MotoGP (March 2007)

  • Capirossi hails Stoner form

    01 April 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Capirossi hails Stoner form

    Struggling factory Ducati rider Loris Capirossi has praised new team-mate Casey Stoner for his impressive start to the new 800cc MotoGP era. Aussie Stoner lies second in the championship after a...

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  • Vermeulen confident in Suzuki motor

    31 March 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Vermeulen confident in Suzuki motor

    Australian Chris Vermeulen believes a new Suzuki 800 engine spec will help reduce some of the weak points of the Japanese factory’s 2007 GSV-R contender. Suzuki’s new V4 has already proved a massive...

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  • Rossi shocked at Capirossi slump

    30 March 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Rossi shocked at Capirossi slump

    Former world champion Valentino Rossi has spoken of his surprise at the disappointing start fellow Italian Loris Capirossi has made to the 2007 MotoGP world championship. The 33-year-old has endured a...

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  • Checa demands Honda power

    29 March 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Checa demands Honda power

    Spanish veteran Carlos Checa has reiterated his long-running calls to Honda for a horsepower upgrade after his disappointing finish in last weekend’s Spanish GP. Checa has complained about Honda’s new...

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  • Video: Locatelli's mystery Jerez crash

    29 March 2007 by frank crooijmans

    I found this video of the mysterious crash by Roberto Locatelli at Jerez on You Tube. It's an Italian TV interview with riders including Andrea Dovizioso who talk about the accident and you can see the crash in the interview. You'll need to speak Italian to understand what they're on about though...

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  • Stoner and Elias on form

    29 March 2007

    Stoner and Elias on form

    Hiroshi Yamada, Bridgestone Manager of Motorcycle Sport has spoken of his views of the MotoGP in Jerez last weekend. How satisfied are you with tyre performance during the Jerez GP weekend? “In...

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  • Awel celebrates Rossi win

    28 March 2007 by Ken Williams

    Awel celebrates Rossi win

    This is my three-year-old daughter Awel who is a big Rossi fan celabrating his latest victory in Jerez ala Rossi style.

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  • Smith upbeat despite Jerez disappointment

    28 March 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Smith upbeat despite Jerez disappointment

    British teenager Bradley Smith said the positives far outweighed his disappointing result in the Spanish GP last weekend. The Repsol Honda rider was running in eighth place when he was wiped out by...

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  • Hopkins seeking Suzuki power

    28 March 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Hopkins seeking Suzuki power

    American John Hopkins is a hoping a new Suzuki 800 engine spec will dramatically enhance his chances of claiming an elusive MotoGP world championship podium. Hopkins and Rizla Suzuki team-mate, Chris...

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  • Cecchinello praises rookie Laverty

    28 March 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Cecchinello praises rookie Laverty

    LCR Honda boss Lucio Cecchinello has praised rookie Eugene Laverty after the Irish rider claimed his first world 250 championship points in last weekend’s Spanish GP. The 20-year-old scored a...

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  • Eyewitness report of Locatelli crash

    27 March 2007 by Dennis

    The wife and I were at Jerez and she saw the Roberto Locatelli crash. I saw the crash from the impact onwards. There is a bit of mystery surrounding what happened. This is my wife's description: "Roberto came down the short straight towards us (we were in the grandstand) and turned very sharply left well before the end of the straight. He turned so sharply that he was almost at ninety degrees to...

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  • Bird strike unlikely cause of Locatelli crash

    27 March 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Bird strike unlikely cause of Locatelli crash

    Investigations into the horror crash that left former world 125 champion Roberto Locatelli seriously injured at last weekend’s Spanish GP have ruled out a bird strike as a possible cause. Extensive...

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  • Video: Parrish rides GSV-R

    26 March 2007 by Angus Farquhar

    Video: Parrish rides GSV-R

    BBC pundit Steve Parrish managed to get a special ride on John Hopkins’ factory Suzuki GSV-R800 in the build-up to the Beeb’s coverage of the Spanish GP, and you can see the video here. Parrish is the...

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  • Rossi wins Jerez GP

    25 March 2007 by MCN

    Rossi wins Jerez GP

    Valentino Rossi has returned to dominance with victory at the Spanish GP at Jerez, having taken the lead from polesitter Dani Pedrosa on the first lap. Rossi was able to eke out a lead with small...

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  • Talmacsi wins photo finish Jerez 125cc GP

    25 March 2007 by MCN

    Talmacsi wins photo finish Jerez 125cc GP

    Gabor Talmacsi took the win in the 125cc race at Jerez, denying Lukas Pesek his first win. Talamcsi and Aspar team-mate Hector Faubel dominated most of the race, until Pesek's Derbi was able to close...

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  • Lorenzo wins Jerez 250cc GP

    25 March 2007 by MCN

    Lorenzo wins Jerez 250cc GP

    Jorge Lorenzo continued his perfect 2007 season with the second victory in two races at Jerez, overcoming Alvaro Bautista and Andrea Dovizioso. All three tooks turns heading the field, with Bautista...

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  • GP Brits bruised but fit to race at Jerez

    24 March 2007 by Matthew Birt

    GP Brits bruised but fit to race at Jerez

    British rookies Eugene Laverty and Danny Webb will be fit to ride in tomorrow’s Spanish GP despite both suffering crashes today in Jerez. Irish 250 privateer Laverty was lucky to walk away with...

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  • Locatelli badly hurt in GP smash

    24 March 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Locatelli badly hurt in GP smash

    Former world 125 champion Roberto Locatelli is in intensive care in a Cadiz hospital tonight after a horrendous crash in free practice for the Spanish GP this morning. The Italian, currently...

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  • Rossi happy with second on Jerez grid

    24 March 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Rossi happy with second on Jerez grid

    Valentino Rossi has declared himself happy despite missing out on pole position in Jerez this afternoon in what was the closest MotoGP qualifying top ten in history. Just 0.325s split pole setter Dani...

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  • Rossi slumps to 18th in Jerez GP practice

    24 March 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Rossi slumps to 18th in Jerez GP practice

    SEVEN times world champion Valentino Rossi slumped to a surprise 18th position in this morning’s third free MotoGP practice session in Jerez, as Carlos Checa topped the timesheets. LCR Honda...

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  • Roberts springs Jerez surprise

    23 March 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Roberts springs Jerez surprise

    American Kenny Roberts Junior sprang an early surprise in Jerez this morning by topping the timesheets in the first free practice session for Sunday's Spanish GP. After finishing a disappointing 13th...

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  • Bridgestone to test front qualifier

    23 March 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Bridgestone to test front qualifier

    Bridgestone will experiment with a new front qualifying tyre at the MotoGP test immediately after this weekend’s Spanish GP. The soft front designed specifically for use in qualifying was due to be...

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  • Suzuki brings forward performance tests

    23 March 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Suzuki brings forward performance tests

    Factory Suzuki duo John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen will test new engine parts immediately after this weekend’s Spanish GP in Jerez. The initial plan had been to test new V4 motor performance parts...

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  • Stoner - No regrets about Yamaha

    23 March 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Stoner - No regrets about Yamaha

    Casey Stoner says he has got no regrets about missing out on the chance to partner Valentino Rossi in Yamaha’s factory MotoGP squad for the 2007 world championship. The 21-year-old was locked in...

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  • TV's Parrish rides the MotoGP Suzuki

    23 March 2007 by Matthew Birt

    TV's Parrish rides the MotoGP Suzuki

    BBC pundit Steve Parrish will feature in a special ride on John Hopkins’ factory Suzuki GSV-R 800 in the build-up to the Beeb’s coverage of this weekend’s Spanish GP. Parrish is the first non...

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  • Stoner keeping feet on the ground

    22 March 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Stoner keeping feet on the ground

    MotoGP world championship leader Casey Stoner reckons he's going to be keeping his feet firmly on the ground as he prepares to try and continue his brilliant start to the 2007 campaign in this...

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  • Hopkins confidence sky high

    22 March 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Hopkins confidence sky high

    Factory Suzuki rider John Hopkins has admitted his confidence and morale were given a massive lift after his impressive fourth place finish in the season’s opening race in Qatar earlier this...

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  • Rossi at Coppice

    22 March 2007 by jondartnell

    Rossi at Coppice

    My photo of Valentino Rossi taken on the Friday practice at Coppice corner at last year's MotoGP at Donington.

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  • Dorna wrong to ignore 250 and 125 teams

    20 March 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Dorna wrong to ignore 250 and 125 teams

    High-profile 125 and 250 team boss Jorge Martinez has spoken of his anger at the smaller classes being omitted from next month’s sponsorship summit in Barcelona. Dorna has arranged a two-day seminar...

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  • Ducati expect Honda retaliation

    20 March 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Ducati expect Honda retaliation

    Ducati technical guru Filippo Preziosi reckons there’s an easy way for the likes of Honda to avoid a repeat of their humiliation in Qatar. Asked how much personal satisfaction he took from hammering...

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  • Pitt devastated at Ilmor withdrawal

    19 March 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Pitt devastated at Ilmor withdrawal

    Andrew Pitt has spoken for the first time about the bitter disappointment at Ilmor’s shock withdrawal from the MotoGP world championship last week. The Aussie, who suffered a crushing blow at the end...

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  • Aoyama out of Jerez

    19 March 2007 by Sarah Carnell

    Aoyama out of Jerez

    KTM rider, Hiroshi Aoyama, will miss the next round of the 250 grand prix after sustaining injuries in a crash at Qatar. The crash, suffered at the first meeting of the 2007 season, left the Red Bull...

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  • Edwards desperate for more speed

    19 March 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Edwards desperate for more speed

    Colin Edwards has joined factory Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi in pleading for his YZR-M1 to get an urgent power upgrade. Rossi begged Yamaha engineers for a horsepower upgrade after factory Ducati...

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  • Edwards remains upbeat

    19 March 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Edwards remains upbeat

    Colin Edwards is confident he will bounce back from his disappointing start to the new MotoGP world championship campaign at the second round in Jerez this weekend. The American was sixth in the...

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  • Repsol stars lead Madrid parade

    19 March 2007 by Dan Thornton

    Repsol stars lead Madrid parade

    Repsol Honda stars Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa led an 8000 bike convoy through the Spanish captial of Madrid on Sunday, March 18, 2007. The duo swapped their MotoGP machines for a pair of Honda...

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