STEVE PLATER EYES PODIUM PLACE AT ALBACETE 8 HOUR

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Steve Plater is targeting a podium finish once he resumes his World Endurance campaign. Next up for the squad is the Albacete 8 Hour which finished a solid fifth at first race of the season, the Bol d'Or 24 Hour in France. With  one of the toughest races of the season out of the way, Plater believes the team can push for the top three in south-east Spain. "We're in it to win," declared … [Read more...]

SILVERSTONE: NEW TERRITORY FOR MAX

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The seventh round of this year’s Superbike World Championship takes place at Silverstone, Great Britain and will be a different occasion for Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Max Biaggi and Yukio Kagayama. For Max, it will be yet another new circuit to learn, but not for Yukio who has raced there in both the World and British Superbike Championships. The Midlands circuit was formerly an … [Read more...]

LACONI EIGHTH IN RACE TWO

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Valencia, Spain, 15 April 2007 - Regis Laconi (PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse Ninja ZX-10R) overcame the difficulty of a fourth row start to score an eighth place in the second Valencia Superbike race, and improve one place in his overall championship ranking. He had finished 11th in race one, and his two good points scores, from a fourth row start each time, put him 10th in the rankings now. An … [Read more...]

BAYLISS RETURNS HOME TO MONTE CARLO AFTER OPERATION

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Ducati Xerox Team rider Troy Bayliss has returned to his Monte Carlo home following an operation on his injured hand on Sunday afternoon in the UK. The Australian had a weekend of ups and downs at Donington Park. First on Friday he celebrated his 38th birthday, on Saturday he set pole position and then he high-sided out at Coppice on lap 6 of the first race on Sunday. He was taken to the … [Read more...]

1098 TAKES DEBUT VICTORY IN FIM SUPERSTOCK WORLD CUP

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Ducati Xerox Junior Team rider, Niccolò Canepa, took the brand-new Ducati 1098 S to a sensational victory on its Superstock 1000 FIM World Cup debut at Donington Park on Sunday. The award-winning 1098 which was launched in Milan at the end of 2006, now leads one of the most competitive production motorcycle championships in the world. Canepa powered into the restarted race from second on the … [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...]

NIETO AND LACONI SHARE SIXTH PLACE FINISHES

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Donington Park, Europe, 1 April 2007 - Fonsi Nieto (PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse Ninja ZX-10R) and Regis Laconi (PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse Ninja ZX-10R) each scored a sixth place finish at Donington Park; Nieto in race one and Laconi in race two. In race one Laconi made a great start from his front row qualifying position, but had to slow as the race came to an end after 23-laps, with Laconi finishing … [Read more...]

YAMAHA TEAMS FIRED UP FOR DONNINGTON

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This weekend sees the third round of the World Superbike Championship come to Donington Park for the first of three rounds in the UK. Donington hosted the very first championship round on 3rd April 1988 and it is returning to the circuit for the first time in six years to mark the championship's 20th anniversary. The track is known for its two-faced character - fast sweeping corners combined … [Read more...]

MARTIN WITHOUT A RIDE FOR REST OF WSBK SEASON

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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...]

CORSER AND HAGA MAKE PROGRESS AT VALENCIA

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Yamaha Motor Italy WSB riders Troy Corser and Noriyuki Haga each worked hard to find good base settings at a very windy but dry Valencia circuit, with Corser taking fifth fastest lap of the tests on his YZF-R1, with Haga just one place behind in the final ranking. With the YZF-R1 an all-new machine this season, Haga and Corser still have many development parts to try out and after the … [Read more...]