World Superbikes (Jan - Dec 2012)

  • Biaggi retires from racing

    07 November 2012 by Michael Guy

    Biaggi retires from racing

    Six time world champion Max Biaggi has announced that he will retire from racing. The 41 year old Italian addressed a packed press conference in Vallelunga in his native city of Rome this morning...

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  • Melandri guilty of tax dodging

    31 October 2012

    Melandri guilty of tax dodging

    BMW World Superbike rider Marco Melandri has received a nineteen month suspended sentance in his home town of Ravenna, after being convicted of tax evasion offences. In a case similar to Valentino...

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  • Yamaha open to World Superbike return

    31 October 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha open to World Superbike return

    Yamaha could be tempted back to World Superbikes if new owners Dorna introduce radical technical changes that will reduce costs and make the bikes more closely linked to a Superstock level of...

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  • Ducati discontinue Althea link

    29 October 2012 by MCN Sportsdesk

    Ducati discontinue Althea link

    Ducati has issued a press statement finalising its plans for the 2013 World Superbike Championship, both in the development of the 1199 Panigale and how it will participate in the series. Ducati say...

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  • Jules Cluzel joins FIXI Crescent Suzuki

    29 October 2012 by Michael Guy

    Jules Cluzel joins FIXI Crescent Suzuki

    World Supersport sensation Jules Cluzel has signed for the British Fixi Crescent Suzuki team to race in WSB in 2013. Cluzel arrived in the WSB paddock riding the PTR Honda in WSS in 2012, finishing...

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  • 2013 WSB Calendar confirmed

    06 October 2012 by Michael Guy

    The 15 round World Superbike Calendar has been confirmed in Magny Cours today. The unconfirmed race on 23 June is expected to take place in Brno, Czech Republic. 24 February       Australia                        Phillip Island 10...

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  • Magny Cours WSB: Cluzel on provisional pole at home race

    05 October 2012 by Michael Guy

    Frenchman Jules Cluzel ended the opening day at Magny Cours by setting provisional pole position for Sunday’ 22 lap World Supersport race. The three time WSS race winner set a pole time of 1’41.886 – 0.406s clear of his closest rival. Ten Kate Honda rider Broc Parkes secured second spot ahead of Kawasaki Fabien Foret who made it two French riders on the front row. Britain’s Sam Lowes claimed...

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  • Provisional 2013 WSB calendar unveiled

    25 September 2012 by Michael Guy

    The 15 round 2013 WSB calendar is set to be confirmed on Friday, but below is a sneak preview of what it might look like. For over five years WSB bosses have been aiming to grow the series to 15 rounds and in 2013 they look like they have achieved their goal with races in America, Australia, India and Russia. But remember this is only provisional so don't go booking any flights or hotels just...

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  • Portimao WSB: Laverty wins from Rea and Biaggi

    23 September 2012 by Michael Guy

    Eugene Laverty celebrated his first victory since joining Aprilia with a classy performance onboard  his RSV4. The 25 year old Irishman made the break at the front and controlled the race, soaking up intense pressure from Honda man Jonathan Rea on the final lap. Laverty said: “It feels really good to finally get the win and get the monkey off my back. Portimao is almost like a home race...

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  • Portimao WSS: Cluzel wins race, Sofuoglu crowned world champion

    23 September 2012 by Michael Guy

    Frenchman Jules Cluzel did everything he possibly could to keep his title hopes alive by winning the Portimao race, but the day ultimately belonged to Kenan Sofuoglu who by finishing second and secured his third World Supersport crown of his illustrious career. Sofuoglu said: “I knew I only had to finish fourth even if Cluzel won the race, but on the last two laps I realised I could at least...

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  • Portimao-WSB: Sykes wins race one to close to within 14.5points of championship lead

    23 September 2012 by Michael Guy

    Tom Sykes secured a brilliant race one win after a tense battle with Carlos Checa at Portimao today. The factory Kawasaki rider dominated the restarted race to secure his third win of the year and move to second in the overall championship standings. He said: “In the restarted race I had a much better set-up and I could feel what the tyres were doing. I was managing the tyre from the start of the...

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  • Portimao WSB: Sykes storms to Superpole number eight

    23 September 2012 by Michael Guy

    Tom Sykes secured anther brilliant Superpole victory – his eighth of 2012. Onboard his factory Kawasaki Sykes also set a new best lap of the Portimao circuit with a stunning lap time using a rear qualifying tyre of 1’41.415. Second place went to a hard riding Carlos Checa onboard his Althea Ducati. The Spanish rider was clearly pushing the limits of his bike and tyres but was rewarded with a front...

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  • Biaggi pushes his way to the top of second qualifying

    22 September 2012 by Michael Guy

    A late charge by championship leader Max Biaggi in the dying minutes of second qualifying saw him move to the top of the time sheets onboard his factory Aprilia. He was followed him by in form Brit Tom Sykes who also left it to the final minutes of the session to move up the leader board. The two men knocked BMW riders Marco Melandri and Leon Haslam off the top spot with factory Aprilia man Eugene...

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  • Win tickets to Magny-Cours WSB finale!

    20 September 2012 by Marc Abbott

    Win tickets to Magny-Cours WSB finale!

    MCN has teamed up with the French Magny-Cours circuit to offer a pair of tickets to the World Superbike season finale on the weekend of October 6-7. Beyond the massive British contingent including the...

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  • Nurburgring WSB: Davies takes maiden win

    09 September 2012 by Liam Marsden

    Nurburgring WSB: Davies takes maiden win

    Welshman Chaz Davies has taken his maiden superbike win in the second race at the historic Nurburgring circuit today. Davies got off to a good start and was immediately at the front of the race behind...

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  • Rea: WSB remains my priority

    06 September 2012 by Michael Guy

    Rea: WSB remains my priority

    In the next five weeks Jonathan Rea will complete over four hours of free practice, seven hours of qualifying and 3 ½ hours of racing in both WSB and MotoGP. Having been drafted in the Repsol Honda...

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