MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2006)

  • MotoGP is up for sale

    18 March 2006

    MotoGP is up for sale

    MotoGP is up for sale on the eve of the new season - in a deal which will mean British Superbikes must also put up the ‘For Sale’ sign. Current rights owner Dorna is owned by private...

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  • Pirro to miss Jerez

    18 March 2006

    Pirro to miss Jerez

    The first race of the 2006 MotoGP season takes place on Sunday, March 26,2006, but one rider has already ruled himself out of the action. WTR Team Blauer USA rider Michele Pirro will miss the 125cc...

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  • Audio: MotoGP preview

    11 March 2006

    Audio: MotoGP preview

    Download the audio file you’ll find below and listen to a MotoGP season preview from a man who really knows. MCN’s Matthew Birt has long experience in the GP paddock and travelled...

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  • Capirossi fastest in Jerez

    11 March 2006

    Capirossi fastest in Jerez

    Ducati riders Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau dominated the final day of testing before the start of the MotoGP season, taking the two fastest times of the test. The two Ducati riders were the only...

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  • No WCM in '06 MotoGP

    11 March 2006

    No WCM in '06 MotoGP

    The British WCM team won't compete in the 2006 MotoGP championship, as revealed by the official entry list. Ther Hertfordshire-based squad had been pencilled into earlier lists with rider Jeremy...

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  • Nakano on top form

    11 March 2006

    Nakano on top form

    Shinya Nakano put Kawasaki at the top of the table on the second day of the final pre-season MotoGP test. The Japanese rider finished over half a second ahead of his closest rival, Ducati’s...

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  • Lorenzo fastest in 250s

    04 March 2006

    Lorenzo fastest in 250s

    Jorge Lorenzo finished day one (March 8) of the 250s test at Jerez on top of the time charts. The day started late, due to fog, but once going it was the Aprilias that dominated, as they had at...

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  • Land VIP Jerez passes

    04 March 2006

    Land VIP Jerez passes

    Bid now and you could land exclusive VIP paddock passes to the opening MotoGP round at Jerez on March 24-26. All funds raised will go direct to MCN’s favourite charity Riders For Health, to...

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  • Rossi tops second day

    04 March 2006

    Rossi tops second day

    Rossi stayed on top for the second day of official MotoGP testing at Catalunya. The Yamaha Rider stayed at the top of the table for most of the day but was briefly ousted by a four way battle for the...

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  • Pasini tops 125 test

    04 March 2006

    Pasini tops 125 test

    Mattia Pasini has topped the second day of 125cc GP testing at the Jerez circuit in Spain. The day saw good weather and numerous crashes, including Ranseder, Rodriguez, Bradl, Conti, Di Meglio,...

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  • Lorenzo stays top 250

    04 March 2006

    Lorenzo stays top 250

    Jorge Lorenzo has stayed top of the time sheets for the 250cc GP class on the second day of testing at Jerez. Despite cold and windy conditions, he was able to lap with a time of 1:42.873 on his...

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  • Edwards tops test pole

    04 March 2006

    Edwards tops test pole

    The final day of MotoGP testing split in to three sections with John Hopkins, Colin Edwards and Sete Gibernau taking a session each. The day was spoiled by wet weather which kept the times slower...

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  • Locatelli led at lunch

    01 March 2006

    Locatelli led at lunch

    Roberto Locatelli was fastest in Thursday morning’s 250cc test at the MotoGP tests in Catalunya. Testing was set to continue until 6pm Thursday. The MotoGP premier class begins its sessions on...

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  • Rossi fastest in MotoGP

    01 March 2006

    Rossi fastest in MotoGP

    Surprise surprise! Valentino Rossi was fastest in the first session of official MotoGP testing at the Circuit de Catalunya on Friday morning. Pick your MCN Fantasy Road Race team HERE The first day...

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  • Lorenzo dominates 250s

    01 March 2006

    Lorenzo dominates 250s

    Jorge Lorenzo dominated the 250cc MotoGP official test at the Circuit de Catalunya, which ended on Thursday (Mar 2). He ended up fastest rider on both days of the test. The MotoGP teams started...

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  • Smith tackles 125 rivals

    01 March 2006

    Smith tackles 125 rivals

    British 15-year-old Bradley Smith looked to be learning fast after the second and final day of his first ever 125cc MotoGP official test. 2005 125cc MotoGP runner-up Mika Kallio was fastest at the...

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  • 125/250 Valencia test

    25 February 2006

    125/250 Valencia test

    Sebastien Porto and Mike de Meglio benefitted most from better weather on the second day of 125/250 testing at the Ricardo Torme circuit in Valencia. Following a cold first day, Porto clocked 59 laps...

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  • Cold 125/250GP test

    18 February 2006

    Cold 125/250GP test

    Cold weather disrupted the first day of testing at the Ricardo Tormo circuit near Valencia for a number of 125cc and 250cc GP teams on Thursday, February 23, 2006. Many rider either braved the cold...

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  • Crashes at Estoril test

    18 February 2006

    Crashes at Estoril test

    Testing for many of the top 250cc and 125cc GP teams ended early at Estoril on Friday, February 17, 2006 following a spectacular crash for Red Bull KTM rider Manual Poggiali. Due to the seriousness...

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  • Rookie signs for Angaia

    18 February 2006

    Rookie signs for Angaia

    Anagaia Racing has signed Luca Morelli to ride in the 250cc GP championship for 2006, giving the Italian his GP debut. Morelli has limited GP experience, competing in the final two rounds of both the...

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  • Edwards tries road tyres

    18 February 2006

    Edwards tries road tyres

    Michelin fitted a set of road tyres to Colin Edward’s 260bhp Yamaha M1 at the recent Sepang test and got within eight seconds of MotoGP pace. Edwards did 5 laps on the new dual-compound Pilot...

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  • Stoner hopeful for Jerez

    18 February 2006

    Stoner hopeful for Jerez

    Australian Casey Stoner should make his MotoGP debut at the first round of the championship at Jerez on March 26th, despite undergoing surgery on a shoulder injury. Stoner pulled out of the recent...

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  • Rossi tests Maserati GT

    11 February 2006

    Rossi tests Maserati GT

    Rossi has added yet another choice of career for when his contract ends at the end of this year, testing an Italian GT championship Maserati MC12 at Misano. Rossi has already tested Ferrari F1 and...

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  • Sepang test washed out

    11 February 2006

    Sepang test washed out

    Loris Capirossi topped the final washed out day of testing at Sepang. The track was damp all day and the riders didn’t manage to put in many laps before the rain started in earnest. Capirossi...

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  • Melandri top in Sepang

    11 February 2006

    Melandri top in Sepang

    Marco Melandri dominated the first day of MotoGP testing at Sepang, Malaysia, lapping well inside the lap record. Fellow Honda rider Dani Pedrosa used his first outing in full Repsol livery to take...

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  • 125/250GP Estoril test

    11 February 2006

    125/250GP Estoril test

    Many of the top riders in the 125cc and 250cc GP championships began testing at the Estorial circuit in Portugal on Wednesday, Feburary 15, 2006. The biggest news of the day was the crash of Hector...

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  • MotoGP riders for 2006

    11 February 2006

    MotoGP riders for 2006

    Here is the official list of known riders for the 2006 125cc championship: 3C Racing: (Aprilia) Angel Rodriguez. Stefano Bianco Ajo Motorsport Malaguti: Alex Masbou. Tomoyoshi Koyama. Arie Molenaar...

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  • Video: Rossi on the 06 M1

    11 February 2006

    Video: Rossi on the 06 M1

    We’ve got exclusive footage of Valentino Rossi talking about his 2006 Yamaha M1 Moto GP bike. The World champion was talking after spending the day on the track testing the new bike in Sepang...

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  • Sepang: Day two rain

    11 February 2006

    Sepang: Day two rain

    Rain has forced an early end to the second day of MotoGP testing at the sepang circuit in Malaysia, with Shinya Nakano setting the fastest time on the Kawasaki. Loris Capirossi was second quickest,...

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  • Ellison starts Qatar test

    04 February 2006

    Ellison starts Qatar test

    James Ellison began testing at the Losail circuit in Qatar on Sunday, February 5, 2006, alongside new team-mate Carlos Checa. In addition to the two Tech 3 Yamaha riders, the Suzuki GP squad of John...

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  • Quiet end to Qatar test

    04 February 2006

    Quiet end to Qatar test

    Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards stayed on an extra day at the Qatar test to make the most of the empty track. The two riders spent most of the session working with Michelin on tyre development and...

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  • Rossi tops Qatar test

    04 February 2006

    Rossi tops Qatar test

    Valentino Rossi has finished his first day of testing at Losail, Qatar, well inside the lap record. The world champion joined James Ellison’s Tech 3 Yamaha squad on it’s second day of...

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  • Rossi improves in Qatar

    04 February 2006

    Rossi improves in Qatar

    Valentino Rossi knocked almost a second of his lap time to top his second day of testing in Qatar. The World champion spent most of the session testing new tyres for Michelin putting in a total of 60...

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  • Rossi impresses in F1

    01 February 2006

    Rossi impresses in F1

    Valentino Rossi has proven that he is not just messing around with Formula 1, finishing his latest test session at Valencia just one second behind Ferraris top driver Michael Schumacher. The MotoGP...

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  • Rossi slides in F1 test

    01 February 2006

    Rossi slides in F1 test

    Valentino Rossi's saw an embarasing start to his latest F1 test - spinning out on his first lap. The test, which is Rossi's first against other F1 drivers, was delayed for most of the day due to...

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  • GP test back on track

    01 February 2006

    GP test back on track

    Sete Gibernau has gone fastest on the third day of testing at Phillip Island as the track dries after the downpour on day two. The Spanish rider sat out testing during the rain, but managed to...

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