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Race One at Aragon proved to be a happy hunting ground for Kawasaki’s Johnny Rea, as the Ulsterman claimed the win, thus becoming the 200th British winner in the series.
Rea looked comfortable throughout, but it was polesitter and race favourite Chaz Davies who got the holeshot, with Rea right on his tail. The duo then become embroiled in a fascinating duel for the lead, the Welshman’s Ducati faster to accelerate, with Rea’s Kawasaki better at quick direction changes.
The lead continued to swap, and while Rea had the upper hand in the opening-half of the lap, the Ducati was stronger in the second-half of the lap, but with their lap-times very similar, it was difficult to break away.
As the race wore on, it was clear the Ducati rider was having to push harder to keep up the pace,...
Aprilia’s Eugene Laverty emerged unscathed from a dramatic, and fast, racing incident during Race One at Imola.
Saturday’s Superpole sessions were promising for the Milwaukee Aprilia rider, with Laverty qualifying an encouraging P6 after going straight to Superpole 2 from Free Practice.
Laverty made a good getaway and quickly took fifth place, and although he couldn’t manage the pace of the top four he ran well in the middle of the field, enjoying battles with the Ducati of Fores and the MV Agusta of Camier.
As his pace dropped Laverty fell into the clutches of the Yamahas of Van der Mark and Lowes, defending well against both until a late move from Lowes resulted in a contact of the bikes.
Laverty’s bike suffered a broken front brake line and he was unable to slow as he approached...
Marc Márquez and Jorge Lorenzo were joined by Repsol Honda Team legends Mick Doohan and Alex Crivillé to launch their rider-line up and livery for 2019, as well as celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Repsol Honda Team.
The new rider line-up is one of the strongest ever to take to the grid: Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo have taken eight of the last nine world championships in the premier class.
The new livery is disappontingly the same as last year’s, with the team opting not to run special paitn to mark its 25th anniversary of racing together. Instead it chose to mark that occasion by wheeling out Mick Doohan and Alex Crivillé, the first riders to run in the teasm’s colours.
It’s worth remembering just how successful the partnership between Honda and Repsol has been: from the...
Contributor Nathan Millward was living close by and needed a lift for four weeks while he was doing some work for RiDE. No problem I thought, I’ll take him on the back of a BMW S1000XR test bike on my commute. How difficult could it be?
I’d never had anyone on the back of any bike before, and I underestimated just what a difference it made to everything – brakes, acceleration, cornering, gear changes, comfort and practicality.
The first couple of trips were horrible – to accommodate Nathan I was forced to ride far closer to the tank than I normally would, and my legs and feet were cramped, so much so that I was struggling to use the pegs. Then there was the riding dynamic to deal with – Nathan holding on for dear life while I did my best to stop us clashing heads with every clumsily...
Leon Haslam heads into the third round of the BSB champonship at Oulton Park next weekend gunning to add to his winning tally after setting the pace in the official test at the Cheshire circuit.
The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider saved his best until the final session of the day to dip under the lap record with his final run of the day, holding off defending champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne on the Be Wiser Ducati who leapt to second in the closing 15 minutes of the session.
There was an also last run improvement from the McAMS Yamaha team as James Ellison moved third fastest in the final five minutes of the day to become the top Yamaha by just 0.113s from Josh Brookes on the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha.
New race winner Luke Mossey completed the top five at the end of the test as he remained ahead...
This is the eagerly-awaited MT-10 – Yamaha’s take on a naked R1, and the first Japanese supernaked to offer any serious competition to the Europeans in years.
However, this bike is far more than just an R1 with the plastics removed and straight bars fitted, it’s a fully reworked bike, one that’s been built for the roads.
There are no two ways about it, this bike’s looks are going to polarise opinion. Edgy, angular and very plasticky. At the NEC show last November, when the bike made its UK debut, it was its styling that sparked lively debate – that and the gaffer-taped indicators at the rear – and you’ll either love or hate the ‘Transformer’ aesthetics.
But look beyond the bike’s questionable lines and you’ll discover a machine that is defined by its engine. In this case the R1’s...
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...
Neil 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 to preview the season ahead.
“I love BSB for the sheer enjoyment of watching close racing. There are a handful of riders who are capable of fighting for a win, and there will be five or six riders who will win at least one race, but Shakey Byrne will start as the title favourite for many. He’s experienced, the bike is quick and the PBM team is experienced and proven.
“However, Leon Haslam will also be there. He ran Shakey close last year, and may even have won the title if it wasn’t for the technical gremlins which plagued his season. He’s fit, he has a point to prove and...
Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso may have been quickest out the box at Qatar, yet the fastest man at the end of the first track action at Losail International Circuit was Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales, with the Spaniard continuing his blistering pace pre-season testing.
With 67% humidity and a temperature of 22 degrees Celsius greeting the grid on Day 1, the riders had just a single practice session on Thursday at the Grand Prix of Qatar due to the altered timetable, but this was enough for the Viñalesto relegate Repsol Honda Team’s reigning Champion Marc Marquez to second, 0.596 off P1.
Viñales’ stunning chart topper of a lap was a 1:54.316 on a new tyre – only four tenths off the pole lap record set by then-rookie Jorge Lorenzo on his MotoGP debut in 2008, making a record-breaking weekend...
Dani Pedrosa delivered an astonishing performance this afternoon in the Catalan sunshine, taking pole position for the second time this year.
Dani started the day by setting the second-fastest time in the FP3 session before going on to top the standings in both FP4 and qualifying. He was the only rider able to crack the 1’44” barrier, setting a 1’43.870 time that earned him his 30th pole in MotoGP and the 48th of his career.
Pedrosa said: “I’m very happy because taking pole is always very difficult, and doing it in front of your home fans is just amazing. Last year we struggled a lot in qualifying, while this season we’ve already earned two poles, so I wish to thank my team for the good work. We’ve worked really hard on this aspect, and we’re getting better and better.
Cal Crutchlow rode the race of his life in Brno to claim his maiden MotoGP win and end 35 years of hurt for Britain.
The LCR Honda rider gambled on a hard compound front and rear wet weather tyre for the race, and was one of only three riders to match front and rear hard rubber after torrential rain had soaked the 5.403km track.
The rain continued to fall during the Moto3 and Moto2 races but eased off as the MotoGP grid formed, and with the rain clouds clearing, the 22-lap race was declared wet.
Riders and teams frantically tried to come up with a strategy just minutes before the lights went out, and with previous race winner Iannone’s last-minute decision to run a soft front and rear, many riders were left fearing they may have made the wrong decision.
Crutchlow started from tenth...
The fastest man to never win a TT has signed to race a new Fireblade for the Factory Honda outfit.
Martin was in talks with Neil Tuxworth to ride for Honda last year, with Honda desperate to see Martin on their machinery in 2016. Sources close to Martin revealed that the star was told he could name his price, but it isn't money that drives Martin and he told Tuxworth so. Instead of a fat pay cheque, Martin said he’d race for nothing, so long as he could race the RCV, the road-going version of Marc Marquez’s bike.
Tuxworth left and contacted HRC, but the answer from the Japanese factory was that a road racing RCV wasn’t a possibility. And thus the talks between Tuxworth and Martin broke down....
KMR Kawasaki will have a four-man team for this year’s Lightweight TT race with Peter Hickman and Danny Webb joining Lee Johnston and Hudson Kennaugh in Ryan Farquhar’s team.
The quartet will all ride identically-prepared ER6 650cc Kawasaki’s in the four-lap race as triple TT winner Farquhar goes all out to claim victory in the race he won himself back in 2012.
Hickman will be making his debut in the race having withdrawn last year after being scheduled to ride the John Burrows BEE Cookstown Kawasaki and will be among the pre-race favourites, as will team-mate Johnston. He previously rode for Farquhar’s team at the 2015 Isle of Man TT and, after lapping at close to 119mph, was lying in a podium position before retiring on the final lap.
Webb will be making his fourth successive...
Lincolnshire road racing maverick Guy Martin has had his first taste of the new CBR1000RR SP2 as he continues his preparations for his return to road racing with the factory backed Honda Racing outfit.
The Kirmington lad joined team-mate John McGuinness for the shakedown at Castle Combe, and while Martin seemed to gel with the new Fireblade, an impressive feat considering he has switched rubber from Metzeler to Dunlop, McGuinness suffered a broken thumb after crashing on the second day of testing.
Honda Racing boss Neil Tuxworth said: “The bikes arrived later than expected and good progress is being made getting them ready to race. Considering the mechanics were still working on them the night before the test we are very happy with where we are.
“With the road bikes running kit...
Aprilia has announced it will produce 100 numbered units of both the 2020 RSV4 RR Misano Limited Edition and the 2020 Tuono RR 1100 Misano Limited Edition for the US market.
Both Limited Editions feature exclusive race-derived liveries in the classic Italian Tricolore scheme.
Inspired by the 1987 championship of Aprilia racer Loris Reggiani, the RSV4 RR will bear its special limited edition numbering on its top triple clamp, while the Tuono RR will instead it on its fuel tank cover instead.
We like. A lot. Come on Aprilia, make the paint available for the European market too!
It was a day of records at the prestigious International North West 200 road racing event in Northern Ireland, with local rider Alastair Seeley taking his win tally to an incredible 21 victories as he claimed four wins in the week for the first time in his career.
Local hero Seeley, from Carrickfergus, was in imperious form throughout qualifying, setting pole position in the Supersport and Superstock classes whilst Michael Rutter lined up first in the Superbike division.
Under clear blue skies, Thursday night saw the traditional start to proceedings with the first Supersport, Superstock and Supertwins events. Martin Jessopp took his first ever International road race victory in the 600cc class which he later followed up in the lightweight Supertwins outing. Seeley, or The ‘Wee...
Leon Haslam topped the times after the opening day of the 2017 BSB championship as the home hero set the pace in the afternoon free practice session as defending champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne ended his practice prematurely with a technical problem.
Haslam had finished second to Byrne in the morning session, but in the afternoon the times began to tumble and he surged to the top of the times, just holding off his team-mate Luke Mossey by 0.132s at the chequered flag.
Haslam said: "The opening day here has gone really well. We have done a full race run on both the soft and harder tyre options. We are looking good for the weekend and I think we just need to carry the momentum into the sessions tomorrow."
It wasn’t the perfect start to his title defence for Byrne; the five-time champion...
Gloucester-based Smiths Racing BMW has signed 29-year-old Peter Hickman for the 2017 roads and BSB season.
Lincolnshire lad Hickman will be riding alongside fellow Yellowbelly Lee Jackson, who will also be racing a Smiths Racing BMW S1000RR in BSB.
Hickman said: “I have another new challenge to look forward to again this season and I’m relishing it aboard the Smiths Racing BMW. All the dealings I’ve had with the team so far have been fantastic and they are very easy to work with. I know the BMW well having ridden it in the past and we’ve been promised the right support from the factory in Germany, which will make a difference. I’m pleased to be bringing my own crew into the team which is a massive bonus so I’m really looking forward to the season in both BSB and on the roads with...
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa gave a riding masterclass on his way to victory at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España at Jerez.
The Spaniard, starting from pole position, led the race from the first corner to the chequered flag, and set the race’s fastest lap on the way to taking his 30thwin in MotoGP – the 53rdin his career.
In winning the 3,000thGrand Prix race ever held, Pedrosa also earned the Repsol Honda Team’s 100thvictory in the MotoGP class and became the only rider to have won at least one race for 16 consecutive years.
Pedrosa got the holeshot from a great start off pole position, with team-mate Marquez slotting in behind ahead of an almighty tousle for third. LCR Honda rider Crutchlow was initially ahead of that battle, with Tech 3’s Johann Zarco tangling once again with...
BMW’s funky R nineT was launched by the Bavarians in 2014 as gift to themselves to celebrate 90 years of building motorcycles, and the result is a good looking bike with retro styling which is bang on for the hipster trend which was, and still is, sweeping the country.
The bike is powered by the German’s venerable 1,170cc air-cooled Boxer engine, which used to power the mighty GS. It’s a perfectly capable motor, and its 110bhp feels spot on for UK roads. It’s a proven unit, and the smooth spread of power and torque will keep you entertained for mile after intoxicating mile.
It’s not just the engine that delivers a lot of smiles per mile, the noise it makes is just as entertaining, the bark from the twin Akrapovic megaphone silencers creating an addictive, deep bark with booming pops...
Luke Mossey has claimed his debut BSB win after taking a dream double at Brands Hatch.
The Royston rocket had the pace all weekend, winning both races comfortably. He said: "I was over the moon with the first win and then I was going to be happy coming away with a top five in the second race and keep racking up the points, but to have my first two wins of my Superbike career come at once, I’m so happy.
"I can’t thank the team enough as we really did our homework this weekend, I hope now that we can build on this. I’ve never had such a strong start to a season, so I’m looking forward to Oulton Park now. We finished second there last time behind Leon, so the Kawasaki works really well there and hopefully we can maintain this speed.
The opening race of the day saw Leon Haslam lead the...
Honda’s Marc Marquez suffered more Silverstone heartache after once again crashing in front of the Valentino Rossi stand.
The Spaniard had shown great pace and had recorded the fastest time both in the morning’s dry FP3 and in the afternoon’s wet FP4, and was improving his best qualifying effort when he crashed at Copse, causing him to miss the last five minutes of the session.
The current championship leader took a heavy impact and looked winded, standing at the side of the track to watch the rest of the session, but his lap was still good enough to place him fifth on the grid.
He said: “My feeling was very good both in the dry and wet, but we implemented a small change to the set-up for the rain that didn’t work as expected.
“I went out in Q2 and couldn't feel the rear tyre too...
Norton is set to field two Aussie riders at the 2017 TT after attracting the signature of Aussie Josh Brookes to the factory team.
Brookes joins compatriot David Johnson, and both riders will compete on the all-new SG6, derived from the recently launched V4 SS road bike.
Brookes returns to the TT following a year racing in World Superbikes and is no stranger to the TT. He claimed fastest newcomer at the TT in 2013 finishing a best place of seventh in the 2014 Senior race with his fastest ever TT lap, a staggering 129.859mph, set in only his second year at the Island.
After a two-year absence on the challenging 37.73-mile Mountain Course, Brookes is looking to build on his TT success on the new 230bhp Norton.
Speaking from his home in Australia, Brookes said: “Firstly I want to come...
This weekend saw the 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans take place, an iconic event which is one of the most demanding races in the world.
It’s a fascinating spectacle, as the FIM Endurance World Championship series is a proper battle between the different tyre brands.
The bike manufacturers take it seriously too, with many top riders from series across the world finding themselves on a factory and satellite team.
It’s an eclectic mix, and throw the darkness of night into the pot and you have an event which is like no other in the world.
This year’s race proved to be the closest yet, with just 19.8 seconds separating the top two teams after more than 800 laps of racing, with the French GMT94 Yamaha Factory Team edging out its Austrian sister squad, the Yamaha Austria Racing Team (YART), in...
Nicky Hayden remains in a very serious condition in hospital after a bicycle accident while training in Italy.
The 2006 MotoGP world champion was reportedly hit by a car between Tavoleto and Riccione, south of the seaside resort of Rimini and rushed to a local hospital with severe head and chest injuries. However, the severity of his injuries led to the medical team deciding to fly him to the Bufalini hospital in nearby Cesena, one better equipped to cater to serious head injuries.
Hospital staff describe Hayden’s condition as ‘very serious’ and he has now been moved to intensive care.
Hayden was in the region training following last weekend’s fifth round of the WSBK series at nearby Imola.
The Kentucky Kid raced for the factory Honda and Honda MotoGP teams before switching to...
Guy Martin is making a shock return to the roads after signing a deal to ride the all-new Fireblade for Honda.
Honda had offered a ‘name your price’ contract last year, but the Lincolnshire maverick refused the offer, asking instead for a RCV213. Honda UK asked Japan but were unable to come to an agreement and the deal was dead in the water.
Or so we thought. Now it seems Guy has agreed terms to ride a 2017 Fireblade at the TT, although no details have been revealed about which team he’s riding for – the Honda TT Legends team or the Wilson Craig team.
And after sitting out last season altogether he’s got a point to prove.
Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso took first blood as the third and final preseason test got underway at Losail International Circuit in Qatar, setting the fastest lap of the night and quicker than new teammate Jorge Lorenzo’s 2016 race lap record.
Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales and LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow completed the top three.
There were a number of high profile crashers – including reigning Champion Marc Marquez on the Repsol Honda, Pol Espargaro on the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing RC16 and Andrea Iannone on the Suzuki – and a Red Flag late in the session following a number of falls in succession at Turn 2.
At the front was ‘DesmoDovi’, who has been on the podium at Losail for the last two years and set a best lap of 1:54.819 to get under the race lap record of 1:54.927. The Italian put in...
The Ducati team took its first win of the season in Race 2 at Aragon thanks to a brilliant performance by Chaz Davies.
The Welshman bounced back from his crash in Race One to claim his sixth victory at the Spanish track and 21st of his career.
Starting in tenth position, Davies quickly stormed through the field, already joining the leading group on the third lap. Davies and teammate Marco Melandri then stalked race leader Johnny Rea until lap 12, when Davies pounced to take the lead.
As in Race One, the final laps resulted in a spectacular series of passes between the leading protagonists, with Melandri climbing to second position before eventually falling away. Davies on the other hand continued to dice with Rea several times before making the decisive move at the last chicane to...
Ian Hutchinson made it three Superstock wins in a row, and his second victory of this year’s Isle of Man TT races, when he dominated Wednesday’s race – his 16th TT wins in total.
The Tyco BMW rider led from start to finish to take the win from Peter Hickman by 22.4s while there was joy for the Manx contingent with Dan Kneen taking his maiden TT podium in third.
Riders were warned of cross winds at Crosby Hill and damp patches at Ginger Hall, Ramsey Hairpin and Hillberry ahead of the race.
Michael Rutter led through Glen Helen on the opening lap by one second from Hutchinson with Hickman only three tenths of a second further back. There was disappointment though for James Hillier who was an early retirement at Ballacraine.
By Ballaugh, Hutchinson had inched ahead and rounding Ramsey...
Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales gave another riding masterclass in an incident-packed MotoGP race at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina, taking the win to become the first Yamaha rider since Wayne Rainey in 1990 to win the first two races of the year.
It was reigning Champion Marc Marquez on the Repsol Honda who leapt into the lead from pole, with Rossi another electric starter from seventh on the grid. In the rush for Turn 1, Marquez led Crutchlow as the pack shuffled behind, with the reigning champion pulling out a significant leand as the Brit backed up the chasing factory Yamaha pairing of Viñales and Rossi.
Viñales soon attacked Crutchlow to take P2, before Marquez suddenly hit the floor at Turn 2 – having been almost two seconds clear.
That mistake gifted Viñales the lead...
This weekend sees WSBK visit one of the most iconic venues on the calendar – TT Assen Circuit in Netherlands, known to all as The Cathedral of Speed.
Reigning world champion, and current series leader, Jonathan Rea is hoping that he can continue the run of form that has given him a strong lead in the early part of this year’s campaign.
The Dutch track is the Ulsterman’s favourite circuit and he is hoping that he can continue the run of form he has enjoyed on Dutch soil over the years – since joining the WSBK class full time in 2009, Rea has had 12 podium finishes, with no fewer than nine race wins, including double wins in 2010 and in the last two years, 2015 and 2016 on the Kawasaki.
Rea also has another reason to look forward to the weekend – Race Two on Sunday will see him make...
Conditions were finally perfect for qualifying at the 2017 Isle of Man races, fuelled by Monster Energy, and Ian Hutchinson and Bruce Anstey set the pace with both averaging laps of over 129mph.
Hutchinson’s lap of 129.535mph came on his Superstock BMW after stopping at Governor’s Bridge on his opening lap on the Superbike with Anstey posting a time of 129.212mph on the RC213-VS Padgetts Honda.
Hutchinson was first to leave the line at 6.23pm alongside Peter Hickman on the Smiths Racing Superstock BMW. Gary Johnson and James Hillier, Steve Mercer and Lee Johnston and Dan Kneen and Michael Dunlop quickly followed the opening pair down Glencrutchery Road.
Kneen was reported to have stopped at Quarter Bridge but he was soon back out on his Superstock mount while the Norton pairing of...
The most dramatic moment of the French MotoGP round undoubtedly came during FP4, when Jack Miller suffered a terrifying crash at Turn 2.
The Marc VDS pilot was following Marc Márquez and Danilo Petrucci through Turn 1 and was preparing to flick his satellite Honda into left for Turn 2 when the front end folded. What happened next was frightening – the front tyre gripped again and sent Miller straight towards the wall on the inside of the track. Miller’s factory spec RC213V then veered towards the wall, sliding and straightening as it went before glancing the protective barrier. The impact was violent enough to throw the Australian off the bike, sending him cartwheeling through the gravel parallel with the wall.
It was a violent crash, yet Miller walked away virtually unscathed – a...
Michael Dunlop took his 14th Isle of Man TT victory after winning the four-lap Supersport race by 13.2 seconds from James Hillier.
The Northern Ireland rider overhauled Hillier half way round the first lap but it was only on the final lap that he pulled clear as he took his first 600cc win since 2014. Peter Hickman took third for his second TT podium in as many days and set the fastest lap of the race on the final lap at 126.848mph.
Overnight conditions led to a delay of just over two hours 15 minutes but the race finally got underway shortly after 1pm with riders warned of damp patches at Ramsey Hairpin, the Nook and Governor’s Dip. And, as in Sunday’s Superbike race, Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki was again quickest on the first nine mile run to Glen Helen.
His advantage over...
After overnight rain, a storm and too much standing water on track at Losail International Circuit, the qualifying session was cancelled by Race Direction – conditions were deemed too dangerous for riders to get out on track.
That means qualifying was decided by the combined times after the end of FP3, and Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales will start from pole, his first for the factory, with Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone and reigning Champion Marc Marquez on the Repsol Honda joining him on the front row.
The second row sees top rookie Johann Zarco on the Tech 3 in fourth, Andrea Dovizioso on the factory Ducati Team in fifth and Scott Redding on the Pramac Ducati in sixth.
The third row is Dani Pedrosa on the Repsol Honda, Jonas Folger on the Tech 3 and Cal Crutchlow on the LCR Honda....
The stunning Red Bull Ring in Austria produced a thrilling race for the 95,000 fans who flocked to witness the Grand Prix von Österreich, with Ducati’s Andrea Iannone taking his first premier class win at the Spielberg track.
Starting from pole position, Iannone was the only rider to choose the new medium compound rear tyre, a move which initially looked a gamble, but ultimately turned out to be a masterstroke – the tyre had been especially developed for the Austrian circuit following a recent test there.
The Italian, who will be departing the factory team after a season marred by controversy, including wiping out his team-mate earlier in the season, got the holeshot and led for most of the first-lap until Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi passed him just before they crossed the stripe for...
Leon Haslam will start from pole position for the opening race of the 2017 BSB season at Donington Park after the qualifying session was cancelled and the grid was formed by combined free practice session times.
Haslam will head the front row onboard the JG Speedfit Kawasaki at his home round ahead of his team-mate Luke Mossey and returning champion Josh Brookes who fired his Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha into third place.
Row two will be headed by Peter Hickman onboard the Smiths Racing BMW who edged out defending champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne by just 0.091s and James Ellison completes the second row of the grid for McAMS Yamaha.
John Hopkins, despite two crashes will head the third row of the grid onboard the Moto Rapido Ducati ahead of 2014 World champion Sylvain Guintoli who makes his...
It was a mixed weekend for BSB contender Leon Haslam at Oulton Park, with the championship leader winning Race One, but suffering a huge crash in the second race after a collision with James Ellison.
The weekend began with Ducati’s Shakey Byrne grabbing pole position but Race One saw Haslam hit the front of the pack from the start of the race with the five-time champion and team-mate Mossey hounding him throughout the race.
The ‘Pocket Rocket’ had been fending off Byrne and Mossey throughout the race and managed to hold them off to the line, but behind the leading trio the chasing freight train of riders were embroiled in an incredible scrap for fourth position.
On the final lap the Honda Racing team emerged ahead in the battle for fourth as O'Halloran made a last lap move on Peter...
Irish road racer Lee Johnston will line up for Jackson Racing at this year’s Isle of Man TT races, with the diminutive Irishman riding Nicky Hayden’s 2016 WSBK Honda CBR1000RR.
The 27-year-old will ride the Ten Kate prepared Fireblade that carried the 2006 MotoGP world champion to a World Superbike Race win last season at Malaysia and fifth overall in the Championship, in the Superbike Senior TT Races.
He said: “I want to be back at the front again, winning races and I think this is the bike that can help me to do that. I had plenty of offers for this year and in the end it was all of the little things coming together that sealed the deal.
“We are getting help from Honda but with Alan and his team I can run my own choice of kit, bring some of my own people to work on the bikes and...
Josh Brookes has secured another ride at this year’s Isle of Man TT after agreeing to ride for Ryan Farquhar's IEG/KMR Kawasaki team in the Lightweight class.
The Australian will be making his Supertwins debut and will ride the bike earmarked for Hudson Kennaugh, who has withdrawn from the meeting.
Brookes joins fellow road racing stalwarts Lee Johnston, Peter Hickman and Danny Webb who are also riding KMR Supertwins.
Brookes, who lies fourth in the British Superbike series, willride a Norton in the Superbike and Senior TT races.
The bike the 2015 British Superbike champion will ride is the one that Michael Rutter took to first and second places in the Supertwins races at the North West 200.
Team boss Ryan Farquhar said: “When Hudson withdrew from the North West 200 and TT, my...
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