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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Provisonal 2004 calendar announced.
25 July 2003:
The FIM have today released the provisional calendar for the 2004 World Superbike Championship.
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.
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
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.
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.
Ben Bostrom misses out as Honda shun Laguna.
3 July 2003:
Former World Superbike star Ben Bostrom will
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
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
Yamaha set-up report - Misano.
18 June 2003:
The World Supersport riders make their second visit to Italy this season when the championship moves to the Misano Adriatica circuit near Rimini this weekend.
Yamaha set-up report - Silverstone.
12 June 2003:
A former World War II airfield, the original Silverstone layout consisted of a series of long straights connected by fast sweeping corners. Its character might have changed slightly, but the basic premise still remains.
Yamaha set-up report - Oschersleben.
29 May 2003:
Just two weeks after racing at Monza, the oldest venue on the World Supersport calendar, the championship moves to the ultra-modern Oschersleben Motopark in Germany.
Yamaha set-up report – Monza.
14 May 2003:
Set in a former Royal park on the outskirts of Milan, Monza is the fastest circuit on the World Supersport calendar.
Yamaha set-up report - Sugo.
21 April 2003:
Originally built by Yamaha as a test track in 1975, Sugo not only features a fully functioning 3.737km road race layout but also a vast array of other motorsport and leisure facilities.
Corser's lap of Phillip Island.
27 March 2003:
Aussie Troy Corser will be on home territory this weekend at Phillip Island, and here the man who holds both the Superpole and race lap records from 1999, talks us through a flying lap of the coastal circuit – which he will attack this weekend on his Foggy Petronas FP1. ''You are in sixth gear down the start/finish Gardner Straight and in January we were reaching speeds around 300kph on the FP1,'' began Corser...
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