MotoGP (November 2009)

  • Ex-Kawasaki MotoGP boss eyes Moto2 bid

    30 November 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Ex-Kawasaki MotoGP boss eyes Moto2 bid

    Former factory Kawasaki boss Michael Bartholemy is planning to run a new team in the Moto2 600cc four-stroke world championship in 2010. MCN understands the Belgian will run a two-rider effort in the...

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  • Loris Capirossi urges Suzuki improvement

    30 November 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Loris Capirossi urges Suzuki improvement

    Loris Capirossi reckons Suzuki’s struggling factory GSV-R machine needs a radical revamp or risk a dismal 2010 MotoGP campaign. The Japanese factory endured a torrid 2009 with Capirossi and Chris...

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  • British Grand Prix 125 trio at NEC Show

    25 November 2009 by MCN Sports Desk

    British Grand Prix 125 trio at NEC Show

    Britain’s most successful GP racer Bradley Smith heads the talented trio of British 125 cc stars at the International Motorcycle and Scooter Show at the NEC Birmingham. Get all the latest NEC Show...

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  • Gowland with Moto2 FTR at NEC Show

    25 November 2009 by MCN Sports Desk

    Gowland with Moto2 FTR at NEC Show

    British star Graeme Gowland and the FTR Moto M209 he took to second place in the final Spanish championship round at Valencia recently, will be at the NEC Show. Get all the latest NEC Show news The...

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  • Josh 'Elbows' Elliot - One to watch

    24 November 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Josh 'Elbows' Elliot - One to watch

    You probably haven’t heard of him, but this is the outrageously talented Josh Elliott from Northern Ireland. He’s only 15 and has been a front runner in the German Supersport Championship this year.

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  • Gino Rea tests Moto2 machine

    20 November 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Gino Rea tests Moto2 machine

    2009 European Superstock 600 Champion Gino Rea tested Racing Team Germany’s Moto2 bike in Almeria in southern Spain on Wednesday.  The British rider adapted quickly to the new machine, which is...

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  • Niccolo Canepa signs for Scot Racing in Moto2

    19 November 2009 by Liam Marsden

    Niccolo Canepa signs for Scot Racing in Moto2

    Italian rider Niccolo Canepa will race in the new Moto2 class in 2010 with the Scot Racing team after a deal was signed today. Scot Racing won the last ever 250cc championship this year with Hiroshi...

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  • 2010 race calendar updated

    17 November 2009 by Liam Marsden

    2010 race calendar updated

    The latest provisional calendar for the 2010 MotoGP season has been announced, with Brno moving back to its original date of 15 August. If one of the circuits on the calendar is unable to hold...

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  • Video: Casey Stoner's warm-up lap crash

    16 November 2009 by Liam Marsden

    Video: Casey Stoner's warm-up lap crash

    Video of Casey Stoner's warm-up lap crash in Valencia has appeared on video sharing website Youtube. See the video here Previously, the only perspective fans had of the crash was from an onboard...

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  • Gowland fourth in Jerez Moto2 debut

    16 November 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Gowland fourth in Jerez Moto2 debut

    FTR Moto’s new Moto2 machine put in its most impressive display to date as Graeme Gowland finished fourth in class and 13th overall among 1000cc Extreme class bikes at Jerez on Sunday Gowland was...

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  • Casey Stoner talks Valencia warm-up lap crash

    13 November 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner talks Valencia warm-up lap crash

    Casey Stoner has finally talked about the warm-up lap crash that ended his hopes of claiming victory in the final MotoGP clash of the season in Valencia last weekend. The Aussie started the 30-lap...

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  • Nicky Hayden: "Ben Spies belongs in MotoGP"

    13 November 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden: "Ben Spies belongs in MotoGP"

    Former world champion Nicky Hayden said it is obvious that Ben Spies deserves to be in MotoGP after the Texan's impressive performance in Valencia. Spies rode to a brilliant seventh place on his...

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  • Colin Edwards ends 2009 on the toilet

    13 November 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Colin Edwards ends 2009 on the toilet

    Colin Edwards had a miserable ending to a brilliant 2009 after the Texan had to quit the Valencia test earlier this week with a severe virus. The 35-year-old, who claimed a stunning fifth place in...

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  • Scott Redding unsure of future

    13 November 2009 by MCN

    Scott Redding unsure of future

    Eighteen months after becoming the youngest rider in history to win a Grand Prix, Scott Redding heads into the winter with no job.  The 16-year-old will quit 125GPs but as yet has no offers in...

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  • Best race at Valencia Moto GP

    12 November 2009 by alan joy

    Just back from Valencia where we froze, was it ever cold! Bradley did his usual excellent job, pity it was second AGAIN. Ben Spies kept us on out toes with his overtaking manoevres, and the 250 race was entertaining which could have ended in disaster for the eventual world champ. Did anybody see the last race for the youngsters on the 50cc bikes? 5 abreast into the first corner and no...

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  • Hector Barbera top rookie at Valencia test

    11 November 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Hector Barbera top rookie at Valencia test

    Hector Barbera grabbed some of the attention away from Marco Simoncelli and Alvaro Bautista to end the Valencia test session as best rookie. Making his debut on the Aspar Ducati, the Spaniard ended...

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  • Casey Stoner ends 2009 on top

    11 November 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner ends 2009 on top

    Casey Stoner ended a turbulent 2009 campaign on a high today, the Australian posting the fastest time at the end of testing at a sun drenched Valencia.  Continuing to put in crucial early...

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  • More Bradley Smith please

    11 November 2009 by hyabusa47

    Bradley Smith in MCN this week. Hi all first of all well done on the MCN being reading it weekly for years so keep up the good work. My only issue was that reading the sports section this week I see no mention of Bradley Smith at all. Come on whats going on?  The guy has rode exceptional well this year and has produced some excellent viewing and sometimes the 125 racing has been better...

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  • Scot Honda quit MotoGP

    11 November 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Scot Honda quit MotoGP

    Only 17 bikes will contest the 2010 MotoGP world championship after the cash-strapped Scot Honda squad confirmed it has abandoned plans to race in the premier class next season. The Italian team had...

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  • Blog: Thanks, JT

    11 November 2009 by Mike Nicks

    Blog: Thanks, JT

    Thanks, James Toseland, for everything you’ve done for British motorcycling in the past two years. If you hadn’t had the guts to risk the move from a safe home in WSB to leap into the raging MotoGP...

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  • Manx Tattoo

    11 November 2009 by gareth keep

    Manx Tattoo

    I passengered at the TT for derek rumble jnr. 1987 to 1991. I had this done earlier in this year, so there will always a part of the island in my heart.

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  • Jorge Lorenzo fastest in Valencia

    10 November 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Jorge Lorenzo fastest in Valencia

    Jorge Lorenzo ended his 2009 MotoGP campaign on a high when the Spaniard topped the timesheets on the second day of testing in Valencia today. Continuing to assess a new chassis on his Fiat Yamaha...

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  • Bradley Smith signs new 125GP deal

    10 November 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Bradley Smith signs new 125GP deal

    British teenager Bradley Smith will stay in the 125GP world championship in 2010. The Oxfordshire rider has signed a new deal with the Aspar Aprilia squad having been unable to secure a switch to the...

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  • Tech 3 confirm Moto2 line-up

    10 November 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Tech 3 confirm Moto2 line-up

    Raffaele de Rosa and former Scot Honda MotoGP rider Yuki Takahashi will ride for the new Tech 3 Moto2 squad in 2010. Italian de Rosa finished sixth in this year’s 250cc world championship and a...

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  • Tech 3 sign Jorge Lorenzo’s former boss

    10 November 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Tech 3 sign Jorge Lorenzo’s former boss

    The French-based Tech 3 squad has pulled off a big coup by confirming that Jorge Lorenzo’s former Fiat Yamaha team boss will join its Moto2 effort in 2010. Italian Daniele Romagnoli will work as...

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  • Casey Stoner fastest in first 2010 test

    09 November 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner fastest in first 2010 test

    A new factory Ducati engine with revised firing order catapulted Casey Stoner to the quickest time on the opening day of 2010 winter testing in Valencia today. In sunny but blustery conditions, the...

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  • Silverstone MotoGP set for date change?

    09 November 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Silverstone MotoGP set for date change?

    MCN understands the date of the 2010 British MotoGP at Silverstone will be moved in a reshuffle of next year’s premier class calendar.  Although no new date has been officially released, it is...

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