World Superbikes (January 2010)

  • Checa tops Valencia test, Byrne third fastest

    29 January 2010 by Michael Guy

    Checa tops Valencia test, Byrne third fastest

    Spaniard Carlos Checa was the surprise fastest man at the weather affected two day test at Valencia this week. Riding for the all new Althea Ducati squad alongside Brit Shane Byrne, Checa set an...

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  • Minimal track time in Valencia for WSB teams

    27 January 2010 by Michael Guy

    Minimal track time in Valencia for WSB teams

    Bad weather and three degree track temperatures bought a premature end to any meaningful testing at Valencia today. Having made the 500 mile trip from Portimao at the weekend, riders were faced with a...

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  • Valencia test hit by cold wet track conditions

    27 January 2010 by Michael Guy

    Valencia test hit by cold wet track conditions

    The scheduled two day test at Valencia has got of to a slow start due to cold temperatures and a slowly drying track this morning. Xerox Ducati, Althea Ducati, Aprilia and BMW, WSB teams went straight...

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  • Crutchlow: “I thought I was on fire”

    26 January 2010 by Michael Guy

    Cal Crutchlow has revealed that he was lucky to escape serious injury when he crashed in the final session of the three day test in Portimao. The 24 year old Brit low sided his factory Yamaha R1 in the final corner. Speaking to MCN he said: “It was a 130mph crash. Where the grandstand ends on the outside of the track there is a gap and the wind was coming through and it took my front away. I felt...

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  • Rea leads Brit dominance of Portimao WSB test

    24 January 2010 by Michael Guy

    Rea leads Brit dominance of Portimao WSB test

    Jonathan Rea set the pace on the third and final day of the WSB test in Portimao with a lap time under the circuit best lap set by Ben Spies. Riding the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda, Rea spent the three...

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  • WSB Test: Sunday First session times

    24 January 2010 by Michael Guy

    1 65 J. REA GBR HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.059 2 91 L. HASLAM GBR Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'43.060 3 41 N. HAGA JPN Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R 1'43.657 4 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R 1'43.675 5 3 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Racing Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'43.785 6 35 C. CRUTCHLOW GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'44.233 7 2 L. CAMIER...

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  • WSB test: Rea fastest again on drying track

    23 January 2010 by Michael Guy

    WSB test: Rea fastest again on drying track

    Jonathan Rea stayed a the top of the standings after the second timed session today with a lap time on 1’49.107 set in damp conditions. The Ten Kate Honda man finished ahead of friend and rival Leon...

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  • WSB Test: Rea fastest at wet Portimao

    23 January 2010 by Michael Guy

    Jonathan Rea overhauled Leon Haslam on his final lap of a rain hit opening practice session at Portimao circuit this morning. After heavy overnight rain no one ventured out on track for over one hour until Sylvan Guintoli braved the elements on his Alstare Suzuki. Aprilia’s Leon Camier looked smooth and impressive to set the early pace before Aussie Chris Vermeulen took control at the front. In...

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  • WSB Test: Haslam secures top spot, Five Brits in top six

    22 January 2010 by Michael Guy

    Leon Haslam continued to set the pace at the end of day one of official testing at Portimao onboard his Alstare Suzuki. The 26 year old has now been fastest during both sessions in Portugal after topping the time in winter testing at Valencia last December. Speaking to MCN, he said: “I wasn’t expecting the grip to be as good as when we tested here after the final race and it wasn’t, but we’ve...

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  • Silverstone World Superbike round confirmed

    22 January 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Silverstone World Superbike round confirmed

    Silverstone will host the British round of the World Superbike championship in 2010, as was revealed by MCN earlier this week. Originally scheduled to take place at crisis-hit Donington Park on August...

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  • Gino Rea trains with BSB champ Leon Camier

    22 January 2010 by MCN Sportsdesk

    Gino Rea trains with BSB champ Leon Camier

    European Superstock 600cc Champion Gino Rea and BSB Champ Leon Camier have been making the most out of the good weather in Spain. Like the beginning of 2009, Rea has been pre-season training in Spain...

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  • McCoy eyes Moto2 ride?

    20 January 2010 by Michael Guy

    McCoy eyes Moto2 ride?

    Following the revelation that he has been dropped from the Triumph BE1 World Supersport squad, Garry McCoy has revealed that his best option of securing a ride could lie in the new Moto2 class in...

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  • McCoy loses BE1 Triumph World Supersport ride

    20 January 2010 by Michael Guy

    McCoy loses BE1 Triumph World Supersport ride

    Racing legend Garry McCoy has been told that he is out of a job less than six weeks before the start of the World Supersport championship. McCoy was expected to continue racing for the Italian BE1...

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  • My Mum and Michel Fabrizio

    18 January 2010 by Jules

    My Mum and Michel Fabrizio

    My mum with the talented, and very good looking Michel Fabrizio in the WSB '09 paddock at Donington Park - fantastic weekend!

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  • Top WSB teams ready to test

    18 January 2010 by Michael Guy

    Top WSB teams ready to test

    World Superbike testing kicks of at Portimao on Friday with all the 2010 top teams and riders going head to head for the first time. With seven manufacturers present along with leading privateer teams...

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  • Althea Ducati 2010 team launch

    18 January 2010 by Michael Guy

    Althea Ducati 2010 team launch

    The Altea Ducati squad of Shane Byrne and Carlos Checa was officially launched in Italy last week. Byrne and Checa were introduced to the 1198 Ducati’s that they will campaign in 2010 while getting to...

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  • BMW confirm Davide Tardozzi appointment

    08 January 2010 by Michael Guy

    BMW confirm Davide Tardozzi appointment

    As revealed earlier this week, Davide Tardozzi will join BMW in 2010 to head up team management and operational control of the German manufacturers World Superbike squad. Current Project and team...

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  • Ducati WSB squad gets major reshuffle for 2010

    08 January 2010 by Michael Guy

    Ducati WSB squad gets major reshuffle for 2010

    Following Davide Tardozzi’s switch from the Xerox Ducati squad to BMW, WSB project leader Ernesto Marinelli was immediately installed as the new team manager. Now with the 2010 season set to kick off...

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  • Sofuoglu in fight for fitness

    05 January 2010 by Michael Guy

    Sofuoglu in fight for fitness

    Ten Kate Honda World Supersport contender Kenan Sofuoglu faces a battle to be fit for the scheduled three day test at Portimao in 17 days time after breaking his ankle riding a motocross bike. The...

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