British Superbikes

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...

BSB in Spain?

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...

Shakey's scooter wind-up

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...

Wilson's superstock title bid

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...

Rea fastest in Spain

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...

Walker heads BSB field

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...

Rea crashes out

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...

Kawasaki wrap up test

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...

Supersport: MSS focus on Easton

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...

Rea continues reign

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...

Rea ends test on top

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...

Leon in medical centre

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...

Smart back to Hawk?

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...

Smart back to Hawk?

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...

Martin for BSB

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...

Team NB on Pirelli

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...

Mondello Upgrades

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...

Ducati 1098S race-build

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...

Oulton improvments

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...

Steve Spray’s Norton demo

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...

Cal faster at Calafat

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...

Rizla's sunshine test

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...

Relentless TAS

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...

GP250 British Revival

GP250 British Revival

Re-establishing the British title tag to the GP250 class has dramatically boosted interest in the ailing two-strokes.    The exciting new ACU Dunlop Tyres MotoStar Cup GP250 series has...

Metzeler Superstock

Metzeler Superstock

While the tyre war wages on in BSB with Dunlop, Michelin and Pirelli all out to claim top honours in the series, Metzeler Racetec will continue as the official tyre supplier and sponsor of both the...

Richards on BSB MV

Richards on BSB MV

Aussie Glen Richards is to ride MV Agusta for Q Motorsport in BSB.  The exclusive 1000cc F4 SBK will be developed by UK MV distributor Three Cross Motorcycles. Glen Richards finished 10th in...

Video: Kiyo on 07 Blade

Video: Kiyo on 07 Blade

Surprise attendee at the Sepang MotoGP test was Ryuichi Kiyonari. He was out on a Suzuka Eight Hour-spec Fireblade.  Watch this video to hear just how different it sounds from the MotoGP bikes.

Kiyo suprise in Malaysia

Kiyo suprise in Malaysia

Reigning British superbike champion Ryuichi Kiyonari was a surprise addition to the Sepang line-up. The Japanese rider was testing two Honda FireBlade machines for a ‘multitude’ of purposes according...

UK1 signs teenagers

UK1 signs teenagers

Former 125 British title–winning team UK1 Racing are continuing their philosophy of fostering new young riders. They have announced they have signed 14-year-old Connor Behan alongside 13-year-old...

MV in BSB

MV in BSB

While the world waits to see if Carl Fogarty can pull off a deal to run factory MV Agusta machinery in WSB, an enterprising team have already finalised their plans to race two of the exotic Italian...

Emmett to ride Honda

Emmett to ride Honda

Sean Emmett’s turbulent racing career has another lease of life. Britain’s bad boy of racing has linked up with Liverpool-based PR Branson Honda to race in BSB this year. Emmett said: "The perennial...

Rea's MX rehab

Rea's MX rehab

Jonathan Rea has taken delivery of a new CR250F motocross today as he continues his rehabilitation programme following recent extensive knee surgery. The new HM Plant Honda signing ruptured his ACL...

Joey's trophies displayed

Joey's trophies displayed

The 26 trophies won by TT record holder Joey Dunlop, OBE, will go on display to the public during next year’s races. The aim is to boost funds for the Joey Dunlop Foundation and raise money to build...

Stobart get busy

Stobart get busy

Stobart Honda have had a busy Christmas preparing their bikes for the most extensive winter pre-season testing programme the team has ever undertaken. The work follows the initial shakedown test at...

BSB boss on '07

BSB boss on '07

We caught up with BSB Race Director Stuart Higgs at the NEC Racing Car Show and asked him about the prospects for the 2007 season. MCN: We had a great 2006 season in BSB. How is the 2007 season...