World Superbikes (Jan - Dec 2011)

  • Laverty talks about his first Aprilia crash

    30 November 2011 by Michael Guy

    Laverty talks about his first Aprilia crash

    Eugene Laverty suffered his first crash onboard his factory Aprilia at Portimao yesterday  - and it was a big one. The 25 year old Irishman who finished the day second fastest had a huge high...

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  • Haslam from Laverty on day two at Portimao

    29 November 2011 by Michael Guy

    Leon Haslam maintained his position at the top of the time sheets after posting a 1, 43.2s lap time – 0.4 faster than his day one best. The BMW Motorrad rider continued to work through chassis and electronic changes onboard his 2012 spec S1000RR. “It’s been another good day, I was able to reduce my average time on the hard tyre and then when we used the softer tyre I went quicker even though I...

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  • Hopkins confirmed at Crescent Suzuki for WSB

    19 November 2011 by Michael Guy

    Hopkins confirmed at Crescent Suzuki for WSB

    John Hopkins has re-signed for the Crescent Suzuki Racing team with a new deal that will see him compete in World Superbikes in 2012. The 28 year old American finished runner-up in the British...

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  • Rea and Aoyama working well in Qatar test

    16 November 2011 by Michael Guy

    Castrol Honda riders Jonathan Rea and new to WSB, Hiroshi Aoyama are mid way through their second day of testing at the Losail circuit in Qatar. The two men have benefited from near perfect testing conditions with 33 degree air temperature and 50 degree track temperature. Grip levels at the circuit are also good due to the amount of rubber on track following the 8 hour Qatar World Endurance race...

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  • A late comfort break?

    22 October 2011 by Anonymous

    A late comfort break?

    Did Leon Haslam forget something or was it a late comfort break? My photo's show Leon climbing back over to the grid just before the start of Race one at Portimao.

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  • Crescent Suzuki poised to confirm WSB future

    20 October 2011 by Michael Guy

    Crescent Suzuki poised to confirm WSB future

    The British-based Crescent Suzuki Racing team are expected to confirm their switch to WSB in 2012. As reported in MCN this week, the current BSB squad have been in on-going discussions with WSB bosses...

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  • Melandri tests 2011 and 2012 spec BMW

    18 October 2011 by Michael Guy

    Melandri tests 2011 and 2012 spec BMW

    Marco Melandri begun a new era of his distinguished racing career at Portimao this morning when he got his first ride on the BMW Motorrad S1000RR he will campaign in 2012. Having won the second race...

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  • Portugal WSS: Chaz Davies wins at Portimao

    16 October 2011 by MCN

    Portugal WSS: Chaz Davies wins at Portimao

    Chaz Davies (Yamaha ParkinGO Team) completed his championship-winning season by securing his sixth victory of the year at the final round in Portugal, making a strong start to lead thoughout the race...

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  • Laverty confirmed at Aprilia for 2012

    16 October 2011 by Michael Guy

    Laverty confirmed at Aprilia for 2012

    Eugene Laverty will become a factory Aprilia rider in 2012 after signing a two year deal with the Italian manufacturer this morning. It remains unclear the exact structure of the team, but it seems...

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  • Aoyama confirmed at Ten Kate Honda

    15 October 2011 by Michael Guy

    Aoyama confirmed at Ten Kate Honda

    Hiroshi Aoyama has been confirmed as the second rider to join Jonathan Rea in the Ten Kate Honda squad to race in WSB in 2012. Aoyama is currently competing in MotoGP with the San Carlo Honda Gresini...

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  • Checa weighing up big money BMW deal

    14 October 2011 by Michael Guy

    Checa weighing up big money BMW deal

    Carlos Checa has until the tomorrow to accept a lucrative offer from the BMW Motorrad Italia team to ride the S1000RR in 2012. MCN understands that the 2011 world champion has been offered in the...

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  • Aoyama to Castrol Honda – decision imminent

    14 October 2011 by Michael Guy

    Aoyama to Castrol Honda – decision imminent

    Current Gresini Honda MotoGP man Hiroshi Aoyama is set to join the Castrol Honda squad in WSB in 2012. Long time GP rider and 250 world champion, Aoyama will line up alongside multiple race winner...

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  • Biaggi cautious about weekend ahead

    13 October 2011 by Michael Guy

    Biaggi cautious about weekend ahead

    Max Biaggi has revealed to MCN that he won’t know if it will be possible to race this weekend at Portimao until he has completed a full day on the bike tomorrow. The 2010 world champions has a broken...

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  • Fourteen round 2012 WSB calendar confirmed

    13 October 2011 by Michael Guy

    Fourteen round 2012 WSB calendar confirmed

    The FIM has released the 2012 WSB calendar today with the series swelling to fourteen races next season. New to the calendar is the Russian race at Moscow International Raceway in August. Other...

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  • Chaz Davies crowned WSS champion

    03 October 2011 by MCN

    Chaz Davies crowned WSS champion

    Chaz Davies was crowned World Supersport champion at Magny Cours on Sunday after a brilliant and accomplished season-long championship campaign. The 24-year-old Brit has proved himself as the...

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  • Rea secures pole at Magny Cours

    01 October 2011 by MCN

    Rea secures pole at Magny Cours

    Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) secured pole at Magny Cours with a new track best of 1'34.490. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha WSB Team) qualified in second place, whilst Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) and Leon...

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  • Melandri to BMW Motorrad deal imminent

    30 September 2011 by Michael Guy

    Melandri to BMW Motorrad deal imminent

    Marco Melandri is expected to sign a deal to ride for the factory BMW Motorrad team in 2012 later today. The 28 year old Italian currently rides for the factory Yamaha squad but following news that...

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  • End of the road for factory Yamaha WSB squad

    30 September 2011 by Michael Guy

    End of the road for factory Yamaha WSB squad

    Any chance of Yamaha continuing its factory World Superbike team beyond the end of the 2011 season have ended. MCN has learned that team and staff have been informed that the operation will close...

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  • Imola WSB: Checa wins race two as Rea retires

    25 September 2011 by Liam Marsden

    Imola WSB: Checa wins race two as Rea retires

    Althea Ducati rider Carlos Checa moved to within a whisker of securing his first World Superbike championship with victory in race two at Imola after Jonathan Rea suffered a mechanical problem while...

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