2011

Checa stays top in tight second qualifying session

Checa stays top in tight second qualifying session

Carlos Checa remained at the top of the timesheets during the second qualifying session despite not improving on his lap time. The Althea Ducati rider still posted the fastest time of the session but...

WSB 2011: Who will be the top Brit?

WSB 2011: Who will be the top Brit?

The long winter lay-off is finally over and the racing season is here again. The WSB season has kicked off down under in Phillip Island, and the racers have already completed the first qualifying...

Checa on provisional pole, Laverty on front row

Checa on provisional pole, Laverty on front row

Carlos Checa maintained his relentless pressure on his WSB rivals by setting the pace yet again in the first qualifying session at Phillip Island. The in-form Spaniard made his pace setting 1m 31.577s...

Lowes and Davies on provisional front row at Phillip Island

Lowes and Davies on provisional front row at Phillip Island

Sam Lowes and Chaz Davies made impressive starts to their respective World Supersport campaigns by both securing a place on the provisional front row at the end of first qualifying. Lowes secured...

Checa from Rea in first free practice

Checa from Rea in first free practice

Carlos Checa topped the time sheets once again at Phillip Island in the opening free practice session today. The Althea Ducati rider was the only man to lap in the 1m 31s and just like in testing...

Foret tops World Supersport Free Practice

Foret tops World Supersport Free Practice

Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider Fabien Foret picked up where he left off in official testing by dominating the opening free practice session at Phillip Island this morning. Australian Broc Parkes...

Camier diagnosed with glandular fever

Camier diagnosed with glandular fever

Alitalia Aprilia rider Leon Camier’s title aspirations have been dealt a bitter blow after he was diagnosed with glandular fever just hours before the World Superbike championship kicked off at...

Biaggi to run number one plate in 2011

Biaggi to run number one plate in 2011

Max Biaggi will drop his trade mark number three race number to run the number one plate in 2011. Over the past weeks there has been speculation on what number Biaggi would use with Aprilia keen to...

Rea: “I’ll race this weekend”

Rea: “I’ll race this weekend”

Jonathan Rea has told MCN today that he will race at the opening round of the World Superbike Championship despite still suffering the effects of his 130mph crash on Tuesday. Rea has a heavily...

Phillip Island WSB test: First blood to Checa

Phillip Island WSB test: First blood to Checa

Carlos Checa reiterated his credentials as a championship contender in 2011 by dominating the first day of official testing at Phillip Island. The Spanish rider stunned his rivals with an impressive...

Rea upbeat despite heavy crash at Phillip Island test

Rea upbeat despite heavy crash at Phillip Island test

Jonathan Rea underwent a CT Scan at Wonthaggi Hospital following a high speed crash at Phillip Island today. The 23 year old crashed his Castrol Honda in wet conditions this morning, on the second...

Video: Gino Rea talks about 2011 WSS campaign

Video: Gino Rea talks about 2011 WSS campaign

MCN caught up with World Supersport sensation Gino Rea at the recent MCN show for an insight into the 2011 season. In 2010 Rea ran at the front of the class, securing a third place podium finish at...

Yamaha WSB to run in corporate colours - no title sponsor in 2011

Yamaha WSB to run in corporate colours - no title sponsor in 2011

Yamaha have unveiled their official livery for the 2011 World Superbike Championship. Like the factory Yamaha MotoGP squad who are so far unable to secure a title sponsor, WSB men  Eugene Laverty...

Video: Castrol Honda - "Past, Present, Future"

Video: Castrol Honda - "Past, Present, Future"

Castrol Honda has released the following video as the team gears up for the 2011 WSB season.   Celebrating the brand's racing heritage and the possibilities for this year's competition, the two...

Eugene Laverty launches IPhone app

Eugene Laverty launches IPhone app

Yamaha World Superbike rider Eugene Laverty has become the first rider to launch his very own Iphone app. The all new app will give fans the opportunity to keep up to date with all his results, blogs,...

Ellison and Lowes on the pace in Aragon testing

Ellison and Lowes on the pace in Aragon testing

The Parkalgar and Bogdanka Honda World Supersport teams have completed their second round of testing with two days at the Aragon circuit in Spain. Having set the pace at last weeks Portimao test,...

MCN backs Donington European WSB round

MCN backs Donington European WSB round

Donington Park is back on the WSB calender hosting the European round of the championship on March 25 to 27, and to celebrate MCN is backing the event with a cut-price ticket deal for the race. With...

Portimao WSB test: Rea fastest in changeable weather

Portimao WSB test: Rea fastest in changeable weather

Poor weather was the enemy of all at the official Portimao WSB tests on day two. An early rain shower made sure only eight of the 16 WSB riders in attendance would go out in the morning session, and...

Rossi tests 1198: full gallery

Rossi tests 1198: full gallery

Ducati has released the following pictures of Valentino Rossi riding the new 1198 superbike this afternoon at Misano.  The multiple world champ is reportedly using the WSB testing...

Rossi tests 1198 superbike at Misano

Rossi tests 1198 superbike at Misano

Valentino Rossi is currently testing the new Ducati 1198 superbike at Misano. The Italian is using the WSB testing session to evaluate the state of his shoulder before MotoGP...

Factory Yamaha’s back in WSS with BE1? – Davies and Scassa to ride 2009 title winning R6’s in 2011

Factory Yamaha’s back in WSS with BE1? – Davies and Scassa to ride 2009 title winning R6’s in 2011

MCN understands that Briton’s Chaz Davies and Italian Luca Scassa could swap their Triumph 675’s to race factory Yamaha R6’s in 2011 – the same bikes that that took Cal Crutchlow to the WSS crown in...

Cold weather hampers Castrol Honda’s first test, but new livery shines through

Cold weather hampers Castrol Honda’s first test, but new livery shines through

Castrol Honda riders Jonathan Rea and Ruben Xaus were only able to complete one day of a scheduled two day test at Aragon due to poor weather conditions in Spain. Despite the lack of track time both...

Video: Castrol Honda are back!

Video: Castrol Honda are back!

Eight years after American Colin Edwards won the WSB crown in 2002, Castrol Honda are back!    MCN caught up with Castrol at the official launch of the new team and spoke to the...

Haslam completes successful three day private test

Haslam completes successful three day private test

Leon Haslam benefitted from a three day private test at Cartegena where he was the only rider on track in an effort to get a full understanding of the advanced electronics system onboard his BMW...

Castrol Honda back with a bang

Castrol Honda back with a bang

Eight years after American Colin Edwards won the WSB crown in 2002, Castrol Honda are back. In an official launch at Castrol’s Technology Centre in Berkshire today the new look team was officially...

Buckmaster backs Ellison for WSS crown

Buckmaster backs Ellison for WSS crown

PTR boss Simon Buckmaster believes that his rider James Ellison can win the World Supersport Championship in 2011. Former BSB runner-up Ellison will ride for the new Bogdanka PTR Honda team and will...

Video: Vermeulen talks about his early exit from Sepang test

Video: Vermeulen talks about his early exit from Sepang test

Chris Vermeulen has elected to return to Australia after completing just 12 flying laps on day one of a scheduled four day test in Sepang. The 28 year old Australian is still struggling with his right...

Vermeulen leaves Sepang test early to focus on recovery

Vermeulen leaves Sepang test early to focus on recovery

Chris Vermeulen has returned home to Australia after completing less than 20 laps in a scheduled four day test at Sepang in Malaysia. The 28 year old Australian rode on the morning of the first day,...

Video: Welcome to the Kawasaki Factory WSB team HQ

Video: Welcome to the Kawasaki Factory WSB team HQ

Kawasaki Heavy Industries is an international engineering corporation based in Japan. It’s involved in the ship building, aerospace, construction, rolling stock and motorcycle industries. And it’s...

Castrol Honda back in WSB

Castrol Honda back in WSB

As previously reported in MCN, oil giant Castrol will become the title sponsor of the Ten Kate Honda World Superbike squad in 2011. The new look team will be unveiled at Castrol’s head quarters in...

Ten Kate confirm two man Supersport team with Hannspree backing

Ten Kate confirm two man Supersport team with Hannspree backing

After looking like they would be forced to quit the World Supersport Championship in 2011 due to a lack of budget, the Dutch Ten Kate Honda squad have confirmed they will run a two man team with...

Dakar Stage 2 - Simon Pavey Blog

Dakar Stage 2 - Simon Pavey Blog

Honorary Brit overcomes first crash and technical problems to hold 60th overall. "I really enjoyed today even though my result wasn’t the best. I ran out of gas as well because the fuel wasn’t was...