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Honda promise power

Matthew Birt, 23 January 2007 16:22

Honda has told its top MotoGP riders that more horsepower is on the way.Several Honda riders including world champion Nicky Hayden voiced their concerns about a lack of power on the new 800cc RC212V machine.Dani Pedrosa has been the latest to go public with his calls for an increase in engine performance in Malaysia.Takanori Okuma, project leader for the RC212V ...

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Smith on form fast

Matthew Birt, 23 January 2007 16:18

Teen star Bradley Smith has started 2007 with a bang, going second fastest in the 125 GP class’ first major test of the year at Jerez in Spain.The Repsol Honda rider turned 16 before Christmas after claiming the Rookie of the Year title in 2006.Smith was a massive 1.5s clear of his new team-mate Esteve Rabat and Stefan Bradl at ...

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Hopper remains on top

Matthew Birt, 23 January 2007 16:15

Suzuki’s John Hopkins stayed at the top of the timesheets at the major Sepang MotoGP test today, day two of the three day test there.Hopkins and Suzuki team-mate Chris Vermeulen went quickest yesterday, and Hopper kept his place at the head of the field today.This time he was ahead of Yamaha’s Colin Edwards less than 0.1s down, with Vermeulen third, ...

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Pedrosa crashes

Matthew Birt, 23 January 2007 16:11

Dani Pedrosa walked away from a crash on Honda’s new RC212V 800cc bike at the second day of testing here in Sepang today.The Spaniard crashed just before 2pm to bring out the red flags though damage to his factory Honda was minimal in the slow speed fall at turn eight.It gave him a chance to evaluate his new Alpinestars leathers ...

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Video: Sepang: day 1

Matthew Birt, 23 January 2007 16:03

MCN's MotoGP reporter Matthew Birt has sent back footage of day one of testing in Sepang.Take a look below as you see the likes of former champion Valentino Rossi and current champion Nicky Hayden head out onto the circuit.

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Yamaha to unveil colours

Matthew Birt, 22 January 2007 15:59

Yamaha will only officially unveil its 2007 factory MotoGP livery at the final winter test in Jerez next month.It still remains a mystery though whether Valentino Rossi will have a sponsor as he aims to win back bike racing’s top title.A Yamaha spokesman told MCN at the first day of testing in Sepang, in January 2007, that Rossi’s bike would ...

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Vermeulen's new chassis

Matthew Birt, 22 January 2007 15:52

Aussie Chris Vermeulen will test a brand new tailor-made chassis built just for him tomorrow at the Sepang MotoGP test.Vermeulen, who was second quickest on the opening day of 2007 winter testing in the Far East, said: “The new chassis is in the direction that myself and my crew decided to go. “Hopefully it will work but we will have to ...

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Hayden fifth

Matthew Birt, 22 January 2007 15:47

Reigning world champion Nicky Hayden completed just 38 laps of the opening day of testing in Malaysia today as he made his first track appearance since undergoing shoulder surgery in November.The American was fifth fastest some 1.2s adrift of compatriot John Hopkins as he broke himself back in gently after the right shoulder operation.The operation was needed to repair damage ...

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New chasis for KRJR

Matthew Birt, 22 January 2007 15:42

Kenny Roberts will try a new chassis on only his second day of testing the all-new KR212V 800cc machine tomorrow at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia.The new chassis was only finished last Wednesday at the Team Roberts headquarters in Banbury and it was immediately flown with some late freight to Kuala Lumpur for the resumption of winter testing after the ...

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Rossi third after break

Matthew Birt, 22 January 2007 15:37

Valentino Rossi finished third fastest on the opening day of the Sepang test as he revealed his seven-week break saw his wretched run of bad luck continue.After a season of misfortune in 2006 that contributed to him surrendering the MotoGP world championship for the first time since 2001, Rossi’s luck didn’t enjoy much of an upturn during the winter testing ban.The ...

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