October

Portimao WSB: Corser on pole, Brits on the pace

Portimao WSB: Corser on pole, Brits on the pace

Troy Corser made the most of the drying track conditions in the final minutes of the opening qualifying session to set provisional pole position for Sunday’s two WSB races. The Australian, riding the...

Portimao WSB: Strong start for Brits in Free Practice

Portimao WSB: Strong start for Brits in Free Practice

British riders Cal Crutchlow, Leon Haslam, Jonathan Rea and Chris Walker made an impressive start to the final round of the WSB championship in Portugal by all securing a place in the top seven after...

Shinya Nakano to Aprilia WSB

Shinya Nakano to Aprilia WSB

As exclusively revealed on motorcyclenews.com over a week ago, Japanese rider Shinya Nakano will partner Max Biaggi after signing to ride for Aprilia in the World Superbike Championship in 2009. The...

Portimao World Superbikes: Corner entry concerns for HM Plant Honda

Portimao World Superbikes: Corner entry concerns for HM Plant Honda

HM Plant Honda Team Manager Havier Beltran has said grip levels, mainly on corner entry, will be the big concern this weekend for the final round of WSB at the new Portimao circuit. HM Plant Honda...

Portimao World Superbikes: Leon Haslam eyes double podium

Portimao World Superbikes: Leon Haslam eyes double podium

Leon Haslam has his sights set on a double podium at the all-new Portimao circuit in Portugal this weekend. The runner-up in the 2008 BSB campaign will get an early shot at the WSB paddock with his...

Anthony West poised for Stiggy Honda debut

Anthony West poised for Stiggy Honda debut

Axed factory Kawasaki MotoGP rider Anthony West will make his Stiggy Honda World Supersport debut at the new Portimao circuit in Portugal next week. The Aussie, who has lost his ZX-RR berth to Italian...

Jonathan Rea gets early Superbike ride at Parkalgar

Jonathan Rea gets early Superbike ride at Parkalgar

Jonathan Rea will make an early graduation up to the World Superbike class this weekend at Parkalgar. Rea has already signed a deal to ride for the Ten Kate Honda World Superbike team after a season...

HM Plant Honda complete day one of Parkalgar test

HM Plant Honda complete day one of Parkalgar test

HM Plant Honda are just coming to an end of their first day of testing at the new Parkalgar circuit in Portugal. The BSB team has headed out for a two-day test ahead of their World Superbike wildcard...

Who Goes Where in World Superbike?

Who Goes Where in World Superbike?

Take a look at this week's issue of MCN where you'll find the full low-down on riders swapping and changing teams in the World Superbike paddock for 2009. With the top four in the 2008 British...

Max Biaggi seen testing Aprilia RSV4 superbike

Max Biaggi seen testing Aprilia RSV4 superbike

Three time 250 Grand Prix Champion Max Biaggi has been spotted testing his 2009 Aprilia RSV4 race motorcycle at Valencia last week. The Roman Emperor still has one round left of the 2008 WSB...

Video: Portimao Parkalgar circuit behind the scenes and guided lap

The World Superbike championship will be heading to Portugal for the first time on November 2 but MCN has already been there to get a guided lap of the track and video behind the scenes as the finishing touches are being put on the new Portimao Parkalgar Autodrome. Check out the two ideos below to see and interview with the circuit boss and take a guided lap of the new track with World Supersport...

No WSB at Brands Hatch in 2009: Jonathan Palmer reaction

No WSB at Brands Hatch in 2009: Jonathan Palmer reaction

MSV Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer has spoken of his disappointment of losing a World Superbike slot for Brands Hatch in 2009, but has remained hopeful of a special one-off event to take place around...

World Superbike announce provisional 2009 calendar

World Superbike announce provisional 2009 calendar

The FIM has released a 2009 provisional calendar for WSB and, as reported in MCN at the start of the month, Brands Hatch is not on the schedule. Below is the provisional calendar released today: The...

Team Stiggy signs Anthony West for 2009

Team Stiggy signs Anthony West for 2009

Team Stiggy Motorsport Honda have signed Australian rider Anthony West for 2009. The 27-year old will leave MotoGP at the end of the season to compete in the World Supersport Championship. Anthony is...

Polita to Partner Byrne in WSB

Polita to Partner Byrne in WSB

Alessandro Polita will partner Shane Byrne in next years World Superbike Championship. The Itailian already rides for the Sterilgarda team as part of their Superstock outfit and currently lies second...

WSB: French round

WSB: French round

On Sunday I went to the SBK final round in my home country. Here's a few pictures I took.

Magny Cours WSB: Troy Bayliss wins race two

Magny Cours WSB: Troy Bayliss wins race two

Newly-crowned World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss has taken the win in race two at Magny Cours. Bayliss again took the lead from the start, but as in the first race, Haga took the lead on the first...

Magny Cours World Supersport: Andrew Pitt takes win and championship

Magny Cours World Supersport: Andrew Pitt takes win and championship

Hannspree Honda rider Andrew Pitt has taken the World Supersport race victory and World Supersport championship at Magny Cours. Pitt didn't have it all his own awy, as team-mate Jonathan Rea took the...

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...