Qatar WSBK: Laverty looking to ‘go out with a high side’

Qatar WSBK: Laverty looking to ‘go out with a high side’

Voltcom Suzuki’s Eugene Laverty is hoping to leave the World Superbike Championship in a blaze of glory in Qatar this weekend before he heads off to Valencia to start his MotoGP career.

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The Monegasque will test his Aspar Honda for the first time after the last round of the season but first has a brace of WSBK races in the desert and under floodlights – something Laverty has experienced before.

“The final round of the season will be an incredible experience racing under the floodlights. I’ve competed in the dark once already back in 2008 at Losail and I’m really looking forward to doing it again. The floodlights really illuminate the track so it actually allows you to be a little more precise than in daylight hours,” said Laverty.

“The Losail circuit is a flowing one which suits our bike much better than some of the tight and twisty tracks that we’ve visited lately. It’s my last race in the World Superbike Championship before I make the switch to MotoGP and I’d love nothing more than to go out on a high – for me, the Crescent team and all our Sponsors.”

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CBF600 Tank removal

CBF600 Tank removal

Lads how the fk do I lift the tank on the CBF600. I have removed the front fairings. It looks as if its on a pivot but I cant see any screws holding the front.
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Photos Sunflower Trophy Races

Photos Sunflower Trophy Races

It was my first venture up to Bishopscourt last Saturday, for the Sunflower races and I have to say I was impressed with the meeting, the racing, the track and the sizable crowd. I was particularly impressed with the big name racers (BSB superbike, superstock and supersport) – not an ego in sight. They gave their time willingly to have photos taken, sign autographs, chat with strangers time-and-time again. They also managed to squeeze in some great racing in between :smileee:
I had a blast and I hope it shows in some of the images I captured.
As usual, thanks for looking and there’s plenty more on http://smsportphoto.zenfolio.com/p119579035#h21ab4902

Thanks, Stephen

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General Engine Oil Leak Repair & Gaskets/O-Ring Questions

General Engine Oil Leak Repair & Gaskets/O-Ring Questions

Have my Ex-Racebike GSXR1000 K8 back on road duty now & have noticed numerous minor engine oil leaks from it. The oil cooler appears to be pinched & oozing oil slowly & both the engine covers are weeping oil somewhere near the bottom of the cover. Needless to say I want to put this right ASAP.

I have another oil cooler to fit so that’s no problem but my questions are more about the gaskets really. Are the gaskets the normal main point of weakness for an oil leak where the cases seem intake (case protectors have been fitted) or can a case cover generally be split & leaking without any visible damage? The plan is to replace both engine cover gaskets & fit the other oil cooler at the same time obviously whilst doing a general oil/filter so want to get it right first time. Also is an aviation style non hardening gasket seal useful to use on paper gaskets or should you just fit the gasket dry?.

Also can you get away without fitting new O-Rings to the oil cooler fitting joints? Not being cheap just don’t have them in the garage at the moment & would need to order them…

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