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Vermeulen Q and A

Matthew Birt, 07 March 2007 10:28

The new generation 800cc machines have already changed MotoGP racing beyond recognition, with faster corners speeds and later braking seeing lap times already faster than the more powerful 990cc four-strokes.After a long and exhaustive winter testing schedule, the first ever 800cc MotoGP world championship race takes place in Qatar, with Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa red-hot favourites to relieve Nicky ...

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Yukio on the mend

Matthew Birt, 07 March 2007 10:19

Factory Suzuki rider Yukio Kagayama will crush Neil Hodgson's hopes of a dramatic World Superbike return at Donington Park next month. Hodgson has been linked with a replacement ride on Suzuki's GSX-R1000 but Kagayama is confident that he will be fit to return to action at Donington to partner Italian Max Biaggi. He has been released from hospital and is ...

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Hopper gets green light

Matthew Birt, 07 March 2007 10:14

John Hopkins will race in the season's opening MotoGP clash in Qatar after the American passed a medical check this morning at the Losail International Circuit.Hopkins though has rated his damaged right wrist, injured in a massive 120mph high-side at the Qatar IRTA test last month, as only 80 per cent fit. The factory Rizla Suzuki rider said: "I had ...

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BSB in Spain?

Gary Pinchin, 07 March 2007 08:37

While WSB is already two rounds into the 2007 schedule and MotoGP blasts off this weekend, BSB has to wait until April 1 before the first round at Brands Hatch. But things have been just as hectic as pre-season testing started in earnest last week in Spain. HM Plant Honda, Rizla Suzuki, Airwaves Ducati, Team NB Suzuki spent three days ...

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Smith gets tech boost

Matthew Birt, 06 March 2007 12:42

Bradley Smith’s hopes of enhancing his world championship reputation have been bolstered by the arrival of MotoGP-winning engineer Juan Martinez in his Repsol Honda 125 team. Martinez has been signed to work as Technical Director, overseeing Smith’s 125 squad, and the factory Repsol 250 outfit that will field Shuhei Aoyama and Julian Simon in 2007. Martinez brings a wealth of ...

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Tyre woes for Jones in WSS

Michael Guy, 05 March 2007 14:06

World Supersport Brit Craig Jones saw a mystery tyre problem wreck his hopes of a top 10 finish at Phillip Island yesterday. The former FoggyPetronas man, our lone representative in the class, salvaged two points with a 14th place after losing rear grip within three laps. He explained: "Two laps in my tyre was gone. I don't know what happened ...

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Rea fastest in Spain

Gary Pinchin, 05 March 2007 10:30

Jonathan Rea bounced back from his crash at Guadix on Friday to post the fastest times on Saturday (March 3, 2007) and Sunday (March 4, 2007) of the BSB test aboard the HM Plant Honda. He was the first rider to dip into the 1m 12s on Saturday around the 3km circuit with a 1:12.81 and then went even quicker ...

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New Ilmor engine planned

Matthew Birt, 05 March 2007 09:12

Jeremy McWilliams and Andrew Pitt could get another new spec engine in the Ilmor 800cc contender by the middle of the 2007 world championship. The British and Aussie riders got their first chance to test a new ’07-spec V4 motor for the first time at the recent IRTA test in Jerez, both satisfied with electronic improvements to help cure an ...

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Bayliss is back

Michael Guy, 04 March 2007 09:25

Troy Bayliss bounced back from his nightmare weekend in Qatar with vengeance by winning the opening WSB at Phillip Island today. Bayliss who was expected to struggle with tyre life was able to stick with long time race leader James Toseland before making his move on lap 18 of 22 to take the lead. Toseland rode hard from the start ...

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Bayliss on Australian pole

Michael Guy, 03 March 2007 18:15

Troy Bayliss put in an impressive Superpole lap to secure pole position for Sunday’s two WSB races. Bayliss set a new lap record in this mornings second qualifying session and although he couldn’t match that time due to high winds during Superpole, he still posted a lap good enough for pole. James Toseland made it a close run thing finishing ...

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