MotoGP (October 2010)

  • 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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  • 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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