MotoGP (December 2009)

  • MotoGP 2009: Best bike

    01 January 2010 by Matthew Birt

    MotoGP 2009: Best bike

    At the end of the first year of the 800cc era in 2007, Valentino Rossi was so disgusted by the woeful performance of Yamaha’s YZR-M1 that he threatened to quit unless the in-line four-cylinder was...

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  • MotoGP 2009: Best ride

    01 January 2010 by Matthew Birt

    MotoGP 2009: Best ride

    Marco Melandri’s brilliant second on the unfancied Hayate (a re-branded factory Kawasaki ZX-RR) in a rain-hit Le Mans clash struck a blow for the underdog, as did Dovizioso’s maiden win at Donington...

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  • MotoGP 2009: Best race

    01 January 2010 by Matthew Birt

    MotoGP 2009: Best race

    It's already being hailed as the greatest last lap in history and one of the most thrilling MotoGP races witnessed in living memory. And there is no doubt that June’s unforgettable Catalunya race will...

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  • MotoGP 2009: Most promising rider

    01 January 2010 by Matthew Birt

    MotoGP 2009: Most promising rider

    Spies’ record-breaking rookie season in World Superbikes, in which he ended with a 50 per cent winning record, meant he was the hottest property in world racing in 2009.  His outstanding...

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  • MotoGP 2009: Unluckiest rider

    01 January 2010 by Matthew Birt

    MotoGP 2009: Unluckiest rider

    Nicky Hayden was taken out at the first corner in three races and Marco Melandri and John Hopkins thought they had rock solid deals with Kawasaki until the Japanese factory quit in early...

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  • MotoGP 2009: Biggest disappointment

    01 January 2010 by Matthew Birt

    MotoGP 2009: Biggest disappointment

    Kawasaki’s withdrawal was a massive disappointment, while Andrea Dovizioso’s failure to capture no other podium apart from his British GP win on a factory Honda rider raised questions about his...

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  • MotoGP 2009: Biggest under-achievers

    01 January 2010 by Matthew Birt

    MotoGP 2009: Biggest under-achievers

    In 2007, Suzuki had been the major surprise of the first 800cc campaign, yet had struggled to emulate its impressive form in 2008. This year though was to be an even bleaker campaign for the Japanese...

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  • MotoGP 2009: Best Brit

    01 January 2010 by Matthew Birt

    MotoGP 2009: Best Brit

    Not since the heady days of late legend Barry Sheene have British fans witnessed home talent enjoying as much success in Grand Prix racing as Bradley Smith did in 2009. It was a year in which the...

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  • MotoGP 2009: Best rider

    01 January 2010 by Matthew Birt

    MotoGP 2009: Best rider

    Valentino Rossi might have won the least number of races ever in a season in which he won a world title, and uncharacteristically the Italian legend crashed in three races to prove he is human after...

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  • Jorge Lorenzo satisfied with single tyre rule

    28 December 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Jorge Lorenzo satisfied with single tyre rule

    MotoGP runner-up Jorge Lorenzo reckons the single tyre rule was a big benefit for world championship racing in 2009. Lorenzo, who won four races on board the factory Fiat Yamaha YZR-M1 last season,...

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  • Marco Melandri looking for stable future

    28 December 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Marco Melandri looking for stable future

    Marco Melandri is hoping he can impress in 2010 to secure a long-term future with the Gresini Honda squad. The Italian has endured a torrid time in MotoGP recently having been released from a factory...

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  • Red Bull Rookies top two clinch 125GP switch

    23 December 2009 by Matthew Birt

    The rivalry that blazed all the way to the final lap of the last Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race of 2009 will be repeated in 2010 after Jakub Kornfeil and Sturla Fagerhaug signed 125GP deals. Kornfeil, the 16-year-old Czech rider who won the Rookies Cup by just 2 points, has signed for Racing Team Germany, cementing a relationship with team owner/manager Dirk Heidolf that started back in June. "I...

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  • Jerry Burgess expects Casey Stoner backlash

    22 December 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Jerry Burgess expects Casey Stoner backlash

    Valentino Rossi’s crew chief Jerry Burgess says he is anticipating a backlash from Aussie Casey Stoner in 2010. Stoner, who won the first ever 800cc title in 2007, had a torrid last season and a major...

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  • No more money to transform Honda’s fortunes

    22 December 2009 by Matthew Birt

    No more money to transform Honda’s fortunes

    Honda will not spend more money to try and claim a rare MotoGP world championship victory in 2010. Severely affected by the impact of the global economic crisis, Honda will have no budget increase to...

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  • Casey Stoner targets title challenge in 2010

    21 December 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner targets title challenge in 2010

    Free from the mystery illness that wrecked his 2009 MotoGP world title bid, Casey Stoner is determined to mount a stronger challenge for premier class glory next season. Stoner’s title challenge last...

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  • Yamaha confirm 2011 talks with Valentino Rossi

    18 December 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha confirm 2011 talks with Valentino Rossi

    Yamaha has confirmed talks have started to keep nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi beyond the 2010 MotoGP world championship. With endless speculation linking the 30-year-old with a big money...

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  • Alex de Angelis signs Moto2 deal

    14 December 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Alex de Angelis signs Moto2 deal

    Alex de Angelis may not have been able to clinch a MotoGP deal with the Scot squad for 2010, but the San Marino rider has signed for the Italian team to ride in the new Moto2 600cc four-stroke...

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  • MotoGP goes 1000cc from 2012

    11 December 2009 by MCN

    MotoGP goes 1000cc from 2012

    FIM President Vito Ippolito and Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta confirm today that MotoGP will run to a new 1000cc engine capacity for the 2012 season. Following talks between MotoGP’s governing...

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  • MotoGP poised to confirm 1000cc switch

    10 December 2009 by Matthew Birt

    MotoGP poised to confirm 1000cc switch

    MotoGP bosses are expected to approve a switch to a 1000cc capacity limit at crunch meetings in Switzerland tomorrow (Friday). Facing mounting pressure to slash costs and stop plummeting grid numbers,...

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  • Ex-Kawasaki MotoGP boss unveils Moto2 plan

    10 December 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Ex-Kawasaki MotoGP boss unveils Moto2 plan

    Former factory Kawasaki MotoGP boss Michael Bartholemy has confirmed he will run a team in the new Moto2 world championship as part of an ambitious Belgian motorsport project. As was first reported by...

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  • Jorge Lorenzo confident in Yamaha future

    07 December 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Jorge Lorenzo confident in Yamaha future

    Jorge Lorenzo has dismissed fears that Valentino Rossi’s influence will see him bombed out of Yamaha’s factory Yamaha at the end of 2010. World champion Rossi and highly rated Spaniard Lorenzo will...

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  • Honda boss eyes Andrea Dovizioso improvement

    04 December 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Honda boss eyes Andrea Dovizioso improvement

    Honda has warned Andrea Dovizioso his performances must improve in 2010. Aside from a brilliant wet weather victory at Donington Park, Dovizioso’s factory Honda debut campaign was largely...

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  • Exclusive pics: Tech 3 Moto2 bike on track

    02 December 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Exclusive pics: Tech 3 Moto2 bike on track

    The Tech 3 team has given its new Moto2 bike its eagerly awaited track debut in France, as these MCN exclusive pictures show. Designed by Colin Edwards’ crew chief Guy Coulon and James Toseland’s...

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