MotoGP (January 2007)

  • Alex thanks Alex

    31 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Alex thanks Alex

    Alex Hofmann has paid tribute to experienced D’Antin Ducati team-mate Alex Barros, as the German was the big surprise on the second day of testing in Phillip Island. Hofmann was fifth quickest in...

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  • Shoulder relief for Hayden

    31 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Shoulder relief for Hayden

    Reigning world champion Nicky Hayden battled a front-end grip problem with his new factory Honda RC212V to finish sixth fastest in Australia today.  Hayden was frustrated and disappointed with...

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  • Loris gets physical

    31 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Loris gets physical

    Italian veteran Loris Capirossi believes that Ducati’s new 800cc GP7 is more physically demanding than the old 990cc machine. Capirossi was second fastest on race tyres on day two in Australia with a...

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  • Geese stop play

    31 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Geese stop play

    Two wild geese caused a short and surprise delay to the second day of MotoGP testing at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia. The birds were spotted between turns eight and nine, and circuit...

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  • Barros continues form

    31 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Barros continues form

    Alex Barros set the fastest time for the second day running at Phillip Island as Ducati and Bridgestone dominated in Australia. Ducati and Bridgestone riders logged four out of the top five best...

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  • Fiat/Yamaha deal close

    31 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Fiat/Yamaha deal close

    Yamaha seems poised to clinch a shock sponsorship deal with Italian car giant Fiat for the 2007 MotoGP World Championship. Although Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards are not currently testing at the...

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  • Ill Nakano stops early

    30 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Ill Nakano stops early

    Shinya Nakano’s tough start to his Honda MotoGP career continued in Australia today, as sickness restricted the Japanese rider to just 48 laps at Phillip Island. The illness left Nakano beating a...

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  • Rossi: More to come

    30 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Rossi: More to come

    Factory Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi says there’s plenty more still to come from him despite his impressive first outing of 2007 in Sepang. The seven-time world champion was fastest in the baking...

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  • Suzuki off pace in Oz

    30 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Suzuki off pace in Oz

    Suzuki suffered its worst day of the new 800cc MotoGP today as John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen were comprehensively outpaced on the opening day of testing in Phillip Island. Both were consistently a...

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  • Rossi misses 990s

    30 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Rossi misses 990s

    Valentino Rossi claims he still misses the brutal power of the old 990cc four-strokes as he continues to adapt to Yamaha’s new 800cc machine. Rossi was concerned that the switch to less powerful...

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  • Motocrossing Marco

    30 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Motocrossing Marco

    Marco Melandri had a lucky escape on the first day of testing at Phillip Island today after he ran off the track flat-out in sixth gear at the Australian tracks perilous first corner. The Italian ran...

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  • Pick your Fantasy teams for 2007

    30 January 2007 by Richard Fairbairn

    Pick your Fantasy teams for 2007

    THIS IS NOW CLOSED CLICK HERE FOR THE 2008 FANTASY ROAD RACE Who cares who wins the MotoGP, WBS, or BSB titles… the real action will be taking place in office and mates’ mini-leagues around the...

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  • Video: Rizla GP riders

    29 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Video: Rizla GP riders

    With Rizla Suzuki continuing to look like the team best prepared for the start of the season, here Chris Vermeulen talks in Sepang to our GP reporter Matthew Birt about the challenges he and the team...

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  • Champ relishes PI test

    29 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Champ relishes PI test

    Factory Honda rider Nicky Hayden is looking forward to this week’s Phillip Island test session to kick start the defence of his MotoGP world crown. Horsepower and electronic issues have hampered the...

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  • Loris: We must find limits

    29 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Loris: We must find limits

    Italian veteran Loris Capirossi has refused to point the finger of blame at Ducati’s test team for failing to get a new engine management and electronic engine braking system up to speed faster. ...

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  • Rossi wants more power

    28 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Rossi wants more power

    Yamaha still needs to improve engine performance despite Valentino Rossi’s test topping performance in Sepang last week. The Italian said he expects further performance upgrades when he returns to...

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  • Kawasaki boss aims high

    28 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Kawasaki boss aims high

    Kawasaki bosses have set an ambitious target to build an 800cc bike good enough to attract the cream of MotoGP talent by the end of 2009. Technical boss Ichiro Yoda said: “Our target to achieve a...

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  • Hopkins: Suzuki are right

    28 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Hopkins: Suzuki are right

    Suzuki’s decision not to build a new 800cc bike that was a radical departure from its 2006 factory GSV-R 990cc machine is a key reason for the Japanese manufacturers blistering start to the new world...

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  • Hayden gets used to 800

    28 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Hayden gets used to 800

    MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden reckons he is finally getting accustomed to life on the new 800cc machines as he goes in search of recapturing his world title in 2007. Hayden was a big fan of the...

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  • Ducati: no mpg worries

    28 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Ducati: no mpg worries

    Loris Capirossi has denied persistent rumours that Ducati is on a knife-edge with the new fuel capacity regulations that come into force for the 2007 MotoGP world championships. As well as the...

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  • No let up for Aussie star

    28 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    No let up for Aussie star

    Chris Vermeulen is hoping that Suzuki continues to aggressively develop its new 800cc machine to keep the Japanese factory at the sharp end of the timesheets in winter testing. Vermeulen and John...

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  • Blog: Sepang over

    27 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Blog: Sepang over

    Howdy folks, sorry I didn't blog last night but I didn't get back from the track until 10pm, grabbed some room service and crashed out in a crumpled heap. Firstly a quick update on the sunburn, which...

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  • Vermeulen: 'PI test vital'

    27 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Vermeulen: 'PI test vital'

    Chris Vermeulen reckons the acid test of how far Suzuki has progressed with its new 800cc GSV-R will come at the next two tests in Australia and Qatar. Phillip Island was the worst track for Suzuki...

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  • Stoner targets electrics

    27 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Stoner targets electrics

    Casey Stoner goes home to Phillip Island this week hoping to make some in-roads into solving some of the electronic and power delivery gremlins that have dogged him at the last two tests on board...

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  • Rossi backs Edwards

    27 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Rossi backs Edwards

    Valentino Rossi has backed factory Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards to make his big MotoGP breakthrough in 2007 – because the new 800cc bikes are more like a superbike. Double World Superbike champion...

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  • GP champ's pain fades

    27 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    GP champ's pain fades

    Nicky Hayden is confident that his right shoulder will be restored to full fitness in time for the start of the 2007 MotoGP world championship in Qatar on March 10, 2007. Hayden returned to action in...

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  • Loris wants fast start

    27 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Loris wants fast start

    Loris Capirossi is confident he can maintain the good form he showed at the end of the recent Sepang test session where he finished third fastest when he returns to the track on Tuesday at Phillip...

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  • Hopper wants 16” tryout

    27 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Hopper wants 16” tryout

    John Hopkins said he would try a Bridgestone 16-inch front tyre in Australia this week if one became available. Despite Bridgestone bosses pledging not to follow rivals Michelin by switching to a new...

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  • Hayden rules out diet

    27 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Hayden rules out diet

    Nicky Hayden says he won’t go on a crash diet to help him adjust to Honda’s small new RC212V 800cc MotoGP mchine. Before Christmas Hayden had hinted he might need to shed weight to help him make the...

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  • Marco: "right to move"

    27 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Marco: "right to move"

    Bridgestone’s renowned front tyre has already convinced Marco Melandri that he was right to switch from Michelin at the end of last season. The Italian has been impressed with the Bridgestone front...

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  • Rossi wants record haul

    26 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Rossi wants record haul

    Valentino Rossi has targeted a 300-point haul to win back his MotoGP world championship crown. Rossi is still smarting after throwing away the title when he crashed out of the last round decider with...

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  • Pedrosa wants new parts

    26 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Pedrosa wants new parts

    Dani Pedrosa is hoping he will get some new parts from Honda in time for this week’s Phillip Island test in a bid to spark some momentum into his 2007 pre-season campaign. The Spaniard was...

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  • Tyre war heats up

    26 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Tyre war heats up

    American Colin Edwards believes it is too early to gauge whether Michelin’s new 16-inch front tyre will be a match for its Bridgestone rival in the 2007 MotoGP world championship. Michelin is pushing...

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  • Melandri finding style

    26 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Melandri finding style

    Italian Marco Melandri believes he is slowly adapting his style to suit the new generation 800cc machines. The former world 250 champion has only tested Honda’s new RC212V twice and after finishing...

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