Tom Sykes’ Monza mission

Tom Sykes’ Monza mission

Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes was a man on a mission at the Monza World superbike round in May 2012. Sykes’ Kawasaki had been on the brink of winning a race (as opposed to ‘merely’ setting pole position) since the start of the season. At Monza, his Kawasaki ZX-10R set a new speed record (339.5kph) and looked set for a double win, until the weather changed and Pirelli’s wet...

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BMC hit the Tour. In April

BMC hit the Tour. In April

  Sometimes you’ve got to improvise. Graeme Brown and I were given a tip that the BMC team was going to recce the final tricky kilometers of the opening road stage of the Tour de France into Seraing the day after the 2012 Fleche Wallonne. So I drove, Graeme hung out of the  window and grabbed some pics and we tried not to invoke the wrath of the management. ‘Pas evident’...

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Tour of Britain…1991?

Tour of Britain…1991?

  The Tour of Britain. Why wouldn’t it work? Why wouldn’t it attract a bit of a crowd and mainstream media interest? It’s ironic, when Alan Rushton and his Sport For Television outfit struggled to push road cycling into the limelight in the 1980s and early 1990s, that Olympic Games track success has raised cycling’s profile so...

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Pirelli style Pirelli substance

Pirelli style Pirelli substance

There’s no doubt that Pirelli tyres have improved by literally, ooh…seconds since the Italian brand took over as the sole supplier to the World superbike paddock in 2004. In the first seasons after the takeover and the resulting cease-fire in the tyre wars that a free tyre choice entails, Pirelli’s slicks were decidedly hit and miss. Good on some tracks, bad on others and plain...

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Bol d’Or – on the right tyres?

Bol d’Or – on the right tyres?

The 76th Bol d’Or at Magny-Cours was won by the SRC Kawasaki team on a ZX-10R running on Pirelli tyres. Second place was taken by SERT, running a Dunlop-shod Suzuki GSX-R1000. Third place in the opening round of the World Endurance championship was claimed by a Monster Yamaha Austria R1 equipped with Michelin’s finest from down the road at Clermont Ferrand. Three different bikes,...

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From Chucker to King

From Chucker to King

Spaniard Carlos Checa arrived in the World superbike championship in 2008 with a reputation that was tarnished to say the least. The World superbike championship is a very poor second behind the MotoGP championship – run by a Spanish company, Dorna. Checa was brought into the WSB championship in the hope of raising the profile of the championship. It was a tactic that had been tried...

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