2008

Bayliss – It feels like we’re doing 400kph

Bayliss – It feels like we’re doing 400kph

After setting the second fastest time in the opening qualifying session at Qatar today, Troy Bayliss revealed to MCN how physical the gale force winds are making a lap around the track. Bayliss broke...

Qatar World Superbikes: Corser from Bayliss in WSB qualifying

Qatar World Superbikes: Corser from Bayliss in WSB qualifying

Troy Corser declared that the conditions in Qatar were the windiest he’s ever ridden in during his illustrious career, but then went out and put his Yamaha Italia R1 on provisional pole...

Qatar World Supersport: Rea takes impressive second in Supersport qualifying

Qatar World Supersport: Rea takes impressive second in Supersport qualifying

Jonathan Rea made his intentions clear for his debut World Supersport season by setting the second fastest time in today’s first qualifying session - 0.346 seconds behind Yamaha mounted Fabien...

Qatar World Supersport: Fabien Foret in control, mixed fortune for Brits

Qatar World Supersport: Fabien Foret in control, mixed fortune for Brits

Fabien Foret took just five laps to set the fastest time in the free practice session for the opening round of the World Supersport Championship in Qatar. Onboard the new Yamaha R6, Foret shrugged...

Qatar World Superbikes: Yamaha and Suzuki lead the way

Qatar World Superbikes: Yamaha and Suzuki lead the way

Fonsi Nieto made an impressive start to life in the Alstare Suzuki team by setting the fastest lap in the opening free practice session. Fonsi Nieto completed 19 laps with his fastest time coming on...

World Superbikes: Yukio Kagayama pays homage to Kevin Schwantz

World Superbikes: Yukio Kagayama pays homage to Kevin Schwantz

Yukio Kagayama has dropped his trademark number 71 race number and will race with the number 34 in 2008. The Suzuki man will race with the number 34, as it was number he used when he won the Suzuka...

World Superbikes: Alstare Suzuki unveil 2008 colours

World Superbikes: Alstare Suzuki unveil 2008 colours

The factory Alstare Suzuki unveiled their new 2008 livery and sponsors in Qatar. Following months of speculation regarding the team’s sponsor and even their participation in this year’s series, the...

World Supersport: Chris Walker on the pace despite two crashes

World Supersport: Chris Walker on the pace despite two crashes

Chris Walker shrugged off two big crashes during the three day test in Qatar last week and is ready and waiting for the opening round of the World Supersport championship. Walker was undeterred by...

World Superbikes: Troy Bayliss Ready to test

World Superbikes: Troy Bayliss Ready to test

Troy Bayliss believes he will be fit and ready for the opening round of the World Superbike Championship in Qatar next week (February 24, 2008) and is set to resume testing at the Middle East circuit...

Video: World Supersport's Jonathan Rea at Excel

MCN caught up with Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider Jonathan Rea at the London Motorcycle show. Since his first test at Phillip Island at the beginning of January, Rea has spent his time training in Spain in an effort to shed a few kilograms in preparation for his Supersport debut on February 23, 2008 in Qatar.

Video: Beowulf Racing head to Oulton Park for more testing

Beowulf Racing have just released this video as they continue their pre-season testing at Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire. Check out this video as the team’s three riders Dan Linfoot, Gino Rea and Pat McDougall talk about the test. Plus there is also a chance to see an onboard lap of Dan Linfoot on his European Superstock Yamaha R6. Gino Rea will join Linfoot in the European Superstock...

Video: Honda test at Almeria

Watch our video of the Honda World Superbike temas testing their new 2008 WSB bikes at Almeria. The Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team finished the first test onboard the brand new 2008 specification Honda CBR1000RR at the top of the time sheets in Almeria last week. WSB rookies Carlos Checa and Ryuichi Kiyonari set identical lap times on the final day and left the Spanish circuit convinced...

Carlos Checa and Ryuichi Kiyonari top Almeria test

Carlos Checa and Ryuichi Kiyonari top Almeria test

The Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team finished their first test onboard the brand new 2008 specification Honda CBR1000RR at the top of the time sheets in Almeria last week. WSB rookies Carlos Checa and...

Honda is a work in progress for Lavilla

Honda is a work in progress for Lavilla

Former BSB Champion Gregorio Lavilla continued his transition to the Paul Bird Honda CBR1000RR he’ll ride in WSB this season with his second test on the bike in Almeria, Spain. Having...

2008 Ten Kate Honda’s take to the track

2008 Ten Kate Honda’s take to the track

The Hannspree Ten Kate Honda squad began their one and only test of the all new 2008 CBR1000RR this morning (Wednesday) in Almeria before heading to the opening round of the World Superbike...

Ten Kate finally get to test 2008 Honda Fireblade

Ten Kate finally get to test 2008 Honda Fireblade

Ten Kate Honda will finally get to test their all new 2008 specification Honda CBR1000RR’s this week at Almeria in Spain. The Dutch team have been flat out for the last month preparing the new bikes...

Alstare test 2008 bikes

Alstare test 2008 bikes

The Alstare Suzuki squad completed a further three days testing at Phillip Island this week despite persistent rumours that the teams 2008 plans could be in doubt due to a sponsorship shortfall. See...

World Superbike entry list confirmed

World Superbike entry list confirmed

The 2008 WSB entry list has been announced with 28 permant riders confirmed in this years 15 round championship. WSB regulars will be joined by MotoGP men Carlos Checa and Makoto Tamada with BSB...

Max Biaggi sets the pace in Australian World Superbike test

Max Biaggi sets the pace in Australian World Superbike test

Max Biaggi continued his impressive transition to his Sterilgarda Ducati 1098 F08 in the second three day Phillip Island test that ended today (January 16). Biaggi completed three days on the...

Video: Jonathan Rea lighting up his 600

Jonathan Rea may be a World Supersport rider now, but nobody told him that he shouldn’t be lighting up his Hannspree Ten Kate Honda at Phillip Island. With the current crop of World Supersport bikes behaving like mini Superbikes Rea has been able to bring his committed all action riding style from BSB to the World Championship with spectacular results. At the awesome turn one in Australia Rea...

Video: World Superbike and supersport testing at Phillip Island

Last week saw many of the World Superbike and Supersport riders out on their 2008 motorcycles for the first time. We've already brought you an exclusive interview with Ten Kate rider Johnathan Rea, but now you can see some highlights of the WSB and WSS bikes in action around the Aurstralian circuit. Watch the player below to see several compilations of Troy Bayliss, Chris Walker, and Max Biaggi in...

Phillip Island WSB: Bayliss on way to Italy with fractured collarbone and sternum

Phillip Island WSB: Bayliss on way to Italy with fractured collarbone and sternum

Troy Bayliss is currently on his way back to Italy following his day three crash at Phillip Island that saw him break his right collarbone. It has also emerged that the Australian has fractured the...

Phillip Island WSS: Parkes makes it three out of three

Phillip Island WSS: Parkes makes it three out of three

Broc Parkes continued his domination of the Phillip Island test by topping the time sheets on all three days onboard his SSP Yamaha R6. The Australian worked on race simulations in the scorching...

Phillip Island WSB: Kagayama on top, Bayliss breaks collarbone

Phillip Island WSB: Kagayama on top, Bayliss breaks collarbone

Alstare Suzuki’s Yukio Kagayama took the final day of the WSB test in Phillip Island by storm after topping the time sheets with a 1m 32.1 second lap. Kagayama had been fast at every day of the test...

Phillip Island WSB: Bayliss out with broken collarbone

Phillip Island WSB: Bayliss out with broken collarbone

Troy Bayliss has broken his right collarbone after high siding his Xerox Ducati 1098 F08 on the final day of the official Pirelli test at Phillip Island. MCN has learned that that Bayliss crashed...

Video: Johnathan Rea talks about his first outing on the Ten Kate World Supersport bike

Johnathan Rea has had an impressive start to his World Supersport career comiing third fastest in the first day of the Phillip Island test. We caught up with the Ulsterman after the first day's testing to see how he was getting on with the new bike, new team, and new circuit.

WSB Phillip Island: Bayliss stays in control at Phillip Island

WSB Phillip Island: Bayliss stays in control at Phillip Island

Troy Bayliss stayed at the top of the time sheets on day two of the official Pirelli WSB test at Phillip Island after taking a further 0.3 seconds off his day one best. The 38 year old Australian...

WSS Phillip Island: Parkes again as Rea goes second

WSS Phillip Island: Parkes again as Rea goes second

Yamaha’s Broc Parkes dipped under the World Supersport lap record on day two of the official Pirelli test at Phillip Island. Riding the 2008 specification R6, Parkes found a good set-up at the end of...

WSS Phillip Island: Parkes tops day one at Phillip Island

WSS Phillip Island: Parkes tops day one at Phillip Island

Yamaha’s Broc Parkes set the fastest Supersport lap with an impressive 1m 35.2 in the final 30 minutes of the opening day. Parkes and team-mate Fabien Foret both had two 2008 bikes each at their...

WSB Phillip Island: Bayliss sets early pace

WSB Phillip Island: Bayliss sets early pace

Troy Bayliss continued where he left off from last months WSB test in Qatar by setting the pace on the opening day of the three day Pirelli test at Phillip Island. Riding the Xerox Ducati 1098 F08,...

WSS Phillip Island: Rea on lap record pace first time out

WSS Phillip Island: Rea on lap record pace first time out

Jonathan Rea made a seamless transition to life in the World Supersport championship with a seriously impressive performance on day one of the three day official Pirelli test at Phillip Island.