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Redding: "No good points" to take from Misano WSBK

Ducati rider Scott Redding admits there were "no good points" about his performance last weekend at Misano, as he failed to score a podium for the first time in his World Superbike career.

Rea 'has to accept' winless Misano WSBK weekend Misano
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Rea 'has to accept' winless Misano WSBK weekend

Kawasaki World Superbike star Jonathan Rea has conceded that he didn’t have the pace to fight for victory in Misano, describing the weekend as “damage limitation."

Rinaldi: Misano WSBK wins silence critics who 'bashed me'

Michael Ruben Rinaldi feels his double win at Misano will serve to silence those critics who were “bashing” him following a lacklustre start to his first World Superbike season with Ducati.

Misano WSBK: Razgatlioglu clinches first Yamaha win of 2021 Misano
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Misano WSBK: Razgatlioglu clinches first Yamaha win of 2021

Toprak Razgatlioglu claimed Yamaha’s first win of the 2021 World Superbike season in the final race at Misano, denying Ducati’s Michael Ruben Rinaldi a clean sweep of the weekend.

Misano WSBK: Ducati’s Rinaldi scores another home win Misano
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Misano WSBK: Ducati’s Rinaldi scores another home win

Ducati’s Michael Ruben Rinaldi charged to a second successive World Superbike win at Misano, passing both Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu to take top honours in the Superpole race.

Misano WSBK: Ducati's Rinaldi scores impressive home victory Misano
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Misano WSBK: Ducati's Rinaldi scores impressive home victory

Michael Ruben Rinaldi claimed his maiden victory as a factory Ducati rider at his home turf in Misano, as reigning World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea survived a major moment to finish third.

BMW rider Laverty declared unfit for first Misano WSBK race

BMW rider Eugene Laverty has suffered multiple contusions and functional neck impairment after a crash in practice and will miss the opening World Superbike race of the weekend at Misano.

Misano WSBK: Rea smashes lap record for third pole of 2021

Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea smashed the Misano lap record to claim his third consecutive pole position of the 2021 World Superbike season, beating the Yamaha of Toprak Razgatlioglu.

Misano WSBK: Rinaldi dominates Friday practice on home turf Misano
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Misano WSBK: Rinaldi dominates Friday practice on home turf

Michael Ruben Rinaldi set the overall pace on Friday at Misano in his third World Superbike weekend as a factory Ducati rider, beating Kawasaki duo Alex Lowes and Jonathan Rea.

Baz move shows MotoAmerica's level, says Gerloff

World Superbike rider Garrett Gerloff believes that Loris Baz’s move to MotoAmerica this year shows the high level of the domestic American Superbike championship.

Redding hints at Ducati concept weakness versus Kawasaki

Scott Redding believes Ducati’s inability to perform consistently at all World Superbike tracks could be down to the Panigale V4 R having a conceptual weakness compared to the Kawasaki ZX-10RR.

Honda WSBK's challenger losing time "in all areas"

Honda's World Superbike challenger is losing out to its rivals "in all areas" and there is no one single focus for future improvement, according to Alvaro Bautista.

WSBK stars blast yellow flag rule for "ruining" qualifying

Leading World Superbike riders Alex Lowes and Chaz Davies have lashed out at the new yellow flag rule for “ruining” qualifying for the second round of the season at Estoril.

Razgatlioglu "doesn't understand" jump-start penalty

Yamaha World Superbike rider Toprak Razgatlioglu says he "doesn't understand" why he was given a double long-lap penalty in the final race of the weekend at Estoril after he jumped the start.

Rea: Estoril no longer a "bogey" track after wins

Six-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea says Estoril is no longer his “bogey” track after scoring a brace of wins at the Portuguese track on Sunday.

Redding “pissed off with myself” after costly Estoril crash

Scott Redding admits he wasn’t patient enough in his battle for victory with Jonathan Rea as he crashed out of the final race of the Estoril World Superbike weekend.

Estoril WSBK: Rea wins final race as Redding crashes Estoril
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Estoril WSBK: Rea wins final race as Redding crashes

Jonathan Rea won the third and final race of the Estoril World Superbike weekend to extend his championship advantage, as Scott Redding crashed shortly after being passed by his rival.

Estoril WSBK: Rea beats Razgatlioglu to win Superpole Race Estoril
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Estoril WSBK: Rea beats Razgatlioglu to win Superpole Race

Jonathan Rea scored his third race win in five World Superbike races so far this season with a victory over Toprak Razgatlioglu in Sunday morning's Superpole Race at Estoril.

Estoril WSBK: Redding takes victory after tyre gamble Estoril
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Estoril WSBK: Redding takes victory after tyre gamble

Ducati rider Scott Redding secured victory in the first victory of the Estoril World Superbike weekend after gambling on Pirelli's soft-compound SCX rear tyre.

Estoril WSBK: Rea beats Redding for back-to-back poles

Jonathan Rea made it two pole positions from two events in the 2021 World Superbike season so far as he beat Scott Redding to the top spot in qualifying at Estoril.

Estoril WSBK: Razgatlioglu leads Redding, Rea on Friday

Yamaha rider Toprak Razgatlioglu topped both practice sessions on Friday ahead of this weekend’s World Superbike round at Estoril, as several satellite riders broke inside the top 10.

Sykes: BMW pace "completely different" to last year

One-time World Superbike champion Tom Sykes has praised BMW for the jump in performance it has made with the introduction of the new M1000RR bike at Aragon.

Lowes glad to put 2020 slump behind him with triple podium

Kawasaki rider Alex Lowes says he had a ‘big smile on his face’ after starting the 2021 World Superbike season with a triple podium finish at Aragon, following a largely disappointing 2020 campaign.

Ducati 'raised eyebrows' at Redding slick tyre call Aragon
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Ducati 'raised eyebrows' at Redding slick tyre call

Ducati World Superbike rider Scott Redding says his team "raised their eyebrows" when he told them he wanted to use slick tyres ahead of his victory in the final race of the weekend at Aragon.

Gerloff “frustrated" after clash with WSBK race leader Rea

GRT Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff says he is “frustrated” with himself and has apologised to Jonathan Rea after the two came together while battling for victory in the Aragon World Superbike season opener.

Aragon WSBK: Redding dominates as Rea and Gerloff clash

Ducati’s Scott Redding claimed a dominant victory in the final race of the World Superbike season opener at Aragon, as Jonathan Rea came to blows with Garrett Gerloff.

Aragon WSBK: Rea leads Kawasaki 1-2 in damp Superpole race

Kawasaki star Jonathan Rea led World Superbike teammate Alex Lowes in a damp Superpole race at Aragon, as Scott Redding finished down in eighth after a failed gamble on full wet tyres.

Davies: Ducati not putting enough effort into WSBK programme Aragon
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Davies: Ducati not putting enough effort into WSBK programme

Chaz Davies feels Ducati didn’t put enough effort into its World Superbike programme over the winter following a lacklustre showing in the opening race of 2021 at Aragon.

Aragon WSBK: Dominant Rea scores landmark 100th win

Jonathan Rea claimed a landmark 100th race win in the World Superbike Championship with a dominant display in the season opener at Aragon.

Aragon WSBK: Rea sets new lap record to claim pole position Aragon
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Aragon WSBK: Rea sets new lap record to claim pole position

Kawasaki star Jonathan Rea outpaced Ducati rival Scott Redding to claim the first pole position of the 2021 World Superbike season at Aragon, setting a new lap record in the process.

Rea “very frustrated” at WSBK rev limit imposed on Kawasaki Aragon
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Rea “very frustrated” at WSBK rev limit imposed on Kawasaki

Reigning six-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea says Kawasaki’s rev limit of 14600rpm imposed on it for the start of the 2021 season is “very frustrating”.

Aragon WSBK: Razgatlioglu leads Davies in Friday practice Aragon
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Aragon WSBK: Razgatlioglu leads Davies in Friday practice

Toprak Razgatlioglu topped the timesheets for Yamaha in Friday practice for the opening round of the 2021 World Superbike season at Aragon.

Bautista unsure improved Honda ready to win races

Alvaro Bautista is unsure Honda's World Superbike project is ready to win races despite the improvements made to the Fireblade ahead of this weekend's Aragon curtain-raiser.

Sykes: 'Unfair' to compare BMW development with Kawasaki

Tom Sykes says it is “not fair” to compare BMW’s current World Superbike results with that of Kawasaki’s during its rebuilding years in the early 2010s.

Gerloff "in a really good place" for sophomore WSBK season

American rider Garrett Gerloff says he feels "in a really good place" ahead of the start of his sophomore World Superbike campaign with the GRT Yamaha squad.

Bayliss fractures vertebra in bicycle crash
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Bayliss fractures vertebra in bicycle crash

Former World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss has been left with a fractured C4 vertebra following a nasty bicycle crash.

BMW has made "big step" in top speed with 2021 WSBK bike

BMW has made major strides in overcoming a top speed deficit with its new World Superbike Championship contender in 2021, according to the marque’s motorsport director Marc Bongers.

Rea eager to clear 100th win landmark early in season

Six-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea says he is eager to reach the milestone of 100 race victories in the series as early as possible in the 2021 campaign.

Redding "not bothered" by Rea's Aragon record pace
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Redding "not bothered" by Rea's Aragon record pace

Scott Redding says he's "not bothered" by World Superbike rival Jonathan Rea's record-beating pace in a private test last week at Aragon.

Czech Republic added to WSBK calendar, Australia axed
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Czech Republic added to WSBK calendar, Australia axed

The World Superbike Championship has issued another update to the 2021 calendar, with a new race in Czech Republic added in August and the Australian round cancelled altogether.

Estoril given new date on latest WSBK calendar

Estoril has been handed a new date in May on a revised version of the 2021 World Superbike calendar issued on Friday.

Rea stays on top as Barcelona World Superbike test ends

Reigning champion Jonathan Rea remained on top for Kawasaki as the sole official pre-season test of the 2021 World Superbike season came to a conclusion at Barcelona on Thursday.

Rea tops first day of Barcelona World Superbike test

Reigning champion Jonathan Rea topped the opening day of World Superbike's official pre-season test at Barcelona for Kawasaki on Wednesday.

Kawasaki's new bike for 2021 WSBK season breaks cover

Kawasaki has become the fourth World Superbike manufacturer to unveil its 2021 bike after Ducati, Honda and Yamaha. 

Yamaha's 2021 R1 World Superbike challenger revealed

Yamaha has revealed a revised livery for its R1 bike for the 2021 World Superbike Championship season.

Honda takes covers off 2021 World Superbike challenger

Honda has revealed the 2021-spec Honda CBR1000RR-R with which it will fight for World Superbike championship honours this year.

Ducati unveils 2021 World Superbike challenger

Ducati has unveiled a largely unchanged livery for its Panigale V4 R ahead of the start of the 2021 World Superbike season at Aragon in May.

Kawasaki's Lowes returns to WSBK action after injury

Kawasaki rider Alex Lowes made his return to World Superbike action this week in a private test at Jerez, following the shoulder injury he sustained last month.

Go Eleven Ducati reveals new livery for Davies

The Go Eleven Ducati World Superbike team has revealed a new blue livery for the bike Chaz Davies will ride in the 2021 season.

Alstare name returns to World Superbike grid

The Alstare name will return to World Superbike for the 2021 season as part of a new tie-up between Francis Batta's team and the Gil Motorsport Yamaha squad.

World Superbike postpones Estoril opener, adds new track

The start of the new World Superbike season has been pushed back further following the news that the planned curtain-raiser in Estoril has been indefinitely postponed.

World Superbike season start pushed back to May

The start of the 2021 World Superbike Championship season has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the opening Dutch round has been pushed back to July.

Lowes injures shoulder in crash, will miss WSBK test

Kawasaki World Superbike rider Alex Lowes has injured his shoulder in a flat track training crash and will miss a test at Jerez this week as a result.

World Superbike publishes entry list for 2021 season

The World Superbike Championship has issued a provisional entry list for the 2021 season, with 24 riders representing 16 teams and five different manufacturers.

Pedercini Kawasaki completes 2021 WSBK line-up

The Pedercini Kawasaki World Superbike team has completed its line-up for the 2021 season with the signing of Samuele Cavalieri.

Davies confident of Ducati factory support in 2021

Ousted Ducati factory World Superbike rider Chaz Davies says he is confident he will receive the Italian marque's full backing for the upcoming season as he joins satellite team Go Eleven.

Rea wants dropped scores in WSBK during pandemic

Jonathan Rea wants the World Superbike Championship to introduce a dropped scores system as a temporary measure to cover off the risk of riders missing races due to contracting coronavirus.

Camier: Racing had "lost meaning" after recurring injuries

World Superbike veteran-turned team manager Leon Camier has admitted that he lost the motivation to continue racing at the top level after a series of injuries in the last three years.

Camier named Honda World Superbike team manager

Veteran World Superbike rider Leon Camier has been announced as Honda’s new team manager ahead of the first pre-season test of the 2021 season at Jerez.

Rea 'one of the top five in the world', says crew chief

Six-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea should be ranked as "one of the five best riders in the world", including MotoGP riders, believes his Kawasaki crew chief Pere Riba.