World Superbikes (Jan - Dec 2008)

  • Have your say: Is MotoGP doomed?

    26 November 2008 by Michael Guy

    Have your say: Is MotoGP doomed?

    With companies like Aprilia and BMW using the production-based WSB series to develop new motorcycles and technologies, you have to ask why we need such an expensive racing series like MotoGP? BMW...

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  • Aprilia wheel out liveried-up RSV4 WSB racer

    19 November 2008 by Andy Downes

    Aprilia wheel out liveried-up RSV4 WSB racer

    MCN has exclusively witnessed the next step in the story of Aprilia's awesome new RSV4 superbike. The full race version, which is due to be campaigned by Max Biaggi in World Superbikes next year, was...

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  • Honda offer Michael Schumacher WSB ride

    18 November 2008 by Chris Newbigging

    Honda offer Michael Schumacher WSB ride

    Reports have emerged that Honda Racing would allow former F1 multiple world champion Michael Schumacher a ride in World Superbikes in 2009. Honda Racing’s Carlo Fiorani told Italy’s Gazzetto dello...

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  • Shane Byrne tops final day of Parkalgar test

    06 November 2008 by Michael Guy

    Shane Byrne tops final day of Parkalgar test

    Shane Byrne made a seriously impressive start to his World Superbike career by topping the time sheets in the two day test at the Parkalgar circuit in Portugal. The newly crowned BSB champion set a...

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  • Shakeys Byrne's first outing

    05 November 2008 by matto3227

    Shakeys Byrne's first outing

    Here are some images from Shane "Shakey" Byrne's first test outing on the Sterilgarda Ducati in Portugal on Tuesday morning. Shakey was on track with other top riders such as Ben Spies, Tom Sykes and...

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  • Spies shows pace after first day of testing

    05 November 2008 by Michael Guy

    Spies shows pace after first day of testing

    Ben Spies proved he will be a WSB contender in 2009 by matching the lap time of Noriyuki Haga first time out on the Yamaha Italia R1 at Parkalgar. The American posted a 1m 44.0s lap onboard the bike...

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  • Sykes and Spies test 2009 Big Bang R1

    04 November 2008 by Michael Guy

    Sykes and Spies test 2009 Big Bang R1

    Tom Sykes and Ben Spies got their first taste of the all new big bang Yamaha R1 they will be campaigning in next years World Superbike championship  on Monday. The two WSB rookies got out on...

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  • Portimao WSB impressions

    03 November 2008 by harvey ken.

    Living here in Portugaland having been a life long fan of all motorcycle events you can imagine how we felt knowing the WSB was coming to a track minutes away from our house. Sunday was a day to remember with one of the greatest riders of the modern era competing at this new venue. He did not dissapoint. Troy Bayliss went out in style. What a pity there were down sides to our day. Why is it, when...

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  • Portimao WSB: Troy Bayliss takes race one win

    02 November 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Portimao WSB: Troy Bayliss takes race one win

    World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss has taken his tenth race win of the 2008 season in the first WSB race at the new Portimao circuit in Portugal. Bayliss took the lead on the first lap and...

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  • FGSport rebrands as Infront Motor Sports

    01 November 2008 by Michael Guy

    FGSport rebrands as Infront Motor Sports

    World Superbike promoters FGSport have announced that it has re-branded to Infront Motor Sports following the sale of it’s majority share holding to Infront Sports and Media. FG Sport headed by...

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  • Shinya Nakano to Aprilia WSB

    31 October 2008 by Michael Guy

    Shinya Nakano to Aprilia WSB

    As exclusively revealed on motorcyclenews.com over a week ago, Japanese rider Shinya Nakano will partner Max Biaggi after signing to ride for Aprilia in the World Superbike Championship in 2009. The...

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  • Anthony West poised for Stiggy Honda debut

    30 October 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Anthony West poised for Stiggy Honda debut

    Axed factory Kawasaki MotoGP rider Anthony West will make his Stiggy Honda World Supersport debut at the new Portimao circuit in Portugal next week. The Aussie, who has lost his ZX-RR berth to Italian...

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  • Who Goes Where in World Superbike?

    23 October 2008 by Tom Mckenzie

    Who Goes Where in World Superbike?

    Take a look at this week's issue of MCN where you'll find the full low-down on riders swapping and changing teams in the World Superbike paddock for 2009. With the top four in the 2008 British...

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  • Video: Portimao Parkalgar circuit behind the scenes and guided lap

    21 October 2008 by Michael Guy, Angus Farquhar

    The World Superbike championship will be heading to Portugal for the first time on November 2 but MCN has already been there to get a guided lap of the track and video behind the scenes as the finishing touches are being put on the new Portimao Parkalgar Autodrome. Check out the two ideos below to see and interview with the circuit boss and take a guided lap of the new track with World Supersport...

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  • Team Stiggy signs Anthony West for 2009

    16 October 2008 by James Keen

    Team Stiggy signs Anthony West for 2009

    Team Stiggy Motorsport Honda have signed Australian rider Anthony West for 2009. The 27-year old will leave MotoGP at the end of the season to compete in the World Supersport Championship. Anthony is...

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  • Polita to Partner Byrne in WSB

    08 October 2008 by Niall McGlone

    Polita to Partner Byrne in WSB

    Alessandro Polita will partner Shane Byrne in next years World Superbike Championship. The Itailian already rides for the Sterilgarda team as part of their Superstock outfit and currently lies second...

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  • Magny Cours WSB: Troy Bayliss wins race two

    05 October 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Magny Cours WSB: Troy Bayliss wins race two

    Newly-crowned World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss has taken the win in race two at Magny Cours. Bayliss again took the lead from the start, but as in the first race, Haga took the lead on the first...

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