New MCN June 13: Smart money superbikes

Published: 12 June 2012

In this week's MCN, out June 13, are 1000cc sports bikes like the Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Yamaha R1 better on the road than electronics-laden bikes like the Ducati Panigale? We take them to the the Nurburgring to find out.

Billy Joel reveals his secret love of BMW boxer twins.

Plus we have the full inside story from Norton's return to the TT.

Also this week we have a free 16-page guide to the British MotoGP at Silverstone this weekend.

Plus we have all the news and from the final races of the 2012 Isle of Man TT and the World Superbike round at Misano.


Norton upbeat despite senior cancellation
Reborn British manufacturer Norton worked frantically for six weeks to get their all-new race bike ready for the Senior TT. After a 115mph practice lap, and no breakdowns, hopews were high. Then the rain started...

 MCN January 11

MCN January 11


 Real world 1000s?
Old guard Japanese litre bikes may be about to enjoy a new lease of like as practical road/track tools - cooler and cheaper than extreme European superbikes.


Racing a GP star on the road
Ex-MotoGP racer Jeremy McWilliams entered the NW200 for the first time this year. MCN's road race fanatic had raced there before. Was this the perfect opportunity to take a scalp?

 MCN January 11

 MCN January 11


Billy Joel on bikes
He divorced a supermodel and wrote some cheesy hits... but you forgive it all when he talks about bikes.


Biaggi brain power defeats rapid rivals
Cunning preparation overcomes the raw speed of Brits Sykes, Haslam and Rea as Biaggi does the double at Misano.




McGuinness claims his first Superstock TT
John McGuinness eased to victory in the Superstock TT race last Monday evening, giving Padgetts Honda their second win of the day.


Senior TT lost to bad weather
Riders and teams applaud new Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson's bold decision to cancel the TT's feature race for the first time ever in the 105-year history of the event.