Welcome to the beta version of the new Women & Golf website. Our web monkeys are still hard at work and welcome your feedback.  


WSBK: News, gossip and rumour

Now that Chaz Davies has completed the BMW Italia line-up, the rest of the players should fall into place, given that Spies is out of the equation with his move to the Ducati Junior MotoGP squad.

It should be announced soon that Leon Haslam has done a two-year deal with Ten Kate Honda which should also see him at the Suzuka Eight-Hours and maybe take part in some MotoGP testing too.

Rumours the factory are going to be introducing a V-four engine in 2014 still won't go away and may be part of the reason Haslam has signed for 24 months. He has certainly said on more than one occasion that it is a good package and prospects, rather than cash, that interest him.


What isn't clear is where Jonathan Rea is going to land. If it all goes swimmingly at Misano this weekend, then it is more than likely he will go wherever the second leasable RC213V goes as there are question marks over whether U, Fatso Gresini will keep hold of it. If not, then he will definitely have an options to stay with Ten Kate. If he goes, then there could be room for Sam Lowes to step up to the big class...

With Tom Sykes already signed up to Kawasaki, he will have more than a say over who partners him in the garage. The likelihood is Loris Baz should remain as he is a podium man this year and, when you take crash damage out of the equation, free of charge. Kawasaki aren't exactly flush but might have the funds for a second big-name rider.

Speaking of those, it is believed Carlos Checa is not at all happy about the new Panigale with some of our friends in the European media reporting he actually doesn't want to ride it and could be looking elsewhere but there is only Team Green with a competitive ride available.

Eugene Laverty showed the world on Sunday he has got to grips with the RSV4 and bagged a brace of podiums. He has openly said he wants to remain on the Aprilia as it's the 'best bike in the paddock' while team-mate Max Biaggi will do one more year to top up his pension. Rumours that he has split with his doris Eleonora seem to be unfounded as she showed up in Germany. What wasn't unfounded were the rumours he was knocked off his paddock scooter by an Alfa-driving track official on Thursday evening.

Another Brit who reminded the world how fast he is was Leon Camier. His pace through the pack and on very used tyres - as fast as winner Biaggi at the end of race one - reminded this reporter of 2009 in Britain. It proves that Camier still has the pace to win and just needs a bike on which to do it. It looks likely his team will stay in the series with Suzuki and Yoshimura support (although whether the latter is a good thing remains to be seen). His team-mate, John Hopkins, however, struggled again and maybe his plethora of injuries really have taken their toll…

Articles you may like


More WorldSBK

linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram