2004

Hodgson tests for U.S.

Hodgson tests for U.S.

Neil Hodgson completed his two-day test at Jerez on Friday December 17. He was riding a Ducati Corse development bike, and was "dead happy" to be back on the 999. Hodgson admitted that at...

Wet weather WSB test

Wet weather WSB test

Wet Spanish weather has hampered an unoffical two-day test for World superbike and Supersport teams at Valencia. Over the two days (December 13-14), intermittent rain and cold temperatures saw...

MV makes WSB plans

MV makes WSB plans

MV Agusta has given the strongest hint yet that it will race in the World Superbike championship. The company plans to race the F4 1000 in the German Superbike championship and the European...

Hodgson to use Dunlops

Hodgson to use Dunlops

Neil Hodgson’s new team, Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin, has decided to ditch the Michelin tyres it ran with in the American superbike series in 2004 and move to using Dunlops for the next two...

WSB tests announced

WSB tests announced

The third week of February will be your first chance to see the 2005 World Superbike machines line up side by side. The dates for the official World Superbike tests have been announced and the first...

Help Toseland win award

Help Toseland win award

Newly-crowned World Superbike champion James Toseland is one of three finalists in the Yorkshire Sports Personality of the year, and the winner will be decided by a public phone vote. Toseland is up...

Corser back on top

Corser back on top

After a season hiding in the middle of the pack on the Foggy FP-1, Troy Corser is back on top taking the best time at a packed Pirelli test in Valencia. Corser, who is now riding for Alstare Suzuki,...

Pitt debuts R1 Superbike

Pitt debuts R1 Superbike

Andrew Pitt has debuted the 2005 Yamaha R1 World Superbike machine in testing at the Valencia circuit in Spain. The three-day test began yesterday with the 28-year-old former Supersport champion...

Macau GP first practice

Macau GP first practice

John McGuinness has gone fastest in the opening practice session for the Macau Grand prix which takes place on Saturday, November 20, riding the MonsterMob Ducati 999. Austrian Thomas Hinterreiter...

Hodgson to race in US

Hodgson to race in US

Neil Hodgson has been switched from MotoGP to the US Superbike championship by Ducati, while WSB champion and newly-crowned MCN Man of the Year James Toseland has been confirmed as a Ducati factory...

2005 WSB confirmed riders

2005 WSB confirmed riders

Confirmed riders for the 2005 World Superbike Championship: Superbike: Fila Ducati: James Toseland, Regis Laconi, Lorenzo Lanzi Alstare Suzuki: Troy Corser. Yukio Kagayama. Foggy-Petronas: Steve...

Walker to Kawasaki

Walker to Kawasaki

Chris Walker has turned down an improved offer from Foggy Petronas and will race instead for the Kawasaki PSG-1 team in next season's WSB championship. The Nottingham rider was the first to secure a...

Bid for Foggy's trophy

Bid for Foggy's trophy

James Toseland could have saved himself a lot of bother - you don’t need to beat the best in the world week after week to land a WSB champion’s trophy – one of Carl Fogarty’s...

Gimbert in WSB for 2005

Gimbert in WSB for 2005

After putting in an impressive performance at the Magny Cours round of the World Superbike championship former 500GP rider Sebastien Gimbert looks set to compete the whole season in 2005. Gimbert...

F1 loss could be our gain

F1 loss could be our gain

Silverstone is drawing up plans for life without the F1 GP - and it could be good news for bikes. Insiders say the loss of the money-spinning F1 event means they have to make more of events like WSB...

Ten Kate exclusive

Ten Kate exclusive

The Ten Kate team stayed at the Magny Cours track following the final round of the 2004 World Superbike championship to give their 2005 riders a chance to test, and we've got exclusive pictures from...

Toseland is WSB Champ

Toseland is WSB Champ

Friday qualifying Sebastien Gimbert has put his wildcard Yamaha R1 on pole for the final round of the World Superbike championship at Magny Cour on Sunday, October 3. Gimbert shares the front row...

Parkes to Yamaha

Parkes to Yamaha

Broc Parkes will ride for the Yamaha Motor Germany team in the Supersport World Championship in 2005 alongside fellow Australian Kevin Curtain. Parkes finished the 2004 season as runner-up to Ten...

Silverstone loses F1 GP

Silverstone loses F1 GP

Silverstone has lost the Formula 1 Grand Prix - a decision which casts a gloomy cloud over all the circuit's activities. The Northants venue currently hosts a WSB round and a British Superbike...

WSB live qualifying

WSB live qualifying

James Toseland heads to this weekend's final round of the 2004 WSB championship just four points away from the world title. That's the gap between him and factory Ducati team-mate Regis Laconi as the...

Haga on provisional pole

Haga on provisional pole

Noriyuki Haga is on provisional pole for Sunday's Imola WSB round with championship hopeful James Toseland sixth fastest. Toseland was third quickest in Friday morning practice. Now he must hope to...

Laconi on pole for Imola

Laconi on pole for Imola

Regis Laconi has moved into pole position in the second qualifying session for the Imola round of the World Superbike championship. The Frenchman went half a second quicker than his best time on...

Muggeridge wins title

Muggeridge wins title

Karl Muggeridge is the 2004 World Supersport champion for Ten Kate Honda, after his rival, Jurgen Van Den Goorbergh crashed out of the race on lap 12. Muggeridge and team-mate Broc Parkes were...

Imola Superpole

Imola Superpole

Times from the Imola Superpole session to decide the top 16 of the grid for the Imola round of the World Superbike championship on Sunday, September 26. 1) Laconi 1:49.818. 2) Vermuelen 1:49.930. 3)...

Laconi leads into France

Laconi leads into France

James Toseland lost his slender WSB title lead at Imola in Italy on Sunday. He goes to next weekend's final round in France four points behind a Frenchman. It is Toseland's Ducati team-mate Regis...

Assen set for title tussle

Assen set for title tussle

James Toseland begins practice on Friday at Assen just eight points adrift of the World Superbike championship lead. There are 150 points still on offer as the series enters its final three rounds -...

Toseland back in front

Toseland back in front

James Toseland has moved to first place in the hunt for the WSB title after winning race one and coming second in race two at Assen on Sunday (Sep 5). The young Brit is now a slender three points...

MV takes first win

MV takes first win

The Italian MV Agusta marque has taken it's first win in 28 years with a victory in the German Superbike Championship. Jorg Teuchert, the 2000 Worlds Supersport Champion, took second in the first...

Schwantz racing return

Schwantz racing return

GP legend Kevin Schwantz to return to competitive racing when he takes part in the Bol d'Or 24-hour endurance race on September 11-12. The former 500cc World Champion will compete in a road race for...

Brands WSB faces axe?

Brands WSB faces axe?

Sunday may have seen the last Brands Hatch WSB round ever. The contract between championship organisers and the circuit owner finished with Sunday's race and the two sides have been unable to reach...

Haga does the double

Haga does the double

Noriyuki Haga has made it a double win at Brands Hatch World Superbikes after taking the top spot in a dramatic race 2 despite not crossing the line first. The second superbike race of the day was...

Chili to ride a Kawasaki

Chili to ride a Kawasaki

The PSG-1 team, which currently fields Pier-Francesco Chili, has announced it will switch to running Kawasaki ZX-10Rs in 2005. The brief statement has not named riders for next season, but has stated...

Brands first qualifying

Brands first qualifying

Frankie Chili has topped the first qualifying session at Brands Hatch World Superbikes while Gianluca Nannelli takes second place on the provisional grid. This puts two two-year-old Ducati 998s ahead...

No Triumphs at Brands

No Triumphs at Brands

The Triumph ValMoto team has pulled out of the Supersport race at Brands Hatch this weekend to concentrate on their British championship campaign. The team were due to field rider Craig Jones, but...

Win VIP WSB treatment

Win VIP WSB treatment

The Brands Hatch round of the World Superbike championship is on Sunday July 31. And if you spot www.motorcyclenews.com Products Editor Dan Thornton at the Kent circuit, you could win a VIP trip to...

Coxhell: Brands wildcard

Coxhell: Brands wildcard

Australian British Superbike rider Craig Coxhell will make his World Superbike debut as a wildcard at Brands Hatch this weekend. The 21-year-old from Melbourne races for the Vitrans team on a Honda...