World Superbikes (February 2009)

  • 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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  • Jonathan Rea Countdown Diary – Day 9

    26 February 2009 by Michael Guy

    Jonathan Rea Countdown Diary – Day 9

    With the first round of the World Superbike Championship kicking off tomorrow, Britain’s Jonathan Rea has had a busy day getting ready. Having topped the timesheets at the two day test in Phillip...

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  • WSB season ready for kick off

    26 February 2009 by Michael Guy

    WSB season ready for kick off

    A record 12 riders attended the Phillip Island pre season press conference today in preparation for the season kick-off tomorrow. WSB organisers historically invite four or five riders on stage to...

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  • Shane Byrne in need of track time in Australia

    26 February 2009 by Michael Guy

    Shane Byrne in need of track time in Australia

    Shane Byrne admits that he’ll be playing catch up at the opening round of the WSB championship at Phillip Island having missed the latest round of testing at the Australian circuit. Byrne’s title...

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  • Jonathan Rea WSB countdown Diary – Day 7

    24 February 2009 by Michael Guy

    Jonathan Rea WSB countdown Diary – Day 7

    In last weekends two-day test at Phillip Island, Britain’s Jonathan Rea topped the time sheets with an impressive 1m 31.8s lap time. The Ten Kate Honda rider has hit form just in time for the opening...

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  • Carlos Checa rates his title rivals

    23 February 2009 by Michael Guy

    Carlos Checa rates his title rivals

    Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider Carlos Checa will start the 2009 season as one of the favourites. The veteran Spaniard now has a year of World Superbike experience and a year of developing his...

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  • Meeting Rea at the Belfast Show

    22 February 2009 by jamierob

    Meeting Rea at the Belfast Show

    Met JR last Friday 13/2/09 at Belfast Motorbike show and took a couple of photos of him with my son and his mates , they were all really pleased to meet him ,so thanks and good luck this year,

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  • Jonathan Rea – WSB countdown diary – Day 5

    21 February 2009 by Michael Guy

    Jonathan Rea – WSB countdown diary – Day 5

    Having spent the last four days on the beach and having BBQ’s it was down to the serious stuff today with the first of a two day Superbike test at Phillip Island. “I made my usual start to the day...

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  • Jonathan Rea – WSB countdown diary – Day 4

    20 February 2009 by Michael Guy

    Jonathan Rea – WSB countdown diary – Day 4

    With the two day World Superbike test at Phillip Island kicking off tomorrow, Jonathan Rea has continued to make the most of his time and has clearly settled into the Australian way of life. He didn’t...

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  • Jonathan Rea – WSB countdown diary – Day 3

    19 February 2009 by Michael Guy

    Jonathan Rea – WSB countdown diary – Day 3

    On day three of Jonathan Rea’s WSB countdown diary the young Brit has been talking tactics with his team ahead of this weekends test at Phillip Island. He’s also found time to relax, have another BBQ...

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  • Haslam satisfied with Phillip Island WSB test

    18 February 2009 by Michael Guy

    Leon Haslam believes he is ready to race after completing a two day test at Phillip Island. The Stiggy Honda rider has continued to work on machine set-up ended the test happy with his result after slashing a full second off his day one best lap time. He said: “It’s been good, we’ve worked a lot on set-up and been able to eliminate a lot of things. Phillip Island is different to where we’ve tested...

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  • Jonathan Rea – WSB countdown diary – Day 2

    18 February 2009 by Michael Guy

    Jonathan Rea – WSB countdown diary – Day 2

    Jonathan Rea touched down in Australia yesterday ahead of the opening round of WSB at Phillip Island in nine days time. While Aprilia, Stiggy Honda and Altea continue to test Rea has had a much easier...

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  • Craig Jones honoured in local communmity

    13 February 2009 by Michael Guy

    Craig Jones honoured in local communmity

    World Supersport man Craig Jones has been honoured with a memorial tree and bench on the Greenbank estate where he grew up. The 23 year old died following a crash at Brands Hatch in August 2008 whilst...

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  • Yamaha unveil new WSB livery

    13 February 2009 by Michael Guy

    Yamaha unveil new WSB livery

    The Yamaha World Superbike squad of American Ben Spies and Brit Tom Sykes have unveiled its all-new livery for their 2009 R1. After being sponsored by Spanish financial giant Santander and running a...

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  • WSB men get Imola testing date

    10 February 2009 by Michael Guy

    WSB men get Imola testing date

    The World Superbike and Supersport riders will get to complete a two day test at the famous Imola circuit in preparation for the 12th round of the championship on 27th September. The two day test will...

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  • WSB hit by credit crunch

    09 February 2009 by Michael Guy

    WSB hit by credit crunch

    The worldwide credit crunch has claimed it’s first high profile victim in World Superbikes following the announcement that the Sterilgarda Ducati team will only field one rider in the opening two...

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  • Brits flood 42 strong Superstock 1000 grid

    09 February 2009 by Michael Guy

    Brits flood 42 strong Superstock 1000 grid

    The 2009 Superstock 1000 FIM Cup promises to be a classic with 42 riders all under the age of 24 fighting for top honours onboard 1000cc fours and 1200cc twins. Last year four riders went into the...

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  • Aprilia focus on aerodynamics

    04 February 2009 by Michael Guy

    Aprilia focus on aerodynamics

    The factory Aprilia World Superbike team have conducted a number of wind tunnel tests to optimise the aerodynamics of the all new Aprilia RSV4. Japanese rider Shinya Nakano spent a day in the wind...

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  • Video: World Superbike men tryout flag to flag race simulation

    03 February 2009 by Michael Guy

    In 2009 a new flag to flag ruling has been introduced into World Superbike, meaning races will run from start to finish and won't be stopped for changing weather conditions. The same ruling was introduced in MotoGP in 2006 leading to exciting pit stops where riders would have to think tactically before coming in to swap bikes. In preparation for the forthcoming season, World...

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  • John Hopkins to WSB?

    01 February 2009 by Michael Guy

    John Hopkins to WSB?

    Former Kawasaki MotoGP rider John Hopkins could be poised for a sensational switch to the World Superbike Championship. MCN understands that the American is in negotiations with the Stiggy Honda...

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