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Valentino Rossi dedicates title success to Norick Abe

Matthew Birt, 29 September 2008 12:02

Valentino Rossi dedicated his sixth MotoGP crown to late Yamaha star Norick Abe at the Twin Ring Motegi yesterday. Rossi was a huge fan of Abe and when he started his world championship career in 1996 he arrived with the nickname ‘Rossifumi’, such was his support for the Japanese rider. Rossi’s admiration for Abe started when he watched him as ...

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Luis D’Antin steps down as Ducati boss

Matthew Birt, 10 July 2008 11:40

Spaniard Luis D’Antin has stepped down as boss of the Alice Ducati team with immediate effect. D’Antin is expected to make a statement later but it has been confirmed he resigned after the Dutch GP in Assen and is no longer with Ducati’s satellite squad that runs Toni Elias and Sylvain Guintoli. MCN understands the decision was taken for financial ...

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James who?

lee macdonald, 12 October 2007 12:25

Think the treatment of motorcycle racing by the media is atrocious! Toseland winning the championship was reported on Five Live for about 10 seconds after scores from league two of the football were read out. National newspapers have tiny paragraphs about a Briton winning a world championship. BBC sport show stories as 'latest' news for up to two weeks after happening. Norick ...

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Australian MotoGP: Valentino Rossi pays tribute to 'inspirational' Norick Abe

Matthew Birt, 11 October 2007 10:09

Valentino Rossi has paid tribute to Japanese rider Norick Abe, who was killed in a road accident last weekend. Italian Rossi was a huge fan of Norick Abe and when he started his world championship career in 1996 he arrived with the nickname ‘Rossifumi’, such was his support for the three-times 500 MotoGP winner Norifumi. Valentino Rossi’s support for Norick ...

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Yamaha boss speaks of 'irreplaceable' Norick Abe

MCN Sportsdesk, 08 October 2007 09:11

The President of Yamaha has spoken of the shock felt within the company at the death of long-time rider Norick Abe in a road traffic accident in Japan. Former works Grand Prix and World Superbike star Abe died in hospital yesterday evening from injuries sustained when he collided with a lorry in Kawasaki City. Reports say the truck performed an ...

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Fan invasion sparks fresh Mugello concerns

Matthew Birt, 06 June 2007 10:38

MotoGP Race Director Paul Butler has confirmed to MCN he came close to red flagging last Sunday’s Italian GP to avoid a potentially disastrous track invasion before the end of the 23-lap race. Butler faced the tough call as he’d noticed on circuit TV cameras fans, who had breached perimeter fencing, were edging dangerously close to the track with two ...

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Yanagawa wins Tsukuba

Gary Pinchin, 21 May 2007 17:23

Team Green Kawasaki rider Akira Yanagawa won the third round of the All Japan Superbike series at Tsukuba at the weekend but Honda’s Tatsuya Yamaguchi continues to the lead the series after finishing fourth in the race. Suzuki factory test rider Kousuke Akiyoshi grabbed his first podium of the season, taking the Wins GSX-R1000 to second place. He smashed the ...

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Shakey link to WSB

Anonymous, 18 November 2006 00:00

Former British Superbike champ Shakey Byrne was an interested spectator in Valencia at the November World Superbike test – and he spent plenty of time in talks with Yamaha’s European race boss. The 2003 BSB champ, replaced by Chris Walker at Rizla Suzuki, was seen in talks with Yamaha’s Laurens Klein Koerkamp, and it’s now said the Yamaha France ride ...

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Bayliss on pole

Anonymous, 09 September 2006 00:00

Troy Bayliss has continued his domination at the Lausitz Ring taking pole position for Sunday's race. The Ducati rider set the best lap in the qualifying session then went on to take the top spot by setting the fastest lap in the single lap superpole contest. Bayliss lines up against his closest rivals in the titel race with Noriyuki Haga ...

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Haga tops Monza times

Anonymous, 01 May 2006 00:00

Friday afternoon's rain-affected qualifying practice for Sunday's Monza WSB round has finished with Noriyuki Haga fastest. The top four didn't change in the last half hour of the session. Many riders already established in the top 16 sat out large chunks of the session when spots of rain started to fall. Your next bike Quality Bikes For Sale here Tests ...

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