World Superbikes (November 2006)

  • Irish racer talks to MCN

    25 November 2006

    Irish racer talks to MCN

    Ryan Farquhar is one of the top Irish racers on the roads. His 2006 season was wrecked by an arm injury at the very start of the season but now he is fully fit and plans to bounce back in style in...

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  • Xaus impressed after traction control test

    24 November 2006 by MCN

    Xaus impressed after traction control test

    After a year on an old-spec Ducati 999, Ruben Xaus is raving about the potential of the bike he will ride next year. He finally gets to ride an ’06-spec bike with full traction control after...

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  • Hodgson still waits for Foggy deal

    24 November 2006 by MCN

    Hodgson still waits for Foggy deal

    Neil Hodgson’s nails were short last week, and they won’t have got any longer since. The former British and World Superbike star is still waiting to hear from Carl Fogarty’s Foggy Racing team if a...

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  • Plater wins in Macau

    18 November 2006

    Plater wins in Macau

    Steve Plater triumphed in a record breaking Macau Grand Prix on Saturday (November 18), the 40th anniversary race, putting paid to Michael Rutter's hopes of adding to his tally of wins. Rutter had...

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  • Rolfo rides the Blade

    18 November 2006

    Rolfo rides the Blade

    New Ten Kate Honda star Roberto Rolfo got his first meaningful ride on the Ten Kate Honda Superbike he’ll be riding next year. Rolfo got his opportunity at Valencia’s big WSB test and has...

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  • Lanzi - like a new rider

    18 November 2006

    Lanzi - like a new rider

    Ducati World Superbike team boss Davide Tardozzi has revealed the transformation in form of under-fire star Lorenzo Lanzi in the major winter test held at Valencia this week is just like signing a new...

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  • Shakey link to WSB

    18 November 2006

    Shakey link to WSB

    Former British Superbike champ Shakey Byrne was an interested spectator in Valencia at the November World Superbike test – and he spent plenty of time in talks with Yamaha’s European race...

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  • Macau celebrates 40th

    11 November 2006

    Macau celebrates 40th

    The 40th Macau Grand prix takes place this weekend, and this year’s GP promises to be fiercer than ever. In his final ride on the Stobart Honda Rutter is aiming to break the record of six...

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  • Schwantz faces Macau

    11 November 2006

    Schwantz faces Macau

    Race legends Kevin Schwantz, Ron Haslam and Mick Grant, plus modern-day riders Michael Rutter, John McGuinness and Cameron Donald will take part in special lap of honour preceding the Macau Grand Prix...

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  • Steady start for Biaggi

    11 November 2006

    Steady start for Biaggi

    All eyes were on Max Biaggi at the major Valencia WSB test, as series fans waited to see how the four-time GP world champion would perform in his first track outing against the stars who will be his...

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  • Win Toseland's leathers

    11 November 2006

    Win Toseland's leathers

    If you’ve ever wanted to get your hands on some genuine racing memorabilia this is your chance. In aid of Riders for Health, MCN’s WSB reporter Michael Guy is competing in the 2000 mile...

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  • Renewed deal for WSB

    11 November 2006

    Renewed deal for WSB

    Motorcycle clothing and accessories manufacturer Axo Sport have renewed their contract with WSB rights holders, FGSport, for a further three years. Axo will continue as technical sponsor to the...

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  • Biaggi on top form

    11 November 2006

    Biaggi on top form

    New Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Max Biaggi set the fastest time at this week’s two-day World Superbike test at Valencia in Spain. The Italian recorded a time of 1:33.9 with team mate...

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  • Rutter takes pole

    11 November 2006

    Rutter takes pole

    Michael Rutter has taken provisional pole position in the opening qualifying session for the 40th running of the Macau Grand Prix. The 33-year-old BSB star lapped his Stobart Honda in 2.27.99, over...

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  • Six Day Enduro begins

    11 November 2006

    Six Day Enduro begins

    The 81st International Six Day Enduro kicked off on Monday night (Tuesday morning) in Taupo, New Zealand. The enduro is a team event consisting of 31 nations and 600 racers, riding 155 miles a day...

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  • JT on electronics focus

    11 November 2006

    JT on electronics focus

    While he may have been fastest yesterday in the first day of the WSB Valencia two-day test, James Toseland has revealed that his team is more concerned at developing the new electronics package fitted...

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  • WSB testing update

    11 November 2006

    WSB testing update

    Day two of the Valencia World Superbike test sees Yamaha making big steps already with their new-for-07 R1. Yesterday, Noriyuki Haga and new team-mate Troy Corser rode a 2006 and 2007 bike each at...

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  • Toseland tops test

    11 November 2006

    Toseland tops test

    James Toseland has made an impressive start to the world Superbike winter testing season after he topped the timesheets at the first day of the major Valencia test taking place yesterday and today. ...

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  • Curtain to miss first test

    11 November 2006

    Curtain to miss first test

    2006 World Supersport runner-up Kevin Curtain will miss the first official winter test in Valencia next week as he continues to spend time in Australia. Curtain arrived at the final round of the 2006...

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  • Rutter confirms pole

    11 November 2006

    Rutter confirms pole

    Michael Rutter took a step nearer a record-breaking seventh Macau GP win, after sealing pole position for Saturday’s race around the street circuit on his Stobart Honda Fireblade. He retained...

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  • McGuinness' 160 miss

    11 November 2006

    McGuinness' 160 miss

    John McGuinness had a moment as close as any other in his glittering roads racing career, after a huge moment at over 160mph in Macau today. The 11-time TT winner had the biggest moment of the day on...

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  • Winstanley takes GP win

    04 November 2006

    Winstanley takes GP win

    Matt Winstanley secured the first Grand Prix win for a British rider at the Supermoto World Championship final. The weekend started well for the Wigan rider as he squeezed into the shoot-out for...

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  • Biaggi gets head start

    04 November 2006

    Biaggi gets head start

    Max Biaggi got a head start on his WSB rivals after testing his Alstare Suzuki at Valencia a week before the first official test. In a high security, secret test at the Spanish circuit, Biaggi got...

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  • Muggeridge on the move

    04 November 2006

    Muggeridge on the move

    Karl Muggeridge is set to continue racing for Honda in WSB next season after signing to ride for the Alto Evolution Bertocchi squad. Muggeridge has spent the last two years onboard the Ten Kate...

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  • Yukio wins in Japan

    04 November 2006

    Yukio wins in Japan

    World Superbike star and former British Superbike fan favourite Yukio Kagayama took victory in his first race in Japan since 2002. Kagayama rode a Suzuki GSX-R1000 in his own team, "JK Suzuki...

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  • Pitt weighs BSB offer

    04 November 2006

    Pitt weighs BSB offer

    Andrew Pitt has an offer on the table from Paul Bird to race in BSB next year – but the Aussie WSB star is also waiting to see if he has landed a ride with the new Ilmor MotoGP team. The Aussie...

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  • Toseland's 4-wheel fun

    04 November 2006

    Toseland's 4-wheel fun

    There’s no doubt that James Toseland is fast on two wheels, but now he’s shown that he’s also a natural when it comes to racing cars. In a unscheduled test last week, Toseland got...

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  • Simeon moves up

    01 November 2006

    Simeon moves up

    Superstock’s 600 European Champion, Xavier Simeon will make the move up to the 1000 FIM Category for the 2007 season. The Belgian rider, who won five races in the 2006 series, has signed a...

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