2007

World Supersport: Chris Walker gets dialled in at Jerez

World Supersport: Chris Walker gets dialled in at Jerez

Despite mixed weather conditions, Chris Walker made the most of his three day test in Jerez last week onboard the Gil Motorsport Kawasaki ZX-6R.   Chris Walker who spent the last decade...

Video: Review of the World Superbike year

In the fourth of our reviews of the year we take a look at the 2007 World Superbike season. Check out the video below to see the highlights of the year chosen by MCN's World Superbike reporter Michael Guy.

World Superbikes: GMT switch to World Superbikes

World Superbikes: GMT switch to World Superbikes

After two season’s in World Supersport French-based Yamaha GMT94 team move up to the World Superbike championship in 2008 with David Checa and Sebastien Gimbert. And following on from their win in...

World Superbikes: Exclusive interview with Carlos Checa on his move from MotoGP in this week's MCN

World Superbikes: Exclusive interview with Carlos Checa on his move from MotoGP in this week's MCN

With his first test completed, Carlos Checa believes that his decision to quit MotoGP and join Ten Kate Honda in World Superbikes is the best decision of his life. Carlos Checa has followed fellow...

World Superbikes: Makoto Tamada and Regis Laconi test Kawasaki PSG-1 in Jerez

World Superbikes: Makoto Tamada and Regis Laconi test Kawasaki PSG-1 in Jerez

Makoto Tamada and Regis Laconi got their first taste of the all new 2008 PSG-1 Kawasaki at Jerez in Spain last week, but only got to complete limited laps due to rain and cold temperatures. Tamada a...

World Superbikes: 2008 calendar announced

World Superbikes: 2008 calendar announced

The 2008 World Superbike Championship has been announced with new races at the Nurburgring in Germany and Sentul in Indonesia making it a provisional 15 round series. The addition of Sentul in...

World Supersport: Tommy Hill frustrated but recovering at home

World Supersport: Tommy Hill frustrated but recovering at home

Tommy Hill is continuing to recover from his testing injuries sustained last month and is now back at home after spending last week in hospital.  Following surgery on his femur, pelvis and ankle...

Audio: Beowulf Racing working hard in testing

Beowulf Racing riders Gino Rea and Dan Linfoot continued their winter testing programme in preparation for the 2008 Superstock 600 European Championship this week. Testing at the Alcarras circuit outside Barcelona in Spain the team braved near freezing conditions to continue developing the Superstock 600 bike and the new more powerful Supersport bike they plan to campaign as a wild card in the...

Video: World Supersport: Andrew Pitt goes electronic

Check out the video below as MCN's World Superbikes reporter, Michael Guy, speaks to Hannspree Ten Kate Honda's Andrew Pitt about the new electronics for the 2008 motorcycle. The World Supersport rider, who will be joining the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team full-time for 2008, shared his thoughts at the Qatar test a couple of weeks ago. To read about the battle of the electronics for the 2008...

World Superbikes: Gregorio Lavilla confirmed for Paul Bird World Superbike squad

World Superbikes: Gregorio Lavilla confirmed for Paul Bird World Superbike squad

As was predicted in MCN last month, Paul Bird has just officially announced that Spaniard Gregorio Lavilla will ride in a one-man World Superbike effort in 2008. Gregorio Lavilla will return to the...

Video: Beowulf Racing test at Cartagena for 2008

Beowulf Racing have just released this on-board footage of the team testing at Cartagena, Spain. In this video you can see on-board laps of the Spanish circuit from former 250MotoGP rider Dan Linfoot, Pat McDougall and Gino Rea. The Beowulf team look set to enter Linfoot in either the European Superstock 600 or FIM Superstock 1000 Cup championships for 2008. Gino Rea (18) continues with the...

World Supersport: Tommy Hill back in the UK

World Supersport: Tommy Hill back in the UK

Tommy Hill has finally been repatriated back to the UK following his sickening crash 11 days ago and a nightmare stay in a Spanish hospital. Hill high sided his Hannspree Althea Honda first time out...

World Superbikes Qatar test: Troy Bayliss fires warning shot

World Superbikes Qatar test: Troy Bayliss fires warning shot

Troy Bayliss fired a warning shot to his World Superbike rivals by topping the timesheets onboard the all new Ducati 1098F08 on the final day of the three day winter test in Qatar. To see Troy...

Video: Ten Kate team owner interviewed

Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team boss Ronald Ten Kate has been speaking to MCN's World Superbikes reporter Michael Guy in Qatar about the progress made with his team this week. The downside was Kenan Sofuoglu's crash yesterday, but there have also been many positives with former MotoGP rider Carlos Checa surprising the team with his speed. Check out the video below to see what else Ronald Ten Kate...

Video: World Supersport: Good progress for Triumph in Qatar

The SC Caracchi team has spent the opening two days of the Qatar test getting the Triumph 675 up to speed with Australian riders Garry McCoy and Paul Young. With only one bike between both riders track time has been limited, but they have still been able to make good progress. On the opening day the team used a standard engine fitted with Triumph’s race kit, but by day two the riders benefited...

Video: World Superbike Qatar test: Kenan Sofuoglu crashes in Qatar

Reigning World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu has crashed out of day two of the World Superbike test in Qatar. he Turkish rider came off his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade this afternoon and was receiving treatment in the circuit's medical centre for possible arm and facial injuries. Sofuoglu admitted to MCN yesterday how tired he was after the first day of testing but was keen to get back on track...

World Superbike Qatar test: Carlos Checa impresses first time out

World Superbike Qatar test: Carlos Checa impresses first time out

Carlos Checa surprised both his rivals and his new Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team by immediately being on the pace at day two of the official World Superbike test in Qatar. Despite missing the opening...

World Superbikes Qatar test: Troy Corser fastest and promises more

World Superbikes Qatar test: Troy Corser fastest and promises more

Troy Corser topped the timesheets for the second day in succession with a stunning 1:58.6 lap set on Pirelli’s new generation race tyres. Corser’s best was just out side his own Superbike outright...

Ducati 1098R WSB test pictures

Ducati 1098R WSB test pictures

Ducati's all new 1098 F08 is testing in Qatar at the moment with Troy Bayliss and Michel Fabrizio putting the new bike to the test against many top World Superbike rival teams. We've put the best...

Video: World Superbike Qatar test: Kenan Sofuoglu gets used to superbike

Current world supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu is settling in to life as a World Superbike rider at the first test of the winter in Qatar. The Turkish rider, who has stepped up to the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda World Superbike team for 2008, spent a tiring first day getting used to the CBR1000RR Fireblade. Check out the video below to see what else Kenan Sofuoglu had to say about the Qatar test.

Video: World Superbikes Qatar Test: Troy Corser speaks to MCN in Qatar

Yamaha's Troy Corser has been speaking to MCN's World Superbikes reporter Michael Guy after he topped the timesheets on day one of the first winter test in Qatar. Check out the video below to see what Troy Corser has to say about his hopes for the rest of the test in Qatar.

World Superbikes: Makoto Tamada in potential World Superbikes switch

World Superbikes: Makoto Tamada in potential World Superbikes switch

Makoto Tamada looks odds on for a dramatic switch to World Superbikes with the factory backed Kawasaki PSG-1 squad in 2008. Tamada shot to fame when he won three races in World Superbikes at Sugo as...

World Supersport: Tommy Hill undergoes surgery

World Supersport: Tommy Hill undergoes surgery

Tommy Hill underwent a five and a half hour operation on his broken right hip and left leg in Spain on Tuesday following his sickening crash onboard the Hannspree Altea Honda on Sunday. Hill had only...

Chris Walker fastest at Calafat test

Chris Walker fastest at Calafat test

Chris Walker made a dream start to his new World Supersport career by staying the fastest rider during the three day test in Calafat, Spain. Walker, riding the Gil Motorsport Kawasaki ZX6-R dropped...

Corser fastest as Yamaha dominate

Corser fastest as Yamaha dominate

The Yamaha Italia pairing of Troy Corser and Noriyuki Haga ended the opening day of the official World Superbike test in Qatar in first and second position riding the 2007 specification R1. Corser was...

Video: Troy Bayliss takes to the track on the 1098

Video: Troy Bayliss takes to the track on the 1098

Troy Bayliss and Michel Fabrizio got to test the all new Ducati 1098 F08 at Qatar today. Riding for the first time alongside their WSB rivals, Bayliss completed a number of short runs on the all new...

World Superbikes: Max Biaggi and Ruben Xaus to test in Australia

World Superbikes: Max Biaggi and Ruben Xaus to test in Australia

The 2008 Sterilgarda Ducati team of Max Biaggi and Ruben Xaus will test in Phillip Island at the start of January despite not being one of the official World Superbike test teams. The FGSport/Pirelli...

World Supersport: Chris Walker positive after first day of testing

World Supersport: Chris Walker positive after first day of testing

Chris Walker made a solid start to his new World Supersport campaign with a successful first day of testing in Calafat, Spain onboard the factory backed Gil Kawasaki ZX6-R. Walker had limited track...

World Supersport: Tommy Hill suffers broken leg and hip in testing crash

World Supersport: Tommy Hill suffers broken leg and hip in testing crash

Tommy Hill is in hospital in Spain after crashing his Hannspree Altea Honda at his first test in Calafat. Hill was flicked off the CBR600RR after a problem with the electronic quick shifter caused...

Video: Jonathan Rea interviewed at the NEC

British Superbike rider Johnathan Rea has made the switch to World Supersport for next year so we caught up with him at the NEC to how he was looking forward to the championship, which will be dominated by brits next year. Check out the video to see JOhnathan talk about the coming year an how he's doing with his injuries.

World Supersport: New Kawasaki signing Chris Walker speaks to MCN

World Supersport: New Kawasaki signing Chris Walker speaks to MCN

The last two seasons have been a real roller coaster ride for Chris Walker. After winning his first ever World Superbike race for Kawasaki, Chris Walker got his dream ride back in British Superbikes,...

World Supersport: Jonathan Rea on the mend

World Supersport: Jonathan Rea on the mend

After leaving his sick bed to collect the Joey Dunlop Trophy as NGK Irish Motorcyclist of the year award, last week, Jonathan Rea is continuing to make a good recovery and remains focussed on...

Audio: Linfoot’s first test with Beowulf Racing in Spain

Audio: Linfoot’s first test with Beowulf Racing in Spain

Already established in the World Superbike support paddock, Beowulf Racing has expanded its motorcycle road race team for 2008 having signed ex-125 and 250cc MotoGP rider Dan Linfoot. The 19-year-old...

World Supersport: Tommy Hill signs for Hannspree Altea Honda

World Supersport: Tommy Hill signs for Hannspree Altea Honda

Britain’s Tommy Hill will ride for the Hannspree Altea Honda squad in World Supersport Championship after signing a deal with the Italian team at the weekend. The squad have close links with Honda...

Milan show video: KTM unveils World Superstock race bike

Alongside the launch of the RC8 superbike at the Milan show KTM also announced it will race in the World Superstock championship in 2008 and unveiled the RedBull sponsored motorcycle it will use. Check out the video below to see the motorcycle unveiled then grab a copy of the November 7 edition of MCN to see details of all 28 new bikes launched at the Miland show.

Fonsi Nieto and Max Neurkirchner get first taste of Alstare Suzuki

Fonsi Nieto and Max Neurkirchner get first taste of Alstare Suzuki

Alstare Suzuki’s 2008 riders got their first taste of the factory Suzuki GSX-R1000 in preparation for next years championship campaign. Spaniard Fonsi Nieto and German Max Neukirchner completed a...