Current WorldSBK Performance "Frustrating" for Rea After "Disappointing" Misano
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by Alex Whitworth
4h ago
Jonathan Rea has described his current performance levels in WorldSBK as "frustrating" after another weekend of lacking pace at the Emilia-Romagna Round. Rea qualified down in 17th, and was trying to charge forwards at the start of Race 1 on Saturday, but crashed at turn 13 while trying to get around Dominique Aegerter, who would go on to suffer two technical failures in the races. Jonathan Rea, 2024 Emilia-Romagna WorldSBK. Credit: Gold and Goose. 8-10 was Rea's Sunday scorecard, which even considering the pain resulting from the crash was not enough for Rea to give an evaluation of the week ..read more
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Dean Harrison "Quite a Bit Lost" After "Frustrating" Knockhill BSB Return
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by Alex Whitworth
2d ago
Dean Harrison returned from a solid Isle of Man TT with Honda to a weekend he described as "frustrating" at the Knockhill BSB. Harrison was on the podium four times at the Isle of Man, including in both Superbike-class races, but coming back to the short circuits - and, at that, the shortest circuit on the calendar in Knockhill - proved to be complicated. Taking a best result of 19th on the weekend, Harrison's negative feeling about his own weekend was perhaps even highlighted by the success of his teammates: Tommy Bridewell secured his first win of the year and took the championship lead, wh ..read more
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Haslam Looking Forward to Snetterton After Knockhill BSB "Weekend to Forget"
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by Alex Whitworth
2d ago
Leon Haslam's 2024 British Superbike Championship has so far been marred by technical difficulties, and that continued at Knockhill. Improving the rideability of the BMW M1000 RR for Haslam was the main concern of the ROKiT Haslam Racing BMW team in the first races, with those rideability issues seemingly finally cured in Donington Park at round three. Round four at the Knockhill BSB, however, saw another blow to Haslam's title hopes. He qualified only 14th, finished 10th in Race 1, and then retired from the second and third races. Race 2's retirement has been put down to "a small electrical ..read more
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Joan Mir Set to Remain at Honda for MotoGP 2025
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by Alex Whitworth
3d ago
Joan Mir is reportedly set to remain at the factory Honda team in the MotoGP 2025 season, despite strong rumours that he would leave. Mir, according to Autosport, will re-sign with HRC for two more years, taking the 2020 World Champion until the end of 2026 with the Tokyo factory. The move would put an end to rumours that Mir would retire at the end of the 2024 season, which Mir himself had refuted at the most recent round, the Italian Grand Prix. Additionally, it would keep open the Trackhouse Aprilia seat that Mir was anticipated to be moving to should he exit HRC at the end of his current ..read more
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Bridewell "Couldn't be Happier" After Taking BSB Points Lead at Knockhill
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by Alex Whitworth
3d ago
Tommy Bridewell entered last weekend's Knockhill BSB weekend 22 points down on then-championship leader Glenn Irwin, but went home from Scotland with an 11-point lead. The reigning champion was on strong form from the beginning of the weekend, and took pole position for the first time this year on Saturday. In the one dry race, he converted that pole position to a first victory for Honda, before backing that up with two wet weather podiums in Race 2 and Race 3. Tommy Bridewell, 2024 Knockhill BSB. Credit: Impact Images. "Honestly I couldn't be happier to come away from this weekend with a fir ..read more
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WorldWCR Rider Mia Rusthen in Coma, But "Stable" After Misano Crash
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by Alex Whitworth
4d ago
Mia Rusthen, who was competing at Misano last weekend in the WorldWCR class at the Emilia-Romagna Round of WorldSBK, is expected to be able to travel home in the coming days following a crash that left her in hospital. Rusthen crashed at turn 16 during the first race, which brought out the red flag and eventually forced the inaugural WorldWCR race to be shifted from its late-morning slot to the end of the day. The race was eventually won by former Moto3 racer Maria Herrera, who also won Race 2 on Sunday, but Rusthen's crash had left her with brain swelling, for which she was successfully oper ..read more
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Bonovo Action BMW WorldSBK Team Quits Due to "Personal Reasons"
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by Alex Whitworth
5d ago
The Bonovo Action BMW WorldSBK team has announced it will not be on the 2025 grid due to "personal reasons" for its owner, Jurgen Roder. The Bonovo Action team joined WorldSBK in 2021 with Jonas Folger after two wildcard appearances in 2020. Since its first season, its links with BMW have deepened to the extent that this year it has the same level of factory equipment as the main ROKiT BMW Motorrad team that is currently leading the riders' standings with Toprak Razgatlioglu. Scott Redding, 2024 Catalan WorldSBK. Credit: Gold and Goose. Jurgen Roder, team owner for the Bonovo Action team, sai ..read more
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Michael van der Mark Stays at BMW for 2025 WorldSBK Season
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by Alex Whitworth
5d ago
Michael van der Mark has confirmed he will remain with the ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK team in 2025. Van der Mark first arrived at BMW from Yamaha in 2021, meaning he will line up for his fifth WorldSBK season for the Bavarian marque next year. Van der Mark's time at BMW has not been smooth, the Dutchman having suffered several injuries in the past few years, most memorably a vicious femur fracture sustained in a crash in Assen last year and caught in gruesome detail by the world feed TV cameras. Michael van der Mark, Toprak Razgatlioglu, Misano. Credit: BMW. “I am very, very happy and honour ..read more
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Axel Bassani Confirmed as Second Bimota WorldSBK 2025 Rider
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by Alex Whitworth
6d ago
Axel Bassani has confirmed himself as the second rider in the new-look Provec Racing squad in the 2025 WorldSBK season. Provec currently runs the factory Kawasaki Racing Team, but will switch to Bimota motorcycles next as Kawasaki adjusts its involvement in the championship. Bassani joined the Kawasaki team for the 2024 season, having shown impressive speed at times with the private Motocorsa Ducati team in 2022 and 2023. Bassani currently sits 13th in the riders' standings with a best result of ninth coming in the first race at the Dutch Round. On the announcement of his continuation in the ..read more
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2025 Isle of Man TT Dates Announced
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by Alex Whitworth
1w ago
Dates for the 2025 Isle of Man TT have been confirmed, and a provisional schedule for practice and race week has been published. Practice will begin, as in 2024, on Bank Holiday Monday, 26 May, with an afternoon free practice and an evening qualifying. Qualifying then continues in the evening until Thursday, before an afternoon session on Friday. 10 races are once again set to take place, with the first two - Supersport and Sidecar - taking place on Saturday 31 May. The races then follow the same pattern as in previous years, with the Superbike TT on Sunday, a rest day on Monday, Superstock a ..read more
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