MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2010)

  • Brno MotoGP: Casey Stoner struggling in seventh

    13 August 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Brno MotoGP: Casey Stoner struggling in seventh

    Casey Stoner’s hopes of ending his long MotoGP victory drought hit trouble in Brno today as the Australian was left languishing down in seventh place on the practice leaderboard. The 24-year-old was a...

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  • Brno MotoGP: Casey Stoner seeks faster pace

    12 August 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Brno MotoGP: Casey Stoner seeks faster pace

    Casey Stoner has admitted facing a tough second half to the 2010 MotoGP world championship unless he can extract more speed out of Ducati’s factory GP10 machine. The Australian hasn’t won a premier...

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  • Brno MotoGP: Hiroshi Aoyama poised for return

    12 August 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Brno MotoGP: Hiroshi Aoyama poised for return

    Hiroshi Aoyama is planning to gauge his fitness by returning to action during Monday’s MotoGP test session at the Brno circuit. The Japanese rider has been sidelined with a broken back that he...

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  • Brno MotoGP: Ben Spies to test 2011 Yamaha

    12 August 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Brno MotoGP: Ben Spies to test 2011 Yamaha

    Ben Spies will be given chance to test an early 2011 factory Yamaha prototype after this weekend’s Brno MotoGP race. The Texan will be handed an opportunity to complete laps on the new bike during...

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  • Brno MotoGP: New parts boost for Suzuki

    12 August 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Brno MotoGP: New parts boost for Suzuki

    Suzuki will roll out a raft of new parts at the Brno test on Monday in a bid to get its struggling factory GSV-R competitive in MotoGP. The 2010 V4 contender has been left woefully off the pace so far...

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  • Video: Randy De Puniet back on a bike

    11 August 2010 by Pierre Galpin

    Just 22 days after breaking his tibia, Honda LCR MotoGP rider Randy De Puniet rode a Fireblade yesterday around the Ales circuit in the south of France. He completed 20 laps on what looks like a standard road bike, clocking times that would have put on the front row of a French Supersport race. Afterwards he said: “Okay, it’s not as bad as I thought. The first run was a little difficult because...

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  • Armoy Road Races

    08 August 2010 by jamierob

    Armoy Road Races

    A few pics from the Armoy Road Races. Notice Adrian Archibald braking MotoGP style(leg out) into the new chicane.

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  • Yanks very much, Nicky!

    08 August 2010 by Stephen Hayes

    Yanks very much, Nicky!

    I've just developed the pictures I took at Silverstone MotoGP. Here's Ben Spies passing Nicky Hayden on the last lap.

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  • Valentino Rossi barred from riding new Yamaha

    06 August 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi barred from riding new Yamaha

    Yamaha will ban Valentino Rossi from riding its 2011 prototype machine in Brno later this month. Rossi’s multi-million pound switch to Ducati will be confirmed immediately after the Czech Republic...

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  • Ben Spies doubts Jerry Burgess partnership

    04 August 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Ben Spies doubts Jerry Burgess partnership

    Ben Spies has conceded it is a remote dream to think he will get a golden chance to work under Valentino Rossi’s legendary crew chief Jerry Burgess next season. The Texan will move to Yamaha’s factory...

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  • Elena Myers to test factory Suzuki MotoGP bike

    03 August 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Elena Myers to test factory Suzuki MotoGP bike

    Up and coming American racer Elena Myers has been invited to test ride Rizla Suzuki’s factory GSV-R racebike at the end of the Moto GP season. Myers, 16, was offered the chance after touring the Rizla...

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  • Colin Edwards keen on Ducati WSB deal

    30 July 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Colin Edwards keen on Ducati WSB deal

    Colin Edwards is in talks about a deal to spearhead Ducati’s factory World Superbike effort in 2011. The popular Texan is seriously contemplating a return to World Superbikes for the first time since...

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  • Suzuki results damaging for future recruitment

    30 July 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Suzuki results damaging for future recruitment

    Suzuki’s dismal form in 2010 is seriously weakening its bid to attract top talent to its factory effort. Loris Capirossi and Alvaro Bautista have scored just six top ten finishes between them in the...

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  • Eddie Lawson: Jorge Lorenzo a worthy champion

    29 July 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Eddie Lawson: Jorge Lorenzo a worthy champion

    MotoGP legend Eddie Lawson reckons Jorge Lorenzo will be a worthy new world champion at the end of the 2010 world championship campaign. Even Fiat Yamaha rider Lorenzo has admitted fearing that his...

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  • Monster plan MotoGP expansion

    29 July 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Monster plan MotoGP expansion

    American energy drink giant Monster is planning to expand its involvement in the MotoGP paddock next season. Monster is close to agreeing a new deal with Herve Poncharal’s Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP squad,...

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  • Tech 3 play down Cal Crutchlow approach

    28 July 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Tech 3 play down Cal Crutchlow approach

    Tech 3 Yamaha has denied being at an advanced stage in talks with British rider Cal Crutchlow over a MotoGP switch in 2011. With Ben Spies taking Valentino Rossi’s place in the factory Yamaha squad...

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  • Ducati good enough to win, says Nicky Hayden

    28 July 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Ducati good enough to win, says Nicky Hayden

    Former world champion Nicky Hayden believes Ducati’s factory GP10 is good enough to win races even though it has yet to triumph in 2010. Aussie Casey Stoner told MCN after last weekend’s US MotoGP...

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  • Nicky Hayden hails Jorge Lorenzo’s form

    28 July 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden hails Jorge Lorenzo’s form

    American Nicky Hayden reckons it is almost impossible to find a weakness in current MotoGP world championship leader Jorge Lorenzo. The Spaniard has obliterated the field in 2010 with six wins in the...

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  • Ducati expands MotoGP entry for 2011

    28 July 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Ducati expands MotoGP entry for 2011

    Ducati will expand its involvement in MotoGP to six bikes in 2011. The extra Desmosedici GP11 will be campaigned by Czech Republic rider Karel Abraham. The shock move follows an impressive test...

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  • Pingley's thoughts: Engines

    28 July 2010 by Peter Ingley

    There has been much discussed in the public domain, behind closed doors and in the media about the ever increasingly sensitive subject of engines in the MotoGP class recently. Regulations were introduced in 2009 at the Czech Grand Prix governing the number of engines for the rest of the season allowing five engines for the final seven Grands Prix and this was further reduced to six engines for the...

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