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Ilmor announce MotoGP manager for 2007

Matthew Birt, 05 December 2006 11:49

Ilmor has ended speculation that former Kawasaki boss Harald Eckl will be their team manager in the 2007 MotoGP championship. The British-based team, which is preparing for its first full season in MotoGP next year, has announced the appointment of former Formula One engineer Mike Janes. Janes has a predominantly Formula One background having worked with the likes of Williams, ...

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Hayden aims to return in Sepang

Matthew Birt, 05 December 2006 10:03

Nicky Hayden is targeting a riding return in time for the next major MotoGP test at Sepang in late January, after his shoulder operation at the weekend. Hayden needed treatment for injuries sustained and exacerbated by the Dani Pedrosa incident at Estoril. A fracture in his right shoulder and an old collarbone injury were treated, at a clinic in California. ...

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Operation goes well for McWilliams

Matthew Birt, 04 December 2006 12:05

Jeremy McWilliams has undergone successful surgery on the broken left femur he suffered in a horror crash at last week’s Jerez MotoGP test. The 42-year-old had a rod inserted in his left femur at a private clinic in Jerez on Saturday, and is now expected to remain in Spain until this weekend before he is allowed to fly back to ...

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Chaz’s dream fizzles out

Matthew Birt, 01 December 2006 11:17

Chaz Davies hopes of landing an Ilmor MotoGP ride have all-but gone after a planned test of the bike had to be aborted due to technical faults. The team lost the first day of the test setting the all-new bike up, and after Andrew Pitt crashed one of the bikes, and technical glitches hit another, the squad were too concerned ...

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MotoGP Blog: Confused in Jerez

Matthew Birt, 30 November 2006 13:14

MCN MotoGP reporter Matt Birt exclusively shares hs views post Valencia.. Matt has spent years living out of a suitcase to follow the MotoGP circus around the world, to get the inside scoops for MCN... To say I’m a little confused tonight would be a bit of an understatement after today’s events at the Jerez. I’m confused on two fronts ...

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Pedrosa finishes fastest at Jerez MotoGP test

Matthew Birt, 30 November 2006 10:00

With MotoGP testing over for the year, Dani Pedrosa goes into the enforced winter break with his tail up after setting the fastest time overall at the Jerez test ending this afternoon. Pedrosa slapped a qualifier on and reeled off a 1:39.91 lap, well inside the Jerez lap record, on his 82nd of 84 laps. Day one and two pace-setter ...

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Rossi in charge in Jerez

Matthew Birt, 30 November 2006 10:00

Valentino Rossi may have found himself criticised for taking a few days off at the Sepang test earlier this month to go rally driving, but he:s making up for it in Spain this week. Some fans questioned the wisdom of Rossi missing a crucial test of the new 800s after he failed to retain his MotoGP title, but the Italian ...

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McWilliams in hospital

Matthew Birt, 30 November 2006 09:00

Jeremy McWilliams crashed heavily this afternoon at Jerez, and reports from hospital suggest that the veteran star has badly broken his left leg. McWilliams lost the front of the Ilmor X3 800 at the fast left turn four at Jerez, carthwheeling through the gravel while the bike ityself managed to clear the catch fence such was the severity of the ...

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Kawasaki dig at Eckl

Matthew Birt, 29 November 2006 15:15

Kawasaki has broken its silence over the reason for its hurried split with former MotoGP team boss Harald Eckl, blaming his close involvement with the Ilmor team for the shock move to take the whole race operation in-house. The firm curtly announced earlier this month that Eckl was no longer running its MotoGP team, but said no more. Now they ...

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Toseland shares sponsors with Melandri

Matthew Birt, 29 November 2006 15:10

Marco Melandri and Toni Elias will share the same sponsors as James Toseland’s World Superbike team for 2007. The pair’s Gresini Honda MotoGP team signed a sponsorship deal with electronics firm Hannspree who will also sponsor the Brit. The former Fortuna team will be branded in the colours of the Taiwanese TV manufacturer, marking a major shift away from tobacco ...

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