MotoGP (April 2007)

  • Ilmor to focus on engine development

    30 April 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Ilmor to focus on engine development

    As revealed in last week’s MCN, the British-based Ilmor MotoGP team will focus solely on engine development with a track return in 2007 still in major doubt. Ilmor boss Mario Illien announced this...

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  • Vermeulen fearful of Ducati threat

    30 April 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Vermeulen fearful of Ducati threat

    Aussie Chris Vermeulen is fearful that the Japanese factories will be humbled again by Ducati in this weekend’s Shanghai GP in China. The impressive Shanghai circuit has two huge straights, including...

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  • Dorna chief plays down MotoGP cash concerns

    26 April 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Dorna chief plays down MotoGP cash concerns

    MotoGP boss Carmelo Ezpeleta has refuted suggestions that the current dire economic climate in world championship racing has reached crisis status. With only 19 riders on the grid and teams suffering...

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  • Rossi opposes Ecclestone's GP shake-up idea

    25 April 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Rossi opposes Ecclestone's GP shake-up idea

    Valentino Rossi has spoken out against Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone’s suggestion the 125 and 250 GP classes should be stripped of their world championship status to help make MotoGP more...

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  • Edwards seeks Michelin backlash

    24 April 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Edwards seeks Michelin backlash

    Double World Superbike champion Colin Edwards is confident Michelin will bounce back from its Turkey trouncing to turn the tables on tyre rivals Bridgestone in the Shanghai GP on May 6, 2007. The...

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  • Hayden turns to US legend

    23 April 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Hayden turns to US legend

    Under pressure Nicky Hayden has turned to American racing legend Freddie Spencer in a bid to help prevent the defence of his MotoGP world championship crown turning into an embarrassing...

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  • Michelin probe Rossi tyre vibe

    23 April 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Michelin probe Rossi tyre vibe

    With Valentino Rossi’s stinging criticism ringing in his ears, Michelin boss Jean-Philippe Weber flew back to France today to begin an immediate post mortem on the tyre disaster that struck the...

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  • Stoner wins in Turkey

    22 April 2007 by Rob Hull

    Stoner wins in Turkey

    Marlboro Ducati’s Casey Stoner has won his second race of the season at the third round of the MotoGP championship at Istanbul. The young Aussie took a dominant win from fellow young-gun Toni Elias...

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  • Rossi and Edwards claim Yamaha pole one-two

    21 April 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Rossi and Edwards claim Yamaha pole one-two

    Fiat Yamaha duo Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards abruptly halted Ducati’s domination at the Istanbul Park by claiming the top two positions on the grid for tomorrow’s Turkish GP. Current world...

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  • Bautista sets 250 pace

    20 April 2007 by Sarah Carnell

    Bautista sets 250 pace

    Master MVA Aspar rider, Alvaro Bautista, is the provisional pole sitter for the 250 GP in Turkey after going fastest in the first qualifying practice. The Spaniard set the fastest lap of the session...

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  • Stoner and Capirossi take charge in Istanbul

    20 April 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Stoner and Capirossi take charge in Istanbul

    Factory Ducati duo Casey Stoner and Loris Capirossi dominated this afternoon’s second free practice session at the Istanbul Park circuit in Turkey. Stoner, who claimed his one and only rookie MotoGP...

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  • Turkey GP future in the air

    20 April 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Turkey GP future in the air

    This weekend’s Turkish MotoGP race at the impressive Istanbul Park racetrack could be the last with no decision taken yet on whether it will be dumped off the 2008 world championship schedule. In a...

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  • Pasini on provisional 125 pole

    20 April 2007 by Sarah Carnell

    Pasini on provisional 125 pole

    Polaris World rider Mattia Pasini is on provisional pole for Sunday’s Turkish 125 GP after setting the quickest time in qualifying practice one. Pasini recorded a best time of 2:05.739 on his Aprilia...

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  • Lorenzo leads 250s

    20 April 2007 by Sarah Carnell

    Lorenzo leads 250s

    Jorge Lorenzo topped the timesheets for the first 250cc practice of the weekend in Turkey. The Fortuna Aprilia rider, championship leader and winner of the first two races, set a time of...

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  • Brit smith tops first Turkey 125 practice

    20 April 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Brit smith tops first Turkey 125 practice

    Bradley Smith made a perfect start to the Turkish GP in Istanbul today (Friday) when he topped the 125 timesheets in the opening free practice session. The Repsol Honda rider clocked the best time of...

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  • Roberts Jnr to get Istanbul upgrades

    19 April 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Roberts Jnr to get Istanbul upgrades

    Former world 500 champion Kenny Roberts Junior will run two modified swingarms at this weekend’s Turkish GP in Istanbul. This has been done in a bid to solve chronic rear grip issues that have...

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  • F1 boss Ecclestone at Turkish GP

    19 April 2007 by Matthew Birt

    F1 boss Ecclestone at Turkish GP

    Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone made a surprise appearance in Istanbul today on the eve of the Turkish MotoGP weekend. It is not clear why Ecclestone is in Turkey or for how long he plans to...

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  • Edwards eyeing Rossi and Pedrosa threat

    19 April 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Edwards eyeing Rossi and Pedrosa threat

    Fiat Yamaha rider Colin Edwards has targeted team-mate Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa as the big threats in the 2007 MotoGP world championship, despite Casey Stoner’s promising start to the new...

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  • Hopkins ready to take Suzuki engine gamble

    18 April 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Hopkins ready to take Suzuki engine gamble

    American John Hopkins is willing to gamble on running a new Suzuki V4 800cc motor on the opening day of this weekend’s Turkish GP in Istanbul. Suzuki rolled out a new motor for Hopkins and Rizla...

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  • Gibernau ties the knot

    18 April 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Gibernau ties the knot

    Retired Spanish MotoGP racer Sete Gibernau continued to build his life away from racing recently when he married supermodel girlfriend Esther Canadas. The pair wed at a ceremony in Girona, just...

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  • Stoner talks Turkey

    18 April 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Stoner talks Turkey

    Casey Stoner is confident he can repeat his 2006 podium finish in Istanbul this weekend to keep the pressure on early MotoGP world championship leader Valentino Rossi. Istanbul was the venue of...

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  • Rossi to erase '06 Istanbul disaster

    18 April 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Rossi to erase '06 Istanbul disaster

    Former world champion Valentino Rossi will look to continue his brilliant start to the 2007 MotoGP world championship in Istanbul this weekend on a track where he is still to register a victory. The...

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  • Hayden remaining positive ahead of Turkey

    17 April 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Hayden remaining positive ahead of Turkey

    Reigning world champion Nicky Hayden is refusing to let his bitterly disappointing start to the defence of his MotoGP crown dent his morale as he prepares for this weekend’s Turkish GP in...

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  • Coghlan gets Turkish GP ride

    16 April 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Coghlan gets Turkish GP ride

    Scottish teenager Kev Coghlan will make a shock world championship comeback in this weekend’s Turkish 125 GP in Istanbul. Coghlan, who has a 100 per cent podium record in the 2007 British 125...

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  • Vermeulen targets qualifying improvement

    09 April 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Vermeulen targets qualifying improvement

    Chris Vermeulen has admitted he must drastically improve on his qualifying performances to have any hope of adding to his one MotoGP podium finish in 2007. The factory Suzuki rider has struggled so...

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  • Stoner laughs off Ducati speed advantage

    07 April 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Stoner laughs off Ducati speed advantage

    Qatar GP winner Casey Stoner reckons his factory Ducati will be a serious threat even at tight and twisty tracks where the Bologna factory’s new GP7 won’t be able to maximise its top speed...

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  • Four tracks give Rossi speed concern

    06 April 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Four tracks give Rossi speed concern

    Valentino Rossi has expressed his concern about Ducati’s horsepower and top speed advantage at four tracks which remain on the 2007 MotoGP world championship calendar. The seven-times world champion...

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  • Stoner happy to be in early title hunt

    05 April 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Stoner happy to be in early title hunt

    Aussie Casey Stoner is confident he will be able to maintain his brilliant start to the 2007 season and pose a genuine threat to ruining Valentino Rossi’s hopes of regaining the MotoGP world...

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  • Hodgson lands Ducati GP ride

    04 April 2007 by Michael Guy

    Hodgson lands Ducati GP ride

    Neil Hodgson moved a step closer to full time top-level racing after landing the job of official Bridgestone test rider for the Ducati MotoGP team, and makes his debut on the firm’s 800cc GP7...

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