New MCN October 17: Shakey wins BSB title

Published: 16 October 2012

In this week's MCN, out October 17, we have all the news and analysis from a thrilling weekend of British Superbike racing which saw Shane Byrne win all three races and secure his third BSB championship.

After a perfect weekend for the Rapid Solictors Kawasaki rider, which championship will he ride in next year?

Also in this week's MCN we ride the recently unveiled 2013 Yamaha FJR1300.

Also this week; Riding across the USA with Nick Sanders, the tech secrets of the road-going RCV and Carmelo Ezpeleta reassures us he has no intention of killing off World Superbikes.


Kawasaki brings the power back
It's just 36cc, but the significance of Kawasaki adding it back on to the engine capacity for its 2013 ZX-6R can't be ignored. We ride the new bike.

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First ride: Yamaha FJR1300
We ride the new sports tourer on the glorious roads around Madrid to find out if Yamaha have done enough.


Is China about to eat biking whole?
China has long been vaunted as the motorcycle superpower-in-waiting, and as more Chinese bikes appear in the UK we venture into the stronghold to see if the entire bike market is indeed about to be swallowed whole.

 MCN January 11

 MCN January 11


Crossing the USA with Nick Sanders: Part two
'It's like the Dakar Rally.' So said one participant. 'What Nick has given us, money can't buy' said another. So which is it?


Good things do come in small packages
The Kawasaki Ninja 300, KTM 200 Duke and Honda CBR250R aim to put the buzz back into smaller bikes. And, as we discovered on our road and track test, one stands out from the crowd.




Shakey lays it on the line to clinch crown
He could have cruised but instead Shane Byrne rode a champion's race to make it three wins from three in the final round of a fiercely fought championship Showdown.


Kent's win sparks team-mate's rage
Danny Kent takes glory after a dramatic last-lap dash, but gets a rocket from German team-mate Sandro Cortese.




Out of luck, out of fuel and out of fifth in the title chase
Crutchlow suffers cruel blow after an impressive qualifying performance and and epic battle for third ends in disaster on the last lap as his Yamaha splutters to a standstill.