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Five Aussie wildcards at Phillip Island WSBK round

Friday January 16, 2015 by  

Young guns Jed Metcher and Aiden Wagner are among the five local riders who will make one-off appearances as ‘wildcards’ in the opening round of the 2015 Superbike World Championship at Phillip Island from February 20-22.

Kawasaki rider Jed Metcher one of five wildcards bound for Phillip Island.
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Metcher will join Matthew Walters in the world superbike class at the Swann Insurance-backed Phillip Island round, while Wagner’s compatriots in the world supersport category will be Sam Lambert and Tim Boujos.

Australia’s best chance of a strong result at Phillip Island probably rests with 20-year-old Wagner, who hails from Wamuran in Queensland.

Not only is he the current Australasian supersport champion, but he also competed in the 2014 Moto2 world championship round at Phillip Island as a wildcard, producing a solid performance. Read more

February’s Hottest High Speed Date

Thursday December 18, 2014 by  

All is set for February’s hottest high speed date with the launch today of the agenda for the opening round of the FIM Superbike World Championship, Phillip Island Swann round, at Australia’s thrilling Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit.

World Superbikes action 2014 at Lukey Heights, Phillip Island.
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Wall to wall racing is what world superbikes is all about and if you love motorcycles and world class sport, a ticket to the supers is the perfect Christmas gift for yourself – or for your mate. Go to www.worldsbk.com.au for bookings.

The February 20-22 event kicks off the 2015 world title chase for the leading production-based categories of world superbikes and world supersport with new rules, new riders and new machinery to thrill world motorcycling fans.

The schedule is super charged for 2015 with local classes of four frenetic categories launching their national championships being Australian Superbike, Australian Supersport, Moto3/125GP and the Australian Juniors. Read more

Laverty and Guintoli share the spoils

Sunday February 23, 2014 by  

Australian Glenn Allerton on the BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike finished 11th and 15th.
Photo courtesy of Ingrid Roepers Media

Suzuki’s Eugene Laverty and Aprilia’s Sylvain Guintoli have proven that history repeats itself in today’s round one of the 2014 Superbike World Championship at Australia’s Phillip Island.

Today, the duo shared race wins at the 4.445km grand prix circuit, just as they did in 2013 when they were teammates in the factory Aprilia squad.

But in 2014 Laverty is now under the rejuvenated Suzuki awning, and the Northern Irishman prevailed in race one after a masterful performance fighting through the pack on his GSX-R1000.

Race two saw Laverty’s engine blow up in spectacular fashion, with polesitter Guintoli taking a deserved victory on the back of a pre-season ruined by shoulder problems.

Guintoli also leaves Phillip Island as the holder of the best ever world superbike lap of Phillip Island (1:30.135), which he set in qualifying on his V-four RSV4 Factory machine. Read more

Laverty double on Sykes’ dream day

Monday October 21, 2013 by  

British rider Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) sealed the 2013  Superbike World Championship overnight at the Jerez circuit in Spain, after a sensational season haul of nine race wins and eight superpoles, 18 podiums and 13 fastest laps.

Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes is the new World Superbike Champion sealing the title overnight in Jerez Spain.
Photo courtesy of Graeme Brown/GeeBee images

The 28 year old rider from Huddersfield England delivered a solid race one on his Kawasaki ZX-10R to finish in a safe third and seal the title, before finishing second in race two. His Jerez results bring his podium tally for the season to 18 and his championships point tally to 447 to win the crown.

Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty took two victories at Jerez, his ninth race win of the season, and finished second in the title chase, 23 points behind Sykes, on 424 points. Aprilia rider, Sylvain Guintoli was third on 402 points.

Sykes win was particularly sweet for Kawasaki, a long twenty years after their last world crown, won by Scott Russell in 1993. Read more

Sykes takes the double at Donington

Monday May 27, 2013 by  

Britain’s Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) waited to his home round of Donington to pull off the ultimate weekend of his racing career, taking his maiden double win overnight at the British circuit in round five of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship.

Over the three days, Sykes was in control, leading every session from Friday’s first qualifying.

Thanks to his 8th wsbk victory, Sykes lies now 2nd in the championship, only four points away from Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team), who remains championship leader after two podium finishes. Read more

Ready for record breaking Superbike action

Thursday February 14, 2013 by  

Phillip Island – February 22-24, 2013

All the elements are in place for the Australia’s fastest world superbike race in history – and a smorgasbord of record-busting laps — when the 2013 Superbike World Championship (WSBK) is held at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit next weekend.

The expected rewriting of the record books is due to a recent resurface of the 4.445km racetrack, which has already produced a new historic lap record at the International Island Classic in late January, with dozens of other riders also carving out personal bests at the event on the new, ultra-smooth tarmac.

We’ll soon get an inkling of what could be in store for the WSBK fraternity with four days of testing underway at Phillip Island – private tests on ThurSday and Friday of this week followed by  two officially timed days next Monday and Tuesday (Feb 18 and 19) –  before the teams and riders kick off their 2013 season next Friday (Feb 22-24). Read more

Biaggi wins WSBK title by half a point!

Monday October 8, 2012 by  

Max Biaggi won his second World Superbikes title in Aprilia overnight. (Credit: Graeme Brown/GeeBee Images)
Max Biaggi won his second World Superbikes title in Aprilia overnight.
Photo courtesy of Graeme Brown/GeeBee Images

The closest ever finish in the history of the Superbike World Championship took place at Magny-Cours overnight when Italian Max Biaggi ended the season just half a point ahead of Briton Tom Sykes.

The French crowd witnessed a belter, as a series which had already been high on drama took yet more twists and turns, with Kawasaki-backed Sykes nearly pulling off a massive heist with his third and first place finishes, compared to a DNF and fifth place for Biaggi (Aprilia).

But Biaggi’s finishing position in race two was just enough to hold off his rival, in what was a second WSBK title – and sixth overall in world championship competition – for the indefatigable 41-year-old.

“This is the fourth world championship out of six that I’ve won in the last race. I guess I must like a difficult challenge!” said Biaggi. Read more

Biaggi in the box seat

Monday September 24, 2012 by  

Aprilia’s Max Biaggi has all but wrapped up his second World Superbike title in three years after yet another wild round at the Portimao circuit in Portugal overnight.

Biaggi’s main challenger and fellow Italian Marco Melandri (BMW) crashed out on the opening lap of race one and was then accidentally hit from behind by Chaz Davies (Aprilia).

Melandri suffered a bruised kidney in the incident and took no further part in the day’s proceedings, striking a seemingly irreversible blow to his title ambitions. Read more

Biaggi back in front as Melandri crumbles

Monday September 10, 2012 by  

An unexpected turn of events saw Max Biaggi reclaim top spot in the 2012 eni Superbike World Championship standings from fellow Italian Marco Melandri at Nurburgring overnight.

In conditions that were ideal for racing, the normally reliable Melandri (BMW) crashed out of strong positions in both 20-lap races, while Biaggi (Aprilia) scored a strong win in the opener before he too tumbled out of race two — won in resounding fashion by Welsh rookie Chaz Davies (Aprilia).

However, Biaggi did manage to remount and salvage a few points in 13th position, and will now take a 9.5pt lead over Melandri into the penultimate round at Portimao in Portugal on September 23. Read more

Melandri takes over WSBK lead from Biaggi

Monday August 27, 2012 by  

BMW rider Marco Melandri is the new leader in the 2012 eni FIM Superbike World Championship after an action-packed 11th round at the all-new Moscow Raceway.

Melandri was again in the zone as the WSBK title hit Russia for the first time, and even a nasty wasp sting in race one didn’t slow him down as he finished second behind Tom Sykes (Kawasaki), with the positions then reversed in the second 25-lapper.

Melandri’s main championship rival, fellow Italian Max Biaggi (Aprilia), crashed in race two and is now 18.5pts behind with three rounds remaining. Read more