British Superbikes

Lavilla wins season opener

Lavilla wins season opener

The opening British Superbike championship lived up to expectation as an enthralling race saw rookie Leon Camier give the more experienced BSB riders a scare. Local rider Camier, who originates form...

Drama for Supersport

Drama for Supersport

The British Supersport Championship race was full of incident with two red flags, riders taken to the medical centre, a safety car, a ride through penalty and a disqualification. Dennis Hobs took an...

Stars gather for pit walkabout

Stars gather for pit walkabout

Hundreds of fans took the chance to meet their heroes at the first pit lane walkabout of the new season. Most of the top BSB riders and some supersport riders signed autographs and had their photos...

Lavilla fastest in warm-up

Lavilla fastest in warm-up

Gregorio Lavilla topped the timesheets in warm up at Brands Hatch this morning just hours before the start of the new season. The Airwaves Ducati rider recorded a best time of 1:26.205 ahead of...

Rea on pole at Brands BSB

Rea on pole at Brands BSB

Jonathan Rea is on pole position for tomorrow’s opening round of the Bennett’s British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch. The HM Plant Honda rider was only fifth in the morning’s free practice...

Rea still setting the pace

Rea still setting the pace

Jonathan Rea continues to be the fastest man on track in free practice at Brands Hatch despite not going any faster in this afternoon’s session than he had this morning. Rea’s best time on the HM...

Rea continues lead in Brands first practice

Rea continues lead in Brands first practice

Jonathan Rea set the pace throughout pre-season testing and was fastest in the first free practice session of the new BSB season at Brands Hatch this morning. Rea clocked a 1:26.28, 0.45s quicker than...

BSB showcased in London

BSB showcased in London

More than 250 people crammed into the Audi Forum near Piccadilly, London for the launch of the 2007 Bennetts British Superbike championship this morning (Wednesday, April 4, 2007). The championship...

Hill on record pace

Hill on record pace

The Virgin Media Yamaha team sneaked in one final day of testing at Cadwell Park on Friday (March 30, 2007) in preparation for Easter Monday’s BSB season opener at Brands Hatch. Although a cold...

Shakey ready to race

Shakey ready to race

Shane Byrne says he can’t wait for the first BSB round of 2007 at Brands Hatch on April 9, 2007 after yet another successful test at Knockhill this week. Shakey had one minor slip-off in the two day...

McConnell fastest on R6

McConnell fastest on R6

Billy McConnell was the fastest rider in Supersport on the new Virgin Media Yamaha R6 in the latest round of testing.  Still recovering from badly dislocating his right wrist sustained in a...

Hill on pace with R1

Hill on pace with R1

Tommy Hill showed just how good the all-new Virgin Media Yamaha R1 is by setting fourth best time in the Snetterton test. Late-arriving parts meant the team could only test at Mallory and Croft but...

Samsung superbike team

Samsung superbike team

The new-look Samsung Superbike team lines up in BSB for 2007 with a Suzuki GSX-R1000 for Dean Thomas. The bike is the ex-Kirkham K5 but with one of last year’s Rizla Suzuki engines. Thomas was...

Rea dominates BSB test

Rea dominates BSB test

Jonathan Rea continues to dominate pre-season testing on the HM Plant Honda. When the sun final broke through to Snetterton on Sunday after two days of miserable cold, wet conditions, the HM Plant...

Contenders for the BSB crown

Contenders for the BSB crown

This picture was at the BSB testing at Snetterton on Sunday by myself.  I was there with my son Ryan for the Official BSB test day and managed to find a space on the pit wall whilst all the...

Plater crashes at Snetterton

Plater crashes at Snetterton

Steve Plater came a cropper on his AIM Yamaha at the entrance to pit lane during Sunday afternoon’s BSB practice at Snetterton.  Here are some photos of the aftermath.    

Chilly Snett test gives little feedback

Chilly Snett test gives little feedback

Despite only 11-degrees of track temperature, several riders ventured out onto the icy wastes of Snetterton circuit for this afternoon’s final BSB practice session. Leon Haslam and Greogrio Lavilla...

Slow start for Snetterton BSB test

Slow start for Snetterton BSB  test

Any hopes the top teams of BSB might have harboured about meaningful testing at Snetterton today were dashed by miserable weather this morning, Friday, March 23, 2007. Heavy mist and low track...

Rob McElnea interview: Part two

Rob McElnea interview: Part two

Part two of our exclusive video interview with Virign Media team boss Rob McElnea looks at the rule changes for the 2007 Virgin Media R6 Cup. If you missed part one, which covered the Virgin British...

Rob McElnea interview: Part one

Rob McElnea interview: Part one

Watch part one of an exclusive interview with Virgin Mobile Yamaha team boss Rob McElnea as the British Superbike and Supersport teams test at Croft, alongside the new riders in the Virgin R6...

Haslam fastest in Albacete

Haslam fastest in Albacete

Leon Haslam continued to set the pace in pre-season testing when he set the benchmark lap time in the three-day Albacete test this weekend on the Airwaves Ducati. Team-mate Gregorio Lavilla was...

Ducati sets Albacete BSB test pace

Ducati sets Albacete BSB test pace

The first day of the major three-day BSB test at Albacete in Spain has seen the honours go to Airwaves Ducati's Leon Haslam and Gregorio Lavilla. The pair took their works 999s to the top two times,...

New year of R6 Cup stars

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...

Hill on the pace at Croft

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...

Smart returns to Hawk

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...

Richards takes Superstock ride

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...

Camier - elbow down

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...

Video: Tommy Hill at the Virgin Yamaha launch

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...

Media makeover for Virgin Yamaha

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...

Video: Rizla's Cal Crutchlow

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...

Rea heads BSB in Spain

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...

Video: Shakey turns up the heat in Spain

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...

Murphy to Superstock

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...

Hutchinson's CBR shakedown

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...

Reynolds back on track

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...

Buildbase Ducati

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...