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Trials legend Dougie Lampkin has added another accolade to his impressive trophy haul by becoming the first rider to wheelie the 37.7-mile Isle of Man TT course.
The 12-time world champion set off from the iconic grandstand in the Douglas and battled strong winds, traffic (the roads remained open during the attempt) and the sharp rises and falls of the TT circuit to lap the course in one hour 35 minutes, with the whole feat shown live on Red Bull TV.
This is the first time a live lap of the TT course has ever been broadcast, and the footage showed just how much of a challenge Lampkin faced, his etched with pain, particularly as the wind picked up on the Mountain section.
“It feels fantastic," said an emotional Lampkin as he arrived at the end of the course.
"The last 15 seconds...
It is now mandatory for motorcyclists in France to carry EC homologated motorcycle gloves.
The move is the result of the 2015 decision of the Interministerial Committee for Road Safety, which now comes into force and applies to all drivers of motorcycles, tricycles and quads such as the Piaggio MP3 or Quadro.
Any rider or pillion stopped by police not wearing approved gloves can be issued a €68 fine.
The new law is the result of a French study which found that 12 % of motorcyclists wore no gloves.
BMW Motorrad is launching the BMW Motorrad Street Air by Alpinestars, an advanced airbag system offering comprehensive upper body protection and the freedom to ride a motorbike in both on- and offroad situations.
The technology is adopted from the current Alpinestars Tech-Air® street airbag system, a system which requires no motorbike-mounted sensors and instead relies on a sophisticated algorithm that detects imminent danger and inflates the full upper body airbag to provide a highly-effective crash protection system ahead of the first impact.
The BMW Motorrad Street Air Dry by Alpinestars textile riding jacket is designed to interconnect with the Alpinestars airbag system vest and is an essential component for the system to be fully operational.
It offers instantaneous inflatable...
This is the first proper glimpse of Ducati’s new SuperSport.
The bike, which is officially being unveiled at INTERMOT next week, is a spare parts bitsa, borrowing the Hyperstrada’s engine, the Monster’s chassis, and the Panigale’s front fairing.
Designed for spirited weekend rides and short-distance touring, the bike fills a narrow niche in Ducati’s line-up, slotting in between the Hyperstrada 939, the Panigale 959 and the Monster 821.
More to follow when the 2017 Ducati SuperSport officially debuts in Germany on Tuesday.
Ducati team took its sixth win of the season in Magny-Cours, France, thanks to Chaz Davies’ triumph in Race 1.
With a wet track at the start of the race, Davies, who finished Superpole in third position, opted for intermediate tyres and although the Welshman’s choice was non-conformist, as most riders chose wet compounds, it eventually proved to be inspired.
Davies had to bide his time initially as the track was slippery, and was momentarily pushed out of the top ten, but soon mounted an incredible comeback that – as his opponents were forced to pit – saw him win with a ten-second advantage. It was Davies’ sixth victory of the year, a personal record.
He said: “I tried to make an educated guess on tyres, as in the past we haven’t always opted for the best strategy in these...
Shane 'Shakey' Byrne set the fastest ever BSB lap of Assen to claim the 50th pole position of his career, firing his Be Wiser Ducati in front of the JG Speedfit Kawasaki duo of James Ellison and Leon Haslam ahead of tomorrow’s two crucial races.
Christian Iddon had been one of the first riders to set a time, but the Tyco BMW rider then headed into the gravel before rejoining and trying to improve, but with an incredibly tight pack and the top seven riders under the existing lap record, he will start ninth on the grid.
Byrne then moved to the top of the times as Ellison hunted him down, but the championship leader continued to up the pace and then fired in an incredible lap that kept his rivals at bay. Ellison was also coming under attack from his team-mate Haslam, but at the...
Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam scored a double victory at Assen to move to within 17 points of Shane 'Shakey' Byrne, enough to take the championship fight to the wire.
In an incredible opening race Haslam beat his title rival Byrne to the finish line by just 0.010s in a hard-fought contest which opened the penultimate round of the season at Assen.
At the start of the race James Ellison initially led the pack from pole-sitter Byrne with Luke Mossey, Jason O'Halloran and Haslam all in close contention. Mossey was instantly on the move and the young contender dived through ahead of Ellison to lead mid-way through the opening lap, but as they crossed the line he had repaid the move to regain the position.
By lap three Mossey was leading the field from Ellison and Byrne, but the pair were...
Ducati’s Chaz Davies shone again at Race 2 at Magny-Cours, dominating the race to claim his second win of the weekend.
The race started with polesitter Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) getting off the line well, but he was quickly overtaken first by his teammate Tom Sykes and then by Davies.
The fourth lap saw Sykes attempting to pull the pin and run away at the front, and he succeeded building up a gap of about a second on Davies and Rea, but then in the fifth lap, Rea overtook Davies to move into second place.
By mid-race point the battle between the two Kawasaki riders for the top step of the podium began to heat up, and Rea and Sykes were within less than three tenths of one another, with Davies a second and a half behind.
Everything changed in the eighteenth lap, when...
Suzuki returned to the drawing board when it came to its flagship superbike, designing and building a brand new machine using technology developed from competition in MotoGP.
Both the GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R utilise an all-new, 999.8cc inline four-cylinder engine, which uses Suzuki Racing Variable Valve Timing (SR-VVT), and a new finger-follower valve train as part of Suzuki’s Broad Power System. Developed for use on the firm’s GSX-RR MotoGP racer, the system allows the new engine to produce strong low-midrange power, before the variable valve timing system boosts top-end output.
Suzuki’s SR-VVT is a compact and lightweight mechanical system, that is built into the intake sprocket and is activated by centrifugal force, while the new finger-follower valve train is 6g lighter than a...
One of the most eagerly-awaited sportsbikes of recent year’s has finally broken cover – the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP.
Honda has actually released two versions, the Fireblade SP and SP2 which it unveiled at INTERMOT.
The new SP isn’t the revolution we were expecting, think of it more as an evolution designed to bring the bike back on an equal footing with its rivals, which means there’s no new engine configuration (V4), ground-breaking technology or mindblowing performance figures.
However, the bike has been radically overhauled – power is up by 11bhp to 190bhp and a massive 15kg has been lopped off the bike’s weight, and this has led to a 14% increase in the Honda CBR1000RR’s power-to-weight ratio. The engine itself is a relatively unworked version of the existing unit, and the power...
What you’re looking at here is the 2017 Yamaha MT-10 SP, a hardcore version 0f the manufacturer’s already accomplished streetfighter.
The bike has received Öhlins semi-active suspension, a quickshifter and slipper clutch, all the trinkets the bike needs to confront its tech-heavy European rivals head on.
The standard bike is already excellent (see our review earlier this year) and these simple enhancements will refine the package even further and give it even more bang per buck.
We can’t wait to ride it…
BMW has added to more models to its achingly cool nineT range – the R nineT Pure and the R nineT Racer.
The R nineT Pure is a stripped back retro street bike while the R nineT Racer gains a half-fairing and becomes the manufacturer’s take on a café racer.
It’s the racer that drew the attention of the crowd at its launch at INTERMOT, with its styling and white, blue, and red paint scheme earning particular praise.
However, beneath its bygone styling lies a bike with cutting edge rider aids including BMW’s Automatic Stability Control (ASC) and anti-locking brakes.
If it goes as well as it looks we’re in for a treat.
The online application ordering system for the Yamaha YZF-R1M is now live, and Yamaha is now accepting reservations for the 2017 edition of this exclusive and limited edition track and race bike.
Inspired by the MotoGP-winning YZR-M1 machinery currently being raced by Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, the high specification YZF-R1M offers private riders and race teams the opportunity to experience the latest factory bike technology.
Both the 2015 and 2016 editions of the YZF-R1M were sold out within a short time, and for 2017 all interested riders and teams are advised to make their reservation at: https://r1m.yamaha-motor.eu/
All customers who purchase the 2017 YZF-R1M are also invited to attend the 2-day long exclusive Yamaha Racing Experience that will be held in...
BMW has unveiled its vision of how it thinks motorcycling could look in 100 years with its VISION NEXT 100 Motorrad concept.
BMW envisions a future where two-wheel vehicles have enough onboard intelligence to make it possible for riders to use them without protective clothing, and while the emphasis here is still on the thrill of the ride, the concept’s intelligent rider aids means safety is paramount.
BMW claims the Motorrad’s systems will be smart enough to anticipate the road ahead and offer guidance on what to do to avoid incidents, and it can even step in and take over to prevent anything from happening if necessary. However, the really clever part is the use a self-balancing system that absolutely prevents the possibility of the bike toppling over, either when in motion or when...
Here it is – the eagerly-anticipated Yamaha R6, the manufacturer’s all-new supsersports machine.
It’s been a long wait, and the bike more than lives up to the hype. This is no evolution, think more full-blown full-on technical revolution.
Yes, the engine and chassis may be essentially the same, but the 2017 R6 features a revised suspension package, ABS brakes, traction control, and an optional quickshifter.
The ride-by-wire system has three riding modes, which can change the throttle response and engine map for more or less throttle aggressiveness, while there is also six-stage traction control, which can be switched off. Yamaha claims it is so smart it can even take adapt to tyre wear throughout a race or track session – trick.
Visually the bike apes the R1’s styling cues, which...
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa has suffered a huge highside crash in FP2 at Japan’s Twin Ring Motegi, breaking his right collarbone in the process.
The Spaniard, the most successful rider at the venue, lost the rear of his bike at Turn 11, and the vicious highside has left him requiring surgery.
He will be replaced in Japan by former 250 World Champion Hiroshi Aoyama, who also subbed for the Spaniard in 2015.
Pedrosa said: “Obviously I’m very sad about what happened, as I was looking forward to racing in Japan at Honda’s home circuit and one of my favourite tracks. “I was on the out-lap of my last run in FP2 when I momentarily lost the rear entering turn 11, and when the tyre found grip again it launched me in the air.”There’s not much more to say; now I just want to focus on...
Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi scored a sensational pole after posting a blistering lap the Twin Ring Motegi for the Japanese GP, as the Italian legend fought off Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez in a close Q2 to take his 64th pole – and equal the number of pole positions held by both Marquez and Rossi’s teammate, reigning Champion Jorge Lorenzo.
Rossi said: “It’s my third pole position of the year. I’m very happy because this year in qualifying I’m strong. We were struggling during this weekend to find the right balance and I’m also not a 100% fit, I’m suffering physically, I’m not feeling fantastic. In FP4 we improved the balance of the bike a lot and I did a very good lap and great braking in turn 11 and that was good. Starting from pole is always important and now we wait for tomorrow.”
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez took his first-ever MotoGP win at Twin Ring Motegi on Honda’s home asphalt, securing the 2016 MotoGP title in the process.
At 23-years old, Marquez is now the youngest ever rider to win three premier-class World Championship titles and five World Championships over all classes during a period of only nine years of World Championship racing. Marquez has now equalled Mick Doohan, Jorge Lorenzo and Toni Mang’s tally of 5 World Titles in his career.
Marc Marquez 2016 World Championship facts so far:
– Marquez is the youngest-ever rider to win three premier-class World Championship titles, at the age of 23 years 242 days, taking the record from Mike Hailwood who was 24 years 108 days when he won his third successive 500cc title in 1964.
– Marquez is also the...
Marc Marquez took a remarkable victory at Motegi, his first on Japanese soil, to become the 2016 MotoGP world champion with three races to go.
Marquez got off to a brilliant start and immediately engaged in a fight for the lead with title rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi. On the second lap he overtook the Italian at turn eight and began to pursue Lorenzo, taking the lead on lap four.
He immediately showed that he had the rhythm and speed to make a breakaway, putting in a series of laps in the 1’45 range and pulling a half-second gap on his countryman.
Lap six brought the first major turn of events, as Rossi fell at turn seven and was forced to retire. Marquez continued stretching his lead until Lorenzo also slid off, with five laps remaining.
With his fifth win of 2016 and...
Shane 'Shakey' Byrne is celebrating an unprecedented fifth BSB title at his home circuit of Brands Hatch after a season-long battle with arch rival Leon Haslam.
Byrne held a 27 point advantage ahead of the second race of the weekend and the Kent contender knew what he needed to do to deliver the title for the Be Wiser Ducati team to strengthen his statistics as the most successful rider in the history of the series.
Ellison had hit the front of the field in the second race of the weekend in drying conditions on the Grand Prix circuit ahead of Christian Iddon and John Hopkins but title rivals Haslam and Byrne were initially languishing outside the top ten on the opening lap.
The pair were on the move and then continued to gain ground, but at the front the leading trio had edged away...
Race One from Jerez may have seen the win go to the number 7 Ducati ridden by Chaz Davies, but thanks to the podium finishes of Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea, respectively second and third across the line, Kawasaki secured the 2016 manufacturer’s title, the second in a row for the Akashi manufacturer.
In Race One, Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea got off the line well, but poleman and teammate, Tom Sykes, stayed solidly in the lead.
On the second lap, Ducati’s Davide Giugliano and Xavi Forés on the Aprilia were both forced to retire from the race after making contact.
It was a race with a high rate of attrition, as just a lap later, Alex Lowes on the Factory Yamaha was also forced to retire after crashing. In the meantime, Rea fell back to third place, overtaken by Chaz Davies on the Factory...
Former MotoGP world champion Nicky hayden is to roll back the years and throw a leg over a Factory Honda again, filling in for Repsol Honda’s crocked Dani Pedrosa at Phillip Island.
Pedrosa broke his collarbone in a monster highside during free practice at Motegi, and Honda WSBK pilot has got the call, fresh from filling in for an injured Jack Miller earlier in the season.
Hayden said: “First of all my best wishes to Dani, I’m sure he will come back stronger than ever like he always does. For me it’s crazy hard work but it’s a chance, ten year after winning my World Title, to get back to my old “dream team”!
“Doing a weekend in Phillip Island on a factory Honda, it’s pretty emotional for me to even think about it, and I’m very grateful for this opportunity and the trust that Honda...
Ducati has released a micro website for Project 1408, the name of its secret new super superbike.
While the site itself has no information as such – it doesn’t even tease what Project 1408 could be – insiders within the factory have hinted that the bike will be a new Superleggera model, based on the Ducati 1299, which makes extensive use of the company’s MotoGP and WSBK involvement.
The bike will be far more than just a 1199 Superleggera with a new 1299 engine, and will feature carbon fibre throughout – for the frameless chassis, headstock, airbox and swingarm.
The wheels will also be carbon fibre, and will be manufactured by British company BST. Other trinkets include Öhlins suspension and a WSBK spec exhaust which ditches the underslung unit in favour of an underseat system.
So Nicky Hayden will be riding a Factory Honda at Phillip Island this weekend, standing in for the injured Dani Pedrosa, a case of the nicest man in racing deputising for the unluckiest.
I love Pedrosa’s current Samurai lid, and this got me thinking about what has happened to replica paint jobs. Sure, Arai issued a limited edition RX7-GP Joey Dunlop replica a couple of years ago, which looked stunning, and has reissued some classic paint on its Chaser V range – Doohan, Schwantz and Spencer designs – all of which look suitably cool, but there is a distinct lack of eye-catching designs across today’s racing paddocks.
I love a loud lid me – the louder the better as far as I’m concerned – but the helmets today’s racers sport are distinctly dull. Jakub Smrz was proudly flying the flag for...
After a wet morning of action at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, the red flag then came out during the second session for MotoGP – and it was decided to cancel the remainder of the session, as well as FP2 for Moto2.
With few bikes venturing on track during the early part of the session, it was Ducati’s Hector Barbera who went quickest and found himself unthreatened at the top of the timesheets in FP2. His Avintia Racing replacement, Mike Jones, was the next man in the table in his second MotoGP outing to impress once again, with Marc VDS rider Tito Rabat completing the top three. Danilo Petrucci on the Pramac Ducati was only a few hundredths off the Spaniard’s best in fourth, with the other two riders to venture out, Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro and Yamaha’s rider Valentino Rossi, more...
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has taken pole position at Phillip Island, as the new World Champion chose the perfect moment to head out in the changeable conditions on full slick tyres. It was his 37th pole in MotoGP and the 65th in his career, which is also the new historical record, at just 23 years of age. It’s also Marc’s seventh pole of 2016, meaning that the Spaniard has already won the BMW M Award for the best-qualifying MotoGP rider of the season, a feat he has achieved every year since entering the premier class.
With Q1 seeing some incredibly high profile casualties, it was LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow and Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo who moved through to fight for the front, leaving Suzuki’s Maverick Viñales and Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi behind – with Rossi in P15 on the grid in his...
Nicky Hayden has taken an impressive seventh position after displaying a very competitive pace in all conditions and during all of the sessions, including a P1 in FP4.
The former world champion, who is filling in for the injured Dani Pedrosa on the Honda RCV213, said: “Today has been another day of changeable conditions. We tested different tyres to see the possibilities we had. FP4 wasn’t really very useful, but it was nice to see my name up there again after so long, and I enjoyed it.
“In Q2 we started with intermediate tyres and then we changed to slicks, but we only had time to put on the rear so I think seventh position is good. Obviously you always want to be higher up, but it was all very tough. Now I hope to have some dry laps in the warm-up tomorrow to collect data and...
Cal Crutchlow took a stunning second MotoGP win at Phillip Island, as the LCR Honda pilot kept calm and kept his gap at the front ahead of Yamaha's Valentino Rossi and Suzuki’s Maverick Viñales, who finished second and third respectively. The move fully justified Crutchlow's gamble to use the hard front, and proved his win in the wet earlier this season was no fluke – this boy can ride and deserves to be at the front of the GP pack.
There were no miracle starts for those frontrunners starting further back for the Australian GP, with Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo getting the best from P12 to move up to P9, and teammate Valentino Rossi gaining two places to P13 – with Maverick Viñales moving up only one. It was Tech 3's Pol Espargaro who got the holeshot from P3 on the front row, with...
Under the lights that illuminate the Losail International Circuit at Doha, the setting for the last round of the WSBK season, Northern Irish rider, Jonathan Rea of the Kawasaki Racing Team was crowned FIM Superbike World Champion today for the second consecutive year.
The twenty-nine year-old, who finished second in Race One behind Ducati rider Chaz Davies, has been with the Kawasaki team since last year and, since his arrival, he has led the Akashi-based manufacturer in winning both the Manufacturers Title and the Riders Title.
It was a weekend with all to play for and Rea arrived at this last round with a 48-point advantage over his teammate, English rider Tom Sykes, who had to settle for fourth place in the race and second place in the Championship.
The action began with a...
Andrea Dovizioso shone in the wet conditions at the Sepang International Circuit, claiming his first victory for Ducati and becoming the ninth winner in a dramatic MotoGP season.
The Ducati Team rider crossed the finish-line ahead of Rossi and Lorenzo at the end of 29 rain-soaked laps, and looked smooth and consistent from the off.
Powering away from pole, Dovizioso was third at the end of Lap One behind Rossi and Andrea Iannone, who then put on a terrific scrap for first. On Lap 12 Dovizioso passed team-mate Iannone and set off after Rossi, whom he passed on Lap 15, and from then on he pulled out a small lead over the Yamaha rider to take the flag with a margin of more than three seconds.
Speaking after the race the Italian said: “It was very important for me to win a race this...
Meet the Ducati 1299 Superleggera, the latest word in desirable, two-wheeled exotica.
The bike is a limited edition version of Ducati’s superbike, and its engineers have gone to town breathing their magic on the bike – this is the lightest and most powerful, street-legal machine that the Borgo Panigale factory can produce.
The quest for lightness has been relentless and this bike uses a carbon fibre chassis (frame, swingarm, wheels, and bodywork) to make it as lights as possible – it weighs just 162kg wet.
Then there’s the Akrapovic race exhaust, which mirrors the system used on Chaz Davies’ WSBK winning bike.
In race trim the bike makes 220bhp, and this has been achieved through titanium valves, a crankshaft with tungsten inserts, and lighter con-rods.
Suspension is handled by...
Yamaha will be fielding two teams in the WSS championship, and has unveiled the bike that factory riders Lucas Mahias and Federico Caricasulo, and factory-supported riders Niki Tuuli and Sheridan Morais, will compete on next season.
The series rules means that changes over the stock bike are minimal, and these include a set of race fairings, an Akrapovic Evo full titanium exhaust, 320mm Brembo T-drive front brake discs, 43mm forks with Öhlins cartridges, and Pirelli Diablo DOT race tyres.
But just look at it...it's a thing of beauty. And the best bit? Yamaha's race accessories catalogue means you can create one yourself. Best get saving...
Leon Haslam will be back for an attack on the 2017 BSB title after signing for Kawasaki UK to line up at Bournemouth Kawasaki alongside Luke Mossey as he bids to go one better after narrowly missing out on this year’s crown.
Haslam returned to Britain this year from the WSBK stage with JG Speedfit Kawasaki and celebrated nine race wins and a further six podium finishes as he took the title fight with Shane Byrne down to the wire at the final round.
The contender had options to return to WSBK but instead chose to sign a contract with the Kawasaki factory and remain in WSBK.
Haslam said: “This year was obviously a good one for me; it was my first season with Kawasaki and also the first back in BSB with the no electronics rule. It was a tough year revisiting some of the tracks I hadn’t...
Yamaha Factory rider Maverick Viñales has topped the first test day for the 2017 MotoGP season, stealing the top spot from teammate Valentino Rossi as the day wore on – an incredible statement of intent in his new home.
With a 1:30.930, Viñales beat his nine-time World Champion teammate by just 0.020 on the first day of testing, knocking Rossi, who had led the timesheets for some time, into second place.
The man Viñales has replaced, Jorge Lorenzo, was third quickest in his first outing with the Ducati Team – only a tenth off the top.
As the lights went out to signify the start of the first of 2017 testing, somewhere in the huddle of photographers there was a black-liveried 2016 Ducati preparing to meet its new rider: Lorenzo.
Quick to exit the pits once action was underway,...
Maverick Viñales is settling into life on board the Factory Yamaha well – fastest on day one at the Valencia test and then repeating the feat on day two for an amazing debut.
A 1:29.975 in the afternoon saw the former Moto3 World Champion take over at the top after completing 66 laps on his second day at Yamaha.
The difference between the Yamaha new boy and his veteran teammate couldn’t be more stark. While the Spaniard was encourage to ride around familiarising himself with the 2017 bike,
Valentino Rossi was in full testing mode, evaluating various swingarms over the course of his 45 laps. The nine-time World Champion put in a best of 1:30.709, good enough to secure him the seventh fastest time.
The Repsol Honda Team was also in full test mode, assessing a multitude of different...
The wait is finally over – Norton has unveiled its V4 RR superbike.
The bike is powered by a 1200cc, 72° V4 producing a claimed 200bhp, and is based very closely to the bespoke manufacturer’s TT racebike.
Norton is determined that this is the bike which will reaffirm its sportsbike credentials, and to this end the company has given the V4 RR a sophisticated in-house electronics suite including traction control, wheelie control, launch control and cruise control, and this is augmented by a six-axis inertial measurement unit. There’s also a state-of-the-art 7in high-definition display that includes a rear-facing camera; an up-and-down quickshifter and datalogger.
This attention to detail continues the chassis, with the single-sided swingarm boasting a fully adjustable pivot point...
The BSB grid will feature a new Yamaha supported team for the 2017 season with James Ellison and Michael Laverty joining forces at McAMS Yamaha.
McAMS, a 24/7 Motorcycle Accident Management Service, has featured in the paddock since 2014 and for the forthcoming season has increased its presence by announcing a new partnership with Team Traction Control (TTC) who is making its debut in the premier class after several successful years in the Supersport class.
Ellison is reunited with Yamaha, a manufacturer where he has previously celebrated plenty of success, including finishing second with them in the 2009 title chase and most recently finishing fourth in 2013.
The multiple race winner finished third in his 2016 campaign and will be gunning for his first MCE BSB crown next season....
TAS Racing has announced the signing of Italian WSBK hard charger Davide Giugliano, who will be partnering Christian Iddon in the Tyco BMW line-up for the 2017 BSB season.
The 27-year-old Roman finished seventh in this season’s World Superbike Championship after claiming five podium finishes and brings a wealth of experience to the Tyco BMW team – 14 WSBK podium finishes overall as well as winning the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup crown in 2011.
The Italian said: “I’m very happy to be joining the Tyco BMW team for my first season in the British Superbike Championship. I have ridden on some of the British circuits already during my time in World Superbikes, and am looking forward to testing and racing on the others next year.
"BSB is a very popular championship with big crowds and I know...
Macau is one of the highlights in the international road racing season – and this year’s race saw an intense three-way battle at the front of the field, a battle of three BMW racers.
The protagonists were last year’s winner Peter Hickman, his Bathams team-mate Michael Rutter and Martin Jessopp on the RidersMotorcycles.com BMW.
This trio secured a great 1-2-3 result for the S1000RR in Macau last year, and they dominated the race again this year. Hickman, Macau record winner Rutter and pole setter Jessopp were involved in an intense fight for the lead, changing positions several times and soon building a huge gap to the rest of the field. After 12 thrilling and dramatic laps on the Guia Circuit, Hickman crossed the finish line as the winner, just 0.533 seconds in front of second placed...
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