MotoGP (June 2006)

  • WCM invests in GP team

    24 June 2006

    WCM invests in GP team

    British 250cc GP team Winona Racing has announced a strategic partnership with World Championship Motorsports (WCM), the team which ran in MotoGP in 2004 and 2005. Under the terms of the agreement,...

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  • Hayden wins Assen TT

    24 June 2006

    Hayden wins Assen TT

    Nicky Hayden has snatched victory from Colin Edwards at the Assen GP extending his championship lead. Edwards looked set to take his first win in MotoGP and was leading Hayden in to the last corner...

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  • Rossi still suffering

    24 June 2006

    Rossi still suffering

    Valentino Rossi arrived at this weekend’s British MotoGP still suffering from the injuries he sustained in practice at the Assen GP. The seven-times world champion had his right arm strapped up...

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  • GP: Pedrosa stays top

    24 June 2006

    GP: Pedrosa stays top

    Dani Pedrosa has dominated the first day of the British GP weekend by heading both timed practice sessions. The Repsol Honda rider posted a fastest time of 1:28.970 to put himself fastest, just ahead...

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  • GP ride for Fabrizio

    24 June 2006

    GP ride for Fabrizio

    Michel Fabrizio may not be setting the world alight in World Superbikes this year, but the Italian star has been handed a dream chance to impress the men that matter after he was signed to ride Toni...

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  • Loris sits out practice

    24 June 2006

    Loris sits out practice

    Loris Capirossi has decided to sit out the rest of the practice sessions for the Donington MotoGP so he can prepare himself for qualifying. The Ducati rider is still injured after his horrific...

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  • New riders for Brit GP

    24 June 2006

    New riders for Brit GP

    The British GP is set to throw up some surprises on Sunday, July 2, 2006, with several changes to the regular ride line-ups for the weekend. Not only is Michel Fabrizio riding on the Honda RC211V...

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  • Dani tops 1st practice

    24 June 2006

    Dani tops 1st practice

    Dani Pedrosa has topped the first free practice session for the Donington British GP. Pedrosa topped the sheets with a 1:29.412 lap, just 0.025 seconds faster than Casey Stoner. Marco Melandri was...

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  • Rookies to ride for KTM

    24 June 2006

    Rookies to ride for KTM

    KTM will field young German rider Randy Krummenacher at Donington and the Sachsenring as a replacement for the injured Julian Simon. Simon broke his right thigh in the 125GP at the Catalunya GP and...

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  • Nakano tops GP practice

    17 June 2006

    Nakano tops GP practice

    Shinya Nakano has set the fastest lap in the opening qualifying session for the Assen GP. Nakano set a time of 1:39.619, beating second placed man John Hopkins by a quarter of a second. Quality bikes...

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  • Checa suprises in FP2

    17 June 2006

    Checa suprises in FP2

    Carlos Checa has set the second fastest time in FP2 at the Dutch TT in Assen. Camel Yamaha's Colin Edwards took provisional pole setting consistently fast times keeping him at the top of the time...

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  • Rossi injury update

    17 June 2006

    Rossi injury update

    Valentino Rossi completed just four pain-stricken laps this morning in the third free practice session for tomorrow’s Dutch GP at Assen. Seriously hampered by a fracture in his right wrist,...

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  • Rossi back on pole

    17 June 2006

    Rossi back on pole

    Valentino Rossi has qualified on pole position for the first time since the British GP last year. The Italian was back on form for the Catalunya GP putting in a string of fast laps at the end of the...

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  • Edwards takes QP1

    17 June 2006

    Edwards takes QP1

    Colin Edwards has taken provisional pole position after topping the first qualifying session at the Assen GP. Edwards finished the session almost a second faster than the top time from Thursday and...

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  • Elias out after crash

    17 June 2006

    Elias out after crash

    FORTUNA Honda’s luck goes from bad to worse after Toni Elias was ruled out of the Dutch and British GP following a crash at Assen this morning. Elias crashed his Honda RC211V and injured his...

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  • Hofmann in for Gibernau

    17 June 2006

    Alex Hofmann will replace Sete Gibernau on the Ducati Desmosedici at this weekend’s Assen GP. The German rider was chosen by Ducati to stand in for Gibernau after horror crash that saw him break his collar bone in the Catalunya GP on Sunday. Hofmann is currently riding an 06 spec Ducati Desmosedici so wont need to get used to anything radically different and he already has experience with...

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  • Rossi ok but still in pain

    17 June 2006

    Rossi ok but still in pain

    Valentino Rossi fans, Yamaha, and the owners of Donington Park breathed a collective sigh of relief a few moments ago when the Italian was given the all-clear to ride later to today and for the rest...

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  • Rossi wins dramatic GP

    17 June 2006

    Valenitino Rossi has taken his third win of 2006 after a dramatic GP at Catalunya. The race was red flagged after just one corner after a massive pile-up that saw Sete Gibernau, Marco Melandri, Loris Capirossi, John Hopkins, Dani Pedrosa and Randy De Puniet all off the track. Gibernau caught his front break lever on Capirossi's bike on the entrance to the corner and was flipped over the bars...

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  • Smith looking for points

    17 June 2006

    Smith looking for points

    Bradley Smith will start tommorows A-Style Assen TT from 22nd as he goes in search of his first GP championship point. After finishing one place away from the points last time out at Catalunya, Smith...

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  • Crash hospitalises Rossi

    17 June 2006

    Crash hospitalises Rossi

    VALENTINO ROSSI’S world title resurgence is in jeopardy after a huge crash this morning saw him hospitalised for chest and hand injuries. It’s not know yet if he will be cleared to race on...

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  • Melandri to race Assen

    17 June 2006

    Marco Melandri is set to ride at Assen this weekend after his horror crash at Sunday's Catalunyan GP, which involved him and five other riders. The Italian star will be on the track on Thursday to see how he feels and will make a final decision then. When Melandri fell he got himself entangled in Dani Pedrosa’s Honda, his arm caught between the exhaust and swingarm. For bike reviews Click...

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  • Hopkins takes pole

    17 June 2006

    Hopkins takes pole

    John Hopkins has taken pole position for the Assen GP after a storming final lap. The American rider got his first pole position in MotoGP with his last lap in the final qualifying session giving...

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  • More surgery for Sete

    17 June 2006

    Ducati has announced that Loris Capirossi has been given the all clear but Sete Gibernau is still in need of surgery. Loris Capirossi stayed overnight in hospital for observation after Sunday’s massive MotoGP accident but he has now been cleared to take part in this week’s race in Assen. Click here for your next bike Sete Gibernau will be out of action for a while with a broken...

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  • Barbera to miss GPs

    10 June 2006

    Barbera to miss GPs

    Hector Barbera will miss the Catalunya GP this weekend after he fractured his right wrist while training on a mountain bike. The Fortuna Aprilia 250cc GP rider was riding through the Alcoy area of...

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  • MotoGP: Rossi fastest

    10 June 2006

    MotoGP: Rossi fastest

    250cc GP free practice: 1 Roberto LOCATELLI 1'48.014 2 Yuki TAKAHASHI 1'48.114 3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 1'48.189 4 Hiroshi AOYAMA 1'48.275 5 Alex DEBON 1'48.425 6 Alex DE ANGELIS 1'48.579 7 Jakub SMRZ...

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  • Tyre apology for Rossi

    10 June 2006

    Tyre apology for Rossi

    Michelin has publicly apologised for the tyre failure suffered by Valentino Rossi at the Shanghai GP. Rossi was forced to pit on lap 16 on the Chinese round due to excessive vibration from his front...

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  • Pedrosa's Catalunya lap

    10 June 2006

    Pedrosa's Catalunya lap

    Want to know what the riders will face when the Catalunya round of the MotoGP championship takes place on Sunday, June 18, 2006? Then you'll want to read Repsol Honda's star Dani Pedrosa's description...

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  • Porto retires from GPs

    10 June 2006

    Argentinean 250cc GP star Sebas Porto has announced his retirement from racing. Porto made a statement on the eve of the Catalunya GP. The 27-year-old moved to Repsol Honda for the 2006 season but has struggled to find racing form. Team manager Alberto Puig will now look for a replacement rider as Porto decides on his post-retirement plans, looking to stay in the world of motorcycling. Quality...

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  • Melandri tops Italy test

    03 June 2006

    Melandri tops Italy test

    As if a weekend’s racing at Mugello wasn’t enough for the MotoGP boys, most of them stayed on for an extra test session. Marco Melandri finished the extra day at the top of the time...

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  • Mugello: Gibernau pole

    03 June 2006

    Mugello: Gibernau pole

    Sete Gibernau and Loris Capirossi have put their Marlboro Ducatis on the first two grid positions for the Mugello Grand Prix, with Gibernau posting a time of 1:48.969 to take pole position. The...

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  • Rossi wins in Italy

    03 June 2006

    Rossi wins in Italy

    Valentino Rossi has revitalised his championship chances with a win at Mugello for the Italian GP. Rossi overtook polesitter Sete Gibernau early in the first lap but had to battle the Spaniard, Marco...

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  • 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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