2010

Melandri set for official testing despite shoulder surgery

Melandri set for official testing despite shoulder surgery

Marco Melandri is expected to ride at the official WSB test at Portimao on 26 – 28th January despite undergoing surgery on his shoulder on Thursday. The 28 year old Italian elected to have an...

Rea onboard Stoner’s Honda RCV – Exclusive pictures

Rea onboard Stoner’s Honda RCV – Exclusive pictures

MCN can reveal that in last weeks four day test at Sepang, WSB man Jonathan Rea completed laps on Casey Stoner's Honda RCV212V. The current Ten Kate Honda rider played the role of test rider in his...

New Althea Ducati colours

New Althea Ducati colours

The Althea Racing Team unveiled the new livery of its 2011 bike during Termignoni Day at the exhaust company's headquarters in the town of Predosa in northern Italy, according to www.worldsbk.com Race...

Donington plans packed 2011 racing programme

Donington plans packed 2011 racing programme

Donington Park is back and has a packed programme for 2011 headlined by major motorcycle racing events including a round of the World Superbike championship, an Eight Hour World Endurance round, and...

Rea concludes positive MotoGP test in Sepang

Rea concludes positive MotoGP test in Sepang

Jonathan Rea has successfully completed his first MotoGP test in Sepang today. The 23 year old Brit was given an extra half day of testing following heavy rain on Thursday which prevented him from...

Max Biaggi names first son Leon

Max Biaggi names first son Leon

World Superbike champion Max Biaggi has named his first son after his biggest rival in 2010. Biaggi and partner Eleonora Pedron have named their son Leon, who was born earlier today in Italy. The...

Rea completes successful first day onboard Honda RCV212 in Sepang

Rea completes successful first day onboard Honda RCV212  in Sepang

Jonathan Rea has completed his first day of testing onboard the Honda RCV212V in Sepang. After spending yesterday at the circuit adjusting foot rest and handlebar positions, Rea completed 51 laps...

Eugene Laverty is Irish Motorcyclist of the Year

Eugene Laverty is Irish Motorcyclist of the Year

Eugene Laverty has won the coveted Irish Motorcyclist of the Year award. The World Supersport runner-up edged out WSB star Jonathan Rea and Irish national road racer Ryan Farquhar. Final...

Rea to make MotoGP testing debut in Sepang

Rea to make MotoGP testing debut in Sepang

Jonathan Rea is scheduled to ride Casey Stoner's Honda RCV212V in a two day test at Sepang starting tomorrow (Tuesday). The current Ten Kate Honda WSB rider flew from Australia to Malaysia on Sunday...

Positive shakedown test for BMW Motorrad Italia at Portimao

Positive shakedown test for BMW Motorrad Italia at Portimao

The BMW Motorrad Italia team of James Toseland and Ayrton Badovini finally enjoyed some dry track time in Portimao toady where they begun their first shakedown test of their new S1000RR’s which the...

Toseland’s Portimao test delayed by mudslides

Toseland’s Portimao test delayed by mudslides

The BMW Motorrad Italia team of James Toseland and Aryton Badovini have been forced to sit out of their scheduled test at Portimao this morning after a heavy storm caused mudslides at the Portuguese...

Laverty: “I could have been even faster”

Laverty: “I could have been even faster”

In last weeks WSB test at Phillip Island Eugene Laverty topped the time sheets beating Max Biaggi, Leon Camier and Marco Melandri in the process. His performance and progress since jumping on the...

Xaus tops day two of testing in Portimao

New Ten Kate Honda signing Ruben Xaus finished the second day of testing at Portimao at the top of the time sheets with an accomplished and convincing wet weather riding performance. The 32 year old Spaniard completed a massive 114 laps in fully wet conditions with a best time of 1m 55.8s. It’s clear that Xaus has impressed his new team with his enthusiasm and commitment to understand his new...

Toseland gets first taste of BMW

Toseland gets first taste of BMW

James Toseland has completed his first ever laps onboard the BMW S1000RR at a wet and cold Portimao this morning. The two time WSB champion rode the BMW test team’s bike in preparation for his future...

Haslam on the pace in three day Jerez test

Haslam on the pace in three day Jerez test

With two days of his scheduled three day test in Jerez complete, Leon Haslam has told MCN of his satisfaction with his BMW S1000RR. Since switching from the Alstare Suzuki team to BMW Motorrad, Haslam...

Donington Park back on the WSB calendar in 2011

Donington Park back on the WSB calendar in 2011

British race fans will get two chances to see their WSB heroes in 2011 following the announcement that Donington Park will host the second round of the World Superbike Championship on March 25th to...

Melandri on the pace in Valencia

Melandri on the pace in Valencia

Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty concluded a successful one-day test at Valencia today with the Italian posting impressive lap times during his first ever ride on a Superbike. Riding a black and...

Picture Exclusive: Melandri’s first ride on Yamaha Superbike

Picture Exclusive: Melandri’s first ride on Yamaha Superbike

Marco Melandri has completed his first ever laps onboard a Superbike at Valencia this morning. The 28 year old Italian has been on track since 10.20am riding the factory Yamaha R1 he will campaign in...

Ruben Xaus to join Ten Kate Honda?

Ruben Xaus to join Ten Kate Honda?

Spaniard Ruben Xaus is set to become the second rider in the Ten Kate Honda WSB team to ride alongside Brit Jonathan Rea in 2011. The 32 year old Spaniard is reported to have signed a deal this week...

Ellison to join Parkalgar Honda in WSS?

Ellison to join Parkalgar Honda in WSS?

James Ellison has put the World Supersport rumour mill into overdrive after he was seen by MCN testing a Parkalgar Honda at Mallory Park on Wednesday. Ellison competed in the British Superbike...

Video: Haslam working hard at Aragon WSB test

Video: Haslam working hard at Aragon WSB test

Leon Haslam completed his second test for the BMW factory squad last week in Aragon. The 2010 WSB runner-up endured a tough test before making a break through during the final two hours of day three...

Biaggi sets the bar again at Aragon

Biaggi sets the bar again at Aragon

Max Biaggi saved his best until last by posting a blistering 1m.58.0s best lap during the final 30 minutes of the Aragon test today. The 2010 world champion had already posted a 1.58.2 to eclipse...

Biaggi heads day two at Aragon, Haslam off the pace

Biaggi heads day two at Aragon, Haslam off the pace

Max Biaggi set the fastest lap time of the second day of testing at Aragon with a best lap of 1m 58.7. The 2010 WSB champion was the only man to lap in the 58’s and was able to do that both this...

Toseland finally confirmed at BMW

Toseland finally confirmed at BMW

As reported in MCN three weeks ago, James Toseland will ride for the BMW Motorrad Italia squad in 2011. The two time WSB champion signed a letter of intent at the final round of the championship at...

Silverstone WSB pics

Silverstone WSB pics

World Superbike action from a great weekend at Silverstone.

Crutchlow concludes first Yamaha MotoGP test

Crutchlow concludes first Yamaha MotoGP test

Cal Crutchlow has concluded his two day test in Japan onboard the Yamaha M1 MotoGP bike he will campaign next season. The 24 year old flew to Yamaha’s head quarters at the start of the week where he...

Honda confirm three year extension with Ten Kate, title sponsor and second rider yet to be announced

Honda confirm three year extension with Ten Kate, title sponsor and second rider yet to be announced

Ten Kate will continue to be supported by Honda Motor Europe  after agreeing a further three year deal to compete in the World Superbike Championship. Over the last ten years the two companies...

Video: Magny Cours WSB test

Video: Magny Cours WSB test

Several riders from the WSB paddock got their first tastes of their 2011 bikes, testing at Magny Cours after the final round of the 2010 championship.

Magny Cours WSB

Magny Cours WSB

Rob and mates at Magny Cours WSB this year.

Provisional 2011 WSB calendar revealed

Provisional 2011 WSB calendar revealed

Dates for the 2011 World Superbike season have finally been revealed. The season is scheduled for 13 rounds in 11 countries across three continents with the venue for two of the races yet to be...

Laverty stuns WSB paddock at Magny Cours test

Laverty stuns WSB paddock at Magny Cours test

Eugene Laverty has admitted he is as surprised as anybody after topping the time sheets at the end of his first ever WSB test at Magny Cours. Riding the Sterilgarda Yamaha R1, Laverty posted an...

Laverty: “It’s not as scary as I thought”

Laverty: “It’s not as scary as I thought”

New Sterilgarda Yamaha signing Eugene Laverty got his first ever ride on a World Superbike today at Magny Cours and told MCN it wasn’t as scary as he though it would be. With overnight rain and...

Haslam my new BMW called me a 'TW*T'

Haslam my new BMW called me a 'TW*T'

New BMW WSB signing Leon Haslam was shocked by the message his bike displayed during the first day of testing onboard his new BMW S1000RR. Talking to MCN at Magny Cours, Haslam said: “On my first lap...

Haslam gets first taste of factory BMW at Magny Cours

Haslam gets first taste of factory BMW at Magny Cours

Leon Haslam has completed his first tentative laps onboard the BMW Motorrad S1000RR at a wet Magny Cours this morning. The 27 year old completed a handful of laps to acquaint himself with the new bike...

Haslam acquaints himself with new BMW

Haslam acquaints himself with new BMW

Leon Haslam has spent this morning with his Dad, Ron getting to know his new factory BMW team at Magny Cours. The 2010 WSB runner-up will get his first ride on the bike tomorrow after being confirmed...

Sykes signs for Kawasaki, testing begins on Tuesday

Sykes signs for Kawasaki, testing begins on Tuesday

Tom Sykes will ride for the official factory Kawasaki squad in 2011. Sykes’ future has been the subject of huge speculation after the 25 year old was linked with the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team, but...