MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2006)

  • "Casey has best chance"

    18 November 2006

    "Casey has best chance"

    Shock Valencia GP winner Troy Bayliss reckons Ducati has given fellow Aussie Casey Stoner the chance of a lifetime to be a big success in the MotoGP world championship. "I think it is the best...

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  • Tamada's Dunlop hopes

    18 November 2006

    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 20096. ...

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  • Rossi impresses WRC

    18 November 2006

    Rossi impresses WRC

    While his rivals laboured in the searing Malaysian heat to get their new 800cc MotoGP bikes up to speed, Valentino Rossi chose four-wheels to draw a line under the 2006 season and give himself a break...

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  • Capirossi offers advice

    18 November 2006

    Capirossi offers advice

    Loris Capirossi has warned new factory Ducati team-mate Casey Stoner to cut out the crashing and risk-taking. Speaking for the first time about the Australian’s appointment, Capirossi admitted...

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  • Suzuki's other frame

    18 November 2006

    Suzuki's other frame

    Insight into the development of the new impressive 800cc GSV-R Suzuki came after John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen revealed how their different riding styles are fundamentally affecting machine...

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  • Kawasaki's secrets

    18 November 2006

    Kawasaki's secrets

    Kawasaki’s race boss Ichiro Yoda says he is not surprised that the new 800s can lap faster than the more powerful 990s they replace – despite giving away around 40bhp. Yoda revealed that...

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  • Video: Sepang monsoon

    11 November 2006

    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 test and he...

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  • Hayden's injury secret

    11 November 2006

    Hayden's injury secret

    Nicky Hayden has sensationally revealed he won the MotoGP world championship with a fractured right shoulder, picked up in the controversial Estoril clash with team-mate Dani Pedrosa. The American...

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  • Guintoli's crocked debut

    11 November 2006

    Guintoli's crocked debut

    French MotoGP new boy Sylvain Guintoli had a painful graduation from 250s to the big bikes, after he broke his collar bone in his first ride on a MotoGP bike. Guintoli, riding for Tech-3 Yamaha as...

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  • Tommy Hayden falls

    11 November 2006

    Tommy Hayden falls

    US Superbike star Tommy Hayden made a debut he’d probably like to forget on the Yoshimura Suzuki he will race next year, after a mammoth highside at the Sepang test in Malaysia. The works Suzuki...

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  • Edwards ready for 800s

    11 November 2006

    Edwards ready for 800s

    Yamaha star Colin Edwards gets his first taste tomorrow (Wednesday Nov 15, 2006) of the all-new 800cc M1 he and team-mate Valentino Rossi will campaign in MotoGP next year. So far Rossi is the only...

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  • Jacque ready for GPs

    11 November 2006

    Jacque ready for GPs

    Olivier Jacque claims he wasn’t bothered about being well down Kawasaki’s shopping list as the French rider clinched a shock return to MotoGP. The former world 250 champion was plucked...

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  • Pedrosa testing setback

    11 November 2006

    Pedrosa testing setback

    Dani Pedrosa's winter testing schedule has taken a knock after he was forced to abandon plans to join a major three-day MotoGP test in Malaysia this week. Pedrosa has had an operation on his left...

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  • Rain halts testing

    11 November 2006

    Rain halts testing

    Colin Edwards’ first chance to try out Yamaha’s 800cc MotoGP bike was cut short by rain on Wednesday. The American was testing the new bike for the first time at Sepang before torrential...

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  • Hopkins leads again

    11 November 2006

    Hopkins leads again

    Suzuki once again topped the timesheets in Sepang on day three of their 800cc testing. John Hopkins took more than a second off yesterday’s time to record a 2:01.64 lap ahead of team-mate Chris...

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  • Rossi goes rallying

    11 November 2006

    Rossi goes rallying

    He has barely turned a wheel in anger, but the World Rally Championship barely knows what has hit it with the hype prior to Valentino Rossi’s participance in this weekend’s New Zeland...

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  • Kawasaki and Eckl split

    11 November 2006

    Kawasaki and Eckl split

    Kawasaki has taken its entire MotoGP racing operation in-house after splitting with long-time team manager Harald Eckl. Eckl has run Kawasaki’s MotoGP programme, and before that the...

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  • Suzuki top at Sepang

    11 November 2006

    Suzuki top at Sepang

    Suzuki proved the surprise package at the second day of the major Sepang MotoGP test today, with Rizla men John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen finishing top two. Hopper set a best time of 2:02.73 in a...

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  • Singing in the rain

    11 November 2006

    Want to see how fast the weather changed in Malaysia at the ongoing GP test? Our MotoGP reporter Matt Birt caught some dramatic video footage of the third turn completely under water after lashing rain brought the first day’s riding to a premature halt. Earlier in the day, Matt had been stood at the exact same corner and was more worried about being bitten by cobras in the grass than...

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  • Rossi: F1 door still open

    04 November 2006

    Rossi: F1 door still open

    Little more than days after losing his MotoGP world crown to Nicky Hayden, Valentino Rossi has reignited the F1 ‘Will he, won’t he?’ debate after suggesting he could yet race in the...

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  • Kallio proves popularity

    04 November 2006

    Kallio proves popularity

    F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen, who replaces Michael Schumacher at Ferrari next year, has been beaten in the Finnish motorsport's man of the year poll by motorcycle rider Mika Kallio. Kallio, runner up...

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  • Barros testing early

    04 November 2006

    Barros testing early

    Alex Barros will make his Ducati GP7 800 debut two months ahead of schedule after impressing at last week’s Valencia test session. The veteran Brazilian wasn’t expecting to make his 800...

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  • Hayden targets title No.2

    04 November 2006

    Hayden targets title No.2

    Nicky Hayden may have barely shrugged off the hangover from winning the MotoGP world title in dramatic fashion last week, but he’s already got his eye on a second championship. Hayden, who won...

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  • McWilliams bid for GPs

    04 November 2006

    McWilliams bid for GPs

    Jeremy McWilliams’ bid for a dramatic return to the MotoGP world championship at the age of 42 could be eased by fellow Brit Leon Haslam announcing his decision to stay in BSB. Veteran...

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  • Pedrosa stays silent

    04 November 2006

    Pedrosa stays silent

    Dani Pedrosa did little to defuse his frosty relationship with the Spanish and world media in Valencia as he refused to speak on both days at last week’s big MotoGP test. Despite finishing...

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  • Op for Melandri

    04 November 2006

    Op for Melandri

    Marco Melandri will have to delay testing on Honda’s new RC212V 800cc after undergoing surgery. The Italian rider has been experiencing niggling in his left arm, similar to carpal tunnel...

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  • Gibernau bows out

    04 November 2006

    Gibernau bows out

    Veteran MotoGP rider Sete Gibernau has announced his retirement from the sport with immediate effect. The 33-year-old called a press conference on Wednesday, November 8 where he told reporters he...

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  • No GP return for Neil

    01 November 2006

    No GP return for Neil

    Neil Hodgson has turned his back on a sensational return to the MotoGP paddock after turning down an offer to rejoin the D’Antin Ducati team in 2007. The 32-year-old was linked with the ride...

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  • 2007 MotoGP riders

    01 November 2006

    2007 MotoGP riders

    125cc confirmed riders: KTM: Tomoyoshi Koyama.250cc confirmed riders: Humangest Honda: Yuki Takahashi Wurth Honda BQR: Pablo Nieto. Aleix Espargaro.Now that the season is coming to an end, riders are...

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  • Pedrosa fastest in Spain

    01 November 2006

    Pedrosa fastest in Spain

    Dani Pedrosa topped the timesheets on the final day of testing the new 800cc MotoGP bikes in Valencia. The Repsol Honda rider managed a 1:32.66 lap around the circuit in Spain just 0.03 seconds...

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  • USA tickets on sale

    01 November 2006

    USA tickets on sale

    Tickets went on sale for the 2007 Red Bull US Grand Prix on Wednesday, November 1. The race, which will once again be held at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, is scheduled for July 20 to 22. All...

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  • All change for Hopkins

    01 November 2006

    All change for Hopkins

    Rizla Suzuki rider John Hopkins and F1 driver Tonio Liuzzi could not resist the opportunity to swap machines during testing at Valencia this week. Both Hopkins and Liuzzi, who drives for Scuderia...

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  • Rossi flying at 800 test

    01 November 2006

    Rossi flying at 800 test

    Valentino Rossi has gone fastest in the first test of the 800cc MotoGP era. The former world champion rode both his 800 and 990 bikes in the same test on Wednesday at Valencia, managing to beat the...

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  • Watch GP on Big Screens

    28 October 2006

    Watch GP on Big Screens

    Fancy watching the final MotoGP of the year with 500 other race fans at a top London venue? Then get yourself down to the The Sports Café for the round of a lifetime as Valentino Rossi and...

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  • Lorenzo takes 250 title

    28 October 2006

    Lorenzo takes 250 title

    Jorge Lorenzo has taken the 250cc World Championship with a fourth position in Valencia today. Roberto Locatelli led the race from the green light until he was caught by Alex De Angelis and Hiroshi...

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  • New deal for organisers

    28 October 2006

    New deal for organisers

    IRTA and MotoGP rights holders, Dorna Sports, have signed a new agreement to prolong their relationship for a further five years. The format of race meetings is set to continue with both parties...

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