MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2004)

  • Gibernau wins French GP

    12 May 2004

    Gibernau wins French GP

    Sete Gibernau passed early leader Carlos Checa and stayed clear of the drama behind him to take the French GP at Le Mans today, Sunday May 16.Checa surprised many by out-qualifying Yamaha team-mate...

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  • Misano street named after Kato

    05 May 2004

    Misano street named after Kato

    The road that leads into Santa Monica circuit in Misano has been named after Daijiro Kato.Kato’s parents, wife and children, close friend Makoto Tamada and Colin Edwards attended the naming ceremony...

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  • Gibernau triumphs at Jerez

    01 May 2004

    Gibernau triumphs at Jerez

    Sete Gibernau fought through the rain to take an impressive victory at the Spanish GP, while Valentino Rossi failed to make the podium.Rossi had been on form all weekend qualifying his Yamaha on pole...

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  • Rossi gives second pole to Yamaha

    01 May 2004

    Rossi gives second pole to Yamaha

    Valentino Rossi has taken his second pole position in a row after a wet second qualifying session in Jerez.Showers dogged both the practice and qualifying sessions for the second round of the MotoGP...

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  • Rossi tops first practice

    28 April 2004

    Rossi tops first practice

    Valentino Rossi has already asserted his dominance at the Spanish GP, setting the fastest lap in first practice on Friday morning.On a dry but cool Jerez circuit Yamaha rider Rossi started the...

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  • Rossi on provisional pole for Jerez

    28 April 2004

    Rossi on provisional pole for Jerez

    World champion Valentino Rossi continued to amaze with a blistering performance in first qualifying at Jerez, Spain today. He is on provisional pole for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix, the first European...

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  • Rossi tests Schumacher's F1 car

    21 April 2004

    Rossi tests Schumacher's F1 car

    Valentino Rossi has been testing Michael Shumacher's 2004 Ferrari F1 car at the Fiorano Ferrari test track in Northern Italy. Reports suggest he was off to good start, lapping within three seconds of...

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  • Rossi wins in Welkom

    14 April 2004

    Rossi wins in Welkom

    Valentino Rossi has triumphed at the end of a titanic battle with Max Biaggi to give Yamaha victory at the first race of the 2004 MotoGP season.The two Italians battled throughout the race, swapping...

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  • Rossi fastest in morning practice

    14 April 2004

    Rossi fastest in morning practice

    1) Rossi 1:33.450. 2) Edwards 1:33.594. 3) Hayden 1:33.710. 4) Biaggi 1:33.931. 5) Barros 1:33.950. 6) Gibernau 1: 34.122. 7) Capirossi 1:34.231. 8) Checa 1:34.262. 9) Roberts Jnr 1:34.311. 10)...

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  • Is Rossi the greatest?

    14 April 2004

    Is Rossi the greatest?

    Valentino Rossi has put pay to any doubts about the sanity of his move to Yamaha by winning the first race of the season in fantastic style, but is he really the best of all time?Just moments after...

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  • Rossi on provisional pole for Welkom

    14 April 2004

    Rossi on provisional pole for Welkom

    Valentino Rossi has put the Yamaha M1 on pole position for the opening round of the 2004 MotoGP championship at Welkom in South Africa.Rossi broke his own lap record by just under 0.5 seconds to...

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  • Rossi fastest in first practice at Welkom

    14 April 2004

    Rossi fastest in first practice at Welkom

    Valentino Rossi finished fastest in the first free practice session for the opening Grand Prix of the 2004 season at Welkom, South Africa.Rossi posted a time of 1:34.405, with rival Max Biaggi 0.392...

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  • First qualifying: 250cc

    14 April 2004

    1) De Puniet 1:35.925. 2) Porto 1:36.469. 3) Poggiali 1:36.999. 4) Pedrosa 1:37.292. 5) Nieto 1:37.392. 6) De Angelis 1:37.539. 7) Aoyama 1:37.673. 8) Elias 1:37.740. 9) Alex Debon 1:37.856. 10) Bataille 1:37.900. 11) Rolfo 1:37.952. 12) Matsudo 1:38.060. 13) Davies 1:38.292. 14) Battaini 1:38.375. 15) Olive 1:38.406. 16) Marchand 1:38.629. 17) Smrz 1:38.679. 18) West 1:38.750. 19) Heidolf...

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  • Welkom result: 250cc

    14 April 2004

    1) Pedrosa. 2) De Puniet. 3) Porto. 4) Poggiali. 5) De Angelis. 6) Debon. 7) Nieto. 8) Elias. 9) Rolfo. 10) Battaini. 11) Aoyama. 12) Faubel. 13) Vincent. 14) Heidolf. 15) Guintoli. 16) West. 17) Olive. 18) Matsudo. 19) Marchand. 20) Nigon. 21) Smrz. 22) Sekiguchi. 23) Stigefelt. 24) Sabbatani. 25) Lefort.DNF: Gemmel. Baldolini. Bataille. Davies.Discuss these results on the MotoGP discussion...

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  • Rainey: Rossi will be champion again

    14 April 2004

    Rainey: Rossi will be champion again

    As the teams prepare for first practice at Welkom on Friday, April 16, triple world champion Wayne Rainey is predicting that Valentino Rossi will hold on to his title this year.The season starts on...

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  • Welkom Result: 125cc

    14 April 2004

    1) Dovizioso. 2) Locatelli. 3) Stoner. 4) Nieto. 5) Di Meglio. 6) Borsoi. 7) Giansanti. 8) Jenkner 9) Bautista. 10) Barbera. 11) Simon. 12) Kallio. 13) Pasini. 14) Corsi. 15) Ui. 16) Lorenzo. 17) Perugini 18) Harms. 19) Giuseppetti. 20) Pesek. 21) Lai. 22) Toth. 23) Gadea. 24) Kallio. 25) Angeloni. 26) Manna. 27) Carchano.DNF: Luthi. Simoncelli. Ballerini. Rodriguez. Pellino. Schouten.

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  • Biaggi’s crew chief Cobas dies

    14 April 2004

    Max Biaggi’s influential crew chief Antonio Cobas has died after a long illness. The Spaniard was 52 and was technical director of Biaggi’s Camel Honda MotoGP squad. Team boss Sito Pons said: " As Technical Director of the Honda Pons team, Antonio will forever be remembered for his kindness. He has been a true companion to me for more than 25 years and I shall miss him immensely. " The...

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  • Final qualifying: 125cc

    14 April 2004

    1) Dovizioso 1:40.942. 2) Locatelli 1:41.024. 3) Giansanti 1:41.193. 4) Di Meglio 1:41.195. 5) Stoner 1:41.204. 6) Nieto 1:41.373. 7) Simoncelli 1:41.483. 8) Bautista 1:41.550. 9) Ui 1:41.619. 10) Simon 1:41.644. 11) Barbera 1:41.682 12) Borsoi 1:41.754. 13) Lorenzo 1:41.762. 14) Talmacsi 1:41.866. 15) Kallio (M) 1:41.896. 16) Giuseppetti 1:41.959. 17) Lai 1: 42.038. 18) Jenkner 1:42.106. 19)...

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  • Final qualifying: 250cc

    14 April 2004

    1) De Puniet 1:35.300. 2) Porto 1:35.379. 3) Poggiali 1:35.596. 4) Pedrosa 1:35.843. 5) De Angelis 1:36.251. 6) Nieto 1:36.447. 7) Rolfo 1:36.611. 8) Bataille 1:36.690. 9) Aoyama 1:36.764. 10) Battaini 1:36.819. 11) Elias 1:36.884. 12) Faubel 1:37.088. 13) Davies 1:37.172. 14) Matsudo 1:37.373. 15) Debon 1:37.382. 16) Marchand 1:37.386. 17) Baldolini 1:37.418. 18) Olive 1:37.605. 19) Guintoli...

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  • Rossi on pole for Welkom

    14 April 2004

    Rossi on pole for Welkom

    Valentino Rossi has continued to dominate qualifying for the opening 2004 MotoGP round in South Africa by qualifying on pole for tomorrow’s race (Sunday April 18), with a time of 1:32.647.Rossi,...

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  • British GP to stay at Donington

    07 April 2004

    British GP to stay at Donington

    The future of MotoGP in the UK has been sealed with the announcement that Donington Park will host the British Grand Prix for the next six years. The deal hinged on the redevelopment of the...

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  • BBC announces TV schedule for 04 races

    07 April 2004

    BBC announces TV schedule for 04 races

    The BBC has confirmed its initial line-up of bike racing on TV for 2004, though it is subject to changes and additions.For MotoGP: Valentino Rossi interview, Sunday April 11, Grandstand, BBC Two,...

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  • Biaggi tops final rain-ruined tests

    01 April 2004

    Biaggi tops final rain-ruined tests

    Max Biaggi would normally have been delighted. But being top gun on the final day of these official MotoGP tests could hardly be considered setting the benchmark.Rain ruined the Thursday testing at...

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  • BBC to show MotoGP live until 2009

    01 April 2004

    BBC to show MotoGP live until 2009

    The BBC has announced a new five-year contract to show MotoGP and this year it will show 12 of the 16 races live.The corporation says all rounds will be shown in full whether live or not. The...

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  • Roberts second quickest… behind Rossi

    01 April 2004

    Roberts second quickest… behind Rossi

    Defending world champion Valentino Rossi set the fastest time in rain-interrupted official MotoGP tests at Jerez on Wednesday (March 31).His domination on his new Yamaha comes after setting the...

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  • Sign up for MotoGP text alerts

    24 March 2004

    Sign up for MotoGP text alerts

    Keep up to date with the latest MotoGP tests, qualifying and race results with our new mobile phone text service from MCN.To subscribe to this great-value service just text MCN MOTOGP to 81125.You’ll...

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  • MotoGP prepares for test showdown

    24 March 2004

    MotoGP prepares for test showdown

    MotoGP teams will go head-to-head on Friday (March 26) at the start of a three-day test at the Catalunya circuit near Barcelona, Spain.It’s the first real chance for all the teams to compare progress...

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  • Rossi fastest in first shoot-out

    24 March 2004

    Rossi fastest in first shoot-out

    Valentino Rossi showed the rest have still got it all to do when he set the fastest time at the MotoGP test at Catalunya at the weekend.Rivals had hoped his switch from the all-conquering Honda to...

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  • Win Ducati book signed by MotoGP stars

    17 March 2004

    Win Ducati book signed by MotoGP stars

    You can win a Ducati Racing Yearbook, signed by Ducati MotoGP stars Troy Bayliss and Loris Capirossi. All you have to do is ask the questions you’ve always wanted answers to about the great Italian...

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  • Rossi to test F1 Toyota

    10 March 2004

    Rossi to test F1 Toyota

    After years of speculation about Valentino Rossi switching to F1 car racing, it seems he may finally get his first ride in one of the 900bhp cars, and MCN has got an exclusive interview.The motorcycle...

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  • Rossi matches previous times in Oz

    10 March 2004

    Rossi matches previous times in Oz

    Three weeks after his last Phillip Island tests… and Rossi’s clocking almost exactly the same time as he did back then – but he still reckons he’s making progress. His best of 1:30.80 is a tenth of a...

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  • Proton V5 to join MotoGP tests

    03 March 2004

    Proton V5 to join MotoGP tests

    Proton Team KR will join the big guns for shakedown tests of its V5 at Valencia in Spain this weekend.The March 6-7 tests bring together HRC, Ducati, Suzuki and Kawasaki, too. Valentino Rossi and the...

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  • Hayden quickest at Valencia tests

    03 March 2004

    Hayden quickest at Valencia tests

    Honda’s Nicky Hayden was fastest at the MotoGP tests in Valencia over the weekend.The test brought together Honda, Ducati, Suzuki, Aprilia and Proton with Kurtis Roberts getting his first ride on the...

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  • Weather limits Rossi’s progress in Oz

    03 March 2004

    Weather limits Rossi’s progress in Oz

    Damp conditions have limited world champion Valentino Rossi’s test progress at Phillip Island, Australia.He was only able to get in 14 laps on a drying track in an afternoon bright spell. But he did...

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  • Tyre supply hampers Hodgson’s test times

    18 February 2004

    Tyre supply hampers Hodgson’s test times

    WSB champion Neil Hodgson finished the third and final day of his latest MotoGP test down on time and feeling down in the dumps.He says his struggle has not been helped by a lack of the new Michelin...

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