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We love this Racing colour scheme on the Gen 2 Tuono. It’s not authentic to that model, having actually been the paintjob for the limited edition Racing version of the previous generation bike, but it looks cool, it’s recognisable as an Aprilia and it suits the bike’s lines.
Not all paintjobs do work though. I can remember riding to the British MotoGP at Silvestone on a Ducati 848 Evo SE in 2012 and overtaking a Yamaha painted in Rossi Ducati colours. The rider was obviously a massive Rossi fan, and had got PaintNation to spray the bike in the Ducati livery. The bike itself was immaculately finished, but it just looked wrong – a Yamaha masquerading as a Ducati. It drew a lot of attention in the car park, simply because it stuck out like a sore thumb, and almost universal ridicule. It...
These boots offer the best of both worlds – they’re brilliantly comfortable straight out of the box while being reassuringly protective. They’re the same boots you see Marquez, Lorenzo, Crutchlow and Redding wearing in MotoGP and all this on-track crash research means they’re proven.
The superb level of protection these boots offer is mainly thanks to their construction – the Supertech R actually consists of two boots; an inner and an outer.
The inner boot has been designed to absorb any knocks while also reducing ankle twist and features a four-link system that effectively links the calf collar to the reinforced heel cup. It sounds uncomfortable but it isn’t, thanks largely to the inner boot’s lightweight mesh fabric construction. The inner boot also features a shoehorn shaped...
A flying Marc Marquez proved unstoppable in Argentina as he powered to pole.
Saturday’s proceedings at the Argentina GP opened with the Free Practice 3 session and Marquez was fast from his first lap, quickly moving to top and becoming the first rider to set a 1’38 to move straight through to Q2.
Marquez continued to show impressive speed aboard his Honda RC213V and claimed his fifth pole position at the sixth running of the Argentina GP with a lap of 1’38.304.
Marquez said: “In Qualifying I was really focused to push to the maximum and fight for pole position. On the second tyre I made a small mistake at the first corner so I cancelled the lap and went back in. We had planned to do three runs and my team was ready. I am happy because it’s never easy to get pole position here,...
Following yesterday's bombshell that KTM would no longer be building superbikes once the RC8R comes to the end of its life, we thought we'd better ride one while we still could.
KTM’s eye-catching flagship RC8R certainly stands out from the crowd – its angular bodywork looking as crisp and fresh as it did when the original bike was launched to a stunned public in 2007. It’s aged well, and still looks futuristic in this its sixth year of production.
Yet underneath the aggressively sculpted plastics, stacked headlights and bright orange trellis frame lies a dying breed – a litre bike with no sophisticated electronics or riders aids. This is very much an analogue bike in a digital age and it’s all the better for it.
Swing a leg over the bike and the first things that strikes me is just...
The Italian weather once again threw a spanner in the WSBK works with heavy rain hitting Misano. So hard in fact that the red flag was brought out on the sighting lap for Race One. With Sunday’s racing in Imola being cancelled earlier in the season because of torrential rain, teams and fans looked to the sky…would the same fate hit Misano?
After a delay, a restart was planned for 14:24 with a quick-start procedure; one mechanic and one minute.
The race started with Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea leading Sandro Cortese on the satellite Yamaha and BMW’s Tom Sykes, before Yamaha’s Alex Lowes passed the chase trio with an audacious move around the outside. Champions leader Alvaro Bautista then pounced to take fourth place from Cortese, with Lowes taking the lead into turn on Lap Two. Lowes then...
Michael Dunlop is the third most successful rider in the Isle of Man TT’s long and illustrious history and has 18 victories so far to his name. The northern Irish racer is widely recognised as one of road racing’s most determined and tenacious competitors, and the 2019 campaign sees him join the Alpinestars line-up as he races between the hedges in a bid to add more silverware to his name.
Michael will wear Supertech R boots and recently visited the company’s Italian HQ in Italy to get measured. He said: “Alpinestars is the best company in the world in terms of producing protective rider equipment. For 2019 my plan was to make sure I have the best materials available to me, and that is why I’ve chosen Supertech R boots. I firmly believe these boots are a different level. I’ve spoken...
Suzuka ’91: Four title contenders enter the final lap mere feet apart. An all out battle, passes under braking so late you can not bear to look and the lead will change hands again and again. An inside line appears, barely an opening at all and the number 34 Suzuki dives in and makes the pass stick. When the checkered flag is waved the top four is decided by .556 of one second and Kevin Schwantz is victorious with a final lap battle that is cemented in MotoGP history.
No one typifies the all-or-nothing, knife-edge, racing of the era like Kevin Schantz. Hailing from Houston, Texas, a background in motocross gave him the skills to battle shoulder to shoulder in the tight chicanes and historic corners of grand prix road racing with unique style.
In 1993 he became World Champion wearing...
Pramac Racing's Jack Miller’s huge gamble to switch to slicks on a drying track for the Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina paid dividends, with the Australian snatching a jawdropping maiden MotoGP pole position off Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa on his final lap. In doing so, Miller became the first ever Ducati satellite rider to secure pole position.
It was a gritty and spectacular performance by Miller, who dug deep as his bike bucked, slipped and slid beneath him, especially in Turns 7 and 8 where the slicks struggled to find grip on the proper wet asphalt. Miller said: “When you go from wets to slicks they are a lot heavier to turn, so you've got to get the timing right to stay in that wheel width of dry line. So just to get that flow, you've got to go out there and...
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez took a brilliant victory in Termas de Rio Hondo with a dominant performance at the front, taking the championship lead in the process to leave Argentina four points clear on the way to Texas.
The Spaniard said: “Today was a perfect day. I have been so concentrated since FP1 and everything worked well, just a tiny hiccup in FP4. But we kept pushing, pushing and in the race I knew that my strongest point was the first five laps. I put everything in and then I saw the difference, one second, two seconds, three seconds and then I settled into my rhythm and pushed a little less. I managed the tyres and the bike, it was a really sweet feeling with the bike.”
Marquez took the holeshot from pole as Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso pounced for second, with Yamaha's...
1) The superbikes at Ballaugh are spectacular
2) Ballacrye is sooooo fast
3) Bruce Anstey’s RCV sounds mean
4) The Norton sounds better
5) The Suter smells so, so good…but the sound was slightly underwhelming
6) Cam Donald’s best days may be behind him
7) The Irish can spend all day talking to you about how flat and smooth the road surface is
8) It’s illegal to overtake in double whites on the Mountain, even when the traffic is one way. Sorry officer.
9) Graham Hill and Jimmy Hill are brothers. Possibly. Then again…
10) The peanut butter cheesecake at the Forge in Santon is to die for
11) NEVER try and do a Michael Jackson joke
12) It takes three women to make tea at the WI in Ballaugh…Caroline pours it, Jennifer stirs, and Gladys adds the milk. Tastes mighty fine too
Yamaha has issued a global recall for its 2015 R1 and R1M for replacement gearboxes after several bikes suffered complete failures.
Yamaha has begin contacting owners and is drawing up timetable to replace the transmission of every bike.
Yamaha UK hasn't commented on the issue, but Yamaha USA has issued a letter to owners outlining what is being recalled, what actions Yamaha and its dealers are taking, and what owners should do going forward.
Here is the letter in full:
Dear Yamaha Owner:
This notice is sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in all 2015 YZF‐R1 motorcycles. Our records indicate that you...
I bought this lid last year online after my trusty Dainese helmet finally gave up the ghost, and I’ve got to say, I’m impressed. It initially felt tight, really tight, when I first tried it on in the shop, but the sales rep convinced me it would bed in, and I’m pleased I took his advice – after some six months of wear it now fits me like a dream; snug without being uncomfortable.
The longest I’ve worn this in one hit is eight hours, and I still felt fresh; no headaches, no pressure points. I’ve worn this exclusively for recreational rides and it works well in all weathers – the lining is comfortable, the vents are powerful and work, and the Pinlock does a decent job of ensuring the visor stays mist free.
Another great thing about this ‘budget’ Arai is the wide visor aperture which...
The top twenty seeded riders for the 2019 Isle of Man TT Races are confirmed as follows
No. 1 Conor Cummins Milenco by Padgetts Motorcycles Honda
No. 2 Dean Harrison Silicone Engineering Kawasaki
No. 3 John McGuinness Norton
No. 4 Ian Hutchinson Honda Racing
No. 5 James Hillier Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki
No. 6 Michael Dunlop Tyco BMW
No. 7 Gary Johnson RAF Kawasaki
No. 8 Michael Rutter Batham's Honda RCV
No. 9 David Johnson Honda Racing
No. 10 Peter Hickman Smith's BMW
No. 11 Lee Johnston Ashcourt Racing BMW
No. 12 Derek McGee Doyne/McGee Racing Kawasaki
No. 13 Sam West Cycle Store BMW
No. 14 Phil Crowe Sheffpack BMW
No. 15 Jamie Coward PreZ Racing Yamaha
No. 16 Derek Sheils Burrows Engineering / Kelly Developments Suzuki...
This is my fourth RX-7GP and I have nothing but praise for it. It’s essentially the same lid as used by racers such as Cal Crutchlow, Dani Pedrosa, Jonny Rea, Leon Haslam and it shows – the attention to detail is exquisite and it oozes quality.
This my everyday lid, and it’s performed faultlessly on numerous bike tests, trackdays, European tours and the daily commute to work.
It’s truly all-day comfortable, and the powerful venting and the non-itch lining do a good job of keeping my scalp dry and sweat free. The brilliant combination of visor vents and Pinlock means you’ll never suffer with misting and the visor change mechanism is easy to master once you’ve got the knack – but you will have a few nervous moments getting used to the sound of plastic scraping...
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez secured a seventh straight pole position at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas after setting a 2:03.787 in Q2 to finish 0.273 clear of Yamaha's second Valentino Rossi, with LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow completing the front row in Texas.
After horrendous weather throughout the morning in Austin, the lightening and rain was replaced with beautiful blue skies above the Circuit of the Americas for qualifying. Normal service was resumed at the beginning of Q2 as Marquez slammed in a 2:03.787 straight out the gate, chasing down teammate Jorge Lorenzo – who topped the timesheets in Q1 - to put in the best time of the weekend. Lorenzo then encountered a chain issue with his Honda machine heading onto his second flying lap behind the number 93 – a Marquez-style...
These racy gloves are made out of a mixture of kangaroo, treated cow hide and goat hide, and feature a whole host of state-of-the- art protection taken derived from experiences learnt in MotoGP and WSBK – Kevlar stitching, super touch armour on the knuckles and dual- compound hard sliders. They also feature Alpinestars clever double cuff fastener which has DFS on the cuff and the company’s patented finger bridge, which prevents finger roll and separation in the event of a spill.
On the bike the fit is just right, being long enough in the finger without having any excess material at the fingertips and they’re reassuringly protective while being supple enough to offer good feel at the bars and levers. And that double cuff makes getting the glove on and off easy, while also ensuring that...
Portuguese custom builders it roCkS!bikes are no strangers to the Yamaha XJR, having caught the attention of the custom world with a number of amazing builds on both the 1200 and 1300, including ‘Stealth’ and ‘Sunburn’. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the iconic street bruiser they’ve turned their attention to the 2015 model to deliver a jaw dropping café racer creation – the Yard Built XJR1300 ‘CS-06 Dissident’.
Working underground in a small workshop just outside Porto in Portugal since 2013, Osvaldo Coutinho and Alexandre Santos are civil engineers by day and it roCkS!bikes by night. Their engineering skills are plain to see in their builds with precision and attention to detail focused on creating their signature ‘monocoque’ one piece tank, seat and tail units in all their...
So, the covers are off, the manufacturers have made their move and Ducati has blown everyone out of the water with the Panigale V4R, its WSBK homologation special.
WSBK is a production-based race series, which sees tweaked versions of the actual bikes you can go and buy race against one another in competition – and this is why the V4R exists; to allow Ducati to take the WSBK fight to Kawasaki and wrestle the title out of the hands of the all-conquering Johnny Rea.
The new Panigale V4R runs a 998cc version of the Desmosedici Stradale 90-degree V4, with the stroke shortened from 53.5 mm to 48.4 mm, and the 81 mm bore untouched, essentially taking an extremely oversquare and rev-focused motor and making it significantly more oversquare and revvy.
The engine internals have also lost a...
Glorious sunshine basked the Circuito de Jerez Angel Nieto once again for the second of a two-day test in Southern Spain, where four WSBK teams continued to work on their 2019 set-ups.
More than 600 laps of the 4.2km circuit were run by the eight riders, and steps were made ahead of what is set to be a sensational season with new bikes, new teams and new riders. Despite this, it was still four time world champion Jonathan Rea who led the way on the Kawasaki.
Rea continued with his sensational pace out on track for the second and final day of testing, as the 2018 world champion was continuing to work on getting the chassis in tune with the engine on his ZX-10RR. Explaining that his new bike offers even more potential than the 2018 Ninja, he was a force to be reckoned with, setting...
Almost a decade ago Ducati took the world by storm by unveiling the Desmosedici – a road legal GP bike. And after years of speculation Honda has followed suit with this, the RC213V-S.
Production is set to be limited to some 300 units, and each bike will be hand-built at Honda’s Kumamoto factory, with the big H predicting that one bike per day will leave the production line.
The ultra desirable bike will be available in two colour schemes – the Freddie Spencer-inspired red, white and blue HRC Nippon paint or a clear coated finish on the carbon-reinforced fairings.
The bike may be derived straight from the world of MotoGP, but your £140,000 gets you a customer spec racer, and not the full factory bike as raced by Marquez and Pedrosa. What this means is that there is no seamless shift...
12 things I've learnt from my trip to Jerez:
1) Jerez is fast
2) It's an easy track to learn
3) But difficult to master
4) The 749S is outgunned on the straights
5) But unbeatable in the corners - it's so stable when cranked over on its ear
6) Kneedown, slider kissing kerb through the sweeping Sito Pons right-hander feels epic
7) Racetec K3s are phenomenal - quick to warm up, unbelievable levels of grip and durable...sticky, snotty fun
8) I love trackdays and bikes, but both are cruel mistresses
9) European trackdays rock - the riders are friendly, disciplined and fast
10) The Telford boys we shared a garage with are some crew - you couldn't wish to meet a better bunch. My sides are still aching from laughing so much. As are my kidneys...
11) Veal Roquefort is good
12) Paella in...
There’s a reason these boots are so popular with road racers – they’re brilliantly protective. True, they will never win an award for their good looks, but get past the aesthetics and you’ll discover a boot that is among the best in the world.
The secret to their superior protective qualities is Daytona’s two-boots-in-one system – essentially a rigid inner boot which sits in a tough outer boot. The inner boot itself has been designed to be non-twisting, and is made from tough plastic with a hinged joint and Gore- Tex breathable lining, while the outer is made from leather and features metal toe sliders and a thick, reinforced sole.
As much as the focus of these boots is on comfort, they’re also supremely comfortable. The adjuster at the calf and the Velcro straps on the inner boot...
Alvaro Bautista enjoyed another perfect round at his home race at Aragon to maintain his perfect start to the WSBK season, taking another three wins to bring his total to the season to nine.
The MotoGP exile produced a carbon copy performance, taking a comfortable Race One win before adding the Sprint Race and Race Two victories to his tally to extend his lead in the standings to 39 points over Jonathan Rea.
The Spaniard said: "It has been an extraordinary weekend for me. Winning three races here in Spain in front of my family, my friends and the Spanish fans was really great. In all three, I was able to make my own strategy, that is get a fast start and maintain my own pace.
“The conditions in the three races were different, especially today in the Superpole Race which took place...
Action cameras are gaining in popularity, especially with the rise in ‘Crash for Cash’ cases, as well as being used to record your special rides and trackdays for prosperity, and the Drift Stealth 2 is up there with the best – it’s a great entry-level action camera and a worthy alternative to the ubiquitous Go Pro.
The unit is very compact – it measures just 80mm x 42mm x 27mm and weighs 97g,some 40 per cent lighter than the original Stealth. These measurements make it very aerodynamic and sleek; ideal properties when mounting on helmets or bike fairings. The rubber housing feels sturdy enough, and while it doesn’t claim to be waterproof, it feels like it would withstand a drop.
An industry standard screw hole site at the bottom of the unit for mounting to tripods and other useful...
It’s closer than ever as the flag falls at the end of the Americas GP, with Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez taking the win and Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso taking the Championship lead.
The Americas GP also made it back-to-back podium finishes for Suzuki, with Andrea Iannone putting in an impressive push from the front row to take third and his first rostrum finish of the season – and first rostrum with the Hamamatsu factory.
It was also Iannone who got the holeshot from second on the grid, but Marquez also got a flyer from Row 2 – slotting into second and on the chase behind the ‘Maniac’. Making his move soon after and taking the lead, #93 started to pull a gap – but Iannone wasn’t done, and gave it everything for a late dive up the inside of the reigning champion. Running a bit wide on...
Nicky Hayden's iconic #69 will be retired from premier class racing in a special ceremony at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend.
The event kicks off at Midday on Friday and will see FIM President Jorge Viegas and Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta preside over a ceremony attended by Hayden's family and friends in which the Kentucky Kid's #69 will be officially retired from the MotoGP class.
Later that day, the MotoGP paddock will join Hayden's family, friends and track marshals at Turn 18 'Hayden Hill' grass berm, where Hayden's 2006 Championship-winning Repsol Honda will be on display.
Race day will then see the Hayden family present at the front of the MotoGP grid, together with Nicky’s 2006 RC211V.
These subtle leathers are from Wolf, the British brand that is being relaunched for2016.
Made from a mixture of cow and kangaroo leather, the Racing-K is only available in black – a very understated and stealthy look that many manufacturers seem to have moved away from in recent times.
The leather used is 60 per cent cow hide and 40 per cent kangaroo, a material which more and more manufacturers are embracing as it’s stronger and offers greater flexibility than cow hide. It’s also supple too – essential for getting a snug but comfy fit.
This flexibiity is a key feature of the Racing-K. There are well-placed stretch panels on both sides of the ribcage and behind each arm, and these allow a greater degree of movement when on the bike. Wolf claim these stretch panels allow up to two...
Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea took the 75th WSBK win of his career to slash Ducati’s Alvaro championship lead to just 16 points with his second victory of the weekend at Misano.
The reigning champion, looking to recover after slipping off in the Superpole sprint race which Bautista won, was handed a golden opportunity when Bautista low-sided off while leading on the second lap at Turn 4.
With the stricken Spaniard rejoining the race in last place and more than 40-seconds back on the leaders, Rea set about hunting down Kawasaki team-mate Leon Haslam with Puccetti Kawasaki’s Toprak Razgatlioglu also in the front group.
After the Turkish rider charged into the lead at the start of Lap 5, Rea pushed Haslam into third place as he began his dash to the front and 25 valuable championship...
The curtain has fallen on Dani Pedrosa’s MotoGP racing career.
The Spaniard, a three-time World Champion, has been named a MotoGP™ Legend and was inducted into the MotoGP™ Legends Hall of Fame at the season finale at Valencia.
Pedrosa won the 125 Championship in 2003, the 250 title in 2004 and 2005, and is one of the most successful riders of all time in the premier class. The Spaniard was inducted into the MotoGP™ Legends Hall of Fame at the season finale at Valencia.
Pedrosa ends a highly successful 18-year GP career, all of it as a Honda rider, having achieved three World Titles (125 in 2003, 250 in 2004 and 2005) 49 poles, 54 wins, 153 podiums and 64 fastest laps out of 295 starts.
Pedrosa is one of the best racers to have never won the championship, injuries taking their toll...
The 2015 Yamaha XJR1300 and XJR1300 Racer have drawn considerable attention in standard form already, with design updates inspired heavily by the custom world. A shortened and cleaned frame, narrower fuel tank and smaller headlight pay homage to recent custom creations and also show the potential for further customisation.
Throughout 2015 a series of Yard Built projects by select custom builders will focus on the new XJR1300 will demonstrate what is possible through creative use of ‘bolt-on’ parts, reinforcing the real ‘Yard Built’ concept instead of dramatic cutting and welding. First up to take on the challenge are two legendary Copenhagen based builders.
“The Wrenchmonkees provided valuable insight into this latest model of XJR with their earlier collaborations”, says Yamaha...
This brilliant rucksack was a replacement for my trusty R20, which I managed to destroy after hitting a deer in a big off on the way home from work.
It features Kriega’s genius parachute-style Quadloc harness system, which effectively takes the weight off your shoulders and spreads it evenly across your chest, and a well-padded back and shoulder straps. It really works.
The main compartment is 25 litres, hence the name, and it’s plenty big enough to easily swallow jeans, trainers, spare visor and gloves, waterproofs and all my other junk on the daily commute. The compartment itself is accessed via a sturdy zip at the top of the bag, and once open there’s a small, waterproof pouch, ideal for storing a wallet, and a laptop pocket (it’s big enough for a 15in MacBook Pro). It’s also...
KTM is expanding its MotoGP test programme after adding Randy de Puniet and Thomas Luthi to its test team ahead of the manufacturer’s return to racing’s premier class in 2017.
Alex Hofmann and Mika Kallio have already begun turning laps on the company’s RC16 bike, and they will be bolstered with the addition of WSBK exile De Puniet and Moto2 pilot Luthi.
De Puniet has extensive MotoGP and WSBK experience, and was instrumental in developing Suzuki’s GP racer, while Luthi will combine his testing role with his Moto2 ride.
The bike will be officially unveiled at the Red Bull Ring during the Austrian GP, and will make its racing debut as a wildcard entry at the season finale at Valencia.
Action cameras are gaining in popularity, especially with the rise in ‘Crash for Cash’ cases, as well as being used to record your rides and trackdays for prosperity. They’re great for checking your riding – lines, position and technique, and are invaluable for allowing you to critique and improve your own riding.
This is the Drift Stealth 2, and it’s right up there with the best – it’s a great entry-level action camera and a worthy alternative to the ubiquitous Go Pro. This very unit has just survived a spectacular off at 90mph (my fault entirely for not securing it properly in the housing), and when I eventually retraced my step I saw it lying on the tarmac still recording.
Yes, it’s battered, but that shouldn't be a surprise. The footage shows the camera barrel rolling down the...
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...
This back protector is CE Level 2 certified, which means it’s at the top of its game when it comes to offering protection. This is largely down to the tough properties of the hard polypropylene external shell.
Another key feature is Knox’s trademark hinged panels, which allow maximum rider movement without compromising protection. The four panels span the length of your spine, and the lower back section even extends to protect the coccyx area.
The Meta-Sys feels reassuringly protective on, mainly due to the sheer amount of your back that it covers – the upper plates even offer a decent level of protection for the shoulder area – but it’s comfy too, thanks largely to the soft, foam-like nitrex insides, which have a sweat-wicking liner to keep you dry. There’s a decent amount of...
Alvaro Bautista kept his winning run going in the Thailand sprint race, which was cut short by a red flag following an incident between Leon Camier and Thitipong Warokorn.
The factory Ducati rider had another strong race on the V4R, trading passes with Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea on the opening lap of the sprint race before gradually pulling clear until a red flag on lap six prematurely ended the race early.
The red flag was caused by an incident involving Moriwaki-Althea Honda’s Camier and Kawasaki Thailand’s Warokorn at the Turn 3 hairpin. The Thai wildcard rider was taken to the medical centre immediately while Camier was shown walking away unaided from the incident.
With results taken from the last completed sector point, effectively the halfway through lap six, Bautista won by 1.6s...
Assen proved to be a happy hunting ground for Kawasaki as Tom Sykes and Jonny Rea secured a Team Green 1-2.
The Race Two victory was the first win for Sykes since Misano in 2017 in emphatic fashion, while championship leader Rea finished a strong second today, despite launching from the third row of the grid after winning the first Assen race on Saturday.
Sykes, who stated on pole, looked unbeatable on Sunday, running clear of his early rivals and maintaining a remarkably consistent high pace throughout.
Rea found the going tougher – the three-time champions was fourth after Lap One, then third after four laps, before taking second place on Lap Six.
By that stage Sykes had already opened up a gap of 3.5 seconds, which grew as Rea had to defend his position.
Maintaining his own...
Multiple World and British Superbike race-winner Leon Haslam believes he has ‘unfinished business’ in the MCE British Superbike Championship and now the Derbyshire rider is returning it home soil with the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team for an assault on the title that he has narrowly missed out on in the past.
The 32-year-old returns to the championship with a renewed desire to lift the coveted title after finishing runner-up to multiple title-winners Ryuichi Kiyonari and Shane 'Shakey' Byrne during the 2006 and 2008 seasons. Haslam scored 16 race victories and a further 38 podium finishes in the British Championship before he moved to the World stage in 2008.
The ‘Pocket Rocket’ finished runner-up in the 2010 World Superbike title battle with Max Biaggi and most recently ended his 2015...
The final race of the Australian Round in the opening meeting of the 2019 WSBK Championship went the way of Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista, who completed a dream WSBK debut.
Initially taking the lead at Turn 1, Bautista started putting time into kawasaki’s Leon Haslam, who had managed to pass team-mate Jonathan Rea at Turn 4. Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha) also made a fast start and was fourth whilst Michael Ruben Rinaldi escalated from eighth on the grid into fifth, with Marco Melandri (GRT Yamaha) remaining sixth.
At Turn One on lap two, Eugene Laverty (Team Goeleven) made a brief appearance into sixth, passing Melandri, only for the Italian to repay the compliment. Back in the fight for second position, Haslam began to pull away from Rea, the reigning champion not having things his...
Assen was the venue for a sensational battle royale as eight riders duked it out for the win in one of the most incredible MotoGp races of all time at Assen.
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez emerged from the melee to take the win on premier racing's 70th visit to the track, but the headlines were stolen by the close racing as Marquez battled with Yamaha duo Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales, Ducati factory riders Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo, Suzuki's Alex Rins and LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow.
It was Marquez who took the holeshot from pole, with Crutchlow initially on his tail from second on the grid until Lorenzo sliced through from tenth to P2 after another awe-inspiring launch.
The Italian and Catalan GP winner didn’t wait long to strike for the lead either, attacking Marquez...
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