MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2010)

  • FTR and the first year of Moto2

    27 October 2010 by Gary Pinchin

    FTR and the first year of Moto2

    With the initial Moto2 World Championship almost concluded – with just two of the 17 rounds remaining – FTR Moto’s Steve Bones reflects on the first year of the new category. In early 2009 the Moto2...

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  • Dani Pedrosa eager to gauge fitness

    27 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Dani Pedrosa eager to gauge fitness

    Dani Pedrosa is eager to check the strength in his damaged left shoulder as he prepares for the physical challenge posed by the tight and twisty Estoril circuit in Portugal this weekend. Pedrosa has...

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  • Valentino Rossi targets strong Yamaha finish

    26 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi targets strong Yamaha finish

    Having won 46 races in a glittering MotoGP career for Yamaha, Valentino Rossi is determined to bow out in style for the Japanese factory before he moves to Ducati early next month. The 31-year-old is...

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  • Loris Capirossi determined to race in Estoril

    26 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Loris Capirossi determined to race in Estoril

    Loris Capirossi will brave the pain of numerous right leg injuries to try and ride in this weekend’s Estoril Grand Prix in Portugal. The Italian veteran missed the last race in Australia when a heavy...

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  • Yamaha may keep dividing wall in 2011

    22 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha may keep dividing wall in 2011

    Yamaha has dropped its biggest hint yet that a controversial dividing wall might remain in 2011, despite the departure of Valentino Rossi. Many expected the wall to be abolished when new world...

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  • Jorge Lorenzo home to rapturous reception

    22 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Jorge Lorenzo home to rapturous reception

    Thousands of fans lined the streets in Mallorca earlier this week to welcome home new MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo. The 23-year-old was met by crowds and dignitaries at the airport before...

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  • Ben Spies close to new Yamaha MotoGP deal

    21 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Ben Spies close to new Yamaha MotoGP deal

    Ben Spies is locked in talks with Yamaha about an extension to his current MotoGP deal. The Texan, who clinched the Rookie of the Year crown in Phillip Island last weekend with fifth place, is...

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  • Randy de Puniet poised for Ducati switch

    20 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Randy de Puniet poised for Ducati switch

    At the start of the Phillip Island race weekend earlier this month it looked a certainty that new Moto2 world champion Toni Elias would return to the Pramac Ducati squad and Randy de Puniet would...

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  • Ducati revival boosts Valentino Rossi

    20 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Ducati revival boosts Valentino Rossi

    Valentino Rossi will take great heart from Casey Stoner’s recent Ducati revival, according to the Italian’s legendary crew chief Jerry Burgess. Ducati’s factory GP10 didn’t win for the opening 12...

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  • Buy Scott Redding’s Moto2 bike

    20 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Buy Scott Redding’s Moto2 bike

    Scott Redding has proven in 2010 why he’s regarded as one of the brightest young talents to emerge out of Britain for decades. And his reputation was further enhanced last weekend in Australia when he...

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  • Rossi's pit bike

    19 October 2010 by Matthew Stephenson

    Here's a picture of my boyfriend Matthew Stephenson on Valentino Rossi's pit bike after the final ever MotoGP race at Donington Park last year. Rossi had just sped through the garages on the pit bike before parking up outside the Yamaha tent, pleasing his mob of fans with autographs and then disappearing into the tent to no doubt watch gruesome replays of his fall during the race. It made...

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  • Yamaha duo blown away by Casey Stoner

    18 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha duo blown away by Casey Stoner

    Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo admitted they had little chance of ending Casey Stoner’s domination of his home race in Phillip Island yesterday. Stoner was in majestic form throughout the weekend,...

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  • Ben Spies takes best rookie prize

    18 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Ben Spies takes best rookie prize

    Ben Spies secured the coveted Rookie of the Year crown in yesterday’s Australian MotoGP race. The Texan though admitted he’d not been overly concerned with claiming the honour, his fifth place in...

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  • Casey Stoner revels in Phillip Island victory

    18 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner revels in Phillip Island victory

    Casey Stoner was overjoyed after storming to a fourth successive home win at Phillip Island with a commanding performance in his final Ducati appearance on home soil. Red-hot favourite to continue his...

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  • Mika Kallio makes way for Carlos Checa

    18 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Mika Kallio makes way for Carlos Checa

    Mika Kallio has quit the Pramac Ducati squad, paving the way for Carlos Checa to make a shock return to MotoGP later this month. Finn Kallio confirmed his withdrawal from the forthcoming Estoril and...

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  • Scott Redding eyes first Moto2 win

    18 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Scott Redding eyes first Moto2 win

    British rider Scott Redding has set his sights on a first win in the fiercely competitive Moto2 class after he claimed a season best second at Phillip Island yesterday. The Marc VDS Racing rider put...

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  • Casey Stoner romps to dominant home win

    17 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner romps to dominant home win

    Casey Stoner continued his outstanding record in his home race at Phillip Island today, the factory Ducati rider producing a masterful display to win the Australian Grand Prix for the fourth year in a...

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  • Bradley Smith fifth, Marc Marquez dominant in Australia

    17 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Bradley Smith briefly led today’s Australian 125GP before he eventually had to settle for fifth in breezy conditions at the Phillip Island track. The 23-lap race was once again a Spanish dominated affair, with in-form Marc Marquez romping to a ninth victory of 2010 as he claimed an impressive clean sweep of the flyaway triple header at Twin Ring Motegi, Sepang and Phillip Island. Aspar Aprilia...

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  • Dani Pedrosa withdraws from Australian MotoGP

    16 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Dani Pedrosa withdraws from Australian MotoGP

    Dani Pedrosa has withdrawn from tomorrow’s Australian MotoGP race at Phillip Island. The Spaniard could only qualify in a lowly 15th position, his best lap of 1.33.384 a massive 3.227s off the pace of...

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  • Valentino Rossi slumps to lowly eighth

    16 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi slumps to lowly eighth

    Valentino Rossi couldn’t hide his disappointment or frustration after he qualified in a lowly eighth place for tomorrow’s Australian MotoGP race at Phillip Island. The nine-times world champion...

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  • Bad weather disrupts Phillip Island practice

    15 October 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Bad weather disrupts Phillip Island practice

    Strong winds and heavy rain forced organisers to delay the opening day of practice at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia this afternoon. The spectacular coastal circuit located just over two...

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