MotoGP

  • Barros back on top, Down Under

    21 October 2002

    Alex Barros has continued his excellent run of form on the Honda RCV with a provisional pole start in Friday’s qualifying ahead of the Australian MotoGP round on Sunday.The West Honda rider ‘s time of 1’33.002 around the 2.78 mile Phillip Island circuit was just a tenth ahead of home favourite Garry McCoy on the Red Bull Yamaha YZR two-stroke. As if to prove the strokers have one last hurrah left...

    Read more ...
  • Rossi warms up for rally debut

    21 October 2002

    Rossi warms up for rally debut

    Valentino Rossi has been warming up for his rallying debut in next month’s Rally of Great Britain with a special test of his World Rally Championship (WRC) – spec Peugeot 206.There’s a rare personal...

    Read more ...
  • McWilliams takes pole in Phillip Island

    21 October 2002

    McWilliams takes pole in Phillip Island

    Jeremy McWilliams has put the Proton KR on pole position for Sunday’s MotoGP in Australia. He qualified 0.4 seconds ahead of Australian Gary McCoy. The other Proton KR of Nobuatsu Aoki qualified in...

    Read more ...
  • Biaggi scraps for Sepang victory

    14 October 2002

    Biaggi scraps for Sepang victory

    Max Biaggi finally broke his four-stroke duck with a win in the searing heat of Sepang in Sunday’s Malaysian round of the MotoGP calendar.The Malboro Yamaha rider benefited from the three-way scrap...

    Read more ...
  • Barros builds with Sepang pole

    14 October 2002

    Barros builds with Sepang pole

    Alex Barros is emerging as the unlikely challenger to the dominance of Valentino Rossi in MotoGP after taking pole in Sepang today ahead of Sunday’s Malaysion Grand Prix.Despite only having sat on the...

    Read more ...
  • 2003 Grand Prix Calendar

    14 October 2002

    2003 Grand Prix Calendar

    The FIM has just released the details of dates and venues for the 2003 Grand Prix calendar.Round 1: April 6, Suzuka, JapanRound 2: April 27, Welkom, South AfricaRound 3: May 11, Jerez, SpainRound 4:...

    Read more ...
  • Ukawa leads Honda charge in Sepang

    07 October 2002

    Ukawa leads Honda charge in Sepang

    Tohru Ukawa blazed to provisional pole in Sepang today, setting himself at the head of an all-Honda four-stroke front row ahead of Sunday’s MotoGP round in Malaysia.The Japanese rider’s time of...

    Read more ...
  • Pitt to ride ZX-RR at Sepang

    07 October 2002

    Pitt to ride ZX-RR at Sepang

    Aussie Andrew Pitt will replace the injured Akira Yanagawa on Kawasaki’s ZX-RR MotoGP machine for the rest of the season, starting with the Malaysian GP in Sepang on October13.The 2001 World...

    Read more ...
  • Abe lands M1 for Phillip Island, Valencia

    07 October 2002

    Abe lands M1 for Phillip Island, Valencia

    It has been confirmed by the factory that Norick Abe will get a four-stroke M1 MotoGP machine from Yamaha to contest the final two rounds of the season.Abe, the leading Yamaha two-stroke rider in the...

    Read more ...
  • McWilliams and Aoki re-sign for Roberts

    07 October 2002

    McWilliams and Aoki re-sign for Roberts

    Jeremy McWilliams will continue to partner Nobuatso Aoki in the Proton/Kenny Roberts set-up in 2003 it has just been announced.The pair will ride the new Proton/KR V5 four-stroke currently under...

    Read more ...
  • Kato grabs provisional pole in Motegi

    01 October 2002

    Kato grabs provisional pole in Motegi

    Daijiro Kato put on a show for his home fans with a last gasp stunner to take provisional pole at the Twin Ring in Motegi today.With just a few minutes remaining in the session, Yamaha’s Max Biaggi...

    Read more ...
  • Barros makes good on RCV in Motegi

    01 October 2002

    Barros makes good on RCV in Motegi

    Alex Barros repaid Honda and team boss Sito Pons’ faith with a win in Motegi on his debut ride on the West Honda RCV four-stroke as Honda took a one-two-three in today’s MotoGP race.A tense race-long...

    Read more ...
  • Katoh confirms Motegi pole

    01 October 2002

    Katoh confirms Motegi pole

    Daijiro Katoh will start from pole position in Sunday’s Japanese round of the MotoGP championship after no-one challenged his time of 1.49.052, set during Friday’s qualifying, in Saturday’s...

    Read more ...
  • Roberts re-signs with Suzuki

    01 October 2002

    Roberts re-signs with Suzuki

    Kenny Roberts has just inked a new contract that will keep him with the factory Suzuki MotoGP squad for the next two years.It comes on the back of his maiden podium in the new class, scored at the...

    Read more ...
  • Barros gets RCV for Motegi GP

    30 September 2002

    Barros gets RCV for Motegi GP

    Alex Barros has been confirmed as the beneficiary of the sole RCV four-stroke available to the West Honda squad for the rest of the 2002 MotoGP season.Barros said: " I am very excited about my...

    Read more ...
  • MotoGP’s musical chairs

    23 September 2002

    MotoGP’s musical chairs

    The silly season is well and truly upon us. As contract time approaches, Yamaha and Suzuki both feature in the latest tranche of rumour and manoeuvre.Norick Abe is said to be on the verge of quitting...

    Read more ...
  • McWilliams cracks collarbone in Rio

    23 September 2002

    McWilliams cracks collarbone in Rio

    While Valentino Rossi was popping champaign corks to celebrate his win in Rio and new MotoGp title, Jeremy McWilliams was popping painkillers after his bike seized, spitting the Ulsterman off,...

    Read more ...
  • Rossi to test BAR F1 car

    23 September 2002

    Rossi to test BAR F1 car

    Valentino Rossi is lined up to test an F1 car at the end of the year. The boss of British American Racing (BAR) David Richards has reached an agreement with the 23-year-old’s Repsol Honda squad to try...

    Read more ...
  • Max Biaggi signs for Honda

    16 September 2002

    Max Biaggi signs for Honda

    Max Biaggi has just inked a three year deal to ride a Honda RCV V5-engined bike in MotoGP.Biaggi said: " I was dreaming to race with Honda again and Pramac made my dream come true. " ...

    Read more ...
  • Nakano and Jacque get M1s

    16 September 2002

    Nakano and Jacque get M1s

    It’s just been announced that Olivier Jacque and his Tech 3 Yamaha teammate Shinya Nakano will get the four-stroke Yamaha M1 MotoGP machines from the Malaysian GP onwards.The Malaysian Grand Prix...

    Read more ...
  • Rossi takes the title with a win in Rio

    16 September 2002

    Rossi takes the title with a win in Rio

    He’s been 125cc world champion, he’s been 250cc world champion and he’s been the 500cc world champion. Now Valentino Rossi can add the maiden MotoGP crown to his trophy cabinet after winning a soaking...

    Read more ...
  • Bayliss and Capirossi on Ducati GP bike

    16 September 2002

    Bayliss and Capirossi on Ducati GP bike

    It has just been revealed that Troy Bayliss will join forces with Loris Capirossi on the Ducati MotoGP machine in 2003.The two riders have signed two-year contracts to ride the new Desmosedici V4 in...

    Read more ...
  • Don’t forget: Saturday is the Rio GP

    16 September 2002

    Don’t forget: Saturday is the Rio GP

    Free practice for the MotoGP class has just ended in Rio ahead of Saturday’s Grand Prix, and it’s Valentino Rossi topping the timing sheets.1)V Rossi (1:52.359) 2)N Abe (1:52.712) 3)M Biaggi...

    Read more ...
  • Biaggi claims provisional Rio pole

    16 September 2002

    Biaggi claims provisional Rio pole

    Yamaha’s soon-to-be-ex rider Max Biaggi has slotted his Yamaha M1 on provisional pole at the Nelson Piquet Circuit in Rio ahead of Saturday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.His time of 1:51.854 pipped Valentino...

    Read more ...
  • Estoril GP results

    09 September 2002

    Valentino Rossi won the Portuguese MotoGP round at Estoril today after runaway leader Suzuki’s Sete Giberanu crashed in torrential rain.MotoGP:1)V Rossi 2)C Checa 3)K Roberts 4)A Barros 5)M Biaggi250:1)F Nieto 2)M Melandri 3)S Porto…7)L Haslam125:1)A Vincent 2)S Sanna 3)S JencknerRossi extends his lead over his Repsol Honda teammate Tohru Ukawa in second place to 89 points with four rounds...

    Read more ...
  • Hayden will ride alongside Rossi

    09 September 2002

    Hayden will ride alongside Rossi

    Sources inside the MotoGP paddock are saying that reigning AMA Superbike champion Nicky Hayden has signed to ride a Honda RCV in 2003, possibly alongside Valentino Rossi in the Repsol/HRC...

    Read more ...
  • Brits look forward to Estoril GP

    02 September 2002

    Brits look forward to Estoril GP

    This weekend, September 7-8, sees the Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril, the scene of pre-season testing for most teams earlier in the year. And for most of the Brits taking part, it’s coming on the...

    Read more ...
  • GP qualifying times from Estoril

    02 September 2002

    GP qualifying times from Estoril

    Alex Barros has snatched provisional pole from under the nose of Daijiro Kato, by just 7/1000ths of a second ahead of Sunday’s Portuguese GP at Estoril.The Brazilian rider has consistently been the...

    Read more ...
  • Max power stops Honda in Brno

    26 August 2002

    Max power stops Honda in Brno

    Max Biaggi became the first man this season to break the Honda hegemony with his debut win of the MotoGP era at the Czech GP in Brno, today.He lead from pole, taking with him Valentino Rossi and...

    Read more ...
  • Rossi tops Brno free practice

    19 August 2002

    Rossi tops Brno free practice

    Valentino Rossi topped this morning’s free practice ahead of Sunday’s Czech MotoGP. The Italian’s time of 2:00.943 was four tenths of a second faster than second place man Alex Barros around the...

    Read more ...
  • Biaggi busts records for Brno pole

    19 August 2002

    Biaggi busts records for Brno pole

    Max Biaggi became the first man to crack the sub-two minute lap at Brno today to snare pole position in Sunday’s Czech MotoGP.His time of 1:59.646 was fractions faster than Daijiro Kato on the Gresini...

    Read more ...
  • McWilliams claims provisional Brno sixth

    19 August 2002

    McWilliams claims provisional Brno sixth

    He may have been giving away almost 15mph to the top men, but that didn’t stop Jeremy McWilliams from claiming provisional sixth in MotoGP qualifying at Brno today.The Ulsterman lines up alongside...

    Read more ...
  • Capirossi chooses wife, but not team

    12 August 2002

    Capirossi chooses wife, but not team

    Loris Capirossi is making the most of the break in the GP schedule this year. He officially married long time girlfriend Ingrid Tence at a civil service in Monte Carlo last month, but the couple will...

    Read more ...
  • Ueda hopes for Brno return

    12 August 2002

    Ueda hopes for Brno return

    Nobby Ueda is hopeful he’ll be back to fitness in time for the Czech GP at Brno on August 25.The 35-year-old veteran of the 125cc class has been out since he injured his neck and hip crashing heavily...

    Read more ...
  • Checa extends contract with Yamaha

    01 August 2002

    Checa extends contract with Yamaha

    Carlos Checa has extended his contract with Yamaha to run for another two years. He will continue the ride the YZR-M1 that has taken him to fifth so far this season. The 29-year old Spaniard has raced...

    Read more ...
  • Pere Riba aims for Brno return

    01 August 2002

    Pere Riba aims for Brno return

    Pere Riba says his broken leg won’t be 100 per cent in time for the Czech GP at Brno on August 25, but he’s going to race anyway. Riba says; " I’m feeling better and my condition is improving. I...

    Read more ...