World Superbikes (December 2008)

  • Haslam under lap record in Cartagena test

    26 December 2008 by Michael Guy

    Haslam under lap record in Cartagena test

    Leon Haslam finished off his 2008 season in the best way possible with a positive two day test at Cartagena last week. The 25 year old Brit got to ride the newly prepared Stiggy Honda CBR1000RR in...

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  • BMW focussed on 2009 World Superbike campaign

    24 December 2008 by Michael Guy

    BMW focussed on 2009 World Superbike campaign

    Following the first official top teams Pirelli test in South Africa, BMW have revealed their intentions to be fighting for top five finishes by the end of the 2009 season. The German manufacturer will...

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  • Bayliss tips Haga for 2009 WSB crown

    23 December 2008 by Michael Guy

    Bayliss tips Haga for 2009 WSB crown

    Troy Bayliss believes that Noriyuki Haga is one of three men capable of fighting for the World Superbike Championship in 2009. Haga has replaced Bayliss in the factory Xerox Ducati squad for 2009 and...

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  • Kawasaki satisfied after first round of testing

    22 December 2008 by Michael Guy

    Kawasaki satisfied after first round of testing

    Broc Parkes and Makoto Tamada got their first taste of the 2009 specification Kawasaki ZX-10R’s they will be campaigning in the World Superbike championship in 2009. The factory Kawasaki squad now run...

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  • Sofuoglu talks about his blistering pace at Kyalami test

    18 December 2008 by Michael Guy

    Kenan Sofuoglu was in stunning form at last weeks Pirelli tyres test in Kyalami. The 2007 World Supersport champion has been reunited with the Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR after a tough season in World Superbike with the one goal of retaining the title. During the three day test, Sofuoglu was significantly quicker than his team mate and 2008 World Supersport Champion, Andrew Pitt, but the humble...

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  • Video: Rea on the pace in World Superbike Kyalami testing

    17 December 2008 by Michael Guy

    Jonathan Rea made his mark on the World Superbike paddock by finishing his first official test onboard the Ten Kate Honda fourth fastest. The 22 year old Brit lapped faster than his experienced team-mates Carlos Checa and Ryuichi Kiyonari on the final day having spent the opening two days establishing a base setting for the Superbike. MCN spoke with the 2008 World Supersport runner-up for his...

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  • Video: World Superbike Kyalami video blog

    16 December 2008 by Michael Guy

    MCN’s World Superbike reporter, Michael Guy spent three days at the first official top team Pirelli test in South Africa last week. With Noriyuki Haga riding the Xerox Ducati for the first time, Brits Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes on track, plus the first public appearance of the BMW Superbike there was a lot going on at the Kyalami track.  Watch the video below to hear Guy’s...

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  • Video: First look at Haga on 2009 Xerox Ducati

    15 December 2008 by Michael Guy

    Noriyuki Haga completed a successful debut onboard the 2009 specification Xerox Ducati at Kyalami. The Japanese rider overcame three crashes on the first day to end the test third fastest and finally feel comfortable on the 1200cc v-twin Ducati. Although the 2009 bike doesn’t look any different to Troy Bayliss’ title winning machine it has a number of changes including new fly by wire throttle,...

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  • Kyalami Test: Michel Fabrizio finishes on top

    12 December 2008 by Michael Guy in Kyalami

    Kyalami Test: Michel Fabrizio finishes on top

    Xerox Ducati man Michel Fabrizio maintained his dominance of the three day Kyalami test by topping the time sheets for the third consecutive day. The young Italian has been in sublime form throughout...

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  • Michel Fabrizio still on top in Kyalami

    11 December 2008 by Michael Guy in Kyalami

    Michel Fabrizio still on top in Kyalami

    Italian Michel Fabrizio became the first man to dip into to the 1m 40s bracket at Kyalami this morning. The Xerox Ducati rider topped the timesheets at the end of day one and took less than ten laps...

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  • Latest lap times from Kyalami WSB test

    10 December 2008 by Michael Guy in Kyalami

    Latest lap times from Kyalami WSB test

    Despite two crashes this morning Xerox Ducati rider Noriyuki Haga is at the top of the time sheets mid way through the afternoon session of the opening day. Yamaha Italia rider Tom Sykes sits at the...

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  • Second crash for Noriyuki Haga at Kyalami

    10 December 2008 by Michael Guy in Kyalami

    Second crash for Noriyuki Haga at Kyalami

    Noriyuki Haga has crashed his Xerox Ducati for the second time during testing at the Kyalami circuit this morning. In his first crash the former Yamaha man collided with Briton Jonathan Rea in only...

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  • Haga crashes out two laps into Ducati WSB debut

    10 December 2008 by Michael Guy in Kyalami

    Haga crashes out two laps into Ducati WSB debut

    Noriyuki Haga crashed his new Xerox Ducati 1098 F09 on only his second flying lap after a collision with Ten Kate Honda rider Jonathan Rea. Riding the Ducati for the first time, Haga was cruising and...

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  • Top WSB teams ready for South Africa test

    08 December 2008 by Michael Guy

    Top WSB teams ready for South Africa test

    WSB’s top teams will kick off testing for the 2009 season at Kyalami on Wednesday for what promises to be the most competitive season of racing in recent years. Xerox Ducati, Ten Kate Honda, Alstare...

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  • Tommy Hill on the pace in first test back

    04 December 2008 by Michael Guy

    Tommy Hill on the pace in first test back

    Tommy Hill finished the final day of the two day test in Cartagena in Spain delighted with his pace after dropping nearly a second off his day one lap time with a string of consistent 1m 35.4s...

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  • World Superbike 2009 dates confirmed

    04 December 2008 by Rob Hull

    World Superbike 2009 dates confirmed

    The FIM has released the final calendar for the World Superbike Championship for 2009. WSB will be a big focal point for British motorcycle racing fans with an influx of home-grown talent wading into...

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  • Ducati ready for life without Troy Bayliss

    02 December 2008 by Michael Guy

    Ducati ready for life without Troy Bayliss

    The Xerox Ducati squad have spent the last four weeks since the season finale in Portugal preparing for life without Troy Bayliss and are about to begin a new chapter with Japanese start Noriyuki Haga...

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  • Video: Ruben Xaus on new BMW WSB project

    01 December 2008 by Michael Guy

    MCN caught up with World Superbike start Ruben Xaus on the BMW stand at the NEC Motorcycle Show. The Spaniard flew in to unveil the all new S1000R he’ll be campaigning in next years World Superbike Championship. Xaus has so far completed a two day test at Valencia alongside new team-mate Troy Corser and will get three more days in South Africa from 8th December to further develop the new...

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  • Video: Jonathan Rea talks testing

    01 December 2008 by Michael Guy

    Jonathan Rea has revealed his intentions for the forthcoming top teams World Superbikes test at Kyalami South Africa. MCN caught up with the World Supersport series runner up at the NEC Motorcycle show this week where he spoke about being back on the Superbike and the competition he faces in 2009.

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  • Video: Cal Crutchlow talks World Supersport future

    01 December 2008 by Michael Guy

    Cal Crutchlow made a seamless transition to the factory Yamaha World Supersport bike after a year on the HM Plant Honda Superbike in recent testing. The 22 year old showed blistering pace first time out on the bike and revealed to MCN how much he is enjoying riding the new bike.

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  • Exclusive pictures of 2009 Alstare Suzuki

    01 December 2008 by Michael Guy

    Exclusive pictures of 2009 Alstare Suzuki

    The factory Alstare Suzuki squad completed their first shakedown test of the all-new GSX-R1000 in Phillip Island Australia last week and MCN have exclusive pictures of the new bike. Riding unbranded...

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