WSBK Features. Page 2

  • April 2006

    Open article 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.

  • Open article Bussei: I wouldn't help again - they kill you! [1]
    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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • March 2006

    Open article '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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • February 2006

    Open article 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.

  • December 2005

    Open article 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.

  • September 2005

    Open article Girl's world. [1]
    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.

  • August 2005

    Open article Intelligence gathering.
    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.

  • Open article Science friction.
    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.

  • May 2005

    Open article 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.

  • Open article Moving Ten Kate.
    4 May 2005: It's a logistical headache of almost military proportions, but keeping a 45-strong world championship motorcycle racing team on the march is a task that has to be completed in order to maximise the team's chances of success.

  • February 2005

    Open article Vermeulen reveals new circuit secrets.
    23 February 2005: When Chris Vermeulen and his Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR arrived at the new Losail circuit in Qatar last weekend, he and his crew chief, Kor Veldman, had to prepare for their first excursion on the track with none of the data that has become such a vital element of world championship motorsport.

  • January 2005

    Open article Martin's landed: Hot or not in 2005...
    21 January 2005: In the latest edition of his latest monthly column on, newly signed Foggy Petronas rider Steve Martin takes a look at his main competition for the upcoming 2005 World Superbike championship – and updates us on his pre-season activities...

  • Open article Official: Bostrom signs for Renegade.
    11 January 2005: It's official: 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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