MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2011)

  • Nicky Hayden suffers fresh injury blow

    30 December 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden suffers fresh injury blow

    Nicky Hayden is facing a race to be fit for the first MotoGP test of 2012 in Sepang at the end of January after he suffered another injury blow while training two days after Christmas. The American...

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  • 21 bikes on 2012 MotoGP grid

    16 December 2011 by Matthew Birt

    21 bikes on 2012 MotoGP grid

    At least 21 bikes, including nine 1000cc machines featuring tuned production-based engines with prototype chassis, will contest the 2012 MotoGP world championship. Next year’s grid will be made up of...

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  • Casey Stoner energised Honda, says HRC boss

    16 December 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner energised Honda, says HRC boss

    Casey Stoner’s blistering speed from the moment he made his factory Honda debut at the end of 2010 injected fresh drive and motivation inside the Japanese factory, according to HRC boss Livio...

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  • New date for 2012 MotoGP season opener

    14 December 2011 by Matthew Birt

    New date for 2012 MotoGP season opener

    The 2012 MotoGP world championship campaign will kick off one week earlier than anticipated after the Qatar night race was moved to April 8. The traditional season opening clash at the Losail...

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  • Bradley Smith: ‘Marquez not unbeatable’

    14 December 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Bradley Smith: ‘Marquez not unbeatable’

    Bradley Smith believes overwhelming 2012 Moto2 world championship favourite Marc Marquez won’t be unbeatable next season. The Spaniard will go into next season as a red-hot favourite after he won...

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  • FTR-Honda MotoGP bike ready for February

    09 December 2011 by Matthew Birt

    FTR-Honda MotoGP bike ready for February

    A new 1000cc MotoGP bike using a British-built FTR chassis and a tuned Honda CBR1000RR engine will be ready for shakedown testing in February. But the bike that is being raced by Fausto Gresini’s...

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  • Marc Marquez: “I’d love to race Rossi.”

    07 December 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Marc Marquez: “I’d love to race Rossi.”

    Teenage Spanish star Marc Marquez hopes Valentino Rossi doesn’t walk away from MotoGP at the end of 2012. Marquez will stay in Moto2 next year having been linked with a Honda MotoGP ride at the end of...

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  • Tech 3 to build MotoGP chassis

    06 December 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Tech 3 to build MotoGP chassis

    Cal Crutchlow’s Tech 3 MotoGP squad will design and build a chassis for a new 1000cc MotoGP bike that could be raced as early as 2013. The French-based squad will commence work on developing its own...

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  • Aspar confirms Aprilia deal for 2012

    28 November 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Aspar confirms Aprilia deal for 2012

    Spain’s high-profile Aspar squad has officially confirmed it plans to race in the 2012 MotoGP world championship with an Aprilia RSV4-powered 1000cc project. The team has also confirmed the signing of...

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  • Gone, but never forgotten

    25 November 2011 by Russell Hunter

    Gone, but never forgotten

    British GP, Silverstone 2011. I was cold, I was wet and felt a touch miserable. Then, coming down the Wellington Straight was a white screaming blur. The rider's head was down, his throttle was wide...

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  • Scott Redding remains on top in Jerez

    25 November 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Scott Redding remains on top in Jerez

    Scott Redding continued his fast form at the Jerez Moto2 test yesterday when he remained on top of the timesheets at the end of the second day. The 18-year-old matched his best lap of 1.42.9 set on...

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  • Colin Edwards makes Suter/BMW debut

    24 November 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Colin Edwards makes Suter/BMW debut

    Colin Edwards made a low-key debut on the Suter/BMW 1000cc MotoGP bike in Jerez yesterday when he ended the opening day one second slower than Scott Redding’s fastest Moto2 pace. The vastly...

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  • Tribute to Marco Simoncelli

    22 November 2011 by pencilking

    Tribute to Marco Simoncelli

    After the tragic accident in Sepang I was contacted by a large number of people asking if I would be producing a painting of Marco as a tribute to him. My first thought after the event was “I never...

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  • Colin Edwards set for Suter/BMW debut

    22 November 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Colin Edwards set for Suter/BMW debut

    Colin Edwards will get his first chance to understand the performance potential of the new Suter/BMW 1000cc machine when he makes his debut for the Forward Racing squad in Jerez tomorrow...

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  • Stefan Bradl: “I had to take this chance”

    21 November 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Stefan Bradl: “I had to take this chance”

    Moto2 world champion Stefan Bradl said the chance to move to MotoGP on a two-year deal with the LCR Honda squad was simply too good to turn down. Bradl’s dream of switching to MotoGP in 2012 appeared...

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  • Suzuki boss speaks on MotoGP withdrawal

    18 November 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Suzuki boss speaks on MotoGP withdrawal

    Suzuki MotoGP boss Paul Denning has spoken of his disappointment at the Japanese factory’s decision to withdraw from MotoGP until at least the 2014 world championship campaign. Suzuki Motor...

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  • Suzuki confirms MotoGP withdrawal

    18 November 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Suzuki confirms MotoGP withdrawal

    Suzuki has officially announced it has withdrawn from the MotoGP world championship with immediate affect, ending months of speculation about the future of the Japanese factory squad. A short...

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  • Brake protectors now mandatory in MotoGP

    17 November 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Brake protectors now mandatory in MotoGP

    Every machine racing in all three classes in next year’s MotoGP world championship must be fitted with a brake protector to try and prevent accidents similar to the multi-rider pile-up at the first...

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