MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2006)

  • Smith's first GP test

    01 February 2006

    Britain's newest and youngest GP star completed his first test for the Repsol Honda team he will race with in the 125GP series on Wednesday, February 1, 2006, chopping two seconds from his time over two days. Bradley Smith only signed for the Honda team on January 27th, and began testing on February 1st at Catalunya, alongside the two top 250cc squads. The 15-year-old finished the test with a...

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  • Rain hits GP test

    01 February 2006

    Rain hits GP test

    Rain has put a stop to most of the fun on the second day of GP tests at Phillip Island but a few riders made use of the time to get a feel for their bikes in the wet. Marco Melandri used a total of...

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  • Checa joins Ellison on M1

    28 January 2006

    Checa joins Ellison on M1

    Carlos Checa has been confirmed alongside Britain’s James Ellison in the Yamaha Tech 3 MotoGP team for 2006. Spaniard Checa, is the most experienced rider on the grid. He finished ninth last...

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  • Philip Island test: Day 1

    28 January 2006

    Philip Island test: Day 1

    Honda has dominated the first day of MotoGP testing at Phillip Island with the class rookies putting in some impressive performances. 2005 runner-up and Fortuna Honda rider Marco Melandri set the...

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  • Brit gets dream GP ride

    21 January 2006

    Brit gets dream GP ride

    British teenager Bradley Smith will be the sole rider for the Repsol Honda 125cc GP team managed by Alberto Puig in 2006. The fifteen-year-old from Oxfordshire got the ride following a season in the...

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  • Guintoli stays with 250s

    21 January 2006

    Guintoli stays with 250s

    The top privateer in the 250cc GPs in 2005, Sylvain Guintoli, will stay with the Equipe GP de France team for 2006. The Frenchman will get an Aprilia RSW250 LE, the 2005 factory machine. But while he...

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  • 125cc GP teams merge

    21 January 2006

    125cc GP teams merge

    The Racing World and Team Seedorf 125cc Grand Prix teams will join forces for 2006, sponsored by Valsir, and using Honda machinery. Valsir Seedorf Racing will field two Italian riders in the shape of...

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  • GP test starts in Sepang

    21 January 2006

    GP test starts in Sepang

    The first MotoGP test of 2006 is underway at Sepang in Malaysia with the Yamaha team of Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards already displaying the new Camel sponsorship livery. The test runs for three...

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  • Sepang GP test: Day two

    21 January 2006

    Sepang GP test: Day two

    Sete Gibernau has gone 0.5 seconds quicker than the best time set by Valentino Rossi in MotoGP testing at Sepang. The Spaniard's time of 2:01.66 on the second day of testing saw him beat Rossi's time...

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  • Sepang GP test: Day one

    21 January 2006

    Sepang GP test: Day one

    Valentino Rossi has gone fastest on the unofficial timesheets for day one of a three-day test at Sepang in Malaysia. Rossi was testing the 2006-spec Yamaha YZR-M1 in the new Camel Yamaha colours...

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  • Rule change for MotoGP

    21 January 2006

    Rule change for MotoGP

    The rules have changed for the red flag procedure in MotoGP in 2006, with unanimous agreement from the Grand Prix Commision. The Commision, which consists of Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpleta, Claude Denis...

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  • Sepang: Gibernau fastest

    21 January 2006

    Sepang: Gibernau fastest

    The final day of MotoGP testing has seen Sete Gibernau remain the quickest rider on the track, having improved slightly on his time from day two. Once more it was the Ducati duo of Gibernau and Loris...

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  • Jerez test for 125/250s

    21 January 2006

    Jerez test for 125/250s

    The final day of a three-day test for around 20 of the 125 and 250cc GP teams has been affected by heavy clouds and strong winds. While some teams gave the final few hours a miss, there were also a...

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  • Biaggi tests F1 car

    14 January 2006

    Biaggi tests F1 car

    Max Biaggi was in the UK on Wednesday (Jan 18) to test a Midland-MF1 Toyota Formula One car. The former MotoGP star spent one day with technicians preparing the car, before venturing onto the...

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  • Great deal for Davies

    14 January 2006

    Great deal for Davies

    As reported in Motor Cycle News on January 18, 2006, Chaz Davies is set to ride a semi-factory Aprilia in 2006. The 18-year-old is about to sign for the Campetella Racing squad, who will be able to...

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  • Tamada stays put in GPs

    14 January 2006

    Tamada stays put in GPs

    The Konica Minolta Honda team will again run Makoto Tamada in a one rider team in 2006. The Japanese rider will face his fourth season in the MotoGP championship, with the first testing taking place...

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  • Honda supplies Roberts

    14 January 2006

    Honda supplies Roberts

    Honda has announced its 2006 motorcycle road race plans – confirming the supply of engines to Team Roberts in MotoGP. The intention is to take titles in each category and win with...

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  • BQR decide line-up

    14 January 2006

    BQR decide line-up

    The BQR team will field former Spanish champion Alex Espargaro in the 125cc GP class on a factory-spec Honda. Espargaro has high hopes for the season as his bike will be similar to that of 2005...

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  • Zanetti gets GP ride

    14 January 2006

    Zanetti gets GP ride

    Lorenzo Zanetti has signed for the Skilled ISPA Racing Team to compete in the 125cc world championship in 2006. The 18-year-old Italian competed in several races in 2005, finishing the season in 17th...

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  • Carchano joins 250GPs

    14 January 2006

    Carchano joins 250GPs

    Jordi Carchano will race for the Stop and Go team in the 250cc GP world championship in 2006, in a move for both rider and team from the 125cc class. Carchano rode for the Aspar team in 2005, and...

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  • 06 Desmosedici unveiled

    14 January 2006

    06 Desmosedici unveiled

    Ducati's 2006 MotoGP bike, the Desmosedici GP06, has been launched at Madonna di Campiglio in Italy. It will be ridden by Sete Gibernau and Loris Capirossi in the MotoGP, both of whom were present...

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  • Upgrades at Laguna Seca

    07 January 2006

    Upgrades at Laguna Seca

    Improvements are underway at Laguna Seca for the MotoGP event on July 23, 2006. Around $7 million dollars will be spent on safety and facility upgrades, including repaving the entire surface of the...

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  • Camel cash starts row

    07 January 2006

    Camel cash starts row

    The decision for Yamaha to run under Camel sponsorship in 2006 is now the subject of war of words between Yamaha and former sponsors Gauloises, a brand of Altadis. The cigarette firm has issued a...

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  • Jenkner retires from GPs

    07 January 2006

    Jenkner retires from GPs

    German 250cc GP racer Steve Jenkner has announced his retirement after nine seasons in the world championship. The 29-year-old has taken the decision following long negotiations. 2005 was his first...

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  • West leaves KTM

    07 January 2006

    West leaves KTM

    Anthony West has signed for the Keifer Racing Team for 2006, leaving KTM to ride an Aprilia in the 250cc GP championship. The Australian had one year left on his contract with KTM as a test rider,...

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  • Honda track merger

    07 January 2006

    Honda track merger

    Two of the three circuits in Japan owned by Honda will merge in June, 2006, with Suzuka and Twin Ring Motegi coming under the same management. Prior to the agreement, Honda will obtain all...

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  • Yamaha get Camel cash

    07 January 2006

    Yamaha get Camel cash

    The Yamaha MotoGP squad will be sponsored by the Camel cigarette brand in 2006. An agreement was announced on Monday, January 9th, 2006, between Yamaha Motor Co.,Ltd, and a subsidiary of Japan...

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  • Honda Pons out for 2006

    01 January 2006

    Honda Pons out for 2006

    The Honda Pons team run by former double 250cc World Champion Sito Pons, will not compete in the 2006 motoGP World Championship. Following 25 successive seasons, the decision has been prompted by the...

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