March

Shane Byrne fastest at Cadwell BSB test

Shane Byrne fastest at Cadwell BSB test

There were two major highlights of the two-day Cadwell Park BSB on Wednesday and Thursday. The first was Shane Byrne, head down, full-gas with the HM Plant Honda, charging out of the Gooseneck. The...

Sondel racing team choose Kawasaki

A familiar sight in UK paddocks, the respected Sondel Team are the latest National Superstock entrants to announce Kawasaki machinery as their preferred choice for the 2011 racing season. Recognising the potential of the already highly-acclaimed Ninja ZX-10R, the team features experienced Kawasaki rider, Steve Mercer alongside Jamie Perrin in what will be a hard fought and interesting...

Motorpoint launch party

Motorpoint Yamaha riders Loris Baz and James Westmorland will unveil their 2011 Yamaha R1 Superbikes next Friday the 25th 7pm at Motorpoint HQ in Derby. The new bikes will be on show along with Loris, James and team boss Rob McElnea to answer any questions, the riders with their bikes will be on hand for pictures and chat. There will be opportunity for fans to meet to the Motorpoint Yamaha team...

Snetterton: the new corner names

Snetterton: the new corner names

Names have now been put to the new corners that make up the Snetterton  circuit layouts. Here’s the full background story to the naming process 1: Riches Jonathan Palmer on Riches “As one of the...

Chris Walker gets BSB Kawasaki

Chris Walker gets BSB Kawasaki

Chris Walker will race a new Kawasaki ZX-10R in BSB this year with backing from haulage firm Enviro and precision engineering company R&G. Both businesses are based in Northampton and the team...

MCN’s BSB pre-season testing blog: Viva Espana - the final day

MCN’s BSB pre-season testing blog: Viva Espana - the final day

There’s no such thing as downtime for the technical staff in a professional race team. Even on a disgusting wet, cold day in the middle of nowheresville Spain, when the track’s too slippery for the...

MCN BSB blog: First day at Guadix

MCN BSB blog: First day at Guadix

After driving down from Cartagena to Guadix yesterday and kicking around the town, having a lazy afternoon, today it was back to business as usual – or so we had hoped. Guadix is a beautifully...

MCN BSB blog: Cartagena and Calafat times

MCN BSB blog: Cartagena and Calafat times

Tommy Hill wound up fastest in the four-day test here with a 1:32.9 on the Swan Yamaha but Josh Brookes second and Michael Laverty – each just one tenth of a second further back and Shane Byrne just...

MCN BSB Blog: Cartagena times

MCN BSB Blog: Cartagena times

Times were the talking point in the Cartagena pit lane today so I’ve compiled this list of top runners. Bearing in mind the BS and the banter, I’d hope that these times are pretty much spot-on since...

MCN BSB testing blog: Hill and Laverty on fire

MCN BSB testing blog: Hill and Laverty on fire

There wasn’t exactly fear on the faces of the BSB teams in the Cartagena pit lane but there was genuine surprise at how fast Michael Laverty and Tommy Hill were today on the Swan Yamahas. Everyone...

Shakedown at Cartagena

Shakedown at Cartagena

The four-day Barry Symmons-run Pro-Test kicked off at Cartagena today with former MotoGP star American John Hopkins making his debut on the Samsung Suzuki. Although primarily an installation day for...

BSB Testing Blog: Viva Espana! Day Three

BSB Testing Blog: Viva Espana! Day Three

Cartagena, Thursday, March 3 Another day, another race track. We’re at Cartagena now and it feels more like a normal BSB meeting than a pre-season test – packed garages, loads of new bikes, chilled...

BSB pre-season testing blog: Viva Espana! Day Two

BSB pre-season testing blog: Viva Espana! Day Two

It didn’t seem such a busy day on track for the boys at Calafat today, compared to Tuesday – but everyone seemed happy enough with the way things had gone. It was pretty cold early in the morning and...

Steady progress at Calafat

Steady progress at Calafat

Swan Yamaha pair Tommy Hill and Michael Laverty both talked about the huge potential of the 2010 factory WSB R1s they will be racing in BSB this year. After yesterday’s ‘installation’ day at Calafat,...

BSB pre-season testing blog: Viva Espana!

BSB pre-season testing blog: Viva Espana!

Calafat circuit might not be used for racing these days but it’s a perfect BSB test track – with its dead stop hairpins and flip flop Esses that mimic many of our circuits. It’s a weird old place...

Samsung back Crescent Suzuki

Samsung back Crescent Suzuki

Crescent Racing have new Samsung Mobile title sponsorship that sees National Superstock champion Jon Kirkham joining all-American hero and former MotoGP star John Hopkins on the Suzuki GSX-R1000 in...

HM Plant Honda and Swan Yamaha at Calafat

HM Plant Honda and Swan Yamaha at Calafat

These are the first pictures of the HM Plant Honda and Swan Yamaha teams in 2011 BSB pre-season testing, shot exclusively by Double Red for MCN today at Calafat, Spain. Defending BSB champion Ryuichi...