MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2008)

  • Indy MotoGP: Grip concern for James Toseland

    11 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Indy MotoGP: Grip concern for James Toseland

    British rider James Toseland has expressed his concern about how different layers of tarmac at the new Indianapolis circuit will perform in heavy rain predicted for the weekend. There are at least...

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  • Dani Pedrosa confident for Bridgestone debut

    10 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Dani Pedrosa confident for Bridgestone debut

    Dani Pedrosa believes he will be a much more competitive force in MotoGP now he will race on Bridgestone tyres. Get all the latest MotoGP news But he has played down his hopes of making an instant...

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  • Ben Spies more confident for Indy assault

    10 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Ben Spies more confident for Indy assault

    Triple American superbike champion Ben Spies believes he is finally getting to grips with the skills needed to become a major force in MotoGP. Get the latest MotoGP news Spies, who will be back on...

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  • Alex de Angelis signs new Honda deal

    10 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Alex de Angelis signs new Honda deal

    Alex de Angelis has agreed to stay with Fausto Gresini’s satellite Honda squad in 2009. The San Marino rider, who had been linked with a switch to the Alice Ducati squad, clinched his new deal ahead...

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  • Sete Gibernau close to signing Ducati deal

    10 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Sete Gibernau close to signing Ducati deal

    Sete Gibernau has confirmed he is on the brink of clinching a deal to ride a fifth Ducati in next season’s MotoGP world championship. The deal, which will see the Spaniard step out of retirement to...

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  • MotoGP proves right up Indy’s street

    10 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    MotoGP proves right up Indy’s street

    Indianapolis is doing its best to whip up some interest in this weekend’s inaugural Indy MotoGP clash with special street signs erected at selected parts of the city. Get the latest MotoGP news The...

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  • Yamaha boss surprised at Michelin slump

    09 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha boss surprised at Michelin slump

    Valentino Rossi’s factory Yamaha team boss Davide Brivio has expressed surprise at Michelin’s recent performance slump. Although Rossi’s Fiat Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo claimed a deserved second...

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  • Jorge Lorenzo hails Valentino Rossi revival

    08 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Jorge Lorenzo hails Valentino Rossi revival

    Jorge Lorenzo reckons his respect for factory Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi has rocketed having seen the Italian return to his best form in 2008. Rossi’s 11 podiums in 13 races, which include six...

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  • James Toseland eyes Indy top six

    08 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    James Toseland eyes Indy top six

    Tech 3 Yamaha rider James Toseland has set his sights on another top six finish in this weekend’s inaugural Indianapolis MotoGP clash. The British rider claimed his first top six finish since early...

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  • Valentino Rossi wary of Indy challenge

    08 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi wary of Indy challenge

    Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi has played down his hopes of becoming the most successful rider in MotoGP history at this weekend’s first ever Indianapolis showdown. Rossi can break Giacomo Agostini’s record...

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  • MotoGP by tandem bicycle

    05 September 2008 by joe buckworth

    MotoGP by tandem bicycle

    We visited the Misano GP by tandem bicycle. We saw qualifing in tavullia with the Rossi faithfull and had granstand tickets for the race... all by bicycle, what a week!

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  • Marco Melandri backs safety drive

    05 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Marco Melandri backs safety drive

    Ducati rider Marco Melandri believes smaller rim wheels and a reduction in electronics would help decrease the high corner speeds generated by the new 800cc bikes. Get all the latest MotoGP...

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  • Misano World Circuit 2008

    04 September 2008 by Mervyn Purchase

    Misano World Circuit 2008

    Stoner makes a flying start at Misano but Rossi applies the pressure with the fastest laps. Stoner tries to respond and this is the result!

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  • Scott Redding secures factory Aprilia for 2009

    04 September 2008 by Matthew BIirt

    Scott Redding secures factory Aprilia for 2009

    British GP winner Scott Redding has been rewarded for a series of brilliant performances in his rookie campaign with Aprilia guaranteeing him a factory Aprilia 125 machine for 2009. Get the latest...

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  • Suzuki boss upset at Honda tyre switch

    04 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Suzuki boss upset at Honda tyre switch

    Factory Suzuki boss Paul Denning has condemned Dani Pedrosa and Honda for their controversial switch to Bridgestone tyres. Get all the latest MotoGP news Suzuki has been with Bridgestone since 2003...

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  • Ben Spies close to Honda MotoGP switch

    03 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Ben Spies close to Honda MotoGP switch

    Ben Spies is mulling over a Honda contract for 2009, with Andrea Dovizioso’s JIR squad leading contenders to sign the reigning American superbike champion. Get all the latest MotoGP news Dovizioso is...

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  • Sete Gibernau in frame for fifth Ducati

    03 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Sete Gibernau in frame for fifth Ducati

    Sete Gibernau’s fading hopes of a shock MotoGP return could be saved at the last-minute by Ducati and Spanish legend Angel Nieto. Get all the latest MotoGP news Gibernau is desperate to return to the...

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  • Casey Stoner shrugs off tobacco controversy

    03 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner shrugs off tobacco controversy

    Reigning MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner has shrugged off a political storm after anti-smoking campaigners in Australia branded him ‘high-speed drug pusher’ for his association with Ducati sponsor...

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  • Maxtra 125 team begins rider search

    03 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Maxtra 125 team begins rider search

    The new Maxtra 125 GP team, spearheaded by British racing legend John Surtees, kicked off its recruitment drive in Misano last weekend. Get the latest MotoGP news Team boss and former factory Suzuki...

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  • John Hopkins gets much-needed boost

    02 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    John Hopkins gets much-needed boost

    After a difficult race weekend in Misano, John Hopkins got a much-needed boost in testing yesterday as he made progress with the Bridgestone front tyre used by Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi to win...

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  • Small rossi fan

    01 September 2008 by wheaver

    Small rossi fan

    This is my son Troy Wheaver, not yet two years old and already a fully pledged Rossi fan!

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  • Bridgestone warning for Dani Pedrosa

    01 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Bridgestone warning for Dani Pedrosa

    Bridgestone boss Hiroshi Yamada has cast doubt on Dani Pedrosa’s chances of making an immediate impact on the Japanese factory’s tyres following his shock switch from Michelin yesterday. Get all the...

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  • Dani Pedrosa testing with Bridgestone

    01 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Dani Pedrosa testing with Bridgestone

    These are the first pictures of Dani Pedrosa testing Bridgestone tyres at the Misano circuit today. Get all the latest MotoGP news The Spaniard is evaluating the tyres ahead of his Bridgestone...

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