2008

Sylvain Guintoli: “People recognise me”

Sylvain Guintoli: “People recognise me”

Sylvain Guintoli made his first public appearance as a Suzuki British Superbike rider at the NEC Show yesterday and told MCN he was happy that people now knew who he was. The 26-year old Frenchman has...

Ian Lowry receives help to get fit for 2009

Ian Lowry receives help to get fit for 2009

Ian Lowry will take part in a University study to improve his fitness levels ahead of his first season in British Superbikes. Speaking to MCN at the NEC Motorcycle Show, Lowry said he will be taking...

Video: James Ellison and Leon Camier visit MCN at the NEC

GSE Racing’s 2009 line-up of James Ellison and Leon Camier took a short moment out from helping out on the MCN stand at the NEC Motorcycle Show to talk to MCN’s BSB reporter, Rob Hull. Meet Ellison & Camier on the MCN stand at the NEC! Both Ellison and Camier will be on the stand over the weekend, as they have been today and yesterday, giving away signed pictures and helping out selling the...

Hudson Kennaugh stays in BSS with Seton

Hudson Kennaugh stays in BSS with Seton

Hudson Kennaugh will be gunning for the British Supersport Championship for the second season on the trot after joining Seton Racing for 2009. The South African finished runner-up to Glen Richards in...

Ben Wilson signs for Gearlink Kawasaki

Ben Wilson signs for Gearlink Kawasaki

Superstock 1000 and R1 Cup 2008 ace Ben Wilson will ride for the Gearlink Kawasaki British Supersport team in 2009. Wilson joins the factory Kawasaki team and new team-mate Chris Martin, who last year...

Michael Rutter stranded in Bangkok airport chaos

Michael Rutter stranded in Bangkok airport chaos

If Michael Rutter thought his week couldn’t get much worse after losing his ride with the North West 200 Ducati team this week, the Blade is reportedly now stranded in Thailand due to the protesting...

Conor Cummins and Team Blackhorse join forces

Conor Cummins and Team Blackhorse join forces

Conor Cummins will contest the British Superstock 1000 Championship in 2009 with Team Blackhorse Yamaha. The 22-year old Manxman concluded the 2008 championship with two rides for the team at...

Karl Harris and Guy Martin in at Hydrex Honda

Karl Harris has been named as one of the provisional two-man Hydrex Honda BSB team for 2009. Harris makes the move back to the same team he rode for in 2007 filling in the vacant spot left by James Ellison at the end of 2008. Harris will use Ellison’s side of the garage headed by Mick Shanley and will use the heavily developed Pi Pectel electronics used throughout 2008. Hydrex Honda Team Owner...

Walker is a true champ!

I have just read the BSB Blog from a Fella named Rob Hull. Armchair racers are ten a penny, champions are rare. When Chris whas unlucky enough to finish runner up to Neil Hodgson, he took it like a true champ. Since then he hasn't been blessed with a great seat in any class of the sport. I hope he goes on to prove Mr Hull as wrong as I think he is.

BSB Blog: Chris Walker’s back, but is it too late?

BSB Blog: Chris Walker’s back, but is it too late?

Like most racing fans in Britain I was hugely excited about Chris Walker, a.k.a 'The Stalker' coming back to British Superbikes in 2009. I’ve still got an Old Spice Ducati hat from 1996 when...

Chris Walker back in BSB with Rob Mac

Chris Walker back in BSB with Rob Mac

Chris Walker has signed a deal with Rob McElnea to bring him back to British Superbikes on a Yamaha for 2009. Walker will be part of a two-man British Superbike line-up for McElnea’s Yamaha squad next...

North West 200 drop Michael Rutter

North West 200 drop Michael Rutter

Michael Rutter has been pushed into the BSB shadows after being ditched by his 2008 team, North West 200 Ducati. Rutter looked to be the favourite to continue his partnership with the North West 200...

Chris Walker to come back to BSB?

Chris Walker to come back to BSB?

Rob McElnea will announce one of the names for his 2009 BSB team line-up tomorrow, and it’s expected to be fans favourite Chris Walker. Walker has been away from BSB for a year after half a...

Hawk Kawasaki sign Tristan Palmer

Hawk Kawasaki sign Tristan Palmer

Tristan Palmer will ride for Hawk Kawasaki in 2009. 26-year old Palmer was one of the surprise packages of 2008 with the Tena for Men Honda, regularly causing problems for the factory supported...

Video: Walker talks dirt bikes and 2009 plans

MCN caught up with World Superbike star Chris Walker at the Stoneleigh Park DirtBike show last week. Walker is an off road fanatic and spent the day cruising the show seeing what bike to buy for winter training and what goodies he wants for Christmas. Walker also revealed that his 2009 plans are taking shape and that he has a number of offers on the table that will see him back at the...

Sylvain Guintoli’s career in pictures

Sylvain Guintoli’s career in pictures

Crescent Suzuki’s new signing, Sylvain Guintoli, might have had a two year spell in MotoGP, but how much do you know about his career before then? The Frenchman has graduated from being the youngest...

James Ellison says he’s getting Wii fit

James Ellison says he’s getting Wii fit

James Ellison has said he’s already started his preparation for the 2009 British Superbike season by working on his balance with a computer game. Ellison said in his latest GSE Racing blog that he’s...

Relentless Suzuki sign Ian Lowry for Superbikes

Relentless Suzuki sign Ian Lowry for Superbikes

21-year old Irishman Ian Lowry will graduate to the Relentless Suzuki TAS British Superbike team next season. The double race winner in 2008 will make the step up to the full-on Superbike team after...

Video: Sylvain Guintoli tests Crescent Suzuki

MCN took advantage of catching up with British Superbike new recruit Sylvain Guintoli in his first test with the Crescent Suzuki team. The 26-year old Frenchman clocked an impressive 48.0-second lap in single-figure conditions during a track day at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit. Pick up a copy of this week’s MCN available on November 12 for the full report on how he got on during his first day...

SMT Honda retain Jason O’Halloran and Adam Jenkinson

SMT Honda retain Jason O’Halloran and Adam Jenkinson

SMT Honda will have a presence in both the British Superbike and Superstock classes in 2009 after retaining two young talents they ran briefly in 2008. Jason O’Halloran, who finished fourth in this...

Guintoli's first ride on the Crescent Suzuki British Superbike

Guintoli's first ride on the Crescent Suzuki British Superbike

Sylvan Guintoli has just completed his first session testing the Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 after moving to British Superbikes from MotoGP. MCN caught up with him as soon as he came in from his first...

Shane Byrne helmet raises £820

Shane Byrne helmet raises £820

A one-off Shane Byrne replica helmet has sold on eBay and raised £820 for the Kent rider’s chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Support. The specially-designed helmet was part of a competition from the...

On the British Supersport grid at Brands Hatch

On the British Supersport grid at Brands Hatch

Here's a photo of me and my friend Jason on the start grid of the final round of the Silkolene British Supersports 600 race at Brands Hatch. We managed to blag full Yamaha hospitality - thanks to...

BSB Blog: Bloody foreigners, taking our jobs…

BSB Blog: Bloody foreigners, taking our jobs…

In the first of a new series of weekly sports blogs, MCN reporter Rob Hull says BSB should follow the example of the Premier League when it comes to foreign signings. The best talent will secure the...

Q&A: James Westmoreland

Q&A: James Westmoreland

James Westmoreland was arguably the surprise package of 2008 in the British Supersport Championship. The former 125cc front-runner proved his Supersport prowess in his second year with Centurion...

Sykes meets Sykes

Sykes meets Sykes

Josh Sykes from Huddersfield meets Tom Sykes from Huddersfield at Brands Hatch.

Centurion Honda retain Hobbs and Cooper

Centurion Honda retain Hobbs and Cooper

Centurion Racing will field a two-rider line-up in 2009, retaining both Dennis Hobbs and Dan Cooper. Get the latest BSB news Centurion’s top points scorer from 2008, James Westmoreland, made a switch...

HM Plant Honda confirm Glen Richards and Josh Brookes

HM Plant Honda confirm Glen Richards and Josh Brookes

HM Plant Honda has announced the signatures of both Glen Richards and Josh Brookes to ride in the factory Honda team for 2009 in BSB. Both emerged as favourites to sign in the last two weeks after the...

James Westmoreland stays in British Supersport

James Westmoreland stays in British Supersport

James Westmoreland has signed to ride for NCT Racing in BSS next season after finishing fourth last season with three impressive rostrum finishes. Get all the latest BSB news Westmoreland was...

Q&A: Josh Brookes on BSB hopes in 2009

Q&A: Josh Brookes on BSB hopes in 2009

With Josh Brookes expected to be named in the 2009 HM Plant Honda line-up alongside 2008 British Supersport Champion Glen Richards, MCN spoke to the 25-year old about his one-off appearance in the BSS...

STP Superbike gets Portimao WSB wildcard slot

STP Superbike gets Portimao WSB wildcard slot

Chris Burns and the STP Superbike team will line-up alongside the World’s best Superbike riders for the final round of WSB in Portugal. STP will join HM Plant Honda at the totally-new Parkalgar...

British Eurosport extend BSB deal

British Eurosport extend BSB deal

British Eurosport has signed a new two-year deal to cover the British Superbike series. Part of the deal included a four-hour live show from each of the 12 rounds for the next two seasons and repeat...

Shane Byrne-out

Shane Byrne-out

Picture of Shane Byrne at Druids bend on the last race of the season, has to be one of the best pictures i took while i was there. What a race!

A few snaps from Brands

A few snaps from Brands

Here's a few snaps of brands. Good luck to shakey and the boys on the world stage next season. Great weekend, all the riders we met are so down to earth and always ready for a chat.

Skakey's celebration

Skakey's celebration

Shakey's celebratory burnout after taking the double at Brands Hatch

British Supersport: Billy McConnell signs for Raceways Yamaha

British Supersport: Billy McConnell signs for Raceways Yamaha

Billy McConnell will make a step down back into the British Supersport Championship in 2009 with Raceways Yamaha after a season in BSB with MSS Discovery Kawasaki. The Aussie finished the season in...