MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2002)

  • Rossi faces bomb terror

    16 December 2002

    Rossi faces bomb terror

    It’s hard to believe, but Valentino Rossi is under police protection after he was named in a message included with a letter bomb.The message mentioned Rossi because of his links with Honda MotoGP...

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  • Capirossi stuns in Ducati test

    02 December 2002

    Capirossi stuns in Ducati test

    Ducati’s MotoGP squad will be waking up this morning sore from the volume of back-slapping doled out at Jerez yesterday. Loris Capirossi blazed around the Spanish circuit in a time that would have put...

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  • Casey Stoner takes factory 125 ride

    02 December 2002

    Casey Stoner takes factory 125 ride

    Teenage Aussie ace Casey Stoner has taken the offer of a factory 125cc Aprilia ride for 2003.He said: " It’s pretty exciting news to get just before Christmas. I’m really looking forward to...

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  • The R1 built to take on Rossi

    02 December 2002

    The R1 built to take on Rossi

    This is the British-built bike that’s going to take on the world in next year’s MotoGP championship. Top tuning squad Harris, based in Hertford, will design the machine, based on a heavily-modified...

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  • Ukawa to partner Biaggi at Pramac

    25 November 2002

    Ukawa to partner Biaggi at Pramac

    West Honda Pons has just confirmed that Tohru Ukawa will partner Max Biaggi on its V5 RCV in 2003.Ukawa, who rode for the factory Repsol Honda effort alongside Valentino Rossi, finished thrid overall...

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  • Edwards’ bruising Aprilia debut

    18 November 2002

    Edwards’ bruising Aprilia debut

    Colin Edwards and Noriyuki Haga began their pre-season tests on the Aprilia RS3 yesterday at the Spanish circuit of Jerez, with Edwards marking his debut with a crash.The reigning WSB champ was unhurt...

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  • Rossi’s rally starts today

    11 November 2002

    Rossi’s rally starts today

    Valentino Rossi’s Rally of Great Britain gets under way today. The reigning MotoGP champion will be tackling the tough Welsh forests from around 8pm this evening.Click on the links on the right to...

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  • Hayden’s RCV debut

    11 November 2002

    Hayden’s RCV debut

    Honda’s MotoGP new boy Nicky Hayden made his RCV debut at Motegi in Japan yesterday. The 21-year-old American completed just 50 laps of the Twin Ring circuit on the 220bhp V5 – a world away from the...

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  • Update: Rossi crashes out of Rally

    11 November 2002

    Update: Rossi crashes out of Rally

    Valentino Rossi scored a spectacular first in the Rally of Britain this morning – by being the first person to retire.After climbing to 25th place after last night’s special stage, this morning the...

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  • MotoGP 2003: The teams, the riders

    11 November 2002

    MotoGP 2003: The teams, the riders

    This year’s MotoGP silly season, as the annual contract hunt is known, will go down as one of the most unpredictable and protracted in living memory. But the fog of confusion has lifted and here’s...

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  • Vincent takes No.1 plate to KTM

    11 November 2002

    Vincent takes No.1 plate to KTM

    Newly crowned 125cc world champion Arnaud Vincent will take his number one plate to KTM for next season.Vincent, who became the first Frenchman ever to win the title, will ride alongside 2000 champion...

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  • First MotoGP tests underway

    04 November 2002

    First MotoGP tests underway

    The 2002 season only finished on Sunday, but riders are already testing ahead of next season.Max Biaggi and Sete Giberanu remained behind at Valencia, the scene of Sunday’s season finale, to get their...

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  • Haga to join Edwards at Aprilia

    04 November 2002

    Haga to join Edwards at Aprilia

    Aprilia has confirmed that the Samurai of Slide himself Noriyuki Haga will join Colin Edwards on the Aprilia RS3 in MotoGP next year.The squad will also switch to the favoured Michelin tyres away from...

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  • Yamaha announces new sponsor

    04 November 2002

    Yamaha announces new sponsor

    Yamaha has just signed a two-year deal with the tobacco giant Altadis to sponsor its factory MotoGP squad. Altadis is the parent company to Fortuna, Spain’s number one selling brand of cigarettes. The...

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  • Capirossi tests Ducati MotGP bike

    04 November 2002

    Capirossi tests Ducati MotGP bike

    Loris Capirossi made his debut on the Desmosedeci MotoGP bike today as his Ducati Corse team began testing at Valencia.It was the 29-year-old Italian’s first chance to ride a four-stroke and he put in...

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  • Barros signs for Gauloises Yamaha

    04 November 2002

    Barros signs for Gauloises Yamaha

    Alex Barros has ended his four-year relationship with Honda to move to the Gauloises Yamaha squad.The 32-year-old Brazilian, revitalised by Honda RCV four-stroke, took two wins this season for the...

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  • McCoy to test Kawasaki ZX-RR

    04 November 2002

    McCoy to test Kawasaki ZX-RR

    Garry McCoy will join Regis Laconi to test Kawasaki’s ZX-RR MotoGP four-stroke this Tuesday. The pair will remain behind in Valencia, the scene of Sunday’s final GP of the 2002 season, for the...

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  • Biaggi on pole in Valencia

    01 November 2002

    Biaggi on pole in Valencia

    If they weren’t already ruing their dismissal of Max Biaggi in August Yamaha bosses must certainly be kicking themselves hard now after the mercurial Italian slotted his M1 on pole in Valencia...

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  • Barros denies Rossi record in Valencia

    01 November 2002

    Barros denies Rossi record in Valencia

    Brazilian Alex Barros denied Valentino Rossi an historic 12th win in one season when he nicked the win in the final 2002 MotoGP round in Valencia today.There was drama right at the start, when Carlos...

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  • Barros on provisional pole in Valencia

    01 November 2002

    Barros on provisional pole in Valencia

    Alex Barros has taken provisional pole in Valencia ahead of the final MotoGP round of 2002 on Sunday. The Brazilian posted a time of 1’33.584 on his West Honda RCV, edging out Yamaha’s Max Biaggi by...

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  • KTM names Locatelli in 125 squad

    28 October 2002

    KTM names Locatelli in 125 squad

    KTM has named one of the riders it will field in the 2003 125GP season. Roberto Locatelli, the 2000 125cc champion, returns to the minnow class after an indifferent 2002 season in the 250s. He’ll be...

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  • Buster Roberts passes away

    28 October 2002

    THE Grand Prix racing paddock is in mourning after the death of one of its biggest personalities. Buster Roberts, father to Kenny Roberts Snr, passed away last night (October 27) in hospital in California after a brief illness. He was 81.Buster was the driving forced behind the dynasty which has seen two generations of Roberts win GP world titles, having put Kenny Snr on a bike before his eighth...

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  • Bayliss to debut Ducati at Valencia

    28 October 2002

    Bayliss to debut Ducati at Valencia

    Troy Bayliss will give Ducati’s new MotoGP machine its public debut at the Valencia Grand Prix on November 3.He’ll be riding the Desmosedeci V4 four-stroke on a few demonstration laps ahead of the...

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  • Telefonica rings changes at Suzuki

    28 October 2002

    Telefonica rings changes at Suzuki

    Telefonica Movistar, the Spanish mobile phone giant, has ended its two-year association with the Suzuki MotoGP squad. This weekend’s Valencia GP will be the last time Suzukis will sport the famous...

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  • Rossi wins in Oz

    21 October 2002

    Valentino Rossi continued his amazing season with victory in Australia. He finished at the head of five Hondas, sharing the podium with Alex Barros and Tohru Ukawa. Daijiro Katoh and Jurgen van den Goorbergh took fourth and fifth.Max Biaggi was the leading non-Honda, ahead of Nobuastsu Aoki who finished seventh on the Proton KR. Eighth was Olivier Jacque, ninth Kenny Roberts Jr and tenth Jeremy...

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  • Barros back on top, Down Under

    21 October 2002

    Alex Barros has continued his excellent run of form on the Honda RCV with a provisional pole start in Friday’s qualifying ahead of the Australian MotoGP round on Sunday.The West Honda rider ‘s time of 1’33.002 around the 2.78 mile Phillip Island circuit was just a tenth ahead of home favourite Garry McCoy on the Red Bull Yamaha YZR two-stroke. As if to prove the strokers have one last hurrah left...

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  • Rossi warms up for rally debut

    21 October 2002

    Rossi warms up for rally debut

    Valentino Rossi has been warming up for his rallying debut in next month’s Rally of Great Britain with a special test of his World Rally Championship (WRC) – spec Peugeot 206.There’s a rare personal...

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  • McWilliams takes pole in Phillip Island

    21 October 2002

    McWilliams takes pole in Phillip Island

    Jeremy McWilliams has put the Proton KR on pole position for Sunday’s MotoGP in Australia. He qualified 0.4 seconds ahead of Australian Gary McCoy. The other Proton KR of Nobuatsu Aoki qualified in...

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  • Biaggi scraps for Sepang victory

    14 October 2002

    Biaggi scraps for Sepang victory

    Max Biaggi finally broke his four-stroke duck with a win in the searing heat of Sepang in Sunday’s Malaysian round of the MotoGP calendar.The Malboro Yamaha rider benefited from the three-way scrap...

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  • Barros builds with Sepang pole

    14 October 2002

    Barros builds with Sepang pole

    Alex Barros is emerging as the unlikely challenger to the dominance of Valentino Rossi in MotoGP after taking pole in Sepang today ahead of Sunday’s Malaysion Grand Prix.Despite only having sat on the...

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  • 2003 Grand Prix Calendar

    14 October 2002

    2003 Grand Prix Calendar

    The FIM has just released the details of dates and venues for the 2003 Grand Prix calendar.Round 1: April 6, Suzuka, JapanRound 2: April 27, Welkom, South AfricaRound 3: May 11, Jerez, SpainRound 4:...

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  • Ukawa leads Honda charge in Sepang

    07 October 2002

    Ukawa leads Honda charge in Sepang

    Tohru Ukawa blazed to provisional pole in Sepang today, setting himself at the head of an all-Honda four-stroke front row ahead of Sunday’s MotoGP round in Malaysia.The Japanese rider’s time of...

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  • Pitt to ride ZX-RR at Sepang

    07 October 2002

    Pitt to ride ZX-RR at Sepang

    Aussie Andrew Pitt will replace the injured Akira Yanagawa on Kawasaki’s ZX-RR MotoGP machine for the rest of the season, starting with the Malaysian GP in Sepang on October13.The 2001 World...

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  • Abe lands M1 for Phillip Island, Valencia

    07 October 2002

    Abe lands M1 for Phillip Island, Valencia

    It has been confirmed by the factory that Norick Abe will get a four-stroke M1 MotoGP machine from Yamaha to contest the final two rounds of the season.Abe, the leading Yamaha two-stroke rider in the...

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  • McWilliams and Aoki re-sign for Roberts

    07 October 2002

    McWilliams and Aoki re-sign for Roberts

    Jeremy McWilliams will continue to partner Nobuatso Aoki in the Proton/Kenny Roberts set-up in 2003 it has just been announced.The pair will ride the new Proton/KR V5 four-stroke currently under...

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  • Kato grabs provisional pole in Motegi

    01 October 2002

    Kato grabs provisional pole in Motegi

    Daijiro Kato put on a show for his home fans with a last gasp stunner to take provisional pole at the Twin Ring in Motegi today.With just a few minutes remaining in the session, Yamaha’s Max Biaggi...

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