World Superbikes (Jan - Dec 2009)

  • WSB 2010 UK VOTE

    24 December 2009 by adysmith

    WORLD SUPERBIKE 2010 IN THE UK If donnington is out of the picture for the 2010 BSB season this could mean there will be no uk race for the WSB next year,I think the fans should have a chance to post votes for a pole on which circuit they would like to see the WSB at next year. There are only two possibilties silverstone & brandshatch the later of which being the firm favourite of race fans...

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  • Wife of WSB boss Paul Bird in horrific attack

    22 December 2009 by Phil West

    Wife of WSB boss Paul Bird in horrific attack

    The wife of Kawasaki WSB racing team boss Paul Bird has been burned with bleach during a horrific attack by intruders who broke into the Birds’ home. Lindsey Bird, 31, was at home near Penrith,...

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  • Vermeulen: “Now it feels like my bike”

    18 December 2009 by Michael Guy

    Vermeulen: “Now it feels like my bike”

    After completing a two day test at Almeria this afternoon, Chris Vermeulen will leave the Spanish track happy and remains satisfied that he’s making good progress developing the factory Kawasaki...

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  • Byrne relishing battle of the Brits in 2010

    18 December 2009 by Michael Guy

    Byrne relishing battle of the Brits in 2010

    Shane Byrne has revealed that he can’t wait for next years WSB championship to start and is intrigued as to how things will pan out between the Brits. In total there will be seven British riders all...

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  • Attention to detail key to Rea’s success

    18 December 2009 by Michael Guy

    Attention to detail key to Rea’s success

    Jonathan Rea believes that last weeks test in Valencia played a vital role in the teams winter development programme in preparation for the 2010 season. Although Rea was only fourth fastest he...

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  • Kawasaki Superbike begin testing in Spain

    17 December 2009 by Michael Guy

    Kawasaki Superbike begin testing in Spain

    The Kawasaki World Superbike team of Chris Vermeulen and Tom Sykes kicked off it’s latest round of testing with two days of track time at Almeria today. The British run team elected not to attend last...

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  • Pitt reignites WSB career with BMW

    16 December 2009 by Michael Guy

    Pitt reignites WSB career with BMW

    Australian, Andrew Pitt will ride a BMW S1000RR in WSB in 2010. The double World Supersport champion has agreed terms with the Reitwagen Motorsport team and will line up alongside Austrian Roland...

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  • Stiggy Honda out of WSB

    15 December 2009 by Michael Guy

    Stiggy Honda out of WSB

    The Stiggy Honda team that ran Leon Haslam and John Hopkins in World Superbike in 2009 has been forced out of racing due to the ongoing economical crisis and budget shortfall. The Johan Stigefelt run...

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  • Mat Mladin linked to WSB ride with BMW

    11 December 2009 by Michael Guy

    Mat Mladin linked to WSB ride with BMW

    Seven times AMA Superbike champion Mat Mladin could be poised for a sensational switch to WSB in 2010. The 37 year old Australian who retired at the end of the 2009 season has been linked with a...

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  • Biaggi ends 2009 on top at Valencia test

    10 December 2009 by Michael Guy

    Biaggi ends 2009 on top at Valencia test

    Aprilia Racing’s Max Biaggi stormed to the fastest lap time of the two day test at Valencia with an impressive 1m 33.8 second best set on race tyres. Biaggi was in impressive form throughout the two...

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  • Toseland heads day two of Valencia test

    10 December 2009 by Michael Guy

    Toseland heads day two of Valencia test

    Factory Yamaha rider James Toseland is currently the fastest man on track at mid way through day two of the Valencia WSB test. Using the new specification Pirelli tyre, Toseland lapped the Spanish...

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  • First blood to Haslam in Valencia

    09 December 2009 by Michael Guy

    First blood to Haslam in Valencia

    Alstare Suzuki man Leon Haslam secured the fastest lap time on day one of the two day WSB test at Valencia. The 26 year old Brit used the latest specification rear tyre from Pirelli to post an...

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  • Toseland on pace despite crash

    09 December 2009 by Michael Guy

    Toseland on pace despite crash

    James Toseland walked away from his first crash since returning to WSB when he lost the front of his factory Yamaha R1. The former MotoGP man crashed changing direction between turn four and five, but...

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  • Sofuoglu injured in first lap crash

    09 December 2009 by Michael Guy

    Sofuoglu injured in first lap crash

    World Supersport front runner Kenan Sofuoglu has been taken to hospital in Valencia following a crash on his out lap this morning in Valencia. The 2007 WSS champion high sided his Ten Kate Honda...

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  • WSB and Moto2 testing under way at Valencia

    09 December 2009 by Michael Guy

    WSB and Moto2 testing under way at Valencia

    World Superbike, World Supersport and Moto2 teams begun two days of testing in dry, sunny conditions at Valencia today. One of the first on track was Ten Kate man Jonathan Rea followed by Yamaha men...

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  • Shakey to miss Valencia test

    08 December 2009 by Michael Guy

    Shakey to miss Valencia test

    Shane Byrne will miss this weeks two day test at Valencia because his new 2010 specification Altea Ducati’s won’t be ready in time. Shakey was expecting to get his first ride on his new bike, which is...

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  • WSB Brits set for two day Valencia test

    08 December 2009 by Michael Guy

    WSB Brits set for two day Valencia test

    A selection of the World Superbike paddock will be on track this week in a two day test at Valencia in Spain. Alstare Suzuki, Ten Kate Honda, Yamaha Superbike Kawasaki Superbike and Aprilia are all...

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  • Yoshimura confirm 2010 WSB wildcard rides

    30 November 2009 by Michael Guy

    Yoshimura confirm 2010 WSB wildcard rides

    Yoshimura Suzuki have confirmed that they will participate in selected World Superbike races in 2010 before making an expected full time move to the championship in 2010. MCN understands that the...

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  • Superpole format tweaked for 2010

    30 November 2009 by Michael Guy

    Superpole format tweaked for 2010

    The all new WSB Superpole format introduced at the beginning of 2009 has been revised for 2010. Following consultation with teams and riders, Superpole one, which sees the fastest 20 riders after...

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  • Aprilia confirm Guandalini/Borciani interest

    30 November 2009 by Michael Guy

    Aprilia confirm Guandalini/Borciani interest

    Aprilia have confirmed that they are speaking with a number of teams about the option of supplying them RSV4’s to race in WSB in 2010. Current Ducati teams Guandalini and the Marco Borciani’s run...

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  • Haslam enjoying life in factory team

    27 November 2009 by Michael Guy

    Haslam enjoying life in factory team

    Following his three day test at Phillip Island in Australia, Leon Haslam remains 100% convinced he’s made the best decision of his career to join the factory Suzuki Alstare squad. Having ridden for...

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  • Camier talks about his new Aprilia WSB ride

    27 November 2009 by Michael Guy

    Camier talks about his new Aprilia WSB ride

    Following months of speculation, Leon Camier has spoken about his new deal that will see him ride for the Factory Aprilia squad in World Superbike alongside Max Biaggi in 2010. After riding the...

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  • Leon Camier to sign for Aprilia

    16 November 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Leon Camier is poised this week to sign for the factory Aprilia team alongside Max Biaggi. Rumours suggested the deal would be finalised today (Monday) and an official  announcement would be made by Aprilia this afternoon but when MCN contacted the company to get confirmation, spokesman Daniele Tosatti said: “We are not expecting to make any announcement until the test at Misano later this...

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  • Shane Byrne eager to get back on track

    16 November 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    The WSB season might only have just finished but Shane Byrne is itching to get back on track now that he’s confirmed his deal with Althea Ducati for next year. “I wish I could go and ride the new bike right now,” he told MCN. The reason for his enthusiasm is that he’ll be on the same top level equipment as new team-mate Carlos Checa. Shakey said: “The difference in 2010 is that I’ll be getting...

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