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  • Top dates for 2002 added

    09 December 2001

    We’ve already brought you the WSB and GP dates for 2002. Now we’re able to add dates for the World Endurance series, British Superbikes, motocross and events including the Isle of Man TT.Trials and enduro fans aren’t forgotten, either. And if you missed the WSB and GP dates before, don’t worry, we’ve repeated them.All dates are provisional.World Championship Grand PrixRound 1: April 7, Suzuka,...

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  • Save up to £600 on British race meets

    09 December 2001

    Save up to £600 on British race meets

    Octagon season tickets are going on sale for 2002 covering all bike events held at Brands Hatch, Cadwell Park, Oulton Park , Silverstone and Snetterton.For £100 you can go to all 10 of the major bike...

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  • Paul Denning: In his own words

    09 December 2001

    Weebleswobble: Can the new 1000 realistically win in 2002?PaulDenning: We started working with the bike in May. The lap times have been better than the 750, so we're looking forward to competing on a level playing field. The great thing about bike racing is that the rider is still one of the biggest parts of the equation And that’s the attraction for many. If our riders can get 100 per cent we can...

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  • Harada secures 500 ride

    09 December 2001

    Harada secures 500 ride

    Tetsuya Harada has finally secured his deal to ride a 500 in the 2002 world championship. The 31-year-old former world 250 champion will be run by Shell Advance team boss Jeff Hardwick but not under...

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  • Capirossi’s first test scheduled

    09 December 2001

    Capirossi’s first test scheduled

    Loris Capirossi’s works Honda 500 team have confirmed five pre-season tests for the Italian despite rumours that he is poised to make a surprise switch to Aprilia’s four-stroke effort.Capirossi, who...

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  • Laconi lands Aprilia GP four-stroke ride

    09 December 2001

    Laconi lands Aprilia GP four-stroke ride

    Regis Laconi will ride the gorgeous Aprilia four-stroke GP bike in next season’s world championship.It seems his one-off victory in last year’s final WSB round did him a truck load of favours.He may...

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  • Heckles joins the Brits in WSB

    09 December 2001

    Liverpool rider Mark Heckles, 25, will ride a kit-bike Honda VTR SP-2 for the Rumi Honda team in WSB in 2002 in a one-rider team.The kit bike is a far cry from the uncompetitive kit-bikes that were seen in the BSB series in 2000 and are said to be on a performance level with the 2001 bike Colin Edwards had.A delighted Heckles who raced in the European superstock series on a Rumi Honda FireBlade in...

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  • Hodgson and Toseland on Radio One

    09 December 2001

    Hodgson and Toseland on Radio One

    Neil Hodgson is looking forward to renewing his rivalry with Chris Walker in World Superbikes next season. Speaking on a Radio One interview on Monday night, Hodgson added: " but this time I...

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  • Foggy targets Corser

    09 December 2001

    Foggy targets Corser

    Troy Corser has been approached by Carl Fogarty to ride the new Petronas World Superbike. He hasn’t said yes to the offer yet because he’s still considering buying his job back at Aprilia. He told...

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  • 2002 KX250 Key features and changes

    02 December 2001

    Engine: Reshaped porting for more power throughout the rev range and better over-rev power; New two-piece power valve with increased valve width, and new spring and lever shape for better sealing and increased mid-range power; Piston skirt lengthened for better exhaust-port sealing; Connecting rod redesigned to allow more oil into the big-end bearing for improved durability and with smoother...

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  • 2002 KX125 key features and changes

    02 December 2001

    Engine: Reshaped combustion chamber for increased compression; Reshaped exhaust and scavenging ports, and revised exhaust timing for better power at high rpm; Piston tin-plated and " machine-streaked " to prevent scarring, especially during running in; New, lighter crankshaft for quicker engine response; Revised ignition timing for more power at mid to high rpm; Optional flywheel...

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  • 2002 Kawasaki KX125 and 250 tested

    02 December 2001

    2002 Kawasaki KX125 and 250 tested

    IN recent years Kawasaki’s machinery and Ricky Carmichael’s brilliance have produced some inspiring results in the blue riband US motocross and supercrosss series. RC won three straight AMA 125...

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  • No factory Kawasakis in 2002 BSB

    02 December 2001

    No factory Kawasakis in 2002 BSB

    KAWASAKI UK will not run a factory team in BSB next season. The company says there is little commercial value in running their aging ZX-7RR against the new 1000cc four-cylinder machines and will...

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  • Reynolds fastest on GSX-R1000 in BSB tests

    02 December 2001

    Reynolds fastest on GSX-R1000 in BSB tests

    JOHN REYNOLDS proved that he won’t be giving up the British number one plates that he controversially won last year without a fight after setting the fastest time during the first major test of the...

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  • Shakey Byrne gets top-flight Ducati ride

    02 December 2001

    Shakey Byrne gets top-flight Ducati ride

    BSB privateer champion Shane Byrne has signed for the fledgling Renegade Ducati team, where he is likely to be partnered by Steve Plater on top-spec 998s.Byrne said: " I see this as an ideal...

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  • Specs appeal

    02 December 2001

    Specs appeal

    Men don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses… here’s the exception to prove the role.

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  • Exclusive: First pictures of Katoh on the NSR500

    02 December 2001

    New world 250 champion Daijiro Katoh hasn't had much time to dwell on his record-breaking 2001 season as he was back on track testing a works Honda NSR500 for the first time today.Katoh, who beat Mike Hailwood's long-standing 250 record with 11 wins last season, got his pre-season campaign underway with the first of a two-day shakedown test at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Japan.The Telefonica...

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  • Four Brits secure 2002 GP rides

    02 December 2001

    Four Brits secure 2002 GP rides

    JUST when it was looking like there might be no British riders in GP racing next season, FOUR riders from the UK have secured rides – all within a few days each other.Jeremy McWilliams will ride for...

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