Discussion in 'Motorsports' started by Bram Hengeveld, Dec 30, 2009.
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No more Spee's but i still will watch a little.
will be interesting to see Vermeluen back in WSBK, have not heard much news on the coming season though...
Looking forward to watching BSBK champ Leon Camier getting to grips more with the Aprillia,one thing for sure gauranteed in any SBK scene is....never a dull moment .
Why I think it's the best bike series to watch, good entertainment. Like the super sports to.
He was rubbish when he did a couple of rounds.
JT all the way
nothing beats Haga ...... hmmm....... ok maybe Spies but as he is of to MotoGP
I want Leon Camier to do well in WSBK this year and maybe he can take the title at some point. If not then i would put money on James Toseland taking the title this year.
Well despite Tustings word of wisdom,Camier actually done very well at his guest ride on the Aprillia at the final race,knowing the bike is a total little peach as well with some of Max's performances and results,i forsee a good season for Leon C.
Forget about JT, Camier and Haga it's Jonny Rea all the way!!
Aye,hearing that loud and clear m8,that lad has serious fire in his belly,could be doing with a bit more calmness at times though .
This is the final test before the season kicks off next weekend on the 27th at Phillip Island.......
Phillip Island WSB test: Checa surprise fastest, Haslam third
By Michael Guy - MCN
21 February 2010 10:02
Spaniard Carlos Checa stole the show on the opening day of the two day pre season test by setting the fastest time onboard his Althea Ducati 1098R. The former Ten Kate Honda rider set a blistering 1m 31.959s best in the afternoon session to finish a significant 0.390 seconds faster than his closets rival Michel Fabrizio.
Leon Haslam put his three day test at the Australian track last year to good use by clocking the fastest time in the morning session before being relegated to third in the afternoon.
Noriyuki Haga was satisfied with his day one performance in fourth ahead of Ten Kate Honda man Jonathan Rea. Shane Byrne made it three Brits in the top six and four Ducati’s in the top six onboard his Althea Ducati.
James Toseland ended his day in 11th with Tom Sykes 13th, Cal Crutchlow in 15th and Leon Camier in 20th spot.
CHECA Ducati 1098R Althea Racing ESP 1 1'31.959
FABRIZIO Ducati 1098R Ducati Xerox Team ITA 1'32.349
HASLAM Suzuki GSX-R1000 Team Suzuki Alstare GBR 1'32.484
HAGA Ducati 1098R Ducati Xerox Team JPN 1'32.518
REA Honda CBR1000RR HANNspree Ten Kate Honda GBR 1'32.544
BYRNE Ducati 1098R Althea Racing GBR 1'32.671
NEUKIRCHNER Honda CBR1000RR HANNspree Ten Kate Honda GER 1'32.735
BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. Aprilia Alitalia Racing 1'32.832
SMRZ Ducati 1098R Team PATA B&G Racing CZE 1'32.912
LANZI Ducati 1098R DFX Corse ITA 10 1'32.979
TOSELAND Yamaha YZF R1 Yamaha Sterilgarda Team GBR 1'33.135
GUINTOLI Suzuki GSX-R1000 Team Suzuki Alstare FRA 1'33.190
SYKES Kawasaki ZX 10R Kawasaki Racing Team GBR 1'33.222
CORSER BMW S1000 RR BMW Motorrad Motorsport AUS 1'33.299
CRUTCHLOW Yamaha YZF R1 Yamaha Sterilgarda Team GBR 1'33.444
XAUS BMW S1000 RR BMW Motorrad Motorsport ESP 1'33.498
VERMEULEN Kawasaki ZX 10R Kawasaki Racing Team AUS 1'33.648
PITT BMW S1000 RR Team Reitwagen BMW AUS 1'33.699
BROOKES Honda CBR1000RR ECHO CRS Honda AUS 1'33.710
CAMIER Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. Aprilia Alitalia Racing GBR 1'33.852
RESCH BMW S1000 RR Team Reitwagen BMW AUT 1'34.361
IANNUZZO Honda CBR1000RR S.C.I. Honda Garvie Image ITA 1'35.260
BAIOCCO Kawasaki ZX 10R Team Pedercini ITA 1'36.087
HAYDEN Kawasaki ZX 10R Team Pedercini USA 1'36.155
Rea ftw this year! Toseland hasnt lost it I see....
i hope the BMW does well this year
Checa leads the way in first qualifying
By Michael Guy -MCN
26 February 2010 09:45
Carlos Checa began his 2010 WSB campaign in the best possible way by setting the fastest time in the opening qualifying session at Phillip Island.
The Spanish rider posted a 1m 32.155s best to deny factory Xerox Ducati rider Michel Fabrizio by 7/1000ths of a second.
Checa set his impressive time mid way through the session but suffered a fast crash onboard his Althea Ducati in the closing minutes of the session.
He said: “The Ducati works very well here at Phillip Island and my pace at the moment is very good, but I do not know yet if it will be good enough for the race.
"I know what I am capable of and now I have to prove my pace again tomorrow. It would be happy if the temperature was the same for the races that it has been today.”
Leon Haslam was the first four cylinder bike on the timesheets in third place onboard his Alstare Suzuki.
Haslam finished ahead of Shane Byrne who suffered a big high side in the final turn and ended his session in the circuit medical centre. Byrne was later released and joined a long list of fallers during the opening day of action.
Noriyuki Haga was satisfied with his days performance onboard his Xerox Ducati and appears as calm and relaxed as ever as he starts his bid for his elusive first WSB title. He said:
“I’ve been working on my race tyre today. The smaller tyre will not last and the bigger tyre does not have such good grip in the turns and on the brakes. After seeing how many crashes there were today my aim is not to crash all season!”
Jonathan Rea claimed seventh spot onboard his Ten Kate Honda but is struggling to match the pace of the leaders and is loosing time in each split around the lap.
Cal Crutchlow finished the opening day in 10th place but upbeat having improved his Yamaha R1 drastically following last weeks disastrous test.
He said: “We never pushed for a lap so I actually think our race times are good enough to be in the top six. The bike is not perfect, but it’s better and we’re not having the chatter issues we had at the test.”
Yamaha team-mate James Toseland was also satisfied with improvements made to his bike since the test, but suffered a big high side in the final turn. The double WSB champion quickly got to his feet but was clutching his left wrist.
He did get back on track to post his fastest time of the session but when he returned to the pit went to the medical centre for a check-up.
Initial diagnosis is that he has no serious injury, but he has work to do tomorrow as he is currently down in 13th place.
Leon Camier had a solid opening day to claim 11th place 1.14 seconds behind pole man Checa with Tom Sykes in 15th place ahead of local man Troy Corser on the factory BMW.
Ruben Xaus had a day to forget after crashing three times in just 10 laps including his out laps.
1 7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'32.155
2 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R 1'32.162
3 91 L. HASLAM GBR Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'32.373
4 67 S. BYRNE GBR Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'32.635
5 41 N. HAGA JPN Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R 1'32.703
6 3 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'32.850
7 65 J. REA GBR HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'32.884
8 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'32.902
9 96 J. SMRZ CZE Team PATA B&G Racing Ducati 1098R 1'32.905
10 35 C. CRUTCHLOW GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'33.038
11 2 L. CAMIER GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'33.296
12 77 C. VERMEULEN AUS Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'33.389
13 52 J. TOSELAND GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'33.422
14 57 L. LANZI ITA DFX Corse Ducati 1098R 1'33.454
15 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'33.492
16 11 T. CORSER AUS BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'33.512
17 88 A. PITT AUS Team Reitwagen BMW BMW S1000 RR 1'33.940
18 76 M. NEUKIRCHNER GER HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'33.960
19 111 R. XAUS ESP BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'33.984
20 123 R. RESCH AUT Team Reitwagen BMW BMW S1000 RR 1'34.065
21 31 V. IANNUZZO ITA S.C.I. Honda Garvie Image Honda CBR1000RR 1'34.417
22 25 J. BROOKES AUS ECHO CRS Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'34.663
23 15 M. BAIOCCO ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'35.892
24 95 R. HAYDEN USA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'36.113
Its almost unbelievable Haga hasnt won a WSBK title innit? :s ,could be this years banner for him will be "Its now or never".....Gonna be watching Cal and Camier this season too,hopefully they get to grips with the new jobs quickly .
He is too wild to become a champion
i fear you are right there Bram he got his nick not for nothing he is allways on Nitro
same story as in Motogp he was always close to the top but the last bit was missing
anyway i am a big fan of his driving looks spectacular and always on teh limit or above it
Some changes to the lineup aswell
Haslam to Rizla,Guintoli to Rizla, Neukerchner to Honda
Phillip Island WSB: Haslam claims maiden victory in race 1
By James Keen -
28 February 2010 08:31
Race 1 :
A photo finish was need to confirm Brit Leon Haslam's first ever World Superbike victory in race 1 at Philip Island today.
The Team Suzuki Alstare rider finished just 0.004secs ahead of Ducati Xerox rider Michel Fabrizio. Haslam said: "It's not sunk in just yet, especially as it was such a close finish. I changed my style towards the end and I rode as smoothly as possible. It worked."
Third place went to Fabrizio's team mate Nori Haga and Brit Jonathan Rea finished fourth for the Ten Kate Honda team.
Fellow brits and Yamaha Sterilgarda team mates James Toseland and Cal Crutchlow both crashed out of the race early on.
1. Leon Haslam GBR Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 34mins 13.435s 22 laps
2. Michel Fabrizio ITA Ducati Xerox 1198 +0.004s
3. Noriyuki Haga JPN Ducati Xerox 1198 +0.769s
4. Jonathan Rea GBR Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR +10.201s
5. Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing RSV-4 +10.782s
6. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 +11.079s
7. Carlos Checa ESP Althea Ducati 1198 +11.208s
8. Jakub Smrz CZE PATA B&G Racing Ducati 1198 +16.522s
9. Troy Corser AUS BMW Motorrad S1000RR +20.291s
10. Lorenzo Lanzi ITA DFX Ducati 1198 +26.352s
11. Leon Camier GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing RSV-4 +29.775s
12. Max Neukirchner GER Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR +30.155s
13. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki SRT ZX-10R +31.951s
14. Shane Byrne GBR Althea Ducati 1198 +31.957s
15. Andrew Pitt AUS Reitwagen BMW S1000RR +55.082s
16. Vittorio Iannuzzo ITA SCI Honda CBR1000RR +1min 10.932s
17. Matteo Baiocco ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +1min 11.237s
18. Roger Lee Hayden USA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +1min 17.357s
19. Joshua Brookes AUS Echo-CRS Honda CBR1000RR +6 laps
20. Cal Crutchlow GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda YZF R1 5 laps completed
21. Chris Vermeulen AUS Kawasaki SRT ZX-10R 3 laps completed
22. James Toseland GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda YZF R1 2 laps completed
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Ruben Xaus ESP BMW Motorrad S1000RR
Roland Resch AUT Reitwagen BMW S1000RR
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