MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2006)

  • Rookies for 250GPs

    01 June 2006

    Rookies for 250GPs

    Two new faces will be riding at the Mugello GP, with practice beginning on Friday, June 2, 2006. Franz Aschenbrenner will be riding for the Kiefer BOS team as a replacement for the injured Dirk...

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  • Rossi at Yamaha in 2007

    01 June 2006

    Rossi at Yamaha in 2007

    Yamaha has confirmed that Valentino Rossi will stay with the factory for a fourth consecutive year in 2007 as MotoGP switches to an 800cc limit. The deal has been expected since Rossi announced he...

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  • MotoGP at Misano in '07

    01 June 2006

    MotoGP at Misano in '07

    A provisional agreement will see a San Marino round of the MotoGP championship begin in 2007, and run for five years. The meeting was held between MotoGP rights holders Dorna, the Minister for...

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  • Mugello: Friday practice

    01 June 2006

    Mugello: Friday practice

    250cc free practice one: 1. Andrea Dovizioso 1:56.495. 2. Jorge Lorenzo 1:56.510. 3. Alex Debon 1:56.619. 4. Jakub Smrz 1:56.752. 5. Hector Barbera 1:56.774. 6. Marco Simoncelli 1:56.828. 7. Sylvain...

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  • Heidolf to miss GPs

    27 May 2006

    German 250cc GP racer Dirk Heidolf will miss the Italian GP on Sunday, June 4 2006, following a crash in testing. The Kiefer Bos Racing rider was testing at the Sachsenring when he highsided and injured his right scaphoid and bruised his left ankle. Quality Bikes for Sale: Click here. MCN and user bike reviews. Click here. Browse over 1700 product reviews. Click here. Heidolf will undergo...

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  • Rossi wins sport award

    20 May 2006

    Rossi wins sport award

    Valentino Rossi has been awarded the 'Spirit of Sport' award at the annual Laureus World Sports Awards in Barcelona on Monday, May 22. The 'Spirit of Sport' award was present to the Camel Yamaha...

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  • Pedrosa on French pole

    20 May 2006

    Pedrosa on French pole

    Dani Pedrosa notched up his second consecutive pole position today when he set the fastest qualifying time for tomorrow’s French MotoGP race at Le Mans. The Spanish Repsol Honda star, who won...

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  • Rossi stays in MotoGP

    20 May 2006

    Rossi stays in MotoGP

    Valentino Rossi has turned his back on a multi-million pound switch to Formula One in 2007 by confirming today he is to continue racing on two wheels in the MotoGP world championship. The 27-year-old...

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  • Melandri wins - Rossi out

    20 May 2006

    Melandri wins - Rossi out

    Marco Melandri took the win at the Le Mans GP in a race that saw Valentino Rossi retire for the second time in a row. The race was dominated by a two way battle between Rossi and Dani Pedrosa until...

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  • Edwards' provisional pole

    13 May 2006

    Edwards' provisional pole

    The new chassis that Yamaha’s Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi are using for the Le Mans GP seems to have sorted their problems with the two riders taking a first and second fastest laps at the...

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  • Pedrosa takes first win

    13 May 2006

    Pedrosa takes first win

    Dani Pedrosa has taken his first MotoGP win at the Shanghai circuit in China, having qualified on pole position. Pedrosa had to come back from a slow start to lead from Repsol Honda team-mate Nicky...

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  • Sponsor for Brit wildcard

    13 May 2006

    Sponsor for Brit wildcard

    British rider Dan Linfoot will be riding as a wildcard at the Le Mans GP, and he'll be sponsored by the Swedish Teng Tools brand for the event. Linfoot will line up for practice alongside the rest of...

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  • Pedrosa on pole

    13 May 2006

    Pedrosa on pole

    MotoGP free practice three: 1. Casey SToner 2:00.603. 2. Nicky Hayden 2:00.941. 3. Loris Capirossi 2:00.973. 4. Colin Edwards 2:01.357. 5. Valentino Rossi 2:01.357. 6. Dani Pedrosa 2:01.548. 7. Randy...

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  • Rossi fastest in China

    06 May 2006

    Rossi fastest in China

    MotoGP free practice one: 1. Valentino Rossi 2:12.060. 2. Casey Stoner 2:12.062. 3. Kenny Roberts Jr 2:12.112. 4. Loris Capirossi 2:13.034. 5. Sete Gibernau 2:13.221. 6. Nicky Hayden 2:13.445. 7.

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  • Brit gets GP wildcard

    06 May 2006

    Brit gets GP wildcard

    British rider Dan Linfoot will race as a wildcard in the French GP at Le Mans on May 21, 2006 on a 250cc Honda for Winona Racing. Linfoot last rode in the GP class as a wildcard for the wet British...

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  • Turkish test for GP stars

    01 May 2006

    Turkish test for GP stars

    MotoGP riders stayed on to test at the Istanbul Park circuit in Turkey following the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday, April 30, 2006. Camel Yamaha Riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards made the most...

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  • Ducati's 800cc GP bike

    01 May 2006

    The 800cc Ducati Desmosedici GP7 MotoGP bike has been tested on track for the first time today, Tuesday, May 2, 2006. Test rider Vittoriano Guareschi took the prototype on to the Mugello circuit for the first shakedown test of the new 800cc engine. Read more on the technical details of the bike in MCN, May 3, 2006. Looking to buy a bike? Click here. MCN bike reviews: Click here. Browse over 1700...

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  • Spend day with champs

    01 May 2006

    Spend day with champs

    Tickets for the annual MotoGP Day of Champions have gone on sale – offering you the chance to come face to face with the biggest names in the sport. Race fans will be able to see behind the...

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  • Vermeulen's Turkey pole

    29 April 2006

    Vermeulen's Turkey pole

    MotoGP qualifying times: 1. Chris Vermeulen 2:04.617. 2. Nicky hayden 2:04.823. 3. Sete Gibernau 2:05.003. 4. Loris Capirossi 2:05.540. 5. John Hopkins 2:05.700. 6. Randy de Puniet 2:06.102. 7. Casey...

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  • Melandri wins in Turkey

    29 April 2006

    Melandri wins in Turkey

    Marco Melandri has won the Turkish GP in a race which fully lived up to the drama of the 125 and 250cc classes. Pole sitter Chris Vermeulen led from the start, but his joy only lasted three corners...

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  • Hayden fastest in Turkey

    22 April 2006

    Hayden fastest in Turkey

    Nicky Hayden has gone fastest in the second practice session for the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday April 30, 2006. The factory Honda rider moved from eighth in the final few minutes to post a time of...

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  • Doohan gets hitched

    22 April 2006

    Doohan gets hitched

    Five-times 500cc world champion Mick Doohan married long term love Selina Sines on an island off the Queensland coast in Australia on Friday (April 21). The ceremony was held at All Saint’s...

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  • Checa on the mend

    15 April 2006

    Checa on the mend

    Carlos Checa is recovering from a neck injury he suffered at the opening round of the MotoGP season in Jerez, and aggravated again at the second round in Qatar. The Spanish Yamaha Tech3 rider is...

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  • Future GP stars test

    15 April 2006

    Future GP stars test

    The young hopefuls of the Red Bull MotoGP Academy completed a two day test at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valenica, with five young riders guided by Alberto Puig and Raul Jara. British rider Daniel...

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  • Rossi takes Qatar win

    08 April 2006

    125GP: Alvaro Bautista took his second win of the season in 125 GPs with a photo finish between Mika Kallio and Sergio Gadea for second place with Kallio just taking the higher step by 1/100th of a second. Final positions: Alvaro Bautista Mika Kallio Sergio Gadea Mattia Pasini Pablo Nieto Kector Faubel Angel Rodriguez Thomas Luthi Simone Corsi Julian Simon Gabor Talmacsi Raffaela de...

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  • Melandri tops GP test

    08 April 2006

    Melandri tops GP test

    Many of the top teams have spent a day testing at the Losail circuit in Qatar on Sunday, April 9, following the GP on the previous day. The fastest rider was Marco Melandri on the Fortuna Honda, who...

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  • Jodie opens Donington

    01 April 2006

    Jodie opens Donington

    Donington Park officially opened its new pit and paddock area on Friday with Jodie Marsh cutting the ribbon. The new development cost over £5million - when last year's track resurfacing is...

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  • MotoGP to run at night?

    01 April 2006

    MotoGP to run at night?

    The second round of the 2006 MotoGP championship gets underway in Qatar on Thursday April 6 amid plans for future Qatar rounds to take place at night. Loris Capirossi, Valentino Rossi and Kenny...

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  • Rossi taunts F1 Alonso

    01 April 2006

    Rossi taunts F1 Alonso

    Valentino Rossi reckons Fernando Alonso is running scared as the Italian MotoGP star continues to mock the Formula One world champion. Rossi again had no hesitation in putting the boot into the...

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  • Ballerini in for Qatar GP

    01 April 2006

    Ballerini in for Qatar GP

    Andrea Ballerini will ride alongside Britain's Chaz Davies in the Ticinohosting-Capetella Racing team for the Qatar Grand Prix on Saturday, April 8, 2006. The Italian will ride as a replacement for...

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  • Hayden tops Jerez test

    25 March 2006

    Hayden tops Jerez test

    Nicky Hayden topped the timesheets as almost every MotoGP rider stayed on at Jerez for a day of testing following the opening MotoGp round of the season. Only the Pramac Ducati team and Kawasaki's...

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  • New Donington pits open

    25 March 2006

    New Donington pits open

    Biking glamour model and Celebrity Big Brother star Jodie Marsh will officially opened the new modern pit and paddock complex at British MotoGP circuit Donington Park, on Friday March 31. More than...

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  • Capirossi wins at Jerez

    25 March 2006

    Capirossi wins at Jerez

    Loris Capirossi has won a dramatic Jerez GP from Dani Pedrosa, as Valentino Rossi recovered to 14th following a crash in the first corner of the first lap. As Capirossi led away from pole position,...

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  • Jerez: Warm-up

    25 March 2006

    Jerez: Warm-up

    Sete Gibernau has gone fastest in the morning warm-up session for the opening MotoGP round at Jerez with a time of 1:40.916 on his Ducati. The Spaniard was joined in the top three by his Ducati...

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  • Capirossi takes pole

    25 March 2006

    Capirossi takes pole

    Loris Capirossi is on pole for the first round of the 2006 MotoGP championship at Jerez following a qualifying session which had to be red-flagged due to six riders crashing. The session was only...

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  • Jerez: Friday practice

    18 March 2006

    Jerez: Friday practice

    MotoGP 125cc free practice 1: 1. Julian Simon 2:00.496. 2. Fabrizio Lai 2:00.534. 3. Alex Espargaro 2:01.285. 4. Alvaro Bautista 2:01.321. 5. Mika Kallio 2:01.429. 6. Tomoyoshi Koyama 2:01.531. 7.

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