Yamaha Grand Slam
Click video to see Yamaha earned 3 World Championship road-racing titles in just one day. On October 25th, 2009: Valentino Rossi won the MotoGP Championship, Ben Spies won the World Superbike Championship and Cal Crutchlow won the World Supersport Championship. This is an amazing accomplishment by Yamaha.
RSV4 SBK Season Review
The 2009 SBK World Superbike Championships came to an end in Portimao and closed out a season that witnessed Aprilia as the protagonist with its brand new, revolutionary Aprilia RSV4. The Aprilia company, which is based in the Region of Veneto and is now a part of the Piaggio Group, debuted its new V4 65° Cylinder RSV4 on the track and returned to the World Superbike Championship after a seven year absence. And they did it well.
Stiggy Racing Honda and Leon Haslam will part company at the conclusion of this year’s World Superbike Championship after a very successful 2009. After team owner Johan Stigefelt assembled a high quality team of engineers and Honda machinery the ability of Haslam complemented that with results beyond all expectation.
But it has been a tough debut year off the track in the World Superbike Championship for Stiggy Racing Honda and persistent financial issues led to the Stiggy operation being forced to end its relationship with financial backers S2 Racing.
Magny-Cours (France), Sunday 4th October 2009: this afternoon on the French track of Magny-Cours, Noriyuki Haga took a fantastic Race 2 win on board his Ducati 1198, coming straight after his second place finish in the first race. With these results, Noriyuki regains the championship lead with an advantage of ten points over Spies (Yamaha). At the end of this, the penultimate round, and thanks to today’s two podiums, Ducati celebrates winning its sixteenth Constructors title in the World Superbike Championship.
RSV4 Gets ‘R’
Aprilia officially presents the new RSV4 R against the backdrop of the twelfth round of the World Superbike Championship. Christened by Max Biaggi, the Aprilia RSV4 R is the latest product of the project that has brought Aprilia back to the pinnacle of the motorcycle world, both on the world’s circuits and on the road.
Yamaha Motor Company., Ltd and Yamaha Motor Europe N.V. are delighted to announce that an agreement has been concluded with Ben Spies for his participation with Yamaha for 2010 and 2011. The program foresees a season in 2010 with the Yamaha World Superbike Team based in Gerno di Lesmo, Italy and a switch to Yamaha’s satellite MotoGP team for 2011.
Laurens Klein Koerkamp, Racing Manager Yamaha Motor Europe said, "we got to know Ben this season in our Yamaha World Superbike Team as a very talented, professional and dedicated person with whom we are thrilled to continue working.
The Ducati Xerox Team are back from their holidays and now pack their bags for round 11 of the World Superbike Championship, the action taking place this time at Germany’s legendary Nürburgring. Since the last round at Brno, the Superbike circus has taken its traditional summer break, six weeks in length this year, giving the riders a substantial period in which to rest and recuperate in preparation for the final push.
RSV4 Racing History
The entire Aprilia organization joined the men and women of the Reparto Corse motorsports division at the Noale headquarters to celebrate the triumphant victory of Max Biaggi and his Aprilia RSV4 at Brno. In the tenth round of the World Superbike Championship at the Czech racetrack, Biaggi scored his first victory with the Aprilia RSV4 – which made its debut this year – in race 1, and confirmed the outstanding capabilities of the RSV4 with a second place finish in race 2.
Brno (Czech Republic), Friday 24th July 2009: the tenth round of the World Superbike Championship got underway today at the Czech circuit of Brno and Ducati Xerox rider Michel Fabrizio immediately got to business, concluding first qualifying in second place.
Last week Michel participated in the official Infront Motor Sports test session at Imola and was the most consistently fast of the Superbike riders.
America’s Motorcycle Racing Star
Superbike racer Ben Spies possesses a quiet, courteous southern demeanor that belies his spectacular ability to tame the irascible nature of a 1000cc racing motorcycle. Winning the AMA Superbike Championship an impressive three times made him a star Stateside, but for 2009 the soft-spoken, 24-year-old has been recruited to ride for Yamaha Motor Italia’s factory motorcycle racing team in the highly competitive World Superbike Championship.