Hodgson’s 2017 Brief

Neil Hodgson tells us what we can expect to see in MotoGP, WSBK and BSB this season and explains why the racing will be explosive this year. Hodgson is a BSB and WSBK champion and a commentator for BT Sport. He’s got his finger on the pulse in the MotoGP, WSBK, and BSB paddocks and his encyclopedic knowledge of bike racing make him perfectly placed … Continue reading Hodgson’s 2017 Brief

Could STK1000 Answer The Call of Youth?

With the raft of announcements flowing forth from Motorcycle Live at the Birmingham NEC over the last week or so, it’s becoming ever more apparent that, due to the high level of competition, top teams in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship are evermore turning to experience over blooding youngsters in to the series. Sure, there are talented young riders making their mark already such … Continue reading Could STK1000 Answer The Call of Youth?

BSB: Haslam And Byrne The Winners at Brands

As always Brands Hatch Indy brought a memorable round three of the Championship this weekend which wasn’t without its fair share of incident. Crashes, mechanical failures and blistering pace under the cover of the sun made it a weekend to remember for a host of reasons. However, the records will show that Leon Haslam and Shane Byrne took the accolades as winners from both the … Continue reading BSB: Haslam And Byrne The Winners at Brands

BSB: Mossey Masters Qualifying

Qualifying was the Luke Mossey show as the Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider topped all three sessions ahead of tomorrow’s races around the Brands hatch Indy circuit to take his first ever pole position in the British Superbike Championship. The young man from Essex showed his rivals the way taking it to the title contenders with a superbly executed qualifying session with the top nine riders split … Continue reading BSB: Mossey Masters Qualifying

BSB: Haslam takes pole in BSB return

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Haslam cemented his status in BSB                    Photo: JG Speedfit Kawasaki

JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam made a solid return to MCE British Superbikes securing pole position at Silverstone for race one, ahead of Jason O’Halloran and Christian Iddon.

In a new qualifying format for 2016, the top 30 riders from free practise headed out for an 18 minutes Q1 session

Be Weiser Ducati’s Shane Byrne topped Q1 at Silverstone, as the new qualifying format hindered Kawasaki’s James Ellison who crashed out early on in the 18 minute session.

After leading the majority of the session, Luke Mossey finished close behind in second ahead of Michael Laverty who was able to jump into third after a late push. Glenn Irwin ended the session half a second off Byrne, and O’Halloran completed the top five.  Continue reading “BSB: Haslam takes pole in BSB return”

BSB: Iddon opens first day of 2016 on top

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Iddon is already making his mark with BMW.         Photo: Jamie Morris

Tyco BMW’s Christian Iddon leads the way at the end of the opening day of the 2016 season at Silverstone as the day was littered with disruptions.

Free practice one was delayed this morning in Northampton following an oil spill at turn six, but once the session got underway damp conditions hampered riders and the session didn’t allow riders to make the most of the 40 minute session.

Kuba Smrz was able to take first blood in FP1 aboard the Smiths Racing BMW, 0.809s ahead of Hopkins in second position as Byrne, Ellison and Iddon completed the top five, as a technical red flag forced the session to finish early.

As the track had dried out in time for free practice two this afternoon riders were keen to get some information under their belts ahead of qualifying tomorrow, and Ryuichi Kiyonari held first position with 25 minutes left on the clock, but it didn’t take Byrne to snatch P1 by 0.043s on his PBM Ducati.  Continue reading “BSB: Iddon opens first day of 2016 on top”

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”