World Superbikes (Jan - Dec 2009)

  • WSB Qatar: Sykes targets podium

    14 March 2009 by Michael Guy

    WSB Qatar: Sykes targets podium

    Tom Sykes believes he has the pace to run with his dominant team-mate Ben Spies after an impressive practice and qualifying session in Qatar. The 23 year old will line up on the second row of the grid...

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  • Why no Brands Hatch WSB this year?

    13 March 2009 by Steve Edwards

    Why is there no Brands Hatch WSB this year? It surely must still be one of the best events in Europe, for racing and atmosphere, and still drawing large crowds, and all the Brits racing this year? Seems crazy to me! We have Donnington, but sorry it's not the same or as good, (should still have Moto GP) or Moto GP at Brands, why not. Then we get Moto GP to Silverston in 2010, a useless spectator...

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  • Qatar WSS: Crutchlow and Laverty 1-2 on grid

    13 March 2009 by Michael Guy

    Qatar WSS: Crutchlow and Laverty 1-2 on grid

    World Supersport men Cal Crutchlow and Eugene Laverty are convinced they can fight for victory in Saturday's 18 lap race after qualifying first and second on the grid. The two men have been on top...

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  • John Hopkins to Stiggy Honda rumours persist

    13 March 2009 by Michael Guy

    John Hopkins to Stiggy Honda rumours persist

    Rumours that exiled Kawasaki MotoGP rider John Hopkins could make his debut in WSB this year have resurfaced in Qatar. Hopkins has been linked to the new Stiggy Honda World Superbike team to ride...

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  • Sofuoglu walks away from big crash

    13 March 2009 by Michael Guy

    Sofuoglu walks away from big crash

    Kenan Sofuoglu was left nursing a battered right elbow after crashing his Hannspree Ten Kate Honda during the opening free practice session this morning. Sofuoglu crashed at the fast turn two and...

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  • Ten Kate Honda back on the pace in Qatar

    12 March 2009 by Michael Guy

    Ten Kate Honda back on the pace in Qatar

    After a nightmare in Phillip Island, the Ten Kate Honda squad have bounced back to form with all three riders in the top five at the end of first qualifying in Qatar. Britain's Jonathan Rea leads the...

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  • Qatar WSB: Rea fast with more to come

    12 March 2009 by Michael Guy

    Qatar WSB: Rea fast with more to come

    Jonathan Rea showed he will be a serious contender this weekend in Qatar by clocking the third fastest time during the opening free practice. Rea who struggled with tyre issues two weeks ago in...

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  • Shakey upbeat after Free Practice

    12 March 2009 by Michael Guy

    Shakey upbeat after Free Practice

    Shane Byrne made a promising start to round two of the World Superbike Championship at Qatar by topping the time sheets at the start of the session. The British rider who crashed twice and scored no...

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  • Qatar WSB: Crutchlow fast but still learning

    12 March 2009 by Michael Guy

    Qatar WSB: Crutchlow fast but still learning

    Cal Crutchlow made a strong start to the second round of the World Supersport Championship at Qatar by posting the fourth fastest lap time in this morning opening free practice session. The factory...

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  • WSS Qatar: ‘Laverty Can Be Top Brit’

    11 March 2009 by Mike Nicks

    WSS Qatar: ‘Laverty Can Be Top Brit’

    Ahead of the second round of the World Supersport Championship at Qatar on Saturday, Parkalgar Honda team manager Simon Buckmaster believes that Eugene Laverty represents the best chance for any Irish...

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  • Brit Fans Follow Our Super Seven in Qatar

    11 March 2009 by Mike Nicks

    Brit Fans Follow Our Super Seven in Qatar

    Thousands of loyal enthusiasts are expected to tune into Eurosport on Friday and Saturday to follow the adventures of Britain’s Super Seven in the second round of the World Superbike and Supersport...

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  • Shane Byrne Fights Back

    11 March 2009 by Mike Nicks

    Shane Byrne Fights Back

    British Superbike champion Shane Byrne approaches Saturday’s second round of the World Superbike Championship in Qatar in a confident mood on his Sterilgarda Ducati despite crashing twice in the...

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  • Biaggi convinced of podium potential

    11 March 2009 by Michael Guy

    Biaggi convinced of podium potential

    Max Biaggi remains adamant that he can fight for podiums and race wins in 2009. Despite riding the all-new Aprilia RSV4 the Italian showed his and the bikes potential in Australia two weeks ago by...

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  • Me at Philip Island WSB

    06 March 2009 by Mike Guymer

    Me at Philip Island WSB

    Me at Phillip Island WSB. Nice track but not a patch on Brands for atmosphere. I am an ex TT rider and would love to be able add this to my favorite list of tracks: 1. IOM 2. Spa 3. Donington

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  • Max's Phillip Island crash

    06 March 2009 by Jim Cottee

    Max's Phillip Island crash

    WorldSuperBikes - Phillip Island, Race 2, Lap 14, Siberia corner. Max had to take evasive action in a tight bunch of riders & ended up in the kitty litter on his new Aprilia. Luckily he bounced...

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  • Cal Crutchlow: "I could have won it"

    02 March 2009 by Michael Guy

    Cal Crutchlow: "I could have won it"

    Cal Crutchlow and Eugene Laverty confirmed they will be title contenders in the World Supersport championship after finishing fourth and fifth, separated by 1/1000th of a second and just one second...

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  • Phillip Island WSB gossip

    02 March 2009 by Michael Guy

    Phillip Island WSB gossip

    41 riders fined for speeding A total of 41 riders were fined for breaking the 60kph pit lane speed limit during the Phillip Island meeting. Pit lane speed is usually controlled by a marshal sitting at...

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  • WSB Blog: Phillip Island Race

    02 March 2009 by Michael Guy

    WSB Blog: Phillip Island Race

    Well it’s fair to say that the opening round of the World Superbike championship lived up to all the hype. Ben Spies proved beyond doubt that he is the real deal by setting pole and winning race two...

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  • Rea delighted with Superpole front row

    28 February 2009 by Michael Guy

    Rea delighted with Superpole front row

    Jonathan Rea showed his undoubted potential with an accomplished performance in Superpole to secure his place on the front row for Sunday’s two WSB races at Phillip Island. Rea secured the third...

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  • Haslam secures impressive sixth in qualifying

    28 February 2009 by Michael Guy

    Haslam secures impressive sixth in qualifying

    Leon Haslam was the surprise package of Saturday Superpole by securing sixth position for Sunday’s two 22 lap WSB races. The 25 year old Brit was consistently one of the fastest riders on track after...

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  • Crutchlow baulked by Pitt in final qualifying

    28 February 2009 by Michael Guy

    Crutchlow baulked by Pitt in final qualifying

    Cal Crutchlow secured a place on the front row of the grid for Sunday’s opening World Supersport race at Phillip Island despite being baulked by Andrew Pitt on his fastest lap of qualifying. Crutchlow...

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  • Phillip Island WSB: Superpole explained

    28 February 2009 by Michael Guy

    Phillip Island WSB: Superpole explained

    The all new World Superbike Superpole kicked off at Phillip Island today. After ten years of running the one lap Superpole shootout where the fastest 16 riders after regulation qualifying entered the...

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  • Laverty confident for opening race

    28 February 2009 by Michael Guy

    Laverty confident for opening race

    Eugene Laverty will start tomorrows 21 lap race World Supersport race from fifth position after an impressive performance during final qualifying. The Parkalgar Honda rider arrived at Phillip Island...

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