World Superbikes

WSB: Rea leads van der Mark on day one

WSB: Rea leads van der Mark on day one

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) started his potentially historic weekend in France in perfect shape, setting the fastest Friday practice time at Magny-Cours. As he goes for his third world...

WSB: Sykes hopeful of French return

WSB: Sykes hopeful of French return

Tom Sykes is hoping to return to action at Magny Cours this weekend after the fireball crash that ruled him out of the last round in Portimao. A massive crash for Sykes in FP3 at the Portugese circuit...

WSB: Rea on brink of historic third title

WSB: Rea on brink of historic third title

Jonathan Rea is poised to clinch a historic third successive World Superbike crown at Magny Cours this weekend. The Ulsterman holds a crucial 120-point advantage heading into the 11th round of the...

WSB: Gagne to stand in for injured Bradl at Red Bull Honda

WSB: Gagne to stand in for injured Bradl at Red Bull Honda

American youngster Jake Gagne will ride for the Red Bull Honda team alongside Davide Giugliano at Magny Cours this weekend as Stefan Bradl sits out through injury. Bradl tore a ligament in his right...

WSB: Rea refutes Suzuki MotoGP talk

WSB: Rea refutes Suzuki MotoGP talk

Jonathan Rea has refuted reports that there’s a plot that would see him slot into Suzuki’s MotoGP team for 2018 in place of the struggling Andrea Iannone. Rumours emerged a few weeks back that there...

WSB: Baz confirms SBK return, in talks with Honda

WSB: Baz confirms SBK return, in talks with Honda

Loris Baz has confirmed he will return to the Superbike World Championship in 2018 after losing his MotoGP seat after three seasons in the premiere class.  Avintia Ducati has today confirmed...

WSB: 2018 calendar begins to take shape

WSB: 2018 calendar begins to take shape

The 2018 WorldSBK calendar is starting to take shape, although still highly provisional at this time. The new San Juan track in Argentina will host a round but only if it is ready in time.  If...

WSB: Jonathan Rea's Portimao column

WSB: Jonathan Rea's Portimao column

That was probably one of the most solid weekends of my career. Everything was pretty much plain sailing!   Right from the first session the bike was in the ballpark. Normally we go from race...

WSB: Rea quickest as Razgatlioglu impresses at Portimao test

WSB: Rea quickest as Razgatlioglu impresses at Portimao test

Having won both races at Portimao Jonathan Rea (KRT) then went on to set the fastest time of the subsequent tests, with a 1’42.313 lap. He outpaced Chaz Davies and his 1’42.711 and wrapped up his work...

WSB: Carrasco makes history with Supersport 300 win

WSB: Carrasco makes history with Supersport 300 win

Ana Carrasco made history this weekend as she became the first female rider to win an FIM World Championship motorcycle race with a stunning victory in the World Supersport 300 class at Portimao. The...

WSB: Rea closes in on third title with double win

WSB: Rea closes in on third title with double win

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) took a giant leap toward a history making third WorldSBK crown at Portimao today with the completing of a double win that extended his championship lead to 120...

WSB: Tyre drama at Portimao

WSB: Tyre drama at Portimao

Pirelli brought a new rear tyre for the WorldSBK riders to use at Portimao, the W0735. It is a soft new development option featuring different structural solutions in comparison to the standard SC0...

WSB: Rea dominates opening race

WSB: Rea dominates opening race

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) scored a remarkable start-to-finish victory in the first 20-lap WorldSBK race at Portimao, winning by just over six seconds and easing up on the final lap from a...

WSB: Sykes out after FP3 fireball

WSB: Sykes out after FP3 fireball

Tom Sykes looks likely to miss the remainder of the World Superbike round in Portugal after a terrifying crash in the third free practice session. The Kawasaki Racing Team rider lost control of his...

WSB: Rea leads pack by half a second on day one

WSB: Rea leads pack by half a second on day one

Jonathan Rea conquered the first day of Portimao free practice despite the bumpy track and windy conditions that faced the WorldSBK riders in Portugal today. Rea had been fastest in the morning...

WSB: Tech chief quits Red Bull Honda

WSB: Tech chief quits Red Bull Honda

With four rounds of the 2017 season remaining Pieter Breddels, the long-term Technical Manager in the Red Bull Honda team, has left his position – seemingly a victim of the incredibly tough season...

WSB: HRC test rider Takahashi joins Red Bull Honda at Portimao and Jerez

WSB: HRC test rider Takahashi joins Red Bull Honda at Portimao and Jerez

HRC test rider and Japanese Superbike star Takumi Takahashi will be wheeled in to the Red Bull Honda team for two of the remaining four rounds of the 2017 Superbike World Championship. The squad have...

WSB: Jonathan Rea Column: Four rounds to go

WSB: Jonathan Rea Column: Four rounds to go

Now that the Lausitzring round is over, I’m really happy that it sounds like we won’t be going back there! It’s not one of the strongest tracks for me or the bike, there’s a lot of first gear corners...

WSB: Suzuki return unlikely for 2018

WSB: Suzuki return unlikely for 2018

There is ‘no realistic plan’ for Suzuki to make a return to the Superbike World Championship in 2018, series bosses have told MCN. After the Japanese marque released a new model in 2017, speculation...

WSB: Davies beats Rea for race two win

WSB: Davies beats Rea for race two win

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) overcame a third row grid position to pass even championship leader Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) and early leader Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing -...

WSB: Davies wins but Rea extends series lead

WSB: Davies wins but Rea extends series lead

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) secured the first win of the Lausitz WorldSBK weekend – and the first after the summer break –despite starting sixth off the grid. A pass on early leader Tom...

WSB: Sykes closes in on Corser record with Lausitzring pole

WSB: Sykes closes in on Corser record with Lausitzring pole

Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and every other rider in Superpole 2 at Lausitzring beat the previous Superpole record pace, with Sykes subsequently taking his 42nd career Superpole win on his 32nd...

WSB: Sykes quickest despite Friday fall

WSB: Sykes quickest despite Friday fall

The return from the WorldSBK championship's summer break did not last long without major drama arriving on the scene, after fastest man Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) uncharacteristically crashed...

WSB: No different approach for Rea ahead of final five rounds

WSB: No different approach for Rea ahead of final five rounds

Jonathan Rea has said he won’t be approaching the final phase of the 2017 Superbike World Championship any differently despite heading towards what could be a record-breaking third consecutive...

WSB: Melandri to remain with Ducati for 2018

WSB: Melandri to remain with Ducati for 2018

Marco Melandri will remain with the Aruba.it Racing Ducati team alongside Chaz Davies for the 2018 Superbike World Championship. The Italian made a surprise return to racing with the Bologna factory...

WSB: Lowes to remain with PATA Yamaha for 2018

WSB: Lowes to remain with PATA Yamaha for 2018

Alex Lowes will remain with the PATA Yamaha squad for the 2018 World Superbike season, it has been confirmed. The former British Champion joined Yamaha upon their return to the Superbike World...

WSB: Giugliano joins Red Bull Honda for Lausitzring

WSB: Giugliano joins Red Bull Honda for Lausitzring

Davide Giugliano will ride for the Red Bull Honda World Superbike team at the upcoming round at the Lausitzring. The Italian will join the Ten Kate Honda squad for the German round of the series after...

WSB: Giugliano in line for Red Bull Honda ride

WSB: Giugliano in line for Red Bull Honda ride

Davide Giugliano could be set to join Stefan Bradl in the Red Bull Honda World Superbike squad for the rest of the season after a successful test with the team at the Lausitzring. The Italian, who...

WSB: Giugliano to test Red Bull Honda at Lausitzring

WSB: Giugliano to test Red Bull Honda at Lausitzring

Davide Giugliano will test the Red Bull Honda World Superbike machine at Lausitzring next week as the Ten Kate squad continue to search for a full-time replacement for the late Nicky Hayden. The...

WSB: Ducati CEO: 'WSB needs to find its own place'

WSB: Ducati CEO: 'WSB needs to find its own place'

Ducati Chief Executive Claudio Domenicali has suggested the popularity problems facing the Superbike World Championship is because it is no longer a different proposition to MotoGP. Despite not having...

WSB: Jonathan Rea's Laguna column

WSB: Jonathan Rea's Laguna column

I don’t know what it is with Laguna. I missed the first time we went back there due to injury and then I came back the following year and was on the podium. It’s a track I really enjoy; all the big...

WSB: Series bosses considering scrapping reverse grid

WSB: Series bosses considering scrapping reverse grid

World Superbike bosses are considering scrapping the controversial reverse grid system introduced for the 2017 season after it hasn’t worked out as they expected. The convoluted system sees the top...

WSB: Ducati confirm no racing for V4 until 2019

WSB: Ducati confirm no racing for V4 until 2019

Ducati have confirmed that they won’t race their all-new V4 superbike until the 2019 season.   Speaking at the recent WSB round at Laguna Seca, Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali confirmed the Italian...

WSB: Sykes insists title fight not over

WSB: Sykes insists title fight not over

Tom Sykes insists there is ‘still a long way to go’ in the 2017 Superbike World Championship fight despite team-mate Jonathan Rea heading into the summer break with a whopping 59-point lead. Rea beat...

WSB: Opening laps hamper Davies in race two

WSB: Opening laps hamper Davies in race two

Chaz Davies has said not cutting through the pack as quick as his rivals in the early stages cost him the chance of fighting for a better result in Sunday’s second World Superbike race at Laguna...

WSB: Rea romps to another win before summer break

WSB: Rea romps to another win before summer break

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) took little time in hitting the front of the second 25-lap WorldSBK race at Laguna Seca, and then simply eased away from early leader and his own team-mate Tom...