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WSB - Laconi and Toseland Claim Front Row Start At Imola - October 1st 2005


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    The Motor Cycle Industry Association is outraged by the Parliament's decision to virtually eliminate to motorised use of Britain's unsurfaced road network. This will result in all private motorcycles including trail bikes, and cars being banned from large numbers of 'green lanes', which currently only comprise 5% of England and Wales public rights of way. Read more.....

    Seven times Isle of Man TT winner, Ian Lougher, has been crowned 2005 Duke Marketing Road Racer of the Year for a second time. 2002, the inaugural year of the championship, saw Welshman Lougher, being the first rider to lift the prestigious trophy. Read more.....

    The Ducati Marlboro Team is back to its usual line-up for this weekend's season-ending Valencia Grand Prix, with team-mates Loris Capirossi and Carlos Checa reunited following Capirossi's absence from last month's Australian and Turkish GPs. Read more.....

    Ben Bostrom is to partner the already-confirmed Neil Hodgson in the Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin team that will compete in next year's AMA Superbike Championship with factory Ducati 999 bikes. Read more.....

    James Haydon, one of the most exciting and aggressive riders in motorcycle racing, will campaign a Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the 2006 British Superbike Championship. Read more.....

    The annual MCN Awards ceremony, hosted at the Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham on Thursday 27 October, saw Suzuki's GSX-R1000 beating off some stiff competition to collect the coveted Machine of the Year and best Sports Bikes over 699cc titles. Read more.....

    BMW Motorrad UK attended last night's annual Motor Cycle News Awards dinner, where the company was presented with the coveted Best Manufacturer Award, in addition to also winning awards for the Best All-Rounder, Best Sports-Tourer and Best Tourer. Read more.....

    The 2005 International Motorcycle and Scooter Show will finally open at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre later this week. For BMW Motorrad owners and enthusiasts there has never been a more intriguing time to visit the BMW stand at the show. Read more.....

    James Toseland will ride for the Winston Ten Kate Honda team in the 2006 World Superbike championship after agreeing terms with Gerrit and Ronald ten Kate in Holland last Saturday (22 October). Read more.....

    This Thursday will mark the start of yet another chapter in the great history of CCM Motorcycles. The famous Bolton based firm will present two brand new models to the press and trade prior to Friday's public preview day. Both new models have already gained media acclaim from those that have been fortunate enough to both view and test these exciting bikes prior to their official launch. Read more.....

    The Motor Cycle Industry Association has launched a new online feature to get bikers more involved in lobbying Government about important issues relevant to the biking community. Read more.....

    The Movistar rider takes his first MotoGP victory after a faultless display and closes on the championship runner-up spot. Read more.....

    Gauloises Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards will start the inaugural Grand Prix of Turkey from the second row of the MotoGP grid tomorrow, after lapping fourth and fifth fastest in this afternoon's single qualifying session. After making the most of another extended 90-minute free practice in the morning, the difference between the leading riders was much closer today, with the top six all pulling to within a second of the pole position time of 1'52.334 set by Sete Gibernau (Honda). Read more.....

    Japanese rider, Shinya Nakano, will again spearhead Kawasaki's factory MotoGP campaign in 2006, aboard an all-new version of the Ninja ZX-RR, which is currently under development by Kawasaki engineers in Japan. Read more.....

    Gauloises Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards got their first taste of the Istanbul Park circuit today as bright sunshine and moderate temperatures welcomed the MotoGP World Championship to Turkey for the first time. The riders had an extra half hour of free practice this morning as they aimed to get to grips with the new track, which proved to be somewhat trickier than expected, with several riders running off the circuit throughout the day. Read more.....

    The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI) is urging riders to follow basic riding advice as the weather changes and darker days create more hazardous driving conditions. Read more.....

    World Superbike squad to race the TT, North West and UGP as Finnegan teams up with Klaffi Honda. Read more.....

    Honda Racing has confirmed that the pioneering Red Bull Honda youth development programme will continue in the British Superbike Championship in 2006. It will be the fifth year of Red Bull's involvement in the sport and its third year of partnership with Honda Racing. Read more.....

    Airwaves Ducati's winning form continued yesterday during title sponsor, Wrigley's Airwaves, Palmer Sport track day, picking up 1st place honours in the team competition. Read more.....

    Carl Fogarty has signed emerging talent Craig Jones for his Foggy PETRONAS Racing team's World Superbike campaign in 2006. Read more.....

    The Motor Cycle Industry Association is delighted to announce that Andy Carlile, Sports Officer at the MCI won the Dunlop 'Ultimate Biker' Championship title on 16th October at Mallory Park. Read more.....

    Parents are being warned by the Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCI) to be cautious and informed when purchasing mini bikes for off-road use by their children. Read more.....

    Former World Superbike champion Neil Hodgson has joined a list of racing celebrities attending the forthcoming Gus Scott Auction. Read more.....

    At the young age of 20, the Repsol rider continues demolishing statistics. Today Dani ratified the 250cc World Champion title. Read more.....

    Yamaha completed a clean sweep for 2005 today as the Constructors' World Championship was added to the Riders' and Teams' titles thanks to Valentino Rossi's eleventh win of the season at Phillip Island. The Gauloises Yamaha Team rider held off a strong challenge from Nicky Hayden (Honda) to continue his undefeated run at this circuit, which stretches back to 2001. Read more.....

    Randy de Puniet will step up to the MotoGP World Championship in 2006 with the Kawasaki Racing Team, after agreeing terms with the Japanese factory squad at Phillip Island this weekend. Read more.....

    Gauloises Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards both lapped inside the previous pole record time at Phillip Island today in a highly competitive battle for grid positions ahead of tomorrow's Australian Grand Prix. Rossi shaved almost six tenths off the record time he set here two years ago to secure a front row start in second place behind pole setter Nicky Hayden (Honda). Team-mate Edwards was in equally impressive form, knocking almost two seconds off his best effort from yesterday as he became one of only five riders to dip under the 1'30 mark at the legendary track. Read more.....

    The Ducati Xerox Team will compete in next year's World Superbike Championship with a new rider line-up. Australian Troy Bayliss returns to Ducati to spearhead the squad and he will be flanked by Italian newcomer Lorenzo Lanzi, who sensationally notched up two late wins in this year's series, the most recent one being last weekend at Magny-Cours in the championship finale. Read more.....

    Gregorio Lavilla, the newly crowned British Superbike Champion, has signed to continue with GSE Racing for 2006 and will partner Leon Haslam in the Airwaves Ducati squad for a second year. Read more.....

    Gauloises Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi continued his love affair with Phillip Island on the opening day of the Australian Grand Prix as he dominated today's first free practice sessions in warm spring temperatures and bright sunshine. The MotoGP World Champion was quickly inside the pace he set on his way to victory here last season, dipping well under the circuit record with a time of 1'30.349 to comfortably hold off the attentions of Carlos Checa (Ducati) after a series of quick laps at the end of the afternoon session. Checa produced a late effort of his own to reduce the gap to 0.270 seconds, with Nicky Hayden (Honda) and Sete Gibernau (Honda) the only other riders able to lap within a second of the Italian. Read more.....

    All roads lead to Mallory Park, Leicestershire this weekend to witness the much-anticipated battle to discover who is currently the best all-round motorcycle star. Read more.....

    After one year competing for Honda-Racing.co.uk in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Karl Harris has been signed by HM Plant Honda Racing for the same series in 2006. The 25-year-old Yorkshireman will be joined by Japanese rider Ryuichi Kiyonari on the HRC-prepared CBR1000RR Fireblades for the team's third consecutive assault on the world's leading domestic Superbike championship. Read more.....

    All roads lead to Mallory Park, Leicestershire this weekend to witness the much anticipated battle to discover who is currently the best all-round motorcycle star. Read more.....

    MRS Sherco trials rider Graham Jarvis took his second British Championship title at the weekend. Jarvis who returned to the British series this year after riding the Spanish Championship in 2004 made a welcome return and took a resounding victory. Read more.....

    John Reynolds has announced his retirement from top level motorcycle racing after a long and highly successful career that included three British Superbike Championship titles and highly competitive seasons in World Superbike and Grand Prix racing. Read more.....

    19-year-old Leon Camier from Ashford, Kent was crowned the British Supersport Champion at the weekend at the final round of the series at Brands Hatch Circuit, Kent. In front of a massive 25'000 strong crowd Camier rode a strong race knowing that he needed just to finish. Read more.....

    Seven weeks before Charley Boorman and Simon Pavey contest the 2006 Dakar rally, two motorcyclists will be riding similar F650 GS Dakar machines from England to Africa to support healthcare delivery charities in developing countries. Read more.....

    Gregorio Lavilla and Leon Haslam today showed that they are the two best riders in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship with an outstanding display of top quality riding at Brands Hatch. Read more.....

    The 2005 World Superbike Championship came to a close at Magny-Cours with a third place finish for James Toseland (Ducati Xerox Team) in the first race, which was won by Chris Vermeulen (Honda). Toseland had to fight hard to hold off the challenge from Karl Muggeridge (Honda) for the podium, and then finished sixth in the second race of the day after battling with 2005 world champion Troy Corser (Suzuki) and Chris Walker (Kawasaki). Read more.....

    James Toseland produced a good lap in Superpole qualifying for the final round of the World Superbike Championship at Magny-Cours to finish fifth on the starting-grid for tomorrow's two races. The 2004 world champion was on the front row for much of the session after qualifying thirteenth but was then edged off by Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati SC Caracchi) at the last moment. Read more.....

    The heat is on in the battle for the 2005 Bennetts British Superbike Championship between series leader Gregorio Lavilla and HM Plant Honda Racing's Ryuichi Kiyonari. Today's qualifying sessions were vital as the title rivals prepared for tomorrow's final two races of the season over the 2.6-mile Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit. Read more.....

    McGuinness leads HM Plant Honda Racing Superstock challenge HM Plant Honda Racing has confirmed the first part of its line-up for the 2006 British Superbike Championship and public road racing events by signing John McGuinness. Read more.....

    Rizla Suzuki's John Reynolds crashed out of the 13th and final round of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch GP circuit today and will not be racing again this weekend - he is replaced for the Brands Hatch event by Suzuki's Privateer Cup Champion James Buckingham. Read more.....

    Free practice saw a very positive start to the 2005 Bennetts British Superbike Championship for the Airwaves Ducati team. Riders Leon Haslam and Gregorio Lavilla took the two fastest lap times in the both of today's free practice sessions, being the only two riders to go under 1minute 27 in both sessions. Read more.....

    Both Ducati Xerox Team riders James Toseland and Régis Laconi uncharacteristically found the going tough in the first qualifying session for the final round of the World Superbike Championship at Magny-Cours. Read more.....

    Former World Superbike champion Neil Hodgson has joined a list of racing celebrities attending the forthcoming Gus Scott Auction. Read more.....

    The visit to Phillip Island will bring back sweet memories for the Gauloises Yamaha team and Valentino Rossi. About one year ago it was here where Rossi wrote history by winning the 2004 MotoGP World Championship, giving Yamaha its first title in the premier class since 1992, while Rossi won more victories (nine) in one season than any other Yamaha rider in history. By now this last record has already fallen at the previous victorious race in Qatar, adding the tenth race win to Rossi's tally in 2005. Read more.....

    The Kawasaki Racing Team will be back to full strength with two factory riders, Shinya Nakano and Olivier Jacque, for the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island. Read more.....

    Despite only being launched in Motorrad dealerships last month, BMW's HP2 Enduro has already won its first design accolade. The newest addition to the 2005 model line-up was voted Best of Show by a selection of the world's top motorcycle designers at the Mondial du Deux Roues show in Paris, France. Read more.....

    The nation's top-selling biking publication, Motor Cycle News, is celebrating its 50th anniversary at the annual MCN Live event in Skegness this weekend and BMW Motorrad UK will be there to join in the festivities. Read more.....

    The 2005 World Superbike Championship draws to a close at the Magny-Cours circuit in central France this weekend. Following last weekend's washout at Imola, which handed the title automatically to Troy Corser (Suzuki) and the runner-up slot to Chris Vermeulen (Honda), Ducati Xerox Team riders James Toseland and Régis Laconi have Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) in their sights as they aim to make up the gap to third place. Read more.....

    Twelve victories and five other podium finishes from nine front row starts would ordinarily guarantee the British Superbike Championship title. However, for 2005, the bar has been raised in the already ultra-competitive Bennetts-sponsored series. Read more.....

    GSE Racing today confirmed they will be competing in British Superbike next season and rider Leon Haslam has also confirmed that he will be staying with the team. After a hugely successful year GSE Racing and Leon especially are relishing the prospect of another highly competitive year in the British Superbike Championship in 2006. Read more.....

    AIM Racing has signed Adrian Archibald and Guy Martin for its 2006 road racing campaign. Both riders met with team owner Alistair Flanagan recently and agreed terms and conditions for the 2006 season. Read more.....

    After several months of enduring an intensive fitness and off-road training programme, Long Way Round's Charley Boorman will appear on the BMW Motorrad stand at this year's International Motorcycle and Scooter Show to talk about competing in the forthcoming Telefónica Dakar Rally. Read more.....

    Troy Bayliss' recovery is going to plan after surgery on his left wrist in Australia three weeks ago. To minimise the damage eighteen screws were inserted, and once he returned to Europe, Troy immediately began the rehabilitation process, so he could be back riding as soon as possible. His current condition is such that he will be unable to take part in the Australian GP in fifteen days time. The Camel Honda team wish Troy a speedy return to the squad, and have lined up young Australian rider Chris Vermeulen to race as his replacement in Phillip Island. Read more.....

    Hundreds of riders from the UK converged on the heart of Brussels on Saturday 1st October to demonstrate against the effects that proposals contained in the Third EC Driving Licence would have on limiting access to motorcycles to young and new riders. Read more.....

    James Toseland scored a fourth place finish for the Ducati Xerox Team in race 1 at Imola today, but the second race of the day was cancelled by race direction due to the appalling weather conditions. The decision means that Australian Troy Corser becomes the World Superbike Champion for the second time, nine years after winning his first title for Ducati in 1996. Read more.....

    Just six days after lifting the MotoGP title with Valentino Rossi in Malaysia, the Gauloises Yamaha Team were celebrating again today as Valentino Rossi's record-breaking tenth victory of the season secured the Teams' World Championship at the Qatar Grand Prix. Rossi became the first Yamaha rider ever to take his win total for a single season into double figures after an exhilarating last-lap battle with Marco Melandri (Honda), whilst his team-mate Colin Edwards boosted the team's points tally to unbeatable status with a determined ride to fourth place. Read more.....

    Ducati Xerox Team riders Régis Laconi and James Toseland both claimed front-row grid positions for tomorrow 's eleventh and penultimate round of the World Superbike Championship at Imola's Enzo & Dino Ferrari Circuit. Read more.....