MotoGP (February 2011)

  • Scott Redding shows off 2011 Moto2 livery

    28 February 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Scott Redding shows off 2011 Moto2 livery

    This is the first look at the new livery British rider Scott Redding will use in his bid to become Moto2 world champion in 2011. Unveiled at a launch in Belgium by the Marc VDS Racing squad, Redding...

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  • Casey Stoner: I could have gone faster!

    24 February 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner: I could have gone faster!

    Casey Stoner extended his golden run of form on board Honda’s 2011 factory Honda RC212V today, the Aussie completing his domination of the Sepang MotoGP test in stunning fashion. The track had barely...

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  • Cal Crutchlow boosted by last day progress

    24 February 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Cal Crutchlow boosted by last day progress

    After a nightmare start to this week’s second Sepang test in Malaysia, Cal Crutchlow enjoyed a much more positive ending to finish in 14th place on the final timesheets. Struck by food poisoning on...

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  • Dani Pedrosa: Don't write off Rossi

    24 February 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Dani Pedrosa: Don't write off Rossi

    Dani Pedrosa warned against dismissing the early threat from Valentino Rossi in 2011 after another impressive winter testing display from the Repsol Honda rider in Sepang this week. The Spaniard set...

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  • Ben Spies undaunted by Honda dominance

    24 February 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Ben Spies undaunted by Honda dominance

    Ben Spies reckons he's not fazed by Honda's domination of this week's Sepang MotoGP test in Malaysia. The Texan is confident in full race conditions that Yamaha's factory YZR-M1 is competitive enough...

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  • Stoner and Honda finish Sepang test on top

    24 February 2011

    Stoner and Honda finish Sepang test on top

    Respol Honda riders Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa have underlined their dominance of the Sepang MotoGP test by both recording laps under the 2 minute mark on the final day of testing. Third quickest...

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  • Ben Spies shrugs off late crash

    23 February 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Ben Spies shrugs off late crash

    Ben Spies shrugged off a late crash on his factory Yamaha YZR-M1 as the Texan ended day two of the Sepang MotoGP test in fourth position. The 2009 World Superbike champion crashed in the final stages...

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  • Casey Stoner super-fast in Sepang

    23 February 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner super-fast in Sepang

    Casey Stoner was the star of the show again in Sepang today as Honda's sensational start to the 2011 MotoGP world championship campaign picked up further momentum at the Sepang circuit. The Aussie led...

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  • Valentino Rossi thrilled with Ducati progress

    22 February 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi thrilled with Ducati progress

    Valentino Rossi's confidence that he will be challenging at the front on the Ducati GP11 machine in the early part of the new MotoGP season grew in Sepang today, despite the Italian finishing the...

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  • Casey Stoner unsure of best chassis choice

    22 February 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner unsure of best chassis choice

    Casey Stoner might have dominated the opening day timesheets at the second Sepang test in Malaysia today, but it wasn't all plain sailing for the Repsol Honda star. The 2007 world champion is still...

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  • Cal Crutchlow crashes twice in Sepang

    22 February 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Cal Crutchlow crashes twice in Sepang

    Cal Crutchlow had a forgettable opening day of MotoGP testing at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia today after the British rider suffered two crashes in searing hot conditions. Severely weakened by a...

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  • Honda dominates Sepang test first day

    22 February 2011

    Honda dominates Sepang test first day

    The Repsol Honda team has dominated the opening day of MotoGP testing in Sepang, with Casey Stoner posting the fastest time of the day, followed by team-mate Dani Pedrosa. At the end of the morning...

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  • Jorge Lorenzo man to beat, says Ben Spies

    21 February 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Jorge Lorenzo man to beat, says Ben Spies

    Jorge Lorenzo will start the 2011 as a big favourite to retain the MotoGP crown, according to new factory Yamaha team-mate Ben Spies. Lorenzo was unstoppable in 2010 and ended a memorable season with...

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  • Ben Spies: Pressure is less in factory team

    21 February 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Ben Spies: Pressure is less in factory team

    Ben Spies believes he is under less pressure to perform in MotoGP now he has secured a ride in Yamaha's factory team for 2011. Spies denied there would be greater expectation on him to deliver top...

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  • Jorge Lorenzo: Spies is title threat

    21 February 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Jorge Lorenzo: Spies is title threat

    Reigning MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo reckons new factory Yamaha team-mate Ben Spies will emerge as a serious title threat in 2011. Spies was Rookie of the Year in 2010 after a stellar first...

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  • Honda unveils new Moto3 bike

    21 February 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Honda unveils new Moto3 bike

    Honda has taken the wraps of its 2012 Moto3 machine by unveiling the new NSF250R in Japan. The bike has already undergone extensive testing in Japan ahead of the inaugural Moto3 series next year when...

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  • Yamaha unveils 2011 factory YZR-M1

    21 February 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha unveils 2011 factory YZR-M1

    This is the new factory YZR-M1 machine Yamaha hopes will maintain its unrivalled domination of the MotoGP world championship in 2011. Unveiled at a press conference at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia...

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  • Bradley Smith satisfied with Moto2 progress

    18 February 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Bradley Smith satisfied with Moto2 progress

    Atrocious weather conditions might have severely disrupted this week’s three-day Moto2 test in Estoril, but British rider Bradley Smith was still happy with progress made in the limited track time...

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  • Yamaha to defend MotoGP crown with no sponsor

    18 February 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha to defend MotoGP crown with no sponsor

    Yamaha will kick off the defence of its 2011 MotoGP crown without a title sponsor. Yamaha has struggled to replace Italian car giant Fiat following the departure of Valentino Rossi to Ducati at the...

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  • Randy de Puniet thrilled with Ducati support

    16 February 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Randy de Puniet thrilled with Ducati support

    Randy de Puniet has praised the technical support he is getting from Ducati as the Bologna factory seeks to win its first MotoGP title since 2007. Ducati has started the 2011 testing season with all...

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  • Heavy rain disrupts Estoril Moto2 test

    15 February 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Heavy rain disrupts Estoril Moto2 test

    Heavy rain has already disrupted the start of the Moto2 and 125GP test at the Estoril track in Portugal this morning. The track was supposed to open at 9am this morning but the coastal circuit close...

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  • Scott Redding launches new website

    15 February 2011

    Scott Redding launches new website

    British Moto2 star Scott Redding has just launched a new website ahead of the 2011 world championship campaign. The new site - www.scottredding45.com - features all the latest news from the...

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  • Yamaha developing Moto3 project

    14 February 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha developing Moto3 project

    Yamaha is making a surprise bid to enter the new four-stroke Moto3 class in 2012. The Japanese factory revealed to MCN in Sepang earlier this month it is developing a concept bike for the new 250cc...

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  • Scott Redding makes fast start to 2011

    14 February 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Scott Redding makes fast start to 2011

    Scott Redding made an impressively fast start to his preparations for the 2011 Moto2 world championship when he finished the Valencia test last weekend sharing the quickest time with Marc Marquez. ...

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  • Ben Spies can improve Yamaha

    11 February 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Ben Spies can improve Yamaha

    Ben Spies has the technical and development skills to maintain Yamaha’s status as the dominant force in MotoGP, according to former team boss Herve Poncharal. Spies has moved to Yamaha’s factory squad...

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  • Pramac Ducati unveils 2011 livery

    09 February 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Pramac Ducati unveils 2011 livery

    The most experienced squad in MotoGP was officially unveiled this afternoon when Loris Capirossi and Randy de Puniet took part in the launch of the 2011 Pramac Ducati team. Launched on the MSC...

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  • Jerry Burgess: Consistency key for Casey Stoner

    09 February 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Jerry Burgess: Consistency key for Casey Stoner

    Casey Stoner will have to make fewer mistakes in 2011 if he is to have any chance of ending Honda’s barren run in the MotoGP world championship. That’s the view of Valentino Rossi’s experienced crew...

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