MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2009)

  • Silverstone confirm five year MotoGP contract

    12 January 2009 by Michael Guy

    Silverstone confirm five year MotoGP contract

    As reported on motorcyclenews.com yesterday Silverstone will host the British round of the MotoGP championship from 2010. The Northamptonshire circuit most famous for hosting Formula One has confirmed...

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  • Silverstone to run MotoGP race in 2010?

    12 January 2009 by Michael Guy

    Silverstone to run MotoGP race in 2010?

    Despite the announcement last week that Donington Park has been given the planning consent for multi million pound circuit development, MCN has learned that the Leicestershire venue could lose the...

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  • The future of MotoGP?

    10 January 2009 by Anonymous

    Here's an article I wrote for the 'OD-Racing' website a couple of years ago. Of course some small things have changed since, but in the new racing climate it makes for interesting reading: The top class in the World Championship has successfully changed from 500cc 2 strokes to 990cc 4 strokes, without too many problems, but now a few little problems are starting to surface. The two main problems...

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  • Tech 3 bosses urges caution on rule changes

    09 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Tech 3 bosses urges caution on rule changes

    James Toseland’s Tech 3 Yamaha boss Herve Poncharal believes it will be hard for MotoGP to radically revamp technical rules to counter the impact of the credit crisis. Several suggestions have been...

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  • Kawasaki confirms MotoGP exit

    09 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Kawasaki confirms MotoGP exit

    Kawasaki has confirmed this morning that it will quit the MotoGP world championship with immediate effect, leaving John Hopkins and Marco Melandri without a ride just three months before the first...

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  • Carmelo Ezpeleta holds Kawasaki crisis talks

    08 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Carmelo Ezpeleta holds Kawasaki crisis talks

    Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta has staged crisis talks with top Kawasaki management in Japan today in a bid to get the Japanese factory to race in MotoGP in 2009. Kawasaki has still not officially...

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  • Casey Stoner ready for wrist assessment

    08 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner ready for wrist assessment

    Former world champion Casey Stoner will learn whether is on course for an early February comeback when he undergoes medical checks on his left wrist in Italy next week. The Australian is due to fly...

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  • MotoGP blog: MotoGP in crisis

    07 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    MotoGP blog: MotoGP in crisis

    Kawasaki’s bombshell decision to quit MotoGP was a wake up call of Big Ben proportions for the racing world. Well for MotoGP at least, which had previously seemed impregnable to the global economic...

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  • Chris Vermeulen backs rider aid reduction bid

    07 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Chris Vermeulen backs rider aid reduction bid

    Factory Suzuki rider Chris Vermeulen has backed Valentino Rossi’s bid for MotoGP to slash the influence of electronic rider aids. The Aussie sits on the influential MotoGP Safety Commission with Rossi...

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  • Support the companies that support MotoGP

    07 January 2009 by Anonymous

    I'm a bit of a bike collector. On the road I have 3 "classic" bikes, namely 2 750 Kawasakis and a T150 Triumph and a "modern" bike, a Triumph Thunderbird. I have long been disappointed that Triumph have no presence or even aspiration for racing at the top level and am saddened by Kwak's withdrawal. The time has come for me (and others?) to support those firms committed to top level racing so I...

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  • Marco Melandri rules out World Superbike move

    06 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Marco Melandri rules out World Superbike move

    Not that there are any top factory rides going vacant in World Superbikes, Marco Melandri has ruled out saving his 2009 season with a switch to WSB. The Italian is currently searching for a ride...

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  • 600cc Moto2 class to feed MotoGP talent

    06 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    600cc Moto2 class to feed MotoGP talent

    The new 600cc class could be used by some of the non-factory teams in MotoGP as ‘feeder’ outfits to help them nurture talented young riders for a premier class future. The Scot Honda team that will...

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  • MotoGP calendar cut not answer to cost saving

    05 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    MotoGP calendar cut not answer to cost saving

    MotoGP team bosses believe a reduction in the number of MotoGP races would have little or no impact on slashing costs. With the global credit crunch forcing the likes of Honda, Yamaha and Ducati to...

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  • Ducati forced to revise 2009 line-up

    02 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Ducati forced to revise 2009 line-up

    Ducati has been forced to revise its 2009 line-up, with rookie Niccolo Canepa now to campaign his first MotoGP season for the new Onde 2000 squad. Canepa will now partner returning Spanish veteran...

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  • John Hopkins still waiting on Kawasaki

    01 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    John Hopkins still waiting on Kawasaki

    American John Hopkins is still waiting for official confirmation that Kawasaki will plunge the MotoGP world championship into crisis by withdrawing its factory team from the 2009 season. Kawasaki has...

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