After the recent sightings of the BMW “Project K46” on the Cartagena track in Spain, the first assumption has already been created. It is very possible that this could be the final version with which BMW will compete in the 2009 Superbike competition.
Ernesto Marinelli, Ducati Corse Superbike technical manager as well as the track engineer for Troy Bayliss, shares the secrets and technical differences of the new 1098 F08: “The 1098 F08 is the closest a Ducati Superbike has ever been to a road-going ‘R’ version and represents a totally new design compared to the 999. In accordance with the latest Superbike regulations, engine capacity has been increased 200cc and, while the engine of the 999 F07 was basically a prototype, the 1098 F08 is (...)
Valsir reaffirms its sponsorship activity in the world of motorsport in 2008. After years of brilliant results in terms of image, Valsir is ready to embark on a new adventure in the world of motorcycling, as official sponsor to the Ducati Xerox Team in the World Superbike Championship. Valsir and Ducati, two famous companies in the world of “Made in Italy”, have formed a winning partnership that sees them combine their passion, experience and quality products. The Ducati Xerox Team (...)
Two iconic names in motorcycle racing, MV Agusta and Carl Fogarty, are to join forces for an assault on the Superbike World Championship. The Italian manufacturer is set to enter the championship in the 2008 season with Fogarty’s British based team as their factory supported outfit. "We are happy to race with Carl Fogarty’s team in 2008 and see this as a long term relationship," says MV Agusta President Claudio Castiglioni. "We always targeted 2008 as our debut year in the (...)
After a six year absence, Chris Walker returns to British Superbike action in the opening round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch this Bank Holiday Monday riding an all-new Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 and determined to establish himself as a title contender from the outset. A four-time runner up in the series, fans’ favourite ’Stalker’ has spent the last half dozen years battling in the Grand Prix and World Superbike Championships. The 35 year old returns to British (...)
Troy Bayliss and Lorenzo Lanzi were both among the front-runners in the two-day Pirelli test session at the Valencia circuit in Spain on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week. It was the first outing for the two reconfirmed riders in the Ducati Xerox Team in view of next year’s championship. Bayliss, this year’s World Superbike champion and winner of the final round of the MotoGP championship here at the end of October, set the third equal time overall with Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki) in 1m34.2s on (...)
Hannspree BV, a manufacturer of LCD monitors, has replaced Winston as the main sponsor of the Ten Kate Honda World Superbike and World Supersport teams, Honda Motor Europe announced today. The German company will also sponsor Team Honda Martin Racing in the World Motocross Championship M1 and MX2 classes. They will also be a major partner in the RS125 GP Trophy organized by Honda (...)
Max makes an early impression Max Biaggi (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) made an impressive first impact on his SBK peers, after setting the fastest time during the first off season Pirelli Devel opment tests. His best of 1’33.9 was a clear indication of his intent in his first SBK season, and his fast time came thanks in part to the good track and weather conditions at Valencia, with temperatures of over 20 degrees centigrade evident on both days. Lanzi second and back to fine form Lorenzo (...)