cours in France on Sunday, October 9, 2005. The Team...

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  • WSB: Corser fastest

    30 September 2005

    WSB: Corser fastest

    Troy Corser has dominated the first qualifying session for the imola round of the World Superbike championship, claiming provisional pole with a time of 1:49.161. The Australian Suzuki rider...

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  • Endurance season finale

    23 September 2005

    Endurance season finale

    The Suzuki Castrol team have won the final round of the World Endurance championship, the Vallelunga 200, despite their star rider being unable to ride following a qualifying crash. The duo of...

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  • Yamaha keeps WSS duo

    23 September 2005

    Yamaha keeps WSS duo

    Yamaha will stick with current riders Kevin Curtain and Broc Parkes for the 2006 season on the new Yamaha YZF-R76. The Yamaha Motor Germany squad will again field the two Australians with official...

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  • British endurance glory?

    16 September 2005

    British endurance glory?

    The British Diablo 666 Endurance team will be going for glory this weekend at the final round of the championship at Vallelunga in Spain. The Suzuki castrol team may have taken the championship, but...

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  • Vermeulen tops QP2

    09 September 2005

    Double Assen winner Chris Vermeulen is on provisional pole for the WSB round at Eurospeedway Lausitz on Sunday, September 11, 2005. The Australian Ten Kate Honda rider completed 22 laps with a best 1:39.847, to qualify ahead of championship leader Tory Corser. Corser completed 25 laps with a time of 1:40.092, with Noriyuki Haga third with 1:40.102. Britian's James Toseland slipped down the order...

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  • Lanzi takes surprise pole

    09 September 2005

    Lanzi takes surprise pole

    Lorenzo Lanzi has taken his first pole position in World Superbikes after taking the factory Ducati to the fastest ever lap of the Lausitzring, Germany. The Italian rider is filling in for the...

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  • Lanzi takes first win

    09 September 2005

    Lanzi takes first win

    Lorenzo Lanzi has taken a race win in his debut for the factory Ducati Squad, sharing the spoils at the German Lausitzring with fellow winner Chris Vermeulen. Lanzi started both races from pole while...

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  • Vermeulen Assen double

    02 September 2005

    Vermeulen Assen double

    Chris Vermeulen has won both races at the Assen round of the World Superbike championship. The Australian had dominated the first race, but found the going harder for his second attempt. Sixth off...

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  • Vermeulen on Assen pole

    02 September 2005

    Vermeulen on Assen pole

    Australian Chris Vermeulen will start from pole position for the World Superbike round at Assen on Sunday, Septmeber 4, 2005, having pulled out a lap of 2:04.179 from apparently nowhere. Britain's...

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  • Lanzi in for injured Laconi

    02 September 2005

    Lanzi in for injured Laconi

    Italian Lorenzo Lanzi will ride for the Xerox Ducati World Superbike team as a replacement for the injured Regis Laconi this weekend at Eurospeedway Lausitz. Laconi was injured during the first...

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  • Sidecar legend retires

    02 September 2005

    Sidecar legend retires

    British sidecar legend, Steve Webster M.B.E., has announced his immediate retirement from the sport after 25 years and 10 world championship titles. His retirement was announced amid emotional scenes...

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  • Nieto loses WSB ride

    02 September 2005

    Nieto loses WSB ride

    Fonsi Nieto has lost his place in the Scuderia SC Caracchi Ducati team, as revealed in an official press release by the team. "Luckily Gianluca Nannelli in Supersport and Lorenzo Lanzi in...

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