British Superbikes

BSB blog:The battle of the BSB Yamahas

BSB blog:The battle of the BSB Yamahas

I’m not surprised that GSE racing issued a press statement, saying they’ve ‘postponed’ their planned testing schedule in Europe. Things have been very quiet on the Airwaves Yamaha front this winter...

Young finds new Triumph BSS backer

Young finds new Triumph BSS backer

TAG Racing will field a new-look two-man Triumph team in British Supersport in conjunction with Paul Young Racing and Hinckley-based Triumph Motorcycles. Young will again challenge for British...

Airwaves Yamaha cancel testing

Airwaves Yamaha cancel testing

Reigning British Superbike Champions, GSE Racing, the team running the Airwaves Yamahas for Leon Camier and James Ellison in BSB this year, has announced the postponement of their European test...

KTM offer race bike hire for RC8 Super Cup

KTM offer race bike hire for RC8 Super Cup

KTM are giving racers the opportunity to hire a bike and support package to compete in the Focused Events KTM RC8 Super Cup on a round by round basis. Riders will get a race ready KTM 1190 RC8,...

McConnell ready after Raceways Spanish test

McConnell ready after Raceways Spanish test

Map Raceways Yamaha’s three-man team has returned from a successful four-day test at Cartagena, with their supersport star Billy McConnell saying he is ready to give the competition a run for their...

Chris Jones Riders Fund buys safety barriers

Chris Jones Riders Fund buys safety barriers

The Chris Jones Riders Fund (CJRF) and BSB series organisers MSVR have secured the long-term supply and installation of soft barrier protection at BSB events. Since 2005 BSB has rented up to 300...

First BSB test battered by high winds

First BSB test battered by high winds

The first major BSB test of 2009 was battered by high winds yesterday when the HM Plant Honda, Hydrex Honda and Crescent Suzuki teams took to the Almeria circuit in southern Spain. The difficult...

Positive first test for Walker and Rutter onboard Rob Mac Racing Yamaha

Positive first test for Walker and Rutter onboard Rob Mac Racing Yamaha

While their rivals HM Plant Honda, Hydrex Honda and Crescent Suzuki are being battered by high winds during testing in Spain, Rob Mac Racing’s decision to carry out shakedown trials of their new R1 at...

High winds batter BSB Almeria test

High winds batter BSB Almeria test

The first major BSB test of 2009 was battered by high winds yesterday when the HM Plant Honda, Hydrex Honda and Crescent Suzuki teams took to the Almeria circuit in southern Spain. The difficult...

Blog: Can Hydrex Honda step up a gear?

Last Friday’s Hydrex Honda launch was an impressive show of team owner Shaun Muir’s long-term commitment to the sport. The team’s new workshop facility in Guisborough is by far one of the most outstanding all new facilities in BSB and the fact that Muir has a three-rider team and is building seven bikes is an impressive display of the team’s determination to succeed on all fronts. It’s not only...

Hydrex boss: BSB does it for us

Hydrex boss: BSB does it for us

Andrew Simcox is the Managing Director of Hydrex. The company specialises in the rental and sale of mobile plant equipment with the rail, industrial and construction industries – some of the worst...

Hydrex Honda HQ tour

Hydrex Honda have shown everyone they mean business this year by unveiling their all-new purpose built headquarters. Hydrex Honda have signed Karl Harris, Stuart Easton and held on to infamous road racer Guy Martin, so it's one serious race effort. Team owner Shaun Muir is confident: "We've no excuses. We've got the best bikes, the best team and the best riders. There's no one on the...

New-look Hydrex Honda

New-look Hydrex Honda

The new-look Hydrex Honda team was unveiled this morning at their lavish new workshops in Guisborough. Team owner Shaun Muir has pinned his and the team’s hopes of lifting the BSB title on Karl Harris...

Tuxworth talks BSB cost-cutting

Tuxworth talks BSB cost-cutting

In this week’s MCN we go behind the scenes at the HM Plant Honda team workshops in Louth to talk to the team about their 2009 race bikes. We also talked to team boss Neil Tuxworth about what he thinks...

Let it shine says Suzuki’s top technician

Let it shine says Suzuki’s top technician

Crescent Suzuki’s chief technician Les Pearson has a great theory on the forthcoming BSB season. He reckons the weather runs in three-year cycles, two bad ones and one good. And here’s how he worked...

Valentine’s BSB future

Valentine’s BSB future

In this week’s MCN (Feb 18) we reveal the full story behind Crescent Suzuki’s one-man British Superbike team with Sylvain Guintoli and talk to team manager Jack Valentine about the new Suzuki...

Ulster GP backs British Supersport team

Ulster GP backs British Supersport team

The Ulster Grand Prix has followed the precedent set by the North West 200 and backed a race team in the British championship. The Ulster Grand Prix Bikeweek Race team, will consist of three Yamaha R6...

Tom Grant gets Centurion Honda reprieve

Tom Grant gets Centurion Honda reprieve

Tom Grant made his track debut for the Centurion Honda team this week when he joined regular rider Dan Cooper for the team’s three-day test in Calafat, Spain. 20-year-old, Grant from Melbourne, Derby...

Official GSE Racing history

Official GSE Racing history

GSE Racing, the most successful British superbike race team of all time, has released a limited edition book, ‘From Diggers to Ducatis,’ charting the history of the team since its inception in...

BSB bikes under development

BSB bikes under development

I’ve had the privilege to go behind the closed doors of some British Superbike team workshops this past couple of weeks, namely Relentless Suzuki, Cresent Suzuki, and Rob Mac Racing Yamaha and...

Race tuning and the Yamaha R1 crossplane crank

Race tuning and the Yamaha R1 crossplane crank

In the February 4 issue of MCN Rob Mac Racing’s technicians revealed their development plans for the new Yamaha R1. After reading the feature, an engineer (who asked not to be named but works for a...

Crescent Suzuki test at Calafat

Crescent Suzuki test at Calafat

Crescent Suzuki continue to steal a march on their British Superbike rivals. While most of the teams continue to labour in the workshops, building new bikes, the Verwood-based  team...

Dennis Hobbs rides for AIM Yamaha

Dennis Hobbs rides for AIM Yamaha

Dennis Hobbs is back in British Supersport riding for Alastair Flanagan’s AIM Yamaha team. Hobbs missed most of the 2008 season after a high-speed crash at Thruxton in April left him with a badly...

Video: Rob McElnea interview

BSB team owner Rob McElnea has big plans for 2009 after signing Chris Walker, Graeme Gowland and Michael Rutter. Rob Mac is expecting several race wins from all three of his British Superbike riders on the new Yamaha R1.  

No one-bike rule for BSB in 2009

No one-bike rule for BSB in 2009

BSB won’t be adopting a one-bike per rider rule for 2009 according to Series Director Stuart Higgs. HM Plant Honda and Rob Mac Racing are two teams that have already committed to have only one bike...

Rob Mac Racing switch to K-Tech suspension

Rob Mac Racing switch to K-Tech suspension

The Motorpoint Henderson Yamahas of Chris Walker and Graeme Gowland, and Michael Rutter’s North West 200 Coca Cola Zero will be equipped with K-Tech suspension in BSB this year. K-Tech is one of the...

Title-wining Triumph team to continue

Title-wining Triumph team to continue

Last year’s British Supersport title-winning team are aiming to continue racing despite having lost their title sponsor Embassy Racing before the end of last season. Title-winner Glen Richards has...

Sylvain Guintoli clocks up the BSB track miles

Sylvain Guintoli clocks up the BSB track miles

Crescent Suzuki team boss Jack Valentine says that their new BSB signing Sylvain Guintoli has already got track knowledge of all but four of this year’s BSB tracks, having done the laps in a Suzuki...

Paul Lewis returns ‘home’ for XR1200 series

Paul Lewis returns ‘home’ for XR1200 series

Former GP500 Skoal Bandit Suzuki works rider and Daytona Twins winner Paul Lewis is at the London Motorcycle Show at ExCeL today promoting the new Harley-Davdison XR1200 series, which he is racing...

Fuchs Silkolene continue to back British Supersport

Fuchs Silkolene continue to back British Supersport

The British Superbike series continues to buck the trend of gloom and doom of the global economic crisis with the announcement that the 2009 British Supersport Championship, will be sponsored for the...

Scott Smart in Superstock on a Ducati

Scott Smart in Superstock on a Ducati

Former BSB rider Scott Smart is switching to the National superstock series, riding a  Ducati 1198S for Winchester-based dealers Moto Rapido. Smart, currently in Dubai, is flying home early to...

Crescent Suzuki ready to resume testing

Crescent Suzuki ready to resume testing

Crescent Suzuki team boss Jack Valentine has quashed rumours suggesting the Verwood-based team is about to shut up shop. The rumours, the latest in a never-ending stream in these hard economic times,...

Croft future in doubt after appeal blow

Croft future in doubt after appeal blow

The Croft circuit has suffered a massive blow today after losing an appeal related to noise pollution at the historic racing venue. The future of the Darlington circuit is now uncertain after the...

HM Plant trio get fighter-pilot experience

HM Plant trio get fighter-pilot experience

HM Plant Honda riders John McGuinness, Steve Plater and Glen Richards, swapped two wheels for two wings to get airborne with some of the UK’s flying aces and experience life as a fighter pilot, with...

It’s official – BSB gets younger!

It’s official – BSB gets younger!

BSB is getting younger and to prove it here’s the official rider lists with dates of birth and actual ages as of Jan 13th this month, supplied by the series organisers at MCN’s request. The chart...

Higgs: ‘BSB TV is good – and well targeted’

Higgs: ‘BSB TV is good – and well targeted’

This week’s MCN interview with MSVR boss Jonathan Palmer, discussing how British Superbikes might be affected by the current economic situation, brought a swift reaction from his right-hand man and...