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Davide Tardozzi To Join BMW's WSBK Team?

At the last round of MotoGP at Valencia this year, Ducati announced a double-whammy of team manager losses: MotoGP team boss and sponsorship generator Livio Suppo announced he would be moving on to Honda for the 2010 season as their Racing Marketing Manager, while at the same time, WSBK boss Davide Tardozzi told the world that he would be leaving the World Superbike squad in search of a new challenge.

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Another Replacement: Steve Martin In For Troy Corser

The World Superbike field for Kyalami just lost another regular. We reported earlier that Nieto, Lavilla and Laverty would be in for Neukirchner, Roberts and Harms, and just a few hours later, we learn that Troy Corser is to sit out the South African round of World Superbikes as well. The Australian was already riding with a hand injury, but the first-corner pile-up at Monza added a nasty bang to the head as well. After another tumble through the gravel in the restarted race one, Corser decided that caution was the better part of valor and sat out race two.

Now the team has decided that it would be better for Corser to miss the Kyalami round as well. "Kyalami is a very physical track, very bumpy in places and this would've not have helped Troy's hand get any better," the press release stated. Taking Corser's place will be World Superbike veteran, Le Mans 24-hour victor and BMW test rider Steve Martin.

Hopefully, this will be the last of the replacements, and the physical nature of Kyalami won't produce any more injuries. With two weeks between South Africa and Miller Motorsports Park, at least some of WSBK's regular riders may be fit enough to make a return.

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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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