MotoGP (November 2008)

  • Valencia MotoGP

    29 November 2008 by john cotton

    Valencia MotoGP

    Me (John Cotton) at the final MotoGP round - Valencia and the bike on the ferry back from santander.  Keep up the top paper and have a good christmas at MCN

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  • Olivier Jacque unhurt in 125mph test crash

    28 November 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Olivier Jacque unhurt in 125mph test crash

    Kawasaki test rider Olivier Jacque was fortunate to walk away with bruising after he crashed at nearly 125mph during the final day of testing in Phillip Island today. The Frenchman crashed late on in...

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  • John Hopkins to undergo surgery

    28 November 2008 by Matthew Birt

    John Hopkins to undergo surgery

    American John Hopkins will undergo surgery next week to remove metal plates from his left foot that severely hampered him during testing at Phillip Island this week. Hopkins will go under the knife...

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  • Jerez test: Valentino Rossi ends 2008 on top

    28 November 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Jerez test: Valentino Rossi ends 2008 on top

    Reigning world champion Valentino Rossi ended his superb 2008 campaign at the top of the timesheets in the final winter test of the year in Jerez. Rossi, who won nine races to regain the premier class...

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  • Jerez test: Dani Pedrosa content with second

    28 November 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Jerez test: Dani Pedrosa content with second

    Spaniard Dani Pedrosa said he was satisfied with his first serious test on Honda’s 2009 RC212V prototype despite playing second fiddle to Valentino Rossi again. A best lap of 1.39.447 on his last lap...

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  • Nicky Hayden ‘not thrilled’ by tenth

    26 November 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden ‘not thrilled’ by tenth

    American Nicky Hayden conceded he had little to be thrilled about as he finished the opening day of testing in Jerez with the tenth quickest time. Get the latest MotoGP news Making his second...

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  • Jerez test: Casey Stoner injury update

    26 November 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Jerez test: Casey Stoner injury update

    Former world champion Casey Stoner was a surprised and frustrated spectator at the start of MotoGP testing in Jerez today. The Aussie, who is in the early stages of recovery from major surgery on his...

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  • Mike di Meglio joins Aspar 250 squad

    26 November 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Mike di Meglio joins Aspar 250 squad

    Reigning world 125 champion Mike di Meglio will ride for the Aspar 250GP squad alongside Alvaro Bautista in 2009. The Frenchman made his Aprilia 250 debut earlier this week in Valencia having clinched...

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  • Injury plagues John Hopkins in Australia test

    26 November 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Injury plagues John Hopkins in Australia test

    American John Hopkins completed a successful but painful first day of testing in Australia today. The factory Kawasaki rider is still struggling with injuries suffered in a massive 175mph practice...

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  • Bradley Smith makes Aspar debut in Valencia

    24 November 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Bradley Smith makes Aspar debut in Valencia

    Bradley Smith kicked off his 2009 125GP world title bid in Valencia today, the British rider getting his first chance to work with the highly regarded Aspar Aprilia squad. Smith, who joined Jorge...

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  • Chris Vermeulen desperate for engine upgrade

    24 November 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Chris Vermeulen desperate for engine upgrade

    Chris Vermeulen is hoping Suzuki will have another upgraded version of its factory GSV-R motor ready to test in Phillip Island this week. Improving engine performance is one of the key targets for the...

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  • Hug from Rossi

    21 November 2008 by wilf cook

    At the Valencia GP this year Valentino Rossi put his arm over my shoulder, I put mine over his and gave him a right hug. It was fantastic meeting the KING. It was so emotional, I never got a photo, my wife Anne was so excited she never worked the camera for shouting 'Valentino!'. He signed my Mike Hailwood book, I Also caught his righthand man Jeremy Burgess- the greatest, very...

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  • Rossi tests a Ferrari F1 car at Mugello

    21 November 2008 by James Keen

    MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi tested a Ferrari Formula One car at Mugello yesterday as a gift from the Italian team for achieving his eighth championship title. Rossi apparently completed nearly 30 laps of the famous Italian circuit and recorded a respectable fastest lap time of 1 min 22.5 seconds.  Rossi's lap time wasn't bad at all, considering that at...

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  • Phillip Island MotoGP pics

    21 November 2008 by Howard & Jacky

    Phillip Island MotoGP pics

    Just got back from a brill holiday over in OZ. Had a fanastic day at the track on Phillip Island. It was so well organised, no rip off, food and merchandise 'good price', met some great Aussie bikers.

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  • Yamaha MotoGP boss plays down Ben Spies swoop

    20 November 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha MotoGP boss plays down Ben Spies swoop

    Senior Yamaha race boss Lin Jarvis has insisted that the Japanese factory has no deal already in place to bring triple American superbike champion Ben Spies to MotoGP in 2010. Spies has made it clear...

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  • Sete Gibernau to step up training regime

    20 November 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Sete Gibernau to step up training regime

    Spaniard Sete Gibernau will step up an intensive training regime in a bid to regain the fitness levels needed to compete in MotoGP next season. Gibernau, who will return to action for the first time...

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  • Special Birthday Treat

    19 November 2008 by PAULJOHNSCOTT

    Special Birthday Treat

    James Toseland made my son Aaron's 12th Birthday very special on Saturday 8th November. Aaron was invited into a private room at Donnington park to meet his idol and have his picture taken with the GP...

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  • Is Rossi really the best?

    19 November 2008 by Al Rackham

    I've been thinking about all the bike racing i've watched this year and it set me thinking about who really is the best. It seems to me that valentino rossi ain't bad, but is he the best? yeah he might be the world champion at motogp, but it seems that he hasn't had to work half as hard as troy bayliss to become champ this year (who, by the way, kicked all the motogp boys asses in his last...

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  • Scott Redding stars in Blue Peter

    18 November 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Scott Redding stars in Blue Peter

    What do you do if you want to find out how the likes of Valentino Rossi learned the skills that made him one of the greatest riders on the planet? Get riding lessons from British sensation Scott...

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  • Scott Redding shortlisted for top BBC award

    12 November 2008 by Matthew Birt

    Scott Redding shortlisted for top BBC award

    British 125GP sensation Scott Redding has made the shortlist for the coveted BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award. The 15-year-old, who created history in June when his stunning victory in...

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