MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2005)

  • Suzuki part with Roberts

    21 October 2005

    Suzuki part with Roberts

    The Suzuki MotoGP squad has officially confirmed it will part company with American Kenny Roberts when his contract ends in December, 2005. The 32-year-old American joined the team in 1999 and became...

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  • Suzuki sign Vermeulen

    21 October 2005

    Suzuki sign Vermeulen

    Suzuki has officially introduced Chris Vermeulen as part of the 2006 MotoGP squad at the International Motorcycle Show in Birmingham. The Australian rider was at the show to announce his departure...

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  • Melandri wins in Turkey

    21 October 2005

    Melandri wins in Turkey

    Marco Melandri took his first MotoGP victory at the Turkish GP, taking the lead from Sete Gibernau at the first corner and holding off Valentino Rossi until the chequered flag. Gibernau saw his hopes...

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  • Rossi fastest in Oz

    14 October 2005

    Rossi fastest in Oz

    250cc free practice one: 1. Porto 1:34.700. 2. De ANgelis 1:35.011. 3. Lorenzo 1:35.066. 4. Barbera 1:35.635. 5. Stoner 1:35.824. 6. Dovizioso 1:35.893. 7. De Puniet 1:35.905. 8. Locatelli...

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  • Hayden on pole

    14 October 2005

    Nicky Hayden has taken his third pole position of the season after setting the fastest ever lap round Philip Island. The American beat newly recrowned world champion Valentino Rossi to the top spot by just one tenth of a second with Honda rider Sete Gibernau finishing the front row of the grid a further three tenths down. Carlos Checa, Colin Edwards and Max Biaggi make up the third row while GP...

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  • Get MotoGP exclusives

    14 October 2005

    Get MotoGP exclusives

    In Motor Cycle News, October 19, 2005, MotoGP reporter Matthew Birt reveals what is happening in the current contract frenzy engulfing the GP paddock, including: Honda brough to the brink by Chris...

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  • Ito in for Capirossi

    14 October 2005

    Ito in for Capirossi

    Shinichi Ito will race for the Ducati Marlboro team as a replacement for the injured Loris Capirossi. Capirossi suffered chest injuries from a crash in practice for the previous round in Australia,...

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  • Rossi takes fifth in a row

    14 October 2005

    Rossi takes fifth in a row

    Valentino Rossi has taken yet another win at Phillip Island, taking his tally at the circuit to five wins in a row. The newly crowned World Champion dominated the race, holding back Honda rider Nicky...

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  • Vermeulen gets GP ride

    01 October 2005

    Chris Vermeulen will ride for the Camel Honda team at Phillip island as a substitue for the injured Troy Bayliss. The news will boost the young Australian, who saw his World Superbike title hopes end with the cancellation fo the second race at Imola, due to rain. There is one race left in the WSB championship at Magny-Cours, after which Vermeulen will fly out to join current Camel Honda rider...

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  • Rossi fights for Qatar win

    01 October 2005

    Rossi fights for Qatar win

    Melandri took the lead after Gibernau’s mistake and held Rossi in second over a hard fought lap before the world champion blasted past Melandri on the straight at the start of lap 19. The pair...

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  • Qatar GP: Qualifying

    30 September 2005

    Qatar GP: Qualifying

    Loris Capirossi has claimed his third pole position in a row to start the Qatar GP on Saturday, October 1, 2005. Sete Gibernau and Colin Edwards both held provisional pole in the opening stages of...

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  • World champ speaks

    23 September 2005

    World champ speaks

    After winning his seventh world title at Sepang on Sunday Valentino Rossi is more than a little happy, releasing a lengthy statement about his win. We’ve published it in full for you to read...

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  • Qatar GP: Practice

    23 September 2005

    Qatar GP: Practice

    Despite wrapping up the 2005 MotoGP championship at the previous round, Valentino Rossi is not easing off on his MotoGP rivals. The Italian waited until the dying moments of the second practice...

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  • Gibernau top 1st practice

    23 September 2005

    Gibernau top 1st practice

    Sete Gibernau has set the fastest lap on the first day of practice for the Malaysian GP. Gibernau set the 2:03.299 lap in the opening practice session with rain hitting the afternoon session stopping...

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  • Capirossi takes 2nd pole

    23 September 2005

    Loris Capirossi has taken his second pole position in a week after securing the top spot at the Malaysian GP. The Ducati rider set a fastest lap of 2:01.731, 0.136 seconds ahead of Sete Gibernau who was the only non-Bridgestone rider in the top five. John Hopkins continued to impress on the Suzuki and will be starting tomorrow’s race in third place. Shinya Nakano took the Kawasaki to an...

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  • Rossi wins 7th title

    23 September 2005

    Valentino Rossi has taken his seventh GP title after coming second to Loris Capirossi in the Malaysian GP. Capirossi started from pole and lead for most of the race only slipping to second during the middle of the race when Rossi moved up from seventh to take the lead. But the Ducati rider fought back, re-took the lead and eventually finished with a considerable advantage. Second Ducati rider...

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  • Byrne gets Honda ride

    16 September 2005

    Byrne gets Honda ride

    Shane Byrne will be handed a once in a lifetime opportunity to resurrect his MotoGP career after being told he’s landed a Honda RCV ride in Malaysia and Qatar. The 2003 British superbike...

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  • Hopkins flies at Motegi

    16 September 2005

    125cc Qualifying Practice 1: 1. Kallio 1:59.137. 2. Simoncelli 1:59.682. 3. Poggiali 1:59.698. 4. Pasini 1:59.821. 5. Talmacsi 1:59.821. 6. Faubel 1:59.937. 7. Lai 1:59.982. 8. Koyama 1:59.984. 9. Bautista 2:00.142. 10. Luthi 2:00.272. 11. Kuzuhara 2:00.643. 12. Gadea 2:00.678. 13. Cortese 2:00.848. 14. Toth 2:01.030. 15. Simon 2:01.157. 16. Nieto 2:01.233. 17. De Rosa...

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  • Capriossi on Japan pole

    16 September 2005

    125cc final qualifying: 1. Talmacsi 1:58.653. 2. Koyama 1:58.920. 3. Pasini 1:58.970 4. Simoncelli 1:59.038. 5. Faubel 1:59.143. 6. Kallio 1:59.166. 7. Luthi 1:59.363. 8. Poggiali 1:59.460 9. Bautista 1:59.539. 10. Gadea 1:59.596. 11. Simon 1:59.660. 12. Di Meglio 1:59.724. 13. Nieto 1:59.874. 14. Tunez 2:00.106. 15. Cortese 2:00.181. 16. Jerez 2:00.281. 17. Zanetti 2:00.287. 18.

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  • GP title at Sepang race?

    16 September 2005

    GP title at Sepang race?

    Valentino Rossi can take his fifth successive world championship this weekend as the Malaysian Grand prix begins on Friday, September 23, 2005. The Italian needs just a fourth place to clinch the...

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  • Rossi crashes in Japan

    16 September 2005

    Rossi crashes in Japan

    Valentino Rossi crashed out of a dramatic Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi, postponing his chance to wrap up the world championship. From the start it was Marco Melandri who led the race, with Max...

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  • Bayliss out of Japan GP

    09 September 2005

    Bayliss out of Japan GP

    Troy Bayliss has pulled out of the Japanese GP after injuring his wrist while motocrossing. Bayliss is now awaiting further treatment to determine how quickly after Motegi he can be back in...

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  • Signed Rossi lid: £4500!

    09 September 2005

    Signed Rossi lid: £4500!

    Harrods is selling a limited-edition exact replica of MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi’s helmet – for a champagne-spraying £4500! They have just one and say there are only 46...

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  • Ukawa in for Bayliss

    09 September 2005

    Ukawa in for Bayliss

    Honda test rider Tohru Ukawa will ride at the Motegi MotoGP round as a replacement for the injured Troy Bayliss in the Camel Honda squad. Ukawa will partner Alex Barros on the RC211V, having ridden...

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  • Rossi F1 move latest

    02 September 2005

    Rossi F1 move latest

    MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi will only get a place in the Ferrari F1 team if he has a serious chance of winning the world championship – according to BBC reports. Ferrari chairman Luca Di...

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  • Hopkins stays at Suzuki

    26 August 2005

    Hopkins stays at Suzuki

    The Suzuki MotoGP squad has officially announced current rider John Hopkins will stay with the team for the next two seasons. Hopkins, 22, has ridden for the team since 2003, and the team believe he...

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  • Brno Friday practice

    26 August 2005

    Brno Friday practice

    Valentino Rossi has gone fastest in the second practice session for the Czech MotoGP round at Brno on Sunday, August 28, 2005. Rossi posted a time of 1:59.278 on the final of his 21 completed laps to...

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  • Gibernau on Brno pole

    26 August 2005

    Gibernau on Brno pole

    Sete Gibernau has taken pole position for the Czech GP at brno tomorrow, Sunday, August 28, 2005, in a qualifying session which saw Valentino Rossi only capable of fourth on the grid. Gibernau...

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  • Rossi wins in Brno drama

    26 August 2005

    Rossi wins in Brno drama

    Valentino Rossi has won the Czech Grand Prix at Brno on Sunday August 28,2005, as dramatic action unfolded all around him. The race unfolded with several battles throughout the field. But it was the...

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  • Blata V6: first picture

    19 August 2005

    Blata V6: first picture

    This is the first picture of the Blata V6 MotoGP machine looking close to completion, and ready for the WCM team to race. Unfortunately it isn't quite ready in time for the scheduled debut at the...

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  • Three Suzukis for Brno

    19 August 2005

    Three Suzukis for Brno

    The Suzuki MotoGP squad will field three riders at the Czech MotoGP round at Brno on Sunday, August 28,3005. John Hopkins will be back at full fitness following an operation to plate his broken left...

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  • Roberts bites back

    19 August 2005

    Roberts bites back

    A week after the announcement that KTM were withdrawing their support of the Team Roberts MotoGP bike, the team has issued a response claiming KTM has “failed to live up to their...

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  • Shakey out of MotoGP

    12 August 2005

    Shakey out of MotoGP

    KTM has announced it will not supply engines to the Team Roberts MotoGP squad which currently fields British rider Shane Byrne. The Austrian firm will continue in the 125cc and 250cc classes, with...

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  • £2725 for signed sofa

    12 August 2005

    £2725 for signed sofa

    The MCN sofa signed by the stars has sold for £2725 in MCN Auctions. Bidding closed in the early hours of Saturday morning with the Flying Aardvarks MCC bidding biggest. Charity Riders For...

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  • Honda's new V3 800

    12 August 2005

    Honda's new V3 800

    Honda will build a V3 to compete in MotoGP when rules limit capacity to 800cc in 2007. See an under-the-skin artist’s impression in this week’s MCN – out on August 17 – and...

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  • Rossi set to be F1 tester

    05 August 2005

    Rossi set to be F1 tester

    Reports in the Italian press suggest MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi is being lined up to become Ferrari’s official F1 test driver in 2007. Rossi tested a Ferrari last week behind closed...

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