MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2010)

  • British Eurosport confirms 2011 MotoGP deal

    26 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    British Eurosport confirms 2011 MotoGP deal

    Popular commentary duo Julian Ryder and Toby Moody will be back on screens again in 2011 after British Eurosport confirmed it had signed a new one-year agreement to show the MotoGP world championship...

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  • Rain ends Scott Redding’s MotoGP debut hopes

    26 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Rain ends Scott Redding’s MotoGP debut hopes

    Rain has disrupted the final day of testing at the Jerez circuit in Spain today, ending Scott Redding’s hopes of making his first appearance on the Suter 1000cc MotoGP bike. Despite a heavy crash on...

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  • Marc Marquez makes Moto2 debut

    26 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Marc Marquez makes Moto2 debut

    Marc Marquez got his first taste of Moto2 action in Jerez yesterday, the Spaniard familiarising himself with the more powerful and heavier 600cc Suter MMX machine he will campaign in 2011. The...

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  • Yamaha deny Valentino Rossi ultimatum

    25 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha deny Valentino Rossi ultimatum

    Yamaha has denied Valentino Rossi’s decision to join rivals Ducati was the result of its failure to axe Spanish rival Jorge Lorenzo. For months it has been rumoured that Rossi issued Yamaha with an...

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  • Michelin planning MotoGP return in 2012?

    24 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Michelin planning MotoGP return in 2012?

    Michelin is plotting a shock return to the MotoGP world championship, MCN has learned. The French factory hasn’t raced in MotoGP since the end of 2008 when the premier class switched to a...

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  • Scott Redding catches attention of Ducati

    23 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Scott Redding catches attention of Ducati

    Scott Redding is already being closely monitored by Ducati management after his stunning debut Moto2 campaign in 2010. Ducati boss Vittoriano Guareschi spoke of his admiration for the 17-year-old...

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  • Marc Marquez makes Moto2 move

    23 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Marc Marquez makes Moto2 move

    New 125GP world champion Marc Marquez has confirmed today he will contest the 2011 Moto2 world championship. The Spaniard had delayed a decision on his future until after he clinched the 125GP crown...

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  • Scott Redding braced for MotoGP test debut

    23 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Scott Redding braced for MotoGP test debut

    Scott Redding is poised to kick off plans for a MotoGP future in Jerez later this week with the British rider set to test a BMW-powered Suter machine designed for new 1000cc rules in 2012. The...

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  • Toni Elias unconcerned by slow MotoGP return

    17 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Toni Elias unconcerned by slow MotoGP return

    Moto2 world champion Toni Elias insisted he’s not worried after making an inauspicious return to MotoGP in Valencia recently. The Spaniard was last and close to three seconds off the pace on his...

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  • MCN in Valencia

    17 November 2010 by barnseyzx10r55

    MCN in Valencia

    The wife enjoying MCN in the sun at Valencia. We had a great time watching the races and testing.

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  • Nicky Hayden: ‘My results convinced Rossi’

    16 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden: ‘My results convinced Rossi’

    Nicky Hayden reckons his return to form in 2010 helped convince Valentino Rossi to make a multi-million pound switch to Ducati. The American endured a torrid debut season at Ducati in 2009, but the...

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  • Randy de Puniet set for more surgery

    16 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Randy de Puniet set for more surgery

    Randy de Puniet is likely to require further surgery on the left leg he broke in a crash during the German Grand Prix in July. The Frenchman broke his tibia and fibula when his left leg was run over...

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  • Valencia MotoGP

    16 November 2010 by Adam Wilkinson

    Valencia MotoGP

    Me and Scott Redding at Valencia MotoGP. We were also lucky enough to get a picture of his great rolling burnout after the race. Top Guy

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  • Valentino Rossi has shoulder surgery

    15 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi has shoulder surgery

    Valentino Rossi has finally undergone surgery on the right shoulder injury that dominated headlines during the 2010 MotoGP world championship. The 31-year-old had a two-hour operation at the Cervesi...

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  • Surgery relief for Dani Pedrosa

    15 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Surgery relief for Dani Pedrosa

    Dani Pedrosa has been told he needs four weeks complete rest to make a full recovery from the left collarbone injury he first suffered in late September at the Japanese Grand Prix. The Spaniard had...

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  • Cal Crutchlow happy with early progress

    11 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Cal Crutchlow happy with early progress

    Cal Crutchlow declared himself happy at the conclusion to his first big MotoGP examination as he beat Valentino Rossi, Loris Capirossi and Toni Elias to finish the second day of testing at Valencia...

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  • Dani Pedrosa heads for more shoulder checks

    11 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Dani Pedrosa heads for more shoulder checks

    After riding for five out of the last six days, Dani Pedrosa was to undergo further checks on his damaged left shoulder in Spain today (Thursday). The triple world champion will undergo scans and...

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  • Casey Stoner thrilled with Honda debut

    09 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner thrilled with Honda debut

    Casey Stoner could barely contain his delight after he made a sensational factory Honda debut in Valencia today. The 2007 world champion set the second fastest time with a 1.32.775 to finish nearly...

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  • Valentino Rossi tenth on Ducati debut

    09 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi tenth on Ducati debut

    Valentino Rossi ended his first day as a factory Ducati rider down in tenth position on the timesheets at the Valencia circuit in Spain today. The Italian took to the track shortly before 1230pm after...

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  • Cal Crutchlow mystified by crash

    09 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Cal Crutchlow mystified by crash

    Cal Crutchlow was at a loss to explain a slow speed crash as he faced big name MotoGP rivals Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo for the first time in Valencia today. The former World...

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  • Ben Spies delighted with factory Yamaha debut

    09 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Ben Spies delighted with factory Yamaha debut

    Ben Spies made a brilliant factory Yamaha debut in Valencia today, the Texan clocking the third fastest time on the new 2011 YZR-M1 machine. The 26-year-old, who finished Rookie of the Year in 2010...

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  • Valencia 2010

    09 November 2010 by dave robinson

    Valencia 2010

    Here's Dave, Karen, John and Ange supporting Bradley Smith at the 2010 Valencia MotoGP.

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  • Cal Crutchlow unhurt in Valencia crash

    09 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Cal Crutchlow unhurt in Valencia crash

    Cal Crutchlow has walked away unscathed from a crash on the opening day of the 2011 winter testing schedule in Valencia this afternoon. The Coventry rider lost the front of his Monster Yamaha Tech 3...

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  • Cal Crutchlow kicks off 2011 MotoGP bid

    09 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Cal Crutchlow kicks off 2011 MotoGP bid

    British rider Cal Crutchlow has joined Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa on track for the first time in Valencia earlier today. The former World Supersport champion made his Monster...

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  • Casey Stoner makes Honda debut in Valencia

    09 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner makes Honda debut in Valencia

    Aussie Casey Stoner has kicked off his preparations for next year's MotoGP campaign today when the 2007 world champion made his factory Honda debut. Riding an RC212V with plain white bodywork that...

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  • Valentino Rossi makes Ducati debut

    09 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi makes Ducati debut

    Valentino Rossi has just completed his first laps on board Ducati’s factory GP11 machine at the Valencia circuit in Spain.  After a lengthy delay caused by early rain, the nine-times world...

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  • Valencia MotoGP test as it happens

    09 November 2010 by MCN

    Valencia MotoGP test as it happens

    Keep up to speed with all the latest news from the Valencia MotoGP test here. 12:13pm: Randy de Puniet has posted a 1.36.4 lap on the Pramac Ducati.  12:09pm: Rossi heads out on to the track for...

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  • Sneak peek: Valentino Rossi's Ducati

    09 November 2010 by Liam Marsden

    Sneak peek: Valentino Rossi's Ducati

    Poor weather at Valencia is preventing most riders venturing out on track, but MCN has this image of Rossi's new Ducati GP bike in the garage. The image was posted by Rossi's mechanic, Alex Briggs on...

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  • Colin Edwards rides Tech 3 Moto2 bike

    08 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Colin Edwards rides Tech 3 Moto2 bike

    Colin Edwards stepped down from his MotoGP duties today to help the Tech 3 Racing Team evaluate its new 2011 Moto2 contender at the Valencia circuit. The experienced American was 20th on the...

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