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Mugello MotoGP blog: Is this the year?

Mike Nicks, 03 June 2010 21:02

Is this the season when the Valentino era ends? That’s the question that everyone is asking here at Mugello now that Jorge Lorenzo has won two of the first three MotoGP rounds this year.  The thought is justifiable – but premature. This is only the fourth event in an 18-round championship, and Rossi is only nine points behind Lorenzo. The ...

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Blog: Thanks, JT

Mike Nicks, 11 November 2009 09:41

Thanks, James Toseland, for everything you’ve done for British motorcycling in the past two years. If you hadn’t had the guts to risk the move from a safe home in WSB to leap into the raging MotoGP waters, Britain wouldn’t have had a single rider in motorcycle racing’s glamour class.  Motorcycling fans have long complained – rightly so – that ...

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Silverstone: The fastest MotoGP track in the world

Mike Nicks, 04 November 2009 15:03

Riders will lap Silverstone at an average speed of more than 122mph at the British MotoGP in 2010, making the new circuit the fastest on the MotoGP calendar by a clear 10mph. Silverstone date to change in MotoGP calendar reshuffle? The figure was revealed to MCN by circuit designers John Barrow and John Rhodes, of the London-based sports and event ...

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MotoGP Blog: Britain’s Articulate Grand Prix Boy Racers

Mike Nicks, 04 May 2009 08:16

There is an argument that exposing children to sport too early in their lives converts them into robotic racing clones, with brittle-thin personalities and narrow interests. But you only had to see Bradley Smith’s comportment on the podium at Jerez and in the press conference after his first-ever 125cc victory to appreciate that he’s articulate, courteous and cultivated. Bradley, now ...

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Jerez MotoGP: Smith takes first 125GP win

Mike Nicks, 03 May 2009 10:45

The 18-year-old Oxford rider Bradley Smith scored his first ever grand prix win in his 50th race in the 125cc event at Jerez. Smith, who had qualified second fastest, streaked into the lead from the grid on his Bancaja Aspar Aprilia, and never relinquished his advantage. His job was made easier when his two main rivals, team-mate Julian Simon and ...

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Jerez MotoGP: Lorenzo scores first pole this year

Mike Nicks, 02 May 2009 14:18

Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo scorched his Fiat Yamaha to his first pole position of the year at Jerez today, and held off desperate attempts by his rivals to dethrone him in the closing minutes of qualifying. With five minutes remaining in the 45-minute session Lorenzo already headed the time charts with a lap in 1m 38.933s. Close rivals Dani Pedrosa ...

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Jerez MotoGP: Rossi lands in paradise

Mike Nicks, 01 May 2009 17:19

“Compared to the past two races, this is paradise!” This was an ebullient Valentino Rossi speaking after the reigning MotoGP world champion had set fastest lap in the opening practice session at Jerez on his Fiat Yamaha. Rossi was referring more to the blissful weather at the Andalucian circuit – 23C today, 25C forecast for race day – rather than ...

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