MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2004)

  • Brit GP date moved

    22 December 2004

    Brit GP date moved

    Changes have been made to the 2005 MotoGP calendar, with the British GP at Donington Park switching to July 24. Other changes include the Italian and Catalunya racers, which move a week later, to...

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  • Best GP trophy for Brno

    22 December 2004

    Best GP trophy for Brno

    The IRTA 'Best Grand Prix Trophy' has been awarded to the Czech Grand Prix at Brno in Moravia in 2004. The award is based on a points scoring system that covers every aspect of running a GP,...

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  • Provisional GP entry list

    15 December 2004

    Provisional GP entry list

    The provisional entry list for the 2005 MotoGP season has been release with D’Antin Ducati, Aprilia and Proton still to confirm their riders. One thing that stands out is that despite becoming...

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  • Battaini to join WCM

    15 December 2004

    Battaini to join WCM

    Experienced Italian Franco Battaini is about to sign to join the WCM team for 2005. Battaini hopes to put the final stamp on negotiations by the end of the week. The 32-year-old has spent eight years...

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  • Donington traffic plans

    08 December 2004

    Donington traffic plans

    After the horrendous traffic problems encountered by GP fans at this year’s British GP, Donington Park is conducting a traffic impact study as part of the on going improvements to the circuit. ...

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  • GP teams reshuffle

    08 December 2004

    GP teams reshuffle

    It’s not just the riders that are changing teams in the GP paddock, with the Aprilia racing director and Kenny Roberts’ chief mechanic deciding to quit their teams. Suzuki Chief Mechanic...

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  • Uncertainty for Davies

    08 December 2004

    Uncertainty for Davies

    British 250cc GP rider Chaz Davies is still not 100 per cent sure where he'll be riding in 2005. Davies finished the 2004 season in 13th place on a 'kit' Aprilia machine. The 17-year-old, who made...

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  • Aprilia to quit MotoGP?

    24 November 2004

    Aprilia to quit MotoGP?

    Shane Byrne and Jeremy McWilliams could be looking for work later this week as rumours grow that the Aprilia team will not compete in MotoGP in 2005. The team has faced an uncertain future since the...

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  • Checa tops Jerez test

    24 November 2004

    Checa tops Jerez test

    Carlos Checa has ended the three-day Bridgestone tyre test at Jerez with a fastest lap that beats the time Valentino Rossi set to take pole position at the circuit earlier this year. Checa was at the...

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  • Rossi packs up for winter

    24 November 2004

    Rossi packs up for winter

    Yamaha completed its three-day test in Sepang today with Valentino Rossi posting the fastest time of the test. Rossi put in 44 laps, mostly on the 2005 version of the M1, including an endurance test...

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  • Bayliss fastest in test

    24 November 2004

    Bayliss fastest in test

    After the first wet day of testing at Valencia in Spain, Troy Bayliss has gone fastest on the Honda RC211V. In intermittent rain, the Australian former WSB champion was working alone in the Camel...

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  • Proton V4 sets hot pace

    24 November 2004

    Proton V4 sets hot pace

    It looks like the Proton MotoGP team may get a reprieve from running at the back of the grid in 2005 with the shake-down test of its new V4 engine at Jerez last week showing a lot of promise. The...

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  • Xaus signs for Yamaha

    24 November 2004

    Xaus signs for Yamaha

    Ruben Xaus has confirmed the rumours that he will be riding a Yamaha next year by signing for the Tech 3 Fortuna squad. The Spanish rider impressed the team with his third place finish in the Qatar...

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  • Camel riders named

    17 November 2004

    Camel riders named

    Camel Honda has announced its official 2005 MotoGP rider line-up: Alex Barros and Troy Bayliss. Both riders will be riding the yellow Camel Honda RC211Vs on Michelin tyres. Bayliss, WSB champ in...

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  • Biaggi breaks leg

    03 November 2004

    Biaggi breaks leg

    Max Biaggi's plans for a strong winter of testing in preparation for the 2005 MotoGP season have been dealt a cruel blow after he broke his ankle in a Supermoto accident. Initial reports suggest the...

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  • KTM confirm GP squad

    03 November 2004

    KTM confirm GP squad

    Red Bull KTM will enter three riders in the 125cc GP class and one rider in the 250cc championship in 2005. Current squad member Mika Kallio will stay with the team next season, alongside Hnugarian...

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  • Success for Brit racer

    01 November 2004

    Success for Brit racer

    Young British rider Richard Cooper clinched the BMW Youngstar championship with a fifth place at the final round at Valencia. The 21-year-old took the title by one point from Frenchman Guillaume...

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  • Valencia: Rossi wins

    27 October 2004

    Valencia: Rossi wins

    Saturday Final Qualifying: Makoto Tamada is on pole of the final round of the MotoGP championship at Valencia in Spain. Tamada posted a time of 1:32.815 in the second qualifying session, below the...

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  • Ellison confirmed for GPs

    20 October 2004

    Ellison confirmed for GPs

    British rider James Ellison will ride for the WCM team in the 2005 MotoGP series after some impressive performances as a replacement rider in 2004. Ellison scored points for the team on his second...

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  • Roberts boys GP return

    20 October 2004

    Roberts boys GP return

    Both Kenny and Kurtis Roberts will rejoin their MotoGP teams for the final round of the 2004 championship at Valencia on Sunday, October 31. Kenny Roberts will take his place in the factory Suzuki...

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  • Is Rossi the best ever?

    13 October 2004

    Is Rossi the best ever?

    Valentino Rossi reclaimed the MotoGP world crown in Australia on Sunday. His success on a new bike for 2004 has earned him respect beyond measure. You've been posting your tributes to the man and his...

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  • Rossi on provisional pole

    13 October 2004

    Rossi on provisional pole

    Valentino Rossi is on provisional pole for the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, a race which could see him clinch the MotoGP World Championship. Rossi can win his fourth successive title with a...

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  • Rossi is world champion

    13 October 2004

    Rossi is world champion

    Valentino Rossi has proven without doubt that he is the best rider in the world by giving Yamaha the MotoGP world championship for the first time in 12 years. The title fight finished with all...

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  • Gibernau on Oz pole

    13 October 2004

    Gibernau on Oz pole

    Sete Gibernau has taken pole position for the penultimate round of the MotoGP world championship. Gibernau beat Rossi to the top spot by 0.455 seconds after a late push from the Honda camp that saw...

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  • Edwards to Yamaha

    13 October 2004

    Edwards to Yamaha

    Yamaha announced at the Philip Island GP that Valentino Rossi will have a new team-mate for next year, in the shape of former WSB champ, Colin Edwards. Edwards will move from the Telefonica Honda...

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  • Haydon stays in MotoGP

    06 October 2004

    Haydon stays in MotoGP

    James Haydon will stand in for Proton KR rider Kurtis Roberts, for the second race in succession, at the Kuala Lumpur round at Sepang on Sunday, October 10. Despite having no experience of the Proton...

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  • Qatar disaster for Rossi

    01 October 2004

    Qatar disaster for Rossi

    Valentino Rossi has seen his championship lead reduced to just 14 points after crashing out of the Qatar GP. The reigning world champion arrived at the circuit with a 39 point lead, but was demoted...

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  • Denning to MotoGP

    01 October 2004

    Denning to MotoGP

    Current Crescent Suzuki boss Paul Denning will become the team manager for the factory Suzuki MotoGP team in 2005. Denning replaces current manager Garry Taylor, who steps down after almost 30 years...

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  • Kagayama gets GP ride

    22 September 2004

    Kagayama gets GP ride

    Yukio Kagayama will replace Kenny Roberts Jnr in the factory Suzuki MotoGP team at the next two rounds; in Qatar ,on October 2, and Malaysia on October 10. Roberts must have his left arm strapped up...

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  • Haydon to ride Qatar GP

    22 September 2004

    Haydon to ride Qatar GP

    James Haydon will replace Proton KR rider Kurtis Roberts for the Qatar Grand Prix on Saturday October 2. Haydon has not competed in the GP series since 1996, when he rode a 500cc two-stroke for the...

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  • Byrne out for 2004

    22 September 2004

    Byrne out for 2004

    Shane Byrne says he's "absolutely gutted" after being ruled out of the rest of the 2004 MotoGP world championship. The 2003 British superbike champion is due to fly to Italy for corrective...

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  • Motegi win for Tamada

    15 September 2004

    Motegi win for Tamada

    Makoto Tamada has taken the win at his home GP in Motegi, Japan. The Japanese Honda rider managed to avoid the six rider crash on the first corner, then set off after Valentino Rossi taking the lead...

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  • Tamada takes pole

    15 September 2004

    Tamada takes pole

    Makoto Tamada has taken pole position for the Japanese round of the Moto GP world championship in Motegi. The Japanese rider was setting the pace throughout both qualifying sessions finishing third...

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  • Hopkins fastest in Japan

    15 September 2004

    Hopkins fastest in Japan

    Suzuki rider John Hopkins has claimed his first MotoGP provisional pole ahead of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi. Hopkins is on a roll, having claimed his best race finish -sixth - at...

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  • Hodgson Suzuki-bound?

    15 September 2004

    Hodgson Suzuki-bound?

    Rumours are growing that Neil Hodgson is about to sign to switch from Ducati to Suzuki for the 2005 season. MCN is in Japan for this weekend's Motegi race and will be rooting around for the truth...

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  • Fabrizio replaces Byrne

    01 September 2004

    Fabrizio replaces Byrne

    Michel Fabrizio will replace Shane 'Shakey' Byrne on the Aprilia RS Cube this weekend at the Portuguese GP. Englishman Byrne is currently recovering from a dislocated wrist and is hopeful to return...

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