MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2003)

  • Rossi tops practice at Donington

    08 July 2003

    Rossi tops practice at Donington

    Valentino Rossi has set a hot pace right from the start of the British Grand Prix at MCN Donington Park just beating Troy Bayliss to the top spot in the first practice session.Rossi put in 29 laps in...

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  • Perugini on pole for 125GP

    08 July 2003

    Stefano Perugini is on pole for the 125cc British GP at MCN Donington Park.The Italian rider took his Aprilia to a 1:37.984 lap beating all four of the Hondas that were battling for the top spot in the final qualifying session.Daniel Pedrosa came home second fastest while Team Scot team-mates Andrea Dovizioso and Simone Corsi finished the front row of the gridMika Kallio, Hector Barbera and Steve...

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  • Dovizioso on 125cc provisional pole

    08 July 2003

    Italian Andrea Dovizioso is on provisional pole for the 125cc race at Sunday’s British GP.Dovizioso posted a time of 1:38.297, just ahead of Spaniard Daniel Pedrosa. Both riders are on Hondas, heading the Aprilia of Stefano Perugini in third.Fourth is Hector Barbera, with Steve Jenkner fifth. Top Brit is Leon Camier in 28th place, three seconds down on Dovizioso. Wildcards Paul Veazey and Kris...

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  • Biaggi on pole for British GP

    08 July 2003

    Max Biaggi has stormed into pole position for the start of the British GP at MCN Donington Park on Sunday.Telefonica Movistar Honda rider Sete Gibernau was the first rider to better championship leader Valentino Rossi’s already quick time but Biaggi went on to knock over a second off his time from yesterday’s qualifying session to jump in to first place for the start of the race.Rossi only managed...

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  • Rossi on provisional pole for British GP

    08 July 2003

    Rossi on provisional pole for British GP

    Valentino Rossi is on provisional pole at the end of the first qualifying session for the British GP at MCN Donington Park.Honda RCV rider Rossi upped his already quick pace from the morning’s...

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  • Fonsi Nieto tops 250cc practice

    08 July 2003

    Fonsi Nieto leads 250cc practice from fellow Spaniard Toni Elias, giving the Repsol Telefonica Movistar Aprilia team a 1-2 in free practice. Nieto is the only rider to post a lap below 1:35, with a time of 1:34.584, almost 0.7 seconds ahead of his teammate.Nieto holds the fastest lap of the circuit, set in 2002 at 1:33.558. But the circuit lap record is held by Daijiro Kato at 1:34.096.Aprilias...

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  • Capirossi fastest in second practice

    08 July 2003

    Loris Capirossi was the fastest man around the Donington track this morning, in preparation for qualifying for Sunday’s British GP.The Italian Ducati rider posted a time of 1:31.218, topping Sete Gibernau and Max Biaggi. Olivier Jacque was fourth fastest on the Yamaha M1, with Colin Edwards fifth on the Aprilia. Reigning champion Valentino Rossi was sixth.Troy Bayliss survived a crash during...

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  • Rossi denied win at Donington

    08 July 2003

    Rossi denied win at Donington

    Valentino Rossi celebrated another win at MCN Donington Park today only to have it renounced by race officials when they awarded him a ten second penalty after realising he had passed under a yellow...

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  • Nieto on provisional pole for 250GP

    08 July 2003

    Nieto on provisional pole for 250GP

    Fonsi Nieto is on provisional pole for the 250GP race at MCN Donington Park at the end of the first qualifying session.Repsol Telefonica Movistar rider Nieto knocked 0.8 seconds off his best time from...

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  • Nieto wins 250GP

    08 July 2003

    Fonzi Nieto has taken his first win this season in the 250GP at the eighth round of the world championship at MCN Donington Park.Nieto took the win after a long battle with Manuel Poggiali, who was determined to ride well after already suffering three crashes over the weekend, but Nieto pushed hard and crossed the line 0.269 seconds ahead to take the win.Toni Elias and Poggiali were fighting for...

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  • Nieto on pole for 250GP

    08 July 2003

    Nieto on pole for 250GP

    Fonsi Nieto will be starting Sunday’s 250cc British GP in pole position after setting the fastest time in the qualifying sessions at MCN Donington Park.Manuel Poggiali was the fastest rider in...

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  • Crowds pour into Donington

    08 July 2003

    Crowds pour into Donington

    Sete Gibernau has set the fastest time in an eventful warm up session for this afternoons British GP at MCN Donington Park, while huge crowds pour in to the circuit to catch all the action.Gibernau...

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  • Capirossi on pole for Assen GP

    24 June 2003

    Capirossi on pole for Assen GP

    Loris Capirossi has taken pole position for the Dutch MotoGP race on Saturday with a 1:59.770 lap, moving him ahead of countrymen Max Biaggi and Valentino Rossi.Throughout practice and qualifying the...

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  • Rossi top by half-a-second

    24 June 2003

    Rossi top by half-a-second

    Valentino Rossi went straight to the top of free practice times today, posting a time half-a-second clear of Max Biaggi, his nearest rival.Rossi completed 21 laps, with a best time of 2:01.404, with...

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  • Final WCM appeal rejected

    24 June 2003

    Final WCM appeal rejected

    The Harris WCM team’s attempt to race in MotoGP has been scuppered once and for all after its final appeal was rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) yesterday, June 26.Team Boss Peter...

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  • Rossi ups the pace

    24 June 2003

    Rossi ups the pace

    Valentino Rossi has continued to improve his times in the second free practice session at the Dutch round of the MotoGP world championship, in Assen.At the end of the session Rossi was riding nearly...

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  • Assen first qualifying

    24 June 2003

    Assen first qualifying

    Three Italians head the MotoGP first qualifying time sheets, with Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi and Lori Capirossi all posting two-minute laps.The trio are covered by just 0.2 seconds from Rossi in...

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  • Gibernau takes third win

    24 June 2003

    Gibernau takes third win

    Sete Gibernau has taken his third MotoGP win this season at the third round of the world championship in Assen.The race was delayed by rain and the standing water made visibility difficult when it did...

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  • Yanagawa to leave hospital at weekend

    17 June 2003

    Yanagawa to leave hospital at weekend

    Kawasaki wildcard rider Akira Yanagawa is due out of hospital in Spain this weekend following his first lap crash at the Spanish MotoGP round on June 15.Yanagawa has been diagnosed with two...

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  • First MotoGP win for Ducati

    10 June 2003

    First MotoGP win for Ducati

    Loris Capirossi has taken the first MotoGP win for Ducati after only six races.The Italian rider started the sixth round of the world championship, in Catalunya, in second place but took the lead from...

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  • Middle East to host MotoGP round in 2004

    10 June 2003

    Middle East to host MotoGP round in 2004

    A deal has been signed that will see a round of the MotoGP World championship going to the Middle East for the first time.The new round will be held on a track currently being built in the Gulf State...

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  • Rossi fastest in Spain - Edwards close

    10 June 2003

    Rossi fastest in Spain - Edwards close

    Valentino Rossi has taken his Repsol Honda RC211V to the top spot in the first qualifying session at the sixth round of the MotoGP World Championship in Catalunya, Spain.The Italian rider waited until...

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  • Rossi on pole despite slower time

    10 June 2003

    Rossi on pole despite slower time

    Valentino Rossi is once again on pole position after the second qualifying session the sixth round of the MotoGP world championship in Catalunya, Spain, despite not being able to better his time from...

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  • Rossi tops qualifying at Catalunya

    10 June 2003

    Rossi tops qualifying at Catalunya

    Valentino Rossi has taken provisional pole at the sixth round of the MotoGP world championship in Catalunya, Spain.The Italian had to work hard to take provisional pole with the top spot changing...

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  • Capirossi on provisional pole

    03 June 2003

    Capirossi on provisional pole

    Loris Capirossi has continued his quest for speed by not only taking provisional pole for the fifth round of the MotoGP world championship, in Mugello, Italy, but also breaking the GP top speed record...

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  • Rossi heads all-Italian podium in Italy

    03 June 2003

    Rossi heads all-Italian podium in Italy

    Valentino Rossi overcame tough challenges from his countrymen to take the win at Mugello in Italy today, Sunday June 8.It was works Ducati rider Loris Capirossi who made the best start, giving the...

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  • Capirossi tops 203mph in first session

    03 June 2003

    Capirossi tops 203mph in first session

    Lorris Capirossi has already topped the 200mph mark in the first practice at the fifth round of the MotoGP world championship in Mugello, Italy.After 14 laps of the first practice session Capirossi...

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  • Rossi steals pole position

    03 June 2003

    Rossi steals pole position

    Valentino Rossi has snatched the pole position for Sunday’s MotoGP fifth round at Mugello, Italy. Just beating Loris Capirossi’s time on his last lap.Capirossi didn’t manage to better his time from...

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  • Gibernau takes victory in Le Mans

    20 May 2003

    Gibernau takes victory in Le Mans

    Spaniard Sete Gibernau has won the French GP, benefitting from new rules which have abolished combined, overall times, and resulted in a 13-lap dash to the finish.He battled hard with reigning...

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  • Melandri impresses in MotoGP practice

    20 May 2003

    Melandri impresses in MotoGP practice

    The threat of a wet weekend for the fourth round of the MotoGP World championship saw all the riders trying to get their best times in a dry first qualifying session at Le Mans.Top of the pile again...

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  • Ducati stays on at Jerez

    13 May 2003

    Ducati stays on at Jerez

    Ducati MotoGP riders Troy Baylis and Loris Capirossi stayed behind after Sunday’s race in Jerez to give their Desmosedici V4s a full workout in a private test session at the Spanish circuit...

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  • Two-strokes ride again at Jerez

    06 May 2003

    Two-strokes ride again at Jerez

    Kenny Roberts’ Proton team will once again resort to their KR3 two-strokes for Sunday’s Spanish GP at Jerez.The Proton team had hoped to have its new V5 four-stroke machine up and running for Sunday’s...

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  • Gibernau on provisional pole

    06 May 2003

    Gibernau on provisional pole

    Sete Gibernau has topped the time sheets for the first qualifying session at the third round of the MotoGP World championship in Jerez.The Spanish rider put in over 20 laps to ensure he took the top...

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  • Ducati duo collided in warm-up

    06 May 2003

    Ducati duo collided in warm-up

    Troy Bayliss’ third place at his third MotoGP is even more remarkable, considering he’d just had a 160mph collision with team-mate Loris Capirossi. " I led on the warm-up lap, and didn’t want to...

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