2008

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: John Laverty has his say on Brands Hatch Indy Circuit

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: John Laverty has his say on Brands Hatch Indy Circuit

Daily Star cup champion John Laverty passed comment on how he's feeling around the Indy circuit at Brands Hatch. "I was supposed to be riding one of Michael Rutter's bikes this weekend, but because...

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Shane Byrne's helmet goes under the hammer

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Shane Byrne's helmet goes under the hammer

Raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, Shane Byrne has donated his one-of-a-kind 'Byrne Baby Byrne' helmet, worn at the first race at round eight of the British Superbike Championship, Oulton...

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Guy Martin keeps the same recipe for Roll for Pole

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Guy Martin keeps the same recipe for Roll for Pole

Hydrex Bike Animal Honda rider Guy Martin says there was no need to attempt to make changes to the bike in the damp conditions in this mornings Free Practice session at Brands Hatch British...

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Sector one improvements require for James Ellison

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Sector one improvements require for James Ellison

Hydrex Bike Animal Honda’s James Ellison will have to make vast improvements to his first sector times around Brands Hatch to make the it into the last phase of the Swan Combi 50 Roll for Poll session...

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Jon Kirkham replaces Karl Harris

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Jon Kirkham replaces Karl Harris

Jon Kirkham will take Karl Harris' seat in the Rob Mac Racing Yamaha team for the qualifying session in British Superbikes. Kirkham will ride the Rob Mac Yamaha R1 for the remainder of the...

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Michael Laverty looks to suspension to improve lap times

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Michael Laverty looks to suspension to improve lap times

In the first two sessions of the weekend Relentless Suzuki rider Michael Laverty was placed in ninth position with a best time of 46.877, and has targeted suspension changes in a bid to get further up...

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Rob Frost takes the flag in first qualifying

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Rob Frost takes the flag in first qualifying

Rob Frost left it late in the first qualifying session for British Supersport this morning, setting the fastest lap as he took the chequered flag. With morning residue keeping sections of the track...

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Jack Valentine still in confident mood despite first day disappointment

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Jack Valentine still in confident mood despite first day disappointment

Rizla Suzuki's team boss, Jack Valentine, says the team will he looking to help Tom Sykes find a breakthrough that can see him rise up the time charts from a surprising eighth place. Finishing the...

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Airwaves Ducati pair aim high on day two

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Airwaves Ducati pair aim high on day two

Airwaves Ducati riders Shane Byrne and Leon Camier are looking for minor changes for today’s morning Free Practice session that should see them at the sharp-end at the final round of British...

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Karl Harris continues to dominate

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Karl Harris continues to dominate

A damp to drying track at Brands Hatch saw an unusual third free practice session for the finale of British Superbikes.   It was more success for the Rob Mac Racing Yamaha team and Karl Harris...

Great afternoon at Brands

Great afternoon at Brands

A great afternoon at Brands Hatch with all the guys from the BSB.

Meeting the BSB guys

Meeting the BSB guys

An afternoon metting the riders down at Brands Hatch, on 10/10.08. All great guys- even with their clothes on!

Having fun at the BSB

Having fun at the BSB

Having fun at the BSB at Brands Hatch before the big race. They're always up for a bit of fun!

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Karl Harris reaction

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Karl Harris reaction

Karl Harris told MCN that a new set of front forks has helped him top both free practice sessions today at Brands Hatch. The Rob Mac Racing Yamaha man set a best time of 45.993, the only rider to...

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Jack Valentine confirms Sylvain Guintoli for 2009

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Jack Valentine confirms Sylvain Guintoli for 2009

Rizla Suzuki team manager Jack Valentine confirmed to MCN this afternoon that Sylvain Guintoli has officially signed to ride for his squad next year.   Speaking exclusively to MCN, Valentine had...

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Sublime Karl Harris tops free practice two

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Sublime Karl Harris tops free practice two

Karl Harris romped to the top of the timesheets in free practice two at Brands Hatch this afternoon.   Setting the pace early, Harris set a time of 46.194 just 10 minutes in to the session, and...

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Glen Richards picks up where he left off

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Glen Richards picks up where he left off

Glen Richards topped the timing sheets for the second British Supersport session in succession this afternoon, with a lap time of 47.216.   Richards headed the field from Josh Brookes who is...

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Atsushi Watanabe looks for corner exit breakthrough

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Atsushi Watanabe looks for corner exit breakthrough

Having finished the first free practice session in a lowly 20th, Rizla Suzuki's Atsushi Watanabe is looking to rid the problems and climb up towards the sharp end of the grid.   MCN spoke to...

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: HM Plant confirm new year testing in Spain

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: HM Plant confirm new year testing in Spain

HM Plant Honda team manager Havier Beltram has confirmed that the team will be heading to Spain for testing in the new year.   Speaking to MCN, Beltram said "We'll be heading out to do three...

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Leon Haslam leads the way in Free Practice 1

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Leon Haslam leads the way in Free Practice 1

HM Plant Honda's Leon Haslam topped the first free practice session at Brands Hatch this morning, clocking a best time of 46.274.   Setting the pace with only two minutes left in the session,...

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Rossi, Agostini and Fogarty donate to CJ riders fund.

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Rossi, Agostini and Fogarty donate to CJ riders fund.

Newly crowned MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi has donated signed memorabilia to the Chris Jones auction that is taking place at Hailwoods restaurant tomorrow night. Also on offer at the auction is a...

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: HM Plant hoping for successful weekend

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: HM Plant hoping for successful weekend

With both riders already signed to ride elsewhere next season, HM Plant Honda's Leon Haslam and Cal Crutchlow are hoping to sign off in style for the team. As Leon Haslam sets his sights on World...

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Injury could rule out Dave Johnson

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Injury could rule out Dave Johnson

Team Maxxis' Dave Johnson faces a tough weekend following a mountain bike incident which left him with a broken bone in his right hand. It's an all too familiar situation for the Australian, who came...

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Rizla Suzuki team boss thanks Atsushi Watanabe

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Rizla Suzuki team boss thanks Atsushi Watanabe

Jack Valentine has paid publicly thanked Atsushi Watanabe for his services in 2008 after it was revealed earlier this week that the Japanese rider would be moving to the Relentless Suzuki camp for...

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Shane Byrne wants to sign off with win

Brands Hatch British Superbikes: Shane Byrne wants to sign off with win

The 2008 British Superbike Champion, Shane Byrne, has said he’s looking to get back on to the top step of the podium for the first time in the second half of the season before departing for WSB. The...

Brookes to Ride for HM Plant at Brands

Brookes to Ride for HM Plant at Brands

Australian Rider Josh Brookes will compete at this weekends British Superbike Finale at Brands Hatch aboard a HM Plant CBR600RR. Brookes who currently lies in third in the World Supersport...

Atsushi Watanabe signs for Relentless in BSB

Atsushi Watanabe signs for Relentless in BSB

2007 Japanese Superbike Champion Atsushi Watanabe will continue his BSB career with Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing in 2009. Watanabe, who was runner up at the 2008 Suzuka 8 Hour with Suzuki will join...

Cal Crutchlow and Tom Sykes

Cal Crutchlow and Tom Sykes

I would like to say a great big thank you to Cal Crutchlow. He gave me and my son his bottle of champagne after coming off the podium at silverstone. We have it in a display cabinet in our living...

BSB & MCN in Barbados

BSB & MCN in Barbados

We couldn’t do without MCN whilst in Barbados, so Joseph and Laurence made sure we stashed a copy in the suitcase. We were delighted to discover that we were able to log onto the MCN website using...

Sylvain Guintoli to sign for Rizla Suzuki

Sylvain Guintoli to sign for Rizla Suzuki

French MotoGP rider Sylvain Guintoli will race in BSB next season with Rizla Suzuki. The French man, who has recently been ditched by his Alice Ducati team in MotoGP, will take two years of MotoGP...

Tom Sykes is off our christmas card list

On Saturday at BSB Silverstone my step son bought a picture of Tom Sykes and waited at the Rizla Suzuki stand as he was due to do a signing at 5pm. We arrived at 4.45 to be first in the queue. At 5.10 he hadn't arrived and someone made a call and we were told he had got the time wrong, thought it was 5.30 but was on his way. To cut a long story short he eventually sauntered up at 6pm - the...

Meeting Shakey

Meeting Shakey

I took this on saturday, the other half was well chuffed to meet shakey. I have to say well done shakey on clinching the title, sorry you are leaving the british championship, but going to to wsb is...

Silverstone BSB: Leon Haslam takes race two victory

Silverstone BSB: Leon Haslam takes race two victory

Leon Haslam has taken his fifth victory in seven races in the second race at Silverstone after crashing out of race one. Leon stretched out a big lead from the beginning with Karl Harris and Cal...

Silverstone British Supersport: Kennaugh wins, Richards takes championship

Silverstone British Supersport: Kennaugh wins, Richards takes championship

South African Hudson Kennaugh has taken the British Supersport win at Silverstone, but it was not enough as Glen Richards finished fourth to take the championship. Richards' team-mate Paul Young got...

Silverstone BSB: Tom Sykes disqualified from race one results

Silverstone BSB: Tom Sykes disqualified from race one results

Rizla Suzuki rider Tom Sykes has been excluded from the race one results at Silverstone after he collided with Leon Haslam. Sykes was lying in third plae on lap three when he tried to pass Haslam who...

Silverstone BSB: Camier wins race one, Byrne crowned champion

Silverstone BSB: Camier wins race one, Byrne crowned champion

Leon Camier has taken his third BSB win at Silverstone while team-mate Shane Byrne finished third to become BSB champion, without passing a single rider! Byrne and Camier didn't get a good start...