MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2006)

  • Rossi takes amazing win

    09 September 2006

    Rossi takes amazing win

    Valentino Rossi has taken a magnificent victory at the Sepang GP after an epic battle with Loris Capirossi. The Ducati and Yamaha riders were the only two in contention for the win after pulling out...

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  • Rossi takes shock pole

    09 September 2006

    Rossi takes shock pole

    Valentino Rossi has taken pole position for the Sepang GP after a massive downpour saw the cancellation of the qualifying session. After a slow start on the first day Rossi went all out during the...

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  • De Puniet tops GP times

    09 September 2006

    De Puniet tops GP times

    French Kawasaki rider Randy De Puniet has topped the second practice session for the Philip Island MotoGP round, becoming the only rider to drop below one minute 30 seconds for a lap. The GP rookie...

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  • Capirossi tops day 1

    02 September 2006

    Capirossi tops day 1

    Loris Capirossi has dominated the first day of practice for the Malaysian GP. The Italian rider put in the fastest time in the first session then proceeded to knock a further more than a second off...

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  • Gibernau's Sepang return

    01 September 2006

    Gibernau's Sepang return

    Sete Gibernau will make his return from injury at the Malaysian GP at Sepang for Marlboro Ducati. Meanwhile British 125GP rider Bradley Smith is almost certain to miss the race due to a hand injury. ...

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  • Swedish GP star dies

    26 August 2006

    The winner of the 1973 and 1974 125cc Grand Prix World championships Kent Andersson has died at the age of 64. Swedish rider Andersson was born on August 1, 1942 in Landvetter, starting to race at the age of 19 with a 250cc Monark. He scored his first Grand Prix points in the 250cc class in 1966 riding for Swedish brand Husqvarana, before a move to Yamaha in 1969 and his first GP wins in Germany...

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  • McCoy tests Brit GP bike

    26 August 2006

    McCoy tests Brit GP bike

    Former MotoGP star and Grand Prix winner Garry McCoy is testing the British Ilmor GP machine at Albacete. McCoy is riding today, Tuesday, August 29 and Wednesday August 30, 2006. This would suggest...

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  • Ducati keep Capirossi

    26 August 2006

    Ducati keep Capirossi

    Loris Capirossi will again race for the Ducati MotoGP team in 2007, in a renewed one year deal to ride the 800cc Desmosedici GP7. Capirossi has ridden for the Italian team since 2003, and has won...

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  • Ducati tests MotoGP 800

    19 August 2006

    Ducati tests MotoGP 800

    Loris Capirossi has tested the new 800cc Ducati MotoGP machine which will race under new rules in 2007, lapping just 1.6 seconds off the pace of his current Desmosedici race bike. The unveiling took...

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  • GP bikes ride in London

    19 August 2006

    GP bikes ride in London

    Loris Capirossi had the chance to intimidate some couriers in London on Wednesday, August 23, 2006 as he rode the Ducati Desmosedici in a display for around 20,000 people. The event was held to...

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  • Capriossi takes Brno win

    19 August 2006

    Loris Capriossi stunned the GP paddock today with a flag to flag victory in the Brno GP. Capirossi stormed off the line from his second place on the grid to take a one second lead by the end of the first lap. The Ducati rider went on to stretch out a massive lead throughout the rest of the race eventually slowing on the last lap to take a comfortable five second win. After escaping the scrum it...

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  • Wildcards for Japan GP

    19 August 2006

    Wildcards for Japan GP

    Test rider Naoki Matsudo and Kousuke Akiyoshi have both been confirmed as wild card entries for the Japanese Grand Prix on September 24, 2006. Matsudo has spent the 2006 season as the test rider for...

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  • First pic: Rossi's 800

    19 August 2006

    Valentino Rossi and Loris Capirossi got a taste of their new bikes yesterday as they took to the Brno track on the 2007 800cc machines. These pictures are the first look at Rossi’s new bike as he put in a quick test of the machine in-between laps of his current M1. Despite the bike being an early prototype he managed to get within 2 seconds of his lap pace during Sunday’s GP. ...

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  • Rain hits Brno test

    19 August 2006

    Rain hits Brno test

    Rain hit the second day of MotoGP testing at Brno on Tuesday, August 22, with Loris Capirossi testing the Desmosedici GP7 under wet conditions for the first time. With rain from 10am till midday,...

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  • Rossi takes pole

    19 August 2006

    Rossi takes pole

    Valentino Rosi has continued his domination of the Brno round of the MotoGP championship taking pole position for Sunday’s race. The Italian took the fastest lap both on Friday and in the...

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  • Rossi to ride 800 at Brno

    12 August 2006

    Rossi to ride 800 at Brno

    Valentino Rossi has just confirmed to MCN that he will be riding next season's 800cc Yamaha MotoGP bike at Brno circuit on Monday. The bike is currently in transit from Japan and Rossi has been told...

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  • Rossi tops Brno day 1

    12 August 2006

    Rossi tops Brno day 1

    Valentino Rossi has topped the first day of practice for the Brno GP. The Yamaha rider dominated the second session of the day setting a time almost a second and a half faster than any rider well...

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  • Tyre boss on 2006 GPs

    05 August 2006

    Tyre boss on 2006 GPs

    With six races to go in the 2006 MotoGP world championship, Hiroshi Yamada, Bridgestone Motorsport's Motorcycle Racing Manager, has spoken about the season so far Mr. Yamada, how would you summarise...

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  • Stolen GP bikes found

    01 August 2006

    Stolen GP bikes found

    Police have recovered four of five Suzuki 500cc GP bikes stolen four years ago from the team's Edenbridge, Kent workshop during September 2002. The GP bikes include those ridden by world champions...

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  • Surgery for Gibernau

    22 July 2006

    Surgery for Gibernau

    Sete Gibernau may miss the next round of the MotoGP championship at Brno in the Czech Republic after an operation to correct problems with the titanium plate inserted in his left collarbone. Gibernau...

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  • Roberts dominates day 1

    22 July 2006

    Roberts dominates day 1

    Kenny Roberts has dominated the first day of practice for the US GP at Laguna Seca. Roberts set the fastest time in both the morning and afternoon practice sessions with only fellow American Nicky...

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  • Takahashi injured

    22 July 2006

    Takahashi injured

    Humangest 250cc GP rider Yuki Takahashi will miss the Suzuki 8-Hour endurance event after fracturing his left forearm during testing. Takahashi took his second victory of 2006 at the German round of...

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  • Vermeulen on US pole

    22 July 2006

    Vermeulen on US pole

    Chris Vermeulen has taken his first dry pole position by setting the fastest lap in qualifying for the US GP at Laguna Seca. The Australian Suzuki rider beat a hoard of Americans to take the top spot...

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  • Spy video of Brit GP bike

    22 July 2006

    Spy video of Brit GP bike

    We’ve got exclusive footage of the never before seen 800cc Ilmor GP bike. MCN Reader Deborah Harriman filmed the bike at a track day in Silverstone, not knowing what she’d shot. But she...

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  • Hayden wins US GP

    22 July 2006

    Hayden wins US GP

    Nicky Hayden has won the American MotoGP round at Laguna Seca for the second year in succession, and extended his championship lead at the same time. It was a dramatic GP, with Rizla Suzuki rider...

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  • Rossi wins in Germany

    15 July 2006

    Rossi wins in Germany

    Valentino Rossi overcame a titanic four-way fight for the race win at the Sachsenring on July 16, 2006, claiming victory after starting from 10th on the grid. Rossi had qualified in 11th for the...

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  • New shareholder in GPs

    15 July 2006

    New shareholder in GPs

    MotoGP rights holder Dorna has announced that Bridgepoint will replace CVC as a shareholder in the company. The value of the deal is undisclosed, with Dorna continuing withe xclusive rights to...

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  • GP: Pedrosa on pole

    15 July 2006

    GP: Pedrosa on pole

    250cc free practice 2: Jorge Lorenzo posted the fastest time on the Fortuna Aprilia, ahead of Humangest Honda duo Andrea Dovizioso and Yuki Takahashi. 1 Jorge LORENZO 1'25.520 2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO...

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  • Roberts tops 1st practice

    08 July 2006

    Roberts tops 1st practice

    Kenny Roberts Jr has gone fastest in the opening practice session for the German MotoGP round on Sunday, July 16, 2006, with a time of 1:24.319 on the Team Roberts KR211V. He heads a trio of Hondas,...

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  • MotoGP: Free practice 2

    08 July 2006

    MotoGP: Free practice 2

    Marco Melandri has topped the second free practice sessions for the German MotoGP round on Sunday, July 16, 2006. The Fortuna Honda rider posted a time of 1:23.145 on his penultimate lap to go fastest...

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  • Racers back for Germany

    08 July 2006

    The German GP at the Sachsenring on July 16 will see a number of riders returning after recovering from injury. Foremost among them will be Sete Gibernau, who missed the Dutch and British GPs due to a broken left collarbone. Team-mate Loris Capriossi was also injured in the same turn-one incident at Catalunya, but was able to ride for the last two races, and should be 80-90 per cent fit for the...

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  • Di Meglio skips Germany

    08 July 2006

    Di Meglio skips Germany

    Mike di Meglio will miss the German GP, which starts on Friday, July 14, 2006, as a result of a fractured wrist. The French FFM Honda rider was injured during a private test at Brno, and will be...

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  • MCN races Casey Stoner

    01 July 2006

    MCN races Casey Stoner

    Just 30 minutes after qualifying for the British MotoGP race at Donington, LCR Honda rider Casey Stoner was practising for another challenge – racing the circuit against MCN’s Dan Thornton...

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  • Misano - the wrong way

    01 July 2006

    Misano - the wrong way

    The Italian Misano circuit looks set to host both WSB and MotoGP races in 2007. MotoGP have recently signed a five-year deal with the circuit but the race looks likely to take place in September,...

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  • Pedrosa wins British GP

    01 July 2006

    Pedrosa wins British GP

    Dani Pedrosa overcame strong challenges from Marco Melandri, Casey Stoner and Kenny Roberts, and his own mistake at the Melbourne Loop to win the 2006 British GP on July 2, 2006. MotoGP on your...

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  • GP: Stoner tops FP3

    01 July 2006

    GP: Stoner tops FP3

    Casey Stoner has gone fastest in the final practice session for the British GP, with a time of 1:28.252 on the LCR Honda. Second fastest is fellow rookie Dani Pedrosa, with Loris Capirossi putting in...

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