MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2010)

  • Fiat replacement eludes Yamaha

    23 December 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Fiat replacement eludes Yamaha

    The impact of the global economic crisis is still biting hard in MotoGP with Yamaha as yet to find a title sponsor for the 2011 world championship. Despite being the dominant squad in MotoGP since...

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  • Suzuki eye more consistent GSV-R in 2011

    22 December 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Suzuki eye more consistent GSV-R in 2011

    Suzuki will embark on another mission to make its factory GSV-R a more consistent performer across a wider range of conditions in 2011. A major weakness of the V4 contender has been its ability to be...

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  • Dani Pedrosa launches children’s book

    22 December 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Dani Pedrosa launches children’s book

    Dani Pedrosa launched a new children’s book in Spain yesterday that tells the story of how he set on the road to stardom in racing. The book entitled ‘Two elves for Dani Pedrosa’ is based Pedrosa’s...

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  • Yamaha boss reflects on ‘fabulous’ 2010

    21 December 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha boss reflects on ‘fabulous’ 2010

    2010 was the year in which Yamaha continued its unrivalled domination of the MotoGP world championship as Jorge Lorenzo won his first world title in record-breaking fashion. But it was also the year...

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  • Paris Hilton unveils 125GP team

    20 December 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Paris Hilton unveils 125GP team

    Clad in a skintight pink, white and blue bodysuit with ample cleavage exposed, Paris Hilton proved last weekend why she is not your average motorcycle race team owner. But in a blaze of publicity in...

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  • Pink paintjob for Paris Hilton's 125GP squad

    17 December 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Pink paintjob for Paris Hilton's 125GP squad

    Not that Paris Hilton should be worried that her shock foray into Grand Prix racing would go unnoticed, the American socialite and tabloid media darling has made sure of maximum exposure after this...

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  • Cal Crutchlow happy with shoulder recovery

    17 December 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Cal Crutchlow happy with shoulder recovery

    Cal Crutchlow has told MCN he is making excellent progress in his recovery following major shoulder surgery earlier this month. The former World Supersport champion underwent an operation to repair...

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  • Randy de Puniet delays leg surgery

    17 December 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Randy de Puniet delays leg surgery

    Randy de Puniet won’t undergo surgery to remove metalwork from his damaged left leg until after the 2011 MotoGP world championship. The French rider had contemplated a winter operation to replace a...

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  • BBC confirms MotoGP bid winner

    17 December 2010 by Matthew Birt

    BBC confirms MotoGP bid winner

    Century TV has won the contract to produce coverage of the MotoGP world championship for the BBC until the end of 2013 season. Rohan Browning, Managing Director of Century TV, said: "We are delighted...

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  • Suzuki pressing on with 1000cc project

    16 December 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Suzuki pressing on with 1000cc project

    Suzuki has begun ‘fundamental’ testing of its new 1000cc prototype engine for the new MotoGP class in 2012, despite its immediate future remaining shrouded in mystery. Although not understood to be as...

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  • Phillip Island warned over 2012 date change

    14 December 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Phillip Island warned over 2012 date change

    Phillip Island, popular venue for the Australian MotoGP race, will be kicked off the calendar unless organisers agree to stage the race six months earlier than its normal October slot in 2012. Dorna...

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  • Engine issues tarnished Suzuki image

    14 December 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Engine issues tarnished Suzuki image

    Suzuki’s failure to comply with new cost-saving engine restrictions reflected badly on the Japanese factory, according to a senior race boss. In a bid to cut costs by saving engine mileage for 2010,...

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  • Yamaha optimistic new Ben Spies deal is close

    13 December 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha optimistic new Ben Spies deal is close

    Yamaha bosses remain optimistic that an extended MotoGP deal for impressive American Ben Spies will be finalised in the near future. Yamaha management and representatives of Spies have been locked in...

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  • Honda fear Jorge Lorenzo in 2011

    13 December 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Honda fear Jorge Lorenzo in 2011

    Honda management fear the biggest threat to the Japanese factory’s bid to win the last 800cc MotoGP title in 2011 will come from Yamaha rival and reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo. The Spaniard...

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  • Ducati ponders seven-bike entry in 2012

    08 December 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Ducati ponders seven-bike entry in 2012

    Ducati could extend its involvement in the new look 1000cc four-stroke MotoGP world championship to seven bikes in 2012. The Bologna factory will field six bikes in 2011 having agreed to lease a GP11...

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  • Niall Mackenzie’s son lands 125GP ride

    06 December 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Niall Mackenzie’s son lands 125GP ride

    Kenny Roberts and Kenny Roberts Junior, Graziano and Valentino Rossi and Ron and Leon Haslam are all father and sons to have raced in the Grand Prix world championship. Now Niall and Taylor Mackenzie...

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  • Jerry Burgess expects big Honda challenge

    06 December 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Jerry Burgess expects big Honda challenge

    Jerry Burgess reckons Honda could pose the most serious threat to Valentino Rossi’s hopes of winning the MotoGP crown at the first attempt with Ducati in 2011. The Aussie, who is currently in Bologna...

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  • Casey Stoner backs four-rider Honda assault

    03 December 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner backs four-rider Honda assault

    Casey Stoner has dismissed concerns that Honda might struggle to give equal support to its quartet of factory riders in 2011. Stoner will ride with Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso in the factory HRC...

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  • Antonio Banderas team quits Moto2

    02 December 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Antonio Banderas team quits Moto2

    The Moto2 team supported by Hollywood star Antonio Banderas has collapsed, leaving former 125GP world champion Gabor Talmacsi and American Kenny Noyes without a ride for 2011. Title sponsor Jack &...

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  • Cal Crutchlow to undergo shoulder surgery

    01 December 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Cal Crutchlow to undergo shoulder surgery

    Cal Crutchlow is facing a race to be fit for the opening MotoGP test of 2011 having been due to undergo identical shoulder surgery to Valentino Rossi in Manchester today (Wednesday). The British rider...

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  • Ben Spies closing in on new Yamaha contract

    29 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Ben Spies closing in on new Yamaha contract

    Ben Spies is closing in on an extension to his current factory Yamaha MotoGP contract. Talks about extending the Texan’s current deal have been in progress for a number of weeks with Spies and Yamaha...

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  • Bradley Smith set for second Moto2 test

    27 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Bradley Smith set for second Moto2 test

    Bradley Smith will fly to Spain on his 20th birthday tomorrow (Sunday) for a two-day test session on the Tech 3 Moto2 machine. The Oxfordshire rider, who made his Tech 3 Moto2 debut in Valencia...

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