MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2008)

  • Kawasaki boss backs single tyre rule

    09 October 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Kawasaki boss backs single tyre rule

    Kawasaki’s MotoGP Technical Director Ichiro Yoda believes the switch to a single tyre rule in 2009 will allow factories to place more focus on machine development. Yoda reckons competition between...

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  • Ducati confident Nicky Hayden can master GP9

    08 October 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Ducati confident Nicky Hayden can master GP9

    Ducati believe new recruit Nicky Hayden is the man to prove that its factory V4 is not a bike only Casey Stoner can consistently fight for MotoGP wins on. Only Stoner has managed to win consistently...

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  • Danny Webb confident in fitness for Sepang

    08 October 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Danny Webb confident in fitness for Sepang

    Danny Webb is confident he will be fit for the Sepang 125GP next weekend after he suffered more injury misery in Phillip Island. A massive warm-up high-side forced him to miss last Sunday’s Australian...

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  • Bradley Smith talks Aspar Aprilia deal

    08 October 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Bradley Smith talks Aspar Aprilia deal

    Bradley Smith has set his sights on mounting a challenge for the 125GP world championship in 2009 after he clinched a deal to join the Aspar Aprilia squad. Unable to continue with his Polaris World...

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  • Matt Hoyle tests new Maxtra 125GP bike

    08 October 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Matt Hoyle tests new Maxtra 125GP bike

    British rider Matt Hoyle impressed during test appearances on the new Maxtra 125GP machine at Snetterton and Donington Park recently. Hoyle, who currently leads the British 125 series and is lying...

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  • Casey Stoner triumphs in Ducati’s 100th race

    05 October 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner triumphs in Ducati’s 100th race

    Casey Stoner could not have picked a better time to make a return to winning ways as he stormed to a dominant victory in front of his home fans at Phillip Island today. Stoner ended his recent barren...

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  • Jorge Lorenzo disappointed with fourth

    05 October 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Jorge Lorenzo disappointed with fourth

    Jorge Lorenzo said his hopes of a top three finish in the MotoGP world championship were all but over after he slumped to a disappointing fourth in Phillip Island today. The Fiat Yamaha rider never...

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  • Valentino Rossi surges from 12th to second

    05 October 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi surges from 12th to second

    Valentino Rossi produced a heroic display in Phillip Island today to surge from the fourth row of the grid to claim second. Riding with a muscle strain in his neck and a big headache after his huge...

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  • Bradley Smith signs for Aspar Aprilia

    05 October 2008 by Matthew Birt

    British teenager Bradley Smith will ride for the Aspar Aprilia squad in the 2009 125GP world championship. As was first reported by MCN, the 17-year-old has clinched a deal with Spaniard Jorge Martinez after he was told his Polaris World Aprilia squad didn’t have the funding to continue in 2009. Smith, who had a disastrous Australian GP today when he crashed on the first and last lap, told MCN:...

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  • Phillip Island MotoGP: Simoncelli wins 250GP race

    05 October 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Metis Gilera rider Marco Simoncelli has continued his dominance of the 250GP series with a win at Phillip Island. Simoncelli - currently leading the championship - had opened up a slight gap from Alvaro Bautista during the race but Bautista managed to put in some fast laps and catch up with the Italian. The two then enjoyed a scrap which saw Bautista eventually lose out when he nearly touched...

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  • Nicky Hayden still looking for more speed

    04 October 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden still looking for more speed

    American Nicky Hayden reckons he still needs to improve his pace to have a chance of challenging for victory in tomorrow’s Australian GP. The Repsol Honda rider secured his second successive front row...

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  • Michelin explains MotoGP quit decision

    04 October 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Michelin explains MotoGP quit decision

    Michelin has explained why it didn’t try and win the tyre supply deal for the 2009 MotoGP world championship. The French factory let a deadline pass without submitting a bid to win the contract, with...

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  • Valentino Rossi 12th after massive crash

    04 October 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi 12th after massive crash

    Valentino Rossi’s hopes of extending his remarkable Phillip Island record suffered a huge blow to day today after he was fortunate to escape injury in a massive qualifying crash. The Italian ran off...

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  • James Toseland gets early birthday boost

    04 October 2008 by Matthew Birt

    James Toseland gets early birthday boost

    British rider James Toseland gave himself a pre-birthday boost in Australia today as he claimed a stunning fifth position on the grid for the Phillip Island clash. The Tech 3 Yamaha rider, who will...

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  • Bradley Smith on 125GP front row despite crash

    04 October 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Bradley Smith on 125GP front row despite crash

    British teenager Bradley Smith will start tomorrow’s Australian GP from the front row of the grid after he claimed second in a crash strewn final qualifying session. The Polaris World Aprilia rider...

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  • Barry Sheene honoured at Phillip Island

    03 October 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Barry Sheene honoured at Phillip Island

    British legend Barry Sheene has been honoured in a special awards ceremony at the Phillip Island circuit today. Get the latest MotoGP news with MCN As part of the 60th anniversary celebrations for...

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  • Valentino Rossi looking to extend winning run

    02 October 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi looking to extend winning run

    Valentino Rossi is confident he can extend his brilliant current form and his incredible record at Phillip Island in this weekend’s Australian GP. Get the latest MotoGP news Rossi clinched his eighth...

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  • Tyre choice crucial admits Nicky Hayden

    02 October 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Tyre choice crucial admits Nicky Hayden

    American Nicky Hayden believes tyre choice will play an even more important factor in this weekend’s Australian GP at Phillip Island. Get the latest MotoGP news Hayden is hoping that Michelin doesn’t...

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  • Honda confirm factory bike for Toni Elias

    02 October 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Honda confirm factory bike for Toni Elias

    Honda management have confirmed that Toni Elias will receive a factory spec RC212V in 2009 after his deal to re-join the Gresini Honda squad in Australia today. Get all the latest MotoGP news HRC has...

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