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  • New year of R6 Cup stars

    15 March 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    New year of R6 Cup stars

    It’s no wonder Virgin Media Cup boss Rob McElnea introduced this year’s series to the competitors and press by claiming: “We’ve proved the Cup is the best youth development road racing series...

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  • Hill on the pace at Croft

    15 March 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Hill on the pace at Croft

    Tommy Hill lapped Croft yesterday consistently quicker than his best-ever lap on race rubber around the 2.12-mile circuit. Hill was testing the all-new 16-valve Virgin Media Yamaha R1 alongside his...

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  • Smart returns to Hawk

    15 March 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Smart returns to Hawk

    Scott Smart will be on a ZX-10R in BSB again after completing his long-rumoured move back to the Hawk Kawasaki team today (Thursday, March 15, 2007). Smart, who rode for the team in 2004 before moving...

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  • Richards takes Superstock ride

    15 March 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Richards takes Superstock ride

    Glen Richards took a 300-mile round trip from his home near Hinckley up to Croft to run in the new Yamaha R1 he’s racing in this year’s National Superstock series. This exercise was carried out after...

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  • Camier - elbow down

    14 March 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Camier - elbow down

    Leon Camier started the steep learning curve to superbike racing with his first ride on the 2007-spec Honda Racing Fireblade last week in Gaudix. He spent every day methodically working through...

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  • Video: Tommy Hill at the Virgin Yamaha launch

    13 March 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Video: Tommy Hill at the Virgin Yamaha launch

    New season. New livery. New bike. The Yamaha R1 to be raced by Tommy hill and James Haydon is the only all-new motorcycle in BSB this year and the team unveiled it along with their new Virgin Media...

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  • Media makeover for Virgin Yamaha

    13 March 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Media makeover for Virgin Yamaha

    This is the first look at the new Virgin Media Yamaha which will race in BSB this year with Tommy Hill and James Haydon aboard. The team has continued its association with the iconic Virgin brand for...

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  • Video: Rizla's Cal Crutchlow

    09 March 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Video: Rizla's Cal Crutchlow

    We caught up with Rizla Suzuki new boy Cal Crutchlow at the recent BSB pre-season test in Guadix, Spain. Watch the video on the right to see Crutchlow in action on track and see his interview...

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  • Rea heads BSB in Spain

    09 March 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Rea heads BSB in Spain

    Jonathan Rea has taken the first day's glory – unofficially anyway – in the major three-day BSB test ongoing in Almeria, Spain. No official timings are available from the test, but with every team...

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  • Video: Shakey turns up the heat in Spain

    08 March 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Video: Shakey turns up the heat in Spain

    Shane Byrne wasn’t the fastest rider in testing at Almeria or Guadix last week but the Stobart Honda rider gave every indication that he’s going to right in the thick of this year’s BSB title fight...

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  • Murphy to Superstock

    07 March 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Keiran Murphy has made a last minute switch to the National Superstock to race a Goldstar Suzuki GSX-R1000. The 27-year-old from Ipswich had signed to ride a MSS Discovery Kawasaki in British Supersport for a second season but the team streamlined their efforts down to Michael Rutter in BSB and Stuart Easton in BSS when Murphy could not take sufficient backing to help pay for the ride. Murphy...

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  • Hutchinson's CBR shakedown

    07 March 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Ian Hutchinson had his first run-out on the Honda Racing CBR600RR he’ll race in British Supersport this year at Almeria and Guadix. Though there was no other Supersport team at Almeria , Hutchinson 1:17.1 best at Guadix compared favourably to the 1:16.9 that Stuart Easton did on the MSS Discovery Kawasaki a day before Honda arrive. Hutch said: “We tried lots of different chassis set ups and this...

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  • Reynolds back on track

    07 March 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    John Reynolds was back on track last week at Guadix, in his Rizal Suzuki leathers too – but he wasn’t riding a BSB bike. Instead he was helping assess three challengers for the two British places in the GSX-R European Cup that’s being run as a supporting event at six of the WSB rounds this year. The contenders included: Leon Camier’s 18 year old brother Alex, plus Scots Alex Gault (16) and Jimmy...

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  • Buildbase Ducati

    07 March 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Buildbase Ducati

    Buildbase Ducati completed its first serious test of the year at Cartagena this week with Kieran Clarke and John Laverty getting their first ride on the new Ducati 1098s they will race in the National...

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  • BSB in Spain?

    07 March 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    BSB in Spain?

    While WSB is already two rounds into the 2007 schedule and MotoGP blasts off this weekend, BSB has to wait until April 1 before the first round at Brands Hatch. But things have been just as hectic as...

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  • Shakey's scooter wind-up

    06 March 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Shakey's scooter wind-up

    The niggling war of words between Rizla Suzuki team manager Simon Buckmaster and Stobart Honda team owner Paul Bird just won’t go away. It erupted when Buckmaster said Bird’s Stobart Honda rider...

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  • Wilson's superstock title bid

    06 March 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Wilson's superstock title bid

    Ben Wilson has secured a ride on a Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the National Superstock Championship. He will be supported by Windmill Cars in Boston, Lincolnshire and the Crescent Suzuki Performance Centre in...

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  • Rea fastest in Spain

    05 March 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Rea fastest in Spain

    Jonathan Rea bounced back from his crash at Guadix on Friday to post the fastest times on Saturday (March 3, 2007) and Sunday (March 4, 2007) of the BSB test aboard the HM Plant Honda. He was the...

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  • Walker heads BSB field

    02 March 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Walker heads BSB field

    Chris Walker got up to speed with a bang today at the major BSB three- day test in uadix, Spain, leading the field on the first day. The Rizla Suzuki star, back 'home' in BSB after years on the world...

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  • Rea crashes out

    02 March 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Rea crashes out

    Jonathan Rea is sitting out the afternoon on the first day of the BSB three-day test at Guadix today, after a nasty crash this morning saw him bash the injured left knee which is only just coming back...

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  • Supersport: MSS focus on Easton

    01 March 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Supersport: MSS focus on Easton

    The MSS Discovery Kawasaki team have cut their British Supersport team in half after they split with Kieran Murphy today. The team were due to run Murphy alongside Stuart Easton on ZX-6Rs in...

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  • Kawasaki wrap up test

    01 March 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Kawasaki wrap up test

    Michael Rutter and Stuart Easton have completed their first full test of their 2007 bikes, at the Guadix track in Spain. Rutter's three days on the ZX-10R he will race this year were hampered by...

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  • Leon in medical centre

    28 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Leon in medical centre

    Leon Haslam was taken to the Almeria medical centre after a 90mph highside at the Spanish track just minutes ago – but has thankfully escaped with just a bruised left leg. The Airwaves Ducati man...

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  • Rea ends test on top

    28 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Rea ends test on top

    For the third day running, Jonathan Rea has set the best time at the multi-team BSB test taking place at Almeria in Spain. The 20-year-old set the pace throughout the dry weather test which has just...

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  • Rea continues reign

    28 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Rea continues reign

    Jonathan Rea continues to lead the BSB stars testing out in Spain, with the new HM Plant signing again going fastest at Almeria on day two of the three-day test there. His performance is all the more...

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  • Smart back to Hawk?

    22 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Smart back to Hawk?

    Scott Smart could be on his way back to Hawk Kawasaki, if the team can secure the backing to run a second rider alongside Peter Hickman.  Smart, speaking from the WSB paddock in Doha where he’s...

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  • Smart back to Hawk?

    22 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Smart back to Hawk?

    Scott Smart could be on his way back to Hawk Kawasaki, if the team can secure the backing to run a second rider alongside Peter Hickman. Smart, speaking from the WSB paddock in Doha where he’s...

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  • Martin for BSB

    22 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Martin for BSB

    Roads hero Guy Martin could be racing a Hydrex Honda in BSB this year.  The Ulster GP winner and outright lap record holder was down to race in British Supersport this year but Hydrex team boss...

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  • Team NB on Pirelli

    22 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Team NB on Pirelli

    Devizes-based bothers Ollie and Tommy Bridewell will race Team NB Suzuki GSX-R1000s in BSB this year.  And the team, essentially the re-branded Vivaldi outfit from 2006, have switched from Dunlop...

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  • Mondello Upgrades

    15 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Mondello Upgrades

    The drainage system at Mondello Park is being improved after last year’s dramatic cancellation of the BSB races due to persistent heavy rainfall. There was a general acceptance that no race track...

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  • Ducati 1098S race-build

    14 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Ducati 1098S race-build

    The Buildbase Ducati team, based at John Hackett’s Ducati Coventry shop, are fielding John Laverty and Keiran Clarke in the National Superstock series this year on a pair of the exciting new 1098S...

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  • Oulton improvments

    14 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Oulton improvments

    Druids corner at Oulton Park has a new larger run-off area and gravel trap with the Armco barrier moved back by 72 feet.  New Rizla Suzuki signing Chris Walker last raced at Oulton seven years...

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  • Steve Spray’s Norton demo

    14 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Steve Spray’s Norton demo

    Former British Superbike Champion Steve Spray was back in action recently – riding the ex-Steve Hislop 1992 Senior TT-winning Norton Rotary in New Zealand. Spray and the Norton starred in the...

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  • Cal faster at Calafat

    13 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Cal faster at Calafat

    Rizla Suzuki completed a two-day test at Calafat, Spain yesterday and Superbike rookie Cal Crutchlow lapped faster than his more experienced team-mate Chris Walker. Crutchlow was having his first real...

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  • Rizla's sunshine test

    08 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Rizla's sunshine test

    While we’re shivering under the heaviest snowfalls in Britain for ten years Rizla Suzuki are testing at Calafat, Spain in ideal 24-degrees of sunshine. Chris Walker completed 90 trouble-free laps...

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  • Relentless TAS

    05 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Relentless TAS

    TAS Suzuki are gearing up for BSB in 2008 thanks to a major sponsorship from Relentless – an energy drink targeted at active young people. TAS are the highest-profile race team in Ireland, racing in...

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