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

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Rea At The Double In Italy

Jonathan Rea raced to a tremendous double victory after taking Race Two earlier today at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. The Kawasaki Racing Team rider repeated his ride in race one by following his teammate Tom Sykes around the 2.17 mile circuit before making the break at the perfect time to take the chequered flag, albeit with a little bit more to spare. This time … Continue reading Rea At The Double In Italy

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Rea Wins Gripping Clash At Misano

Reigning World Superbike Champion, Jonathan Rea, ended his spell without a win with a scintillating race one win this afternoon at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli pipping his Kawasaki Racing Team rival, Tom Sykes. The race ended with both ZX-10R machines racing over the line within nine hundredths of a second of each other but it was the number 1 plate which took the chequered flag … Continue reading Rea Wins Gripping Clash At Misano

WSBK Donington: Sykes takes pole position

Kawasaki Racing teams Tom Sykes has has continued to dominate at a track he rides so well at, claiming pole position by 0.8s. Nicky Hayden and Xavi Fores had a fairly easy ride to get into Superpole two this morning at Donington, despite a late charge from Honda World SBK team-mate Micheal van der Mark. Setting a lap time early one, the experienced American was … Continue reading WSBK Donington: Sykes takes pole position

Donington WSBK: Sykes domination continues

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Sykes isn’t shy around Donington. Photo: Brian Tyler

Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes took the first advantage on day one of the UK World SBK round, continuing his stunning form around the Leicestershire circuit.

Soaked in sunshine this morning Sykes came out on the ZX-10R with flying form and despite challenges from Aruba.it Racing’s Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano, Sykes was the first rider to secure a sub 1.30 lap time.

A crash at the bottom of the famous Craner Curves for Lussiana led to the reg flags being waved with 13 minutes of the session remaining, but all riders were OK

Sykes was unbeatable in the closing minutes of the opening session and held onto his lead by 0.209 ahead of Giugliano in second and reigning champion Jonathan Rea in third.

Sun continued to shine over the circuit as riders headed out for free practise two, and times plumeted. Continue reading “Donington WSBK: Sykes domination continues”

Donington WSBK Preview: Sykes plans to continue ‘good history’ at home

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Sykes is the man to beat in Britain.                                           Photo: Brian Tyler

Donington Park hosts the only British round of the World SBK championship this weekend as Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes could become the most successful British World SBK rider around the historic track.

Following his race one victory in Malaysia last time out, Sykes looks to be on form and ready to fight for his fourth double win in a row at his home circuit. Sitting 42 points behind his team-mate Jonathan Rea in the championship standings the Yorkshire man will hope a strong run of form can decrease this lead and cement him as a real championship contender.  Watching him glide the ZX-10R down Craner Curves is quite something to behold, and with any hope the sun will hold out of the thousands of British fans track-side.

Sykes is looking forward to a weekend at home: “It is always a pleasure to race at a home round and it is a fantastic circuit. Obviously we have some good history there and the plan is to continue that. I have no idea why Donington has been such a special place for me in the past few years. People always suggest that I am familiar with it, it is a home race, or something else like that. There is no particular reason for me. I try with the same effort at every circuit but I am grateful for my success at Donington.” Continue reading “Donington WSBK Preview: Sykes plans to continue ‘good history’ at home”

WSBK: Hayden takes debut Superbike win

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Hayden took his first win since 2006.                  Photo: World SBK

Former MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden has taken his first victory in the WSBK series, as rain hampered the Sepang International Circuit.

Hayden last won a race back in 2006, his MotoGP championship winning year and he did so in style today. Leading the way for the whole 16 lap race, the Honda rider made it the Japanese Factories first victory since 2014.

Italian Davide Guigliano stood on the second step of the podium and came close to being locked in a fight with Hayden for the victory as he chased him down on his Aruba.IT Ducati, finishing just a second behind Hayden as they crossed the line.  Continue reading “WSBK: Hayden takes debut Superbike win”