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A pint with Michael Rutter... Fast at 40 something! - Motorcycle News

“How long have I even been racing? I think my first year was in 1989,” a perplexed Michael Rutter responded when I asked how he’s still going almost 30 years from that debut season.

I’d hazard a guess that the 17-year-old Michael Rutter that followed in his father’s wheel-tracks didn’t expect to still be racing, and winning, some 28 years later at the ripe old age of 45. At least, that’s how old we think he is – his age may well have got lost in the years of trying to haggle the best possible British Superbike ride as he moved into his mid and late thirties.

From short circuit racing to road racing, British Superbikes to Grand Prix, Rutter has been there and done it all and generally been pretty successful at whatever he’s turned his hand to. 

This year, he won the Lightweight race at the Isle of Man TT (as well as the North West 200), his first petrol-powered win on the mountain...


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A pint with Michael Rutter... Fast at 40 something! - Motorcycle News

“How long have I even been racing? I think my first year was in 1989,” a perplexed Michael Rutter responded when I asked how he’s still going almost 30 years from that debut season.

I’d hazard a guess that the 17-year-old Michael Rutter that followed in his father’s wheel-tracks didn’t expect to still be racing, and winning, some 28 years later at the ripe old age of 45. At least, that’s how old we think he is – his age may well have got lost in the years of trying to haggle the best possible British Superbike ride as he moved into his mid and late thirties.

From short circuit racing to road racing, British Superbikes to Grand Prix, Rutter has been there and done it all and generally been pretty successful at whatever he’s turned his hand to. 

This year, he won the Lightweight race at the Isle of Man TT (as well as the North West 200), his first petrol-powered win on the mountain...


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Yamaha, Honda boost their superbike portfolios in India - The New Indian Express

CHENNAI: In a bid to boost their presence in the growing imported superbike segment, two Japanese giants — Yamaha and Honda — on Tuesday debuted their superbikes - R1 and Gold Wing — in the Indian market.

Yamaha, the fifth biggest two-wheeler maker in India, launched its all-new model of its import bike YZF-R1 priced at Rs 20.73 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new variant has been planned and developed as a flagship model of racing circuit with pure MotoGP blood and would be imported as a completely built unit, India Yamaha Motor said in a statement.

The R1 is powered by a 4-cylinder, 4-valve engine that develops peak power of 200hp, making it one of the most powerful bikes in the world.

Roy Kurian, senior vice-president, sales and marketing, Yamaha Motor India Sales said: “The new YZF-R1 model will strengthen Yamaha in its superbike segment in the Indian market. It inherits its...


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Read more: Yamaha, Honda boost their superbike portfolios in India - The New Indian Express

Yamaha, Honda boost their superbike portfolios in India - The New Indian Express

CHENNAI: In a bid to boost their presence in the growing imported superbike segment, two Japanese giants — Yamaha and Honda — on Tuesday debuted their superbikes - R1 and Gold Wing — in the Indian market.

Yamaha, the fifth biggest two-wheeler maker in India, launched its all-new model of its import bike YZF-R1 priced at Rs 20.73 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new variant has been planned and developed as a flagship model of racing circuit with pure MotoGP blood and would be imported as a completely built unit, India Yamaha Motor said in a statement.

The R1 is powered by a 4-cylinder, 4-valve engine that develops peak power of 200hp, making it one of the most powerful bikes in the world.

Roy Kurian, senior vice-president, sales and marketing, Yamaha Motor India Sales said: “The new YZF-R1 model will strengthen Yamaha in its superbike segment in the Indian market. It inherits its...


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Read more: Yamaha, Honda boost their superbike portfolios in India - The New Indian Express

Yamaha, Honda boost their superbike portfolios in India - The New Indian Express

CHENNAI: In a bid to boost their presence in the growing imported superbike segment, two Japanese giants — Yamaha and Honda — on Tuesday debuted their superbikes - R1 and Gold Wing — in the Indian market.

Yamaha, the fifth biggest two-wheeler maker in India, launched its all-new model of its import bike YZF-R1 priced at Rs 20.73 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new variant has been planned and developed as a flagship model of racing circuit with pure MotoGP blood and would be imported as a completely built unit, India Yamaha Motor said in a statement.

The R1 is powered by a 4-cylinder, 4-valve engine that develops peak power of 200hp, making it one of the most powerful bikes in the world.

Roy Kurian, senior vice-president, sales and marketing, Yamaha Motor India Sales said: “The new YZF-R1 model will strengthen Yamaha in its superbike segment in the Indian market. It inherits its...


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Asia Road Racing Championships heading to The Bend Motorsport Park - The Murray Valley Standard

Tailem Bend will host the only Australian round of the Asia Road Racing Championships. 

From April 19-22 2018, 113 riders form 13 countries will shoot around the The Bend Motorsport Park 

State Tourism Minister Leon Bignell and motorsport park developer Dr Sam Shahin announced the three-year deal at the Victoria Park racetrack on Wednesday. 

“For four days next April we’re going to have the best superbike action that we’ve ever had in South Australia,” Mr Bignell said.

“We’re going to be bringing the Asia Championship to Australia and we’ll have the eyes of Asia on us as well as giving a lot of Australian motorbike riders the chance to get out there and compete on what is one of the world’s best tracks.” 

Mr Bignell said the economic benefits would be “huge” for both the Murraylands and Adelaide.

Around 30,000 fans are expected to attend, generating 16,000 bed nights and adding $7...


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Asia Road Racing Championships heading to The Bend Motorsport Park - The Murray Valley Standard

Tailem Bend will host the only Australian round of the Asia Road Racing Championships. 

From April 19-22 2018, 113 riders form 13 countries will shoot around the The Bend Motorsport Park 

State Tourism Minister Leon Bignell and motorsport park developer Dr Sam Shahin announced the three-year deal at the Victoria Park racetrack on Wednesday. 

“For four days next April we’re going to have the best superbike action that we’ve ever had in South Australia,” Mr Bignell said.

“We’re going to be bringing the Asia Championship to Australia and we’ll have the eyes of Asia on us as well as giving a lot of Australian motorbike riders the chance to get out there and compete on what is one of the world’s best tracks.” 

Mr Bignell said the economic benefits would be “huge” for both the Murraylands and Adelaide.

Around 30,000 fans are expected to attend, generating 16,000 bed nights and adding $7...


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Read more: Asia Road Racing Championships heading to The Bend Motorsport Park - The Murray Valley Standard

Asia Road Racing Championships heading to The Bend Motorsport Park - The Murray Valley Standard

Tailem Bend will host the only Australian round of the Asia Road Racing Championships. 

From April 19-22 2018, 113 riders form 13 countries will shoot around the The Bend Motorsport Park 

State Tourism Minister Leon Bignell and motorsport park developer Dr Sam Shahin announced the three-year deal at the Victoria Park racetrack on Wednesday. 

“For four days next April we’re going to have the best superbike action that we’ve ever had in South Australia,” Mr Bignell said.

“We’re going to be bringing the Asia Championship to Australia and we’ll have the eyes of Asia on us as well as giving a lot of Australian motorbike riders the chance to get out there and compete on what is one of the world’s best tracks.” 

Mr Bignell said the economic benefits would be “huge” for both the Murraylands and Adelaide.

Around 30,000 fans are expected to attend, generating 16,000 bed nights and adding $7...


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MotoGP: Provisional entry lists for 2018 world championships revealed - Fox Sports


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Whoops! Someone Knocked Over One of the Most Expensive Superbikes in the World - Popular Mechanics

Ducati recently announced the next generation of superbike, the 1,103-cc four-cylinder-powered screamer known as the Panigale V4. The 2018 bike usurps the iconic Panigale 1299 for the throne of Ducati's top superbike, and the limited-edition Speciale comes from the blueprint of a MotoGP bike, featuring a suit of electronic control measures, titanium racing exhaust, an exclusive paint scheme, and 226 horsepower—making it most powerful prooduction superbike in the world.

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The price tag would be a negotiation with your dealer, but the base Panigale V4 is expected to run around $25,000. One of only 1,500 planned Panigale V4 Speciales will bleed you for more like $50,000. After a low-key unveiling in Italy, the bike is making its grand public debut at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, and reviewers are wondering if it could be the best superbike...


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Troy rides in the superbike series - Gloucester Advocate

Troy Ryan started road racing motorbikes just over a year ago and has recently competed in the 2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK).

The year nine Gloucester High School students loves reaching speeds of up to 200 kilometres per hour and is now aiming for the World Superbikes.

Troy is only 15 and can’t legally drive a motorcycle on the road. However, he’s able to compete in the senior series after completing a road test.

In April, Troy travelled to Winton, in Victoria for round two of the ASBK series, looking to compete in two classes – Supersport 300 and Yamaha R3 Cup. Here Troy was named ‘Best Presented’ by Australian Motorcycle News magazine and was placed in the early April edition as the centrefold.

His mother, Belinda was so proud she bought all the copies from the Gloucester newsgency.

Each round of the series consists of three races per class...


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WSB: Rea tops opening day of Jerez test - Motorcycle News

Jonathan Rea started off the 2018 World Superbike season where he left off as pre-season testing got underway at Jerez today.

The three-time world champion took to the top of the timesheets from his first laps of the 2.8-mile Andalusian circuit and remained there all day as he continued to improve as Kawasaki test their machine in full 2018-spec for the first time.

Rea’s quickest time of the day, 1’39.650, is quicker than he has ever lapped here on race tyres and just 0.7 off the time he set on qualifying rubber at Jerez 12 months ago to outpace a number of MotoGP machines.

After clocking 42 laps today, Rea won’t be on track on Tuesday as he heads back to London to collect his MBE from the Queen, before heading back to Jerez to complete the test.

KRT’s second rider Tom Sykes followed Rea on the timesheets, some 0.355 back after 57 laps on track while Milwaukee Aprilia’s Eugene...


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WSB: Sykes takes control in Rea's absence at Jerez - Motorcycle News

Tom Sykes topped the second day of this week’s World Superbike test in Jerez in the absence of team-mate Jonathan Rea.

Rea had to head back to London on Monday evening to collect his MBE, leaving Sykes to fly the flag alone for KRT.

Second fastest on the opening day, Sykes significantly improved his time to 1’39.692, just a whisker of the fastest time Rea had set on day one – 1’39.650.

The Yorkshireman’s time came earlier in the day, with many riders reporting the track to be much greasier in the hottest temperatures in the afternoon than it was on Monday.

Loris Baz was second quickest as he continues to both get to grips with the Althea BMW and riding a superbike after two years in MotoGP. The Frenchman was 0.776 seconds behind Sykes and looked comfortable out on track, commenting he’d found a particularly good feeling with the front end of the S1000RR.

Eugene Laverty, who had been...


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Sports Personality of the Year 2017: Anthony Joshua, Lewis Hamilton and Harry Kane among 12 stars nominated - The Independent

Anthony Joshua leads the field of nominees for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017.

The 28-year-old added the WBA and IBO belts to his existing IBF title at Wembley in April when he beat former champion Wladimir Klitschko by knockout in front of 90,000 people before retaining the straps last month against Carlos Takam in Cardiff.

Joshua will go up against 2014 winner Lewis Hamilton after he won the Formula 1 world championship for the fourth time in his career in Mexico last month. Hamilton did so with two races to spare as Mercedes continued their dominance over the sport.

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Jonathan Rea's delight at SPOTY nomination - Belfast Telegraph

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    World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea says he is "so proud" after being shortlisted for the 2017 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

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World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea says he is "so proud" after being shortlisted for the 2017 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

The 30-year-old from Ballyclare became the first rider to clinch three successive World Superbike titles earlier this year.

He has made it onto the 12-strong list of potential champions for the first time, facing competition from the likes of boxer Anthony Joshua and Formula One champion Lewis...


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World Superbike: Yamaha Finance Australia To Sponsor Event At Phillip Island Through 2020 - RoadracingWorld.com

The start of World Superbike Race One at Phillip Island in 2017. Photo courtesy of Dorna/www.worldsbk.com.

YAMAHA FINANCE AUSTRALIA BACKS WORLD SUPERS FOR THREE MORE YEARS

Yamaha Financial Services (YFS), the finance and insurance group for the motorcycle market, is back on board with world superbikes for another three years, announcing today their long term sponsorship of the Australian season-opening round at Australia’s motorcycle mecca, the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit.

The event to be held next February 23-25 will be named the Yamaha Finance Australian round of the 2018 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship and feature the world’s leading production bikes and riders.

The partnership with the circuit and Dorna World Superbike Organisation began two years ago, when YFS took a naming right platform with the category. So successful the association, the group has signed on for...


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Yamaha launches new R1 at Rs 20.73L, Honda opens bookings for Goldwing at Rs 26.85L - Moneycontrol.com

Two of the biggest Japanese players Yamaha and Honda today debuted their super bikes – R1 and Goldwing – in the Indian market to boost their presence in the growing segment of imported premium bikes.

Yamaha, the fifth biggest two-wheeler maker in India, launched its global flagship model, 1000cc YZF-R1 priced at Rs 20.73 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

The R1 is powered by a 4 cylinder, 4-valve engine that develops peak power of 200hp, making it one of the most powerful bikes in the world. The bike has a claimed top speed of nearly 300km/hr.

The R1 is also one of lightest superbikes in the world weighing just 200kgs. It has a fuel tank capacity of 17 litres and dual disc brakes in the front and a single disc in the rear with ABS as standard.

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Ruiu, 17, signs for Grillini Suzuki for WSBK debut

Gabriele Ruiu will make his World Superbike debut next season after signing a deal with Grillini Suzuki but won’t be able to race for the team until he turns 18 next May.

Italian Ruiu rose through the ranks after impressing in the CEV Moto2 series in 2016 before making a handful of European Superstock 1000 starts with a best finish of 17th at the season finale in Jerez.

Due to age restrictions in the World Superbike championship, Ruiu won’t be able to race until he turns 18 which means the Italian will miss the opening five rounds of the season with Grillini expected to announce a replacement rider for those rounds before the teenager takes over.

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WSB: Rea tops opening day of Jerez test - Motorcycle News

Jonathan Rea started off the 2018 World Superbike season where he left off as pre-season testing got underway at Jerez today.

The three-time world champion took to the top of the timesheets from his first laps of the 2.8-mile Andalusian circuit and remained there all day as he continued to improve as Kawasaki test their machine in full 2018-spec for the first time.

Rea’s quickest time of the day, 1’39.650, is quicker than he has ever lapped here on race tyres and just 0.7 off the time he set on qualifying rubber at Jerez 12 months ago to outpace a number of MotoGP machines.

After clocking 42 laps today, Rea won’t be on track on Tuesday as he heads back to London to collect his MBE from the Queen, before heading back to Jerez to complete the test.

KRT’s second rider Tom Sykes followed Rea on the timesheets, some 0.355 back after 57 laps on track while Milwaukee Aprilia’s Eugene...


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WSB: Rea tops opening day of Jerez test - Motorcycle News

Jonathan Rea started off the 2018 World Superbike season where he left off as pre-season testing got underway at Jerez today.

The three-time world champion took to the top of the timesheets from his first laps of the 2.8-mile Andalusian circuit and remained there all day as he continued to improve as Kawasaki test their machine in full 2018-spec for the first time.

Rea’s quickest time of the day, 1’39.650, is quicker than he has ever lapped here on race tyres and just 0.7 off the time he set on qualifying rubber at Jerez 12 months ago to outpace a number of MotoGP machines.

After clocking 42 laps today, Rea won’t be on track on Tuesday as he heads back to London to collect his MBE from the Queen, before heading back to Jerez to complete the test.

KRT’s second rider Tom Sykes followed Rea on the timesheets, some 0.355 back after 57 laps on track while Milwaukee Aprilia’s Eugene...


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