Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) won the opening race of the year by 4.359 seconds with a masterful display of front running, heading up the official Kawasaki of pole man Joan Lascorz and the Honda of Kenan Sofuoglu.
Laverty also set the race fastest lap, 1’35.204, on lap six.
The first attempt at the race was first stopped and finally abandoned due to oil being dropped on the track, and a complete-restart was called.
The subsequent 21-lap race saw Laverty lead from the early stages again. Behind Laverty, Lascorz and Sofuoglu, Triumph rider David Salom was fourth, and the privateer Kawasaki of Fabien Foret made it onto the top five also. read more
After four tests sessions over two days, Michel Fabrizio posted the quickest time of all at the official pre-season tests at Phillip Island, a 1’31.650, set on the final morning on his Ducati Xerox machine.
Shane Byrne (Althea Ducati) was second quickest, on a 1’31.662, while Jakub Smrz (Pata B&G Ducati) was one of the riders to improve in the final session, taking his Ducati to third best time, only 0.030 seconds from Fabrizio.
Fastest rider on day one, Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati) was fourth overall, while the first of the four-cylinder riders, Jonathan Rea, was fifth in the combined rankings, having set his personal best time this afternoon on his Hannspree Ten Kate Honda. read more
Following the revelation that he has been dropped from the Triumph BE1 World Supersport squad, Garry McCoy has revealed that his best option of securing a ride could lie in the new Moto2 class in 2010.
With just six weeks until the start of the WSS championship at Phillip Island, McCoy is realistic about his chances of securing a ride with top team anywhere in the WSB paddock.
Speaking to MCN he said: “There’s not much around and to be honest I think it’s too late.
“I may well go to Phillip Island for the first race to speak to a few people, but I know I’ll find it really hard to spend three days there when I’m not going to be racing.” read more
Yamaha Motor Racing Srl is pleased to announce the appointment of Wilco Zeelenberg as Team Manager for Jorge Lorenzo in the Fiat Yamaha Team.
Dutchman Zeelenberg joins the team from Yamaha’s World Supersport Team, where he won the World Championship in 2009 with Cal Crutchlow.
Zeelenberg previously had a successful career as a rider, contesting 100 Grands Prix from 1986 to 1995, racing with three different manufacturers including Yamaha. From 1995 to 2000 he then raced in the World Super Sport championship. read more
Triumph BE1 Racing will field two Daytona 675s in the Supersport World Championship as the Triumph factory team, with Australian legend Garry McCoy joined by rising British star Chaz Davies to create one of the strongest teams in the series. Having delivered several podium finishes in 2009, the squad is aiming to become championship contender in 2010. It will mark the third successive season former Grand Prix and world superbike race winner McCoy has campaigned the three-cylinder Triumph, while Davies continues with the team after impressing in the final three rounds of the 2009 championship. read more
Commenting on the 2010 race program, Paul Stroud, Triumph’s Director of Sales and Marketing, said: “We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with Giuliano Rovelli and his BE1 Racing team and look forward to a successful 2010 campaign. In Chaz and Garry we arguably have the best two-rider line-up in the championship and with the experience gained by the team over the past two years I believe that the Daytona 675 will be a major force in the world championship.”