Remembering Our Fallen Hero: Nicky Hayden #69

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May 22, 2017 will always be remembered as the day the world of motorcycle racing lost one of its favourite sons. Former MotoGP World Champion, Nicky Hayden succumbed to his injuries following a cycling accident in Riviera di Rimini. [Read more…]

Exclusive Video Review: Bike India rides the Ducati Panigale R

Bike India was one of only eight automotive media organisations from around the world, and the only Indian one to be invited by Ducati to ride the fearsome Panigale R at the legendary Imola race track. You can watch our Editor, Aspi Bhathena’s take on the Panigale R right here [Read more…]

Kwack-ing All the Way: WSBK – Round 7, Portimao

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Team Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea had a perfect weekend at Portimao as he bagged another double victory, thereby further extending his lead in the championship [Read more…]

Exclusive! WSBK coming to India

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You have probably read this before, and, maybe, even started looking out for race tickets before the Indian round of the World Superbike Championship got dumped two years ago, but, racing enthusiasts in the country rejoice! We have exclusive news that the championship will finally make its Indian debut in 2017.

Bike India was at the Imola round of WSBK last weekend where we learnt from the right sources that Dorna, the rights holder of WSBK, and the Indian promotor (possibly the Jaypee group) are in the final stage of negotiations to host a round of the championship on the Buddh International Circuit from the 2017 season.

The Indian round of the championship was abruptly dropped from the 2013 calender due to “operational challenges” caused by lengthy customs procedures in India. The new project, however, has brighter chances of working out since the Indian government has recently recognised racing as a sport, which should make it easier to get the necessary clearances.

The World Superbike Championship is a world-class motorcycle racing series only second to MotoGP. Unlike the high-tech prototypes raced in MotoGP, the bikes raced in WSBK are based on street-legal motorcycles you and I can buy and that gives the championship a direct connect with the superbike market.