Big Steps for Laverty in 2015

Laverty tests the 2016 beast in Valencia.     Photo: Aspar Team

2015 was a big year for Northern Ireland’s Eugene Laverty who made the bold step up to MotoGP from World Superbikes; a move many greats have been unable to do, as well as taking the steps down the aisle to make his girlfriend of 10 years his wife.

Back in September we spoke to Laverty about his season so far aboard the Aspar Honda machine and the 29 year old spoke about his frustration in turning pace to results, something that seemed to plague his 2015 season: “Yeah, we’ve had ups and downs in the year, really strong performances in places like Argentina, Jerez. We didn’t quite get the race results we deserved then, but I think we showed the potential, but I think I tried too much too soon and crashed a lot and when you crash like that it dent’s your confidence.

I realise I had to calm down and take it step by step. There were tracks like Jerez which was a track I knew and then suddenly I went to a host of tracks I didn’t have much experience on and I wanted more and I started to crash it and once we’ve settled down I’ve started to find a good rhythm again and I just want the race results to come, it’s really annoying because we’ve got potential but the race results aren’t showing that.” Continue reading “Big Steps for Laverty in 2015”

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WSBK: How Rea Became Champion

Rea wrapped it up in Jerez. Photo: KRT
Rea wrapped it up in Jerez. Photo: KRT

Northern Ireland’s Jonathan Rea secured his first ever World Superbike title with two races left on the calendar in what has been a season of domination for the Kawasaki Racing rider.

At the age of 28 this is Rea’s first world title after he came runner up in the World Supersport championship back in 2008.

In his first race as a Kawasaki rider he took the opening win of the season at Philip Island, and by the Chang Thai round exactly one month later it was clear he was a serious title contender; as he did the double by over four seconds in both races.

The series rolled into Europe for the third round at Motorland Aragon and Rea’s momentum didn’t halt as he was able to take the win in the first race and a second position, over three seconds behind Chaz Davies on the Ducati.  Continue reading “WSBK: How Rea Became Champion”

PaddockChatter gets the ‘#MotoGPBuzz’ at the British GP, in pictures.

MotoGP is launching a new social media initiative called “#MotoGPBuzz” for 2016, whereby it’s giving fans the opportunity to win VIP experiences at Grands Prix. Simply use the hashtag on the various social media platforms to be within a chance of winning. This weekend, courtesy of Motul, PaddockChatter was fortunate enough to give the experience a whirl and use the opportunity to get some behind … Continue reading PaddockChatter gets the ‘#MotoGPBuzz’ at the British GP, in pictures.

Stoner returns to the Festival of Speed, in pictures: ‘the difference is really incredible’

The 23rd edition of the Goodwood Festival of Speed undoubtedly contained the biggest focus on motorcycle racing in the event’s history. A charm of World Champions, present and former, took their machines for skids, wheelies and general loud noisiness up the famous hill climb in front of 200,000 or so Motorsport enthusiasts. Joint winner of #bestwheelie at FoS Two of the show’s biggest stars present … Continue reading Stoner returns to the Festival of Speed, in pictures: ‘the difference is really incredible’

PaddockChatter at Goodwood: Yellow Sunday

For the final day of the 2015 Festival of Speed in the heart of the West Sussex South Downs, there was a yellow haze covering Lord March’s estate from early doors as fans, staff, media and other motoring stars eagerly anticipated the arrival of 9-time World Champion Valentino Rossi on his first visit to the event. On the back of an astonishing victory at the … Continue reading PaddockChatter at Goodwood: Yellow Sunday

PaddockChatter at Goodwood: Saturday

Day two at the Festival of Speed saw a fresh batch of faces from the motorcycling community grace Lord March’s estate, revving, smoking and wheelieing their way up the famous hill climb. World Superbike stars Chaz Davies, Leon Camier and Jonathan Rea joined fellow world stage competitor Leon Haslam, with Rea being fortunate enough to take the brutal Kawasaki H2R for a spin up the … Continue reading PaddockChatter at Goodwood: Saturday

PaddockChatter at Goodwood: Friday

It’s that time of year again, the world’s biggest and best motoring garden party, held at Lord March’s Glorious Goodwood estate in West Sussex. Gaggles of motorsport and automotive enthusiasts have flocked once again to watch the oldest, newest, fastest, most unreliable and above all, most spectacular vehicles of two or four wheeled varieties. This year’s theme is ‘flat-out and fearless’, celebrating those in the … Continue reading PaddockChatter at Goodwood: Friday