WSBK: Hayden enjoys maiden WorldSBK podium at Assen

A bittersweet opening race for Honda Racing at TT Circuit Assen saw Nicky Hayden storm to his first podium in the championship and local rider Michael van der Mark crash out on the penultimate lap from second position. Hayden launched off the grid from 10th position to force himself into 6th position in the early stages of the race, before squeezing past a further 2 … Continue reading WSBK: Hayden enjoys maiden WorldSBK podium at Assen

WSBK: Mixed Fortunes for Kawasaki in Race One at Assen

Rea celebrate 4th victory of 2016 WSBK campaign. Photo:KRT
Rea celebrates 4th victory of 2016 WSBK campaign. Photo:KRT

Jonathan Rea sealed a thrilling victory in a competitive opening race at Assen this afternoon, as his teammate Tom Sykes crashed out from within the points.

It was one up and one down for the Kawasaki  Racing Team in windy conditions, as Rea who qualified outside the front row earlier in the day won the scrap for victory. Sykes stormed off pole position and led the pack into the first corner, however, a mistake soon let Rea through. An intense battle unraveled between Rea and Chaz Davies for victory. Michael van der Mark soon managed to slip through past Sykes before the Yorkshire man missed a gear and slipped out of the race uninjured. Continue reading “WSBK: Mixed Fortunes for Kawasaki in Race One at Assen”

BSB Preview: It’s all change on the start-line

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MCE BSB Heads into its 20th season. Photo: MCE BSB

The countdown to the 2016 British Superbike Championship has begun; round one takes place at Silverstone between 8th and 10th of April, and we’re in for a mix-up on the track.

A lot of changes have occurred during the winter break with: teams departing the championship; teams switching bike manufacturers; riders switching teams and riders returning to the championship; meaning it is impossible to predict what is going to happen and who the front-runners are going to be. Although, one thing that is for sure, there are going to be plenty of riders on the grid gunning and battling hard for the championship crown.

The biggest news is the departure of the current British Superbike champion, Josh Brookes, and his winning team Milwaukee Yamaha. They’ve switched manufacturer to BMW and made their World Superbike debut in February. Judging by last season’s results, some may think that this means a clear victory for Brookes’s main rival, Shane Byrne, and a loss of rivals for Byrne. However, there are plenty of riders willing to push Byrne to his limits. Continue reading “BSB Preview: It’s all change on the start-line”

WSBK: Brits lead the way on day one in Spain

 

The battle of the Brits resumed in today’s practice sessions at Aragón, with Chaz  Davies starting the day and Tom Sykes finishing the day on top.

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Sykes stepping up the pace Photo: worldsbk.com

After a gloomy start to the day, the sun came out to see in round 3 of the World Superbike Championship at MotorLand Aragón. Davies, who  was in his element once again at Aragón, topped the time sheets in FP1. The Ducati rider is only one point shy off Marco Melandri in becoming the most successful WorldSBK rider at MotorLand.

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MotoGP: Timing mishap means Marquez misses out on Pole

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez set the fastest lap time of 1m 54.2s, in the first qualifying session of 2016 in Qatar. However, it was a little too late, as the red flag had been waved forcing the Spaniard to settle for second spot on the grid, ahead of tomorrow’s race.

Marquez on flying lap Photo: HRC
Marquez on his flying lap
Photo: HRC

The riders were on fine form this evening, as an incredibly close qualifying session unravelled. Jorge Lorenzo sealed pole position, after setting the fastest lap time of 1m 54.543s before the waving of the red flag. Marquez’s second best time of 1m 54.634s was set in Q2, which turned out to be the time that counted, was only 91 thousandths down off Lorenzo’s pole time.
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WSBK: Milwaukee BMW launch bike one day before debut

Short on time Milwaukee BMW speedily launched their 2016 challenger, at a Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit presentation today, one day before the team kick-starts their debut World Superbike campaign.

Milwaukee BMW launch WSBK campaign. Photo: worldsbk.com
Milwaukee BMW launch WSBK campaign. Photo: worldsbk.com

The Yorkshire based and reigning British Superbike championship winning team have made a move up to the world stage, after 11 years in British Superbikes having sealed 2 titles. Their riders, consisting of the current British Superbike champion, Josh Brookes and ex-MotoGP star, Karel Abraham, unveiled their bike and will spearhead their toughest challenge to date.

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