2018

WSB: Laverty out for three rounds after Thailand crash

WSB: Laverty out for three rounds after Thailand crash

Eugene Laverty will miss the next three rounds of the 2018 World Superbike Championship after his horrifying crash in Thailand at the weekend. Laverty fell from his Milwaukee Aprilia at the Chang...

WSB: Broken pelvis for Laverty after Torres collision

WSB: Broken pelvis for Laverty after Torres collision

Eugene Laverty sustained a broken pelvis in a terrifying crash during today’s second World Superbike race in Thailand. The Milwaukee Aprilia rider fell from his RSV4 at turn six, five laps in to the...

WSB: Davies ends Kawasaki's Thai dominance with race two win

WSB: Davies ends Kawasaki's Thai dominance with race two win

Chaz Davies put the demons of his pre-season behind him by storming to victory in Thailand’s second WorldSBK race of the weekend on Sunday afternoon. The new regulations continue to deliver...

WSB: Rea back to winning ways in Thailand

WSB: Rea back to winning ways in Thailand

WorldSBK Champion Jonathan Rea got back to winning ways in Buriram on Saturday, collecting his first victory of 2018 and his sixth from seven starts at the Chang International Circuit. Xavi Fores and...

WSS: Sofuoglu considering retirement after 155mph Phillip Island crash

WSS: Sofuoglu considering retirement after 155mph Phillip Island crash

World Supersport legend Kenan Sofuoglu will decide over the next few weeks whether or not to continue his racing career after a succession of heavy crashes, MCN can reveal. The Turk has admitted he...

WSB: Rea leads as eight riders split by 0.2 in Thailand

WSB: Rea leads as eight riders split by 0.2 in Thailand

World Superbike Champion Jonathan Rea was back on top in Thailand after Friday’s three practice sessions ahead of this weekend’s second round of the season. The visit to Thailand’s Chang...

WSB: Camier testing Magneti Marelli at Monteblanco

WSB: Camier testing Magneti Marelli at Monteblanco

Leon Camier and the Red Bull Honda World Superbike team are a last minute addition to the Bennetts British Superbike Championship teams testing at the Monteblanco circuit in Spain. Camier and the Ten...

WSB: Melandri snatches victory from Rea for Phillip Island double

WSB: Melandri snatches victory from Rea for Phillip Island double

Marco Melandri snatched victory from world champion Jonathan Rea by just 0.021 seconds in today’s second race to walk away with a double win from Phillip Island this weekend. Rea looked to be in...

WSB: Compulsory pit stops for race two after tyre concerns

WSB: Compulsory pit stops for race two after tyre concerns

World Superbike bosses have enforced a mandatory pit stop during tomorrow’s second World Superbike race after a number of riders experienced severe tyre difficulties during today’s opening race. Marco...

WSB: Melandri wins season opener with Rea off the podium

WSB: Melandri wins season opener with Rea off the podium

Marco Melandri opened the 2018 World Superbike season with a stunning victory at Phillip Island as tyre concerns made for an interesting start to the year. It was the Kawasaki of Tom Sykes who took an...

WSB: Savadori leads Camier on opening day of action

WSB: Savadori leads Camier on opening day of action

Milwaukee Aprilia’s Lorenzo Savadori led the way as the 2018 Superbike World Championship got underway in mixed conditions at Phillip Island. It was a busy day for the Superbike class, with three free...

WSB: 2018 rules explained

WSB: 2018 rules explained

Last year’s World Superbike championship saw a Kawasaki or Ducati finish on the podium 72 times with just 78 podium places up for grabs across the 13-round season. The dominance of those two factory...

WSB: Phillip Island season opener timetable and TV times

WSB: Phillip Island season opener timetable and TV times

Winter is finally over. The 2018 race season starts this weekend with the opening round of the Superbike World Championship getting underway in Australia this weekend. Phillip Island is renowned for...

WSB: Freddie Spencer joins Eurosport World Superbike commentary team

WSB: Freddie Spencer joins Eurosport World Superbike commentary team

Grand Prix legend Freddie Spencer is set to join MCN’s Greg Haines in the Eurosport commentary box for a number of World Superbike races this year. The three-time World Champion will join Haines for...

WSB: Lowes: 'We can win races this year'

WSB: Lowes: 'We can win races this year'

Alex Lowes reckons the development work done by Yamaha through the winter will enable him and team-mate Michael van der Mark to fight for race wins in 2018. With the season set to get underway in...

WSB: Davies: 'Racing will be closer in 2018'

WSB: Davies: 'Racing will be closer in 2018'

Twice runner-up and 23-times a race winner in the last three years, Chaz Davies is fired up and ready for another attack despite the new rules hitting Ducati harder than most. Davies lost out to Rea...

WSB: Rea: 'New rules motivate me more'

WSB: Rea: 'New rules motivate me more'

With three back-to-back titles already behind him, Jonathan Rea glides into 2018 as the man to beat. He could equal Carl Fogarty’s record of four titles and just five more victories will see him...

WSB: Rea quickest from Melandri as testing draws to close

WSB: Rea quickest from Melandri as testing draws to close

World Champion Jonathan Rea headed the pack once again as pre-season testing for the 2018 Superbike World Championship drew to a close at Phillip Island today. Conditions were much improved from...

WSS: Irwin ruled out of debut with hand injury

WSS: Irwin ruled out of debut with hand injury

Britain’s Andrew Irwin has been ruled out of this weekend’s World Supersport opener at Phillip Island after a crash during testing. The 2017 British Supersport runner-up crashed heavily on the first...

WSB: Melandri quickest as Phillip Island test gets underway

WSB: Melandri quickest as Phillip Island test gets underway

It was a windy start to proceedings as the final preparations got underway for this weekend’s opening round of the World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island. Italian Marco Melandri led the way...

WSB: Former Rea crew chief announced as Honda WorldSBK boss

WSB: Former Rea crew chief announced as Honda WorldSBK boss

Honda Motor Europe has confirmed Chris Pike as its new WorldSBK Operations Manager, as revealed by MCN on Thursday morning. Pike rejoins the team he last worked with between 2012-2014, then serving...

Gallery: PATA Yamaha launch 2018 WSB effort

Gallery: PATA Yamaha launch 2018 WSB effort

The PATA Yamaha World Superbike team lifted the covers off the 2018 YZF-R1 Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark will campaign in 2018 at an official team launch in Portimao. Staying on at the...

Gallery: Kawasaki lift covers off 2018 challenger

Gallery: Kawasaki lift covers off 2018 challenger

Kawasaki Racing Team have this evening lifted the covers off their 2018 World Superbike challenger at the team’s HQ just outside Barcelona. Retaining KRT’s traditional green, black and white colours,...

Gallery: Aruba Ducati unveil 2018 WSB contender

Gallery: Aruba Ducati unveil 2018 WSB contender

The Aruba Racing Ducati team today unveiled their 2018 World Superbike contender in Italy. The team, which will campaign Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri for the second consecutive year, was launched...

WSB: Northern Ireland to host WSB round from 2019

WSB: Northern Ireland to host WSB round from 2019

World Superbike bosses are poised to announce a deal that will see a round of the series held at the new Lake Torrent circuit in Northern Ireland in 2019. Earlier this afternoon BBC Northern Ireland...

WSB: Camier quick despite lack of electronics switch

WSB: Camier quick despite lack of electronics switch

Leon Camier impressed in his third test with the Red Bull Honda team to place second quickest behind World Champion Jonathan Rea at Portimao. While his quickest time was set on qualifying rubber,...

WSB: Rea remains quickest as rookie Razgatlioglu shines

WSB: Rea remains quickest as rookie Razgatlioglu shines

Jonathan Rea remained quickest as the Portimao World Superbike test drew to a close on Monday, although it was fellow Kawasaki rider Toprak Razgatlioglu who grabbed the attention by cracking the top...

WSB: Sykes leads way after Jerez test

WSB: Sykes leads way after Jerez test

Kawasaki once again reigned supreme as testing for the 2018 World Superbike Championship got underway at Jerez this week, but it was Tom Sykes at the top of the timesheets at the end of the two-day...

WSB: Dorna considering triple headers for Donington and Portimao

WSB: Dorna considering triple headers for Donington and Portimao

The Superbike World Championship is likely to run three races on at least two race weekends this season, MCN can reveal. The word in the Jerez paddock, where a two day test is taking place this week,...

WSB: Lowes chases Rea as 2018 testing gets underway

WSB: Lowes chases Rea as 2018 testing gets underway

Jonathan Rea shrugged off two small crashes to start 2018 where he left off on top of the timesheets as testing got underway at Jerez today. The three-time world champion wasn’t to let two small...

WSB: 1000cc V4 Panigale breaks cover in Jerez

WSB: 1000cc V4 Panigale breaks cover in Jerez

The 1000cc version of the V4-engined Panigale Ducati will race in 2019 broke cover at Jerez today, where the Italian marque are testing with Lorenzo Zanetti alongside their World Superbike team. While...

WSB: Honda WorldSBK boss quits ahead of 2018 season

WSB: Honda WorldSBK boss quits ahead of 2018 season

The man at the helm of Honda’s World Superbike effort has parted ways with the squad ahead of the 2018 season.   MCN understands Marco Chini, Honda’s WorldSBK Operations Manager, has left his...

WSB Rider of the Year: 1st - Jonathan Rea

WSB Rider of the Year: 1st - Jonathan Rea

After another epic season of racing, MCN’s sports team of Michael Guy (Sports Editor), Simon Patterson (MotoGP Reporter) and Oli Rushby (Superbike Reporter) sat down to discuss who impressed them the...