2013

WSB race day schedule given overhaul

On-going tweaking by rule makers in WSB will see a change to the weekend schedule for 2014. The most significant difference is the fact that the two WSB races will now be run earlier in the day. Since the championship begun back in 1988, race times were 12noon for race one and 15.30 for race two. In 2014 race one will now start at 10.30am with race two getting underway and 13.10. The motivation...

WSB Calendar finally revealed

 After months of waiting, the 2014 WSB calendar has finally been confirmed. The series will be run over 14 rounds with races in Australia, Malaysia, America and South Africa. The UK will host just one race which will run at Dionington Park after Silverstone was dropped from the calandar. The final round of the series is still to be confirmed, but is expected to be held at Qatar with the...

Sykes leads second day in Spain

Sykes leads second day in Spain

Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) carried on at top pace again on day two at the unofficial Jerez tests, setting an identical best time to day one, 1’40.3. His team-mate Loris Baz scored a 1’40.9 on a...

Corser’s Downunder Motorsport team out of the running for 2014 WSB assault

Corser’s Downunder Motorsport team out of the running for 2014 WSB assault

The planned Aussie WSB team, Downunder Motorsport, will not be able to contest the 2014 championship, despite the best efforts of leading figures Tom Larsen and Troy Corser. The deadline for teams to...

First look at Laverty onboard the Crescent Suzuki

First look at Laverty onboard the Crescent Suzuki

Eugene Laverty got his first taste of the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSXR1000 he’ll be campaigning in WSB in a scheduled two day test at Jerez today. The 26 year old Irishman joined the British Suzuki...

Yakhnich completes MV Augusta switch with Corti and Cluzel

Yakhnich completes MV Augusta switch with Corti and Cluzel

Yakhnich Motorsport have announced their 2014 line-up, as the Russian squad replaces both World Supersport Champion Sam Lowes and their Yamaha machinery, with a switch to MV Augusta and a move up to...

Ducati confirm Feel Racing as WSB partners

Ducati confirm Feel Racing as WSB partners

Ducati have unveiled their official WSB team for 2014, as they, as reported weeks ago in MCN, link up with former factory BMW outfit Feel Racing to run Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano, in an attempt...

New WSB schedule and qualifying format for 2014

New WSB schedule and qualifying format for 2014

The World Superbike Commission have announced a major reshuffle to the weekend calendar for 2014, with races moving closer in the day to each other and superpole being reworked to match the MotoGP...

Eugene Laverty rubbishes Suzuki MotoGP link

Eugene Laverty rubbishes Suzuki MotoGP link

Eugene Laverty has rubbished suggestions that his new World Superbike deal with Suzuki comes with a guarantee that he will switch to the Japanese factory’s MotoGP project in 2015. The Irishman ended a...

Day joins Whitham at Eurosport for WSB

Day joins Whitham at Eurosport for WSB

British Eurosport has announced their 2014 World Superbike team, with Steve Day joining Jamie Whitham for the world series. Jack Burnicle, previously the primary WSB voice for the channel, will become...

Downunder Motorsport Team nearly there

Downunder Motorsport Team nearly there

An Australian dream team trying to find a spot in the WSB paddock next year is currently being organised by the vastly experienced former Honda and BMW Crew Chief Tom Larsen and double WSB Champion...

Laverty joins Fixi Crescent Suzuki for 2014

Laverty joins Fixi Crescent Suzuki for 2014

Eugene Laverty has joined the Fixi Crescent Suzuki squad for 2014, as revealed by MCN weeks ago. Laverty will race the World Superbike Championship for the Dorset-based team, probably alongside Alex...

Davies gets first taste of Ducati

Davies gets first taste of Ducati

Chaz Davies had his first ride on the latest version Ducati Corse Panigale 1199R at Jerez, with the Welshman making his first steps in understanding the feel of the bike he will ride for the next two...

Sykes already up to speed for 2014 season

Sykes already up to speed for 2014 season

Despite winning the World Superbike Championship just over two weeks ago, Tom Sykes and his factory Kawasaki squad were out testing at Jerez for the second time in just over a week. Sykes and his...

Chaz Davies to factory Ducati WSB with Giugliano

Chaz Davies to factory Ducati WSB with Giugliano

Ducati have announced their 2014 WSB plans, with Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano joining the to-be-confirmed team in an attempt to return to winning ways. Ducati, who announced last week their split...

Ducati part ways with Alstare

Ducati part ways with Alstare

Ducati, as expected, have terminated their partnership with the Alstare team of Francis Batta after talks following the final round of the 2013 World Superbike season that has saw Ducati finish bottom...

Jerez WSB: Laverty does the double

Jerez WSB: Laverty does the double

Factory Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty finished the 2013 WSB season with a double win at Jerez after also setting pole position. The Irishman got a good start, but was soon pushed back to second by...

Jerez WSB: Laverty wins, Sykes crowned champion

Jerez WSB: Laverty wins, Sykes crowned champion

Tom Sykes has won the 2013 World Superbike championship at Jerez after finishing third in race one. Sykes becomes the fourth Brit to win the World Superbike crown. The race was one by Aprilia rider...

Jerez WSB: Laverty takes second career pole

Jerez WSB: Laverty takes second career pole

Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty gave his championship hope a boost today by taking pole position for tomorrow's two races at Jerez. Aprilia has dominated all previous sessions, but championship...

Jerez WSB: Checa confirms retirement from racing

Jerez WSB: Checa confirms retirement from racing

In a packed press conference held in Alstare Ducati's hospitality Carlos Checa confirmed that he has retired from racing. The 41-year-old Spaniard has had a long and illustrious career that has...

Jerez WSB: Aprilia domination continues

Jerez WSB: Aprilia domination continues

Aprilia’s domination of the Jerez World Superbike round continued in second qualifying today with the Italian manufacturer securing the top four positions in the 45 minute session. Provisional pole...

Jerez WSB: Giugliano fastest

Jerez WSB: Giugliano fastest

Davide Giugliano was fast in winter testing for his Althea Racing Aprilia squad at Jerez and he started his first day of real competition in Spain fastest of all, in a hot afternoon that saw lap times...

Jerez WSS: Lowes leads first qualifying

Jerez WSS: Lowes leads first qualifying

New WSS Champion Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha) celebrated his championship success by going fastest in first qualifying at the final race of the year, with his team-mate Vladimir Leonov a...

WSB France: Sykes edges closer to title with double

WSB France: Sykes edges closer to title with double

A determined Laverty knew that he had to win race two at Magny Cours if he were to stand any chance of snatching the World Superbike Championship away from the race one winner, Tom Sykes. With Sykes...

WSS France: Lowes takes world title

WSS France: Lowes takes world title

In a season full of twists, turns and positional changes it was a fitting climax at Magny Cours that saw Sam Lowes crowned World Supersport Champion after finishing second behind bitter rival Kenan...

WSBK: Magny-Cours - Sykes takes step closer to championship with routine race one victory

WSBK: Magny-Cours - Sykes takes step closer to championship with routine race one victory

Dryer conditions and desire for vital championship points from Tom Sykes' main rivals made for a fascinating race one at Magny-Cours. A blistering start from championship leader Sykes took the...

WSBK - Magny Cours: Sykes takes eighth superpole of season

WSBK - Magny Cours: Sykes takes eighth superpole of season

Intermittent rain and subsequent tyre choices dominated proceedings at Magny Cours for the world superbikes superpole sessions this afternoon, with all riders electing to run on fell wet tyres for the...

French WSB: Wet Session Leads To Status Quo In WSB Qualifying

French WSB: Wet Session Leads To Status Quo In WSB Qualifying

Wet weather for the second and final regulation qualifying round at Magny-Cours, before Superpole this afternoon, left the qualifying order exactly the same as it finished on Friday, with Sylvain...

Magny Cours WSB: Guintoli leads Sykes on day one

Magny Cours WSB: Guintoli leads Sykes on day one

The Superbike World Championship reaches its penultimate round this weekend and the first blow was struck by hometown hero Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing) who took his official RSV4 Factory Aprilia...

Lowes On Top In First Magny Cours Qualifying

 Both Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha) and Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Mahi Racing Team India) endured dramas in the first qualifying session at Magny Cours but the championship challengers ended up on top in any case, with Lowes taking the early advantage. Looking to secure the championship on Sunday, Lowes met a damp but patchy track in the first free session, and then a relatively dry...

WSB Blog: How many British Champs will be crowned this weekend?

WSB Blog: How many British Champs will be crowned this weekend?

If the Laguna Seca WSB round last week was anything to go by, this weekend’s round of the World Superbike Championship at Magny Cours promises to be a classic. In WSB, Brit Tom Sykes leads the overall...

Pata Honda keep Rea and Haslam for 2014

Pata Honda keep Rea and Haslam for 2014

Ten Kate Honda have confirmed their 2014 World Superbike lineup, with current riders Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam both remaining with the Dutch team, alongside title sponsors Pata. With both riders...

Turkey WSB: Double win for Laverty

Turkey WSB: Double win for Laverty

Factory Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty made it two wins in two in Istanbul today to narro the gap to championship leader Tom Sykes. Sykes finished second ahead of his main championship rival Sylvain...

Turkey WSS: Sofuoglu battles to home win

Turkey WSS: Sofuoglu battles to home win

Kenan Sofuoglu has taken the win at his home race in Istanbul after a thrilling battle with championship leader Sam Lowes. The two riders both got good starts, with Sam Lowes taking the early...

Turkey WSB: Laverty takes race one honours

Turkey WSB: Laverty takes race one honours

Factory Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty has won the first race of the day in Turkey - his fifth race win of the season. The Irishman rode a good race to take first place from Tom Sykes, who struggled in...

Turkey WSB: Sykes on pole

Turkey WSB: Sykes on pole

WSB championship leader Tom Sykes will start from pole position for tomorrow's races intanbul. Sykes will be joined on the front row by factory Aprilia rider Sylvain Guintoli and Althea Aprilia's...