MotoGP (January 2009)

  • It's good to see Sete back

    31 January 2009 by pete naylor

    The last time Sete was involved in MotoGP the boy was very good but valentino totally destroyed his confidence. Vale stated that sete would never win another race as long as he was riding and I believe what he said. It's good to see Gibernau back, it's very good for entertainment, we haven't had much in the way of rivalry between the riders of late, so sete coming back is a bit of a...

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  • See the Fiat Yamaha team launch with MCN

    30 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    See the Fiat Yamaha team launch with MCN

    Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo’s Fiat Yamaha squad will launch its 2009 MotoGP factory team on Monday, and you can see all the pictures and video interviews on www.motorcyclenews.com You can view...

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  • Jorge Lorenzo to be more conservative in 2009

    30 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Jorge Lorenzo to be more conservative in 2009

    Jorge Lorenzo will adopt a less gung-ho approach in 2009 to strengthen his bid to seriously challenge Fiat Yamaha team-mate for the MotoGP world championship. The 2008 Rookie of the Year produced...

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  • Scott Redding’s team to launch Moto2 600

    30 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Scott Redding’s team to launch Moto2 600

    Scott Redding’s Spanish-based Blusens Aprilia squad will unveil a new Moto2 600cc contender in Spain next week. The bike, which the British sensation could ride in 2010, will be officially unveiled...

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  • Matt Hoyle links up with top MotoGP trainer

    30 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Matt Hoyle links up with top MotoGP trainer

    Maxtra 125GP signing Matt Hoyle has been put through his paces for a tough physical assessment by leading MotoGP sports therapist Dean Miller. Miller, who has worked with the likes of Wayne Rainey and...

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  • Bradley Smith second in Jerez 125GP test

    29 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Bradley Smith second in Jerez 125GP test

    Bradley Smith’s impressive start to the 2009 pre-season testing campaign ended with the British teenager posting the second quickest time at the Jerez circuit. The Aspar Aprilia rider slashed a full...

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  • Danny Webb confident ahead of ‘big year’

    28 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Danny Webb confident ahead of ‘big year’

    British 125GP rider Danny Webb is confident he can make a big impact in 2009 as he prepares to ride a factory-backed Aprilia machine for the first time next month. While 125GP testing kicked off in...

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  • Suzuki MotoGP team gets green light for 2009

    28 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Suzuki MotoGP team gets green light for 2009

    Suzuki will definitely race its factory team in the 2009 MotoGP world championship, killing off persistent rumours the Japanese company would join Kawasaki as a casualty of the global economic...

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  • Bradley Smith stays in second place in Jerez

    28 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Bradley Smith stays in second place in Jerez

    British teenager Bradley Smith impressed again on the second day of 125GP testing in Jerez, the Aspar Aprilia rider holding onto second place. Smith slashed 0.5s off his best time from the first day...

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  • Party with James Toseland

    28 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Party with James Toseland

    James Toseland is staging another one of his successful pre-season send-off parties ahead of his second assault on the MotoGP world championship. The double World Superbike champion will be...

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  • Sete Gibernau vital for Ducati in 2009

    27 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Sete Gibernau vital for Ducati in 2009

    Ducati race boss Claudio Domenicali believes that Sete Gibernau can play a pivotal role in helping the Bologna factory reclaim the MotoGP world crown in 2009. Having dominated in the first 800cc...

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  • Danny Webb made to wait for 2009 debut

    27 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Danny Webb made to wait for 2009 debut

    Danny Webb will have to wait a bit longer to make his 2009 track debut while Aprilia continue to build up and deliver new bikes. Pre-season testing for some of the 2009 125GP grid kicked off in Jerez...

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  • Bradley Smith second fastest on 2009 debut

    27 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Bradley Smith second fastest on 2009 debut

    British teenager Bradley Smith made a bright start to his 2009 pre-season preparations when he clocked the second fastest time on the opening day of testing in Jerez. Making his second appearance for...

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  • Matt Hoyle signs for Maxtra 125GP team

    26 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Matt Hoyle signs for Maxtra 125GP team

    British rider Matt Hoyle will join Bradley Smith, Scott Redding and Danny Webb in the 125GP world championship next season. As expected, Hoyle’s deal with the new Chinese-backed Maxtra team was...

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  • The Future of MotoGP with no Kawasaki

    25 January 2009 by Dan D

    Kawasaki have now pulled out of MotoGP for whatever reason you chose to believe. The reason for pulling out is not important, what is important is how the championship can continue with out them. Since MotoGP became four stroke, the rules have been written to favour works machines and make it very difficult for non-works supported privateers, for the sake of the championship. All bikes had to be...

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  • Ducati eye Marco Simoncelli swoop for 2010

    23 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Ducati eye Marco Simoncelli swoop for 2010

    Ducati chief Livio Suppo has reiterated his desire to sign Marco Simoncelli` for the 2010 MotoGP campaign. The Italian factory hotly pursued Simoncelli throughout 2008 as he blossomed into one of...

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  • Yamaha wall will help Jorge Lorenzo in 2009

    22 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha wall will help Jorge Lorenzo in 2009

    The dividing wall that will continue to split Yamaha’s factory MotoGP garage in 2009 will be beneficial to Jorge Lorenzo, according to his team boss Daniele Romagnoli. Lorenzo was unhappy that Fiat...

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  • Marco Simoncelli not rushing MotoGP decision

    22 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Marco Simoncelli not rushing MotoGP decision

    Reigning world 250GP champion Marco Simoncelli will keep Yamaha and Ducati sweating as he could delay a decision on his future until deep into the 2009 campaign. One key reason for the Italian’s...

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  • Ilmor confirm interest in Kawasaki partnership

    21 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Ilmor confirm interest in Kawasaki partnership

    Ilmor Engineering bosses have confirmed expressing serious interest in being part of a last-minute bid to keep Kawasaki involved in the 2009 MotoGP world championship, MCN can exclusively reveal. The...

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  • Video: Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden eye 2009

    21 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Factory Ducati duo Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden have given their insight into a range of current topics making the headlines ahead of the new MotoGP world championship. The former world champions spoke about last season, the single tyre rule and MotoGP as a spectacle during the official launch of the Marlboro Ducati squad at the Madonna di Campiglio ski resort in Italy.

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  • Chris Vermeulen: 2009 is not make or break

    21 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Chris Vermeulen: 2009 is not make or break

    Chris Vermeulen has denied that 2009 will be a watershed year for the Aussie as he looks to become a consistent MotoGP winner. The former World Supersport champion penned a new one-year deal...

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  • No Aspar involvement in Kawasaki rescue deal

    21 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    No Aspar involvement in Kawasaki rescue deal

    Jorge Martinez won’t be involved in any potential Kawasaki MotoGP rescue deal for 2009. The Spaniard had effectively ruled himself out earlier this month when he doubted a deal could be clinched...

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  • Maxtra 125GP team poised to unveil Matt Hoyle

    20 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Maxtra 125GP team poised to unveil Matt Hoyle

    The new Maxtra 125GP team will officially unveil British rider Matt Hoyle as its second rider later this week. Although Hoyle’s name appeared on the provisional 2009 entry list, no formal announcement...

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  • Kawasaki boss heads to Japan for crunch talks

    20 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Kawasaki boss heads to Japan for crunch talks

    Kawasaki’s MotoGP team boss Michael Bartholemy is flying to Japan today (Tuesday) for crunch talks expected to decide the fate of a proposed rescue plan to keep John Hopkins and Marco Melandri on the...

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  • Monster deal for Valentino Rossi

    19 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Monster deal for Valentino Rossi

    Valentino Rossi is reported to have signed a big-money deal with American energy drink Monster. The reigning MotoGP world champion is expected to pocket a cool £2.2m in a two-year deal following the...

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  • MotoGP BBC coverage

    19 January 2009 by richlees2001

    Basically if you do not have access to the red button then you are stuffed! Personally I will be now watching the WSBK with decent coverage on Eurosport. MotoGP on the BBC  

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  • Unity on cost cuts crucial for MotoGP future

    19 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Unity on cost cuts crucial for MotoGP future

    Ducati race boss Claudio Domenicali reckons unity between the major factories will help MotoGP successfully ride the current global economic storm. Domenicali said an agreement for extending engine...

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