MotoGP (February 2010)

  • Valentino Rossi ends on top in Sepang

    26 February 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi ends on top in Sepang

    Valentino Rossi’s domination of the 2010 MotoGP pre-season continued today when the Italian topped the timesheets at a scorching hot Sepang circuit. The Italian has now topped each of the four days of...

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  • Has anyone seen FB Corse?

    25 February 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Has anyone seen FB Corse?

    The future of the FB Corse squad still remains shrouded in mystery with the Italian-based team yet to be seen in track testing ahead of a planned 2010 MotoGP assault. But it seems that the FB Corse...

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  • Moto2 engine well short of performance target

    25 February 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Moto2 engine well short of performance target

    Honda’s official Moto2 engine will produce a miserly 125bhp. That is nearly 30bhp lower than initial targets and makes the spec CBR600RR motor around 20 to 25bhp less powerful than current World...

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  • FTR team up with Talmacsi and Iannone

    25 February 2010 by MCN Sports Desk

    FTR team up with Talmacsi and Iannone

    FTR Moto has extended its 2010 Moto2 World Championship involvement by supplying machinery to the Speed Up Team of former 125cc World Champion Gabor Talmacsi of Hungary and Italian star Andrea...

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  • Bridgestone begin talks on MotoGP future

    24 February 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Bridgestone begin talks on MotoGP future

    Internal discussions have started at Bridgestone about whether the Japanese factory will quit MotoGP at the end of 2011, MCN can reveal. Bridgestone has a contract to be the single tyre supplier in...

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  • Debon vows to be fit for next Moto2 test

    23 February 2010 by MCN Sports Desk

    Debon vows to be fit for next Moto2 test

    Spaniard Alex Debon insists he’ll be fit to ride the British-built FTR M210 in the official Moto2 tests as Valencia on March 1-3. Debon crashed in testing at Catalunya last week and fractured his left...

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  • Danny Webb given 2010 lifeline

    23 February 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Danny Webb given 2010 lifeline

    British teenager Danny Webb has flown to Spain today (Monday) to finalise what he hopes will be a season-saving 125GP ride. Webb’s 2010 plans were thrown into turmoil last week when the Aprilia WRB...

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  • Suzuki ready to evaluate 2010 motor

    22 February 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Suzuki ready to evaluate 2010 motor

    Having surprisingly failed to rollout its new 2010 factory GSV-R motor in testing earlier this month in Sepang, Suzuki is preparing for the debut of this year’s V4 contender in Malaysia this...

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  • Valentino Rossi expertise helping Scott Redding

    22 February 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi expertise helping Scott Redding

    Scott Redding’s hopes of success in the inaugural Moto2 world championship have been given another massive boost after it was confirmed Valentino Rossi’s Ohlins suspension technician will work with...

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  • Roberto Rolfo suffers injury blow

    19 February 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Roberto Rolfo suffers injury blow

    Experienced Italian Roberto Rolfo’s Moto2 preparations suffered a blow in Catalunya yesterday when he dislocated his left shoulder after a heavy testing crash. The former MotoGP, 250GP and World...

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  • Shoya Tomizawa springs Moto2 surprise

    19 February 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Shoya Tomizawa springs Moto2 surprise

    It might be difficult to gauge the performance potential of anybody in the new Moto2 class until the arrival of Honda’s spec CBR600RR engine, but Japan’s Shoya Tomizawa was the surprise pacesetter in...

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  • Scott Redding makes progress in Catalunya

    19 February 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Scott Redding makes progress in Catalunya

    Scott Redding said he was delighted with his progress on the second day of Moto2 testing at the Catalunya circuit near Barcelona. Unable to complete any meaningful testing on a weather-hit opening...

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  • MotoGP bosses reveal 2012 rule plan

    18 February 2010 by Matthew Birt

    MotoGP bosses reveal 2012 rule plan

    MotoGP fans could be watching the world’s elite riders racing on three different machines in 2012, as was exclusively revealed by MCN earlier this month. A mixed grid of 800cc prototypes, 1000cc...

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  • Rain hits Scott Redding’s 2010 Moto2 debut

    18 February 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Rain hits Scott Redding’s 2010 Moto2 debut

    Rain and a slow drying track at Catalunya restricted British rider Scott Redding to just 11 laps on his first Moto2 appearance of 2010 yesterday. Making his debut for the Belgian-based Marc VDS Racing...

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  • Valentino Rossi still motivated at 31

    16 February 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi still motivated at 31

    Valentino Rossi reckons his motivation to stay on top in MotoGP is stronger than ever as the Italian icon celebrates his 31st birthday today (Tuesday). Rossi recently struck a crucial early...

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  • Yamaha chase grip with 2010 YZR-M1

    16 February 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha chase grip with 2010 YZR-M1

    Valentino Rossi’s crew chief Jerry Burgess reckons Yamaha has achieved one of its major 2010 targets by improving rear grip with a new YZR-M1 chassis. As well as increasing performance and durability...

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  • Scott Redding excited ahead of Moto2 test

    16 February 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Scott Redding excited ahead of Moto2 test

    British rider Scott Redding has told MCN of his excitement and anticipation as he prepares to begin his 2010 Moto2 preparations tomorrow (Wednesday). Scott Redding's Moto2 bike Redding will get his...

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  • Ben Spies boosted by Colin Edwards advice

    15 February 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Ben Spies boosted by Colin Edwards advice

    Ben Spies reckons the help and advice offered by Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Colin Edwards is proving invaluable in helping him make a quick transition to MotoGP. Spies and Edwards were constantly...

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  • Loris Capirossi unfazed by Suzuki engine delay

    15 February 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Loris Capirossi unfazed by Suzuki engine delay

    Loris Capirossi has shrugged off Suzuki’s surprise failure to roll out its 2010 factory GSV-R motor in Sepang earlier this month. The veteran Italian, poised to make his 300th Grand Prix appearance...

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  • Scott Redding’s Moto2 bike unveiled

    12 February 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Scott Redding’s Moto2 bike unveiled

    This is the first look at the stunning new Marc VDS Moto2 bike that British rider Scott Redding will debut in Catalunya next week. The youngest rider in history to win a Grand Prix, the...

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  • Jorge Lorenzo breaks right hand

    12 February 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Jorge Lorenzo breaks right hand

    Jorge Lorenzo has suffered a massive pre-season blow after the 2009 MotoGP world championship runner-up broke his right hand in a motocross training accident yesterday (Thursday). The 22-year-old was...

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  • FB Corse unveils MotoGP contender

    12 February 2010 by Matthew Birt

    FB Corse unveils MotoGP contender

    The FB Corse squad unveiled its new three-cylinder MotoGP machine in Italy yesterday (Thursday). But future plans for the team remain shrouded in mystery with the new bike still to make its track...

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  • Nicky Hayden fit after arm surgery

    12 February 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden fit after arm surgery

    Nicky Hayden will be fit to ride his factory Ducati GP10 in Sepang later this month after a successful right arm operation in Spain this week. The 2006 MotoGP world champion underwent routine surgery...

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  • Marco Melandri happy with new Honda policy

    11 February 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Marco Melandri happy with new Honda policy

    Marco Melandri has said Honda’s new policy of starting the 2010 MotoGP campaign with all six RC212V machines at the same spec will significantly aid bike development. HRC has scrapped its usual...

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  • Silverstone MotoGP race gets title sponsor

    10 February 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Silverstone MotoGP race gets title sponsor

    The 2010 British MotoGP race at Silverstone will be sponsored by AirAsia after a three-year deal was announced today at the Northamptonshire circuit. Dorna boss Carmelo Ezepeleta flew in to sign the...

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  • Colin Edwards motivated by Ben Spies threat

    10 February 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Colin Edwards motivated by Ben Spies threat

    Colin Edwards reckons the battle to be number one American in MotoGP this year will give him all the motivation he needs as he prepares for his eighth premier class campaign. Last season Edwards...

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