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Jones makes top five in FP1

Rob Hull, 30 March 2007 11:24

Britain’s Craig Jones proved his wet weather riding ability by posting the fifth fastest time in this morning’s World Supersport free practice (Friday, March 30, 2007). Jones tackled the difficult soggy conditions at Donington to finish the session with a 1.55.406. But the Reve Ekerold Honda Racing rider was still a distant three seconds off the quickest time of the ...

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Cecchinello praises rookie Laverty

Matthew Birt, 28 March 2007 11:20

LCR Honda boss Lucio Cecchinello has praised rookie Eugene Laverty after the Irish rider claimed his first world 250 championship points in last weekend’s Spanish GP. The 20-year-old scored a brilliant 14th place finish in Jerez to break his points duck well ahead of schedule, as he’d targeted challenging for the top 15 in the second half of the season. ...

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Bird strike unlikely cause of Locatelli crash

Matthew Birt, 27 March 2007 17:14

Investigations into the horror crash that left former world 125 champion Roberto Locatelli seriously injured at last weekend’s Spanish GP have ruled out a bird strike as a possible cause. Extensive studies of video footage of the incident at Jerez have proven ‘inconclusive’, according to MotoGP Race Director Paul Butler. Butler ruled out the bird strike theory after it emerged ...

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Get ready for Donington

Michael Guy, 26 March 2007 17:58

If you’re getting excited about this weekend WSB race at Donington Park you won’t want to miss this weeks MCN on Wednesday which includes our free 12 page preview supplement. Inside we’ve got an exclusive interview with championship leader James Toseland, technical details on all the bikes and what you need to be fast at Donington, plus the thoughts of ...

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GP Brits bruised but fit to race at Jerez

Matthew Birt, 24 March 2007 18:10

British rookies Eugene Laverty and Danny Webb will be fit to ride in tomorrow’s Spanish GP despite both suffering crashes today in Jerez. Irish 250 privateer Laverty was lucky to walk away with nothing more than a few cuts and bruises after he lost control of his Honda exiting Turn Three. His rear wheel touched the grass after running wide and he ...

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Rossi happy with second on Jerez grid

Matthew Birt, 24 March 2007 17:53

Valentino Rossi has declared himself happy despite missing out on pole position in Jerez this afternoon in what was the closest MotoGP qualifying top ten in history. Just 0.325s split pole setter Dani Pedrosa and American Kenny Roberts Junior in 10th at the end of a thrilling qualifying session for tomorrow’s 27-lap Spanish GP. Rossi was second behind Pedrosa, shrugging ...

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Roberts springs Jerez surprise

Matthew Birt, 23 March 2007 10:26

American Kenny Roberts Junior sprang an early surprise in Jerez this morning by topping the timesheets in the first free practice session for Sunday's Spanish GP. After finishing a disappointing 13th in the season's opening race in Qatar, the KR212V rider bounced back immediately in sunny but cold conditions at the Jerez circuit, with air temperature was only 12 degrees ...

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Haslam fastest in Albacete

Gary Pinchin, 19 March 2007 12:08

Leon Haslam continued to set the pace in pre-season testing when he set the benchmark lap time in the three-day Albacete test this weekend on the Airwaves Ducati. Team-mate Gregorio Lavilla was marginally quicker on race rubber than Haslam, but the Brit was ultimately the fastest when he fitted qualifying tyres late on Saturday afternoon when Dunlop asked his team ...

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Burgess joy at Rossi deal

Matthew Birt, 17 March 2007 07:00

Valentino Rossi’s crew chief Jerry Burgess reckons the Italian’s recent new deal with Yamaha’s factory team killed off any suggestion of any hangover from last year’s shock MotoGP defeat. Rossi recently penned a one-year extension to his current Yamaha contract that will keep him on two until the end of 2008 at least. And Burgess said: “I am very happy ...

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Ducati sets Albacete BSB test pace

Gary Pinchin, 16 March 2007 17:56

The first day of the major three-day BSB test at Albacete in Spain has seen the honours go to Airwaves Ducati's Leon Haslam and Gregorio Lavilla. The pair took their works 999s to the top two times, Leon pipping Lavilla with a 1:30.71 best, a fraction up on the Spaniard's 1:30.79.  The pair have spent much of the day experimenting ...

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