MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2006)

  • Edwards: No US boost

    26 December 2006 by Matthew Birt

    Edwards: No US boost

    Colin Edwards reckons Nicky Hayden’s stunning 2006 world championship success will have no impact on elevating MotoGP’s status in America. The Texas Tornado said motorcycle racing’s popularity across...

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  • Checa beats GP rivals

    14 December 2006

    Checa beats GP rivals

    Carlos Checa beat off a host of rivals in a star-studded Supermoto race, as he put one over former GP rival Max Biaggi. The 34-year-old turned out on a Honda CRF450 for the traditional Bologna...

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  • Neeves looks back at riding Rossi's bike

    13 December 2006 by Michael Neeves

    Neeves looks back at riding Rossi's bike

    Road Test Supremo Michael Neeves landed one of the plummest jobs of the year a few weeks ago, he got to get out on the cream of the MotoGP machinery at Valencia. Sitting round a beer down the pub...

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  • Hayden: “800s suit Dani”

    12 December 2006 by Matthew Birt

    Hayden: “800s suit Dani”

    Nicky Hayden has joined Valentino Rossi in backing factory Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa to pose a massive threat in 2007. The American’s will be bidding to make a successful defence on his MotoGP...

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  • Video: Sepang monsoon

    07 December 2006 by Angus Farquhar

    Video: Sepang monsoon

    Torrential rain has flooded parts of the track at Sepang, putting a halt to the MotoGP test - see our exclusive video report.   MCN MotoGP reporter Matthew Birt is in Malaysia to follow the...

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  • Rossi helps fundraiser

    07 December 2006 by Sarah Carnell

    Rossi helps fundraiser

    Valentino Rossi fans could get their hands on a piece of history and help a charity at the same time. The former World Champion has offered the gloves, boots, and racing suit he wore on that fatal day...

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  • Ilmor announce MotoGP manager for 2007

    05 December 2006 by Matthew Birt

    Ilmor announce MotoGP manager for 2007

    Ilmor has ended speculation that former Kawasaki boss Harald Eckl will be their team manager in the 2007 MotoGP championship. The British-based team, which is preparing for its first full season in...

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  • Hayden aims to return in Sepang

    05 December 2006 by Matthew Birt

    Hayden aims to return in Sepang

    Nicky Hayden is targeting a riding return in time for the next major MotoGP test at Sepang in late January, after his shoulder operation at the weekend. Hayden needed treatment for injuries sustained...

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  • Operation goes well for McWilliams

    04 December 2006 by Matthew Birt

    Operation goes well for McWilliams

    Jeremy McWilliams has undergone successful surgery on the broken left femur he suffered in a horror crash at last week’s Jerez MotoGP test. The 42-year-old had a rod inserted in his left femur at a...

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  • Camel pull-out of GP's

    01 December 2006 by MCN

    Camel pull-out of GP's

    After four years in Moto GP, Camel has pulled out of International Motorsport including sponsoring the factory Yamaha team. The rumour that the bright yellow sponsor would be pulling out of Moto GP...

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  • Bridgestone boss Q&A

    01 December 2006 by MCN

    Bridgestone boss Q&A

    The man heading up Bridgestone’s assault on bike racing has spoken after the end of the MotoGP testing for the year. The firm has upped its input into the class after signing two more big names –...

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  • Chaz’s dream fizzles out

    01 December 2006 by Matthew Birt

    Chaz’s dream fizzles out

    Chaz Davies hopes of landing an Ilmor MotoGP ride have all-but gone after a planned test of the bike had to be aborted due to technical faults. The team lost the first day of the test setting the...

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  • MotoGP Blog: Confused in Jerez

    30 November 2006 by Matthew Birt

    MotoGP Blog: Confused in Jerez

    MCN MotoGP reporter Matt Birt exclusively shares hs views post Valencia.. Matt has spent years living out of a suitcase to follow the MotoGP circus around the world, to get the inside scoops for...

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  • Pedrosa finishes fastest at Jerez MotoGP test

    30 November 2006 by Matthew Birt

    Pedrosa finishes fastest at Jerez MotoGP test

    With MotoGP testing over for the year, Dani Pedrosa goes into the enforced winter break with his tail up after setting the fastest time overall at the Jerez test ending this afternoon. Pedrosa slapped...

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  • Rossi in charge in Jerez

    30 November 2006 by Matthew Birt

    Rossi in charge in Jerez

    Valentino Rossi may have found himself criticised for taking a few days off at the Sepang test earlier this month to go rally driving, but he:s making up for it in Spain this week. Some fans...

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  • McWilliams in hospital

    30 November 2006 by Matthew Birt

    McWilliams in hospital

    Jeremy McWilliams crashed heavily this afternoon at Jerez, and reports from hospital suggest that the veteran star has badly broken his left leg. McWilliams lost the front of the Ilmor X3 800 at the...

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  • Kawasaki dig at Eckl

    29 November 2006 by Matthew Birt

    Kawasaki dig at Eckl

    Kawasaki has broken its silence over the reason for its hurried split with former MotoGP team boss Harald Eckl, blaming his close involvement with the Ilmor team for the shock move to take the whole...

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  • Toseland shares sponsors with Melandri

    29 November 2006 by Matthew Birt

    Toseland shares sponsors with Melandri

    Marco Melandri and Toni Elias will share the same sponsors as James Toseland’s World Superbike team for 2007. The pair’s Gresini Honda MotoGP team signed a sponsorship deal with electronics firm...

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  • Jerez MotoGP timesheet

    28 November 2006 by Matthew Birt

    Jerez MotoGP timesheet

    Valentino Rossi ended the first day of the final major MotoGP test of the year at the top of the timesheets. Rain brought the decrease in lap times to a temporary halt after lunch, at which point...

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  • MotoGP testing starts in Jerez

    28 November 2006 by MCN

    MotoGP testing starts in Jerez

    MotoGP’s top men and teams are back out riding today, at the start of the last major test of the year. A two-month testing ban follows this week’s action, which will keep them off track until...

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  • Jerez MotoGP testing update

    28 November 2006 by Matthew Birt

    Jerez MotoGP testing update

    The last MotoGP test of the year has had a slow start, with cold temperatures and rain curtailing meaningful evaluation of the next generation 800s. Ex-champ Valentino Rossi was quickest this morning...

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  • Davies' dream ride

    28 November 2006 by Matthew Birt

    Davies' dream ride

    Teenage star Chaz Davies will be handed the chance any young rider dreams about tomorrow, with a test of the new Ilmor X3 800cc MotoGP bike in Spain. Despite agreeing to ride in the USA next year he...

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  • Ellison makes switch to U.S. Superbikes

    27 November 2006 by Matthew Birt

    Ellison makes switch to U.S. Superbikes

    James Ellison began the process of rebuilding his career in AMA Superbikes when he rode a Corona Honda FireBlade this weekend. The 26-year-old will use the bike to race in 2007 and made the...

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  • Valentino Rossi's World Rally success

    27 November 2006 by MCN

    Valentino Rossi's World Rally success

    Valentino Rossi won his first car racing title on Sunday – before going on to say that we can probably expect to see more. The Italian MotoGP star won the glitzy Italian Monza Rally, and went a step...

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  • Rossi to race in the Rally of Monza

    24 November 2006 by MCN

    Rossi to race in the Rally of Monza

    Valentino Rossi is back behind four-wheels again this weekend competing in the Rally of Monza. Seven-time World Champion Rossi will drive a factory-spec Subaru and his co-driver will once again be...

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  • Honda pair to test 800s in Jerez

    24 November 2006 by MCN

    Honda pair to test 800s in Jerez

    Honda has confirmed Marco Melandri and Shinya Nakano will make their 800cc debuts next week in Jerez. Melandri missed the recent three-day session in Sepang while he recovered from an operation on his...

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  • Tamada's Dunlop hopes

    24 November 2006 by Matthew Birt

    Tamada's Dunlop hopes

    Tech-3 Yamaha newboy Makoto Tamada has revealed that the Dunlop front tyre on his Yamaha M1 is already inspiring him with more confidence than he ever had in his time with Michelin at Honda in...

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  • Smith prepares for 2007 125GP season

    24 November 2006 by Matthew Birt

    Smith prepares for 2007 125GP season

    Fresh from winning the coveted world 125 championship Rookie of the Year award, British teenager Bradley Smith has begun his 2007 preparations in Jerez. The Oxfordshire rider took part in a three-day...

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  • Hopper's take on Honda

    18 November 2006

    Hopper's take on Honda

    After comprehensively outpacing the much-heralded new Honda RCV 800 at last week’s Sepang MotoGP test in Malaysia, Suzuki star John Hopkins has said he feels Honda have been too ambitious with...

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