World Superbike Championship


  • Jonathan Rea dan Kawasaki telah dinobatkan sebagai Juara WorldSBK 2017.
  • Kemenangan ke-12 bagi musim ini buat Johnny Rea dan KRT.
  • Rea telah mencipta sejarah sebagai penunggang pertama memenangi tiga kejohanan WorldSBK secara berturut-turut.


  • Jonathan Rea and Kawasaki are 2017 WorldSBK Champions

  • 12th win of the season for Johnny Rea and KRT

  • Rea is the first rider to score three successive WorldSBK championships

Jonathan Rea and Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) are 2017 WSBK champions after blitzing the field in Race 1 at the Magny-Cours Circuit in France, with two rounds and five races to go.

Rea charged into the lead from pole positioned and pulled clear of the pack, and continued to put the hammer down throughout the 21-lap race in treacherous wet-drying conditions. This latest win gave him the 12th victory of the season, making him the first WorldSBK rider to win three successive titles.

Jonathan Rea charged to an excellent victory at the Magny-Cours circuit in France on Saturday to secure a historic third consecutive WorldSBK title, crossing the line over 16 seconds ahead of second placed Marco Melandri ( Racing – Ducati), with Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) finishing third.

It was a truly gritty ride from Rea’s teammate Sykes as the Yorkshireman returned to action with a third place result, having had surgery on a finger injury less than two weeks ago – after a Portimao crash. Sykes completed the podium after just losing out on second place to Melandri in the final stages of the race.

Five seconds off the rostrum positions was Leon Camier who had another excellent ride for MV Agusta Reparto Corse. Another 19 seconds back on his compatriot Camier was Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) who rounded out the top five.

Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia) and Leandro Mercado (IODARacing) were sixth and seventh respectively, whilst Davide Giugliano (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team) was the eighth rider home.

Early in the race there was a crash for Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team), which also saw Xavi Fores (BARNI Racing Team) go down, but remarkably Dutchman Van der Mark fought back to finish ninth, ahead of Chaz Davies ( Racing – Ducati).

Race 2 at the Pirelli French Round will get going at the 4.411km Magny-Cours track at 7pm Malaysian time on Sunday.












Berita sedih telah tersebar di kalangan para penggemar sukan permotoran sejak awal pagi hari ini. Nicky Hayden telah disahkan meninggal dunia. Juara dunia MotoGP 2006 itu telah terlibat dalam satu kemalangan jalanraya ketika beliau sedang menunggang basikalnya.


Nicky Hayden has sadly succumbed to his injuries. The 2006 MotoGP world champion was involved in a road traffic accident last Wednesday while riding a bicycle.

The 35-year old American was hit by a car near Misano circuit in Rimini, Italy.

Hayden had switched to World Superbike Championship in 2015 but also appeared in MotoGP twice last year.

Hayden had sustained severe head, chest and pelvic injuries and was transported first to a local hospital and then to the intensive care unit of a major hospital in Italy.

Hayden’s condition never improved.

He will be forever remembered as a world champion who only won three MotoGP races. The Kentucky Kid as he is lovingly known, racked up six second place finishes and 19 third place finishes in his career, with a total of 28 podium finishes.

Hayden was team-mate to some of the all time greats including Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner, both of who he was good friends with.

Rossi hailed Hayden as “one of the best friends I’ve ever had in the paddock.”

Hayden and Rossi share a special relationship as the American was the one who ended the Italian’s run of five consecutive MotoGP titles in 2006.

Hayden was one of the few motorcycle racers who enjoyed success both in MotoGP and in WSBK.

With his passing, the sport, both MotoGP and WSBK, no longer has an American racing in the series.

We at Bikes Republic are devastated by the news. It’s a dark day for motorcycle enthusiasts everywhere.

Every few years BMW Motorrad will awe the world with an engineering masterpiece, and it has officially done so again with its latest piece of engineering marvel, the BMW HP4 Race.

In its official press release, BMW says that the HP4 Race presents a purebred racing bike that is limited to just 750 units. Each one individually crafted by a small, highly specialized team, ensuring the highest level of quality.

The engine powering the HP4 Race is in the same category as the current super bike factory racing machines. The suspension of the HP4 Race is said to be even better than the race machines with its carbon fibre frame.

Weighing in at just 171 kilograms fully fueled and road ready, the HP4 Race is even lighter than the factory racing bikes currently used in the Superbike World Championship, and is only slightly heavier than MotoGP race bikes.

With the HP4 Race, BMW Motorrad has become the first motorcycle manufacturer in the world to present a main frame made entirely of carbon fibre, and weighs just 7.8 kilograms. The front and rear wheels are also made of this high-tech material, making the wheels 30% lighter than alloy forged wheels while retaining a deliberately rigid design.

The HP4 Race uses advanced FGR300 upside-down forks and the TTX 36 GP spring struts are supplied by Ohlins. Identical parts are currently being used both in the Superbike World Championship and in MotoGP. The light alloy underslung swing arm is made of milled and sheet metal parts, and is currently also used in the Superbike World Cup.

Braking power is supplied by two Brembo GP4 PR mono block brake calipers with components found in world racing championships. The calipers feature coated titanium pistons and single-piece aluminum calipers with chemically nickel-plated surface, and the discs are just 6.75mm thick with 320mm T-type racing steel brakes, making for what is currently the best combination of braking material.

The engine of the HP4 Race is a masterpiece by itself. It is a purebred racing engine similar to specifications 6.2 and 7.2 as in the Endurance and Superbike World Championships. Peak output is rated at 215hp at 13,900 rpm while max torque is rated at 120Nm at 10,000rpm. Max engine speed has been increased as compared to the engine of the S1000RR from 14,200rpm to 14,500rpm. The gearbox is a six-speed close-ratio racing box with optimized transmission ratios and various secondary ratios.

Naturally, the HP4 Race comes with an extensive package of electronic control and assistance systems as well as weight-optimised on-board electrical systems, optimized to meet racing needs. All information is displayed on the 2D dashboard with transferable data memory.

Set-up of the bike can be customized for different track layouts and road surface conditions, and this is provided by the audibly perceptible Dynamic Traction Control which is controlled by ignition cut, engine brake EBR and Wheelie Control. All of these can be manually programmed for each gear according to rider preference, allowing optimum use of the enormous riding dynamics potential offered by the new HP4 Race.

Other electronic features are the Pit Lane Limiter and Launch Control for perfect race starts.

The extensive use of carbon-fibre extends from the intake silencer cover and the seat hump, while a hand-brushed aluminum fuel tank seals with a clear finish underscores the bike’s racing look.

The HP4 Race is priced at 68,000 British Pounds, and that translates to RM383,395 based on today’s exchange rate before taxes.

An overview of the highlights of the new BMW HP4 RACE:

  • Carbon fibre main frame in monocoque construction weighing just 7.8 kilograms.
  • Self-supporting carbon fibre rear frame with three-stage height adjustment function.
  • Carbon fibre wheels offering a weight reduction of some 30 per cent as compared to light alloy forged wheels.
  • Öhlins FGR 300 upside-down fork.
  • Öhlins TTX 36 GP spring strut.
  • Brembo GP4 PR monoblock brake calipers with 320 T-type racing steel brake disks (thickness: 6.75 mm) at the front.
  • Racing engine at World Cup level with an output of 158 kW (215 hp) at 13 900 rpm and a maximum torque of 120 Nm at 10 000 rpm.
  • Close-ratio racing gearbox with adapted transmission ratios.
  • Weight-optimised electrical system featuring light lithium-ion battery with 5 Ah.
  • 2D dashboard and 2D data recording including logger.
  • Dynamic Traction Control DTC (programmable for selected gears at 15 levels).
  • Engine Brake EBR (programmable for selected gears at 15 levels).
  • Wheelie Control (programmable for selected gears).
  • Launch Control.
  • Pit Lane Limiter.
  • Light trim parts made of carbon fibre with snap fasteners.
  • Paint finish in BMW HP Motorsport colours.
  • Production run of 750 units, each individually crafted.

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