January

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...

My Mum and Michel Fabrizio

My Mum and Michel Fabrizio

My mum with the talented, and very good looking Michel Fabrizio in the WSB '09 paddock at Donington Park - fantastic weekend!

Top WSB teams ready to test

Top WSB teams ready to test

World Superbike testing kicks of at Portimao on Friday with all the 2010 top teams and riders going head to head for the first time. With seven manufacturers present along with leading privateer teams...

Althea Ducati 2010 team launch

Althea Ducati 2010 team launch

The Altea Ducati squad of Shane Byrne and Carlos Checa was officially launched in Italy last week. Byrne and Checa were introduced to the 1198 Ducati’s that they will campaign in 2010 while getting to...

2005 WSB action

2005 WSB action

World Superbike action from the 2005 season at Brands Hatch.

Tom Sykes: “We’ve still got a lot to test”

Tom Sykes: “We’ve still got a lot to test”

Tom Sykes has revealed that he still have a host of new parts and settings to test on his factory Kawasaki when he heads to the three day test at Portimao next week. The 24 year old who switched from...

Chaz Davies targets wins after signing for BE1 Triumph

Chaz Davies targets wins after signing for BE1 Triumph

Chaz Davies believes he has the potential to challenge at the front of the World Supersport Championship after signing for the BE1 Triumph team for 2010. The 22 year old Brit rode for the well run...

BMW confirm Davide Tardozzi appointment

BMW confirm Davide Tardozzi appointment

As revealed earlier this week, Davide Tardozzi will join BMW in 2010 to head up team management and operational control of the German manufacturers World Superbike squad. Current Project and team...

Ducati WSB squad gets major reshuffle for 2010

Ducati WSB squad gets major reshuffle for 2010

Following Davide Tardozzi’s switch from the Xerox Ducati squad to BMW, WSB project leader Ernesto Marinelli was immediately installed as the new team manager. Now with the 2010 season set to kick off...

WSB’s Defining moment number 3 - Ducati team orders

WSB’s Defining moment number 3 - Ducati team orders

The 2009 title race will be remembered for two things – Ben Spies, and Ducati team orders or - lack of them. For the first half of the season Ducati had both riders fighting for the title, but as the...

Corser expecting significant improvements for 2010

Corser expecting significant improvements for 2010

Two time World Superbike champion Troy Corser believes that his BMW S1000RR will be a much stronger package when he heads out on track for the next round of testing in two weeks time. Corser and...

Sofuoglu in fight for fitness

Sofuoglu in fight for fitness

Ten Kate Honda World Supersport contender Kenan Sofuoglu faces a battle to be fit for the scheduled three day test at Portimao in 17 days time after breaking his ankle riding a motocross bike. The...

Tardozzi confirms switch to BMW World Superbike squad

Tardozzi confirms switch to BMW World Superbike squad

Former Xerox Ducati boss, Davide Tardozzi has joined BMW to become the team manager of the factory World Superbike squad. Tardozzi has enjoyed an illustrious career with Ducati having won WSB crowns...

Roger Lee Hayden signs for Pedercini Kawasaki in WSB

Roger Lee Hayden signs for Pedercini Kawasaki in WSB

American Roger Lee Hayden will ride a Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R in the 2010 World Superbike championship. The 26 year old is the younger brother to former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden and will now...