MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2008)

  • Motegi MotoGP: JIR confirms Honda split

    26 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Motegi MotoGP: JIR confirms Honda split

    JIR team boss Gianluca Montiron has confirmed his squad will split from Honda at the end of the season, as was reported by MCN earlier this week. Get the latest MotoGP news The decision comes after...

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  • Valentino Rossi confirms Rally GB assault

    25 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi confirms Rally GB assault

    Valentino Rossi has confirmed to MCN he will contest the Rally GB in December, but he’s yet to decide which car he will drive in the famous event. The 29-year-old has targeted a top ten finish after...

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  • JIR frozen out by Honda

    24 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    JIR frozen out by Honda

    The JIR team that has run Andrea Dovizioso in his impressive rookie campaign looks certain to be frozen out by Honda for the 2009 MotoGP world championship. Team boss Gianluca Montiron confirmed that...

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  • New twist in Sete Gibernau’s comeback saga

    24 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    New twist in Sete Gibernau’s comeback saga

    Sete Gibernau’s planned shock return to MotoGP action in 2009 has taken another twist, with Kawasaki now suddenly rumoured to be back in the frame for the Spaniard’s signature. Gibernau had...

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  • Casey Stoner undaunted by wrist problem

    22 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner undaunted by wrist problem

    Casey Stoner is confident his troublesome left wrist injury will not severely hamper him during this weekend’s Japanese GP, despite the hard braking and acceleration zones at the Twin Ring...

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  • Loris Capirossi looks for more Motegi success

    22 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Loris Capirossi looks for more Motegi success

    Loris Capirossi is confident he can put a miserable Indianapolis clash behind him as he goes in search of an incredible fourth straight win at the Twin Ring Motegi this weekend. Get the latest MotoGP...

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  • Valentino Rossi focused on clinching title

    22 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi focused on clinching title

    Valentino Rossi will be hoping to complete a dramatic turnaround by wrapping up his sixth MotoGP world title in this weekend’s Japanese GP. Get the latest MotoGP news Four successive wins mean the...

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  • Nicky Hayden looking to build on Indy podium

    19 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden looking to build on Indy podium

    Nicky Hayden is hoping to use his first podium finish in 15 months in Indianapolis earlier this month as a springboard for more success as he prepares to enter the last four races of his Honda...

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  • Dani Pedrosa more confident for Motegi

    19 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Dani Pedrosa more confident for Motegi

    Spaniard Dani Pedrosa is confident he can make more of an impression in next weekend’s Japanese GP after a low-key debut on Bridgestone tyres earlier this month in America. Get all the latest MotoGP...

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  • Jimmy T & us

    18 September 2008 by MICK GARVEY

    Jimmy T & us

    Travelled from Sheffield to Indy Moto GP and met James Toseland, what a top boy!  He seemed really pleased to know soemone from his hometown was here to watch him perform, he had plenty of...

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  • Suzuki ponders new recruitment strategy

    18 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Suzuki ponders new recruitment strategy

    Suzuki will eventually have to follow the young rider recruitment strategies of rivals like Ducati and Yamaha if they are to break the big three’s domination of the four-stroke MotoGP era. Get the...

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  • Toseland & Edwards at Indy

    18 September 2008 by Denis Mallett

    Toseland & Edwards at Indy

    Just looking through the holiday snaps I took at Indianapolis Moto GP last weekend and found this rather interesting one of James Toseland and Colin Edwards. Thought I'd share it with you. Perhaps...

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  • Jorge Lorenzo denies Bridgestone demand

    17 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Jorge Lorenzo denies Bridgestone demand

    Jorge Lorenzo has denied demanding Yamaha bosses secure him a shock switch to Bridgestone tyres for the rest of the season. The Spaniard categorically denied rumours that he asked to quit Michelin to...

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  • Jorge Martinez baffled by Toni Elias rejection

    17 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Jorge Martinez baffled by Toni Elias rejection

    Jorge Martinez has spoken of his shock at Toni Elias’s decision to shun a third factory Kawasaki machine to re-join the Gresini Honda squad in 2009. Elias was the leading target for Martinez to ride...

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  • Bradley Smith to sign for Aspar Aprilia

    17 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Bradley Smith to sign for Aspar Aprilia

    Bradley Smith will sign for the Aspar Aprilia team in the 2009 125GP world championship later this week. MCN has been told the deal will be officially confirmed on Friday, but Smith was given...

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  • Nicky Hayden: Indy success vital for America

    17 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden: Indy success vital for America

    New Ducati recruit Nicky Hayden believes the success of the Indianapolis race is crucial to help boost interest in MotoGP in America. Hayden, who was confirmed as Casey Stoner’s 2009 Ducati team-mate...

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  • Loris Capirossi to contest Suzuki rally

    17 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Loris Capirossi to contest Suzuki rally

    Loris Capirossi will switch from two to four wheels later this year when he contests the Suzuki Tempest Rally on November 8. The event includes 80km of gravel stages in the forests and military...

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  • Ducati confirm Nicky Hayden deal

    15 September 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Ducati confirm Nicky Hayden deal

    After Honda’s earlier announcement confirming the departure of Nicky Hayden, Ducati has just officially confirmed the American will join Casey Stoner in its factory team for 2009. The 27-year-old will...

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