MotoGP (February 2007)

  • Rossi 13th in Jerez

    28 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Rossi 13th in Jerez

    Valentino Rossi found himself surprisingly off the pace on a rain-hit first day in Jerez today with the former world champion languishing down in 13th place. The 27-year-old 1.9.31s slower than...

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  • Marco sets Jerez pace

    28 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Marco sets Jerez pace

    Former world 250 champion Marco Melandri took the honours on a rain-hit first day in Jerez today as Valentino Rossi and reigning world champion Nicky Hayden struggled. The Gresini Honda rider clocked...

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  • OJ wants improvement

    28 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    OJ wants improvement

    Olivier Jacque says there is still plenty of room for improvement despite Kawasaki’s encouraging start to the new 800cc MotoGP era. Jacque, who missed most of last week’s IRTA test in Qatar after...

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  • Diet boosts Checa

    28 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Diet boosts Checa

    Carlos Checa has revealed some of the extreme measures he's taken to help him adapt to the new generation 800cc MotoGP machines in 2007. The Spaniard underwent a rigorous and gruelling winter...

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  • Endurance boost

    28 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Endurance boost

    John Hopkins reckons lap times are plummeting on the new 800cc machines because the drop in horsepower has seen tyre endurance greatly increased. Riders can lap faster and for longer without the...

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  • Marco better than ever

    28 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Marco better than ever

    Marco Melandri claims he will go into the new MotoGP world championship campaign in better shape than at any other time in his career. Despite some disappointing winter testing performances on the...

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  • BHP management key

    28 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    BHP management key

    Factory Ducati rider Loris Capirossi believes one of the reasons why lap times are already plummeting in the new 800cc MotoGP era is down to significantly more manageable horsepower, despite saying...

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  • Vermeulen wants grip

    28 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Vermeulen wants grip

    Chris Vermeulen has told Bridgestone that it must improve its new generation front tyres to help adapt to the new riding style required on the 800cc MotoGP machines. With increased corners speeds and...

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  • Dani's bike faster

    27 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Dani's bike faster

    Marco Melandri has hinted that factory Honda rider Dani Pedrosa has already received engine upgrades on the new RC212V 800cc contender. The Italian spoke to MCN having followed the triple world...

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  • Rossi backs Edwards

    27 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Rossi backs Edwards

    Valentino Rossi has backed factory Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards to finally deliver in the MotoGP world championship. The American is still searching for his first premier class victory having spent...

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  • Barros targets win

    27 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Barros targets win

    Brazilian veteran Alex Barros believes he is capable of making a winning return to the MotoGP world championship in 2007. The 36-year-old is back in the premier class after a year with in World...

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  • 800s like two strokes

    27 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    800s like two strokes

    Former world 250 champion Marco Melandri says that the new generation 800cc MotoGP machines have the same aggressive power characteristics of a two-stroke. Though he never raced a two-stroke 500 in...

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  • Rear progress for Colin

    27 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Rear progress for Colin

    Colin Edwards has been boosted by a breakthrough with rear set-up on his new factory Yamaha 800. Edwards experimented with yet another new Ohlins rear shock set-up having made a significant...

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  • Fuel no worry for Honda

    27 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Fuel no worry for Honda

    Former world champion Kenny Roberts Jr reckons Honda's new RC212V has no worries over fuel consumption with tank capacity slashed to 21 litres for 2007. Fuel consumption has been one of the most...

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  • Carlos gets comfy

    27 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Carlos gets comfy

    Carlos Checa has unveiled some of the secrets to his rapid improvement in winter testing on board the LCR Honda RC212V 800 contender. The Spaniard has begun to recapture his best form in recent tests...

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  • Michelin boss talks 16

    27 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Michelin boss talks 16

    Having made the first aggressive move in the 2007 MotoGP tyre war with a new 16-inch front tyre becoming one of the big talking points of winter testing. Michelin boss Jean-Philippe Weber has told...

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  • Nicky needs early speed

    26 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky needs early speed

    Reigning world champion Nicky Hayden reckons he has got to come out of the gate faster at every race to bolster his hopes of retaining the MotoGP crown in 2007. Hayden admitted one of his weaknesses...

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  • Meetings help Yamaha

    26 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Meetings help Yamaha

    A new regime has helped Yamaha become the manufacturer everybody wants to beat when the new 800cc MotoGP world championship kicks off on March 10, 2007 in Qatar. That’s the view of factory rider...

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  • Beeb unveil '07 plans

    23 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Beeb unveil '07 plans

    All 18 rounds of the 2007 MotoGP world championship will be screened live on the BBC. Coverage plans were confirmed by BBC MotoGP series producer Belinda Rogerson at the start of the IRTA test in...

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  • Wet, wet, wet in Jerez

    23 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Wet, wet, wet in Jerez

    The opening morning of the final IRTA test in Jerez has been dominated by soaking wet conditions that have seen none of the full-time MotoGP riders out on track in the first two hours. Only Ducati...

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  • Pitt waits on new parts

    23 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Pitt waits on new parts

    Andrew Pitt is hoping that vital engine upgrades for the struggling Ilmor 800 arrive in time for this weekend’s final IRTA test in Jerez. Pitt and team-mate Jeremy McWilliams are waiting on a new...

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  • Yamaha's 800 edge

    23 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha's 800 edge

    Honda duo Marco Melandri and Carlos Checa reckon rivals Yamaha have a clear advantage going into the inaugural 800cc MotoGP world championship next month. Former world champion Valentino Rossi and...

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  • Hayden: Engine still key

    23 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Hayden: Engine still key

    Nicky Hayden believes Honda’s new RC212V 800cc motor can improve despite the V4 appearing close to its rivals in testing in Qatar last week. Hayden has been a vocal critic at the lack of performance...

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  • Edwards on Jerez test

    23 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

      Edwards on Jerez test

    In-form factory Yamaha rider Colin Edwards has backed the factory’s YZR-M1 800 machine to continue its blistering winter pace when pre-season testing reaches its climax in Jerez. Edwards said he is...

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  • 800 just a tool

    23 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    800 just a tool

    Legendary Aussie chief engineer Jerry Burgess says he doesn’t expect MotoGP to change too drastically despite the capacity reduction to 800cc for 2007. Burgess, who is working with Yamaha and...

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  • Rizla Suzuki's 2007 livery revealed

    23 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Rizla Suzuki's 2007 livery revealed

    This is the first look of the new livery to be run by Rizla Suzuki’s MotoGP team in 2007. The bike was officially unveiled at Jerez moments ago (on Thursday afternoon), and is designated the...

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  • Hopper gets shocked

    23 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Hopper gets shocked

    John Hopkins is undergoing intensive electric shock treatment in Jerez to ensure he returns close to 100 per cent fitness for the season’s opening GP in Qatar on March 10, 2007. With the final IRTA...

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  • Webb injured in crash

    23 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Webb injured in crash

    British teenager Danny Webb will need a late fitness check before deciding whether he can ride in the final 125 winter test session in Qatar next week. The 15-year-old scraped skin off three fingers...

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  • Vermeulen rates rivals

    22 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Vermeulen rates rivals

    Aussie Chris Vermeulen reckons Yamaha’s new YZR-M1 has set the early benchmark in the new 800cc MotoGP era with the new season due to kick off in less than three weeks. The factory Suzuki rider...

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  • Hopper: more speed

    22 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Hopper: more speed

    Injured American John Hopkins reckons Suzuki’s new GSV-R 800 needs more power. The 23-year-old believes this is necessary to ensure it will be a competitive force when the new MotoGP world...

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  • GP blow for Brits

    22 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    GP blow for Brits

    British interest in the world championship has been slashed by a third just two weeks before the first race in Qatar. The Winona WCM 250 team, which was to field an all-British line-up with Dan...

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  • WSS carnage

    22 February 2007 by Michael Guy

    WSS carnage

    Within eight minutes of the start of the first World Supersport Free Practice of the season in Qatar there was a four bike pile up which brought out the red flags. The crash was caused when Hungarian...

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  • Kawasaki: Fuel no problems

    22 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Kawasaki: Fuel no problems

    Kawasaki bosses have confirmed they have no worries about the new fuel capacity regulations that will come into force for the 2007 MotoGP world championship. Tank capacity has been cut from 22 to 21...

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  • Stoner happy with Rossi

    22 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Stoner happy with Rossi

    Casey Stoner says he was delighted when he heard that seven-times world champion Valentino Rossi had extended his Yamaha contract until the end of 2008– because he wants to beat the Italian! Stoner is...

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  • Elias reluctant to push

    22 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Elias reluctant to push

    Toni Elias has admitted he won’t push too hard on tyres he’s not 100 per cent happy with because he’s scared of getting injured for the new season. The Spaniard has struggled in winter testing while...

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  • Yamaha chatter finished

    22 February 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha chatter finished

    Valentino Rossi’s crew chief Jerry Burgess reckons the chatter problems that dogged Yamaha in the early part of last season are now a long and distant memory. Yamaha engineers have ensured the new...

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