World Superbikes (March 2009)

  • Shakey welcomes Hopkins to WSB

    26 March 2009 by Michael Guy

    Shakey welcomes Hopkins to WSB

    The last time Shane Byrne rode against John Hopkins was in MotoGP in 2004 and 2005. Now four years on the reigning British Superbike Champion is relishing the opportunity of racing against the...

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  • Photos from Qatar WSB

    25 March 2009 by Gavin Stevenson

    Photos from Qatar WSB

    Here's a few photos I took at the Qatar WSB round – great racing, especially the supersports!  Facilities at Losail are non-existent, but at least it’s cheap (once you’re here!). 

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  • John Hopkins buoyed by Colin Edwards advice

    25 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    John Hopkins buoyed by Colin Edwards advice

    John Hopkins has told MCN of his excitement and anticipation at joining up with the Stiggy Honda WSB squad for the first time having spoken to fellow American Colin Edwards about the move. Some of the...

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  • John Hopkins targets World Superbike wins

    21 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    John Hopkins targets World Superbike wins

    John Hopkins is confident he will be fighting for victories in World Superbikes having finally signed a deal with the Stiggy Honda squad. The 25-year-old will try and rebuild his career in World...

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  • Hopkins first test date confirmed

    21 March 2009 by Michael Guy

    Hopkins first test date confirmed

    John Hopkins will get an initial shake down test onboard the Stiggy Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade superbike before he arrives at Valencia for round three of the championship on 3rd to 5th...

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  • Qatar WSB

    20 March 2009 by Sandy Morrison

    Hi Folks, I work in Qatar and took the opportunity of going along to the SBK meeting at Losail. The racing was great and the riders put on an excellent show for the very small crowd which bothered to come along. Also I was pleasantly surprised that, although not running at the front, the BMW's didn't disgrace themselves either. It keeps the series alive when another manufacturer comes in,...

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  • John Hopkins signs Stiggy Honda WSB deal

    20 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    John Hopkins signs Stiggy Honda WSB deal

    MotoGP exile John Hopkins has signed a deal to race for the Stiggy Honda World Superbike team, as was first reported by MCN four months ago. The 25-year-old, who was left without a ride following...

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  • WSB boss outlines cost cutting future

    17 March 2009 by Michael Guy

    WSB boss outlines cost cutting future

    WSB boss Paolo Flammini has vowed to make only considered and rational changes to his championship in light of the current economical down turn. Two weeks ago it was confirmed that WSB race weekends...

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  • WSB Qatar: Haga and Spies Open Points Gap

    14 March 2009 by Mike Nicks

    WSB Qatar: Haga and Spies Open Points Gap

    Noriyuki Haga and Ben Spies look like making the battle for the 2009 World Superbike Championship a two-man shootout after both edged away from rivals in today’s two races in Qatar. Haga holds onto...

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  • WSB Qatar: Spies Batters Haga Again

    14 March 2009 by Mike Nicks

    WSB Qatar: Spies Batters Haga Again

    American new boy Ben Spies again drubbed the World Superbike Championship old guard when he won the second race at the second round of the series in Qatar on his Yamaha R1. The former AMA ...

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  • WSS Qatar: Laverty Hammers Ten Kate Pair

    14 March 2009 by Mike Nicks

    WSS Qatar: Laverty Hammers Ten Kate Pair

    Eugene Laverty emerged from two years of despair in 250cc grand prix racing to win his first World Supersport Championship race in an extraordinary sprint to the line on his Parkalgar Honda CBR600 in...

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  • WSB Qatar: Spies Cuts into Haga's Lead

    14 March 2009 by Mike Nicks

    WSB Qatar: Spies Cuts into Haga's Lead

    American Ben Spies sent a chill through the Ducati Xerox pitbox in Qatar today when he won his second consecutive World Superbike Championship race on the new Yamaha R1 on the desert circuit. Noriyuki...

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  • 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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