2002

Provisional 2003 WSB calendar

Provisional 2003 WSB calendar

The provisional calendar for the 2003 WSB championship has finally been released, and the biggest news is a new round at the amazing Sepang track in Malaysia as well as a new French round at Magny...

Hodgson storms to Oschersleben pole

Hodgson storms to Oschersleben pole

Neil Hodgson took a stunning Superpole to top the grid going into Sunday’s WSB round at Oschersleben today.His time of 1:26.502 was good enough to hold off Honda’s Colin Edwards and repeats his pole...

Whitham out of Oschersleben WSS

Whitham out of Oschersleben WSS

Jamie Whitham has pulled out of this weekend’s World Supersport round at Oschersleben, Germany.The Belgarda Yamaha rider is still suffering from the effects of his horrendous 130mph crash at Brands...

Edwards threatens with provisional pole

Edwards threatens with provisional pole

A new engine has given Honda’s Colin Edwards fresh hope and provisional pole in Oschersleben today ahead of Sunday’s World Superbike race in Germany.The Texan smashed the lap record by half a second,...

Now that’s a crash…

Now that’s a crash…

Barbequed CBR600 anyone? German Supersport rider Peter Koller can lay the blame for this hot little number on a loose fuel hose spraying petrol onto his rear tyre.Fortunately he escaped unhurt from...

Bostroms in serious boat accident

Bostroms in serious boat accident

Ben Bostrom, his former girlfriend Kat and brother Eric narrowly avoided being killed when their dinghy was hit by a motor boat while on holiday in Italy at the weekend.Bostrom said: " Kat is...

Edwards poised to sign for Ducati

Edwards poised to sign for Ducati

Colin Edwards has exclusively confirmed to MCN that he will sign to the Ducati WSB squad for 2003.He’s told MCN that he has signed a letter of intent to ride for the Italian factory and unless Castrol...

Vermeulen signs for Ten Kate

Vermeulen signs for Ten Kate

Chris Vermuelen has signed to ride for the Ten Kate World Supersport squad in 2003.The 20-year-old Australian will move from the Ten Kate-backed Van Zon Honda to the full squad, replacing the...

Nicky Hayden is 2002 AMA Superbike champion

Nicky Hayden is 2002 AMA Superbike champion

Honda’s Nicky Hayden took the 2002 AMA championship on Saturday (August 10). Victory in the first race of the weekend came after championship rival Eric Bostrom crashed out of the lead on lap seven.

Honda may quit WSB in 2003

Honda may quit WSB in 2003

There are persistent rumours in the World Superbike paddock that suggest Castrol Honda will either scale down, or even pull, their factory squad next season.The team is currently funded by Honda...

First pics from Ducati’s V4 and 999 track test

First pics from Ducati’s V4 and 999 track test

These are the first pictures from Ducati’s debut track test of both its V4 Desmosedici MotoGP machine and 999 World Superbike at Mugello. You can read about the test in detail in the next issue of...

Chris Walker webchat cancelled

Chris Walker webchat cancelled

MCN are very sorry to announce, that due to circumstances beyond our control, we will not be able to host the webchat with Chris Walker originally scheduled for Thursday August 8.Unfortunately...

Edwards steps in for Ukawa at Eight-Hour

Edwards steps in for Ukawa at Eight-Hour

Colin Edwards has been drafted in as a last minute replacement for the injured Tohru Ukawa in Honda’s Suzuka Eight-Hour squad on August 4.The Texan will partner Daijiro Kato on a Cabin SP-2. Edwards...

Edwards leads Eight Hour 1-2-3 for Honda

Edwards leads Eight Hour 1-2-3 for Honda

Colin Edwards and his Cabin teammate Daijiro Kato lead a clean sweep of the podium at the Suzuka Eight Hour on Sunday. You can read about Honda’s Suzuka victory in more detail in the latest issue of...

Superbike rider swaps Hondas with IndyCar champ

Superbike rider swaps Hondas with IndyCar champ

AMA Superbike contender Nicky Hayden and Indy Car racer Michael Andretti are going to swap their race machines in a one-off test at the Mid-Ohio track in America.Hayden will get to drive the Motorola...

Brand Hatch WSB live updates

Brand Hatch WSB live updates

5.15pm. European Superstocks Part 2:Chris Burns emphatically won the second part of the delayed European Superstock race to take the overall win by three and a half seconds from Murphy. Third was...

Yates takes AMA Supersport title

Yates takes AMA Supersport title

Aaron Yates has won the 2002 AMA Supersport championship at Mid-Ohio on Sunday, but his delight was cut short as the Blimpie Yoshimura Suzuki rider crashed in the AMA Superbike race, badly gashing his...

Chris Walker signs for GSE

Chris Walker signs for GSE

Chris Walker has signed to ride alongside James Toseland for GSE Racing in World Superbikes for 2003.You can read more details of Walker’s deal in the latest issue of MCN, out Wednesday July 31.The...

Foggy rides FP1 for Commonwealth games

Foggy rides FP1 for Commonwealth games

Carl Fogarty completed a leg of the Queen’s Jubilee Commonwealth Games Baton Relay yesterday, riding the FP1 race bike that will compete in World Superbikes next year.He was one of 5000 people...

Party with the riders at Brands

Party with the riders at Brands

Want to know what the WSB stars get up to on a Sunday night when they are partying? Well the annual WSB charity party at Brands Hatch is back and there are still some tickets left.Every year a big...

Suzuka 8 Hours live online

Suzuka 8 Hours live online

Eight hours in front of a computer may sound like a normal day at work, but on August 4 the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race will be broadcast live on the internet.It’s free to view, and will have...

Join a rideout to Brands, or add yours to our list

IF you are one of the 100,000-plus heading for Brands this weekend, hook-up with fellow riders for a group run to the track.Below, you’ll find group rides to Brands you can join. Let us know if you know of any others. And if you’d like to start one from your area, or just see if there’s anyone interested, send us the details and we’ll publicise them here. Just e-mail them to...

Brands WSB: Latest update 4:00pm

Brands WSB: Latest update 4:00pm

It’s one of the hottest days of the year at Brands Hatch, both for the weather, and the racing. A cloudy start to the day has given way to bright sunlight and slightly humid conditions.The RAC reports...

See Ducati’s 999 in the flesh at Brands

See Ducati’s 999 in the flesh at Brands

You’ll be able to see Ducati’s new 999 superbike for the first time at Brands Hatch World Superbikes this weekend, July 26-28. It will be displayed near Paddock Hill bend at the Ducati Corse...

Bayliss sizzles to provisional Brands pole

Bayliss sizzles to provisional Brands pole

If the men from the Met are to be believed, today is going to see the start of a mini-heatwave over Brands Hatch, so if you’re heading down there today, click on this story for updates on news,...

Bayliss and Edwards share Laguna Seca glory

Bayliss and Edwards share Laguna Seca glory

Race one was won by Australian reigning champion Troy Bayliss, from his teammate Ruben Xaus, with championship rival Colin Edwards in third. Edwards had led for much of the race, until lap 23, when he...

Foggy’s FP1 won’t race this year

Foggy’s FP1 won’t race this year

Carl Fogarty has just announced his Foggy/Petronas team will not race in WSB this year.For more details on Foggy’s announcement don’t miss the latest issue of MCN, out July 10.The strain of developing...

Toseland signs two-year GSE deal

Toseland signs two-year GSE deal

James Toseland has pledged himself to his HM Plant/GSE team with a new two-year deal that’ll see him assume the mantle of number one rider with the squad until the end of 2004.The current embumbent...

Laguna Seca wildcards announced

Laguna Seca wildcards announced

Anthony Gobert will renew his WSB acquaintances at Laguna Seca after he and five other AMA riders were awarded wildcards for the round on July 14.The Australian, who took a run-away win at the track...

Heckles tests Mondial WSB machine

Heckles tests Mondial WSB machine

Mark Heckles stayed on at Misano after the WSB round there to test Mondial’s Piega WSB bike and the road version as part of the company’s preparations to go racing in 2003.Heckles – who rides for the...

Chris Walker’s band aid

Chris Walker’s band aid

Chris Walker took a tip from the world’s toughest riders to help him combat the extreme heat at Misano. Walker used an absorbent headband used by riders in the Paris-Dakar rally to try and reduce the...

Bayliss does double in Misano

Bayliss does double in Misano

Troy Bayliss has won the first race at Misano, extending his lead in the World Superbike championship over nearest rival Colin Edwards.Edwards, who led for much of the opening ten laps, had no answer...

Foggy WSB bike to debut at Brands

Foggy WSB bike to debut at Brands

DELAYS in engine preparation mean the Foggy Petronas FP1 race bike will miss its planned debut at the U.S. round at Laguna Seca. Instead, the bike will debut a month later at the Brands Hatch...

Bayliss stuns in Misano qualifying

Bayliss stuns in Misano qualifying

Troy Bayliss set a blistering pace in Misano, Italy to claim provisional pole with a time of 1:34.420 – half a second quicker than second placed man, Ben Bostrom ahead of Sunday’s WSB round.With track...

Izutsu back on Kwak for Misano

Izutsu back on Kwak for Misano

Hitoyasu Izutsu, Chris Walker’s WSB Kawasaki teammate on the factory ZX-7RR, makes his WSB return at this weekend’s Misano round after an eight week lay-off through injury.The Japanese star was...

Walker’s injection of hope

Walker’s injection of hope

Chris Walker is still on the slow road to recovery from Bell’s Palsy, but he’s been boosted by a new treatment from his team’s physiotherapist. He has been having painkilling and relaxant injections...