WSBK Features. Page 2



  • January 2005

    Open article Official: Bostrom signs for Renegade.
    11 January 2005: It's official: Crash.net can confirm that Ben Bostrom will return to the World Superbike championship this season, as the sole rider for Renegade Honda.


  • December 2004

    Open article Martin's landed: The Steve Martin column.
    22 December 2004: In his first monthly Crash.net column, newly signed Foggy Petronas rider Steve Martin tells us all how his Oz lifestyle has changed now that he has joned his first ever factory backed racing team for 2005...


  • November 2004

    Open article Pirelli: All the manufacturers were approached.
    24 November 2004: 2004 saw a controversial change to a one tyre brand rule introduced to World Superbikes, aimed at trying to increase the competitiveness of the series.

  • Open article Corser dominates on 2003 Suzuki!
    17 November 2004: In an exclusive interview with Alstare Suzuki's Troy Corser at the NEC show in Birmingham, UK, the Australian rider seemed sure of his ability to challenge for the 2005 World Superbike title...

  • Open article Corser and GSX-R lead WSBK testers at Valencia.
    17 November 2004: A number of World Superbike teams are currently testing in a three day test which started Tuesday, in preparation for the 2005 season with Alstare Suzuki's new signing Troy Corser leading the way on the all new Suzuki GSX-R1000.

  • Open article Corona to promote WSBK in nightclubs. [1]
    14 November 2004: With the recent announcement that Corona will be sponsoring the World Superbike Championship next season, Patricia Batta, marketing manager for the Corona brand and Alstare Suzuki, has explained that one of the main aims of the partnership is to increase the appeal of the WSBK series among non-biking fans.

  • Open article Renegade: Engine failures robbed Haga.
    12 November 2004: Renegade Ducati boss Mark Griffiths has admitted he'll look back on his team's debut World Superbike season with a mixture of joy and pain – and declared that star rider Noriyuki Haga currently remains a Renegade rider, despite negotiations with Yamaha.

  • Open article Ten Kate: It's going to be a hard year for Ducati.
    11 November 2004: 2004 saw the introduction of the Ten Kate Honda World Superbike effort headed up by Chris Vermeulen. He started the season struggling to keep up with the V-twin Ducati's and ended it challenging them for the title.

  • Open article Where will Chili be?
    11 November 2004: Pierfransesco Chili wants a Honda Fireblade for 2005. But the PSG-1 team has signed to switch from customer Ducati machinery to factory supported Kawasakis for next season - without apparently consulting Chili - promoting the WSBK legend to leave the team he helped found.

  • Open article 2005: Japan to topple Italy?
    11 November 2004: Next season sees a renewed interest by the Japanese manufacturers in the World Superbike championship, with Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha and Kawasaki all having a greater presence in the series.

  • Open article Stars mourn Laguna, welcome new events.
    11 November 2004: The recent announcement that World Superbike intends to visit two new venues, Qatar and Brno, in 2005 has been greeted positively by two of the championships leading lights.

  • Open article Vermeulen: Control tyre was correct.
    10 November 2004: Ten Kate Honda's Chris Vermeulen, who finished fourth overall - with four race wins - in an inspiring debut WSBK season, has declared that FG Sport's decision to introduce a Pirelli control tyre for 2004 was the right decision, since it helped promote close racing and restore the championship's status.

  • Open article Corser: 2005 will be one of the best.
    10 November 2004: 1996 world champion and new Alstare Suzuki rider Troy Corser believes that, while World Superbike will probably never return to the glory days of the mid-1990s, 2005 will 'definitely' be one of the best Superbike season's ever.

  • Open article Muggeridge: It's definitely an angry beast!
    10 November 2004: Following his success in taking the World Supersport championship this season, Karl Muggeridge was offered a ride alongside Chris Vermeulen in the premier class for the Ten Kate team in the 2005 season.

  • Open article New Suzuki 'very strong' in tests.
    9 November 2004: Five-times AMA Superbike champion Mat Mladin has completed his first test session aboard the all-new 2005 model Suzuki GSX-R1000 that he will use to defend his American title next season - and which will also be given to Alstare Suzuki for WSBK and Rizla Suzuki for BSB.

  • Open article Renegade considering MotoGP, WSBK and AMA riders.
    9 November 2004: Renegade Koji Ducati has told Crash.net that they have had interest from MotoGP, WSBK and AMA SBK riders to fill Leon Haslam's departure and Noriyuki Haga's possible absence from the team next season.

  • Open article Vermeulen: Haga with Yamaha is biggest worry.
    8 November 2004: Ten Kate Honda's Chris Vermeulen, the revelation of the 2004 World Superbike season, has declared that - of all the new team and rider combinations expected for next season - Noriyuki Haga with Yamaha is his biggest worry.

  • Open article Toseland: Ducati were nearly caught out.
    7 November 2004: 2004 World Superbike champion James Toseland has admitted to Crash.net that Ducati Corse came very close to losing this year's world championship, after underestimating the strength of its competition in the World Superbike series.

  • Open article Toseland expects to stay.
    6 November 2004: Although still to sign for next season, 2004 World Superbike champion James Toseland expects to stay with the factory Ducati team to defend his first world title – and could again be joined by Frenchman Regis Laconi, the man he beat in the Magny Cours title showdown.

  • Open article Corser: I want 2005 title.
    6 November 2004: New Alstare Suzuki signing Troy Corser has declared that he's targeting nothing less than winning the 2005 World Superbike championship – despite his new GSX-R1000 having yet to turn a wheel in world title competition.

  • Open article Xerox to replace Fila?
    6 November 2004: Xerox could replace Fila as the title sponsor of the factory Ducati World Superbike team, that's the opinion of new WSBK champion James Toseland.

  • Open article Kagayama to Alstare, Corona backs World Superbike.
    4 November 2004: The NEC bike show opened to the press and trade today with official confirmation that Yukio Kagayama will be joining the Alstare Corona Suzuki World Superbike team next season – and that Corona will be expanding their WSBK effort by becoming the championship's title sponsor.


  • October 2004

    Open article 2005 to mark WSBK revival?
    30 October 2004: 2005 has been hailed as the start of the revival of the World Superbike championship as new and exciting international circuits are being added to the calendar.

  • Open article MV Agusta's racing return in WSTK.
    29 October 2004: Sources close to Crash.net have indicated that MV Agusta will be making a return to racing in World Super Stock in 2005.

  • Open article Alstare's WSBK return headed by factory star?
    29 October 2004: With Alstare Suzuki making a confirmed return to World Superbikes next season with a two rider line-up, rumours are rife as to who will ride for them.

  • Open article What did the Pirelli rule do?
    13 October 2004: The 2004 World Superbike season is over and Ducati Fila's James Toseland is the new world champion, thanks to his one-two finishes at the last round at France's Magny Cours...

  • Open article FGSport lose marketing manager to Rizla Suzuki?
    11 October 2004: FGSport, organisers of the World Superbike championship, recently announced the departure of Superbike World Championship marketing manager Robert Wicks, who is leaving after five years in the role.

  • Open article Ducati consider Lanzi for WSBK seat.
    8 October 2004: Ducati has exclusively told Crash.net that their World Supersport rider, Lorenzo Lanzi, is currently under consideration for a WSBK seat with the Bologna based company next season.


  • September 2004

    Open article Vermeulen: The fat lady hasn't sung yet.
    27 September 2004: After the first race at Imola, Ten Kate Honda's Chris Vermeulen led the World Superbike championship by one point. After the second race, where he battled his way to sixth from the back following a warm-up lap crash, he was relegated to third spot. Here he exclusivelytells Louise Cain what went wrong...

  • Open article Toseland: I'm stronger than Laconi.
    27 September 2004: Second in the World Superbike championship by only four points, Fila Ducati's James Toseland, believes he can take the title from his team-mate Regis Laconi. In this exclusive interview with Louise Cain, Toseland explains how and why he will be able do it...

  • Open article Laconi: I have no advantage.
    27 September 2004: Regis Laconi did the double this weekend at Imola in the tenth round of World Superbikes. Here, exclusively talking to Louise Cain, he reveals he is very much aware that he has no advantage as the championship heads for its finale in Mangny-Cours this coming weekend...

  • Open article Muggeridge: A winner in the making.
    27 September 2004: A spectacular three race winning run at the end of the 2003 World Supersport season was an impressive feat for the combination of Karl Muggeridge, Ten Kate Honda and the new CBR600RR Honda, but it was just a taster of what was to come in 2004.

  • Open article Behind the scenes at Ten Kate Honda.
    2 September 2004: Arguably the greatest global production-based racing success of recent years has been enjoyed by the Ten Kate Honda team, as they propelled first Fabien Foret and then Chris Vermeulen to World Supersport Championship wins, in 2002 and 2003 respectively, before successfully branching out to the World Superbike series this season.


  • July 2004

    Open article PSG-1 signs Kawasaki deal.
    29 July 2004: According to a brief statement, motorcycling legend Frankie Chili looks all but certain to switch from Ducati to Kawasaki machines next season after his PSG-1 team signed a deal to run ZX-10Rs in the 2005 World SBK championship.


  • May 2004

    Open article R6 set-up report – Monza.
    13 May 2004: As the fastest circuit in the championship, Yamaha teams will make try to squeeze every last horsepower out of their R6 engines this weekend at Monza.


  • April 2004

    Open article World SBK beats MotoGP in UK TV ratings.
    21 April 2004: Surprise British TV audience figures for last weekend have shown that the Misano round of the World Superbike championship beat the opening round of the MotoGP world championship, in terms of outright viewer numbers.


  • March 2004

    Open article World Superbikes 45% closer?
    2 March 2004: Sunday's World Superbike season opener was the first time that an all Pirelli grid took to the racetrack, for two 23 lap races around the Spanish circuit of Valencia.


  • October 2003

    Open article James Haydon's lap of Magny-Cours.
    14 October 2003: James Haydon heads into his final World Superbike weekend with the foggy Petronas team on Friday, as the WSBK circus prepares for its first race in France since Doug Polen took a victory double at Magny-Cours in 1991.


  • September 2003

    Open article Yamaha R6 set-up report – Imola.
    25 September 2003: Imola, like so many circuits used by Formula One cars, is bumpy with a lot of surface changes making chassis set-up critical.


  • August 2003

    Open article WSBK becomes Pirelli only.
    1 August 2003: FGSport, organisers of the World Superbike Championship, have controversially confirmed that next season the series - together with the Supersport and Superstock classes - will run on one brand of tyre, made by Pirelli.


  • July 2003

    Open article Dunlop plans legal action over rule changes.
    31 July 2003: WSBK organisers FGSport look set to face a legal challenge from tyre supplier Dunlop over their plans to introduce a single brand of rubber, almost certainly made by Pirelli, next season.

  • Open article Foggy: MotoGP move would be awesome.
    26 July 2003: Carl Fogarty, a four-times World Superbike Champion and owner of the Foggy Petronas Racing outfit, has admitted it would be 'awesome' if he was able to take his new team out of WSBK and into MotoGP.

  • Open article Qatar gets WSBK round in 2005.
    26 July 2003: FGSport – orgainsers of the World Superbike Championship – have announced that the series is heading for the Middle East, with Qatar offically named as holding a round of the 2005 series.

  • Open article Provisonal 2004 calendar announced.
    25 July 2003: The FIM have today released the provisional calendar for the 2004 World Superbike Championship.

  • Open article FP1 completes homologation.
    24 July 2003: The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) has today announced that the second batch of 75 units of the road version of the Petronas FP1 – the first Malaysian Superbike – has passed homologation inspection.

  • Open article Walker defends World Superbikes.
    24 July 2003: Chris Walker has hit back at suggestions the World Superbike championship has lost its renowned level of competitiveness following the defection of champions' Colin Edwards and Troy Bayliss to MotoGP and a lack of factory teams. Over the winter, series stars Noriyuki Haga and Ben Bostrom also left the series (for MotoGP and AMA SBK respectively) which, combined with Honda withdrawing their factory outfit, has left Ducati Corse and riders Neil Hodgson and Ruben Xaus with a distinct advantage o

  • Open article Manufacturers threaten to quit over new rules.
    11 July 2003: Yesterday's announcement that the World Superbike Championship would align itself more closely to production machinery, and the rules of various national series, has angered the six principal manufacturers involved - all of whom have served notice to quit the formula should the new rules go ahead.

  • Open article FIM takes WSBK closer to national series.
    10 July 2003: The SBK permanent bureau met yesterday at the FIM Headquarters in Mies, Switzerland, to discuss the future of the class in the face of increasing competition for riders and teams from the new-look four -stroke MotoGP championship.

  • Open article Ben Bostrom misses out as Honda shun Laguna.
    3 July 2003: Former World Superbike star Ben Bostrom will not have the opportunity to take on his former rivals as a wild-card at Laguna Seca next weekend, after the provisional entry list released today confirmed that Honda will not be entering any of their AMA stars. Bostrom, a former double Laguna race winner, is said to be unhappy at Honda's decision to break with recent tradition and concentrate solely on the AMA series, which also means that Bostrom's colleagues Miguel DuHamel and Kurtis Robe

  • Open article Bostrom to debut radical Laguna leathers.
    2 July 2003: To add a little spice to next weekend's combined Laguna Seca AMA SBK and WSBK meeting, Eric Bostrom will be unveiling a special set of racing leathers just for the occasion. Despite new, and often eye-catching, leathers being the domain of brother Ben, Eric's suit is being pieced together in Italy at this very moment, and was fashioned with the creative assistance and support of Airtrix and Alpinestars. So far, sneak previews have confirmed that the designs exceed all expectations for the 'wo
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