MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2008)

  • John Hopkins confirms Kawasaki quit bombshell

    31 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    John Hopkins confirms Kawasaki quit bombshell

    American John Hopkins has confirmed Kawasaki has notified him of its intention not to compete in the 2009 MotoGP world championship. The bombshell news was communicated to the 25-year-old on December...

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  • Kawasaki silent on MotoGP withdrawal

    31 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Kawasaki silent on MotoGP withdrawal

    Kawasaki is remaining silent on shock plans to quit MotoGP with immediate effect. News of the withdrawal broke yesterday (Tuesday) and threatens to plunge the MotoGP world championship into a major...

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  • Kawasaki quits MotoGP?

    30 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Kawasaki quits MotoGP?

    Rumours are circulating that Kawasaki has shut down its factory MotoGP squad with immediate effect. The move would leave Marco Melandri and American John Hopkins without a ride for 2009 and the...

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  • How the single tyre rule will work in MotoGP

    22 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    How the single tyre rule will work in MotoGP

    Details of the single tyre rule that will be introduced in MotoGP for the first time in 2009 have finally been confirmed. The new rule, which was exclusively revealed by MCN back in August, will see...

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  • Valentino Rossi leads prestigious sports poll

    19 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi leads prestigious sports poll

    MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi is currently leading a poll by the Telegraph newspaper in its search for the most important sports star of 2008. The Fiat Yamaha rider, who won nine races to...

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  • MotoGP stars help Red Cross

    18 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    MotoGP stars help Red Cross

    Spanish MotoGP duo Jorge Lorenzo and Sete Gibernau were among a star-studded line-up that took part in a special charity sporting event this week. 250GP rider Alvaro Bautista joined the pair as world...

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  • Yamaha hoping to remain dominant in 2009

    18 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha hoping to remain dominant in 2009

    Top Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis is confident the 2009 YZR-M1 will remain the dominant brand in MotoGP next season. The Japanese factory had a phenomenal return to form last season by collecting a clean...

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  • Maxtra 125GP boss happy with progress

    17 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Maxtra 125GP boss happy with progress

    Maxtra 125GP team boss Garry Taylor has declared himself satisfied with progress so far on the Chinese-backed world championship venture. The former factory Suzuki MotoGP team chief though admits...

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  • James Toseland eager to test 2009 Yamaha

    17 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    James Toseland eager to test 2009 Yamaha

    British rider James Toseland is confident that reigning world champion Valentino Rossi will make Yamaha’s factory YZR-M1 an even more formidable package in 2009. Rossi has been conducting in-depth...

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  • Ducati boss confident in Mika Kallio

    17 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Ducati boss confident in Mika Kallio

    Factory Ducati boss Livio Suppo believes Finnish rider Mika Kallio could be one of the surprise packages of the 2009 MotoGP world championship. The Pramac Racing rookie was in dazzling form at the...

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  • MotoGP confirms 19-rider field for 2009

    16 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    MotoGP confirms 19-rider field for 2009

    Valentino Rossi will head a 19-strong field in the 2009 MotoGP world championship after next year’s provisional entry list was announced today. The only addition to the 2008 grid will be Spanish...

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  • No Brits in 2009 250GP class

    16 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    No Brits in 2009 250GP class

    In what is expected to be the last season in which the two-strokes 250s will race exclusively on their own at Grand Prix level, no British rider will compete in the quarter-litre class in 2009. MCN...

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  • Matt Hoyle joins 125GP ranks in 2009

    16 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Matt Hoyle joins 125GP ranks in 2009

    Emerging British star Matt Hoyle will ride for the new John Surtees-inspired Maxtra team in the 2009 125GP world championship. Although there has been no official announcement from the Chinese-backed...

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  • Lucio Cecchinello: Honda won’t quit MotoGP

    16 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Lucio Cecchinello: Honda won’t quit MotoGP

    LCR Honda team boss Lucio Cecchinello has told MCN he is convinced that the Japanese factory will honour its commitment to supply six bikes in the 2009 MotoGP world championship. Honda’s involvement...

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  • Suzuki’s MotoGP future safe

    15 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Suzuki’s MotoGP future safe

    Suzuki’s factory MotoGP squad will remain largely unaffected by the current global economic crisis, MCN can reveal. The Japanese factory has announced it is to quit the world rally championship after...

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  • The new doctor?

    14 December 2008 by Annwen Barrie

    The new doctor?

    This is Loris my little boy. No prizes for guessing that my husband and I are MotoGP fans!

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  • Picture perfect for Scott Redding

    12 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Picture perfect for Scott Redding

    Scott Redding’s historic British GP success earlier this year is the subject for top motorcycle artist Steve Whyman’s latest work of art. The Gloucestershire teenager became the youngest rider in...

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  • 600s to compete against 250GP bikes in 2010

    12 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    600s to compete against 250GP bikes in 2010

    New four-stroke 600cc bikes will be phased into MotoGP a year ahead of schedule to race against 250 two-strokes for one season in 2010, MCN can exclusively reveal. The new bikes, which will form part...

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  • MotoGP boss gets Honda assurance

    11 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    MotoGP boss gets Honda assurance

    Honda has told MotoGP bosses that it does intend to compete in MotoGP next season with six bikes, despite the global economic crisis forcing the Japanese factory to quit Formula One. Although no...

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  • Moto2 600cc four-stroke rules unveiled

    11 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Moto2 600cc four-stroke rules unveiled

    Rules for the new 600cc class that will replace the 250cc two-stroke world championship in 2011 have been finalised, with the new series to be called Moto2. Details of the new class were confirmed at...

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  • Casey Stoner: No big changes for 2009 Ducati

    10 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner: No big changes for 2009 Ducati

    Former world champion Casey Stoner reckons he isn’t expecting any big changes to Ducati’s factory GP9 machine when winter testing resumes in February. Stoner gave his impressions and feedback on the...

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  • Hard work key to Valentino Rossi’s success

    10 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Hard work key to Valentino Rossi’s success

    Valentino Rossi’s incredible work ethic played a fundamental part in the Italian winning back the MotoGP world crown for the first time since 2005 last season. That’s the view of his Fiat Yamaha team...

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  • Loris Capirossi wary of single tyre rule

    09 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Loris Capirossi wary of single tyre rule

    Italian veteran Loris Capirossi believes the new single tyre rule won’t inject any new excitement into MotoGP next season. The factory Suzuki rider believes that some of the boring races that have...

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  • Honda considering 2009 MotoGP cuts

    09 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Honda considering 2009 MotoGP cuts

    Honda has refused to confirm it will maintain its current level of involvement in MotoGP next season after the Japanese factory’s shock move to quit Formula One. CEO and chairman Takeo Fukui dropped a...

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  • Video: Marco Melandri reveals thoughts on 2009 season

    08 December 2008

    Marco Melandri took time out of his winter training schedule to drop in on the last day of the NEC show on Sunday. The MotoGP racer talked about his hopes for the forthcoming season and about the difficulties of building a relationship with his newKawasaki team. He also revealed that helmet maker Nolan is working on some special new colour schemes for the 2009 season. See the full interview...

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  • John Hopkins begins four-week rehab

    05 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    John Hopkins begins four-week rehab

    John Hopkins has started a four-week recovery period after he underwent successful surgery in California yesterday (Thursday). The factory Kawasaki rider had metal plates removed from his left ankle...

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  • MCN Awards: Man of the year as voted by you

    03 December 2008 by Liam Marsden

    MCN Awards: Man of the year as voted by you

    Eight times MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi received the Man of the year award at the MCN Awards. The award was voted for by users of motorcyclenews.com and included such stars as Troy Bayliss, James...

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  • Yamaha boss: Criticism stung Valentino Rossi

    03 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha boss: Criticism stung Valentino Rossi

    Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha team boss Davide Brivio believes the Italian was driven to new levels of determination and desire last season by the stinging criticism he received at the end of 2007. After a...

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  • KTM deny 600cc GP assault

    03 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    KTM deny 600cc GP assault

    KTM management have again denied the shock decision to quit the 250GP class at the end of 2008 was to focus on a new factory effort for the future 600cc four-stroke class. A controversial new 600cc...

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  • Nicky Hayden sad to lose qualifying tyres

    02 December 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden sad to lose qualifying tyres

    American Nicky Hayden reckons one of the most exciting aspects of riding in MotoGP has been sacrificed because of the introduction of the single tyre rule for 2009. The factory Ducati rider, who...

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