New season, new bikes. Must be better, right?

New season, new bikes. Must be better, right?

As the 2013 MotoGP season kicks off and as the World Superbike championship and British superbike championships get up to speed, the talk is inevitably of ‘new parts’, of ‘development’, chassis modifications and engine upgrades. The assumption from observers and spectators is that those new parts will represent an improvement. That new swinging arm with more/less flex? Oh...

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Cluzel and Suzuki WSB. A smart move?

Cluzel and Suzuki WSB. A smart move?

Jules Cluzel, former 125cc, 250cc, Moto2 and World supersport rider, will make his World superbike debut with Fixi Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 in 2013. With limited time and testing on the bike, the compact Frenchman didn’t waste much time getting to grips with his new bike when he tested at Almeria in mid-January. It was the first time he had seen the track, the first time he had ridden the...

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Racing for free. Who profits?

Racing for free. Who profits?

How much do British superbike riders get paid? What sort of prize money is on offer? Nothing, basically While pro cycling – World Tour, Pro Continental, Women’s teams – struggle to attract sponsors and are manoeuvering to claim a share of money from television rights and race organisers, spare a thought for riders in the British superbike championship. And those in the World...

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WSB inching ahead of MotoGP

WSB inching ahead of MotoGP

You have to hand it to the Flammini brothers, the men behind the World Superbike circus. We laughed at them in 2004 when they sold their WSB championship to Pirelli wherein everyone apparently won* – but they’re still here and their championship is remarkably healthy, considering the world’s motorcycle economy is broken. And, after various rule changes and tweaks, they’re...

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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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Pirelli WSB chunky wets

Pirelli WSB chunky wets

Ah, the Pirelli wet tyres. We mentioned them a couple of weeks ago here. Said they weren’t quite doing what they were designed to do – or at least not doing it well enough, consistently enough. It wasn’t just shit stirring. Because, here we are at Monza and, after a traumatic series of wet and dry sessions on Saturday practice and qualifying, the Saturday night rumours in the...

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