World Superbikes

  • Slight to race in UK

    25 February 2002

    Slight to race in UK

    Aaron Slight will be racing a 500bhp V8 this year. No it’s not Moto GP gone mad, he’s on four wheels for the ASCAR oval racing series in the UK and Germany.Slight is driving the TJ Motorsports Ford,...

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  • Walker will test despite paralysis

    18 February 2002

    Walker will test despite paralysis

    Chris Walker will test his Kawasaki WSB bike this weekend despite continued problems with partial facial paralysis caused by Bell’s Palsy.Walker has been having treatment all week to try and alleviate...

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  • Smart replaces injured McGuiness

    18 February 2002

    Smart replaces injured McGuiness

    Injured John McGuinness will be replaced by Scott Smart for this weekend’s crucial final test at Valencia before the start of the World Supersport season.McGuinness injured himself while filming a...

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  • Walker’s face paralysed by illness

    18 February 2002

    Walker’s face paralysed by illness

    Chris Walker has partial paralysis of the face caused by a disease known as Bell’s Palsy.One of his eyes doesn’t blink, he can’t move his lips or swallow properly. He’s having to wear a patch over the...

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  • Chat live with Neil Hodgson

    11 February 2002

    Chat live with Neil Hodgson

    WSB star Neil Hodgson will be in our VIP Lounge for a live web chat on Friday, February 22.The session will be held in the afternoon, as soon as he’s finished his first day of WSB testing at Valencia,...

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  • Moodie back in the saddle

    04 February 2002

    Moodie back in the saddle

    It’s been more than a year, but Jim Moodie has finally returned to full-on riding action in preparation for the World Supersport season.He has been out of action recovering from a badly smashed ankle.

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  • First Hodgson column of 2002

    04 February 2002

    First Hodgson column of 2002

    MCN has again signed up top British rider Neil Hodgson to write a regular column for us throughout the new World Superbike season.In the first instalment of 2002, Neil gives you a behind the scenes...

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  • Foggy WSB project up against it

    04 February 2002

    Foggy WSB project up against it

    Foggy won’t know if his WSB project has any hope of getting off the ground this year until the end of April.By then the first three-cylinder engine must have completed extensive bench testing, or the...

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  • Aprilia plays down reliability fears

    04 February 2002

    Aprilia plays down reliability fears

    Noriyuki Haga’s Aprilia team has dismissed the mechanical disasters it suffered at the Phillip Island WSB tests as a normal part of pre-season shake-downs.Haga blew up three of the latest versions of...

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  • Bostrom: In his own words

    01 February 2002

    Belfez: Ben, During last season you had a terrific run of form with back to back wins. But then at the next race you seemed to only do a little practice, (according to the commentators) and you were seen lounging around the pit lane as if you couldn't be bothered trying, or perhaps you had proved a point and/or had orders from above. So do tell, why did things go pear-shaped?BenBostrom: After...

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  • Bayliss fastest, Walker slowest in Oz

    01 February 2002

    Bayliss fastest, Walker slowest in Oz

    Troy Bayliss made it clear to his rivals that he won’t be giving up his world title without a struggle, after posting the fastest time of the first official test of the WSB year.As everyone suspected...

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  • Walker among crashers in Oz test

    28 January 2002

    Walker among crashers in Oz test

    Strong winds stopped any faster times being logged by the top World Superbike riders at Phillip Island on Thursday – but did cause a spate of crashes.Winds whipping in off the sea, just a few yards...

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  • Bostrom Webchat: Full transcript added

    28 January 2002

    Bostrom Webchat: Full transcript added

    Ben Bostrom has his fingers crossed for Chris Walker this season and he’s hoping to see him among the front-runners in WSB.In a live web chat on this site on Thursday morning, Bostrom said: " I...

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  • Chili badly battered by crash in testing

    28 January 2002

    Chili badly battered by crash in testing

    Frankie Chili’s first test on the NCR Ducati at Valencia has ended in a highside on cold tyres which sent him to hospital with concussion.Chili had completed 12 laps of the final afternoon session on...

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  • More WSB, and Suzi, on the Beeb

    21 January 2002

    More WSB, and Suzi, on the Beeb

    The BBC is kicking off its " bigger and better " coverage of WSB a week before the first round of the series.Their 30-minute preview show will include a round-up of all the news from the...

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  • Chili tries his Duke for the first time

    21 January 2002

    Chili tries his Duke for the first time

    Frankie Chili took his first ride on the Ducati 998R he’ll race this year on Friday, and declared he loves it – even if it does feel weird compared to the Suzuki GSX-R750 he has ridden for the past...

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  • Petronas’ official statement

    21 January 2002

    PETRONAS, Malaysia’s national petroleum corporation, has appointed Suter Racing Products (SRP) to further develop and manufacture its high-performance motorcycle engine in preparation for the Foggy PETRONAS Racing team’s entry in the World Superbike Championship later this year. SRP is a Swiss-based company with expertise and competency in advanced motorcycle engineering and development as well as...

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  • Hodgson’s new-look Ducati unveiled

    14 January 2002

    Hodgson’s new-look Ducati unveiled

    The new look of Neil Hodgson and James Toseland’s GSE Ducatis was unveiled on Tuesday lunchtime.Here we’re bringing you the first pictures and later this week we’ll be adding video interviews with...

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  • GSX-R750 chassis updates for 2002

    14 January 2002

    GSX-R750 chassis updates for 2002

    Suzuki is hoping a raft of chassis changes to the GSX-R750 will change its fortunes in World Superbikes next year.This year’s changes include a different swing-arm pivot point and revised steering...

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  • Watch the three-minute video

    14 January 2002

    Watch the three-minute video

    Watch as MCN’s WSB reporter Andy Downes introduces us to the official launch of Hodgson’s 2002 Ducati team and goes on to interview its riders.Select from Quicktime (MOV) or Real Player (RM)...

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  • Full transcript of latest Hodgson webchat

    14 January 2002

    Full transcript of latest Hodgson webchat

    World Superbike star Neil Hodgson joined in a live web chat on this site on Thursday at 5pm… and joked about his initimate relationship with his glove puppet, why Bayliss has the worst style in WSB...

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  • Neil Hodgson: In his own words

    14 January 2002

    Geoff: Congratulations on last years performance. Did you see Hizzy over Christmas and how do you fancy your chances against him in the 2 UK WSB rounds?NeilHodgson: I've not seen anything of Steve actually. I think he went to Tenerife or somewhere like that for Christmas, and I didn't see much of him before because I was really busy with getting married, doing stag dos, and doing the 2 week book...

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  • Bayliss is relaxed and ready to win again

    07 January 2002

    Bayliss is relaxed and ready to win again

    It would be easy to assume reigning WSB champion Troy Bayliss is more stressed than ever as he considers the defence of his title in 2002.But the Australian reckons he has never been so relaxed in his...

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  • Rain cut Hodgson’s test time

    16 December 2001

    Rain cut Hodgson’s test time

    Neil Hodgson’s first test of his 2002 Ducati was a washed out.The MCN Man of the Year was desperate to get on his Testastretta 998R and claw back some of the ground he’s already lost to Chris Walker,...

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  • Aprilia lets us loose on Corser’s RSV

    16 December 2001

    Aprilia lets us loose on Corser’s RSV

    Aprilia hasn’t exactly made a habit of letting anyone other than racers and factory testers on its works machinery, yet here I am, waiting to ride the bike that took Troy Corser to fourth in the World...

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