MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2005)

  • D'Antin Ducati signs duo

    16 December 2005

    D'Antin Ducati signs duo

    Alex Hofmann and Jose Luis Cardoso will race for the D'Antin Ducati team in 2006, although it isn't known which tyres the team will use. Cardoso returns to the MotoGP paddock following time in World...

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  • Davies wins BBC award

    09 December 2005

    Davies wins BBC award

    Chaz Davies has won the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year's award for young sportsmen and women. Davies shared the Carwyn James prize with teenage runner Non Stanford, at the ceremony in...

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  • Pons team loses Stoner

    09 December 2005

    Pons team loses Stoner

    Casey Stoner will ride a Honda RCV in 2006 - but not for the Sito Pons squad as expected. Stoner’s former Aprilia 250 boss Lucio Cecchinello confirmed late last night that he had secured a deal...

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  • KTM's junior GP team

    09 December 2005

    KTM's junior GP team

    KTM will field a Junior Team in the 125cc GP championship in 2006, to run alongside the official works team of Mika Kallio and Julian Simon. The KTM Junior Team will consist of Austrian Michael...

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  • Audio file: Biaggi in crisis

    02 December 2005

    Audio file: Biaggi in crisis

    MCN's award-winning MotoGP reporter Matthew Birt has broken yet another world exclusive in this week's issue of MCN (out Wednesday, December 7) - this time revealing the crisis facing Max Biaggi. ...

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  • Award for Kallio

    02 December 2005

    Award for Kallio

    Finnish fans have shown their appreciation for MotoGP, by making 125cc KTM rider Mika Kallio the "Best Driver of the Year." A TV and print election saw Kallio ranked ahead of Formula 1 star...

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  • We ride Honda RCV

    02 December 2005

    We ride Honda RCV

    MCN road tester Michael Neeves is just back from riding Honda’s awesome 260bhp MotoGP bike in Sepang, Malaysia. Read his full report in MCN, out on Wednesday, December 6 and download the...

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  • Phillip Island revamp

    02 December 2005

    Phillip Island revamp

    A $300 million development of facilities at the Phillip Island track in Australia has been anounced. GP legend Mick Doohan attended the press conference to announce plans for a major upgrade and...

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  • Suzuki await new motor

    01 December 2005

    Suzuki await new motor

    Team Suzuki MotoGP say they are pleased with consistent results from their tests in Malaysia this week and are now looking forward to testing with a new engine after the seven week MotoGP test ban...

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  • Pedrosa tops final day

    01 December 2005

    Pedrosa tops final day

    MotoGP rookie Dani Pedrosa set the fastest lap on the final day of testing at Sepang despite awkward weather conditions. Intermittent rain made it difficult for riders to get out on track as it was...

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  • Loris fastest in Jerez

    01 December 2005

    Loris fastest in Jerez

    Ducati GP riders Loris Capirossi and new team-mate Sete Gibernau completed the final day of their three-day Jerez test in bitter cold with Capirossi putting in the fastest lap. The cold wind kept the...

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  • Rossi takes control

    25 November 2005

    Rossi takes control

    Valentino Rossi has broken the Honda dominance of the Sepang MotoGP test. Rossi beat yesterday’s best time of 2:02.99, set by Marco Melandri, by 0.38 seconds riding the 2006 Yamaha M1. ...

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  • Melandri tops 1st day

    25 November 2005

     Melandri tops 1st day

    Early reports from the MotoGP testing session in Sepang have shown the Hondas dominating the first day with Marco Melandri setting the fastest time. Rain caused some delay in the morning but it soon...

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  • Gibernau ups the pace

    25 November 2005

    Gibernau ups the pace

    The Ducati GP team has had a much-improved second day of testing at Jerez, despite the cold weather, with Sete Gibernau setting the best lap. Loris Capirossi and new team-mate Gibernau spent the day...

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  • Three in a row for Smith

    25 November 2005

    Three in a row for Smith

    British youngster Bradley Smith won the final round of the Spanish 125cc championship at the weekend, just missing out on the championship win by one point. The MotoGP Academy rider, who celebrated...

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  • Damp start for Ducati

    25 November 2005

    Damp start for Ducati

    The Ducati GP team’s run of bad luck has continued with yet another day of testing disrupted by wet weather. The team’s previous test session in Valencia was abandoned to rain, and now...

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  • WCM to use KTM

    18 November 2005

    WCM to use KTM

    With the WCM team still waiting for the brand new Blata V6 engine to appear it seems they might be able to run the ditched KTM engine for some of next year. The Proton KR team ran the engine in 2005...

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  • Smith wins again in Spain

    18 November 2005

    14-year-old British star-in-the-making - Bradley Smith - has bagged his second win in Spanish racing. The MotoGP Academy youngster claimed his second success in the Spanish 125cc Championship at the Ricardo Tormo track near Valencia last weekend. He celebrates his 15th birthday next week.

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  • Yamaha test for Ellison

    18 November 2005

    James Ellison will test a factory Yamaha YZR-M1 in Sepang at the multi-team MotoGP test beginning on November 28. The British rider’s future took a dramatic twist this week when he began negotiations about riding a full factory YZR-M1 in 2006 for the French-based Tech 3 squad on Dunlop tyres. MCN understands a deal is close to being clinched, and Ellison will then line-up on next...

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  • Suzuki test washed out

    11 November 2005

    Suzuki test washed out

    Chris Vermeulen’s Thursday (Nov 10) test with Suzuki’s MotoGP team had to be abandoned on as strong winds swept rain showers across an increasingly slippery Valencia circuit. He and John...

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  • Friday practice in Spain

    04 November 2005

    Friday practice in Spain

    Marco Melandri was fastest in second free practice for the Valencia season finale MotoGP, on Friday (Nov 4). His time of 1.33.464 beat Carlos Checa's FP1-topping time by a fraction. Checa clocked...

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  • Vermeulen tests Suzuki

    04 November 2005

    Vermeulen tests Suzuki

    Chris Vermeulen made his Suzuki GSV-R debut on Monday (Nov 7) as preparations for the 2006 MotoGP world championship kicked off in Valencia – less than 24 hours after the final race. The...

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  • Gibernau on Spanish pole

    04 November 2005

    Gibernau on Spanish pole

    Sete Gibernau has qualified on pole position for the final race of the 2005 MotoGP season, which takes place at Valencia in Spain on Sunday, November 6, 2005. The Spanish Movistar Honda rider...

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  • Melandri wins in Valencia

    04 November 2005

    Melandri wins in Valencia

    Marco Melandri has won the final MotoGP race of the year at Valencia. The Italian rider lead the race from start to finish after getting the best start. Hayden was on his tale throughout but could...

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  • Checa RCV test disaster

    04 November 2005

    Checa RCV test disaster

    Carlos Checa made a disastrous Honda RCV debut this morning at Valencia. The Spaniard crashed on only his third lap at turn three as he returned to Michelin tyres after a season with Bridgestone on...

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  • Shakey loses GP ride

    01 November 2005

    Shakey loses GP ride

    Shakey Byrne’s topsy-turvy season took another dramatic twist today (Nov 1) when his deal to ride the Camel Honda RC211V at Valencia this weekend fell apart. The team did a last-minute U-turn...

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  • Rossi goes retro

    01 November 2005

    Rossi goes retro

    Valentino Rossi will be racing in the traditional red, yellow and white Yamaha racing colours at this weekend’s Valencia GP. The Yamaha team has decided to go with the retro colours for the...

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  • Melandri mobbed at NEC

    01 November 2005

    Melandri mobbed at NEC

    Honda GP rider Marco Melandri got completely mobbed at the NEC motorcycle show today, Tuesday November 1. The Telefonica Movistar rider came to the show to meet fans and sign autographs on the Honda...

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  • Bid on Rossi kit at NEC

    28 October 2005

    Bid on Rossi kit at NEC

    YOU could get your hands on some amazing signed Valentino Rossi gear this Sunday while watching the man himself bid for victory in the final GP of the season at Valencia. Riders for Health is staging...

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  • See Rossi lift his crown

    21 October 2005

    See Rossi lift his crown

    You could be rubbing shoulders with the stars of MotoGP and witness Valentino Rossi receiving his 2005 trophy in Valencia on November 6. The MotoGP Awards Ceremony has never previously been open to...

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  • Turkish GP practice

    21 October 2005

    Turkish GP practice

    125cc free practice one: 1. Kallio 2:05.571. 2. Gadea 2:06.621. 3. Luthi 2:06.782. 4. Pasini 2:07.041. 5. Faubel 2:07.404. 6. Rodriguez 2:07.686. 7. Zanetti 2:07.799. 8. Koyama 2:07.815. 9.

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  • Gibernau on pole

    21 October 2005

    Gibernau on pole

    Sete Gibernau is on pole for the first Turkish Gran Prix at the Istanbul Park circuit on Sunday, October 22, 2005. Gibernau benefitted from a mistake by Marco Melandri, who had dominated the practice...

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  • Bid for Rossi's own lid

    21 October 2005

    Bid for Rossi's own lid

    Every now and again a signed Valentino Rossi replica helmet comes up for grabs in an auction or a competition. Much more rare is an actual helmet raced in by Rossi and also signed by the world...

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  • Schumacher rides Desmo

    21 October 2005

    Schumacher rides Desmo

    F1 Ferrari racing legend Michael Schumacher is doing a Rossi - he's riding a MotoGP bike at 11am today (Oct 24). Schumacher will get a blast on Loris Capirossi's Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP around...

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  • Bid to join MotoGP stars

    21 October 2005

    Bid to join MotoGP stars

    Tickets to the MotoGP Awards ceremony - at which stars including Valentino Rossi are officially presented with their world championship trophies - are seldom made available to the public. But this...

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  • Schuey can't match Rossi

    21 October 2005

    Schuey can't match Rossi

    It doesn’t look like Valentino Rossi has much cause to worry about Michael Schumacher snaffling his MotoGP ride any time soon: the German was 23s off Rossi’s Mugello pole position time...

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