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  • Lampkin loses indoor title

    11 March 2002

    Lampkin loses indoor title

    Dougie Lampkin has lost his first title in five years of indoor and outdoor world trials.Plagued by an ankle injury since the fourth round in Italy, but also under pressure all season, Dougie remained...

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  • IRTA test: Rossi leads the way

    11 March 2002

    IRTA test: Rossi leads the way

    18,000 fans turned out to see Valentino Rossi dominate the IRTA GP test at the Catalunya circuit near Barcelona at the weekend.It was the first clash between the new four-stroke title contenders and...

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  • MCN Sport magazine out now

    11 March 2002

    MCN Sport magazine out now

    Don’t miss MCN Sport’s latest issue. It’s out nowand comes complete with our greatest ever season preview, Rossi’s go-faster secrets and why James Toseland is fitter than David Beckham.And on top of...

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  • Mark Heckles: In his own words

    11 March 2002

    Daveb: What was it like lining up on the WSB grid for the first time?MarkHeckles: In a word … amazing. To come so far so quickly was amazing really.Namezippy: What are your hopes for this season?MarkHeckles: My hopes...are to progress even further as a rider and to be competitive at such a high level. As a rider I have no doubt I've got what it takes to be worthy of being one of the strongest...

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  • Toseland is fitter than Beckham

    11 March 2002

    Toseland is fitter than Beckham

    James Toseland is fitter than football superstar David Beckham, our tests at Lilleshall have revealed.GSE Ducati WSB rider Toseland, standing 10th in the world championship after the opening races in...

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  • Slight makes last gasp switch to BTCC

    11 March 2002

    Slight makes last gasp switch to BTCC

    Former World Superbike star Aaron Slight will be racing in the British Touring Car Championship after securing a drive with Barwell Motorsports. Slight had been linked with the ASCAR oval racing...

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  • McGuinness to miss Oz WSS round

    11 March 2002

    McGuinness to miss Oz WSS round

    John McGuinness has been withdrawn from the Australian round of the World Supersport series because he is not recovering fast enough from the shoulder injury he recently suffered.McGuinness struggled...

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  • Aprilia man joins Foggy team

    11 March 2002

    Aprilia man joins Foggy team

    Carl Fogarty has signed former Aprilia engineering chief Guiseppe Bernicchia to improve his chances of having the three-cylinder FP1 ready for track testing by the end of next month.Bernicchia spent...

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  • Crafar tests R1 in Spain

    04 March 2002

    Crafar tests R1 in Spain

    Simon Crafar has been riding his Virgin Yamaha R1 for the first time in a test in Almeria, Spain, alongside team mate Steve Plater.The team started testing on Wednesday and will finish on...

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  • Honda Britain to race in superbikes

    04 March 2002

    Honda Britain to race in superbikes

    Honda Britain is backing a team in BSB this year. The firm has announced it will back Lee Jackson on a privateer 2002 FireBlade in the Superbike series.Jackson’s bike is being prepared by Paul Bird...

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  • Just how good is Rossi?

    04 March 2002

    Just how good is Rossi?

    With the big GP tests coming up at Barcelona this weekend, Valentino Rossi remains THE man to beat this season. But what gives him the edge?We’ve got all the datalogging info to reveal exactly where...

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  • Rossi & co head-to-head this weekend

    04 March 2002

    Rossi & co head-to-head this weekend

    Valentino Rossi will clash with his major GP rivals on Saturday in the first meeting of all the new four-strokes at the Catalunya circuit near Barcelona.The reigning world champion though will be...

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  • MacPherson lands Riba’s WSS ride

    04 March 2002

    MacPherson lands Riba’s WSS ride

    Scot Iain MacPherson has landed Pere Riba's vacant Honda World Supersport ride.MacPherson clinched a deal with the Dutch-based Ten Kate team on Monday morning after Riba quit on Friday to take up Alex...

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  • Foret fastest after opening WSS qualifying

    04 March 2002

    Honda rider Fabien Foret was fastest after first qualifying at Valencia in WSS. He took provisional pole on a CBR600, more than half a second ahead of Italian Yamaha rider Alessio Corradi.Stephane Chambon was third quickest and Stefano Cruciani completes the provisional front row.German Yamaha riders Christian Kellner and Jorg Teuchert are fifth and sixth with Aussie Chris Vermeulen seventh. Paolo...

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  • Walker WILL ride in WSB opener

    04 March 2002

    Walker WILL ride in WSB opener

    Chris Walker is looking better and will ride in Sunday’s opening WSB round in Valencia, Spain.Walker still has partial facial paralysis as the result of a bout of Bells Palsy and is struggling to...

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  • Whitham banned from morning practice

    04 March 2002

    Jamie Whitham was seething after having to sit out the Friday morning practice session in Valencia while his World Supersport rivals got a head start on their set-ups.Whitham was banned from the morning session by an FIM official because he had missed the riders briefing held on Thursday. He was angry because a representative of his Belgarda Yamaha team had been granted permission by SBK officials...

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  • Benelli pulls out of WSB for first three rounds

    04 March 2002

    Benelli is out of the opening WSB races in Valencia on Sunday citing cash shortages.Essentially, they have blown up too many engines and don’t have enough left to compete.The factory, which has been showing off its road bike in Valencia, says it will have to miss the first three rounds of the season, but is confident it will be back for the Monza WSB round.MCN learned of the decision on Saturday...

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  • Win a KBC Chrome helmet

    04 March 2002

    Win a KBC Chrome helmet worth £229.Entry costs 50p per competition, per entry.This competition runs from May 29-June 5. Other entry mechanisms are published in MCN.South Korea-based manufacturer KBC claims to be the first company to make a completely chrome-coated helmet after perfecting the process to cover lids with the shiny metal – and you can win one.MCN has teamed up with the firm to give...

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  • Bayliss socks it to ‘em in Valencia

    04 March 2002

    Bayliss socks it to ‘em in Valencia

    WSB champion Troy Bayliss got the perfect start to his title defence with two wins in Valencia on Sunday afternoon…thanks to his lucky socks.Bayliss had worn the same pair in his successful pre-season...

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  • Your bids raise £4537 for Clinica Mobile

    04 March 2002

    Your bids raise £4537 for Clinica Mobile

    Your bids have helped raise £4537.22p for the Clinica Mobile in an auction on this site which closed at midnight on March 1.Chili, Edwards, Bayliss, Toseland and Haydon went under the hammer with...

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  • Free eight-page WSB preview

    04 March 2002

    Free eight-page WSB preview

    Buy MCN on Wednesday (March 6, 2002) and you’ll get a free eight-page pull-out preview to the WSB season which kicks off this weekend.In it you can win VIP passes worth £600, Carl Fogarty rates the...

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  • Xaus on provisional pole for Valencia

    04 March 2002

    Xaus on provisional pole for Valencia

    Ducati’s Ruben Xaus was fastest in qualifying on Friday for Sunday’s WSB opener in Valencia.His time was more than half a second under the fastest qualifying time set last year.Reigning world champion...

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  • Bostrom misses out as Bayliss takes pole

    04 March 2002

    Bostrom misses out as Bayliss takes pole

    Ben Bostrom staged an amazing recovery to come within a tenth of a second of taking pole in Saturday’s Superpole at Valencia. But it was reigning world champion Troy Bayliss who came out No1.Baylisss...

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