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PHILLIP ISLAND WSBK - March 2009: WSBK without Troy Bayliss racing, it really did not feel the same. However there were plenty of new teams, new machinery and new qualifying methods. I must admit my main reason for attending was to witness the return to World Championship Racing of BMW and 'BM' had Troy Corser on one of their new machines!!

THE BMW 'TROY CORSER-RUBEN XAUS' TEAM: Mighty impressed, the professionalism behind the pit wall said it all, BMW are here for the long haul. Everything looked very organised with typical Germanic thoroughness! The BMW S1000RR certainly looked well prepared for the season ahead.

TROY 'VERY HAPPY' SIGNING

BUSY ON TROY'S MACHINE

NEAT CONTROLS/WIRING

I'M CONFUSED!

 

RUBEN SIGNING

RUBEN: CLUTCH CHANGE

RUBEN: CLUTCH PLATE

RUBEN'S MACHINE

 

TROY APPROACHING TURN 12

RUBEN CHARGING ONTO THE PI MAIN STRAIGHT

THE YAMAHA 'BEN SPIES-TOM SYKES' TEAM: Corser and Haga moved on, no worries just hire some guy called Spies!! Wow, Ben Spies has come over from AMA Superbike Racing and amazed everyone.

*WORLD CHAMP*: Sunday 25th Oct. 2009:  Ben Spies competing at Portimao, Portugal, took the WSBK World Title with an eight point gap to Nori Haga, at his first attempt!!

SPIES YAMAHA

SPIES YAMAHA

SYKES YAMAHA

SYKES YAMAHA

 

SYKES ENTERING THE MAIN STRAIGHT

REWORK OR DAMAGE TO THE SYKES FAIRING

THE DUCATI 'HAGA-FABRIZIO' TEAM: NO TROY BAYLISS, however the team just super professional as usual, Nori seemed to be fitting in very well thankyou!

*DUCATI WHY*: Why, when Nori was so close to winning the WSBK Championship did the 'Ducati Team' allow Fabrizio to take points away from your Lead Rider,  Nori,  when obviously Fabrizio had no chance of winning the Championship.  I just don't get it!!

NORI SIGNING

NORI'S DUKE

NORI'S DUKE

NORI'S PLUMBING

 

FABRIZIO OUT OF TURN 10

FABRIZIO'S DUKE

FABRIZIO'S DUKE

THE APRILIA 'BIAGGI-NAKANO' TEAM: WOW, Aprilia and Max, a real surprise. Straight out of the garage, very competitive.

THE NEW APRILIA RSV4

MAX'S SWINGARM

STYLISH

MAXXED OUT CONTROLS!

THE HONDA 'LEON (RON) HASLAM' TEAM: WOW, I was utterly amazed to spy a certain Ron 'ROCKET' Haslam walking along the Pit Apron during practice, so of course I had to track him down!! I had not seen Ron since the 1980 Castrol Six Hour (Amaroo Park, Sydney), that unmistakable walk, with somewhat reduced side burns of course!  Had a quick chat about the Six Hour, Kenny Blake and that troublesome CB1100RC, (I know, '29 years ago', I gotta get out more), tremendous stuff.  Leon, doing very nicely thankyou.........

RON, THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

LEON'S CBR1000RR

NOT AS NEAT AS THE BMW!

LEON'S CBR1100RR

THE TEN KATE HONDA 'SUPERBIKE' TEAM: Ten Kate have got to be the most committed, handling both the WSBK and WSS Series duties, Ronald Ten Kate appears to take it all in his stride however. Maybe they are stretched a little, four entries in WSBK and another four in WSS, eeeek......

RONALD TEN KATE

CARLOS CHECA'S CBR1100RR

JONATHAN REA'S CBR1100RR

REA: TYRE BUBBLES

 

RYUICHI KIYONARI

TEN KATE: HONDA COLOURS!

KIYONARI: CBR1000RR

KIYONARI: OUT OF TURN 10

THE TEN KATE HONDA 'SUPERSPORT' TEAM: The Supersport Team witnesses the return of Kenan Sofuoglu from the WSBK ranks, that's sure to reduce the chances of Andrew Pitt going for a third World Supersport Title.

ANDREW PITT

PITT: WORLD CHAMP '2008'

PITT'S CBR600RR

THE NUMBERS

 

KENAN SOFUOGLU

KENAN'S CBR600RR

KENAN: EXITING TURN 10

THE SECOND HEAT OF WSBK ROSTRUM: Haga, no surprise. Spies and Haslam certainly gave an indication of their front running abilities for the rest of Season 2009.

TROY BAYLISS, HANDING OUT THE GOODIES!!

CHAMPAGNE TIME

HAGA, SPIES, HASLAM (l to r).

THE FORGOTTEN ERA: They're kidding, never forgotten, the machinery (looking better each year), the riders (hanging in there!). OK the CBX was there again, love those sixes!!

'666' GREAT SPONSORS

'666' LARGE OIL COOLER

'666' ENGINE NOW LIFTED IN FRAME

'666' CUSTOM ENGINE MOUNTS

 

KEN WOOTTON: '72 CB750

ROB PHILLIS: '80 GSX1100

ROB'S ENGINE

DAN GIBSON: '80 GSX1100

THE AUSTRALIAN MOTORCYCLE NEWS 'SUPERBIKE EXPO' : Always a great support event, this year a New Building with forced ventilation (yippee). Highlights for me were the first showing of the latest Honda Fireblade in REPSOL livery and a display of the Hailwood/Scraysbrook Ducati 750 (ex. the Castrol Six Hour events of 1977 and 1978).

HONDA FIREBLADE 2009: WOW, ROAD REGISTERABLE!!

GORGEOUS FINISH

I WANT ONE!!

 

TRULY MAGNIFICENT

MEMORIES!!

DESMO!!

THE YEAR OF  EXTREME   HELMET WARES, HATS & BRACKSEEE: I don't know either..........

HELMET WARE 'COLOR'

HELMET WARE 'MONO'

AT LEAST HE USES 'NIKON'

BRACKSEEE, UM

 

 

 

 

I LOVE NEW TECHNOLOGY, TABLETS, LAPTOPS, DIGITAL CAMERAS, MOBILE PHONES/WIRELESS BROADBAND, GPS, ETC.  ALL SO COOL AND 'PORTABLE'......


Copyright 2013   Derek J. Hanbidge,  (aka Deejay51),  all rights reserved.
Revised: August 25, 2013.

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