2008

Assen World Superbikes: Smrtz fastest, Biaggi out of Superpole

Assen World Superbikes: Smrtz fastest, Biaggi out of Superpole

Ducati man Jacob Smrtz was the surprise fastest man in final qualifying today and will be the last man on track in this afternoons Superpole session. Smrtz has been a front runner all weekend and it...

Assen World Superbikes: Troy Bayliss takes pole in crash strewn qualifying

Assen World Superbikes: Troy Bayliss takes pole in crash strewn qualifying

Troy Bayliss continued his dominance from the opening session to take provisional pole position for Sunday’s two World Superbike races in Assen. Onboard the Xerox Ducati, Bayliss was the only man to...

Assen World Superbikes: Checa and Neukirchner make up

Carlos Checa and Max Neukirchner shook hands for the first time after their last corner collision at Valencia three weeks ago. German Suzuki man Neukirchner was just meters away from his first ever WSB race win when he was taken out by a hard charging Carlos Checa, also searching for his first Superbike victory. Neukirchner suffered a broken left collarbone in the crash and was flown to Germany...

Assen World Supersport: Jonathan Rea and Craig Jones on provisional front row

Assen World Supersport: Jonathan Rea and Craig Jones on provisional front row

Brits Jonathan Rea and Craig Jones concluded a strong opening day at the fourth round of the World Supersport Championship at Assen with both men securing a place on the provisional front row of the...

Assen World Superbikes: Troy Bayliss fastest in practice despite injury

Assen World Superbikes: Troy Bayliss fastest in practice despite injury

Troy Bayliss showed no ill effects of his cycling crash on Wednesday by finishing the opening free practice in first place onboard his Xerox Ducati. Bayliss’ lap time of 1:40.499 is almost two...

Assen World Supersport: Jonathan Rea fastest first time out

Assen World Supersport: Jonathan Rea fastest first time out

Jonathan Rea started as he means to go on by posting the fastest lap in the opening free practice session at Assen this morning (Friday). His performance and lap time surprised everybody given that...

Assen World Superbikes: Troy Bayliss injured in cycling crash

Assen World Superbikes: Troy Bayliss injured in cycling crash

Championship leader Troy Bayliss is yet to arrive in Assen for this weekend’s fourth round of the World Superbike series after suffering a high speed crash onboard his racing push bike. The...

Ba77a's glad there's more Brits in WSB

Ba77a's glad there's more Brits in WSB

Isn't it great that we have more Brits in the WSB series - all classes. I'm sure the guys coming in this year have been delighted at having a mention in the MCN I am a dedicated member of MS racing...

World Superbikes: KTM talks WSB

World Superbikes: KTM talks WSB

KTM got their first taste of the World Superbike paddock two weeks ago in Valencia with their new factory supported KTM RC8 competing in the European Superstock championship. The Austrian company are...

Video: Onboard with European Superstock's Dan Linfoot at Valencia

European Superstock 600 rookie Dan Linfoot claimed an impressive third place podium at the opening round of the championship at Valencia two weeks ago. The 19-year-old Beowulf Racing rider benefited from a two day test at the Spanish circuit prior to the event where he was able to get the teams new Yamaha R6 dialled into the technical track. To view a onboard lap with Dan Linfoot check out the...

World Superbikes: Riyuichi Kiyonari: “I wanted to be on the podium”

World Superbikes: Riyuichi Kiyonari: “I wanted to be on the podium”

Hannspree Ten Kate Honda man Ryuichi Kiyonari showed that he has the pace to run at the front of WSB with a classy fourth place at Valencia, but was disappointed not to claim his first ever WSB...

Video: World Superbikes: Carlos Checa talks Valencia last corner crash

Carlos Checa had a seriously eventful home race at Valencia after wiping out German Max Neukirchner at the final corner in race one before climbing on to the podium in race two. The Spanish Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider now sits joint third alongside Troy Corser in the championship standings and clearly has the potential to take race wins now that his Honda CBR1000RR is fully developed. In the...

Glad we chose Valencia not Brands Hatch!!

Glad we chose Valencia not Brands Hatch!!

Sitting in the stands with some other Brits at the World Superbike meeting in Valencia. We just had a video text from home Brands was cancelled and 4-6 inches of snow in the area where we live!!

Valencia World Superbikes: Noriyuki Haga takes race two in Spain

Valencia World Superbikes: Noriyuki Haga takes race two in Spain

Yamaha’s Noriyuki Haga has taken his first win of the 2008 season in the second World Superbike race in Valencia this afternoon. The Japanese rider claimed the lead after initial leader Carlos Checa...

Valencia World Supersport: Craig Jones claims second podium in Spain

Valencia World Supersport: Craig Jones claims second podium in Spain

Britain's Craig Jones has claimed his second third of the season at the World Supersport race in Valencia. The Parkalgar Honda rider was always in contention for a place on the podium and he kept hia...

Valencia World Superbikes: Lorenzo Lanzi wins race one in dramatic fashion

Valencia World Superbikes: Lorenzo Lanzi wins race one in dramatic fashion

Lorenzo Lanzi has taken victory in the first World Superbike race in Valencia in the most dramatic of fashions. Alstare Suzuki’s Max Neukirchner looked like he would take his first World Superbike...

Valencia World Superbikes: Max Neukirchner takes maiden pole position

Valencia World Superbikes: Max Neukirchner takes maiden pole position

Max Neukirchner has taken his first superpole ahead of tomorrow's World Superbike races in Valencia. The German just pipped his Alstare Suzuki team-mate Yukio Kagayama to the top spot with his lap of...

Valencia World Supersport: Craig Jones stays on front row, Jonathan Rea takes sixth

Valencia World Supersport: Craig Jones stays on front row, Jonathan Rea takes sixth

Craig Jones remained on the front row of the grid for tomorrow’s World Supersport race at Valencia after showing no ill effects of his high speed crash this morning. Like a number of other riders,...

Valencia World Superbikes: Carlos Checa takes top spot in second qualifying

Valencia World Superbikes: Carlos Checa takes top spot in second qualifying

Carlos Checa dislodged the dominant Suzuki pairing of Max Neukirchner and Yukio Kagayama to take provisional pole position in another fiercely contested qualifying session at Valencia this...

Valencia World Supersport: Joan Lascorz dominant in second free practice

Valencia World Supersport: Joan Lascorz dominant in second free practice

Spaniard Joan Lascorz dipped under the Valencia track record on his way to setting the fastest time in this morning’s second Free Practice session. Lascorz has already impressed in 2008 by taking a...

Valencia World Supersport: Craig Jones suffers big crash in Saturday free practice

Valencia World Supersport: Craig Jones suffers big crash in Saturday free practice

Top Brit Craig Jones walked away from a high speed crash just minutes into the second free practice session this morning. The 22-year-old tucked the front at the fast right kink before the hairpin...

Suzuki dominate fiercely contested first qualifying

Suzuki dominate fiercely contested first qualifying

Less than one second separated the top 15 riders in Friday first qualifying with the Suzuki pairing of Max Neukirchner and Yukio Kagayama securing the top two spots on the provisional front row.

Andrew Pitt Secures top spot, Craig Jones takes second

Andrew Pitt Secures top spot, Craig Jones takes second

Phillip Island race winner Andrew Pitt made his intentions clear by topping the time sheets in first qualifying with a lap 2/10th under the provisos Supersport circuit record. Pitt’s time of 1m36.773...

Yukio Kagayama back with a bang

Yukio Kagayama back with a bang

Alstare Suzuki’s Yukio Kagayama made an impressive return to the WSB paddock by posting the fastest time in this mornings free practice session. Kagayama broke his collarbone at Qatar in February and...

Strong start for Brits at Valencia

Strong start for Brits at Valencia

Craig Jones, Jonathan Rea and Chris Walker made it three British riders in the top ten during the opening World Supersport Free Practice session at Valencia this morning. Parkalgar Honda rider, Jones...

World Superbikes: Max Biaggi to race in Valencia

World Superbikes: Max Biaggi to race in Valencia

Injured Italian Max Biaggi has confirmed this morning that he will brave the pain of his broken left wrist to try and compete in this weekend’s Valencia World Superbike clash. Max Biaggi breaks wrist...

Jonathan Rea fired up for Valencia

Jonathan Rea fired up for Valencia

Jonathan Rea is targeting an improvement in his qualifying performance at this weekend’s third round of the World Supersport championship at Valencia. Rea showed impressive race pace at Phillip...

Video: Tommy Hill talks testing at Valencia

At the recent World Superbike and World Supersport test in Valencia, MCN spent some time with injured Hannspree Altea Honda rider Tommy Hill out on track. As an experienced Superbike rider and personal friend to the Brits in Supersport, Hill is ideally placed to comment on the performances of both bikes and riders on track and in the video below he offers an insight into what the teams are trying...

World Superbikes: Vent Axia VK Honda head to Spain for vital testing

World Superbikes: Vent Axia VK Honda head to Spain for vital testing

Gregorio Lavilla and his Vent Axia VK Honda squad will get three days of vital testing onboard the all new 2008 specification Honda Fireblade before Valencia. Lavilla has ridden the opening two...

World Superbikes: Troy Bayliss walks away from Ducati Hypermotard crash

World Superbikes: Troy Bayliss walks away from Ducati Hypermotard crash

World Superbike series leader, Troy Bayliss walked away from a crash onboard a Ducati Hypermotard last week. Bayliss was riding Ducati’s 1100cc Supermoto for a photo shoot but didn’t even get to...

Boys will be boys

Boys will be boys

My little boy (Hayden)would be so happy to see this picture taken at Phillip Island WSB in MCN. I have no idea what the Oz blokes are photographing! Mark & Hayden Adamson

World Supersport Valencia test: Craig Jones denied top spot in final minutes

World Supersport Valencia test: Craig Jones denied top spot in final minutes

Britain’s Craig Jones was denied top spot on the final day of the two-day World Supersport test in Valencia. Jones held top spot until the final 10 minutes when he was relegated to third place by...

World Superbikes Valencia test: Karl Muggeridge leads the way

World Superbikes Valencia test: Karl Muggeridge leads the way

Karl Muggeridge showed the rest of the World Superbike field how it’s done by posting a seriously fast lap on a qualifying tyre to dip under Troy Bayliss’ previous best lap of the Spanish circuit.

Video: World Supersport Valencia test: Craig Jones fifth fastest

Britain’s Craig Jones is out testing his Honda CBR600RR in Valencia with the rest of the World Supersport riders this week. On the first day of testing Jones was the fifth fastest rider recording a best lap time of 1:37.972 on his Parkalgar Racing Team Honda. Check out the video below as MCN’s World Superbike reporter Michael Guy managed to get a video of Craig Jones out on the Spanish track on...

World Superbikes Valencia test: Ruben Xaus blitzes lap record

World Superbikes Valencia test: Ruben Xaus blitzes lap record

Spaniard Ruben Xaus made the most of his one and only day of testing by breaking the circuit best lap record held by Ducati’s Troy Bayliss to finish his test over one second faster than his closest...

World Supersport Valencia test: Graeme Gowland fastest before big crash

World Supersport Valencia test: Graeme Gowland fastest before big crash

Graeme Gowland ended the opening day of testing at Valencia in the medical centre after suffering a massive crash at the fast turn three onboard his Bejan Honda CBR600RR. Valencia test day one...