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Biaggi-don-blog.jpgMAX Biaggi and Ben Spies shared the spoils in a tension-filled two races of the FIM World Superbike Championship at Brno.

Biaggi emerged victor after a dramatic Race One which saw Spies taken out by the Ducati Xerox machine of Michel Fabrizio, but the cool-headed Texan bounced back to take the win in the second.

Meanwhile a still sore Noriyuki Haga kept his championship hopes alive by grabbing an eighth and a sixth.

By Zoe Burn and Mic Archbold

doviziosoportrait.jpgANDREA Dovizioso rode to a historic first win as the MotoGP curtain came down on Donington Park today.

The Repsol Honda rider triumphed where many - including championship chasers Valentino Rossi and his Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo - fell as the changeable weather made way for one of the most exciting scraps of the season.

And it was Texas Tornado Colin Edwards who took the well-deserved second spot, just ahead of LCR Honda's Randy DePuniet who crossed the line third.

Millions of fewer carrier bags

By Trash Talk on Jul 23, 09 02:19 PM


In February 2006, twenty one retailers pledged to reduce the environmental impact of carrier bags. The 21 retailers were: Asda, Boots, Co-operative Group, Debenhams, DSG Retail Ltd (Dixons and Currys), E H Booths & Co Ltd, Home Retail Group, John Lewis Partnership (John Lewis and Waitrose), Marks & Spencer, Next Group plc, Nisa Todays, Primark Stores Ltd, Sainsbury's, Somerfield Group, Spar (UK) Ltd, Tesco, Travis Perkins (Wickes), Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc.

In May 2009, 452 million single issue carrier bags were handed out in the UK, compared with 870 million in May 2006. This represents a 48 per cent reduction, narrowly missing the target of 50 per cent.

This is a substantial reduction in raw material use and material going to waste. Of course if they had just been banned or taxed out of the market the effect would have been a lot more dramatic, in these times of tightening purse strings I am sure the supermarkets would welcome it.

Don Camier 1 Small.jpgAIRWAVES Yamaha's Leon Camier took the spoils in the second British Superbike race at Mallory Park, in a race cut short by heavy rain.

The championship leader had been out in front when the red flag came out on Lap 16 at the Leicester circuit, as the deluge began to leave huge puddles of water around the track.

And with a 6pm curfew, and the rain showing no signs of easing, race chiefs were forced to abandon a restart and call it a result, awarding half points because the race had not reached the obligatory two-thirds distance.

Don Ellison 1 Small.jpgJAMES Ellison took his second win of the season after a dramatic and controversial Race One at Mallory Park.

In what will no doubt be the subject of much discussion over the coming weeks, the Cumbrian rider was handed the win after a massive crash took out the top six riders on Lap 23.

The huge seven-bike smash was caused by Aussie HM Plant Honda rider Josh Brookes, who went into the hairpin too hot, crashing out and taking race leader Simon Andrews with him, and causing the next five riders to fall amongst the carnage.

The Ecologist moves 100% online

By Trash Talk on Jul 14, 09 04:54 PM


Nearly forty years after it first appeared the Ecologist magazine has ceased its printed edition and moved completely online.

They get the obvious environmental benefits of saving in material (ink, paper and packaging) plus the saving in energy from print and transport (both at the front end as the magazine pallets are sent to the shops and at the back end, as the returns go back to the distributor) there will also be a savings in waste from paper off-cuts, spoiled copies, pulped returns and landfilled copies - although I would hope that reader of the Ecologist are reusing and recycling the magazine.

Despite these obvious ecological benefits there is a radical difference between web and print and I hope they are taking that into account.

Empire of the Sun

By Two Point Four Children on Jul 8, 09 10:39 PM

Son No Two aged sixteen uncovered this band when he heard an instrumental piece of music on a Film Four advert. He then trawled the internet to see who was behind it. He's been listening to them for months now.

camier blog knockers.JPGLEON Camier scored GSE Racing's first ever Knockhill win as he crossed the line first in today's first British Superbike Championship race.

The championship leader made it look easy as he strolled to an easy victory ahead of Howick's Stuart Easton and Aussie Josh Brookes.

In what was to be quite an uneventful race at the Scottish track, it was Easton who got the best getaway, and made it into the first corner first.

Burns Oulton Small 2.JPGJOE Burns has taken his first Metzeler National Superstock 600 win at Knockhill this morning.

The 17-year-old Geordie led from lights to flag in the first of today's two races at the mountain-top Scottish track.

And now he is hoping for more of the same in this afternoon's second race.

Hazza needs YOUR support!

By Burning Rubber on Jul 3, 09 04:19 PM

Hazza.jpg blog.jpgGEORDIE BTCC ace Harry Vaulkhard is calling on Burning Rubber readers to help in his bid to raise a Chevy-load of charity cash.


The 23-year-old Tempus Sport driver is making the most of the British Touring Car Championship 'summer break' by embarking on the Three-Peaks Challenge this weekend.

But he is still desperately looking for more sponsors, as he bids to raise as much money as possible for the Royal British Legion.

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