MotoGP (February 2009)

  • Kawasaki to race as Hayate MotoGP in 2009

    27 February 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Kawasaki to race as Hayate MotoGP in 2009

    Kawasaki’s one-rider MotoGP effort for the 2009 campaign will be re-branded ‘Hayate’, MCN can exclusively reveal. Hayate means ‘Hurricane’ in Japanese and is the team name that Kawasaki’s ZX-RR will...

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  • James Toseland eager to begin Qatar test

    27 February 2009 by Matthew Birt

    James Toseland eager to begin Qatar test

    Tech 3 Yamaha rider James Toseland can’t wait to get back on track on Sunday night as preparations for the new MotoGP season continue in Qatar. Sunday’s opening night will be the first time Toseland...

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  • Randy Mamola sad at British Eurosport exit

    27 February 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Randy Mamola sad at British Eurosport exit

    Popular MotoGP pundit Randy Mamola has told MCN of his sadness at not being able to continue his role as pitlane commentator for British Eurosport in 2009. As part of new coverage plans for 2009,...

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  • British Eurosport confirms 2009 MotoGP plans

    27 February 2009 by Matthew Birt

    British Eurosport confirms 2009 MotoGP plans

    British Eurosport has confirmed that popular commentary duo Julian Ryder and Toby Moody will be reunited for 2009. Dorna confirmed yesterday (Thursday) that coverage of the 2009 MotoGP world...

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  • Bulgaria to host MotoGP race in 2012

    27 February 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Bulgaria to host MotoGP race in 2012

    A Bulgiarian round of the MotoGP world championship will be staged from the 2012 season onwards. Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta has signed a preliminary five-year deal with the Bulgarian Motorcycling...

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  • Meeting JT at his send off party

    27 February 2009 by hayhay

    Meeting JT at his send off party

    A group of us (including my 9 year old niece who's never met James and my mum who was in a wheelchair due to a recent knee replacement) attended JT's send off party at Donington last weekend. Roger...

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  • V for Victory....

    26 February 2009 by leemuz

    ...Or a very amicable compromise. After bitching and complaining about Eurosport losing the motogp and worrying that the bbc won't commit anywhere near as much time to the sport as we fans deserve, it seems there has been a great solution to this problem. And i hope that my concerns and the concerns of each and every fan who put there point forward on here MAY just MAY have been an influence in...

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  • Julian Ryder commits to British Eurosport

    26 February 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Julian Ryder commits to British Eurosport

    Julian Ryder has confirmed to MCN that he will continue his popular partnership with Toby Moody on British Eurosport in 2009. Dorna confirmed today that British Eurosport will continue to screen...

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  • British Eurosport keeps MotoGP for 2009

    26 February 2009 by Matthew Birt

    British Eurosport keeps MotoGP for 2009

    As was exclusively revealed by MCN one week ago, British Eurosport will continue to screen coverage of the MotoGP world championship in 2009. A deal has been thrashed out with MotoGP rights owners...

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  • Ducati boss: Rider salaries will reduce

    25 February 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Ducati boss: Rider salaries will reduce

    Ducati’s factory team boss Livio Suppo has told MCN it is inevitable that some of the world’s top riders will have to race for less money in the future. While it is impossible to police a salary cap,...

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  • Yamaha boss fears more engine expense

    25 February 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha boss fears more engine expense

    Yamaha’s MotoGP boss Masao Furusawa fears the drive to extend engine life will only force factories to spend more money in the short term. Extending engine life is seen as one of the most crucial new...

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  • Silverstone MotoGP switch not money motivated

    25 February 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Silverstone MotoGP switch not money motivated

    MotoGP boss Carmelo Ezpeleta has denied his shock decision to move the British GP back to Silverstone for the first time in over 20 years was money motivated. MCN understands that Silverstone paid...

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  • MotoGP commentary

    24 February 2009 by wilf cook

    MotoGP commentary

    Just great news to here julain ryder and tony moody may be back, get really excited listening to them- great. I met Valentino on monday after testing in Valencia, he was absolutely fantastic. I...

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  • Yamaha boss supports calendar cut

    24 February 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha boss supports calendar cut

    Yamaha’s senior MotoGP boss Masao Furusawa believes an effective way to slash costs in MotoGP would be to significantly reduce the world championship calendar. The MotoGP world championship currently...

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  • Silverstone set to be fastest MotoGP track

    24 February 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Silverstone set to be fastest MotoGP track

    Silverstone’s revamped circuit to host the 2010 British MotoGP race looks set to make it the fastest on the world championship calendar with an average speed of 113mph! Simulations of the revised...

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  • Valentino Rossi is scared of Wayne Rooney

    24 February 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi is scared of Wayne Rooney

    Reigning MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi isn’t scared of dicing with Casey Stoner at nearly 200mph. But he is scared of England football star and Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney. Rossi’s...

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  • Happy Birthday Rossi

    20 February 2009 by alan wilcocck

    Happy Birthday Rossi

    I just want to wish the 'young' Mr Rossi a very happy birthday and to thank him and his team manager for the best wishes and the gifts they sent to my brother "Colin" last year. He was...

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  • Rizla to stay with Suzuki’s MotoGP squad

    20 February 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Rizla to stay with Suzuki’s MotoGP squad

    Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen’s impressive start to 2009 has convinced title sponsors Rizla to remain with Suzuki’s factory MotoGP squad, MCN has learned. Negotiations that have been taking...

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  • Credit crunch increases pressure in MotoGP

    20 February 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Credit crunch increases pressure in MotoGP

    Factory Suzuki boss Paul Denning believes the impact of the global economic crisis will only intensify the pressure to perform in MotoGP. Denning believes there will be closer scrutiny on teams to...

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  • Sete Gibernau withdraws from Qatar test

    20 February 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Sete Gibernau withdraws from Qatar test

    Spaniard Sete Gibernau has been ruled out of the night test in Qatar next month after suffering a left shoulder injury in training yesterday (Thursday). Get all the latest MotoGP news The Onde 2000...

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  • Maxtra 125GP team to change name

    20 February 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Maxtra 125GP team to change name

    The new Maxtra 125GP team, spearheaded by British motorsport legend John Surtees, looks certain to have change its name less than two months before the start of its maiden world championship...

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  • Nicky Hayden lacking rear confidence

    20 February 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden lacking rear confidence

    American Nicky Hayden reckons he must adapt to the aggressive pumping from the rear of Ducati’s new factory GP9 as the start of the 2009 MotoGP campaign approaches. One of the biggest issues the 2006...

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  • Blusens Moto2 bike tested in Valencia

    19 February 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Blusens Moto2 bike tested in Valencia

    The Spanish-based Blusens squad created a slice of history for itself in Valencia this week when it became the first team to track test a new 600cc bike for the Moto2 class. Dani Rivas tested the new...

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  • British Eurosport to continue MotoGP coverage?

    19 February 2009 by Matthew Birt

    British Eurosport to continue MotoGP coverage?

    British Eurosport has denied clinching a deal to continue showing coverage of the MotoGP world championship in 2009. But MCN understands that a deal is close to being reached with MotoGP rights owners...

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