World Superbikes

  • 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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  • Borja returns to Ducati for 2002 WSB season

    16 December 2001

    Borja returns to Ducati for 2002 WSB season

    Spaniard Juan Borja will be making a return to Ducati in 2002… but with a customer race bike rather than the works 996R he had in 2000. Borja will be racing for the De Cecco Ducati team – the same...

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  • Foggy targets Corser

    09 December 2001

    Foggy targets Corser

    Troy Corser has been approached by Carl Fogarty to ride the new Petronas World Superbike. He hasn’t said yes to the offer yet because he’s still considering buying his job back at Aprilia. He told...

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  • Hodgson and Toseland on Radio One

    09 December 2001

    Hodgson and Toseland on Radio One

    Neil Hodgson is looking forward to renewing his rivalry with Chris Walker in World Superbikes next season. Speaking on a Radio One interview on Monday night, Hodgson added: " but this time I...

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  • Heckles joins the Brits in WSB

    09 December 2001

    Liverpool rider Mark Heckles, 25, will ride a kit-bike Honda VTR SP-2 for the Rumi Honda team in WSB in 2002 in a one-rider team.The kit bike is a far cry from the uncompetitive kit-bikes that were seen in the BSB series in 2000 and are said to be on a performance level with the 2001 bike Colin Edwards had.A delighted Heckles who raced in the European superstock series on a Rumi Honda FireBlade in...

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  • Foggy quits Ducati – but where next?

    02 December 2001

    Foggy quits Ducati – but where next?

    Carl Fogarty is remaining tight-lipped about his future after speaking about his decision to end his long-standing relationship with Ducati today.He did however admit that his next move will be "the...

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  • The background to Petronas

    25 November 2001

    The background to Petronas

    PETRONAS is one of the biggest names to join WSB since the championship started in 1988. It was formed in 1974 as the national petroleum company of Malaysia and having established itself in the...

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  • Ellison set for Kawasaki Supersport ride

    25 November 2001

    Ellison set for Kawasaki Supersport ride

    European superstock champion James Ellison is likely to race alongside Andrew Pitt in Kawasaki’s 2002 World Supersport team.The 20-year-old from Cumbria has won the superstock title for the past two...

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  • The Foggy/Petronas road bike is coming

    25 November 2001

    The Foggy/Petronas road bike is coming

    CARL FOGARTY road bike will be in our showrooms later next year after the four-times World Superbike champion announced one of the biggest deals in British motorcycle history last week.He has signed a...

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  • Hislop rejects Sauber WSB offer

    18 November 2001

    Hislop rejects Sauber WSB offer

    STEVE HISLOP has turned down an offer to ride Sauber’s triple in WSB next year – though Carl Fogarty is likely to be involved. The Scot wants to concentrate on winning the British title that evaded...

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