February 2011 Archives
THE Guisborough-based Swan Yamaha team is heading to Spain this week as it fires up its 2011 pre-season testing campaign.
Riders Tommy Hill and Michael Laverty will be making their track debuts on the Yamaha when the team kick-starts preparations with a shakedown at Calafat.
They will then head to Cartegena for another two days on track in a bid to establish base-settings ahead of the new season.
CARLOS Checa took a clean sweep at Phillip Island after cruising to victory in Race Two.
The Spaniard gave a masterclass demonstration of racing after taking his second easy win of the day following a dominant weekend.
Max Biaggi once again finished second, while Marco Melandri took his first visit to the World Superbike podium with a very close third.
LUCA Scassa stole the win from Brit rookie Sam Lowes in a dramatic opening World Supersport race.
Scassa's Parkingo Yamaha stormed past Lowes' Parkalgar Honda as they approached the line for what looked certain to be Lowes' win, bringing Broc Parkes with him, and knocking the Lincolnshire star down to third.
And questions will now be being asked as to why three bikes suffered mysterious rear tyre failures in completely separate incidents, two of which could have been contenders for the victory.
CARLOS Checa took first blood with an easy victory in the opening World Superbike Championship race of the season at Phillip Island.
After dominating every session since the weekend began, the Althea Racing Ducati rider led reigning champion Max Biaggi over the line, with Leon Haslam surviving a race-long battle to grab the third place.
And it was a great first race for rookie Eugene Laverty, who led the first lap of his first ever World Superbike race, and then beat team-mate Marco Melandri over the line to take fourth.
CARLOS Checa saved his best for last as he stormed to pole in Phillip Island.
After dominating every single session since the World Superbike circus rocked up to the Australian circuit last week, the Spaniard made it look easy as he snuck out and grabbed the top spot with a blistering lap time of 1.30:882mins.
It has been the same story throughout the weekend, with the Althea Racing Ducati rider ending every session on top, and it was clear from the offset that it was going to be business as usual today.
FABIEN Foret continued to dominate the opening round the 2011 World Supersport Championship as he ended the day in provisional pole.
After his solid show in pre-season tests at Phillip Island earlier this week, the Frenchman went straight back to the top of the timesheets despite crashing his Hannspree Ten Kate Honda and only making it out for five flying laps.
But it was a troubled day for Brit youngster Gino Rea who is today nursing torn tendons in his thumb, and could be forced to miss the round if it proves too painful to ride.
SPAIN'S Carlos Checa threw down the gauntlet to his World Superbike rivals after a dominant display in the first day of the opening round.
The Ducati Althea Racing rider was quick to pick up where he left off after Monday and Tuesday's final pre-season tests, shooting straight back up to the top of the time sheets.
And North east favourite Eugene Laverty announced his arrival in the championship after finishing the day third quickest - and a place higher than reigning champ Max Biaggi.
CARLOS Checa made it look easy as he dominated the official IMS World Superbike Championship test at Phillip Island - while Brit Jonathan Rea ended the day in hospital.
Checa picked up where he left off on Monday by storming straight back to the top of the timesheets during day two, posting a new record lap of 1.30:578mins.
His impressive lap was half a second quicker than next best finisher Sylvain Guintoli.
FABIEN Foret threw down the gauntlet to his World Supersport rivals after continuing to dominate during the second day of IMS testing at Phillip Island.
Fresh from setting the fastest time during Monday's two sessions at the Australian track, it was business as usual on day two for the Frenchman.
After again topping the timesheets in the first of Tuesday's session, the Hannspree Ten Kate rider proved unbeatable as the second session drew the two-day test to a close, posting the overall best time of 1.33:904mins.