MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2002)

  • Rossi takes pole at damp Assen

    24 June 2002

    Rossi takes pole at damp Assen

    Valentino Rossi splashed to his sixth pole of the season at Assen today, ahead of Saturday’s MotoGP round.The Honda rider made the most of the two combined sessions as bad weather disrupted normal...

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  • Rossi makes it six wins in Assen

    24 June 2002

    Rossi makes it six wins in Assen

    Valentino Rossi continued his winning ways with another dominant performance at the Dutch GP on Saturday, taking his tally of wins this season to six out of seven so far.But it was the old school...

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  • Biaggi beats Rossi’s record

    17 June 2002

    Biaggi beats Rossi’s record

    Marlboro Yamaha rider Max Biaggi went under Valentino Rossi’s lap record, set only a couple of days earlier, while testing development Michelin tyres at Catalunya.The Yamaha team were joined by the...

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  • Rossi claims fifth win in Catalunya

    17 June 2002

    Rossi claims fifth win in Catalunya

    Valentino Rossi took another step to retaining his world crown with his fifth win of the 2002 MotoGP season in Catalunya on Sunday.The Honda rider let Yamaha’s Carlos Checa make the early running and...

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  • Italian motorcycle legend dies

    17 June 2002

    Italy lost one of its most famous motorcycling heroes yesterday when 250 GP legend Walter Villa passed away at his Modena home. The 58-year-old died of a heart attack.Villa dominated the quarter-litre class in the mid seventies, taking three consecutive 250 GP crowns in 1974, '75 and '76, all on Harley-Davidsons. He also managed to take the 350cc GP world title in 1976, making him one of the last...

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  • Eddie Lawson enters Hall of Fame

    10 June 2002

    Eddie Lawson enters Hall of Fame

    Four-time 500cc world champion and GP legend Eddie Lawson has been inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Detroit.Lawson won 31 500cc GPs in a riding career spanning three decades.

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  • Meet the MotoGP stars this July

    03 June 2002

    Meet the MotoGP stars this July

    Ahead of the MCN Donington Park British Grand Prix there’s the traditional Riders for Health Day of Champions. You can shake hands with all the top Grand Prix stars, bid for loads of one-off items in...

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  • Rossi digs deep for Mugello win

    01 June 2002

    Rossi digs deep for Mugello win

    Valentino Rossi’s MotoGP victory in Mugello won’t be remembered so much for the way in which the defending champion scorched to another victory, so much as the race when Yamaha’s four-stroke challenge...

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  • Ducati unveils its new GP bike

    27 May 2002

    Ducati unveils its new GP bike

    Ducati has just lifted the veil of secrecy surrounding its new four-stroke Grand Prix bike. For a full report on the new Ducati GP machine, don’t miss the June 5 issue of MCN.Until today Ducati had...

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  • Ryo handed European GP rides

    27 May 2002

    Ryo handed European GP rides

    Akira Ryo, the Japanese rider who took Suzuki’s GSR-V four-stroke GP bike to a debut podium in Suzuka this year, will return for the factory for a handful of European rounds – starting with the...

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  • Checa edges provisional Le Mans pole

    13 May 2002

    Checa edges provisional Le Mans pole

    Carlos Checa made a mockery of Yamaha’s four-stroke troubles when he grabbed a shock MotoGP provisional pole position in Le Mans today.The Spaniard took his YZR-M1 to the top of the leaderboard in the...

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  • Get GP news on your phone

    13 May 2002

    Get GP news on your phone

    This weekend it’s the turn of Le Mans in France to host the MotoGP circus. Suzuki, Yamaha and Aprilia have been working overtime, trying to get their four-strokes to match the pace of Honda’s dynamic...

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  • Victory in France for Rossi

    13 May 2002

    Victory in France for Rossi

    Valentino Rossi won a rain-hit French GP at Le Mans to maintain the Honda RCV’s perfect start to the 2002 season.Crucially, the Italian had taken the lead on lap 21 when he passed team-mate Tohru...

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  • Capirossi’s RCV ultimatum

    01 May 2002

    Capirossi’s RCV ultimatum

    MotoGP star Loris Capirossi is warning Honda he’ll leave next year if he doesn’t get the same machinery as Valentino Rossi.Fo the full story on Capirossi’s demands,don’t miss the new issue of MCN, out...

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  • Rossi claims provisional pole in Jerez

    01 May 2002

    Rossi claims provisional pole in Jerez

    Valentino Rossi has claimed another provisional pole today in Jerez, Spain ahead of Sunday’s MotoGP race. But Daijiro Katoh proved that the new four-strokes won’t have it their own way as he led a...

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  • Get GP results on your mobile

    01 May 2002

    Get GP results on your mobile

    It’s going to be the most breath-taking, wheel-spinning, mad-overtaking, superstar-creating GP season since Noah was a lad. Make sure you’re bang up to date with every qualifying session and race...

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  • Rossi reigns (again) in Spain

    01 May 2002

    Rossi reigns (again) in Spain

    Valentino Rossi swept to a well-deserved victory in Jerez, Spain, today.Fighting back after an early clash with Suzuki’s KennyRobererts he closed back up to the front and a dice with his Repsol Honda...

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  • Suzuki tired with Dunlop

    29 April 2002

    Suzuki tired with Dunlop

    Suzuki's four-stroke GP team will run Michelin tyres at this weekend's Spanish GP in Jerez having ended a short but disastrous spell with Dunlop.An official announcement is not expected for another...

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  • Jeremy McWilliams: In his own words

    22 April 2002

    Sweetandsour: What are you going to do about bikes for Jerez?... I've heard they've gone walkies...?JeremyMcWilliams: Well it'll be an easy weekend then if that's right! At least mine haven't been crashed, so when they do arrive we'll be able to go straight out, and we've got our Jerez set-up so we'll be able to go straight out. But I'd rather be putting my feet up somewhere like Malaga if they...

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  • Take a bite at our caption competition

    22 April 2002

    Take a bite at our caption competition

    Oh look, Rossi’s going bananas... wonder if anyone’s going to ape him, there’s certainly something a-peeling about a pre-race snack etc etc (fnarr, fnarr).Good, that’s most of the bad puns out of the...

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  • Ukawa pips Rossi in South Africa

    22 April 2002

    Ukawa pips Rossi in South Africa

    Tohru Ukawa held off Repsol Honda team-mate Valentino Rossi to take the MotoGP win in Welkom, South Africa today.The pair again proved the RCV four-stroke’s dominance finishing over twenty seonds...

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  • First glimpse of MZ GP motor

    15 April 2002

    First glimpse of MZ GP motor

    This is the engine MZ will take into the MotoGP series and which will power the firm’s first superbike.The 90° V4 is already running on the test bench, though so far the firm has only revealed this...

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  • Get GP results on your mobile

    15 April 2002

    Get GP results on your mobile

    Welkom, South Africa is over 5500 miles away, but you can keep bang-up-to-date with this weekend’s GP qualifying news and race results simply by signing up for the latest text messaging service from...

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  • Rossi on pole in South Africa

    15 April 2002

    Valentino Rossi starts as a red-hot favourite for tomorrow’s South African GP at Welkom after a commanding display saw him grab pole position this afternoon.The 23-year-old Italian wasn’t bettered after he’d beaten Loris Capirossi’s provisional pole time from yesterday within seven minutes of today’s final qualifying getting underway.He would improve his time on a further five occasions to show...

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  • World Ducati Weekend debut for GP bike.

    15 April 2002

    World Ducati Weekend debut for GP bike.

    SEE Ducati’s new four-stroke GP missile in the flesh at the World Ducati Weekend in Misano, Italy, on June 14-16. So far only two images of the 990cc V-four bike have been released and this will be...

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  • Poggiali snares provisional Suzuka pole

    01 April 2002

    Poggiali snares provisional Suzuka pole

    REIGNING world champion Manuel Poggiali drew first blood at a sun-drenched Suzuka today when he grabbed provisional pole for Sunday’s opening 125 GP.The Italian was 0.2s faster than Spanish teenager...

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  • Battaini surprise fastest in 250s

    01 April 2002

    Battaini surprise fastest in 250s

    ITALIAN Franco Battaini was the surprise provisional pole qualifier in the opening 250 qualifying session of 2002 at the Suzuka circuit in Japan today.He pipped fellow works Aprilia rider Fonsi Nieto...

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