British Superbikes

Jon Kirkham with BSB Jentin Yamaha team

Jon Kirkham with BSB Jentin Yamaha team

The Lloyds British Jentin Yamaha team has confirmed it will run Jon Kirkham in BSB this year on a new Yamaha R1. The 24-year-old rider certainly impressed many team managers during his campaign last...

Jentin Racing 2009

Anyone know what is happening at Jentin/Lloyds British for 2009? After finishing best Yamaha of 2008 with Simon Andrews, it's all gone a bit quiet for 2009, lets hope Bernie and the boys are back with a new Young Gun now that Andrews has moved to Kawasaki.

BSB well-placed to weather the storm

BSB well-placed to weather the storm

“Is Jonathan Palmer completely delusional? He’s lost his best riders. The top guys left are all old. The teams are struggling like any other businesses. "Yet he’s predicting crowds will only drop off...

Crescent sell 2008 BSB Suzuki GSX-R1000s

Crescent sell 2008 BSB Suzuki GSX-R1000s

Crescent Suzuki’s 2008 BSB GSX-R1000s raced by Tom Sykes and Atsushi Watanabe 2008 are up for sale. Suzuki GSX-R1000s for sale With the all-new K9 now under development, all last year’s kit –...

Croft future in doubt

Croft future in doubt

The future of racing at Croft circuit near Darlington is in doubt after last week's High Court judgement awarded three local residents around £150,000 in compensation for noise issues. The circuit,...

Tom Tunstall gets ex-WSB Hondas

BSB privateer Tom Tunstall and the Hardinge Doodson Motorsport Team are sticking with Honda machinery in BSB this year but have upgraded to a new Honda sourced from the World Superbike Paul Bird Motorsport Vent-Axia VK team. Tunstall has sights set on success in the Daily Star Superbike Cup Championship and said: “I’m very happy with our preparations for 2009. "he new bike looks great...

Honda boss dismisses HM Plant quit rumours

Honda boss dismisses HM Plant quit rumours

Honda’s BSB team boss Neil Tuxworth dismissed rumours that Newcastle-based construction company HM Plant has pulled the plug on their sponsorship for 2009. Tuxworth said: “I don’t know where all these...

HM Plant Honda cut back to one bike per rider

HM Plant Honda cut back to one bike per rider

HM Plant Honda team boss Neil Tuxworth has confirmed that the team will cut back to one bike per rider in 2009 for new BSB signings Glen Richards and Josh Brookes as part of a cost-cutting programme...

BSB Calendar- Why Brands?

Just seen the calendar for 2009. The series starts on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit. Why is this circuit used now that it's too short for today's fastest bikes? Last year, there was more than one race result jeopardised by the front runners catching up with back markers.

Two-man MV Agusta team in BSB

Two-man MV Agusta team in BSB

There may not be any Ducatis in this year’s British Superbike championship but at least there will be two Italian bikes. The STP Motorsport team will field a two-man MV Agusta team in British...

GSE Racing’s Yamaha R1s arrive

GSE Racing’s Yamaha R1s arrive

Two of GSE Racing’s four Yamaha R1s which they’ll race in the 2009 BSB series arrived this week and MCN were there to capture the moment. This is the first time since the team was established in 1997...

BSB boss Palmer talks title sponsorship

BSB boss Palmer talks title sponsorship

MSVR boss Jonathan Palmer was shocked to see today’s press release from Bennetts, announcing they were no longer the BSB title. He said: I’m surprised they put that release out. Bennetts’ option to...

Bennetts quit BSB

Bennetts quit BSB

As we intimated only hours ago, Bennetts has announced today it will no longer be the title sponsor of the British Superbike championship. The insurance company has backed the championship for the...

BSB without title sponsor?

BSB without title sponsor?

The absence of Bennetts branding on the official British Superbike website has led to speculation that negotiations between the insurance company and BSB series promoters MSVR have broken down. BSB...

Karl Harris training hard

Karl Harris training hard

Hydrex Honda boss Shaun Muir has written strict fitness and dietry controls into the contract of new signing Karl Harris. Harris has always previously used boxing as a method of training but his new...

BSB blog 2009 – plenty of sub plots

BSB blog 2009 – plenty of sub plots

It may be a long way off to the start of the British Superbike season – and it’ll seem even longer with a predicted cutback in pre-season testing. But that hasn’t stopped talk in the MCN office about...

HM Plant Honda will run two superbikes

HM Plant Honda will run two superbikes

HM Plant Honda team boss Neil Tuxworth has scotched rumours suggesting that their superbike effort would be slashed to just one rider for the forthcoming season. Rumours have persisted that Josh...

Harley-Davidson announce XR1200 prize money and tyre details

Harley-Davidson announce XR1200 prize money and tyre details

Harley-Davidson has confirmed today that the one-make XR1200 series that will run as part of British Superbike weekends in 2009 will have Dunlop solely supplying tyres for the championship. Dunlop,...

Can I have my bike back please?

Can I have my bike back please?

Here is a photo sequence of Karl Harris getting a face full of Tom Sykes's Rizla Suzuki in BSB

Llewellyn to make track comeback?

Llewellyn to make track comeback?

Former BSB racer Matt Llewellyn is contemplating a comeback to racing – in the all-new Harley-Davidson XR1200 Trophy that will at BSB meetings this year. It is three years since Llewellyn, now 40,...

Stuart Higgs: "We've got more champions than last year"

Stuart Higgs: "We've got more champions than last year"

British Superbike Series Organiser, Stuart Higgs, has said there is more established talent in the championship for 2009 despite losing the top four from 2008. When 2008 Champion Shane Byrne and Leon...

BSB Review: Best race in pictures

BSB Review: Best race in pictures

Shane Byrne was expected to take the title at Croft but a massive high-side during the second free practice session on Friday left the champion-elect battered and bruised. Byrne passed fit to...

Extra BSB races at Oulton and Brands

Extra BSB races at Oulton and Brands

Two of the 2009 British Superbike Championship rounds will feature a new-look three race BSB format – boosting the series to 26 races over the 12 championship rounds. Series organisers MSVR have...

Superstock price-capped

Superstock price-capped

MSVR, the BSB series organisers, have announced that there will be a price cap placed on machines eligible for the Superstock 1000cc class in 2009. The MCRCB, the rulemaking body for the MSVR-run...

The changing weight regulation timeline

The changing weight regulation timeline

When British Superbike organisers adapted the minimum weight regulation for V-twins in May it sparked the biggest riot in recent BSB history. Here’s how it all happened. February Jonathan Palmer...

Can I have my bike back please

Can I have my bike back please

This I will never forget caught the start of it and then the straw bails as the bike stopped infront of me

KTM announce RC8 series rules

KTM announce RC8 series rules

KTM has now announced the full rules package for the 2009 RC8 Cup, which will run at BSB meetings and replaces the highly-successful Superduke series that ran for two seasons. KTM’s Event Manager...

BSB Review: The moment that made us wince, in pictures

BSB Review: The moment that made us wince, in pictures

One of the most unforgettable moments of the 2008 British Superbike campaign was this almighty off at Thruxton back in April. Do you think you’d be able to get up and walk away from being slammed in...

BSB Review: Difficult first season for Atsushi Watanabe

BSB Review: Difficult first season for Atsushi Watanabe

Atsushi Watanabe may have arrived in Britain with a glowing reference and a CV good enough to make any Superbike team salivate, but the two-time Japanese Superbike champion had a difficult opening...

BSB Review: Why Tom Sykes is the most promising

BSB Review: Why Tom Sykes is the most promising

Tom Sykes might have finished fourth in the championship, but a late performance surge and impressive wildcards made him one of the hottest properties to come out of BSB in 2008. Sykes had a torrid...

Alistair Kennedy: Why we didn't go with Ducati

Alistair Kennedy: Why we didn't go with Ducati

Alistair Kennedy has spoken out about the decision to take North West 200 backing to Rob McElnea’s Yamaha team over forming his own squad and running Ducati machinery. Kennedy was contemplating...

Leon Camier takes on gold medal-winning cyclist

Leon Camier takes on gold medal-winning cyclist

Three-time British Superbike race winner Leon Camier took time out of his training regime to go head-to-head in a cycling contest with Beijing Olympic double gold winning sprinter, Jason Kenny. The...

Video: GSE Racing workshop tour

Video: GSE Racing workshop tour

As well as changing manufacturer to Yamaha from Ducati for 2009, GSE Racing has also moved into a new headquarters. The 2008 British Superbike Champions have moved into the former HQ of the Petronas...

James Ellison hoping for extended GSE career

James Ellison hoping for extended GSE career

James Ellison has told MCN that he’d love to race for GSE Racing for more than just 2009. The 28-year old penned a year-long contract with the 2008 British Superbike Championship winning team. But in...

Shane Byrne: “No Ducati is sad for the fans”

Shane Byrne: “No Ducati is sad for the fans”

Reigning British Superbike Champion Shane Byrne says the championship will be missing an important element without the presence of Ducati in 2009. Byrne took his second BSB title this season and his...

BSB title winning bikes for sale

BSB title winning bikes for sale

How does a British Superbike championship winning Ducati 1098 sound to you? Well owning one could well become a reality because GSE Racing has all four of their ’08 British Superbike machines up for...