World Superbikes

  • Alstare 1-2 in free practice

    22 July 2003

    Fujiwara Katsuaki and Stephane Chambon made it an Alstare Suzuki 1-2 as they set the fastest times in this morning’s World Supersport free practice session at Brands Hatch.The weather conditions had improved significantly from the torrential rain on Friday leaving a dry track for the 600cc machines.Katsuaki put in 21 laps in the 45 minute practice session to take the top spot with a best time of...

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  • Superstock qualifying practice: Two Brits on front row

    22 July 2003

    James Ellison and Luke Quigley will be starting from the front row for the European Championship Superstock race at Brands Hatch.Pole was taken by Italian Michel Fabrizio, but the two British riders are second and third, with Gianluca Vizziello fourth. Fifth is John Laverty, with Ben Wylie in seventh, Kelvin Reilly ninth, Ben Wilson twelfth and David Gatenby in 28th. Tom Van Looy and Gerry Gepts...

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  • Brits dominate in Brands first practice

    22 July 2003

    Brits dominate in Brands first practice

    Seven out of the top ten riders in today’s World Superbike free practice session at Brands Hatch are British and five of them are wildcards.HM Plant Ducati rider Chris Walker took the fastest time in...

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  • Chambon takes Supersport Victory

    22 July 2003

    Chambon takes Supersport Victory

    Stephane Chambon led from start-to-finish to take a commanding World Supersport victory at Brands Hatch.The Suzuki rider posted the fastest lap on his way to building up a 7.045 second lead at the...

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  • Reynolds on pole for WSB

    22 July 2003

    Reynolds on pole for WSB

    John Reynolds will be on pole position for the start of the World Superbike race at Brands Hatch on Sunday after topping a rain drenched Superpole session.A light rain started just before the session...

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  • Byrne does Brands double

    22 July 2003

    Byrne does Brands double

    Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne has done the double at Brands after a scintillating second race.BSB regulars Byrne and John Reynolds made the race their own after early leader Sean Emmett was black-flagged for...

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  • Xaus on provisional pole

    22 July 2003

    Xaus on provisional pole

    Ruben Xaus has taken provisional pole after a very wet first qualifying session for World Superbikes at Brands Hatch.The Fila Ducati rider upped his pace from the mornings practice session knocking a...

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  • BSB regulars lead WSB qualifying practice

    22 July 2003

    Shane Byrne has gone fastest in qualifying practice for Sundays WSB races at Brands Hatch. Sean Emmett and John Reynolds complete the provisional front row with Regis Laconi the only WSB regular on the front row.HM Plant riders Toseland and Walker are fifth and sixth, in front of championship leader, factory Ducati rider Neil Hodgson in seventh.Gregorio Lavilla was eighth quickest on the Alstare...

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  • Hodgson answers your questions

    22 July 2003

    Hodgson answers your questions

    We asked you to send in the questions you would ask World Superbike championship leader Neil Hodgson. Well we’ve taken the best and the factory Ducati rider has taken the time to reply. Read on to...

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  • Jon Germany’s winning story

    22 July 2003

    At Brands Hatch two years ago we had just gone to our tents to sleep after a long drinking session. We were all woken to a loud voice yelling "You dirty bas**rd what are you doing". We got up to see what was going on and discovered that my (very drunk) son who was sharing a dome tent with two others, had half-woken up and said to the others sharing the tent, "I need a pee.""Well go on then, "...

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  • Put your questions to Neil Hodgson

    15 July 2003

    Put your questions to Neil Hodgson

    You can put your questions to Britain’s Neil Hodgson in the run-up up the Brands Hatch round of the World Superbike championship.Hodgson is still leading the championship by 122 points from factory...

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  • Wildcards lead in WSB qualifying

    08 July 2003

    AMA Superbike racer Mat Mladin has stormed to provisional pole position for round eight of the World Superbike championship at Laguna Seca.Mladin, who rides a GSX-R1000 for the Suzuki Yoshimura AMA Superbike team, took the provisional pole with a time of 1:25.219, 0.3 seconds ahead of Yoshimura team mate Aaron Yates.Regis Laconi was the highest placed regular rider sitting in third place on the...

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  • Chili and Xaus share Laguna wins

    08 July 2003

    Chili and Xaus share Laguna wins

    Pier-Francesco Chili and Ruben Xaus took one win each at the World Superbike round at Laguna Seca, USA, on Sunday.Brit Neil Hodgson had to settle for second place in both races on his factory Ducati.

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  • Mladin takes pole at Laguna Seca

    08 July 2003

    Wild-card rider Mat Mladin will start the eighth round of the World Superbike championship on pole with championship leader Neil Hodgson relegated to the second row of the grid.Mladin continued his hot pace from the qualifying sessions to set the fastest lap in the Superpole session. Regis Laconi and Franci Chilli take second and third on the grid followed by Mladin’s Yoshimura AMA Superbike...

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  • The MSMA release in full

    08 July 2003

    The MSMA and each of the individual manufacturers who are members of the MSMA would like to thank the media for all the work they put into covering motorcycle racing and for encouraging so many people to take an interest in, and give their backing to, the sport.On the assumption of implementation with the World Championship SuperBike from 2004, each of the participating manufacturers—members of...

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  • WSB future in jeopardy: More details

    08 July 2003

    The future for World Superbikes looks bleak after manufacturers slammed new rule changes.The Motorcycle Sports Manufacturer Association, whose members include Ducati, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Aprilia, has stated " the large majority of the MSMA member companies who were considering entering World Championship SuperBike have reviewed their positions and decided not to enter World...

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  • Zongshen 1 wins 12-hour night race

    24 June 2003

    Zongshen 1 wins 12-hour night race

    Zongshen No. 1 has won the fourth round of the World Endurance championship at Albacette in Spain.The 12-hour night race was beset by numerous crashes during the first qualifying sessions as riders...

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  • Xaus does double in Italy

    17 June 2003

    Factory Ducati rider Reuben Xaus overshadowed team-mate Neil Hodgson with a double win at Misano in Italy.Xaus charged through the pack in race one after a crash by Hodgson upset the established order, with the British rider lowsiding out of a commanding lead on lap one. While Toseland, Laconi and Chili fought for the race, Rueben Xaus was able to get in on the action.In the later stages Laconi...

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  • Hodgson fastest in Misano free practice

    17 June 2003

    Hodgson fastest in Misano free practice

    Neil Hodgson has gone fastest in free practice for this weekend’s World Superbike races at Misano in Italy.The factory Ducati rider completed 29 laps, the most in the session, with a best time of...

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  • Martin on Misano provisional pole

    17 June 2003

    Martin on Misano provisional pole

    Australian Steve Martin has put his D.F.X. Ducati 998 on provisional pole for Sunday’s World Superbike races in Misano.Martin posted a best time of 1:35.276, just ahead of Pierfrancesco Chili...

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  • Hodgson rules Misano superpole

    17 June 2003

    Hodgson rules Misano superpole

    Britain’s Neil Hodgson has once again underlined his control of the World Superbike championship by taking pole position for tomorrow’s races at Misano in Italy.The factory Ducati rider has put his...

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  • Haydon will miss Silverstone

    10 June 2003

    Haydon will miss Silverstone

    Foggy Petronas rider James Haydon will be forced to sit out the World Superbike round at Silverstone this weekend.The British rider is still suffering from a neck injury after a big crash at the last...

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  • Hodgson fights hard for 11th win

    10 June 2003

    Hodgson fights hard for 11th win

    Neil Hodgson has won both the World Superbike races in the sixth round of the world championship, at Silverstone.The British rider fought through an ongoing infection to win both races in front of the...

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  • Brits on form at Silverstone

    10 June 2003

    Brits on form at Silverstone

    John Reynolds and Chris Walker are on the provisional front row for the sixth round of the World Superbike championship at Silverstone.Gregorio Lavilla took the top spot in the first qualifying...

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  • Meet the WSB riders at Silverstone

    10 June 2003

    Meet the WSB riders at Silverstone

    You can meet all your favourite riders on Thursday afternoon when the World Superbike paddock at Silverstone is opened to the public.Entry to the paddock will be free of charge. You be able to watch...

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  • Brits dominate at Silverstone

    10 June 2003

    Brits dominate at Silverstone

    British riders are dominating the top of the timesheets after the first practice session in the sixth round of the World Superbike Championship, at Silverstone, with Frenchman Regis Laconi the only...

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  • Pole for Hodgson – Kagayama second

    10 June 2003

    Pole for Hodgson – Kagayama second

    Neil Hodgson has taken pole position for the sixth round of the World Superbike championship at Silverstone.Hodgson started the weekend badly, still recovering from a throat infection and trying out a...

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  • Toseland takes first win in WSB

    01 June 2003

    Toseland takes first win in WSB

    Neil Hodgson equalled Colin Edwards nine-race winning streak at the fifth round of the World Superbike championship in Oschersleben, Germany, but it was James Toseland that impressed the most,...

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  • Suzuki fill World Endurance podium

    27 May 2003

    Suzuki fill World Endurance podium

    Suzuki dominated the second round of the World Endurance championship in Assen at the weekend with al three Podium places taken up by GSX-R1000 riders.The 200 mile race was close throughout with the...

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  • Hodgson takes pole after near crash

    27 May 2003

    Hodgson takes pole after near crash

    Neil Hodgson has taken his fourth pole position at the fifth round of the World Superbike championship in Oschersleben, Germany, setting the best time of the session on his final lap.A heavy rain...

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