MotoGP (May 2007)

  • Latest MotoGP Standings

    17 September 2007 by Sarah Carnell

    Latest MotoGP Standings

    MotoGP Championship standings after round 13: Rider: 1 Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlborough 287 2 Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha 211 3 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda 188 4 John Hopkins USA Rizla Suzuki...

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  • Yamaha admit Mugello speed concern

    31 May 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha admit Mugello speed concern

    Valentino Rossi’s team boss Davide Brivio has admitted Yamaha is worried about the speed advantage title rival Casey Stoner will hold going into this weekend’s Mugello GP in Italy. The long and...

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  • No way to treat fans of MotoGP

    31 May 2007 by Roger Spencer

    Rossi fans, fiancee Shirley and myself, have just returned from the Le Mans Moto GP £800 worse off following paying for the best seats at the GP and accommodation etc. The attraction of the seats in the 'Privilege' grandstand was that a pit walk was included on the Saturday.   Saturday came and as instructed all in the grandstand waited for 40 minutes and then marched over to the pits. We...

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  • Puig: Pedrosa waiting for Honda to improve

    31 May 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Puig: Pedrosa waiting for Honda to improve

    Dani Pedrosa’s mentor Alberto Puig believes the Spaniard will return to winning ways once Honda’s new factory RC212V gets major improvements. The triple world champion is still winless in 2007 as he’s...

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  • Burgess: Tough to find weakness in Stoner

    31 May 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Burgess: Tough to find weakness in Stoner

    Valentino Rossi’s crew chief Jerry Burgess has conceded it will be difficult for the Fiat Yamaha rider to expose a weakness in Casey Stoner’s when the MotoGP world championship resumes in Mugello this...

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  • Vermeulen confident with new Suzuki motor

    30 May 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Vermeulen confident with new Suzuki motor

    Aussie Chris Vermeulen has told MCN he is confident that a new spec Suzuki V4 motor will bolster his hopes of adding to his maiden MotoGP success in France earlier this month. Vermeulen is now hoping...

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  • Rossi: Pedrosa still a title threat

    30 May 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Rossi: Pedrosa still a title threat

    Valentino Rossi has refused to rule Dani Pedrosa out of contention for the 2007 MotoGP world championship. The Spaniard is third in the standings behind series leader Casey Stoner and Rossi having...

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  • Hayden admits double trouble

    30 May 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Hayden admits double trouble

    Nicky Hayden has admitted the combination of Honda and Michelin’s struggle to match its rivals has made the defence of his MotoGP world crown doubly difficult. Honda’s new factory RC212V 800 contender...

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  • Suzuki boss backs Vermeulen for more success

    30 May 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Suzuki boss backs Vermeulen for more success

    Factory Suzuki boss Paul Denning has backed Aussie rider Chris Vermeulen to build on his French GP victory and become an even bigger influence in the MotoGP world championship. Denning was thrilled...

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  • Rossi urges for Michelin improvement

    29 May 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Rossi urges for Michelin improvement

    Valentino Rossi has urged Michelin to improve its new generation 800cc tyres with the most critical phase of the MotoGP series kicking off this weekend in Mugello. With six races in the next eight...

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  • Puig delighted with Brit Smith

    29 May 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Puig delighted with Brit Smith

    The man who gave Bradley Smith his big world championship break has paid tribute to the British teenager after his historic career first 125 GP podium in Le Mans last weekend. Alberto Puig selected...

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  • Schwantz talks to MCN

    29 May 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Schwantz talks to MCN

    Kevin Schwantz attended his first GP since the switch to 800cc so we caught up with him to find out what he thinks of the new machines, which riders he's keeping an eye on and what his plans are with...

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  • Vermeulen confirms Kawasaki approach

    29 May 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Vermeulen confirms Kawasaki approach

    French GP winner Chris Vermeulen has been approached about a switch to Kawasaki’s factory team in 2008. Kawasaki is one of two factory teams to have made contact with the Aussie, who claimed a...

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  • Rossi's feathered fan

    27 May 2007 by blackbirddee

    Rossi's feathered fan

    What happened to Rossi then? This is the wife's African Grey parrot. She is called Dax, and she can say "come on Rossi, get going"!

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  • Rain, what rain?

    26 May 2007 by Top Dog

    Rain, what rain?

    The heavens may have opened at the Le Mans GP for the big race, but the rest of the weekend was scorchio. Here are pictures of the eventual top three enjoying the glorious Saturday sunshine going...

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  • Bradley at Le Mans

    26 May 2007 by Top Dog

    Bradley at Le Mans

    I was lucky enough to be at Le Mans for the MotoGP and got to see young Bradley Smith's front row start and podium finish - the first of what hopefully will be many more to come. Here are a few...

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  • Hayden wants gravel traps made safer

    26 May 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Hayden wants gravel traps made safer

    Reigning world champion Nicky Hayden has called for a change to trackside gravel traps to help protect fallen riders more in big crashes. Hayden made his call after crashing out of fourth place in the...

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  • Dorna pledge cash boost for MotoGP teams

    26 May 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Dorna pledge cash boost for MotoGP teams

    MotoGP boss Carmelo Ezpeleta has pledged to help with the lease costs incurred by independent teams in 2008. Ezpeleta, boss of Spanish rights owners Dorna, will make a financial contribution to all...

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  • Share a bath

    25 May 2007 by Dave

    Share a bath

    Who said the facilities at Le Mans hadn't been updated? Mobile baths now on campsite.

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  • Suzuki confirm Melandri meeting

    25 May 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Suzuki confirm Melandri meeting

    Marco Melandri has held tentative discussions with Suzuki’s factory MotoGP squad. MCN has learned that the Italian met Rizla Suzuki team manager Paul Denning after he clinched his first podium of 2007...

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  • Moto GP Donington - Appetiser

    25 May 2007 by Kerry Green

    Moto GP Donington - Appetiser

    It's only a few weeks now to the Moto GP at Donington Park and I thought that some of you may appreciate an appetiser before this year's event. Attached are a few pictures that I managed to take at...

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  • Yamaha: No regrets about missing Stoner

    24 May 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha: No regrets about missing Stoner

    Fiat Yamaha boss Davide Brivio has told MCN he has no regrets about twice missing out on the signing of Casey Stoner to join Valentino Rossi. Yamaha pursued the Australian in the summer of 2005 and...

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  • Hopkins keeping '08 options open

    24 May 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Hopkins keeping '08 options open

    John Hopkins has refused to rule out a move away from Suzuki’s factory MotoGP squad in 2008. Although expressing his desire to continue his long-running relationship with the Japanese factory, the...

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  • Video: Vermeulen on his first MotoGP victory

    23 May 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Video: Vermeulen on his first MotoGP victory

    Chris Vermeulen took a fantastic first MotoGP victory at Le Mans in torrential rain at the weekend, MCN man Matt Birt caught up with him to find out what it felt like to take Suzuki's first 800cc...

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  • Roberts eyes Brits for Donington GP

    23 May 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Roberts eyes Brits for Donington GP

    Jeremy McWilliams, Neil Hodgson and James Haydon could be offered a golden chance to contest next month’s British GP for American legend Kenny Roberts’ squad. Team Roberts manager Chuck Aksland...

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  • Schwantz and Rossi hail 'rain wizard' Vermeulen

    23 May 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Schwantz and Rossi hail 'rain wizard' Vermeulen

    Suzuki legend Kevin Schwantz hailed Chris Vermeulen’s stunning rain-lashed Le Mans victory as ‘amazing.’ American Schwantz, who won the world 500 title for Suzuki in 1993, was raving as Vermeulen gave...

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  • Tech 3 close to new Yamaha deal

    23 May 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Tech 3 close to new Yamaha deal

    Yamaha is close confirming the French-based Tech 3 squad will continue to operate its two-rider satellite team in 2008. MCN understands lengthy negotiations between Yamaha management and Tech 3 bosses...

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  • Burgess praises Kawasaki 800

    22 May 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Burgess praises Kawasaki 800

    Kawasaki is a top rider away from mounting a consistent podium threat in the MotoGP world championship. That’s the view of Valentino Rossi’s crew chief Jerry Burgess, who has been impressed by the...

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  • Elias and Stoner clear the air

    22 May 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Elias and Stoner clear the air

    Toni Elias has held clear the air talks with Casey Stoner after the pair got involved in an on-track skirmish for the third race in a row. Having incurred the wrath of Stoner, Valentino Rossi, Alex...

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  • Hayden admits title dreams slipping away

    22 May 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Hayden admits title dreams slipping away

    Reigning world champion Nicky Hayden has conceded his hopes of retaining the MotoGP crown are slipping away just five races into the 2007 season. Hayden’s tough title defence continued in Le Mans on...

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  • Schwantz: Rossi still title favourite

    22 May 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Schwantz: Rossi still title favourite

    Suzuki legend Kevin Schwantz reckons Valentino Rossi is still hot favourite to reclaim the MotoGP world title despite Casey Stoner’s impressive start to the new campaign. Stoner’s third place in a...

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