ALEX LOWES EXCELS DESPITE TOUGH COMPETITION AT CROFT

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Alex Lowes  swept to a brace of wins in the Evo class at Croft but despite producing a pair of fantastic rides on his WFR Honda the Lincoln rider insisted he was frustrated he could not finish higher than fifth and 11th overall at the North Yorkshire venue. The incident-packed race one, which was run in wet-dry conditions, saw an intermediate tyre-shod Lowes run as high as third … [Read more...]

HONDA READY FOR TT CELEBRATIONS

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Honda is looking forward to this year’s 100 th Anniversary TT races with one of the strongest line-ups ever in both solo and sidecar classes. In 1954, the company’s founder Soichiro Honda vowed to take part in the Isle of Man TT races and five years later on May 5 th 1959 a party of four riders and five engineers set foot on Manx soil to begin Honda’s love-affair with the Tourist Trophy … [Read more...]

PODIUM FOR MAX IN RACE TWO

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The fifth round of the Superbike World Championship at Assen was one of mixed fortunes for Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Max Biaggi and Yukio Kagayama. Max took a hard fought for sixth in the first race and then followed it up with a superb third place in the second, but Yukio struggled with problems in both races, finishing seventh in race one and eleventh in race two. The first race … [Read more...]

STEVE MARTIN QUITS DFX HONDA

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Following further discussions with DFX Honda team boss Daniele Carli yesterday, Steve Martin has decided it is not possible to find a workable solution to continue racing with the Italian squad for the remainder of the season. "I've based my decision on the fact that this whole situation has now become unworkable," Steve explained. "I want to race competitively and safely, and you can't do that … [Read more...]

REVIEW: HONDA CBR 1000RR FIREBLADE REPSOL

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In Celebration of RC211V In commemoration of Honda’s long, fruitful and continuing association with Spanish oil company Repsol YPF on the Motorcycle Grand Prix and MotoGP circuits, Honda proudly announces the release of a special version of its best-selling CBR1000RR Fireblade fitted out in bold Repsol Honda racing livery. Repsol and Honda have enjoyed a long history of mutual co-operation … [Read more...]

FIRST LOOK: HONDA ANF 125I INNOVA

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The distinctive and lively ANF125i Innova was first introduced to the European market in 2003 as a swift, stylish and highly economical step-through runabout for both young new riders and those with more experience who also feel young at heart. Its bright and attractive sense of style and panache extends through sleek, full-coverage bodywork and remarkably comfortable accommodations to give its … [Read more...]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE HONDA CBR600

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE HONDA CBR600 Honda’s evergreen favourite the CBR600 is 20 years old this year! The latest CBR600RR-7 is the latest in a long line of CBRs, stretching back to the first CBR600FH, which was launched way back in 1987. Back then the CBR600 boasted around 80 brake horsepower and a top speed of around 140mph, it was a revolution in the class, immediately topping the sales … [Read more...]

BAYLISS CRASHES OUT OF DONINGTON RACE 1 AND INJURES RIGHT HAND

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Donington (UK), Sunday 1 April: Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) crashed out at Coppice corner on lap 6 of the first World Superbike race at Donington Park today, injuring his hand in the process. Troy was accelerating through Coppice while in the lead and the rear of the bike just snapped away from me and he high-sided into the gravel. In the early afternoon he was taken to the nearby Derbyshire Royal … [Read more...]

MECHANICAL FAILURE FOR TOSELAND IN RACE TWO AT DONINGTON

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Toseland maintains advantage in eventful home round HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's James Toseland maintained his Superbike World Championship lead by the narrowest of margins at Donington Park today. The Yorkshireman suffered mixed fortunes in the two 23-lap races at the 4.02km track in front of a home crowd of 51,000 spectators. Toseland extended his championship advantage to 25 points after … [Read more...]

STEVE MARTIN LEFT WITHOUT A RIDE

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Steve Martin was today unexpectedly informed that his ride with the DFX Honda World Superbike team was no longer available, due to lack of finances for the Italian squad. Just days before being due to leave his home in Switzerland for the next round of the championship at Donington in the UK, the vastly experienced Aussie rider was clearly disappointed and bemused by the news, commenting, … [Read more...]