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WSB - Toseland Takes Provisional Front Row Position - September 1st 2006


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    James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda) scored second in an intense Superpole competition at a warm and dry Imola, having secured his best lap time of the weekend with a 1'49.394. Superpole was taken by championship leader Troy Bayliss, with a blitzing 1'48.804, with Andrew Pitt and Troy Corser now also on the front row of the grid thanks to their Superpole performances. James' immediate championship rival, Noriyuki Haga, was seventh fastest, and starts from row two. Read more.....

    Leon Haslam has won the Audi Quattro Performance award for the season's best qualifying results after achieving pole position at Brands Hatch today. Leon recorded the fastest time of the day, 1:26.558, just as the rain started to fall with a crucial 11 minutes of qualifying remaining; as a result his time remained unchallenged for the rest of the session, resulting in pole position and a 50,000 car! Read more.....

    It was a positive start to the final round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship for the Airwaves Ducati team today at Brands Hatch. Leon Haslam recorded the fastest time of the day with current championship leader and birthday boy Gregorio Lavilla in fifth. Read more.....

    James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda) rode to provisional pole at the new-look Imola circuit after a busy day of practice and qualifying, with several riders in the running for the coveted fastest lap after a particularly close qualifying contest. Toseland eventually ran out with a 0.211 second advantage over his closest challenger Troy Corser, with Troy Bayliss third quickest. Toseland's main championship target, Noriyuki Haga, was 11th quickest, 0.843 down on provisional pole. Read more.....

    The countdown is on to the television debut of the incredible Race to Dakar series, which follows the extraordinary journey of Charley Boorman as he battles to compete in the legendary Dakar Rally. The first episode of the series will be broadcast on Sky Two on Thursday 19 October at 9pm and a further six weekly instalments will follow. Read more.....

    Rizla Suzuki MotoGP racer John Hopkins will be making a guest appearance at this weekend's final British Superbike Championship round at Brands Hatch in England. Read more.....

    The Black Mint Airwaves Ducati team head to round 13 of the British Superbike championship at Brands Hatch this weekend lying first and third in the title race. The 2006 title will be decided in a double point's header at the Kent circuit on Sunday. Read more.....

    RoSPA said a new report published today into the contributory factors to road accidents reinforces the need to continue the fight against speeding drivers and to persuade more motorists to take refresher training. Read more.....

    Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) returns to the Autodromo Enzo & Dino Ferrari di Imola this weekend for the penultimate round of the 2006 World Superbike Championship and another championship finale, four years on from the memorable battle with Honda's Colin Edwards in 2002. Read more.....

    The penultimate World Superbike Championship round is about to be held at Imola, on the Enzo and Dino Ferrari circuit, only one week before the season finale at Magny Cours, France. This stage of the season sees the Winston Ten Kate Honda Team in the role of one of the main championship protagonists, thanks to the efforts of James Toseland. Read more.....

    Team Yoshimura Suzuki's Ben Spies and Mat Mladin go into this weekend's final-round AMA Superbike Championship round at Lexington, Ohio both capable of lifting the title on their GSX-R1000s. Read more.....

    The latest Transport for London review on the use of London's bus lanes by motorcycles has been greeted with disappointment by the BMF. Read more.....

    Rizla Suzuki's Shane 'Shakey' Byrne will be taking inspiration from his home fans when he races in the 13th and final round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch in Kent this Sunday. Read more.....

    Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa returned to the Motegi circuit today for a useful test following yesterday's Grand Prix of Japan. Hayden completed 54 laps testing clutch parts and chassis adjustments to his RC211V, while Dani Pedrosa gave Honda's new V4 800cc prototype its first public outing. They were joined on the track by Honda test riders Tady Okada and Gaku Kamada. Read more.....

    Camel Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi now trails MotoGP World Championship series leader Nicky Hayden (Honda) by just twelve points with two rounds remaining thanks to his fourth consecutive podium, his eighth from the last ten races, in Japan today. Rossi took second place in a race dominated and won by Loris Capirossi (Ducati), with Marco Melandri (Honda) completing the podium in a carbon copy of the front row order. The 20-point reward for Rossi moved him another nine closer to Hayden, who finished fifth behind Sete Gibernau (Ducati). Read more.....

    Camel Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi delighted his legion of local fans with a sensational final lap in qualifying practice for the Grand Prix of Japan this afternoon. Rossi continued his excellent progress with another day of hard work on the race setting of his YZR-M1 before heading out to challenge Loris Capirossi (Ducati) for pole. Unfortunately Rossi's first attempt on qualifying tyres was baulked when a rider crashed in front him, forcing the Italian to make a last-minute pit-stop. It made for a tense finale as Rossi returned to the track and beat the chequered flag by just ten seconds, giving him one last chance to challenge Capirossi's dominance. The World Champion responded in typical style with a lap of 1'45.991 - inside last year's pole record but not quite enough to topple pole man Capirossi, meaning he will start tomorrow's race from second place. Read more.....

    Camel Yamaha Team racers Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards began their preparations for the Grand Prix of Japan in ideal fashion today, lapping at the top end of the time sheets throughout both free practice sessions and ending the day with the first and fourth fastest laps overall. Both riders were able to work on their race setting, adapting the machine configuration from the fast and flowing demands of Phillip Island to the stop-start nature of Motegi, before fitting a softer compound rear tyre in a trial run ahead of tomorrow's crucial qualifying practice. Read more.....

    Nicky Hayden will continue to ride for the Repsol Honda Team in MotoGP next season having signed a new two-year deal with Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) at the Grand Prix of Japan. The fast 25-year-old American, who leads the riders' world championship, put pen to paper at the Motegi circuit today to extend a partnership with the factory Honda team that began in his rookie season in 2003. Read more.....

    THE glamour, speed and awesome noise of a full Factory MotoGP bike will grace Brands Hatch for the first time during the 13th and final round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, when Rizla Suzuki star John Hopkins puts his GSV-R990 through its paces on the historic 2.60-mile GP circuit. Read more.....

    Centurion Racing are delighted to announce their plans for the up-and-coming 2007 season. After an extremely successful year running 19-year-old Pete Spalding in the Supersport Cup Championship the team have signed a new rider to run alongside Spalding in 2007. Spalding has completely dominated the Cup Championship winning every race to date this season. The New Milton based rider has had some stunning results in the main Championship and was unlucky to miss out on an Overall Podium position at Croft Circuit. Read more.....

    The Kawasaki Racing Team will field three riders in this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi, as test and development pilot, Naoki Matsudo, makes his only wild card appearance of the season alongside Kawasaki's regular MotoGP riders, Shinya Nakano and Randy de Puniet. Read more.....

    YOU could win passes to join Rizla Suzuki at the 2006 Bennetts British Superbike Championship season finale at Brands Hatch in Kent in a free to enter competition run by team partner Plantec Holdings Ltd. Read more.....

    The BMW Motorrad R1200 RT has been crowned the UK's number one motorcycle by readers of RiDE magazine in its annual RiDER POWER Survey - the fourth time a BMW motorcycle has won this coveted title in the survey's eight year history. Read more.....

    The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG UK) say Transport for London (TfL) has ended up with egg on their face again. Read more.....

    There are several inaccurate rumours circulating surrounding possible redundancies within the BMF. It appears obvious that the intention is to do the BMF harm, to blacken the character of certain members of the Management Team and to affect the outcome of the elections at the BMF's AGM on October 7th. This statement reflects the present position. Read more.....

    The CJMF Auction is gathering pace and on return from Silverstone BSB here are the current line-up of prizes for the two night CJMF auction Saturday 30th September/Sunday 1st October. Both auctions expect to start 6.30-6.45pm. To take place at the AdrenalinX Building, adjacent to the Kentagon Bar at Brands Hatch Circuit. Hosted by Larry 'Scoop' Carter and Fred Clarke with a number of Celeb riders paying a visit over the weekend. Read more.....

    Steve Martin has signed for the DFX Treme team for the 2007 World Superbike season. The Foggy Petronas Racing rider received a number of offers following two years of impressive displays on the Petronas FP1. Read more.....

    The final leg of an exhausting Grand Prix triple-header takes place in Japan this weekend as the chase for the MotoGP World Championship heads north from Australia with Camel Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi now the closest he has been to the series lead since the third round of the season in Turkey. Third place for the Italian at Phillip Island on Sunday moved him to within 21 points of Nicky Hayden (Honda), with this weekend's event at the Motegi circuit in the Tochigi prefecture providing another opportunity to cut that gap even further before the series returns to Europe for two final races in Portugal and Spain. Read more.....

    Valentino Rossi clinched the final spot on the podium with a daring manoeuvre in the very last corner of a dramatic flag-to-flag race, the first of its kind in MotoGP, held in mixed weather conditions at Phillip Island this afternoon. The drama started on the warm-up lap when a light shower meant that the race was recalled as wet, giving the riders chance to change tyres on the grid. However, with track conditions still relatively dry they all opted to stay on slicks until the rain intensified - Rossi eventually coming in to pit on lap eight, having battled back to third after dropping to ninth after a poor start from the front row. Read more.....

    Its all change at the top as the 'Black Mint' Airwaves Ducati team leave Silverstone this weekend with Gregorio Lavilla now leading the championship. He will go into the season finale at Brands Hatch as the one to beat after he achieved two 2nd places today. Former championship leader, Leon Haslam had a day of mixed results, failing to finish the first race but coming 3rd in the second. Read more.....

    Suzuki Endurance Racing Team rider Keiichi Kitagawa crossed the Bol d'Or line at 3pm local time on his Castrol Suzuki GSX-R1000 after 24 hours of racing, 13 laps ahead of nearest rivals Yamaha Austria Racing Team. Read more.....

    Valentino Rossi will start from the front row of the grid in third place with his Camel Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards just two spots behind him in fifth when the Australian Grand Prix gets underway tomorrow, thanks to a much improved performance on the second day of action at Phillip Island. After initially struggling to find an adequate set-up for their YZR-M1 machines in yesterday's opening free practice sessions due to the cool spring temperatures, both riders worked effectively with their pit crews to find better grip for the rear tyre - improving their best lap times by almost two seconds and securing prime starting positions for tomorrow's crucial round in the process. Read more.....

    The Black Mint Airwaves Ducati's will start tomorrow's races first and second on the grid after a brilliant performance by both riders this afternoon. Leon and Greg dominated qualifying, consistently setting times quicker than Greg's lap record from last year. The 2005 BSB champion eventually took pole position from his team mate with minutes remaining in the 50 minute session. Read more.....

    Camel Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards were welcomed to the Phillip Island circuit by bright blue skies and cool ambient temperatures of 18C today, as the paddock breathed a sigh of relief that dismal recent forecasts were denied on the first day of practice for the Australian Grand Prix. The relatively good weather gave the riders ample opportunity to begin set-up work on their YZR-M1 machines as they worked to find an ideal configuration to suit the demands of the fast and flowing circuit over 27 laps on Sunday. Read more.....

    The Airwaves Ducati team had a satisfactory start as the action got underway at Silverstone today. Having rolled out of the garage on their new look Black Mint Ducati 999F06's all eyes were on the championship leading pair. They ended the day with Leon Haslam coming third in both sessions and team mate Gregorio Lavilla coming 4th and 7th. Read more.....

    Max Biaggi has today signed an agreement in Alleur, Belgium with Alstare Corona Extra team manager Francis Batta to ride a GSX-R1000 Suzuki in next year's World Superbike Championship. Read more.....

    Suzuki Castrol's number two team rider Julien da Costa has taken pole position on his GSX-R1000 for tomorrow's final-round Bol d'Or World Endurance Championship round in France. Read more.....

    The Airwaves Ducati team travel to Silverstone this weekend for the penultimate race in the 2006 BSB calendar; riders Leon Haslam and Gregorio Lavilla are currently first and second in the championship with Ducati also leading the constructers' championship by 30 points. Read more.....

    Recent figures released show that motorcycle casualties have again dropped by 13% in the London Congestion Charging Zone. Read more.....

    The Camel Yamaha Team take their global points quest to the southern hemisphere this week as the MotoGP World Championship makes the transcontinental trip from Malaysia to Australia. Round fourteen of seventeen takes place at the Phillip Island circuit near Melbourne almost a month earlier than usual, promising brisk spring temperatures and another unpredictable weekend of top class motorcycling action. Read more.....

    Rizla Suzuki is back to full strength with regular rider James Haydon returning from injury to join Shane 'Shakey' Byrne for the penultimate round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Silverstone this weekend. Read more.....

    In brilliant sunshine, thousands of motorcyclists taking part in this year's KillSpills anti diesel-spill rally brought London's traffic to a halt as they made their way from the Ace Cafe London to the House of Commons. Read more.....

    Camel Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi moved another step closer to the summit of the MotoGP World Championship today thanks to a breathtaking victory in the Malaysian Grand Prix. After starting from pole position the Italian was part of an entertaining battle for positions over the first half of the race before breaking clear alongside compatriot Loris Capirossi (Ducati). Just as they have done on so many occasions in the past, the pair became embroiled in a cat and mouse chase that had the 43,182 spectators on their feet until the very last lap. Read more.....

    After a luckless race one finish of ninth James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) rode one of the races of his life to secure the 25 points from race two that keep him in the arithmetical title hunt with two rounds to go. His team-mate Karl Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) had the best finishes of his season in sixth and fifth, and moved from 15th to 13th in the overall points table. Read more.....

    Kenan Sofuoglu (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) once more showed his true talent and class by winning the German round of the championship, being content to sit behind long term leader Kevin Curtain until the 19th lap of 23, then pouncing to score his second win in as many weekends. His team-mate Sebastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR), who is chasing the overall title, was in some difficulty in the early laps and ran off the circuit on the seventh lap. He went down the escape road at turn one, but took a wrong turn in the tyre barrier area, hit the tyres as he attempted to pass between them, and restarted well down on the leaders. He pulled in to retire from the race on lap nine dropping valuable championship points. Read more.....

    Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) continued his impressive weekend form at the Lausitzring when he claimed his fourth Superpole of the year and the eleventh in his World Superbike career. Troy set the quickest time ever recorded around the German track (1m37.623s) in the morning's qualifying session, and was then the only rider to dip under the 1 minute 38 second mark in the one-lap dash as he edged championship rivals Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) and James Toseland (Honda) into second and third place. Andrew Pitt completed the front row for Yamaha, just ahead of Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati Xerox) in fifth. Read more.....

    Camel Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi will start from pole position for the second consecutive race tomorrow after a tropical downpour forced the cancellation of this afternoon's MotoGP qualifying session at Sepang. With several sections of circuit still several inches underwater even after the rain had ceased, the riders were forced through an agonising wait before Race Direction decided to base the grid line-up on the best times of each rider from the three previous free practice sessions. A stunning pole record lap from the Italian this morning was therefore enough to put him at the front of the pack for the thirteenth round of the championship, which takes place one hour later than usual tomorrow, at 3pm local time. Read more.....

    Join the 3rd KillSpills Rally from the Ace Cafe London to Westminster on the 9th September 2006. Read more.....

    Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) smashed all existing lap records at the Lausitzring circuit as he scorched to a provisional pole position for Sunday's tenth round of the World Superbike championship in Germany. The Australian's time of 1m38.331s was over one second quicker than the 2002 lap record, well inside Lorenzo Lanzi's Superpole time from last year and two-tenths quicker than fellow countryman Troy Corser (Suzuki). Team-mate Lanzi also got his weekend off to a good start, setting sixth quickest time but lapping within two-tenths of a second of Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki) in third place. Read more.....

    Camel Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards completed a hard day's work with their Yamaha YZR-M1 machines today, as preparations got underway for the Malaysian Grand Prix with two free practice sessions. Both riders were eager to test the performance of their bikes at this circuit after a positive recent test in the Czech Republic, however it quickly emerged that the setting the team found at Brno was not as well suited to this layout or track temperatures in excess of 45C, which put the tyres under extreme stress. Read more.....

    Notwithstanding that the Assen race didn't go quite how the Winston Ten Kate Honda Team hoped, the Dutch race delivered an important result: second position in the World Championship standings for James Toseland. This is the primary objective for the tough English rider for the last three rounds of the season; going out to defend his overall second, starting off by aiming for two podium placings in Germany. The team also expects a good performance from Karl Muggeridge, who is looking for his first podium of the season. The Australian rider was unlucky in Assen race 1, when he slipped on the wet track while he was in fourth position, but fortunately there were no resultant injuries. On Sunday the Eurospeedway races will give him a chance to step up to at least one plateau of the German podiums. Read more.....

    Crescent, the leading motorcycle dealership and organisation behind the Rizla Suzuki MotoGP and Superbike squads, has teamed up with Suzuki GB and the ACU to announce a new affordable Clubman race series for 2007 in the UK - the ACU/Suzuki GSX-R Trophy - designed to encourage new talent into road racing. Read more.....

    After a glorious weekend last time out at Ingliston in Scotland, the MotoGB British Supermotard Championship moved on to the Pembrey circuit in South Wales for racing on the Bank Holiday Monday, in what was a make or break meeting for the SR Off-Road Aprilia team. Read more.....

    Rizla Suzuki's James Haydon made his comeback from injury when he rode his GSX-R1000 for the first time in nearly three months at today's official British Superbike test at Silverstone in Northamptonshire. Read more.....

    Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) moved another step closer towards taking a second World Superbike title with his tenth win of the season at Assen. The Australian crashed out of the first race, held in dreadful weather conditions and won by Chris Walker (Kawasaki), but then had a relatively easy run to the maximum points in the second counter after his three main rivals Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha), James Toseland (Honda) and Troy Corser (Suzuki) were involved in a first-corner incident. Troy now leads the championship with 332 points, 100 ahead of Toseland and 102 ahead of Haga, with 150 points still up for grabs in the remaining three rounds. Read more.....

    Parts Unlimited Ducati's Neil Hodgson fought one of the closest and most exciting battles of the 2006 season on Sunday, trying his best to earn a spot on the podium in the AMA Superbike race at Road Atlanta. Neil came up just 0.098 short of a rostrum finish as he and Aaron Yates raced for third position coming down the hill on the last lap at the Georgia track. Ben Bostrom was seventh on his Ducati 999 as he improved one spot on the final lap of the 25-lap race. Read more.....

    Dougie Lampkin was robbed of a second place finish earlier today, when time penalties worked against the British rider to demote him to an eventual and slightly disappointing fourth position. Lampkin initially looked to have secured the runners up berth behind the unstoppable Albert Cabestany, on observation alone, but dropped down the leader board as he incurred marks on time. This was after he had been assured that the time limited had been extended due to two separate situations. Read more.....

    Kenan Sofuoglu (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) scored his first ever World Supersport race victory on the home track of his team, after a two-part aggregate race, held in atrocious conditions. Sebastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) crossed the line first in the second leg of the 21-lap combined race, but was only fourth overall. Read more.....

    Noriyuki Haga grabbed his third consecutive front row start after taking second place in today's grid deciding superpole session at Assen. Read more.....

    James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda) scored what could be a very valuable top four placing at Assen after the dry first qualifying session, scoring a best time of 1'40.242 in the process. The new-look Assen was a new challenge to all the Superbike riders, with Karl Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate Honda) tenth overall, and well inside Superpole qualifying - should the second qualifying session on Saturday morning prove to be wet. Read more.....