2008

Magny Cours WSB: Haga wins, Bayliss crowned champion

Magny Cours WSB: Haga wins, Bayliss crowned champion

Yamaha Italia rider Noriyuki Haga has won the first superbike race at Magny Cours, while Troy Bayliss brought it home in third to become the 2008 World Superbike champion. Bayliss got the holeshot...

Magny Cours World Superbikes: Noriyuki Haga takes pole

Magny Cours World Superbikes: Noriyuki Haga takes pole

Yamaha Italia rider Noriyuki Haga has taken pole at the penultimate round of the championship in Magny Cours. Noriyuki Haga continued his recent run of good form, snatching pole position from Suzuki...

Magny Cours World Superbikes: Noriyuki Haga on top in rain hit qualifying session

Magny Cours World Superbikes: Noriyuki Haga on top in rain hit qualifying session

Yamaha Italia rider Noriyuki Haga claimed provisional pole position at Magny Cours with a best lap of 1m 41.012s before rain brought a premature end to proceedings. Haga completed just seven laps in...

Magny Cours World Supersport: Rea tops first session at Magny Cours

Magny Cours World Supersport: Rea tops first session at Magny Cours

Briton Jonathan Rea claimed provisional pole position for Sunday’s penultimate round of the World Supersport championship at Magny Cours. In bitterly cold conditions, Rea posted a best lap of...

Troy's replacement

Troy's replacement

When I asked troy who he thought his replacement with team ducati would be when he hangs his boots up, he made this face and said 'have a guess'.

Ben Spies signs with Yamaha WSB for 2009

Ben Spies signs with Yamaha WSB for 2009

American rider Ben Spies has signed with the Yamaha factory WSB Team to partner 23 yr old British rider Tom Sykes for the 2009 season. The 24yr old American rider from Dallas is fresh...

Video: Jonathan Rea talks from Magny Cours test

Jonathan Rea put pressure on his Ten Kate Honda World Superport team-mate Andrew Pitt at last week's Magny Cours test lapping at world record pace and you can see how he felt in our video. Check out the video below to see Rea in action and here what he had to say about the two day test and riding with F1 legend Michael Schumacher.

Spies to join Sykes at Yamaha in WSB

Spies to join Sykes at Yamaha in WSB

Triple US Superbike Champion Ben Spies is set to ride alongside Britain's Tom Sykes in the official Yamaha Italia World Superbike team in 2009. Spies has been linked with the Yamaha ride...

Video: Michael Schumacher tests Ten Kate World Superbike Fireblade

F1 superstar Michael Schumacher got to ride the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Fireblade alongside World Superbike racer Carlos Checa at Magny Cours last week and MCN got to see him in action. Check out the video below to see Schumacher in action and with the team in the pits, click here to read what he thought of the bike then grab a copy of the October 1 edition of MCN to get the full...

Shakey signs for Sterilgarda Ducati in WSB

Shakey signs for Sterilgarda Ducati in WSB

Newly crowned BSB Champion Shane Byrne will ride for the Sterilgarda Ducati squad in WSB in 2009. Shakey who clinched the 2008 BSB crown with a third place podium finish in race one at Silverstone has...

Kiyonari breaks collarbone at Magny Cours test

Kiyonari breaks collarbone at Magny Cours test

Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider Ryuichi Kiyonari has suffered a broken right collarbone following a crash at the end of the second day of testing at Magny Cours on Friday. The reigning British...

Left wrist injury plagues Russell Holland

Left wrist injury plagues Russell Holland

World Supersport rider Russell Holland is suffering from a left wrist injury he sustained after his spectacular crash at the Donington round. After a Magnetic Resonance taken early in...

Schumacher tests Hanspree Ten Kate Honda Fireblade

Schumacher tests Hanspree Ten Kate Honda Fireblade

Michael Schumacher tested the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Fireblade alongside World Superbike racers Carlos Checa at Magny Cours in France yesterday. Seven-time Formula 1 Drivers’ champion, Michael...

Haga's leathers up for auction

Haga's leathers up for auction

A set of Noriyuki Haga leathers, which he wore for the Donington Park WSB round, are up for auction to raise money for motorcycling charity Riders for Health. The Alpinestars leathers were a special...

BMW signs Troy Corser for WSB 2009

BMW signs Troy Corser for WSB 2009

As MCN predicted and previously reported, BMW have officially announced that Australian Troy Corser has signed to ride the all new BMW S1000RR in next year’s Superbike World Championship.

Jonathan Rea signs three year Ten Kate Honda Superbike deal

Jonathan Rea signs three year Ten Kate Honda Superbike deal

Jonathan Rea will ride the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Superbike in WSB in 2009 after signing a new three year deal. Rea signed late on Saturday night at Vallelunga and then went out on Sunday to stake...

Sylvain Guintoli on the pace in Yamaha WSB test

Sylvain Guintoli on the pace in Yamaha WSB test

MotoGP rider Sylvain Guintoli has given Yamaha Italia WSB bosses some food for thought after seriously impressing in a one day test at Vallelunga on Monday. The Frenchman currently rides for the Alice...

Cal Crutchlow signs for factory Yamaha in World Supersport

Cal Crutchlow signs for factory Yamaha in World Supersport

Current HM Plant Honda rider Cal Crutchlow will leave BSB at the end of the season to join the factory Yamaha World Supersport team in 2009. Get all the latest sport news with MCN The 23-year-old...

Vallelunga WSB: Biaggi's Race 2 crash video

Vallelunga WSB: Biaggi's Race 2 crash video

If you were watching the WSB action in Vallelunga, you probably witnessed Max Biaggi's brutal crash early on in race 2, putting the Italian out of the race at his home circuit.  click...

Eugene Laverty hails stunning podium

Eugene Laverty hails stunning podium

Eugene Laverty hailed his brilliant World Supersport podium in Vallelunga as the ‘best day’ of his career. The Irish rider, who has quit his Blusens Aprilia 250 squad for the remaining four races to...

Vallelunga WSB: Haga takes the double win in Italy

Vallelunga WSB: Haga takes the double win in Italy

Japanese rider Noriyuki Haga won the second race at Vallelunga this afternoon, giving him the double at the Italian circuit. Troy Bayliss looked set to take 2nd place and the world championship in the...

Vallelunga World Supersport: Brit Johnny Rea ran an immaculate race to take the win

Vallelunga World Supersport: Brit Johnny Rea ran an immaculate race to take the win

Johnny Rea ran an immaculate race at Vallelunga to take a well deserved victory. Parkes claimed second on the podium and Laverty earned third after a hard-fought race. As the race got underway at...

Vallelunga WSB: Haga dominates race 1 to take victory

Vallelunga WSB: Haga dominates race 1 to take victory

Noriyuki Haga took his fifth win of the year at race 1 in the World Superbikes round at Vallelunga today, leaving Max Biaggi to take second in front of his home crowd. Troy Corser rounded out the...

Max Biaggi's 2009 Aprilia race bike revealed

Max Biaggi's 2009 Aprilia race bike revealed

Italian Max Biaggi has signed to ride for Aprilia in 2009 and we have official pictures and details of the Aprilia V4 race bike he'll be piloting next season. The RSV4 will make its debut in the 2009...

Vallelunga WSB: Bayliss tops superpole session

Vallelunga WSB: Bayliss tops superpole session

Troy Bayliss has backed up his performance in the qualifying sessions by coming out top in superpole. Bayliss, who finished fastest in the 2nd qualifying session and 3rd in the first session,...

Vallelunga World Supersport: Rea claims third to earn himself a front row start

Vallelunga World Supersport: Rea claims third to earn himself a front row start

British rider Rea, who took second in the first qualifying session, claimed third to earn himself a front row start at the second World Supersport qualifying season this afternoon. Broc Parkes lead...

Vallelunga WSB: Bayliss quickest in 2nd qualifying session

Vallelunga WSB: Bayliss quickest in 2nd qualifying session

Aussie Troy Bayliss put in a good performance to claim the top spot on the time sheets in the second qualifying session at Vallelunga. Bayliss finished third in yesterday's qualifying session 1,...

Vallelunga WSB: Haga survives spectacular crash to take pole

Vallelunga WSB: Haga survives spectacular crash to take pole

Noriyuki Haga claimed provisional pole position despite enduring one of the toughest days of his career with two crashes in the qualifying that wrecked his Yamaha Italia R1. Haga described his second...

Vallelunga WSB: Haga continues form in qualifying to finish fastest

Vallelunga WSB: Haga continues form in qualifying to finish fastest

Noriyuki Haga continued his good form to take provisional pole in the World Superbike qualifying session earlier today at Vallelunga. Spanish rider Ruben Xaus placed second on his Ducati 1098, closely...

Valelunga World Supersport: Rea on provisional front row

Valelunga World Supersport: Rea on provisional front row

World Supersport championship contender Jonathan Rea claimed second place in a rain hit first qualifying session at Vallelunga to secure his place on the provisional front row for Sundays World...

Vallelunga WSB: Haga tops time sheets in first free practice

Vallelunga WSB: Haga tops time sheets in first free practice

The World Superbike weekend at Vallelunga is underway and Haga has kicked things off by topping the time sheets in the first free practice session today. Australian Troy Corser came in second,...

Max Biaggi signs for Aprilia WSB

Max Biaggi signs for Aprilia WSB

Max Biaggi will ride for Aprilia in the World Superbike Championship in 2009. MCN has learned that the current Sterilgarda Ducati rider signed a two year deal with Aprilia on Thursday and there will...

The perks of working at XEROX

The perks of working at XEROX

My wife, who is a receptionist at XEROX, had her photo taken with a couple of racers the other day, I couldn't believe it when she showed me the pic!

Bradley Smith: the most polite 17 year old... ever!

Bradley Smith: the most polite 17 year old... ever!

All my Christmases came at once on Sunday 7th September 2008 at Donington. I met a legend and fellow italian, the great Frankie and also the most polite 17 year old...........ever!

Perfect day at Donington ruined

Went to my first ever WSB meeting at Donington Park on sunday 7th after buying some paddock passes off ebay. Me and the mrs had an amazing day. Great to get so close and involved in the paddock. Met lifelong hero randy mamola, ron haslam etc. perfect day. UNTIL.... leaving at 4.20 returned to redgate corner where i parked my beloved Aprilia rsv mille and found out it had been stolen. At...

Parkalgar Honda sign Josh Hayes for final three rounds

Parkalgar Honda sign Josh Hayes for final three rounds

Parkalgar Honda has signed American Josh Hayes to race at the final three rounds of the championship as a replacement for Craig Jones. Get the latest WSB news The team didn’t replace Jones at...