Yukio Kagayama

Suzuki's WSBK Boss: "Toseland Is Asking Too Much"

It has been increasingly clear that James Toseland is on his way out of MotoGP, with Roger Burnett tacitly acknowledging in the Motorcycle News that Toseland's only option in MotoGP is the second seat at Pramac. And so Toseland's manager is currently at Imola, hoping to find a seat with one of the many leading World Superbike teams which have expressed an interest in having the former two-time WSBK Champion ride for them in 2010.

Despite the interest, it may not be as easy as Burnett and Toseland have been hoping. Speaking to Italian TV channel La7, Alstare Suzuki team boss Francis Batta admitted he was interested in signing Toseland, but thought it was unlikely to happen. "James' demands are a bit too high," Batta said. "In times like these, maybe other teams have more money than I do."

The reason for Batta's refusal could be that he already has a second rider in place to race alongside the German Max Neukirchner. According to GPOne.com, Batta may already have signed Leon Haslam. The young Briton is known to be chasing a factory ride in World Superbikes, and as rumors of Stiggy Racing's withdrawal from the Superbike class due to a lack of funds continue to circulate, it is entirely credible that Haslam may already have a done a deal for 2010. If Haslam has already signed, then he could be aboard the bike as soon as the post-race tests after the final race at Portimao.

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Friday Images from WSBK at Miller Motorsports Park

Friday started out sunny and clear, but by the end of the day we had huge clouds and even some lightning in the distance. Fortunately, no rain arrived before the final session, but there is a chance of thundershowers tomorrow. Miller is set in a valley surrounded by mountains, and even in late May some snow remains on the highest spots. As the clouds gathered in the distance, the setting grew more and more spectacular.

 

 

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2009 World Superbike Test, Monza, Day 2 - Spies Strikes Back

Times from the second day of the World Superbike test at Monza: 

Pos Rider Bike Time
1 Ben Spies Yamaha 1'45.3
2 Noriyuki Haga Ducati 1'45.5
3 Michel Fabrizio Ducati 1'45.6
4 Max Neukirchner Suzuki 1'45.8
5 Tom Sykes Yamaha 1'45.8
6 Karl Muggeridge Suzuki 1'46.0
7 Yukio Kagayama Suzuki 1'46.3
8 Ruben Xaus BMW 1'46.8
9 Troy Corser BMW 1'47.1

 

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2009 World Superbike Test, Monza, Day 1 - Ducati Lead Yamaha

Times from the first day of the World Superbike test at Monza

Pos Rider Bike Time
1 Michel Fabrizio Ducati Xerox 1'45.7
2 Noriyuki Haga Ducati Xerox 1'45.8
3 Ben Spies Yamaha World Superbike 1'45.9
4 Tom Sykes Yamaha World Superbike 1'45.9
5 Max Neukirchner Suzuki Alstare 1'46.3
6 Troy Corser BMW 1'46.3
7 Yukio Kagayama Suzuki Alstare 1'46.8
8 Karl Muggeridge Suzuki Celani 1'47.1
9 Ruben Xaus BMW 1'47.2.

 

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2009 Phillip Island WSBK And WSS Qualifying - The Perils Of Superpole

The brand new Superpole format adopted by World Superbikes for the 2009 season threw up a great many conundrums at Phillip Island on Saturday, as well as a few surprises. But perhaps most of all, it also threw up confirmation of what some had suspected, and many had hoped.

The format is relatively simple, and borrowed from Formula 1:

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2009 World Superbike Season Preview

After MotoGP went four stroke, there was never any doubt about which was the premier class of motorcycle racing. Coinciding with the flight of the Japanese manufacturers from World Superbikes, the combination of Valentino Rossi's charisma and roaring, smoking, sliding 990cc bikes solidified the series' position as the pinnacle of two-wheeled racing which would brook no competition. But as the Japanese manufacturers started to slowly creep back into World Superbikes, and MotoGP switched to an 800cc capacity, the balance of power has started to shift. 

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