World Superbikes

Things heat up at Monza

Things heat up at Monza

Increased temperatures saw times drop in the first qualifying session at round four of the World Superbike champioship at Monza despite the fact that all the teams are still looking for a proper setup...

Hodgson fastest in wet Superpole

Hodgson fastest in wet Superpole

The rain caused havoc for the Superpole session at the fourth round of the World Superbike championship at Monza, Italy.It began to pour down half way through the session while Gregorio Lavilla was...

Hodgson does the double in Italy

Hodgson does the double in Italy

Neil Hodgson claimed a seventh and eighth consecutive victory at Monza in Italy today.The first race was a historic event as it marked Ducati’s 200th victory. Hodgson has also surpassed the six...

Crash sees Xaus miss Superpole

Crash sees Xaus miss Superpole

Ruben Xaus crashed out of the second qualifying session for round four of the World Superbike championship in Monza.The factory Ducati rider was following Bertocchi Kawasaki’s Ivan Clementi when...

Laconi tops fast practice session at Monza

Laconi tops fast practice session at Monza

The first free practice session at the Monza World Superbike round has finished with Regis Laconi heading the table on his Ducati 998RS with a time of 1:47.976, just 0.5 seconds outside Troy Bayliss'...

Endurance win for Zongshen

Endurance win for Zongshen

The first round of the FIM World Endurance championship kicked of in Imola this weekend with the Zongshen No.1 Suzuki GSX-R1000 of Warwick Nowland and Stephane Mertens taking the win.Suzuki GB Phase...

Walker tops first qualifying at a very wet Sugo

Walker tops first qualifying at a very wet Sugo

Chris Walker has topped the time sheets during a wet first qualifying session at the World Superbike round in Sugo, Japan.The session was ended with nine minutes to go, due to poor visibility, and...

Sixth consecutive win for Hodgson

Sixth consecutive win for Hodgson

Hodgson has continued his unbroken winning streak taking both races at the third round of the World Superbike championship in Sugo, Japan.Race one saw a big crash on the first corner with four Riders...

Laconi takes pole at Sugo

Laconi takes pole at Sugo

Regis Laconi took a surprise pole position in today’s Superpole session at round three of the World Superbike championship in Sugo, Japan.The French rider – whose only Superbike podium was when he won...

Wild-cards threaten Ducati’s winning streak

Wild-cards threaten Ducati’s winning streak

The Fila Ducati team will be looking to continue their winning streak at the third round of the World Superbike champioship at Sugo, Japan, this weekend but all the riders in the championship are...

Tracktime at Monza with HM Plant

Tracktime at Monza with HM Plant

World Superbike team HM Plant Ducati is offering the chance to ride around Monza with its riders Chis Walker and James Toseland…on one of their paddock scooters.The prize is currently being auctioned...

999s test at Mugello

999s test at Mugello

The Ducati World Superbike team has been testing at Mugello this week with test rider Lorenzo Lanzi.The Italian rider spent two days on the 999s that Hodgson and Xaus will be racing at Sugo on Sunday,...

Vermeulen takes Supersport with ease

Vermeulen takes Supersport with ease

Tenkate Honda rider Chris Vermeulen was the proud winner of the Supersport race finishing nine seconds ahead of his closest rival, Katsuaki Fujiwara on the Alstare Suzuki.Vermeulen said: " I...

Comfortable win for Hodgson

Comfortable win for Hodgson

Neil Hodgson pulled away from the field again at Phillip Island to win his third race in this year’s World Superbike championship. The British rider was wearing a black armband and later dedicated the...

Hodgson on pole for Round 2

Hodgson on pole for Round 2

Frankie Chili put in another good performance in this morning’s qualifying session at Philip Island beating Neil Hodgson in to second place with a time of 1:32.786. But the Italian had to settle for...

Chili on track for pole

Chili on track for pole

Pier-Francesco Chili – the oldest man in WSB – proved to still be one of the fastest after claiming provisional pole position for the Phillip Island WSB race at the first qualifying session...

Close call for second Hodgson victory

Close call for second Hodgson victory

Race two at Phillip Island was the most exciting of the season so far, with all the riders having to fight hard for their places.Neil Hodgson and Frankie Chili initially got away to a good start but...

Heckles tests at Mallory

Heckles tests at Mallory

Mark Heckles rode his new CBR600FS for the first time on March 19 at Mallory Park after driving to Belgium to pick it up and pay for it just five days before.The bike was bought for him by his dad and...

Honda take top three at Daytona 200

Honda take top three at Daytona 200

Honda riders filled the podium at the Daytona 200 race on Monday, March 10. The race was postponed from Sunday, when Daytona was blighted by torrential rain.Miguel DuHamel won the race on his Honda...

Hodgson in line for pole position

Hodgson in line for pole position

The second qualifying session has finished at Round 1 of World Superbikes in Valencia, with Neil Hodgson retaining the top spot.Hodgson only managed to come in 0.210 seconds under his Friday best with...

Fila Ducati 1-2 in Race 1

Fila Ducati 1-2 in Race 1

Neil Hodgson and Ruben Xaus dominated the first race of the WSB season taking their Ducati 999’s to first and second place. Hodgson with a total time of 36:56.205 and Xaus four seconds behind at...

Hodgson on pole

Hodgson on pole

Neil Hodgson managed to better his qualifying time to get the pole position for tomorrow’s two races despite the blustery wind.Hodgson beat former team-mate James Toseland by 0.566 seconds and was...

Double double for Fila Ducati

Double double for Fila Ducati

The second race at Valencia quickly fell in to the pattern set by the first with factory Ducati 999 riders Neil Hodgson and Ruben Xaus leading HM Plant Ducati 998 riders James Toseland and Chris...

The reasons behind the BBC decision

Grandstand producer Belinda Rogerson explained the BBC’s decision to drop live WSB this Sunday. She Said: " Unfortunately, the scheduled date for the 1st round in Valencia was moved from March 9 to March 2 late in 2002. We had planned to show both of the races during the day on BBC TWO on March 9, however the schedule of sport that we were already committed to showing on March 2, including...

BBC won’t show WSB live on Sunday

BBC won’t show WSB live on Sunday

The BBC will not be showing Sunday’s WSB round live. Instead all we’ll get is highlights on BBC 2 at 11:55pm.If you want to see it live you’ll need access to Eurosport which will show the races from...

Hodgson quickest after first day’s qualifying

Hodgson quickest after first day’s qualifying

The times have come in for the first qualifying session in Valencia with only one second separating the top seven riders.Fila Ducati rider Neil Hodgson put in a fastest lap of 1:34.932, just 0.069...

Hodgson fastest at last test before WSB begins

Hodgson fastest at last test before WSB begins

Neil Hodgson was on lap record pace when he went fastest at the WSB test in Valencia on Sunday. He put in a time of 1:34.01, 1.3 seconds under Ben Bostrom’s 2002 lap record.Check out this week’s MCN,...

Laconi drops in on Ducati

Laconi drops in on Ducati

Regis Laconi cemented his arrival at Ducati by getting a taste of the racing heritage he is now a part of.He couldn’t resist getting his leg over Mike Hailwood’s Ducati 900, the bike that won him the...

Hodgson heads first day of Winter testing

Hodgson heads first day of Winter testing

British rider Neil Hodgson made his intentions clear for 2003 by posting the fastest time on the first day of the official World Superbikes tests at Valencia.Hodgson and Fila Ducati team-mate Ruben...

Riders for WSB Valencia test announced

Riders for WSB Valencia test announced

The list of riders taking part in the official World Superbike and Supersport winter test at Valencia on February 21-23 has been announced.MCN will be bringing all the latest news and an exclusive...

Red Bull rookie switches to Boxer Cup

Red Bull rookie switches to Boxer Cup

Barry Burrell, one of the five riders chosen to go on to the next stage of the Red Bull Rookie search, has already reaped the benefits of the program by being picked to ride for the BMW Motorrad GB...

Walker goes faster than Bayliss

Walker goes faster than Bayliss

Chris Walker has set a time in testing, which is faster than Troy Bayliss managed on the same bike this time last year.Walker was testing at Almeria in Spain, and recorded a time of 1:36.9s That time...

Whitham announces his retirement

Whitham announces his retirement

World Supersport racer Jamie Whitham has quit racing for good.The 37-year-old is suffering from glaucoma, an eye disease which doctors fear may have been caused by the chemotherapy he underwent for...

Another result for the Texan Tornado

Another result for the Texan Tornado

Colin Edwards and his wife Alyssia will be celebrating today, following the birth of a baby daughter, named Gracie.We’ll update this story with more news as it arrives.To congratulate the Edwards on...

Foggy happy with Phillip Island test

Foggy happy with Phillip Island test

The Foggy Petronas team completed a successful three-day test at Phillip Island, leaving boss Carl Fogarty feeling positive.The team would not release official times, but Troy Corser was running 1:34...

Foggy on A Question of Sport

Foggy on A Question of Sport

Carl Fogarty, the four-times World Superbike champion, and boss of Foggy-Petronas racing, will appear on BBC’s A Question of Sport this Friday, January 17.He’ll be joining team captains Ally McCoist...