2004

Looking wistful...

Looking wistful...

When she saw the standard of competition for places on the MCN Babe Squad, she couldn't hide her disapointment...

Extance tests for Dakar

Extance tests for Dakar

While the rest of us were out Christmas shopping, Mick Extance was testing with Rally Raid UK for some final preparation for the Paris Dakar Rally. The 41-year-old will be at the start of the rally...

Stuck on Suzukis?

Stuck on Suzukis?

Simply coat one GSX-R with glue and you have yourself a super-sticky 'babe trap' to entrap any bikini-clad women walking past.

Hodgson to use Dunlops

Hodgson to use Dunlops

Neil Hodgson’s new team, Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin, has decided to ditch the Michelin tyres it ran with in the American superbike series in 2004 and move to using Dunlops for the next two...

Uncertainty for Davies

Uncertainty for Davies

British 250cc GP rider Chaz Davies is still not 100 per cent sure where he'll be riding in 2005. Davies finished the 2004 season in 13th place on a 'kit' Aprilia machine. The 17-year-old, who made...

GP teams reshuffle

GP teams reshuffle

It’s not just the riders that are changing teams in the GP paddock, with the Aprilia racing director and Kenny Roberts’ chief mechanic deciding to quit their teams. Suzuki Chief Mechanic...

Donington traffic plans

Donington traffic plans

After the horrendous traffic problems encountered by GP fans at this year’s British GP, Donington Park is conducting a traffic impact study as part of the on going improvements to the circuit. ...

Brolly babes on parade

Brolly babes on parade

You might not believe this, but brolly babes go through years of rigourous training before they become qualified to stand on the grid. Here we see the training in progress at Brolly Babe Academy.

Ice Speedway for Brit

Ice Speedway for Brit

British speedway rider James Mann will be one of the main contenders for the 2004/5 World Championship ICE Racing Series. "Mad Dog" Mann won the 2003 Nitro Speedway class for...

Standing tall...

Standing tall...

All the other girls looked up to her. Well, at her height, they didn't have any choice!

Give us a wave...

Give us a wave...

We prefer this type of wave to the Mexican variety...

MRO rookie wins award

Richard Keohane has been awarded the Most promising Newcomers Award at the MRO/Bemsee Awards Dinner, after winning his class with four rounds remaining in his first year of racing. Keohane won 28 of the 32 races he competed in, having never ridden on a race track before 2004. Having dominated the Rookie 400 class, he also acquired a Honda CBR600RR for the final round of the season, and took three...

Summer loving...

Summer loving...

Remember the warm weather and big events of the summer? If you were at Brands Hatch WSB, you might have seen these ladies about...

DVD extras?

DVD extras?

When we see the phrase 'DVD Extras', this is what we like to think about

Call for off road action

Call for off road action

A recent parliamentary debate on off road riding has shown the government is beginning to recognise the issues faced by dirt riders in the UK. Welsh MP Huw Irranca-Davies, who is a keen off-roader,...

She's a battle-axe?

She's a battle-axe?

We've heard some gentlemen describe their wives as battleaxes, but it seems a little unkind to make her wear the name as a tattoo...

Wasn't she in a shampoo ad?

Wasn't she in a shampoo ad?

We could have sworn she used to advertise Timotei...

WSB tests announced

WSB tests announced

The third week of February will be your first chance to see the 2005 World Superbike machines line up side by side. The dates for the official World Superbike tests have been announced and the first...

Stoneleigh sets new high

Stoneleigh sets new high

The Dirt Rider Expo which closed at Stoneleigh Park on Sunday (Nov 28) has proved to be the biggest yet with a 5 per cent rise in visitor numbers to “well in excess of 20,000” over the...

Are you a Rossi fanatic?

Are you a Rossi fanatic?

Are you the world's biggest Valentino Rossi fan? Or do you jump around the living room when Sete Gibernau wins a MotoGP race? MCN is looking for five die-hard Rossi fans and five equally staunch...

Help Toseland win award

Help Toseland win award

Newly-crowned World Superbike champion James Toseland is one of three finalists in the Yorkshire Sports Personality of the year, and the winner will be decided by a public phone vote. Toseland is up...

Xaus signs for Yamaha

Xaus signs for Yamaha

Ruben Xaus has confirmed the rumours that he will be riding a Yamaha next year by signing for the Tech 3 Fortuna squad. The Spanish rider impressed the team with his third place finish in the Qatar...

Proton V4 sets hot pace

Proton V4 sets hot pace

It looks like the Proton MotoGP team may get a reprieve from running at the back of the grid in 2005 with the shake-down test of its new V4 engine at Jerez last week showing a lot of promise. The...

Bayliss fastest in test

Bayliss fastest in test

After the first wet day of testing at Valencia in Spain, Troy Bayliss has gone fastest on the Honda RC211V. In intermittent rain, the Australian former WSB champion was working alone in the Camel...

Rossi packs up for winter

Rossi packs up for winter

Yamaha completed its three-day test in Sepang today with Valentino Rossi posting the fastest time of the test. Rossi put in 44 laps, mostly on the 2005 version of the M1, including an endurance test...

Checa tops Jerez test

Checa tops Jerez test

Carlos Checa has ended the three-day Bridgestone tyre test at Jerez with a fastest lap that beats the time Valentino Rossi set to take pole position at the circuit earlier this year. Checa was at the...

Aprilia to quit MotoGP?

Aprilia to quit MotoGP?

Shane Byrne and Jeremy McWilliams could be looking for work later this week as rumours grow that the Aprilia team will not compete in MotoGP in 2005. The team has faced an uncertain future since the...

Red Bull Rookie chosen

Red Bull Rookie chosen

Fourteen-year-old Chris Jones will ride for the Red Bull Rookies British 125GP team in 2005. A total of 12 aspiring young riders, including one female, attended a selection event at Mallory Park on...

What's Toseland doing?

What's Toseland doing?

The bemused brolly girl looks on as James Toseland either stretches his leathers before a race, or lets fear get the better of him...

She sees right through us

She sees right through us

Why do we get the feeling she'd rather be somewhere else?

We're going crossing

We're going crossing

Not many offices get cluttered up with bikes on a Friday lunchtime. MCN's is one. Here's Marc Potter admiring the new race exhaust and exclusive GP sticker set gracing his KX250F. It's nice and warm...

Kiss them goodbye...

Kiss them goodbye...

To be honest, we're glad to see the back of them...

Lady in red...

Lady in red...

Well strictly speaking, 'Lady in front of a red wall', but that wouldn't have made a short enough headline.

Corser back on top

Corser back on top

After a season hiding in the middle of the pack on the Foggy FP-1, Troy Corser is back on top taking the best time at a packed Pirelli test in Valencia. Corser, who is now riding for Alstare Suzuki,...

Pitt debuts R1 Superbike

Pitt debuts R1 Superbike

Andrew Pitt has debuted the 2005 Yamaha R1 World Superbike machine in testing at the Valencia circuit in Spain. The three-day test began yesterday with the 28-year-old former Supersport champion...

Macau GP first practice

Macau GP first practice

John McGuinness has gone fastest in the opening practice session for the Macau Grand prix which takes place on Saturday, November 20, riding the MonsterMob Ducati 999. Austrian Thomas Hinterreiter...