February

Slight to race in UK

Slight to race in UK

Aaron Slight will be racing a 500bhp V8 this year. No it’s not Moto GP gone mad, he’s on four wheels for the ASCAR oval racing series in the UK and Germany.Slight is driving the TJ Motorsports Ford,...

Walker 14th fastest despite partially paralysed face

Walker 14th fastest despite partially paralysed face

The effects of Bell’s Palsy have left Chris Walker with blurred vision and unable to complete more than a handful of laps at a time. Yet he toughed it out to rack up 72 laps and end up 14th fastest...

Neil Hodgson: In his own words

Jo d: You were very pleased with the Philip Island test but seemed more frustrated during the Valencia test. Do you think this is essentially down to your style being incompatible with the circuit rather than a more wide-ranging problem?NeilHodgson: Erm, yes. I think you've hit the nail on the head there. I do have a slight problem with the set-up of the bike, but I think it's more a case of my...

Hodgson reveals his go-faster diet

Hodgson reveals his go-faster diet

We’ve now added the full transcript from Neil Hodgson’s Thursday lunchtime web chat in which he reveals his recipes for success.Neil starts a WSB race day with porridge, tucks into bananas and fig...

Best test times of Saturday and Sunday

Valencia, Spain, WSB test, February 23-24, 20021. T Bayliss: 1’34.922. 2. N Haga: 1’34.957. 3. C Edwards: 1’35.168. 4. B Bostrom: 1’35.260. 5. R Xaus: 1’35.260. 6. P Chili: 1’35.668. 7. S Martin: 1’35.962. 8. L Pedercini: 1’35.962. 9. H Izutsu: 1’36.032. 10. J Toseland: 1’36.305. 11. N Hodgson: 1’36.358.12 G Lavilla: 1’36.595. 13. J Borja: 1’36.728. 14. C.Walker: 1’36.930. 15. A Antonello:...

Walker’s face paralysed by illness

Walker’s face paralysed by illness

Chris Walker has partial paralysis of the face caused by a disease known as Bell’s Palsy.One of his eyes doesn’t blink, he can’t move his lips or swallow properly. He’s having to wear a patch over the...

Smart replaces injured McGuiness

Smart replaces injured McGuiness

Injured John McGuinness will be replaced by Scott Smart for this weekend’s crucial final test at Valencia before the start of the World Supersport season.McGuinness injured himself while filming a...

Walker will test despite paralysis

Walker will test despite paralysis

Chris Walker will test his Kawasaki WSB bike this weekend despite continued problems with partial facial paralysis caused by Bell’s Palsy.Walker has been having treatment all week to try and alleviate...

Chat live with Neil Hodgson

Chat live with Neil Hodgson

WSB star Neil Hodgson will be in our VIP Lounge for a live web chat on Friday, February 22.The session will be held in the afternoon, as soon as he’s finished his first day of WSB testing at Valencia,...

Walker: I’m going slow what ever I try’

Walker: I’m going slow what ever I try’

Chris Walker is facing an uphill battle to restore his shattered confidence before for the next WSB test at Valencia, Spain.He came away from Australia’s first tests as the slowest of all the WSB...

Aprilia plays down reliability fears

Aprilia plays down reliability fears

Noriyuki Haga’s Aprilia team has dismissed the mechanical disasters it suffered at the Phillip Island WSB tests as a normal part of pre-season shake-downs.Haga blew up three of the latest versions of...

Foggy WSB project up against it

Foggy WSB project up against it

Foggy won’t know if his WSB project has any hope of getting off the ground this year until the end of April.By then the first three-cylinder engine must have completed extensive bench testing, or the...

First Hodgson column of 2002

First Hodgson column of 2002

MCN has again signed up top British rider Neil Hodgson to write a regular column for us throughout the new World Superbike season.In the first instalment of 2002, Neil gives you a behind the scenes...

Moodie back in the saddle

Moodie back in the saddle

It’s been more than a year, but Jim Moodie has finally returned to full-on riding action in preparation for the World Supersport season.He has been out of action recovering from a badly smashed ankle.

Bayliss fastest, Walker slowest in Oz

Bayliss fastest, Walker slowest in Oz

Troy Bayliss made it clear to his rivals that he won’t be giving up his world title without a struggle, after posting the fastest time of the first official test of the WSB year.As everyone suspected...

Bostrom: In his own words

Belfez: Ben, During last season you had a terrific run of form with back to back wins. But then at the next race you seemed to only do a little practice, (according to the commentators) and you were seen lounging around the pit lane as if you couldn't be bothered trying, or perhaps you had proved a point and/or had orders from above. So do tell, why did things go pear-shaped?BenBostrom: After...