MotoGP (October 2002)

  • 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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  • Barros makes good on RCV in Motegi

    01 October 2002

    Barros makes good on RCV in Motegi

    Alex Barros repaid Honda and team boss Sito Pons’ faith with a win in Motegi on his debut ride on the West Honda RCV four-stroke as Honda took a one-two-three in today’s MotoGP race.A tense race-long...

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  • Katoh confirms Motegi pole

    01 October 2002

    Katoh confirms Motegi pole

    Daijiro Katoh will start from pole position in Sunday’s Japanese round of the MotoGP championship after no-one challenged his time of 1.49.052, set during Friday’s qualifying, in Saturday’s...

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  • Roberts re-signs with Suzuki

    01 October 2002

    Roberts re-signs with Suzuki

    Kenny Roberts has just inked a new contract that will keep him with the factory Suzuki MotoGP squad for the next two years.It comes on the back of his maiden podium in the new class, scored at the...

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