World Superbikes

  • Crash sees Xaus miss Superpole

    13 May 2003

    Crash sees Xaus miss Superpole

    Ruben Xaus crashed out of the second qualifying session for round four of the World Superbike championship in Monza.The factory Ducati rider was following Bertocchi Kawasaki’s Ivan Clementi when...

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  • Hodgson does the double in Italy

    13 May 2003

    Hodgson does the double in Italy

    Neil Hodgson claimed a seventh and eighth consecutive victory at Monza in Italy today.The first race was a historic event as it marked Ducati’s 200th victory. Hodgson has also surpassed the six...

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  • Hodgson fastest in wet Superpole

    13 May 2003

    Hodgson fastest in wet Superpole

    The rain caused havoc for the Superpole session at the fourth round of the World Superbike championship at Monza, Italy.It began to pour down half way through the session while Gregorio Lavilla was...

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  • Things heat up at Monza

    13 May 2003

    Things heat up at Monza

    Increased temperatures saw times drop in the first qualifying session at round four of the World Superbike champioship at Monza despite the fact that all the teams are still looking for a proper setup...

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  • Endurance win for Zongshen

    06 May 2003

    Endurance win for Zongshen

    The first round of the FIM World Endurance championship kicked of in Imola this weekend with the Zongshen No.1 Suzuki GSX-R1000 of Warwick Nowland and Stephane Mertens taking the win.Suzuki GB Phase...

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  • Laconi takes pole at Sugo

    22 April 2003

    Laconi takes pole at Sugo

    Regis Laconi took a surprise pole position in today’s Superpole session at round three of the World Superbike championship in Sugo, Japan.The French rider – whose only Superbike podium was when he won...

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  • Sixth consecutive win for Hodgson

    22 April 2003

    Sixth consecutive win for Hodgson

    Hodgson has continued his unbroken winning streak taking both races at the third round of the World Superbike championship in Sugo, Japan.Race one saw a big crash on the first corner with four Riders...

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  • 999s test at Mugello

    15 April 2003

    999s test at Mugello

    The Ducati World Superbike team has been testing at Mugello this week with test rider Lorenzo Lanzi.The Italian rider spent two days on the 999s that Hodgson and Xaus will be racing at Sugo on Sunday,...

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  • Tracktime at Monza with HM Plant

    15 April 2003

    Tracktime at Monza with HM Plant

    World Superbike team HM Plant Ducati is offering the chance to ride around Monza with its riders Chis Walker and James Toseland…on one of their paddock scooters.The prize is currently being auctioned...

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  • Close call for second Hodgson victory

    25 March 2003

    Close call for second Hodgson victory

    Race two at Phillip Island was the most exciting of the season so far, with all the riders having to fight hard for their places.Neil Hodgson and Frankie Chili initially got away to a good start but...

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  • Chili on track for pole

    25 March 2003

    Chili on track for pole

    Pier-Francesco Chili – the oldest man in WSB – proved to still be one of the fastest after claiming provisional pole position for the Phillip Island WSB race at the first qualifying session...

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  • Hodgson on pole for Round 2

    25 March 2003

    Hodgson on pole for Round 2

    Frankie Chili put in another good performance in this morning’s qualifying session at Philip Island beating Neil Hodgson in to second place with a time of 1:32.786. But the Italian had to settle for...

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  • Comfortable win for Hodgson

    25 March 2003

    Comfortable win for Hodgson

    Neil Hodgson pulled away from the field again at Phillip Island to win his third race in this year’s World Superbike championship. The British rider was wearing a black armband and later dedicated the...

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  • Vermeulen takes Supersport with ease

    25 March 2003

    Vermeulen takes Supersport with ease

    Tenkate Honda rider Chris Vermeulen was the proud winner of the Supersport race finishing nine seconds ahead of his closest rival, Katsuaki Fujiwara on the Alstare Suzuki.Vermeulen said: " I...

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  • Heckles tests at Mallory

    18 March 2003

    Heckles tests at Mallory

    Mark Heckles rode his new CBR600FS for the first time on March 19 at Mallory Park after driving to Belgium to pick it up and pay for it just five days before.The bike was bought for him by his dad and...

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  • Honda take top three at Daytona 200

    04 March 2003

    Honda take top three at Daytona 200

    Honda riders filled the podium at the Daytona 200 race on Monday, March 10. The race was postponed from Sunday, when Daytona was blighted by torrential rain.Miguel DuHamel won the race on his Honda...

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  • Double double for Fila Ducati

    01 March 2003

    Double double for Fila Ducati

    The second race at Valencia quickly fell in to the pattern set by the first with factory Ducati 999 riders Neil Hodgson and Ruben Xaus leading HM Plant Ducati 998 riders James Toseland and Chris...

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  • Hodgson on pole

    01 March 2003

    Hodgson on pole

    Neil Hodgson managed to better his qualifying time to get the pole position for tomorrow’s two races despite the blustery wind.Hodgson beat former team-mate James Toseland by 0.566 seconds and was...

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  • Fila Ducati 1-2 in Race 1

    01 March 2003

    Fila Ducati 1-2 in Race 1

    Neil Hodgson and Ruben Xaus dominated the first race of the WSB season taking their Ducati 999’s to first and second place. Hodgson with a total time of 36:56.205 and Xaus four seconds behind at...

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  • Hodgson in line for pole position

    01 March 2003

    Hodgson in line for pole position

    The second qualifying session has finished at Round 1 of World Superbikes in Valencia, with Neil Hodgson retaining the top spot.Hodgson only managed to come in 0.210 seconds under his Friday best with...

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  • BBC won’t show WSB live on Sunday

    25 February 2003

    BBC won’t show WSB live on Sunday

    The BBC will not be showing Sunday’s WSB round live. Instead all we’ll get is highlights on BBC 2 at 11:55pm.If you want to see it live you’ll need access to Eurosport which will show the races from...

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  • The reasons behind the BBC decision

    25 February 2003

    Grandstand producer Belinda Rogerson explained the BBC’s decision to drop live WSB this Sunday. She Said: " Unfortunately, the scheduled date for the 1st round in Valencia was moved from March 9 to March 2 late in 2002. We had planned to show both of the races during the day on BBC TWO on March 9, however the schedule of sport that we were already committed to showing on March 2, including...

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  • Hodgson heads first day of Winter testing

    18 February 2003

    Hodgson heads first day of Winter testing

    British rider Neil Hodgson made his intentions clear for 2003 by posting the fastest time on the first day of the official World Superbikes tests at Valencia.Hodgson and Fila Ducati team-mate Ruben...

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  • Laconi drops in on Ducati

    18 February 2003

    Laconi drops in on Ducati

    Regis Laconi cemented his arrival at Ducati by getting a taste of the racing heritage he is now a part of.He couldn’t resist getting his leg over Mike Hailwood’s Ducati 900, the bike that won him the...

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  • Riders for WSB Valencia test announced

    11 February 2003

    Riders for WSB Valencia test announced

    The list of riders taking part in the official World Superbike and Supersport winter test at Valencia on February 21-23 has been announced.MCN will be bringing all the latest news and an exclusive...

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  • Red Bull rookie switches to Boxer Cup

    04 February 2003

    Red Bull rookie switches to Boxer Cup

    Barry Burrell, one of the five riders chosen to go on to the next stage of the Red Bull Rookie search, has already reaped the benefits of the program by being picked to ride for the BMW Motorrad GB...

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  • Another result for the Texan Tornado

    21 January 2003

    Another result for the Texan Tornado

    Colin Edwards and his wife Alyssia will be celebrating today, following the birth of a baby daughter, named Gracie.We’ll update this story with more news as it arrives.To congratulate the Edwards on...

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  • Whitham announces his retirement

    21 January 2003

    Whitham announces his retirement

    World Supersport racer Jamie Whitham has quit racing for good.The 37-year-old is suffering from glaucoma, an eye disease which doctors fear may have been caused by the chemotherapy he underwent for...

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  • Walker goes faster than Bayliss

    21 January 2003

    Walker goes faster than Bayliss

    Chris Walker has set a time in testing, which is faster than Troy Bayliss managed on the same bike this time last year.Walker was testing at Almeria in Spain, and recorded a time of 1:36.9s That time...

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  • Foggy happy with Phillip Island test

    14 January 2003

    Foggy happy with Phillip Island test

    The Foggy Petronas team completed a successful three-day test at Phillip Island, leaving boss Carl Fogarty feeling positive.The team would not release official times, but Troy Corser was running 1:34...

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  • Supermoto champ on Supersport pace

    07 January 2003

    Supermoto champ on Supersport pace

    World Supermoto champ Thierry van den Bosch shocked his new rivals in World Supersports by matching lap record pace in his first test of Yamaha’s latest R6.He lapped Spain’s Almeria circuit as fast as...

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  • Foggy on A Question of Sport

    07 January 2003

    Foggy on A Question of Sport

    Carl Fogarty, the four-times World Superbike champion, and boss of Foggy-Petronas racing, will appear on BBC’s A Question of Sport this Friday, January 17.He’ll be joining team captains Ally McCoist...

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