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World Superbike begins: Little talks from Phillip Island
28 February 2015:
Crash.net takes a look back at the World Superbike opener in Australia and considers whether we are in for a belting 2015 season...
PICS: Choose your favourite - the 2015 World Superbikes
19 February 2015:
The 2015 World Superbike Championship begins with the opening round at Phillip Island - browse our gallery to pick your favourite for the year!
Chaz Davies: The long road to success
2 August 2014:
From stuttered beginnings in GP racing, to racing across the pond and finding belated glory in Europe, Chaz Davies' route to the top has been far from plain sailing...
Six of the best: Memorable World Superbike debuts
9 April 2014:
As the World Superbike field return to action on Friday after a five week break
looks at six of the most memorable debuts in the World Superbike series, good or bad.
Six of the Best: WSBK titles down to the wire
23 October 2013:
Tom Sykes wrapped up the 2013 World Superbike Championship with just one race to spare at Jerez on Sunday. Crash.net looks back on six titles that were decided even later.
Misano: WSBK team by team analysis
24 June 2009:
looks back at the eighth round of the 2009 World Superbike Championship at Misano, San Marino team-by-team…
WSBK Mid-term report - Kawasaki
15 June 2009:
Given the ZX-10R doesn’t have the best reputation on the WSBK grid, there have been plenty of green machines – or in the case of PSG-1 blue and white – to watch out for in 2009...
WSBK Mid-term report - BMW
14 June 2009:
Had Kyalami and Miller Motorsports Park gone a little more to the form book, BMW could head into the second half of their first World Superbike season feeling rather positive...
WSBK Mid-term report - Suzuki
13 June 2009:
When Max Neukirchner and Yukio Kagayama crossed the line second and third during the opening round at Phillip Island, Suzuki looked to be on course for a good 2009...
WSBK Mid-term report - Aprilia
12 June 2009:
Aprilia’s return to Superbike competition can certainly be described as eye-catching following an impressive first-half to the season, particularly in the hands of Max Biaggi.
WSBK Mid-term report - Honda
11 June 2009:
While yet to win a race, four entrants inside the top ten at the half-way stage of the season actually makes Honda the best represented brand in the upper echelons of the standings.
WSBK Mid-term report - Yamaha
10 June 2009:
Few rookies come to the World Superbike Championship with as much of a reputation as Ben Spies...
WSBK Mid-term report - Ducati
9 June 2009:
Crash.net takes a look at the fortunes of the seven World Superbike Championship manufacturers as the series hits the half-way point...
Miller: WSBK team by team analysis
3 June 2009:
Crash.net looks back at the sixth round of the 2009 World Superbike Championship at Miller Motorsports Park, USA team-by-team…
Kyalami: WSBK team by team analysis.
20 May 2009:
Crash.net looks back at the sixth round of the 2009 World Superbike Championship at Kyalami, South Africa team-by-team...
Monza: WSBK team by team analysis.
13 May 2009:
Crash.net looks back at the fifth round of the 2009 World Superbike Championship at Monza, Italy team-by-team...
Haga’s son and Ben Spies...
1 May 2009:
WSBK rookie sensation Ben Spies strikes up an unlikely friendship...
Assen: WSBK team by team analysis
29 April 2009:
looks back at the fourth round of the 2009 World Superbike Championship at Assen, Netherlands team-by-team…
Valencia: WSBK team by team analysis
8 April 2009:
looks back at the third round of the 2009 World Superbike Championship in Valencia, Spain team-by-team...
Qatar: WSBK team by team analysis
17 March 2009:
looks back at the second round of the 2009 World Superbike Championship in Losail, Qatar team-by-team...
Australia: WSBK team by team analysis.
1 January 1901:
Crash.net looks back at the first round of the 2009 World Superbike Championship team-by-team…
WSBK: Back in the USA.
16 May 2008:
The World Superbike Championship will return to American soil for the first time since 2004, after which Laguna Seca switched allegiance to MotoGP, when the Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City hosts round six of the 2008 series on June 1.
WSBK season review – Part 2.
28 December 2007:
Part two of
review of the 2007 WSBK season.
WSBK season review – Part 1.
23 December 2007:
Part one of
review of the 2007 WSBK season.
BMW details WSBK attack.
23 October 2007:
BMW has officially confirmed that it will enter the World Superbike championship in 2009.
Toseland: Bayliss, Biaggi put me in MotoGP.
11 October 2007:
Double World Superbike champion James Toseland believes it was his battles with former MotoGP winners Troy Bayliss and Max Biaggi which opened the grand prix door for 2008.
Toseland: Why this title is so special.
8 October 2007:
James Toseland will leave World Superbike as a double world champion after clinching the 2007 crown by just two points, the smallest ever victory margin, at Magny-Cours on Sunday.
Toseland: Two years ago I was in tears.
8 October 2007:
James Toseland's World Superbike career came to a perfect end at Magny-Cours on Sunday, when the MotoGP-bound Briton won his second world title at a venue that holds "his best and worst memories".
Respect Hodgson's decision, says manager.
11 September 2007:
Neil Hodgson's manager, Roger Burnett, is as disappointed as anyone that the 2003 World Superbike champion will return to the AMA series next season - but hopes that the Englishman's many fans will respect his decision.
Hill 'shocked' by Foret signing.
8 September 2007:
Those were the words Tommy Hill uttered as he explained how he felt when he heard that the SSP Yamaha team had signed Fabien Foret for their 2008 World Supersport campaign...
Haslam 'confident we will be here next year'.
8 August 2007:
Haslam hopes for move to World Superbikes.
Hofmann: You always have to check out plan B.
8 August 2007:
Wise words from Alex Hofmann at Brands Hatch World Superbikes.
Mike Nicks: Who will replace JT at TK?
1 August 2007:
Mike Nicks looks at potential replacements for Toseland at the Ten Kate team... and finds that they could be a touch thin on the ground.
1200cc handicap system revealed.
19 July 2007:
The FIM has revealed exactly how the new 1200cc twins will be handicapped to ensure they gain no unfair advantage from their extra engine capacity during the 2008 World Superbike championship
Toseland: Strong push to stay in SBK - EXCLUSIVE.
22 June 2007:
James Toseland has revealed that a 'strong push' is underway to keep him in the World Superbike championship next season - despite the Englishman's open admission that he wants a MotoGP ride.
Martin: DFX claim I never had a contract!
31 May 2007:
Having finally severed all ties with DFX Honda, following a drawn-out breakdown blamed on financial problems, Steve Martin has spoken of his frustration at how he was treated by the Italian team.
Hodgson: I haven't retired!
3 April 2007:
"It feels horrible to be back. It's like being an alcoholic standing around a bar with all your friends and I'm not allowed to drink. It feels like someone rubbing salt into my wounds" - Neil Hodgson.
Walker, Klaffi: Ducati don't need 1200cc.
25 April 2006:
PSG-1 Kawasaki rider Chris Walker and Klaffi Honda team boss Klaus Klaffenbock are both struggling to understand why Ducati need an extra 200cc of engine capacity relative to their four-cylinder rivals.
Bussei: I wouldn't help again - they kill you!
21 April 2006:
Acting as a stand-in for regular Winston Ten Kate Honda rider Karl Muggeridge, Giovanni Bussei had his first ride on the CBR1000RR in morning practice at Valencia on Friday, before going on to set the 25th fastest time out of 33 entrants in first qualifying.
Martin backs 1200cc Ducatis.
21 April 2006:
Foggy Petronas Racing's Steve Martin is used to riding with a 100cc engine capacity deficit - but the Australian still backs a potential rule change that would allow twin-cylinder machinery, as currently raced by Ducati, to have a 200cc advantage.
WSBK responds to 1200cc rumours.
19 April 2006:
Following increasing speculation that the World Superbike technical regulations will be changed to give twin-cylinder machinery a 200cc capacity advantage - bringing them up to 1200cc - in the face of growing four-cylinder opposition, WSBK organiser's FGSport have today released the following statement.
'Standard' Barros 'starting to understand'.
3 March 2006:
Fresh from finishing sixth and seventh on his World Superbike debut at Qatar, former MotoGP star Alex Barros made a further leap in performance during day one in Australia - qualifying his Klaffi Honda a provisional second.
Walker wants chatter cure, factory Kawasaki.
3 March 2006:
PSG-1 Kawasaki's Chris Walker shot to second fastest during the opening free practice session today at Phillip Island - but the Briton was forced to experiment with set-up to try and solve chatter problems in the following qualifying session, leaving him 8th on the provisional grid.
Gobert to race Valencia SBK, Spanish championship.
1 March 2006:
Former 500GP and WSBK star Anthony Gobert is planning to break into the World Supersport top five at his home Phillip Island round this weekend - before stepping onto a Suzuki World Superbike machine for the following Valencia round and then heading for the Spanish championship.
Bayliss: Barros will definitely shock people.
24 February 2006:
Ducati Xerox star Troy Bayliss is tipping his former Camel Honda MotoGP team-mate, Alex Barros, to "shock a few people" after making the switch to World Superbikes for this season.
Pirelli 'not surprised' after setting MotoGP pace.
8 December 2005:
Having taken considerable criticism for the past two seasons, since the World Superbike control tyre rule was introduced, for a lack of lap record improvements - Pirelli were justifiably pleased with the impressive 'MotoGP pace' shown during this week's Qatar test.
21 September 2005:
The boys have been rumbled! More and more girls are discovering that female work opportunities in the World Superbike paddock aren't limited to being grid girls, and are now holding their own alongside the guys in more mentally challenging roles.
16 August 2005:
A successful motorcycle racing team relies on many things: competitive bikes, talented riders; skilled and dedicated mechanics; a strong team ethos; and information... lots and lots of information.
11 August 2005:
Deep in the heart of a Superbike engine, as it laps international racing circuits at speeds sometimes in excess of 300kph, two worlds of technology are colliding - but doing so in almost perfect harmony.
Vermeulen reveals passion for Hot-rods.
26 May 2005:
He possesses a riding talent that has set international motorcycle racing alight since he burst onto the World Supersport scene in 2001 and won that title two years later. Last year - his first in World Superbikes - Chris Vermeulen took four race wins on the all-new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, finishing fourth overall.
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