MotoGP

  • 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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  • Checa beats Biaggi’s best

    11 February 2003

    Checa beats Biaggi’s best

    Carlos Checa beat Max Biaggi’s pole-setting time at Catalunya in his latest test of the factory Yamaha Moto GP bike this week.Despite a crash on Monday that left him with a just few bruises, Checa put...

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  • Final race colours for Ducati

    11 February 2003

    Final race colours for Ducati

    These are the first pictures of the new Ducati Desmosedici V4 Moto GP bike in its final race decals. The bike was on show today at the bikes official launch alongside the leathers that riders Troy...

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  • British 125 champ moves to GPs

    04 February 2003

    British 125 champ moves to GPs

    Who would have thought that it would be a footballer that would provide the break for a British rider to make the jump in to GPs. But that is exactly what has happened to 21-year-old Chris Martin.The...

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  • Negotiations ongoing for Donington

    04 February 2003

    Negotiations ongoing for Donington

    Race fans will find out if Donington Park is to undergo a multi-million pound facelift by the end of this month.Negotiations between a consortium looking to buy out the 19-year lease to promote events...

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  • Biaggi and Ukawa get Camel colours

    28 January 2003

    Biaggi and Ukawa get Camel colours

    MotoGP team Honda Pons will be sponsored by tobacco brand Camel cigarettes for the next three years.The Camel Pramac Pons team are fielding Max Biaggi and Tohru Ukawa this year, both riding the...

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  • MotoGp Test round-up

    21 January 2003

    MotoGp Test round-up

    Both Honda and Ducati have just finished testing at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia, so here is how it went.MCN’s Matthew Birt has been out in Malaysia, and you’ll be able to read his full, exclusive...

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  • Burns and Waldmann team up for MotoGP

    14 January 2003

    Burns and Waldmann team up for MotoGP

    Chris Burns and GP veteran Ralf Waldmann have been announced as the riders for the Yamaha-based Harris WCM.Waldmann hasn’t raced full-time in GPs since 2000, but holds the dubious distinction of being...

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  • Top F1 designer joins Proton KR

    07 January 2003

    Top F1 designer joins Proton KR

    Formula One designer John Barnard has joined Proton KR as technical director.Barnard has worked for teams throughout Formula One, including McLaren, Ferrari, Benetton, Arrows and Prost. Successes...

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  • Rossi tips Ducati for 2003

    01 January 2003

    Rossi tips Ducati for 2003

    MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi predicts Ducati rider Loris Capirossi will be a major threat in 2003.Capirossi has beaten lap records at Jerez and Phillip Island in testing. On the final day of...

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  • Rossi faces bomb terror

    16 December 2002

    Rossi faces bomb terror

    It’s hard to believe, but Valentino Rossi is under police protection after he was named in a message included with a letter bomb.The message mentioned Rossi because of his links with Honda MotoGP...

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  • Capirossi stuns in Ducati test

    02 December 2002

    Capirossi stuns in Ducati test

    Ducati’s MotoGP squad will be waking up this morning sore from the volume of back-slapping doled out at Jerez yesterday. Loris Capirossi blazed around the Spanish circuit in a time that would have put...

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  • Casey Stoner takes factory 125 ride

    02 December 2002

    Casey Stoner takes factory 125 ride

    Teenage Aussie ace Casey Stoner has taken the offer of a factory 125cc Aprilia ride for 2003.He said: " It’s pretty exciting news to get just before Christmas. I’m really looking forward to...

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  • The R1 built to take on Rossi

    02 December 2002

    The R1 built to take on Rossi

    This is the British-built bike that’s going to take on the world in next year’s MotoGP championship. Top tuning squad Harris, based in Hertford, will design the machine, based on a heavily-modified...

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  • Ukawa to partner Biaggi at Pramac

    25 November 2002

    Ukawa to partner Biaggi at Pramac

    West Honda Pons has just confirmed that Tohru Ukawa will partner Max Biaggi on its V5 RCV in 2003.Ukawa, who rode for the factory Repsol Honda effort alongside Valentino Rossi, finished thrid overall...

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  • Edwards’ bruising Aprilia debut

    18 November 2002

    Edwards’ bruising Aprilia debut

    Colin Edwards and Noriyuki Haga began their pre-season tests on the Aprilia RS3 yesterday at the Spanish circuit of Jerez, with Edwards marking his debut with a crash.The reigning WSB champ was unhurt...

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  • Rossi’s rally starts today

    11 November 2002

    Rossi’s rally starts today

    Valentino Rossi’s Rally of Great Britain gets under way today. The reigning MotoGP champion will be tackling the tough Welsh forests from around 8pm this evening.Click on the links on the right to...

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  • Hayden’s RCV debut

    11 November 2002

    Hayden’s RCV debut

    Honda’s MotoGP new boy Nicky Hayden made his RCV debut at Motegi in Japan yesterday. The 21-year-old American completed just 50 laps of the Twin Ring circuit on the 220bhp V5 – a world away from the...

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  • Update: Rossi crashes out of Rally

    11 November 2002

    Update: Rossi crashes out of Rally

    Valentino Rossi scored a spectacular first in the Rally of Britain this morning – by being the first person to retire.After climbing to 25th place after last night’s special stage, this morning the...

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  • MotoGP 2003: The teams, the riders

    11 November 2002

    MotoGP 2003: The teams, the riders

    This year’s MotoGP silly season, as the annual contract hunt is known, will go down as one of the most unpredictable and protracted in living memory. But the fog of confusion has lifted and here’s...

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  • Vincent takes No.1 plate to KTM

    11 November 2002

    Vincent takes No.1 plate to KTM

    Newly crowned 125cc world champion Arnaud Vincent will take his number one plate to KTM for next season.Vincent, who became the first Frenchman ever to win the title, will ride alongside 2000 champion...

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  • First MotoGP tests underway

    04 November 2002

    First MotoGP tests underway

    The 2002 season only finished on Sunday, but riders are already testing ahead of next season.Max Biaggi and Sete Giberanu remained behind at Valencia, the scene of Sunday’s season finale, to get their...

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  • Haga to join Edwards at Aprilia

    04 November 2002

    Haga to join Edwards at Aprilia

    Aprilia has confirmed that the Samurai of Slide himself Noriyuki Haga will join Colin Edwards on the Aprilia RS3 in MotoGP next year.The squad will also switch to the favoured Michelin tyres away from...

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  • Yamaha announces new sponsor

    04 November 2002

    Yamaha announces new sponsor

    Yamaha has just signed a two-year deal with the tobacco giant Altadis to sponsor its factory MotoGP squad. Altadis is the parent company to Fortuna, Spain’s number one selling brand of cigarettes. The...

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  • Capirossi tests Ducati MotGP bike

    04 November 2002

    Capirossi tests Ducati MotGP bike

    Loris Capirossi made his debut on the Desmosedeci MotoGP bike today as his Ducati Corse team began testing at Valencia.It was the 29-year-old Italian’s first chance to ride a four-stroke and he put in...

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  • Barros signs for Gauloises Yamaha

    04 November 2002

    Barros signs for Gauloises Yamaha

    Alex Barros has ended his four-year relationship with Honda to move to the Gauloises Yamaha squad.The 32-year-old Brazilian, revitalised by Honda RCV four-stroke, took two wins this season for the...

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  • McCoy to test Kawasaki ZX-RR

    04 November 2002

    McCoy to test Kawasaki ZX-RR

    Garry McCoy will join Regis Laconi to test Kawasaki’s ZX-RR MotoGP four-stroke this Tuesday. The pair will remain behind in Valencia, the scene of Sunday’s final GP of the 2002 season, for the...

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  • Biaggi on pole in Valencia

    01 November 2002

    Biaggi on pole in Valencia

    If they weren’t already ruing their dismissal of Max Biaggi in August Yamaha bosses must certainly be kicking themselves hard now after the mercurial Italian slotted his M1 on pole in Valencia...

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  • Barros denies Rossi record in Valencia

    01 November 2002

    Barros denies Rossi record in Valencia

    Brazilian Alex Barros denied Valentino Rossi an historic 12th win in one season when he nicked the win in the final 2002 MotoGP round in Valencia today.There was drama right at the start, when Carlos...

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  • Barros on provisional pole in Valencia

    01 November 2002

    Barros on provisional pole in Valencia

    Alex Barros has taken provisional pole in Valencia ahead of the final MotoGP round of 2002 on Sunday. The Brazilian posted a time of 1’33.584 on his West Honda RCV, edging out Yamaha’s Max Biaggi by...

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  • KTM names Locatelli in 125 squad

    28 October 2002

    KTM names Locatelli in 125 squad

    KTM has named one of the riders it will field in the 2003 125GP season. Roberto Locatelli, the 2000 125cc champion, returns to the minnow class after an indifferent 2002 season in the 250s. He’ll be...

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  • Buster Roberts passes away

    28 October 2002

    THE Grand Prix racing paddock is in mourning after the death of one of its biggest personalities. Buster Roberts, father to Kenny Roberts Snr, passed away last night (October 27) in hospital in California after a brief illness. He was 81.Buster was the driving forced behind the dynasty which has seen two generations of Roberts win GP world titles, having put Kenny Snr on a bike before his eighth...

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