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Suzuki MotoGP boss confirms John Hopkins departure

Matthew Birt, 10 July 2007 11:49

Suzuki's factory MotoGP team boss Paul Denning has confirmed to MCN that John Hopkins has penned a big money deal to switch to Kawasaki for the 2008 MotoGP world championship. The American's management team informed Denning that a deal had been signed for Hopkins to quit after five years in Suzuki's factory MotoGP squad. MCN exclusively revealed this morning that ...

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World Exclusive: John Hopkins signs for Kawasaki MotoGP team for 2008

Matthew Birt, 10 July 2007 10:11

John Hopkins has signed a contract with Kawasaki's factory MotoGP squad for the 2008 MotoGP world championship, MCN can reveal. An official announcement is expected at this weekend's German GP in the Sachsenring in what is the first major transfer of 2007. Sources confirmed to MCN this morning that the 24-year-old has agreed terms after rumours emerged last week in ...

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Dutch MotoGP: James Toseland tapped up for vacant Elias Honda MotoGP ride

Matthew Birt, 28 June 2007 19:03

James Toseland has been contacted about taking injured MotoGP rider Toni Elias's Gresini Honda RC212V ride in the 2007 MotoGP world championship. MCN has learned that Gresini spoke to Toseland's manager Roger Burnett today from the Assen paddock after the Italian learned that his Spanish rider is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines following a crash in this morning's ...

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Video: Bradley Smith on his first podium in 125GP

Matthew Birt, 31 May 2007 14:58

British teenager Bradley Smith got his first GP podium at the Le Mans round of the championship so GP reporter Matthew Birt visited him at his house to see how it feels to be the first Brit on a 125GP podium in 18 years. Check out the video below to see Matt chat with Bradley at his Oxfordshire home and read ...

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Schwantz talks to MCN

Matthew Birt, 29 May 2007 13:22

Kevin Schwantz attended his first GP since the switch to 800cc so we caught up with him to find out what he thinks of the new machines, which riders he's keeping an eye on and what his plans are with Suzuki.   Zoom & Watch more videos on MCN | TV

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Video: Vermeulen on his first MotoGP victory

Matthew Birt, 23 May 2007 18:05

Chris Vermeulen took a fantastic first MotoGP victory at Le Mans in torrential rain at the weekend, MCN man Matt Birt caught up with him to find out what it felt like to take Suzuki's first 800cc win.   Zoom & Watch more videos on MCN | TV

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Ilmor to focus on engine development

Matthew Birt, 30 April 2007 12:46

As revealed in last week’s MCN, the British-based Ilmor MotoGP team will focus solely on engine development with a track return in 2007 still in major doubt. Ilmor boss Mario Illien announced this morning at the team’s Brixworth headquarters in Northamptonshire that several personnel will be released from their contracts in a new scaled down crew that will concentrate on ...

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Bird strike unlikely cause of Locatelli crash

Matthew Birt, 27 March 2007 17:14

Investigations into the horror crash that left former world 125 champion Roberto Locatelli seriously injured at last weekend’s Spanish GP have ruled out a bird strike as a possible cause. Extensive studies of video footage of the incident at Jerez have proven ‘inconclusive’, according to MotoGP Race Director Paul Butler. Butler ruled out the bird strike theory after it emerged ...

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Pitt devastated at Ilmor withdrawal

Matthew Birt, 19 March 2007 15:59

Andrew Pitt has spoken for the first time about the bitter disappointment at Ilmor’s shock withdrawal from the MotoGP world championship last week. The Aussie, who suffered a crushing blow at the end of 2006 when he was axed by Yamaha’s World Superbike squad, was left reeling by Mario Illien’s decision to suspend Ilmor’s involvement in MotoGP because of a ...

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Breaking news: Ilmor out of MotoGP

Matthew Birt, 15 March 2007 10:17

Ilmor dropped a bombshell today by announcing it has suspended its MotoGP team after just one round of the 2007 world championship. In a phone call to MCN this morning, Ilmor boss Mario Illien confirmed that he had decided to withdraw from the world championship with immediate effect due to a lack of sponsorship. A decision was taken yesterday by ...


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