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Nicky Hayden unfazed by Valentino Rossi threat

Matthew Birt, 11 January 2011 16:34

Nicky Hayden says he’s undaunted at the prospect of being Valentino Rossi’s team-mate again in 2011. The pair will be paired together again in Ducati’s factory squad having been team-mates at Repsol Honda back in 2003 when American Hayden was in his rookie season in the MotoGP world championship.  Speaking at a press conference to launch the 2011 factory Ducati ...

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MCN World Exclusive: Rossi to Ducati

Matthew Birt, 29 June 2010 16:39

Valentino Rossi will drop a transfer bombshell by quitting Yamaha to sign a shock deal with Ducati. Paddock insiders say the move might even be officially announced at the Catalunya GP this weekend. The lucrative transfer finally became reality after long negotiations with Yamaha collapsed at the 11th hour. A trusted insider told MCN that Rossi is walking out because of ...

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Casey Stoner to miss next three races

Matthew Birt, 10 August 2009 11:57

Former world champion Casey Stoner will miss at least the next three MotoGP races with the on-going health issues that have dogged the factory Ducati rider in recent weeks. An official announcement due to be released later today by Ducati is expected to confirm that the 23-year-old will definitely miss this weekend’s Czech Republic GP in Brno. But MCN sources ...

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MotoGP Jerez test: James Toseland’s new look for 2008

Matthew Birt, 16 February 2008 11:42

These are the first pictures of James Toseland riding his 2008 factory Yamaha YZR-M1 in full livery on the opening day of testing in Jerez today (February 16, 2008). Sporting a striking blue and yellow paint scheme for the French-based Tech 3 team, Toseland has made a flying start to the penultimate test session of the winter. Get all the ...

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Valencia MotoGP: Jerry Burgess confident Valentino Rossi will race

Matthew Birt, 03 November 2007 16:59

Valentino Rossi’s crew chief Jerry Burgess is confident the Italian will be fit to ride in tomorrow’s 30-lap Valencia GP, despite suffering three small broken bones in his right hand in a qualifying crash. Rossi suffered a huge crash in the opening ten minutes of this afternoon’s qualifying session, breaking three bones in his right hand in an incident that ...

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Estoril MotoGP: Valentino Rossi to stick with Michelin tyres in 2008

Matthew Birt, 13 September 2007 18:11

Fiat Yamaha boss Davide Brivio has confirmed on the eve of the Estoril GP in Portugal this weekend that Valentino Rossi's factory YZR-M1 will definitely run on Michelin tyres in 2008. With Michelin winning only four of the opening 13 races in 2007, there has been intense speculation that Rossi had been pushing Yamaha bosses to consider a switch to ...

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MCN Exclusive Brno MotoGP: Colin Edwards agrees to join James Toseland at Tech 3 Yamaha

Matthew Birt, 18 August 2007 17:05

Colin Edwards has confirmed to MCN that he has agreed to join British rider James Toseland in the Tech 3 Yamaha squad for the 2008 MotoGP world championship. Edwards has held meetings with Yamaha Racing Managing Director Lin Jarvis and Tech 3 boss Herve Poncharal in the Czech Republic this weekend, and he’s verbally agreed an offer to join former ...

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Brno MotoGP: Toni Elias to undergo late fitness check

Matthew Birt, 13 August 2007 13:58

Spanish rider Toni Elias will undergo final medical checks early tonight (Monday) before deciding on whether he is fit enough to return to action in this weekend's Brno MotoGP race in the Czech Republic. Toni Elias has been sidelined since late June when he suffered a serious left femur injury in a practice crash for the Dutch MotoGP in Assen. ...

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US MotoGP: Vermeulen signs new factory Suzuki deal

Matthew Birt, 22 July 2007 23:25

Aussie Chris Vermeulen has signed a new contract with Suzuki’s factory MotoGP squad. The 24-year-old will stay on board a GSV-R for 2008 with an option for 2009 having accepted a formal offer he received at the German GP in the Sachsenring earlier this month. He confirmed the deal shortly after finishing second in today’s American MotoGP race in Laguna ...

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US MotoGP: Chaz Davies to replace Alex Hofmann

Matthew Birt, 20 July 2007 21:27

British rider Chaz Davies will replace injured German Alex Hofmann in this weekend’s American GP in Laguna Seca. Hofmann was injured in this morning’s free practice session when he broke his left hand in a collision with Sylvain Guintoli at the Corkscrew. Davies will join Alex Barros in the D’Antin Ducati with MotoGP rules allowing teams to replace riders on ...

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