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No, not that one…
No, not that one. Cal's dad Dek Crutchlow has made a wildcard appearance in the Ducati TriOptions Cup at Cadwell Park this weekend, and at the age of 68 he isn’t keen on hanging up his leathers just yet. - See more at: http://www.bikesportnews.com/news-detail.cfm?newstitle=Cadwell-BSB:-Crutchlow-wildcards-in-Ducati-Cup-&newsid=12804#sthash.UKoLEFa8.dpuf
UPDATE: Curious how he did? Click HERE
Just back from Italy meetings with Ducati...
The 26-year-old spent the end of last week in Bologna, Italy, for meetings with Ducati and returned with an added option to head back to BSB rather than the deal he had desired to step up to the global 1000cc class.
For the rest click HERE
BSB News. Alex Polita swells the Ducati Panigale ranks with a return aboard the JHP Racing 1199 at Donington Park.
Alex Polita will be back on the MCE British Superbike Championship grid for the final four rounds of the 2012 season after securing a return with JHP Racing.
The former FIM Superstock 1000 champion began the season with the Jentin Doodson team aboard the brand-new Ducati 1199 Panigale, but was left without a ride when Jentin and Doodson split and the latter outfit returned to Honda machinery.
Almost three months later, Polita will once again be riding a Panigale 1199, but this time under the banner of JHP Racing, which was also involved with Jentin Doodson by providing technical support.
Polita first sampled the bike during a BSB test at Donington Park last month and will be back at the circuit for his first outing aboard the Italian machine, though he says the event will be treated as a 'test' ahead of a full 2013 campaign.
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An emphatic and confident double win for James Folkard (Minards Pavlou Solicitors/Win43.com) this weekend cemented his position as one of the front-runners in the Ducati 848 Challenge. After some strong results at Snetterton and Misano, a first win for the man from Liverpool seemed inevitable, and this weekend at the Ducati Manchester sponsored Oulton Park round he walked away with a maximum points haul.
Robbie Brown (Ducati Manchester) could only manage a third and a second despite feeling good about his chances for a victory, but he won’t be getting too worried yet as he extended his lead over closest rival Darren Fry (Hirebase Ducati Coventry) to 62.5 points. Brown showed maturity in both races, keeping his cool despite not always being in his usual top position, and walking away with some valuable championship points.
The Friday free practice session was cut very short as a result of earlier rain delays and a red flag as Mike Edwards (Ohlins@P&H Motorcycles) took an uncomfortable tumble. This left the riders with little setup information going into the unexpectedly dry sessions on Saturday. More HERE
1999 British Superbike champion Ducati 996RS for sale...
TROY BAYLISS' British Superbike championship-winning Ducati 996RS from 1999 is up for sale at 60,000 euros (approx £50,000).
Bayliss, who spring-boarded on to the World Superbike stage after winning the BSB title in 1999, took the orange GSE Racing Ducati to six wins and 14 podiums during the course of the season.
GSE Racing bought the 996RS brand new directly from the Ducati factory before the 1999 season.
The second superbike race of the 2012 BSB season opener at Brands Hatch has been cancelled after fuel was spilled during the British Supersport race.
Pauli Pekkanen crashed during the second supersport race of the weekend at the final corner and re-mounted, not knowing his bike was leaking fuel. The race was red-flagged and the team at Brands Hatch cleaned up the fuel on the track....more here: http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/sport/sportresults/British-Superbikes/2012/April/apr0912-brands-second-race-cancelled/
Bikesportnews.com, in all its glory, will emerge into pitlane on Saturday to take part in the opening Ducati 848 Challenge race of the 2012 season.
Everything you just read is not strictly true. In fact none of it is. After being invited to ride the VIP bike at the season opener and finding someone had replaced all of our talent with age and lard, we have asked young snotter Ben Field, who will also be running in the British Supersport Cup this season, to win, erm, race it for us. And the fool agreed.
So check back over the weekend to see how he/we are getting on. Meawhile, here's some useful information on the series.
The 848 Challenge was the talk of the BSB paddock last year due to the close and exciting racing that transfixed audiences throughout the eight rounds as every one of the sixteen races went down to the wire.
The former British 250GP Champ gets his Ducati dialled in...
Moto Rapido Ducati's Scott Smart has completed a full shakedown test at Cadwell Park today and leaves the Lincolnshire circuit in a positive frame of mind following the difficulties at Brands Hatch two weeks ago.
Smart accompanied team boss Steve Moore to the Ducati factory last week in order to get the 1199 Panigale fuelling correct before this weekend's British Superbike opener at the Kent circuit and says he is feeling a lot more confident.
"It was good to get some laps under our belt and just get a lot of things sorted out before the weekend. The fuelling is now pretty-much there with the Motec ECU and we now know where we have to make some adjustments and improvements during the test day on Friday," said Smart, speaking to bikesportnews.com this evening....more
In 2012, along with the established stars such as Noriyuki Haga, "Shakey" Byrne and Chris Walker, there will be a new name on the grid - Abdulaziz bin Laden.
Aladdin, as he is known to his friends, is teaming up with the late Barry Sheene's nephew, Scott Smart, to take on some of the world's best motorcycle racers. This is big news for the UAE as it is not often that a home-grown champion makes it to the big time. BSB is one step down from the FIM World Superbike Championship....more
Although the Ducati Panigale wont be seen in World superbike trim till 2013, it'll be raced in the British superbike series
The Ducati Panigale has been a massive media success and, even in these recessionary times, early sales are said to be strong. The fact that defending World superbike champion Carlos Checa will still be running the old 1199 in this year's WSB championship has left some people wondering what it will be like on track in superbike trim.
Well, the wait is over. Or almost. There will be four Ducati Panigales in the British superbike championship – three in the Supebike class and one in Supestock 1000. And Ducati is taking things seriously, with Ducati superbike racing guru, former Troy Bayliss crew chief and team manager Ernesto 'Ernie' Marinelli helping with the Moto Rapido bikes (seen with British Ducati tuning legend John Hackett of JHP fame).
Suggestions that Ernie was just doing some shopping in Oxford street and just popped into Brands were discounted. "We had 23 requests for race kit bikes and parts from various teams around the world," explained Marinelli, "and all of that data and feeback will come back to us to help us develop a better bike, so it's been a good start in those terms."...more
Moto Rapido Ducati's Scott Smart has given the new Ducati Panigale its track debut at the official Brands Hatch British Superbike test today.
The former British 250GP Champion was giving the bike its shakedown today to iron out any problems with the new Motec electronics and to also get his seating position correct before the test moves to Snetterton tomorrow and Smart can put in some meaningful times. Doodson Jentin Ducati's Tom Tunstall has also taken to the track today...more
Pirelli welcomes the introduction of new star riders, teams and circuits combined with ‘limited electronics’ regulations designed to encourage rider skill, as the MCE British Superbike Championship looks to go even bigger for 2012! The Italian tyre firm will be closely monitoring data obtained in this pioneering year, with riders using no traction control, potentially altering tyre wear characteristics.
The 2012 incarnation of this innovative series sees some important new developments as it continues to attract top riders and teams, including three time World Superbike (WSB) runner up and British fans favourite, Noriyuki Haga....more
BSB News.Moto Rapido's new Ducati 1199 Panigale colour scheme will adopt a Ducati-red and Saudi Arabian-green inspired livery.
Moto Rapido has unveiled the bike it will campaign in the 2012 MCE British Superbike Championship with riders Scott Smart and Abdulaziz Binladin.
The British-based team, which last year ran a single Ducati for Smart in the EVO class, will become championship class contenders in 2012 having expanded to two entries of the brand-new 1199 Panigale.
Along with Jentin Doodson, Moto Rapido will be giving the much anticipated Panigale its Superbike racing debut in 2012, while it will also be receiving assistance from the Ducati factory in Italy.
The attractive new livery showcases a typical Ducati red, together with green to represent Moto Rapido's Saudi Arabian backing from the Saudi Falcons and rider Binladin....more
BSB News.Moto Rapido and Jentin Doodson take delivery of the Ducati 1199 Panigales they will be racing in the 2012 MCE British Superbike Championship.
The countdown towards the start of the 2012 MCE British Superbike Championship can officially begin for Moto Rapido and Jentin Dooson after taking delivery of their brand-new Ducati 1199 Panigales.
The British-based operations will make a little bit of history when they line-up on the grid at Brands Hatch in April with the Italian machine, becoming the first teams in the world to race the much anticipated new twin-cylinder bike.
The bike, which has been lauded in the motorcycle press since its launch, goes on sale this year, but will not be raced on the World Superbike stage until 2013 at the earliest, thus enabling Moto Rapido and Jentin Doodson to give it its series debut in the UK instead...more