MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2008)

  • Nicky Hayden cautious about Misano return

    28 August 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden cautious about Misano return

    Nicky Hayden has admitted he won’t risk jeopardising his place in his home race in Indianapolis next month as he prepares to return to action in Misano tomorrow. Hayden cleared a medical on his...

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  • Loris Capirossi to break appearance record

    28 August 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Loris Capirossi to break appearance record

    Loris Capirossi has spoken of his pride at standing on the brink of breaking the record for the number of Grand Prix appearances in Misano this weekend. The veteran Italian is poised to make his 277th...

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  • Valentino Rossi tattoo

    28 August 2008 by nathan mayes

    Valentino Rossi tattoo

    Check out this bad boy, I've had 16 hours work on it so far... with maybe 5 still to go to do the kerbing, blurred background and tyre wall. I want to get his autogragh at Phillip Island...

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  • Loris Capirossi’s Suzuki deal a formality

    28 August 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Loris Capirossi’s Suzuki deal a formality

    Suzuki boss Paul Denning has confirmed that Loris Capirossi will definitely remain on board a factory GSV-R in the 2009 world championship. Speaking at a special celebration ahead of Capirossi’s...

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  • Ducati vow to push Valentino Rossi

    28 August 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Ducati vow to push Valentino Rossi

    Ducati believe that Casey Stoner is still in with a shout of making a successful defence of his MotoGP world crown in 2008. Heading into this weekend’s Misano GP in San Marino, the Aussie trails Fiat...

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  • Jerry Burgess confident for title run-in

    28 August 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Jerry Burgess confident for title run-in

    Valentino Rossi’s crew chief Jerry Burgess is confident the Italian will be able to defend a 50-point lead over arch rival Casey Stoner to win a sixth MotoGP crown in 2008. But while Aussie Burgess...

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  • Toseland's youngest fan!

    27 August 2008 by penno

    Toseland's youngest fan!

    Here is a picture of my 6 month old grandaughter Amber with a picture of James Toseland, he signed at sheffield last week. is it his youngest fan do you think?

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  • Suzuki play down Andrea Dovizioso talks

    27 August 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Suzuki play down Andrea Dovizioso talks

    Suzuki boss Paul Denning has played down talks with impressive Italian rookie Andrea Dovizioso. Although it seems certain that Suzuki will retain its current 2008 factory line-up with Chris Vermeulen...

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  • Suzuki close in on new Chris Vermeulen deal

    27 August 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Suzuki close in on new Chris Vermeulen deal

    Suzuki is close to a new deal with Aussie Chris Vermeulen. A deal for Vermeulen, who is Suzuki’s most successful rider since Kenny Roberts Junior won the 2000 500cc world title, is expected too be...

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  • Jorge Lorenzo vows to keep motivated

    27 August 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Jorge Lorenzo vows to keep motivated

    Jorge Lorenzo has vowed to fight and keep his motivation up despite Michelin’s struggles in the last three races. Lorenzo toiled to a determined 10th place finish at the last race in Brno, but prior...

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  • Casey Stoner vows to attack

    27 August 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner vows to attack

    Reigning world champion Casey Stoner has refused to concede his 2008 title hopes are over as he pledged to go on the attack in the remaining six races. The Aussie’s crash out of the lead during the...

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  • Midlands Six Pack hit Brno

    24 August 2008 by Mick Patton

    Midlands Six Pack hit Brno

    This was taken at the Brno Moto GP on 17th August 2008. The picture shows Ann Patton (my wife) holding the latest copy of MCN and Steve Powell (friend). Six of us, including Steve's wife Terri and...

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  • Nicky Hayden back for Misano

    22 August 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden back for Misano

    Nicky Hayden has confirmed he will be back in action at the Misano GP having recovered sufficiently from the right heel injury that forced him out of last weekend’s Brno clash. Hayden cracked his...

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  • Valentino Rossi cautious about big points lead

    22 August 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi cautious about big points lead

    MotoGP world championship leader Valentino Rossi reckons he won’t be taking anything for granted in the 2008 title run-in, despite his sizeable points lead over rival Casey Stoner. The Italian took a...

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  • Michelin surprised by Honda tactic

    22 August 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Michelin surprised by Honda tactic

    Underfire Michelin boss Jean-Philippe Weber has spoken of his surprise at Honda’s decision to give a factory spec machine to Shinya Nakano for the remainder of the 2008 MotoGP campaign. Nakano raced...

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  • James Toseland happy with new clutch

    22 August 2008 by Matthew Birt

    James Toseland happy with new clutch

    James Toseland reckons one of the few positives to come out of a tough Brno race and test session was a new Yamaha YZR-M1 clutch he tested. Struggling with the poor performance of his Michelin tyres,...

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  • Casey Stoner reveals Brno bad luck

    21 August 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner reveals Brno bad luck

    Reigning world champion Casey Stoner has revealed a cruel bout of bad luck prevented him from salvaging some points in last weekend’s Brno GP. Get the latest MotoGP news The Aussie crashed out of the...

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  • Shinya Nakano unsure of 2009 job prospects

    21 August 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Shinya Nakano unsure of 2009 job prospects

    Japanese rider Shinya Nakano has confirmed he has no firm plans in place for the 2009 MotoGP world championship. Nakano claimed his season’s best result with fourth in Brno last weekend on his debut...

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  • Toni Elias in frame for third Kawasaki

    20 August 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Toni Elias in frame for third Kawasaki

    Brno MotoGP runner-up Toni Elias is being hotly-tipped to ride a third factory Kawsaki in next year’s MotoGP world championship. A deal between Kawasaki and Spanish team owner Jorge Martinez is close...

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  • Niccolo Canepa stakes Ducati MotoGP claim

    20 August 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Niccolo Canepa stakes Ducati MotoGP claim

    Test rider Niccolo Canepa did his chances of clinching a full-time MotoGP ride in 2009 no harm with an impressive testing performance in Brno. Get all the latest MotoGP news Ducati was using the...

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  • Casey Stoner unstoppable in Brno

    20 August 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner unstoppable in Brno

    Reigning world champion Casey Stoner ended a two-day test session in Brno in impressive fashion as he beat his own lap record by over a second. Get the latest MotoGP news Using a new spec...

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  • Injury sidelines John Hopkins again

    20 August 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Injury sidelines John Hopkins again

    A painful rib injury forced John Hopkins to miss the final day of testing in Brno yesterday after the American had only completed a handful of laps on the opening day. Get all the latest MotoGP...

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  • Eugene Laverty lands World Supersport chance

    20 August 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Eugene Laverty lands World Supersport chance

    Irish rider Eugene Laverty has been handed a golden chance to put himself in the shop window for 2009 after landing a two-race World Supersport deal to replace injured Fabien Foret. Get the latest...

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  • Dani Pedrosa walks out of Brno test

    19 August 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Dani Pedrosa walks out of Brno test

    Dejected Dani Pedrosa packed up and left a scheduled two-day test session in Brno after just 11 laps as his frustration with the performance of Michelin worsened. Get all the latest MotoGP...

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  • Casey Stoner smashes Brno lap record

    19 August 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner smashes Brno lap record

    Casey Stoner obliterated his own Brno lap record with an impressive display during the opening day of testing in the Czech Republic. Get all the latest MotoGP news The Aussie, who is now 50 points...

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