World SBK Preview
The 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship season opener of takes place on Feb. 26-27 at Phillip Island in Australia. The World SBK teams will prepare for the season with an official test session at the same venue just one-week earlier.
An evocative name in all forms of racing inside the Superbike World Championship paddock, the Alstare team once more represents the might of Suzuki GSX-R1000 in 2011.
Financial realities means that the team, run and owned by Francis and Patricia Batta, will only field one Suzuki in 2011 WSBK.
2011 World Superbike
There is often a kind of poetic resilience and quiet pride inherent in being a runner-up, like that of an overlooked groomsman.
The resulting strength of character carries a certain beauty to it-especially when contributing factors may be to blame for being relegated to the second fiddle position.
BMW Superbike Prep
The BMW Motorrad Motorsport Team of Troy Corser and Leon Haslam didn’t stop working after the first official test of 2011 World Superbike last week at Portimao.
The WSBK pilots of the BMW S1000RR continued prep for the upcoming season by traveling to Phillip Island, Australia, for two more days of superbike testing.
At the recent BMW Motorrad Italia World Superbike tests in Eastern Creek, Australia, Leon Haslam was donning new leathers from Dainese.
The Italian racing leathers company has sponsored Haslam, and will supply the British WSBK rider with a Dainese suit, boots, gloves and all protections from neck to toe as he competes on the BMW S1000RR.
The very first race of 2010 set the scene for one of the most thrilling seasons of World Superbike Championship racing ever, with drama all the way and the result decided by just 0.004 of second.
The 26-race WSBK season was packed with last-gasp victories, elbow-to-elbow racing, breathtaking passes, huge crashes and an edge-of-the-seat title battle.
Suzuki GSX-R 1000
The bike that nearly beat the 2010 World Superbike Champion Max Biaggi, the 2010 vintage Suzuki GSX-R1000, was an adept machine, making the best of its characteristics, as the Alstare team ended up doing all their own development and tuning work in-house.
Portimao SBK Pre-Season Test
Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) set the fastest time on the second day of official World Superbike pre-season testing at Portimao. On a day hit by bad weather and despite yesterday’s finger-damaging crash, the 22-year-old Northern Irishman made all the difference both on the wet track in the morning and in the afternoon’s damp session on intermediate tyres. Rea’s best lap today was 1 minute 49.108 seconds, about seven seconds off yesterday’s dry lap times.
2010 World Superbike (WSBK)
Three British riders powered to the front in the first day of the official Superbike test at the Portimao circuit in Portugal. Leon Haslam was the man most in form as the Suzuki Alstare rider went quickest both in the morning and the afternoon, ending the day on the 1 minute 42.778 second mark, just three-tenths off Ben Spies’ 2009 outright circuit best lap.
New Alstare Suzuki rider Leon Haslam admits his hopes for the 2010 FIM World Superbike Championship season have been boosted by the performance of the bike during winter testing.
The 26-year-old Briton, who has moved to the team from the now defunct Stiggy Racing Honda squad, will team up with Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli as the Belgium-based team look to battle for the title after some trying times since Troy Corser took the title for them in 2005.
Just two days after the last round of this year’s Superbike World Championship (WSBK) in Portimao, Suzuki Alstare begin their preparation for 2010 with two days of tests at their Portuguese circuit. New signings Sylvain Guintoli and Leon Haslam will have two days with the team before the winter tests later this year.
Haslam takes third row start at Miller Motorsports Park Despite showing consistent pace, Leon Haslam was struggling to find the connection with the pace setters in the Superbike field in his first qualifying at the Miller track yesterday, and found himself fading to the lower regions of the time sheets. Improvement to the set up of his bike was still not perfect, but Haslam managed to pick up his pace in the second qualifying session and secured a place in the Superpole by setting the 13th best time.
Spies on the podium in Valencia.
It was a mixed day for the Yamaha World Superbike Team in Valencia today. Race one saw Ben Spies fall going into turn one on the ninth lap as he moved in to take Neukirchner (Suzuki) for second position. Team-mate Tom Sykes faired better, having started in 16th position following an unlucky tyre decision in Superpole yesterday, he steadily worked his way through the field to finish seventh with an impressive display of consistent race pace.