2001

Borja returns to Ducati for 2002 WSB season

Borja returns to Ducati for 2002 WSB season

Spaniard Juan Borja will be making a return to Ducati in 2002… but with a customer race bike rather than the works 996R he had in 2000. Borja will be racing for the De Cecco Ducati team – the same...

Whitham grinning after first test on 2002 R6

Whitham grinning after first test on 2002 R6

Jamie Whitham has been given a first taste of his new 2002-spec Belgarda Yamaha R6 in a test at Cartagena in Spain.Riding with team-mate Paolo Casoli, the test gave Whitham a chance to put new...

Aprilia lets us loose on Corser’s RSV

Aprilia lets us loose on Corser’s RSV

Aprilia hasn’t exactly made a habit of letting anyone other than racers and factory testers on its works machinery, yet here I am, waiting to ride the bike that took Troy Corser to fourth in the World...

Rain cut Hodgson’s test time

Rain cut Hodgson’s test time

Neil Hodgson’s first test of his 2002 Ducati was a washed out.The MCN Man of the Year was desperate to get on his Testastretta 998R and claw back some of the ground he’s already lost to Chris Walker,...

Heckles joins the Brits in WSB

Liverpool rider Mark Heckles, 25, will ride a kit-bike Honda VTR SP-2 for the Rumi Honda team in WSB in 2002 in a one-rider team.The kit bike is a far cry from the uncompetitive kit-bikes that were seen in the BSB series in 2000 and are said to be on a performance level with the 2001 bike Colin Edwards had.A delighted Heckles who raced in the European superstock series on a Rumi Honda FireBlade in...

Hodgson and Toseland on Radio One

Hodgson and Toseland on Radio One

Neil Hodgson is looking forward to renewing his rivalry with Chris Walker in World Superbikes next season. Speaking on a Radio One interview on Monday night, Hodgson added: " but this time I...

Foggy targets Corser

Foggy targets Corser

Troy Corser has been approached by Carl Fogarty to ride the new Petronas World Superbike. He hasn’t said yes to the offer yet because he’s still considering buying his job back at Aprilia. He told...

Foggy reveals more about his new WSB bikes and team

Foggy reveals more about his new WSB bikes and team

Carl Fogarty launched his new WSB team in Italy at the weekend, and revealed that up to 10,000 of the Foggy Petronas triples could be put into production.They will follow the first 75 very expensive...

Latest WSB test news: Walker, Edwards, Sauber

Latest WSB test news: Walker, Edwards, Sauber

CHRIS WALKER is now eight days into a hectic World Superbike testing schedule in preparation for his return to world championship racing. In contrast, Neil Hodgson has not even seen his new Ducati...

WSB signings latest: Haga, Emmett and Chili line up

WSB signings latest: Haga, Emmett and Chili line up

THE tantalising prospect of Noriyuki Haga sliding his way around the World Superbike series on an Aprilia will become a reality after the Japanese rider signed for the Italian factory.Haga has been...

Castrol Honda UK to campaign World Supersports

Castrol Honda UK to campaign World Supersports

HONDA BRITAIN has confirmed that it is entering John McGuinness and Karl Muggeridge in the 2002 World Supersport championship.The switch is a dream come true for two-times TT winner McGuinness. The...

Foggy quits Ducati – but where next?

Foggy quits Ducati – but where next?

Carl Fogarty is remaining tight-lipped about his future after speaking about his decision to end his long-standing relationship with Ducati today.He did however admit that his next move will be "the...

Bayliss’ big race shakedown – in the wife’s runabout

Bayliss’ big race shakedown – in the wife’s runabout

WORLD SUPERBIKE king Troy Bayliss has been getting in some last minute practice for a four-wheeled fun race with fellow motorsport champs… using his wife’s estate car.Bayliss, who has never been near...

The Foggy/Petronas road bike is coming

The Foggy/Petronas road bike is coming

CARL FOGARTY road bike will be in our showrooms later next year after the four-times World Superbike champion announced one of the biggest deals in British motorcycle history last week.He has signed a...

Ellison set for Kawasaki Supersport ride

Ellison set for Kawasaki Supersport ride

European superstock champion James Ellison is likely to race alongside Andrew Pitt in Kawasaki’s 2002 World Supersport team.The 20-year-old from Cumbria has won the superstock title for the past two...

Exclusive: Foggy, "This deal is a gamble – but it’ll pay off"

Exclusive: Foggy, "This deal is a gamble – but it’ll pay off"

IN an exclusive chat with MCN Carl Fogarty has admitted that his WSB deal is risky, but he reckons it will pay off.With the preliminary stages already well under way, Foggy believes with his name and...

Lavilla is sole factory Suzuki in World Superbikes

Lavilla is sole factory Suzuki in World Superbikes

The team will continue to compete in the Superbike and Supersport series as a factory supported team, but with a slight change in personnel. Japanese rider Katsuyaki Fujiwara will continue in the...

The background to Petronas

The background to Petronas

PETRONAS is one of the biggest names to join WSB since the championship started in 1988. It was formed in 1974 as the national petroleum company of Malaysia and having established itself in the...

Okada quits – will Edwards go it alone for Honda?

Okada quits – will Edwards go it alone for Honda?

SPECULATION that Castrol Honda will run just one full-factory SP-2 in WSB next season was reinforced when Tady Okada announced his retirement after finishing second in the final round of the All Japan...

Foggy and Ducati split

FOUR-TIMES World Superbike champion Carl Fogarty officially split from Ducati today.And he's now expected to be installed as the man to spearhead Sauber's surprise World Superbike effort in 2002.Ducati announced this afternoon that they have decided to end their long-standing relationship with the British legend, who is currently still recovering from a broken leg he suffered while testing a CCM...

World exclusive: Foggy / Petronas deal sealed

World exclusive: Foggy / Petronas deal sealed

It’s official. The lid on Foggy’s top secret plans has been lifted with the four-times World Superbike champion announcing "a once in a lifetime opportunity " with Petronas.Foggy has agreed an...

Hislop rejects Sauber WSB offer

Hislop rejects Sauber WSB offer

STEVE HISLOP has turned down an offer to ride Sauber’s triple in WSB next year – though Carl Fogarty is likely to be involved. The Scot wants to concentrate on winning the British title that evaded...

Ducati team boss injured on eve of first tests

Ducati team boss injured on eve of first tests

Ducati factory team boss David Tardozzi will be forced to miss the first proper test of the 2002 Ducati 998R this week, after breaking his leg in a car crash.Tardozzi, a former racer and the man who...

What to expect from Hodgson’s new book

What to expect from Hodgson’s new book

Neil Hodgson’s new book went on sale on Friday. Back On Track is his own review of his WSB season, filled with real insight into life as a top-ranking international racer.He doesn’t hold back, even...

Haga to join Hodgson, Walker and Co in WSB

Haga to join Hodgson, Walker and Co in WSB

Noriyuki Haga is likely to join Neil Hodgson, Chris Walker and James Toseland in WSB next season after signing a letter of intent to ride Aprilia’s RSV Mille in the 2002 championship.Haga has been...

Battered Bayliss cracks lap record in Valencia test

Battered Bayliss cracks lap record in Valencia test

After six weeks of recuperation from a broken collarbone, World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss got straight back into the swing of it on Tuesday by racking up 77 laps and knocking 0.5s of the...

Rain holds up Bayliss and Xaus

Rain holds up Bayliss and Xaus

The second day of testing for the factory Ducati team of Troy Bayliss and Ruben Xaus was severely disrupted by rain.Bayliss and Xaus were only able to do 22 and 24 laps respectively at the Valencia...

Ducati and Foggy… the end of a beautiful relationship

Ducati and Foggy… the end of a beautiful relationship

There has been no official announcement, but Ducati is expected to end it’s relationship with Carl Fogarty within the next few days following the news that he is likely to head up the Sauber effort in...

Foggy to lead Sauber WSB effort?

Foggy to lead Sauber WSB effort?

Updated: Tuesday, November 6: Sauber is believed to be switching away from plans for GP racing to go WSB racing instead. And there are suggestions that Carl Fogarty will act as the bid’s...

Hodgson marries. Meet and congratulate him at the NEC

Hodgson marries. Meet and congratulate him at the NEC

Neil Hodgson got married on Sunday near his home town of Burnley, Lancs. Now you can congratulate him in person at the MCN stand at the NEC Show later this week.Hodgson married long term girlfriend...

Walker claims creditable ninth in Sugo

Walker claims creditable ninth in Sugo

Chris Walker wasn’t expecting to win at Sugo on Sunday in his first competitive ride for Kawasaki – but ninth place against some of the best bikes and riders in the world felt almost as good.For the...

Mackenzie says Sauber is fastest he’s ever ridden

Mackenzie says Sauber is fastest he’s ever ridden

Niall Mackenzie reckons the Sauber four-stroke GP bike is the fastest bike he's ever ridden. The triple British superbike champion and former GP star believes the Sauber could surprise a lot of...