MotoGP (April 2003)

  • Sombre mood for Welkom GP

    22 April 2003

    Sombre mood for Welkom GP

    This weekend’s second round of the MotoGP world championship at the Phakisa Freeway in Welkom, South Africa, will not have the usual celebratory atmosphere. Instead the sport will collectively bow its...

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  • Gibernau honours Kato with pole

    22 April 2003

    Gibernau honours Kato with pole

    Sete Gibernau offered a fitting tribute to his team-mate Daijiro Kato by taking the pole position at the second round of the MotoGP championship in Welkom, South Africa.Gibernau continuously improved...

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  • Rossi takes provisional pole at Welkom

    22 April 2003

    Rossi takes provisional pole at Welkom

    Valentino Rossi has continued his dominance at the Welkom GP by taking the provisional pole at the end of the first qualifying session.The factory Honda rider – who was wearing a black armband in...

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  • Burns’ WCM fails FIM inspection

    22 April 2003

    Burns’ WCM fails FIM inspection

    Chris Burns’ GP dream has been dealt another blow this weekend after his Harris WCM machine was banned from taking part in the South African GP. An FIM technical team inspected the R1-derived...

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  • Gibernau honors Kato with Welkom win

    22 April 2003

    Gibernau honors Kato with Welkom win

    Sete Gibernau took the win at the second round of the MotoGP world championship as a fitting memorial to his late team-mate Daijiro Kato.The start of the race was delayed by 50 minutes after Kenny...

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  • Mugello test for Ducati GP team

    15 April 2003

    Mugello test for Ducati GP team

    Ducati is continuing its policy of getting closer to the public after opening the gates to its latest private test at the Mugello circuit in Italy this week.More than 500 fans watched Ducati riders...

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  • Kato succumbs to injuries

    15 April 2003

    Kato succumbs to injuries

    Daijiro Kato, the former 250cc World Champion, has died in hospital in Japan.Kato passed away at 00:42 local time today, Sunday April 20, in the Yokkaichi Central Hospital. Kato, 26, had been in a...

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  • Ukawa releases statement on Kato

    08 April 2003

    Ukawa releases statement on Kato

    The Camel Pramac Pons team have issued a statement to the press on behalf of rider Tohru Ukawa, which mysteriously retracts his earlier statements about the crash which seriously injured Daijiro Kato.

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  • Kato shows slight improvement

    08 April 2003

    Kato shows slight improvement

    Daijiro Kato is still in a serious condition after his horrific crash in the early stages of the first MotoGP race on Sunday.The hospital has not made any official statement but it is known that the...

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  • Kato stable, Gibernau to race on

    08 April 2003

    Kato stable, Gibernau to race on

    Daijiro Kato showed some signs of improvement yesterday but is still in a critical condition after his accident at the first round of MotoGP on Sunday, in Suzuka, Japan.With the rider making it...

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  • Rossi grabs provisional pole

    01 April 2003

    The first round of the MotoGP world championship kicked off the struggle for supremacy with Italian rivals Valentino Rossi and Max Biaggi finishing the opening qualifying session separated by just 0.2s on Friday.The morning’s free practice saw Ducati rider Loris Capirossi topping the time sheets with a time of 2:04.604, 0.02s ahead of Valentino Rossi.All that changed for the qualifying session in...

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  • Rossi tops first GP qualifying session

    01 April 2003

    Rossi tops first GP qualifying session

    First official practice and qualifying for the opening round of this season’s MotoGP championship has just finished in Suzuka, JapanValentino Rossi has provisionally qualified on pole with a time of...

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  • Capirossi crashes, Rossi goes quickest

    01 April 2003

    Capirossi crashes, Rossi goes quickest

    Valentino Rossi topped the time sheets at the final pre-season IRTA test at Suzuka, beating his own lap record with a 2:04.17s.There were a number of crashes throughout the test, including Ducati’s...

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  • Rossi wins at Suzuka

    01 April 2003

    Rossi wins at Suzuka

    Reigning Champion Valentino Rossi staked his claim to this year’s MotoGP world championship title with an impressive win at the first round in Suzuka, Japan, today.The Italian stormed away from the...

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