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Stoner goes back to basics

Matthew Birt, 07 March 2007 10:47

Aussie Casey Stoner has denied he and Dani Pedrosa have a significant advantage in the new 800cc MotoGP era that kicks off this weekend in Qatar. Stoner and Pedrosa are freshest out of the 250 class, with Saturday's much-anticipated first race at the Losail International Circuit the start of only their second season in the premier class. With the 800s ...

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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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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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Yamaha confirms Fiat deal and reveals new colours

Matthew Birt, 05 March 2007 14:04

This is the first look at the Fiat-backed factory Yamaha YZR-M1 that Valentino Rossi hopes will win him back the MotoGP world championship in 2007. In one of the worst kept secrets of the paddock, Yamaha’s sponsorship deal with Italian car giant Fiat was official confirmed today, with Rossi and team-mate Colin Edwards unveiling their new bikes at a special ...

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Stoner backs Loris

Matthew Birt, 05 March 2007 10:11

Factory Ducati rider Casey Stoner has backed team-mate Loris Capirossi to push rivals Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa all the way in the 2007 MotoGP world championship. While recent winter testing performances have seen Rossi and Pedrosa emerge as clear favourites, Aussie Stoner said it would be foolish to rule Italian veteran Capirossi out of the reckoning. Capirossi enjoyed his ...

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OJ fitness boost

Matthew Birt, 05 March 2007 09:33

Factory Kawasaki rider Olivier Jacque has declared himself fit and raring to go for the new MotoGP world championship campaign which gets underway in Qatar next week. The French rider is confident he will have fully recovered from his horror crash recently in testing at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar that left him needing hospital treatment for serious concussion. ...

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Edwards: "Best winter ever"

Matthew Birt, 05 March 2007 09:28

Colin Edwards says there’s no doubt that his winter testing campaign was the best in his entire career as he attempts to breaking his MotoGP victory duck in 2007.Delighted at the performance of Yamaha’s new YZR-M1 800cc contender, the American has been close to the top of the timesheets throughout the exhaustive three-month testing schedule. He was fastest on race ...

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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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