MotoGP

  • Gibernau on provisional pole

    06 May 2003

    Gibernau on provisional pole

    Sete Gibernau has topped the time sheets for the first qualifying session at the third round of the MotoGP World championship in Jerez.The Spanish rider put in over 20 laps to ensure he took the top...

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  • Ducati duo collided in warm-up

    06 May 2003

    Ducati duo collided in warm-up

    Troy Bayliss’ third place at his third MotoGP is even more remarkable, considering he’d just had a 160mph collision with team-mate Loris Capirossi. " I led on the warm-up lap, and didn’t want to...

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  • Kiyonari to join Gibernau in MotoGP

    06 May 2003

    Kiyonari to join Gibernau in MotoGP

    Reigning Japanese Supersport champion Ryuichi Kiyonari has been selected as Sete Gibernau’s new team-mate in the Gresini Racing Telefonica Movistar team.Gibernau was chosen as the replacement for the...

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  • Rossi reigns in Spain

    06 May 2003

    Rossi reigns in Spain

    Valentino Rossi has triumphed at the Spanish MotoGP at Jerez today, finishing the race in front of rival Max Biaggi, and emerging contender Troy Bayliss.Rossi, riding the factory Honda RCV, crossed...

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  • Sombre mood for Welkom GP

    22 April 2003

    Sombre mood for Welkom GP

    This weekend’s second round of the MotoGP world championship at the Phakisa Freeway in Welkom, South Africa, will not have the usual celebratory atmosphere. Instead the sport will collectively bow its...

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  • Gibernau honours Kato with pole

    22 April 2003

    Gibernau honours Kato with pole

    Sete Gibernau offered a fitting tribute to his team-mate Daijiro Kato by taking the pole position at the second round of the MotoGP championship in Welkom, South Africa.Gibernau continuously improved...

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  • Rossi takes provisional pole at Welkom

    22 April 2003

    Rossi takes provisional pole at Welkom

    Valentino Rossi has continued his dominance at the Welkom GP by taking the provisional pole at the end of the first qualifying session.The factory Honda rider – who was wearing a black armband in...

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  • Burns’ WCM fails FIM inspection

    22 April 2003

    Burns’ WCM fails FIM inspection

    Chris Burns’ GP dream has been dealt another blow this weekend after his Harris WCM machine was banned from taking part in the South African GP. An FIM technical team inspected the R1-derived...

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  • Gibernau honors Kato with Welkom win

    22 April 2003

    Gibernau honors Kato with Welkom win

    Sete Gibernau took the win at the second round of the MotoGP world championship as a fitting memorial to his late team-mate Daijiro Kato.The start of the race was delayed by 50 minutes after Kenny...

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  • Mugello test for Ducati GP team

    15 April 2003

    Mugello test for Ducati GP team

    Ducati is continuing its policy of getting closer to the public after opening the gates to its latest private test at the Mugello circuit in Italy this week.More than 500 fans watched Ducati riders...

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  • Kato succumbs to injuries

    15 April 2003

    Kato succumbs to injuries

    Daijiro Kato, the former 250cc World Champion, has died in hospital in Japan.Kato passed away at 00:42 local time today, Sunday April 20, in the Yokkaichi Central Hospital. Kato, 26, had been in a...

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  • Ukawa releases statement on Kato

    08 April 2003

    Ukawa releases statement on Kato

    The Camel Pramac Pons team have issued a statement to the press on behalf of rider Tohru Ukawa, which mysteriously retracts his earlier statements about the crash which seriously injured Daijiro Kato.

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  • Kato shows slight improvement

    08 April 2003

    Kato shows slight improvement

    Daijiro Kato is still in a serious condition after his horrific crash in the early stages of the first MotoGP race on Sunday.The hospital has not made any official statement but it is known that the...

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  • Kato stable, Gibernau to race on

    08 April 2003

    Kato stable, Gibernau to race on

    Daijiro Kato showed some signs of improvement yesterday but is still in a critical condition after his accident at the first round of MotoGP on Sunday, in Suzuka, Japan.With the rider making it...

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  • Rossi grabs provisional pole

    01 April 2003

    The first round of the MotoGP world championship kicked off the struggle for supremacy with Italian rivals Valentino Rossi and Max Biaggi finishing the opening qualifying session separated by just 0.2s on Friday.The morning’s free practice saw Ducati rider Loris Capirossi topping the time sheets with a time of 2:04.604, 0.02s ahead of Valentino Rossi.All that changed for the qualifying session in...

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  • Rossi tops first GP qualifying session

    01 April 2003

    Rossi tops first GP qualifying session

    First official practice and qualifying for the opening round of this season’s MotoGP championship has just finished in Suzuka, JapanValentino Rossi has provisionally qualified on pole with a time of...

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  • Capirossi crashes, Rossi goes quickest

    01 April 2003

    Capirossi crashes, Rossi goes quickest

    Valentino Rossi topped the time sheets at the final pre-season IRTA test at Suzuka, beating his own lap record with a 2:04.17s.There were a number of crashes throughout the test, including Ducati’s...

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  • Rossi wins at Suzuka

    01 April 2003

    Rossi wins at Suzuka

    Reigning Champion Valentino Rossi staked his claim to this year’s MotoGP world championship title with an impressive win at the first round in Suzuka, Japan, today.The Italian stormed away from the...

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  • Delayed Roberts V5 launched in London

    25 March 2003

    Delayed Roberts V5 launched in London

    Kenny Roberts finally unveiled his all-new V5 MotoGP contender in London last week. The world launch, attended by celebs including Tara-Palmer Tomkinson and the Royal Family’s Ralph Little, was also...

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  • First outing for KTM GP bike

    18 March 2003

    First outing for KTM GP bike

    125cc riders Arnaud Vincent and Roberto Locatelli have finally ridden their new KTM GP bikes for the first time after delays in construction forced them to miss both of the pre season IRTA tests at...

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  • Schwantz returns to racing

    18 March 2003

    Schwantz returns to racing

    Kevin Schwantz is returning to full time professional racing with the launch of the AMA Red Bull Supermoto championship.The 1993 500 GP champion retired from professional racing in 1995 with an...

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  • Melandri Struggles, Checa goes fastest

    11 March 2003

    Melandri Struggles, Checa goes fastest

    Ducati brought four Desmmosedici’s to Catalunya yesterday, March 13, to join the Honda Pons, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Proton, and WCM teams at the circuit for a packed session ahead of the official...

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  • Capirossi hits 204mph on Ducati GP bike

    11 March 2003

    Capirossi hits 204mph on Ducati GP bike

    Loris Capirossi clocked a record-setting 203.9mph and set the fastest lap at the weekends IRTA tests in Catalunya.For a full report on the weekend’s activity, see this week’s issue of MCN, out March...

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  • Waldmann quits WCM

    11 March 2003

    Waldmann quits WCM

    Ralf Waldmann has quit the Harris WCM MotoGP team saying it is too late in his career for him to make the move from two-stroke to four-stroke bikes.The German rider rode the bike for the first time...

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  • Rossi pays tribute to Sheene

    11 March 2003

    Rossi pays tribute to Sheene

    Valentino Rossi led the tributes to the late Barry Sheene at the IRTA MotoGP test on Sunday with a specially commissioned helmet design.The reigning MotoGP champion took the opportunity to make two...

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  • Valencia MotoGP tests

    11 March 2003

    Valencia MotoGP tests

    Both Suzuki and Honda Pons had to cut short their test sessions at Valencia after rain kept them in the garage. But the weather cleared this week allowing the 250 and 125 bikes to take to the...

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  • Suzuka revamped for MotoGP test

    04 March 2003

    Suzuka revamped for MotoGP test

    Suzuka, one of the two MotoGP circuits in Japan, has been altered with a new tighter corner and additional chicane.The changes at ‘130R’ corner and ‘Casio Triangle’ chicane are designed to improve...

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  • Proton V5 not ready for Catalunya

    04 March 2003

    Proton V5 not ready for Catalunya

    Jeremy McWilliams and Nobuatsu Aoki are likely to be testing on their old 500cc two-stroke machines at the Moto GP Winter Test in Catalunya. The Proton 990cc V5 four stroke is so far behind in its...

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  • Barros tops final day of GP tests

    25 February 2003

    Barros tops final day of GP tests

    The wind played a big part in the last day of MotoGP testing at Jerez on Sunday with a number of riders coming off when caught by sudden gusts.Alex Barros managed to put in the top time of the day,...

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  • Two weeks out for injured Melandri

    25 February 2003

    Two weeks out for injured Melandri

    Fortuna Yamaha rider Marco Melandri fell victim to rain at the Second IRTA MotoGP test in Estoril on Wednesday. He low-sided on the circuit’s uphill chicane. The result was a dislocated shoulder that...

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  • Kato beats Rossi in Honda test

    18 February 2003

    Kato beats Rossi in Honda test

    Daijiro Kato put in the fastest time at Honda’s two-day test in Sepang, a tenth of a second faster than Valentino Rossi.Kato recorded a best of 2:02.8 on the second day, Thursday. But Rossi wasn’t put...

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  • Rain hinders MotoGP test

    18 February 2003

    Rain hinders MotoGP test

    Day two of the official MotoGP test at Jerez has been badly affected by rain. Most riders risked the circuit, but no-one was able to improve their times, leaving Alex Barros as the fastest rider so...

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  • THQ launches Moto GP 2 racing game

    11 February 2003

    THQ launches Moto GP 2 racing game

    THQ has launched the latest incarnation of its motorcycle racing game Moto GP.Moto GP 2 is being launched for Xbox and will provide the player with the ability to race against sixteen other riders on...

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  • Gardner retires from racing

    11 February 2003

    Gardner retires from racing

    Former World 500cc champion Wayne Gardner is retiring from racing.He quit bikes in 1993 to take up car racing and his most recent efforts have seen him driving a factory Toyota Supra in the All-Japan...

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