MotoGP

  • First pictures: Kawasaki’s GP four-stroke

    04 February 2002

    First pictures: Kawasaki’s GP four-stroke

    KAWASAKI’S new four-stroke GP bike has tested at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia – and this early prototype is said to have a lot in common with the firm’s ZX-7R superbike.Underneath the fairing is a...

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  • Ducati reveals plan for V4 engine

    04 February 2002

    Ducati reveals plan for V4 engine

    Ducati has broken with its V-twin tradition with its proposed GP engine: It’s going to be a V4.And while company bosses were giving little away when they released the news at 3pm CET on February 4, it...

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  • Rossi ends row with Honda

    01 February 2002

    Rossi ends row with Honda

    Valentino Rossi ended his contract row with Honda on Friday and signed a two-year deal to ride the four-stroke RCV.The 22-year-old Italian will fly to Japan tomorrow to officially sign and attend a...

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  • Sauber GP project is revived

    01 February 2002

    Sauber GP project is revived

    SAUBER'S four-stroke GP project is definitely back on - and the bike could be tested again within six weeks.Development of the GP1, which was given its public debut by Niall Mackenzie in Malaysia last...

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  • GP noise limit raised to 125dB

    01 February 2002

    GP noise limit raised to 125dB

    NOISE limits for the new four-stroke GP class have been raised to make the series more appealing to fans.There had been a concern that under the current limit of 113dB post-race (110dB pre-race), fans...

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  • Checa tries latest M1 at Almeria

    28 January 2002

    Checa tries latest M1 at Almeria

    Carlos Checa has been out on the latest version of Yamaha's factory four-stroke YZR-M1 at Almeria this week.The Marlboro Yamaha rider evaluated new engine and suspension parts in his first outing...

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  • Ducati to unveil GP engine

    28 January 2002

    Ducati will unveil details of the new four-stroke GP motor it will race in 2003 on Monday.The Italian marque will release computer aided images of the new engine, plus technical details about the new bike which has been under development since bosses announced at last year's Spanish GP in Jerez that it would enter the four-stroke fray.Four-stroke mania is gathering more and more momentum with...

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  • Honda confident Rossi will sign

    21 January 2002

    Honda confident Rossi will sign

    Valentino Rossi’s contract bust-up with Honda looks like drawing to an amicable conclusion, ending speculation that the reigning world champion might actually walk away to join a rival.Both parties...

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  • Jeremy McWilliams: In his own words

    21 January 2002

    Flanker: Jezza, what are your thoughts of the up-and-coming season. Do you think you'll win the title?JeremyMcWilliams: *laughs*. I wouldn't be here if I didn't think I had a chance, and I was very encouraged after the first test. Especially lapping within the top four times over a simulated race distance. Genuinely we're happy. I never thought we'd be so close so soon. I'd never ridden on...

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  • McWilliams webchat; full transcript

    21 January 2002

    McWilliams webchat; full transcript

    GP racer Jeremy McWilliams reckons NSR500 rider Daijiro Katoh will be the man to challenge Honda four-stroke rider Valentino Rossi for the title this season.Biaggi and Nakano will be the men scrapping...

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  • Now Ukawa betters Rossi by almost a second

    21 January 2002

    Now Ukawa betters Rossi by almost a second

    Tohru Ukawa suffered another crash on the final day of Honda's four-stroke test in Malaysia on Wednesday but it didn't stop the Japanese rider from going almost a second under Valentino Rossi's lap...

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  • Morrison to ride for BMW GB in BoxerCup

    21 January 2002

    Morrison to ride for BMW GB in BoxerCup

    BMW GB has confirmed its team line-up for this year’s International BoxerCup – the one-make series that supports the MotoGP and World Endurance Championships. Current World Endurance Champion Brian...

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  • Rossi in contract dispute with Honda

    14 January 2002

    Rossi in contract dispute with Honda

    Reigning world champion Valentino Rossi's future with Honda has been thrown into doubt in a contract dispute with Japanese bosses.The world's number one rider and the world's biggest manufacturer are...

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  • Honda 250 hits crisis before it’s raced

    14 January 2002

    Honda 250 hits crisis before it’s raced

    Honda’s new development works 250 GP bike has hit a crisis before it has even been raced as the team it was to be run in this season teeters on the brink of collapse.The RS250R-W, which is due to...

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  • New British four-stroke twin for GPs

    14 January 2002

    New British four-stroke twin for GPs

    Maxsym Engine Technology Ltd have given a public debut to a concept parallel twin-cylinder motor named MC2, which it hopes will be raced in GPs in the season after next.Like Kenny Roberts' Proton...

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  • PlayStation is more than a game for Davies

    07 January 2002

    PlayStation is more than a game for Davies

    Most 14 year-olds spend hours on their PlayStation trying to register high scores but it’s a little more serious for British youngster Chaz Davies.He is currently spending hours with the controls in...

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  • Pit stops and non-stop races for 2003

    07 January 2002

    Pit stops and non-stop races for 2003

    Rain will no longer delay the start or cause races to be paused from 2003 in both GPs and WSB. Racers will be able to make pit stops to change tyres to match changing conditions.Or, of course, they...

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  • Full GP entry lists for 2002 revealed

    07 January 2002

    Full GP entry lists for 2002 revealed

    The FIM has just announced the entry lists for the three MotoGP classes in 2002. They are listed in full right here.125cc class:1 Manuel Poggiali, RSM Gilera Gilera Racing Team 4 Lucio Cecchinello ITA...

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  • Four-stroke rivals head-to-head next month

    01 January 2002

    Four-stroke rivals head-to-head next month

    February 15 will be a landmark day in the future of GP racing because it’s the day when Honda's RCV, Yamaha’s YZR-M1, Suzuki's XRE0 and Aprilia's RS3 will all clash on the track for the first time.The...

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  • GPs tune into pit-to-lid radio

    16 December 2001

    GPs tune into pit-to-lid radio

    Formula One-style helmet radios could be seen in GPs for the 2003 season.The radios will allow riders to communicate with their team while out on the track. They are under development by American...

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  • McWilliams signs to ride Roberts’ KR3

    16 December 2001

    McWilliams signs to ride Roberts’ KR3

    Jeremy McWilliams signed his contract with Kenny Roberts on Monday to ride a Proton KR3 in next year's world GP championship. " I am really happy to have a rider like Jeremy on board, " ...

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  • Laconi lands Aprilia GP four-stroke ride

    09 December 2001

    Laconi lands Aprilia GP four-stroke ride

    Regis Laconi will ride the gorgeous Aprilia four-stroke GP bike in next season’s world championship.It seems his one-off victory in last year’s final WSB round did him a truck load of favours.He may...

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