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Barros makes good on RCV in Motegi

Anonymous, 01 October 2002 00:00

Alex Barros repaid Honda and team boss Sito Pons’ faith with a win in Motegi on his debut ride on the West Honda RCV four-stroke as Honda took a one-two-three in today’s MotoGP race.A tense race-long scrap with Valentino Rossi was only settled on the last lap. The Brazilian Barros was the smoother of the two, contrasting sharply with Rossi’s ...

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Roberts re-signs with Suzuki

Anonymous, 01 October 2002 00:00

Kenny Roberts has just inked a new contract that will keep him with the factory Suzuki MotoGP squad for the next two years.It comes on the back of his maiden podium in the new class, scored at the last round in Rio. Garry Taylor, team manager said: " We’re already moving on with the next phase of the new bike, ...

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Katoh confirms Motegi pole

Anonymous, 01 October 2002 00:00

Daijiro Katoh will start from pole position in Sunday’s Japanese round of the MotoGP championship after no-one challenged his time of 1.49.052, set during Friday’s qualifying, in Saturday’s sessions.The only man on the move was West Honda rider Loris Capirossi on the NSR two-stroke, who launched himself on to the front row of the grid with a time of 1.49.169, ...

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Barros gets RCV for Motegi GP

Anonymous, 30 September 2002 00:00

Alex Barros has been confirmed as the beneficiary of the sole RCV four-stroke available to the West Honda squad for the rest of the 2002 MotoGP season.Barros said: " I am very excited about my chance of riding the RC211V. It is clearly one of the fastest bikes around at the moment and finally I have the chance of competing ...

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Rossi to test BAR F1 car

Anonymous, 23 September 2002 00:00

Valentino Rossi is lined up to test an F1 car at the end of the year. The boss of British American Racing (BAR) David Richards has reached an agreement with the 23-year-old’s Repsol Honda squad to try out with the team. Negotiations are on-going but Honda motorcycle bosses told motorcyclenews.com this morning that all that needs to be finalised is ...

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MotoGP’s musical chairs

Anonymous, 23 September 2002 00:00

The silly season is well and truly upon us. As contract time approaches, Yamaha and Suzuki both feature in the latest tranche of rumour and manoeuvre.Norick Abe is said to be on the verge of quitting his Antena 3 squad and severing his long-time relationship with Yamaha. It comes on the back of news that rival Yamaha squad, Tech 3, ...

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McWilliams cracks collarbone in Rio

Anonymous, 23 September 2002 00:00

While Valentino Rossi was popping champaign corks to celebrate his win in Rio and new MotoGp title, Jeremy McWilliams was popping painkillers after his bike seized, spitting the Ulsterman off, cracking his collarbone.You can read all about the Brazilian GP in the latest issue of MCN, out September 25.McWillams had put his Proton KR on the front row after a ...

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Don’t forget: Saturday is the Rio GP

Anonymous, 16 September 2002 00:00

Free practice for the MotoGP class has just ended in Rio ahead of Saturday’s Grand Prix, and it’s Valentino Rossi topping the timing sheets.1)V Rossi (1:52.359) 2)N Abe (1:52.712) 3)M Biaggi (1:52.737) 4)A Barros 5)L Capirossi 6)K Roberts 7)D Kato 8)C Checa 9)O Jacque 10)T Ukawa 11)G McCoy 12)S Nakano13)J McWilliams 14)S Gibernau 15)T Harada 16)N Aoki 17)JL Cardoso 18)J ...

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Bayliss and Capirossi on Ducati GP bike

Anonymous, 16 September 2002 00:00

It has just been revealed that Troy Bayliss will join forces with Loris Capirossi on the Ducati MotoGP machine in 2003.The two riders have signed two-year contracts to ride the new Desmosedici V4 in the Malboro colours after the tobacco giant switched its long-standing support away from the factory Yamaha squad. Malboro has committed itself to a four-year contract with ...

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Biaggi claims provisional Rio pole

Anonymous, 16 September 2002 00:00

Yamaha’s soon-to-be-ex rider Max Biaggi has slotted his Yamaha M1 on provisional pole at the Nelson Piquet Circuit in Rio ahead of Saturday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.His time of 1:51.854 pipped Valentino Rossi’s RCV to the place by just over a tenth of a second. Ominously for Honda, Carlos Checa confirmed Yamaha’s continuing improvement - posting a time of 1:51975 to ...

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