MotoGP (March 2009)

  • James Toseland hails fans support

    31 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    James Toseland hails fans support

    James Toseland has thanked his army of British fans for their support after his latest massive pre-season MotoGP crash in Jerez last weekend. The 28-year-old is recovering at his Isle of Man home...

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  • James Toseland breaks bone in right foot

    30 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    James Toseland breaks bone in right foot

    James Toseland has confirmed to MCN that he suffered a broken fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot during yesterday’s massive high-side crash in Jerez. The British rider also has a badly sprained...

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  • Loris Capirossi boosts confidence in Jerez

    30 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Loris Capirossi boosts confidence in Jerez

    Italian Loris Capirossi said his pre-season confidence that Suzuki could spring a major surprise in 2009 has increased after his impressive third place in the final winter test in Jerez. The new...

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  • Bradley Smith challenges Lewis Hamilton

    30 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Bradley Smith challenges Lewis Hamilton

    British 125GP world title hopeful Bradley Smith has tried to challenge Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton to a motocross battle. The Aspar Aprilia rider met the McLaren driver during a recent...

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  • MotoGP Friday practice to remain in 2010

    30 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    MotoGP Friday practice to remain in 2010

    Valentino Rossi claims that MotoGP races will not switch to a two-day format from the 2010 world championship campaign onwards. The scrapping of all practice on Friday’s was one of several measures...

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  • James Toseland released from hospital

    29 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    James Toseland released from hospital

    British rider James Toseland has been given the all-clear following precautionary head scans after his massive high-side crash in Jerez earlier today. Toseland has been discharged from a hospital in...

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  • Casey Stoner fastest at Jerez testing

    29 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner fastest at Jerez testing

    Casey Stoner produced a dominant performance to win the keys to a BMW sports car in Jerez this afternoon. The Aussie posted a stunning best time of 1.38.646 on his 12th lap to outclass his MotoGP...

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  • Fiat Yamaha dominate in Jerez

    28 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Fiat Yamaha dominate in Jerez

    Fiat Yamaha duo Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi dominated the opening day of the Jerez test in Spain today. Spaniard Lorenzo showed he is finally getting accustomed to the Bridgestone tyres after he...

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  • James Toseland finds form in Jerez

    28 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    James Toseland finds form in Jerez

    British rider James Toseland put a turbulent winter behind him to finish just outside of the top ten on the opening day of testing in Jerez today. A best lap of 1.41.122 in a long 83-lap stint left...

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  • Bradley Smith second in Jerez test

    28 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Bradley Smith second in Jerez test

    British teenager Bradley Smith ended the three-day 125GP test session in Jerez with the second fastest time as he finally narrowed the gap to dominant Aprilia team-mate Julian Simon. The Oxfordshire...

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  • MotoGP rules for 2009 and 2010 unveiled

    28 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    MotoGP rules for 2009 and 2010 unveiled

    MotoGP bosses have confirmed a raft of new rules aimed at MotoGP surviving the current global economic crisis. As has been widely expected, Friday practice has been cancelled for all free practice...

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  • Single engine proposal for Moto2 class tabled

    28 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Single engine proposal for Moto2 class tabled

    The new Moto2 class for 600cc four-strokes that will replace the current 250GP two-stroke in 2011 is now likely to feature a single engine rule. MotoGP bosses are poised to discuss the proposal, which...

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  • Haojue 125GP boss happy with testing progress

    28 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Haojue 125GP boss happy with testing progress

    Haojue 125GP boss Garry Taylor admitted the new squad had enjoyed a ‘baptism of fire’ after its official testing debut at the Jerez circuit in Spain. British rookie Matt Hoyle and Austrian team-mate...

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  • Scott Redding satisfied with 12th in Jerez

    28 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Scott Redding satisfied with 12th in Jerez

    Scott Redding declared himself satisfied with his Jerez testing performance despite finishing outside of the top ten. The 2008 British GP winner, who became the youngest rider in history to win a...

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  • Danny Webb gaining confidence with new Aprilia

    28 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Danny Webb gaining confidence with new Aprilia

    DeGraaf Aprilia rider Danny Webb is confident he is finally mastering Aprilia’s 2009 125GP contender after he finished the Jerez test in a disappointing 17th place. The British teenager has struggled...

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  • Matt Hoyle makes more progress in Jerez

    28 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Matt Hoyle makes more progress in Jerez

    British rookie Matt Hoyle believes he is making big progress with the unproven Chinese-backed Haojue machine as he concluded the Jerez test in Spain. The Bradford rider ended with a best time of...

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  • Ducati try cast ally chassis at Jerez

    28 March 2009 by Neil Spalding

    Ducati try cast ally chassis at Jerez

    Before their revolutionary carbon ‘stressed airbox’ chassis has even raced, Ducati arrived at the Jerez preseason test with another new idea, the cast aluminium version!! Ducati aren’t saying anything...

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  • Playboy backs Randy de Puniet

    27 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Playboy backs Randy de Puniet

    Playboy will sponsor French rider Randy de Puniet’s LCR Honda MotoGP squad for the first three races of 2009. Italian team boss Lucio Cecchinello confirmed the deal today on the eve of the final...

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  • James Toseland unveils 2009 MotoGP colours

    27 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    James Toseland unveils 2009 MotoGP colours

    James Toseland's Tech 3 Yamaha squad has unveiled its new livery for the 2009 MotoGP world championship at the Jerez circuit this morning. Featuring a striking black, yellow and white colour scheme,...

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  • Scott Redding improving in Jerez

    26 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Scott Redding improving in Jerez

    Scott Redding is confident he is finally mastering the new factory spec 2009 Aprilia 125GP bike after an improved performance on the second day of testing in Jerez. The Gloucestershire rider made big...

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  • Matt Hoyle crashes unhurt in Jerez

    26 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Matt Hoyle crashes unhurt in Jerez

    British rookie Matt Hoyle has escaped injury in a crash on the second day of 125GP testing at the Jerez circuit in Spain. Hoyle lost the front end of his Chinese-backed Haojue machine at Turn 10 in...

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  • Danny Webb finding speed in Jerez

    26 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Danny Webb finding speed in Jerez

    Danny Webb believes he is finally getting to grips with the new 2009 factory Aprilia 125GP bike after a positive second day of testing in Jerez. The British rider has struggled in his short time on...

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  • Julian Simon dominates in Jerez

    26 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Julian Simon dominates in Jerez

    Bradley Smith’s Aprilia team-mate Julian Simon continued his domination of the 125GP pre-season in Jerez yesterday as the Oxfordshire rider ended seventh quickest. Smith posted a best time of...

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  • Clue to James Toseland’s new look

    26 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Clue to James Toseland’s new look

    This striking new black, yellow and white paint scheme on the Tech 3 Yamaha truck in Jerez gives a clue to how James Toseland and Colin Edwards’ YZR-M1 machines will look in 2009. The French-based...

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  • Danny Webb confident in new Aprilia potential

    26 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Danny Webb confident in new Aprilia potential

    British teenager Danny Webb is confident he can tap into the potential of Aprilia’s new 2009 125GP bike after he ended the opening day of testing in Jerez languishing down in 19th place. The DeGraaf...

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  • Nicky Hayden looking for more top speed

    25 March 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden looking for more top speed

    Ducati’s GP9 might be consistently the fastest bike in MotoGP, but American Nicky Hayden is still looking for more top speed ahead of the first race in Qatar next month. Pre-season testing so far has...

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