World Superbikes (July 2014)

  • Suzuka 8hr: Haslam makes it two from two as Rea's TSR Honda crashes out

    27 July 2014 by Simon Patterson

    The MuSASHi Honda team of Michael van der Mark, Leon Haslam and Takumi Takahashi have taken their second consecutive victory in the Suzuka 8hr, after bad luck once again robbed their WSB teammate Jonathan Rea of what looked like an assured victory.   Rea’s FCC TSR Honda squad were early leaders when the race eventually got underway after a delay of over an hour caused by torrential rain that...

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  • Suzuka 8hr: Watching live

    25 July 2014 by Simon Patterson

    Suzuka 8hr: Watching live

    With the Suzuka 8hr race notoriously difficult to tune into from the UK, MCN have collated all the info you need to watch the ultra-prestigious Japanese race, as the biggest line-up of Brits for...

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  • Honda Racing set clear Suzuka goal

    24 July 2014 by Simon Patterson

    Honda Racing set clear Suzuka goal

    The Honda Racing have made their targets for the Suzuka 8hr race perfectly clear, as the Lincolnshire based team look to get their Endurance World Championship into top gear after a disappointing DNF...

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  • Entire Pata Honda WSB team set for Suzuka 8hr

    24 July 2014 by Simon Patterson

    Entire Pata Honda WSB team set for Suzuka 8hr

    The entire Pata Honda World Superbike and World Supersport squad will be lining up on the grid for the start of this year’s prestigious Suzuka 8hr race, with last year’s winning combination of Leon...

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  • Rumblings from the Laguna Seca paddock

    17 July 2014 by Gordon Ritchie

    Rumblings from the Laguna Seca paddock

    The silly season started for real at Laguna and looks set to gather pace as WSB enters it’s long eight week summer break. Aprilia man Sylvain Guintoli, both Kawasaki Racing Team Riders and Pata...

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  • Summer break too far for Lowes

    13 July 2014 by Gordon Ritchie

    Summer break too far for Lowes

    After Laguna Seca has been completed the SBK hoards will head back to Europe, with some of the teams heading to Portimao for a (now increasingly rare) testing opportunity on 21 and 22 July. Some...

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  • Guintoli ready to risk more

    13 July 2014 by Gordon Ritchie

    Guintoli ready to risk more

    Sylvain Guintoli knew even before he got to Laguna Seca that he would have to go for it at this race and every other one, as Sykes was in an enviable championship position, so the prospect of Sykes...

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  • Bryan Staring making progress

    13 July 2014 by Gordon Ritchie

    Bryan Staring making progress

    In the first free practice at Laguna Seca the name Bryan Staring was well into the top ten positions in a field of 27 riders. Staring admitted that it was only FP1 at that early stage but he put his...

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  • Laguna Seca WSB: Sykes takes pole

    12 July 2014 by Liam Marsden

    Laguna Seca WSB: Sykes takes pole

    Reigning world champion Tom Sykes claimed his 23rd World Superbike pole position at Laguna Seca ahead of tomorrow's races. The Kawasaki rider set a best time of 1'21.811 to hed the front row ahead of...

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  • Camier's first MV steps

    12 July 2014 by Gordon Ritchie

    Camier's first MV steps

    Leon Camier was thrown into the SBK mix once again in 2014 despite having no regular ride, as he took over control of the MV Agusta Reparto Corse F4 vacated for one race by injured regular Claudio...

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  • Lowes hits early high

    12 July 2014 by Gordon Ritchie

    Lowes hits early high

    Among a short handful of WSB riders who were taking their first experiences of the Laguna Seca circuit this weekend Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) did best of all after one day, in fifth place...

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  • Riders Mystified By Laguna Schedule

    12 July 2014 by Gordon Ritchie

    The weekend schedule at Laguna Seca in 2013 featured a race on Saturday and one on Sunday, but in 2014 the WSB weekend featured two races on Sunday as per most rounds. One major departure from the norm was featuring all three times qualifying sessions on Friday, leaving just one free practice and then two sessions of Superpole on Saturday, wit the rest of the day turned over to AMA racing. Most...

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  • WSB: Sykes climbs to Pole in Portimao

    05 July 2014 by Steve Hunt

    WSB: Sykes climbs to Pole in Portimao

    The qualifying sessions of round eight in the World Superbike Championships took place in perfect track conditions today in Portimao, Portugal. With Melandri looking to continue showing the form he’d...

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  • Sykes and Rea Come Close But Melandri Leads Day One

    04 July 2014 by Gordon Ritchie

      Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) made a strong push in second practice session on Friday at Portimao but Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing) edged them out thanks to his first session time set earlier in the day.   Melandri was only 0.047 seconds up on Sykes and 0.059 seconds up on Rea as the British duo made progress in the afternoon, as did...

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  • WSB Brits clash ahead of Portimao race

    03 July 2014 by Michael Guy

    WSB Brits clash ahead of Portimao race

    The general consensus as to why WSB is suffering from dwindling spectator interest despite its close racing is a combination of no terrestrial TV coverage and a lack of personalities and character...

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  • Rea and Haslam back with Honda for Suzuka 8hr

    01 July 2014 by Simon Patterson

    Rea and Haslam back with Honda for Suzuka 8hr

    Honda has confirmed their factory line-up for the prestigious Suzuka 8hr; one of the most important races of the year for the Japanese manufacturers and held at Honda’s own circuit. Honda are looking...

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