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Sauber GP project is revived

Anonymous, 01 February 2002 00:00

SAUBER'S four-stroke GP project is definitely back on - and the bike could be tested again within six weeks.Development of the GP1, which was given its public debut by Niall Mackenzie in Malaysia last October, will continue following a meeting of Sauber bosses in England last week.Swiss engine developers Sauber split last month with its Malaysian partner Petronas, who had ...

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GP noise limit raised to 125dB

Anonymous, 01 February 2002 00:00

NOISE limits for the new four-stroke GP class have been raised to make the series more appealing to fans.There had been a concern that under the current limit of 113dB post-race (110dB pre-race), fans flocking back to the tracks to see the new-generation racers like Honda's V5 RCV, Suzuki's V4 XRE0, Yamaha’s M1 and Aprilia’s RS3 would be disappointed that ...

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Rossi ends row with Honda

Anonymous, 01 February 2002 00:00

Valentino Rossi ended his contract row with Honda on Friday and signed a two-year deal to ride the four-stroke RCV.The 22-year-old Italian will fly to Japan tomorrow to officially sign and attend a presentation of Honda's 2002 racing plans on Monday.The reigning world 500 champion has been at loggerheads with Honda since the middle of last month, when he refused ...

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Checa tries latest M1 at Almeria

Anonymous, 28 January 2002 00:00

Carlos Checa has been out on the latest version of Yamaha's factory four-stroke YZR-M1 at Almeria this week.The Marlboro Yamaha rider evaluated new engine and suspension parts in his first outing since the beginning of December.The engine parts improved throttle response according to M1 project leader Ichiro Yoda and he said the chassis modifications had also been a success.Checa was ...

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Ducati to unveil GP engine

Anonymous, 28 January 2002 00:00

Ducati will unveil details of the new four-stroke GP motor it will race in 2003 on Monday.The Italian marque will release computer aided images of the new engine, plus technical details about the new bike which has been under development since bosses announced at last year's Spanish GP in Jerez that it would enter the four-stroke fray.Four-stroke mania is gathering ...

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Suzuki to run four-stroke GP bike in home series, too

Anonymous, 21 January 2002 00:00

A year ahead of schedule, Kenny Roberts got a ride on Suzuki’s new four-stroke GP bike when he tested the V4 XRE0 in Japan over the weekend.And his hopes of getting back to winning ways on it have been boosted by Suzuki’s plans to field two the new four-stroke GP bikes in this year’s Japanese championship.Suzuki will let Akira Ryo ...

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Now Ukawa betters Rossi by almost a second

Anonymous, 21 January 2002 00:00

Tohru Ukawa suffered another crash on the final day of Honda's four-stroke test in Malaysia on Wednesday but it didn't stop the Japanese rider from going almost a second under Valentino Rossi's lap record.He ended the three-day session with a best time of 2.04.78 which was 0.8s inside Rossi's lap record, set on the NSR two-stroke 500.But Ukawa did tip ...

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Aprilia’s four-stroke RS3 racer tested for first time

Anonymous, 21 January 2002 00:00

Aprilia’s new four-stroke RS3 three-cylinder four-stroke GP bike was wheeled out for testing for the first time on Thursday at Jerez in Spain.Regis Laconi didn't throw his leg over the new machine. Instead, the honour went to veteran test rider Marcellino Lucchi, who only completed a handful of laps.Overnight rain left the track unsuitable for testing until 1pm, although it ...

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McWilliams webchat; full transcript

Anonymous, 21 January 2002 00:00

GP racer Jeremy McWilliams reckons NSR500 rider Daijiro Katoh will be the man to challenge Honda four-stroke rider Valentino Rossi for the title this season.Biaggi and Nakano will be the men scrapping for third spot, he believes.McWilliams made his tips during a live web chat on motorcyclenews.com on Thursday lunchtime.Now 37, the 2002 KR3 rider also admitted: " I am ...

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Morrison to ride for BMW GB in BoxerCup

Anonymous, 21 January 2002 00:00

BMW GB has confirmed its team line-up for this year’s International BoxerCup – the one-make series that supports the MotoGP and World Endurance Championships. Current World Endurance Champion Brian Morrison will campaign a BMW R1100 S in the series where he will be joined by Gus Scott and 18-year-old Junior Superstock rider Richard Cooper.BMW’s International BoxerCup series was inaugurated in ...

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