Tag Archive for British Superbikes

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How much does it cost to run a British Superbike team?

How much does it cost to run a British Superbike team? Well, that was the exact question we posed to Steve ‘Wilf’ Moore – the big dog at Moto Rapido Ducati – during our little soiree at Silverstone BSB. Hopefully you’ve seen the walkaround video of John Hopkins’ Panigale R. Now it’s time to discuss budgets, something that’s usually reserved… Read more →

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Video: John Hopkins’ Moto Rapido Panigale R

British Superbikes is booming and its success is clearly evident through extensive TV coverage, but what about the stuff that happens away from the cameras: the juicy nuggets and behind-the-scenes action that’s usually reserved for team members? Moto Rapido Racing invited us to join/annoy them for a whole race weekend, so we chose Silverstone (because the garages are massive) to… Read more →

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Video: Cadwell Park Onboard

Other than Scarlett Johansson and a licence to print money, there isn’t a better way to spend a Bank Holiday weekend than racing at Cadwell Park. The now annual Party in the Park is the busiest, liveliest and loudest British Superbike round on the calendar, and I had the pleasure of racing parading the P&H/Carl Cox Motorsport 899 Panigale around… Read more →

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Video: Ducati 899 Panigale Onboard at Thruxton

Thruxton is the UK’s fastest track. With an average lap speed of over 114mph on a superbike, it’s faster than any MotoGP circuit (thanks to Matthew Roberts for that juicy nugget) and requires massive swingers to succeed. Buggered by noise issues means that riding Thruxton is a rarity, which is a shame as its warp-speed idiosyncrasies deserve to be spread… Read more →

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2016 Ducati TriOptions Cup Rd1: Silverstone

Racing, oh how I’ve missed you. Those long, derelict winter months have whizzed by and we could have done with a few extra weeks until the first 2016 British Superbike round at Silverstone. A hectic pre-season schedule involving zero pre-season testing (and budget) isn’t an ideal scenario, but that’s life. Although there was the obvious task of representing P&H/Carl Cox… Read more →

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Ridden: Kawasaki H2R

When you get offered a chance to ride the most ridiculously powerful and excessive production bike ever created, you say yes – even on a cold, damp, murky autumnal day in front of 30,000 expectant race fans. Kawasaki’s supercharged H2R has owned 2015 in terms of horsepower and willy-waving statistics, so it was only prudent that we understood what all… Read more →

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Ducati TriOptions Cup: Rd6 Assen

I’m no overly religious person (some say it could be atheism) but I sure as hell love spanking a bike at the Cathedral of Speed. Round 6 of the Ducati TriOptions Cup joined the annual BSB pilgrimage to Assen, and it was a story of highly highs and lowly lows. My favourite circuit on the calendar is more than just… Read more →

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Ducati TriOptions Cup: Rd1 Brands Hatch

Racing can an emotional rollercoaster riddled with the highest highs and the lowest lows. When it’s good, everything else in life is irrelevant. When it’s bad, it’s very, very bad – life itself is almost irrelevant, the journey home is a miserable place, something only racers can fathom. After an encouraging end to last season, we headed to Brands Hatch… Read more →

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Project 2015: The Finale

Actually, although the project has ended, 2015 has only just begun. After an epic first round of British Superbikes at Donington to whet the racing appetite, the BSB circus rolls into Brands Hatch for round two next weekend, which also means the first instalment of the 2015 Ducati TriOptions Cup and a chance to reignite my passion for pain and… Read more →