MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2010)

  • Davide Brivio quits Yamaha

    03 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Davide Brivio quits Yamaha

    When Valentino Rossi opted to join Ducati in 2011 back in early July, it was widely expected that he would decimate his side of Yamaha’s factory’s garage by taking all of his crew with him. That...

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  • Jorge Lorenzo shrugs off Estoril boo boys

    03 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Jorge Lorenzo shrugs off Estoril boo boys

    Jorge Lorenzo brushed off a chorus of boos that greeted his third straight MotoGP victory at the Estoril circuit in Portugal last weekend. The Spaniard, who was recently crowned world champion in...

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  • Italian Moto3 bike breaks cover

    03 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Italian Moto3 bike breaks cover

    This the new Ioda Racing project, the first bike being prepped for the new Moto3 four-stroke series in 2012 to break cover in public in Estoril last weekend. The prototype TR 001 features a 250cc...

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  • 2011 MotoGP grid to be finalised in Valencia

    02 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    2011 MotoGP grid to be finalised in Valencia

    The full line-up for the 2011 MotoGP world championship will be finalised in Valencia this weekend with a flurry of announcements expected. A resolution to the political saga between HRC and Repsol...

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  • Scott Redding to test 1000cc BMW MotoGP bike

    02 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Scott Redding to test 1000cc BMW MotoGP bike

    Rising British star Scott Redding will begin plans for a MotoGP future later this month when he tests a BMW-powered Suter machine designed for new 1000cc rules in 2012. But it is unlikely the...

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  • Moto2 to boast 40-rider field in 2011

    01 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Moto2 to boast 40-rider field in 2011

    Next year’s Moto2 world championship will be contested by a bumper entry of 40 riders after final selection meetings took place in Estoril last weekend. The field will be made up 22 teams, of which 18...

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  • Interwetten Honda confirm 2011 withdrawal

    01 November 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Interwetten Honda confirm 2011 withdrawal

    Hiroshi Aoyama’s Interwetten Honda squad confirmed in Estoril last night that it would be quitting the MotoGP world championship at the end of the season. The withdrawal of the Swiss-based squad has...

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  • Toni Elias signs LCR Honda deal

    31 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Toni Elias signs LCR Honda deal

    New Moto2 world champion Toni Elias has signed a deal to join Lucio Cecchinello’s satellite Honda squad in 2011. It marks a quick return to the premier class for the Spaniard, who claimed a historic...

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  • Bradley Smith signs Tech 3 Moto2 deal

    31 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Bradley Smith signs Tech 3 Moto2 deal

    Bradley Smith has signed a deal to ride for the Tech 3 Moto2 squad in Estoril today, as was first reported by MCN last week. The 19-year-old will partner French rider and 2008 125GP world champion...

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  • Estoril MotoGP: Marquez takes dramatic win

    31 October 2010 by Liam Marsden

    Estoril MotoGP: Marquez takes dramatic win

    Marc Marquez took victory in the 125GP race at Estoril despite having to start from the back of the grid as the race was red flagged. Marquez got a good start and by the end of the first lap...

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  • Scott Redding to test FTR chassis

    30 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Scott Redding will test a British-built FTR chassis at the Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain on Monday. The Gloucestershire rider will use the frame in a back-to-back comparison with the current Swiss manufactured Suter chassis he has campaigned throughout the inaugural Moto2 world championship. The Marc VDS Racing rider is likely to continue to race the Suter frame in 2011 having been chosen as...

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  • Qualifying cancelled after Estoril monsoon

    30 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Qualifying cancelled after Estoril monsoon

    Strong winds and heavy rain that battered the Estoril circuit saw qualifying for all three Grand Prix classes abandoned this afternoon. Torrential rain started to fall shortly after midday and with...

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  • Monsoon conditions cause havoc in Estoril

    30 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Monsoon conditions cause havoc in Estoril

    Monsoon conditions that battered the Estoril track caused havoc this afternoon with qualifying for all three Grand Prix classes postponed. Torrential started to fall shortly after midday and gradually...

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  • Estoril MotoGP: First practice washed out

    29 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Estoril MotoGP: First practice washed out

    Torrential rain and strong winds meant only eight full laps were completed in this morning's MotoGP practicr session in Estoril. With practice restored to four sessions for the final two races of...

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  • Casey Stoner aims to equal Wayne Rainey

    28 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner aims to equal Wayne Rainey

    Casey Stoner reckons Jorge Lorenzo is the biggest hurdle standing in his way as he attempts to equal Wayne Rainey’s MotoGP victory tally in Estoril this weekend. New world champion Lorenzo is...

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  • Valentino Rossi confident of victory challenge

    28 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi confident of victory challenge

    Valentino Rossi has backed himself to mount a victory challenge in Estoril this weekend as the Italian plots a successful conclusion to the Yamaha chapter in his glittering career. The 31-year-old is...

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  • Loris Capirossi back at Ducati in 2011

    28 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Loris Capirossi back at Ducati in 2011

    Loris Capirossi has confirmed he will make a return to Ducati in next year’s MotoGP world championship. The Italian veteran has signed a deal to join the Pramac Ducati squad, as had been widely...

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  • Colin Edwards to test Tech 3 Moto2 bike

    28 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Colin Edwards to test Tech 3 Moto2 bike

    Colin Edwards will switch Grand Prix classes for a brief spell next month when he lends his vast experience to the Tech 3 Racing Moto2 project. The Texan is being lined up to test the French squad’s...

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  • Bradley Smith in Tech 3 Moto2 talks

    28 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Bradley Smith in Tech 3 Moto2 talks

    Bradley Smith will hold further talks with the Tech 3 Racing Moto2 squad in Estoril this weekend. MCN understands the 19-year-old British rider will negotiate with French team boss Herve Poncharal...

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