2010

Toseland refutes claims that there are too many Brits in WSB

Toseland refutes claims that there are too many Brits in WSB

James Toseland has told MCN that it is no coincidence that there are seven British riders in WSB this year and has refuted claims by some of his international rivals that there are too many UK riders...

Yamaha WSB team launch

Yamaha WSB team launch

The factory Yamaha team of James Toseland and Cal Crutchlow unveiled their 2010 spec bikes complete with revised Sterilgarda livery in Italy today. Having won the 2009 WSB crown with American...

Haslam praises Alstare Suzuki and its ongoing development

Haslam praises Alstare Suzuki and its ongoing development

From the moment Leon Haslam jumped onboard the Alstare Suzuki he’s been fast and on lap record pace in each of the winter tests. While the 26 year old Brit has clearly clicked with the bike he is keen...

Laverty targets WSS title then WSB or Moto2 in 2011

Laverty targets WSS title then WSB or Moto2 in 2011

World Supersport runner-up Eugene Laverty has set himself the target of winning the 2010 title before making a move to either WSB or Moto2 in 2011. In 2009 Laverty fought an intense battle for...

Smrz sets sights on top privateer spot riding the PATA B&G Ducati

Smrz sets sights on top privateer spot riding the PATA B&G Ducati

Jakub Smrz believes he is capable of springing some surprises on his factory rivals with a target of finishing top privateer in 2010. Riding for the newly formed B&G team, a merger between Marco...

Lanzi back in WSB with DFX Corse Ducati

Lanzi back in WSB with DFX Corse Ducati

Three time WSB race winner Lorenzo Lanzi believes that it could be his last chance in WSB after resigning to ride the DFX Corse Ducati 1098R in 2010. The 28 year old rode for the Italian squad for ten...

Yoshimura commit to three WSB wild card rides, Kagayama to race in two

Yoshimura commit to three WSB wild card rides, Kagayama to race in two

Yukio Kagayama may have left WSB at the end of 2009, but he’ll back in the paddock for two rounds in 2010 onboard a Team Yoshimura GSX-R1000 in addition to his full time job of riding for the Worx...

Aprilia unveil new Alitalia tricolour livery

Aprilia unveil new Alitalia tricolour livery

The factory Aprilia team of Max Biaggi and Leon Camier unveiled their new 2010 livery in Rome, Italy today. Having competed their debut WSB season without a title sponsor, the Italian manufacturer...

800s and 1000cc bikes to race against each other in 2012

800s and 1000cc bikes to race against each other in 2012

800cc four-stroke machines could race against a batch of new 1000cc bikes in MotoGP in 2012, MCN can reveal. In a surprise development on the second and final day of testing at the Sepang circuit in...

2010 WSB grid: 25 riders, 7 manufacturers, 6 world champions

2010 WSB grid: 25 riders, 7 manufacturers, 6 world champions

In three weeks the 2010 World Superbike championship kicks off at Phillip Island in what promises to be one of the most hotly contested title fights in history. With no clear favourite and up to ten...

Ducati boss tips Fabrizio for success

Ducati boss tips Fabrizio for success

Xerox Ducati Boss Ernesto Marinelli believes Michel Fabrizio will be a genuine title contender in 2010. Now in his third year with the team Fabrizio finished third in the overall standings in 2009...

Camier aims to learn from Biaggi

Camier aims to learn from Biaggi

Leon Camier believes that he can glean valuable information from his team-mate Max Biaggi in an effort to get to the front of WSB this year. In testing Camier has spent time recalibrating his mind and...

Laverty: “Cal is doing me a favour”

Laverty: “Cal is doing me a favour”

Eugene Laverty claims that Cal Crutchlow’s impressive testing form since switching to WSB is a major boost for his own career. In 2009 Laverty and Crutchlow fought a thrilling battle for supremacy...

Why I miss Brands Hatch WSB

Why I miss Brands Hatch WSB

We always loved the atmosphere at Brands Hatch WSB, and here's just a few of the reasons why!

Gino Rea ready for World Supersport challenge

Gino Rea ready for World Supersport challenge

After signing for the Czech Intermoto Honda squad in World Supersport earlier this week, Gino Rea has told MCN that he is relishing the challenge of racing against the world's best at Phillip...

Corser upbeat with BMW potential despite lack of pace

Corser upbeat with BMW potential despite lack of pace

Despite finishing 1.4 seconds off the pace in testing at Valencia, BMW man Troy Corser remains positive in the potential of his S1000RR. In the latest round of weather interrupted testing the double...

Checa tops Valencia test, Byrne third fastest

Checa tops Valencia test, Byrne third fastest

Spaniard Carlos Checa was the surprise fastest man at the weather affected two day test at Valencia this week. Riding for the all new Althea Ducati squad alongside Brit Shane Byrne, Checa set an...

WSB teams expected to test today, Aprilia go home

WSB teams expected to test today, Aprilia go home

After two days of cold damp conditions, WSB teams are expected to take to the track this morning on the final day of the Valencia test. At 11.30am local time the sun was out but due to overnight frost...

Minimal track time in Valencia for WSB teams

Minimal track time in Valencia for WSB teams

Bad weather and three degree track temperatures bought a premature end to any meaningful testing at Valencia today. Having made the 500 mile trip from Portimao at the weekend, riders were faced with a...

Valencia test hit by cold wet track conditions

Valencia test hit by cold wet track conditions

The scheduled two day test at Valencia has got of to a slow start due to cold temperatures and a slowly drying track this morning. Xerox Ducati, Althea Ducati, Aprilia and BMW, WSB teams went straight...

Camier optimistic despite 12th position at Portimao

Camier optimistic despite 12th position at Portimao

Despite finishing 12th fastest at the Portimao test, Leon Camier left Portugal feeling positive due to the ongoing progress being made by his Aprilia team. In the final session of the test where...

Crutchlow: “I thought I was on fire”

Cal Crutchlow has revealed that he was lucky to escape serious injury when he crashed in the final session of the three day test in Portimao. The 24 year old Brit low sided his factory Yamaha R1 in the final corner. Speaking to MCN he said: “It was a 130mph crash. Where the grandstand ends on the outside of the track there is a gap and the wind was coming through and it took my front away. I felt...

Rea leads Brit dominance of Portimao WSB test

Rea leads Brit dominance of Portimao WSB test

Jonathan Rea set the pace on the third and final day of the WSB test in Portimao with a lap time under the circuit best lap set by Ben Spies. Riding the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda, Rea spent the three...

WSS test: Laverty asserts dominance in final session

WSS test: Laverty asserts dominance in final session

Eugene Laverty ended the three day test at Portimao in first place after an impressive final day performance on his Parkalgar Honda. Laverty set a best time of 1’45.104 on lap 26 of the session and...

WSB Test: Sunday First session times

1 65 J. REA GBR HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.059 2 91 L. HASLAM GBR Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'43.060 3 41 N. HAGA JPN Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R 1'43.657 4 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R 1'43.675 5 3 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Racing Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'43.785 6 35 C. CRUTCHLOW GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'44.233 7 2 L. CAMIER...

WSB test: Rea fastest again on drying track

WSB test: Rea fastest again on drying track

Jonathan Rea stayed a the top of the standings after the second timed session today with a lap time on 1’49.107 set in damp conditions. The Ten Kate Honda man finished ahead of friend and rival Leon...

WSB Test: Rea fastest at wet Portimao

Jonathan Rea overhauled Leon Haslam on his final lap of a rain hit opening practice session at Portimao circuit this morning. After heavy overnight rain no one ventured out on track for over one hour until Sylvan Guintoli braved the elements on his Alstare Suzuki. Aprilia’s Leon Camier looked smooth and impressive to set the early pace before Aussie Chris Vermeulen took control at the front. In...

WSB Test: Haslam secures top spot, Five Brits in top six

Leon Haslam continued to set the pace at the end of day one of official testing at Portimao onboard his Alstare Suzuki. The 26 year old has now been fastest during both sessions in Portugal after topping the time in winter testing at Valencia last December. Speaking to MCN, he said: “I wasn’t expecting the grip to be as good as when we tested here after the final race and it wasn’t, but we’ve...

Silverstone World Superbike round confirmed

Silverstone World Superbike round confirmed

Silverstone will host the British round of the World Superbike championship in 2010, as was revealed by MCN earlier this week. Originally scheduled to take place at crisis-hit Donington Park on August...

Portimao WSB test: Haslam on top in first timed session

Portimao WSB test: Haslam on top in first timed session

Alstare Suzuki rider Leon Haslam got his 2010 winter testing programme off to a strong start with an impressive 1m 43.023s lap during the opening two hour 20 minutes session to put him at the top of...

Gino Rea trains with BSB champ Leon Camier

Gino Rea trains with BSB champ Leon Camier

European Superstock 600cc Champion Gino Rea and BSB Champ Leon Camier have been making the most out of the good weather in Spain. Like the beginning of 2009, Rea has been pre-season training in Spain...

McCoy eyes Moto2 ride?

McCoy eyes Moto2 ride?

Following the revelation that he has been dropped from the Triumph BE1 World Supersport squad, Garry McCoy has revealed that his best option of securing a ride could lie in the new Moto2 class in...

Laverty aims to pick up where he left of at Portimao despite no testing

Laverty aims to pick up where he left of at Portimao despite no testing

Parkalgar Honda rider Eugene Laverty has told MCN that he intends to pick-up where he left off at the end of last season by running at the front at this weeks three day test at Portimao. Last time...

Charpentier back in World Supersport action

Charpentier back in World Supersport action

Double World Supersport champion Sebastien Charpentier will make his return to the championship where he enjoyed unprecedented success after signing to ride for the BE1 Triumph squad in...

McCoy loses BE1 Triumph World Supersport ride

McCoy loses BE1 Triumph World Supersport ride

Racing legend Garry McCoy has been told that he is out of a job less than six weeks before the start of the World Supersport championship. McCoy was expected to continue racing for the Italian BE1...

Crutchlow looking for improvements at Portimao test

Crutchlow looking for improvements at Portimao test

Cal Crutchlow has told MCN that he is still looking for significant improvements with his factory Yamaha R1 at this week’s official WSB test at Portimao. The 2009 World Supersport champion who has...