MotoGP (January 2011)

  • Casey Stoner plays down 2011 title prospects

    31 January 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner plays down 2011 title prospects

    Casey Stoner has moved quickly to play down pre-season hype that he will start the 2011 MotoGP world championship as favourite having moved to Honda. The Australian made an impressive debut on Honda’s...

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  • Casey Stoner plays down 2011 title prospects

    31 January 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner plays down 2011 title prospects

    Casey Stoner has moved quickly to play down pre-season hype that he will start the 2011 MotoGP world championship as favourite having moved to Honda. The Australian made an impressive debut on Honda’s...

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  • Dani Pedrosa unsure of shoulder strength

    31 January 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Dani Pedrosa unsure of shoulder strength

    Dani Pedrosa reckons the left shoulder he badly broke during a practice crash in Japan in early October could still give him some problems when the 2011 winter testing schedule kicks off in Malaysia...

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  • Honda determined to win final 800cc crown

    31 January 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Honda determined to win final 800cc crown

    Honda boss Shuhei Nakamoto has spoken of his desire and determination to win the final 800cc MotoGP crown in 2011 at the launch of the Repsol Honda squad in Malaysia tonight. Speaking at a special...

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  • Yamaha focus on improving rear grip in 2011

    31 January 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha focus on improving rear grip in 2011

    Improving rear grip has been a key winter development target of Yamaha as the Japanese factory seeks to continue its domination of MotoGP without talisman Valentino Rossi in 2011. Rossi and 2010 world...

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  • First shots of Stoner's 2011 Honda RC212V

    31 January 2011 by Dan Aspel

    First shots of Stoner's 2011 Honda RC212V

    These are the first official photos of Casey Stoner alongside the Honda RC212V that he’ll be racing in the 2011 MotoGP season. There are apparently few updates to the machine except for the new...

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  • Lorenzo is "No.1"

    31 January 2011 by Dan Aspel

    Lorenzo is "No.1"

    MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo has unveiled his racing logo for the 2011 season: a number one made of the initials J and L. He said: "I have been lucky with my design because the No 1 works really well...

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  • Rossi faking it

    28 January 2011 by Joe Cunningham

    Further to the comments about Vale faking his shoulder problems. After being wiped out on a roundabout by a careless car driver which resulted in my bike being written of and me being in hospital for 5 days with back and shoulder damage in which the tendon was totally ripped off the shoulder bone. I had a operation on the November 10 2010 to re-attatch the tendon (Left shoulder...

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  • FTR and Speed Up continue in Moto2

    27 January 2011 by MCN Sportsdesk

    FTR and Speed Up continue in Moto2

    British manufacturer FTR Moto and the Italian Speed Up Team will challenge for the 2011 Moto2 World Championship with the youthful line-up of 19-year-old Spaniard Pol Espargaro and 18-year-old French...

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  • Danny Kent lands top 125GP ride

    24 January 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Danny Kent lands top 125GP ride

    Danny Kent has landed a top 125GP ride in the team that won last year’s crown with Spanish sensation Marc Marquez. Kent, who impressed during selected wild card appearances at the end of the 2010...

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  • Eight Brits in Grand Prix in 2011

    24 January 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Eight Brits in Grand Prix in 2011

    British talent in the Grand Prix world championship will be at its highest level in years in 2011 with eight riders confirmed for the forthcoming season. Cal Crutchlow will lead the challenge in the...

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  • Lorenzo's brolly dolly

    18 January 2011 by trevor.cummings

    Lorenzo's brolly dolly

    TC at the Barcalona MotoGP round, sharing MCN with Lorenzo's Brolly Dolly! Photo taken by the Notts Tuesday club.

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  • Qatar MotoGP to be run over four nights

    18 January 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Qatar MotoGP to be run over four nights

    The opening round of the 2011 MotoGP world championship, which will include Valentino Rossi’s Ducati debut and Cal Crutchlow’s premier class bow, will be run over four nights in March. Five practice...

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  • Phillip Island date change debate drags on

    14 January 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Phillip Island date change debate drags on

    Plans to switch the Australian MotoGP race to a much earlier date on the world championship schedule in 2012 are still under discussion. Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta and a host of top riders including...

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  • Dorna suspends Suzuki legal action

    13 January 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Dorna suspends Suzuki legal action

    Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta has confirmed he is not planning on taking imminent legal action against Suzuki after the Japanese factory reduced its involvement in MotoGP in 2011 to just one...

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  • Ducati against electronics reduction

    13 January 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Ducati against electronics reduction

    Ducati boss Claudio Domenicali says the Bologna factory is against a campaign to get the influence of electronic rider aids significantly reduced in the MotoGP world championship. One of the most...

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  • Nicky Hayden unfazed by Valentino Rossi threat

    11 January 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden unfazed by Valentino Rossi threat

    Nicky Hayden says he’s undaunted at the prospect of being Valentino Rossi’s team-mate again in 2011. The pair will be paired together again in Ducati’s factory squad having been team-mates at Repsol...

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  • Valentino Rossi seeks to tame ‘evil’ Ducati

    11 January 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi seeks to tame ‘evil’ Ducati

    Valentino Rossi believes he will have to make numerous changes to Ducati’s factory GP11 machine to strengthen his bid for a tenth Grand Prix title this year. Rossi could only finish his factory Ducati...

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  • Valentino Rossi pictured in Ducati red

    10 January 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi pictured in Ducati red

    Valentino Rossi has made his first official public appearance as a factory Ducati rider in Italy tonight.  Video: Valentino Rossi arrives at Ducati launch The Italian caused a frenzy of flash...

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  • World braced for Rossi in red

    10 January 2011 by Matthew Birt

    World braced for Rossi in red

    Anticipation is building ahead of Valentino Rossi’s first official public appearance for Ducati at the Madonna di Campiglio ski resort in Italy. The nine-times world champion will take part in...

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  • Nicky Hayden targets 2011 improvement

    06 January 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden targets 2011 improvement

    Nicky Hayden has targeted another major step forward in his factory Ducati career next season after an encouraging return to form in 2010. The American was only denied a top six overall championship...

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