World Superbikes (Jan - Dec 2017)

  • WSB: Rea on brink of historic third title

    26 September 2017 by Oli Rushby

    WSB: Rea on brink of historic third title

    Jonathan Rea is poised to clinch a historic third successive World Superbike crown at Magny Cours this weekend. The Ulsterman holds a crucial 120-point advantage heading into the 11th round of the...

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  • WSB: Rea refutes Suzuki MotoGP talk

    22 September 2017 by Oli Rushby

    WSB: Rea refutes Suzuki MotoGP talk

    Jonathan Rea has refuted reports that there’s a plot that would see him slot into Suzuki’s MotoGP team for 2018 in place of the struggling Andrea Iannone. Rumours emerged a few weeks back that there...

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  • WSB: 2018 calendar begins to take shape

    20 September 2017 by Gordon Ritchie

    WSB: 2018 calendar begins to take shape

    The 2018 WorldSBK calendar is starting to take shape, although still highly provisional at this time. The new San Juan track in Argentina will host a round but only if it is ready in time.  If...

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  • WSB: Jonathan Rea's Portimao column

    20 September 2017 by Jonathan Rea

    WSB: Jonathan Rea's Portimao column

    That was probably one of the most solid weekends of my career. Everything was pretty much plain sailing!   Right from the first session the bike was in the ballpark. Normally we go from race...

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  • WSB: Tyre drama at Portimao

    17 September 2017 by Gordon Ritchie

    WSB: Tyre drama at Portimao

    Pirelli brought a new rear tyre for the WorldSBK riders to use at Portimao, the W0735. It is a soft new development option featuring different structural solutions in comparison to the standard SC0...

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  • WSB: Rea dominates opening race

    16 September 2017 by Oli Rushby

    WSB: Rea dominates opening race

    Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) scored a remarkable start-to-finish victory in the first 20-lap WorldSBK race at Portimao, winning by just over six seconds and easing up on the final lap from a...

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  • WSB: Sykes out after FP3 fireball

    16 September 2017 by Oli Rushby

    WSB: Sykes out after FP3 fireball

    Tom Sykes looks likely to miss the remainder of the World Superbike round in Portugal after a terrifying crash in the third free practice session. The Kawasaki Racing Team rider lost control of his...

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  • WSB: Tech chief quits Red Bull Honda

    14 September 2017 by Gordon Ritchie

    WSB: Tech chief quits Red Bull Honda

    With four rounds of the 2017 season remaining Pieter Breddels, the long-term Technical Manager in the Red Bull Honda team, has left his position – seemingly a victim of the incredibly tough season...

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  • WSB: Jonathan Rea Column: Four rounds to go

    30 August 2017 by Jonathan Rea

    WSB: Jonathan Rea Column: Four rounds to go

    Now that the Lausitzring round is over, I’m really happy that it sounds like we won’t be going back there! It’s not one of the strongest tracks for me or the bike, there’s a lot of first gear corners...

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  • WSB: Suzuki return unlikely for 2018

    24 August 2017 by Oli Rushby

    WSB: Suzuki return unlikely for 2018

    There is ‘no realistic plan’ for Suzuki to make a return to the Superbike World Championship in 2018, series bosses have told MCN. After the Japanese marque released a new model in 2017, speculation...

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  • WSB: Davies beats Rea for race two win

    20 August 2017 by Oli Rushby

    WSB: Davies beats Rea for race two win

    Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) overcame a third row grid position to pass even championship leader Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) and early leader Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing -...

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  • WSB: Davies wins but Rea extends series lead

    19 August 2017 by Oli Rushby

    WSB: Davies wins but Rea extends series lead

    Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) secured the first win of the Lausitz WorldSBK weekend – and the first after the summer break –despite starting sixth off the grid. A pass on early leader Tom...

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  • WSB: Sykes quickest despite Friday fall

    18 August 2017 by Gordon Ritchie

    WSB: Sykes quickest despite Friday fall

    The return from the WorldSBK championship's summer break did not last long without major drama arriving on the scene, after fastest man Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) uncharacteristically crashed...

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  • WSB: Melandri to remain with Ducati for 2018

    16 August 2017 by Oli Rushby

    WSB: Melandri to remain with Ducati for 2018

    Marco Melandri will remain with the Aruba.it Racing Ducati team alongside Chaz Davies for the 2018 Superbike World Championship. The Italian made a surprise return to racing with the Bologna factory...

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  • WSB: Jonathan Rea's Laguna column

    14 July 2017 by Jonathan Rea

    WSB: Jonathan Rea's Laguna column

    I don’t know what it is with Laguna. I missed the first time we went back there due to injury and then I came back the following year and was on the podium. It’s a track I really enjoy; all the big...

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  • WSB: Sykes insists title fight not over

    10 July 2017 by Oli Rushby

    WSB: Sykes insists title fight not over

    Tom Sykes insists there is ‘still a long way to go’ in the 2017 Superbike World Championship fight despite team-mate Jonathan Rea heading into the summer break with a whopping 59-point lead. Rea beat...

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  • WSB: Opening laps hamper Davies in race two

    10 July 2017 by Oli Rushby

    WSB: Opening laps hamper Davies in race two

    Chaz Davies has said not cutting through the pack as quick as his rivals in the early stages cost him the chance of fighting for a better result in Sunday’s second World Superbike race at Laguna...

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  • WSB: Davies triumphs at Laguna Seca

    09 July 2017 by Gordon Ritchie

    WSB: Davies triumphs at Laguna Seca

    Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) overcame a recent fracture to one of his vertebrae to secure a stunning win in race one at Laguna Seca, riding at full pace for all 25-laps of the intense...

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  • WSB: Race director clarifies new direction

    08 July 2017 by Gordon Ritchie

    WSB: Race director clarifies new direction

    After some outspoken media comments from overall Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta in the run-up to the Laguna Seca weekend, the WorldSBK Series Director Dani Carrera gave some clarification of what will...

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