2006

Rea on crutches

Rea on crutches

New HM Plant Honda signing Jonathan Rea won’t be joining BSB Champion Ryuiichi Kiyonari at the first test of the 2007 Fireblade at Motegi later this month, as he’s still recovering from an...

No BSB traction control

No BSB traction control

It's been the hot topic of the season, but while the cost, development and even the very existence of traction control systems have been hotly debated in WSB, 2006 BSB champ Ryuichi Kiyonari says...

Blog: RfH marathon run

Blog: RfH marathon run

Dean Ellison has sent the final instalment of his New York Marathon diary, which here talks about the race itself. He raised well over £1000 for Riders for Health, with more donations due, which...

Hodgson rumour denied

Hodgson rumour denied

A flurry of talk which linked Neil Hodgson with Paul Bird in a mooted works Honda team for the 2007 British Superbike championship has prompted the star's manager to pour cold water on the...

MVs to race in BSB

MVs to race in BSB

Two MV Agusta F4 1000Rs will compete in British Superbike and Superstock in 2007, with new team Trackstar-Racing. The squad will consist of a two rider line-up with 22-year-old Irishman Brian...

Triumph ride-off idea

Triumph ride-off idea

Triumph Triple Challenge organiser Tony Scott has thrown down the gauntlet to the organisers the Virgin Yamaha R6 Cup and GS-X-R Trophy one-make championships to promote a special end-of-season...

Data logging course

Data logging course

FIRST time racers and race teams can learn how to use data logging systems on a new short course run by the University of Northampton. The two day course runs on December 4-5 2006 or February 13-14...

Feeling flirty

Feeling flirty

"It's ok, I sacked my fashion designer following this shoot..."

Rider lists for 2007

Rider lists for 2007

As riders and teams confirm their plans for the 2007 race seasons, we're keeping you up-to-date with the latest moves in one handy place. Follow the links, right, for the latest news from World...

Goodwood dates out

Goodwood dates out

Patron of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival, The Earl of March, has announced the dates of the two 2007 events. The 15th running of the Festival of Speed will take place over the weekend of...

McGuinness' 160 miss

McGuinness' 160 miss

John McGuinness had a moment as close as any other in his glittering roads racing career, after a huge moment at over 160mph in Macau today. The 11-time TT winner had the biggest moment of the day on...

Rutter confirms pole

Rutter confirms pole

Michael Rutter took a step nearer a record-breaking seventh Macau GP win, after sealing pole position for Saturday’s race around the street circuit on his Stobart Honda Fireblade. He retained...

Curtain to miss first test

Curtain to miss first test

2006 World Supersport runner-up Kevin Curtain will miss the first official winter test in Valencia next week as he continues to spend time in Australia. Curtain arrived at the final round of the 2006...

Toseland tops test

Toseland tops test

James Toseland has made an impressive start to the world Superbike winter testing season after he topped the timesheets at the first day of the major Valencia test taking place yesterday and today. ...

WSB testing update

WSB testing update

Day two of the Valencia World Superbike test sees Yamaha making big steps already with their new-for-07 R1. Yesterday, Noriyuki Haga and new team-mate Troy Corser rode a 2006 and 2007 bike each at...

JT on electronics focus

JT on electronics focus

While he may have been fastest yesterday in the first day of the WSB Valencia two-day test, James Toseland has revealed that his team is more concerned at developing the new electronics package fitted...

Six Day Enduro begins

Six Day Enduro begins

The 81st International Six Day Enduro kicked off on Monday night (Tuesday morning) in Taupo, New Zealand. The enduro is a team event consisting of 31 nations and 600 racers, riding 155 miles a day...

Rutter takes pole

Rutter takes pole

Michael Rutter has taken provisional pole position in the opening qualifying session for the 40th running of the Macau Grand Prix. The 33-year-old BSB star lapped his Stobart Honda in 2.27.99, over...

Biaggi on top form

Biaggi on top form

New Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Max Biaggi set the fastest time at this week’s two-day World Superbike test at Valencia in Spain. The Italian recorded a time of 1:33.9 with team mate...

Renewed deal for WSB

Renewed deal for WSB

Motorcycle clothing and accessories manufacturer Axo Sport have renewed their contract with WSB rights holders, FGSport, for a further three years. Axo will continue as technical sponsor to the...

Win Toseland's leathers

Win Toseland's leathers

If you’ve ever wanted to get your hands on some genuine racing memorabilia this is your chance. In aid of Riders for Health, MCN’s WSB reporter Michael Guy is competing in the 2000 mile...

Steady start for Biaggi

Steady start for Biaggi

All eyes were on Max Biaggi at the major Valencia WSB test, as series fans waited to see how the four-time GP world champion would perform in his first track outing against the stars who will be his...

Schwantz faces Macau

Schwantz faces Macau

Race legends Kevin Schwantz, Ron Haslam and Mick Grant, plus modern-day riders Michael Rutter, John McGuinness and Cameron Donald will take part in special lap of honour preceding the Macau Grand Prix...

Macau celebrates 40th

Macau celebrates 40th

The 40th Macau Grand prix takes place this weekend, and this year’s GP promises to be fiercer than ever. In his final ride on the Stobart Honda Rutter is aiming to break the record of six...

Singing in the rain

Want to see how fast the weather changed in Malaysia at the ongoing GP test? Our MotoGP reporter Matt Birt caught some dramatic video footage of the third turn completely under water after lashing rain brought the first day’s riding to a premature halt. Earlier in the day, Matt had been stood at the exact same corner and was more worried about being bitten by cobras in the grass than...

Suzuki top at Sepang

Suzuki top at Sepang

Suzuki proved the surprise package at the second day of the major Sepang MotoGP test today, with Rizla men John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen finishing top two. Hopper set a best time of 2:02.73 in a...

Kawasaki and Eckl split

Kawasaki and Eckl split

Kawasaki has taken its entire MotoGP racing operation in-house after splitting with long-time team manager Harald Eckl. Eckl has run Kawasaki’s MotoGP programme, and before that the...

Rossi goes rallying

Rossi goes rallying

He has barely turned a wheel in anger, but the World Rally Championship barely knows what has hit it with the hype prior to Valentino Rossi’s participance in this weekend’s New Zeland...

Hopkins leads again

Hopkins leads again

Suzuki once again topped the timesheets in Sepang on day three of their 800cc testing. John Hopkins took more than a second off yesterday’s time to record a 2:01.64 lap ahead of team-mate Chris...

Rain halts testing

Rain halts testing

Colin Edwards’ first chance to try out Yamaha’s 800cc MotoGP bike was cut short by rain on Wednesday. The American was testing the new bike for the first time at Sepang before torrential...

Pedrosa testing setback

Pedrosa testing setback

Dani Pedrosa's winter testing schedule has taken a knock after he was forced to abandon plans to join a major three-day MotoGP test in Malaysia this week. Pedrosa has had an operation on his left...

Jacque ready for GPs

Jacque ready for GPs

Olivier Jacque claims he wasn’t bothered about being well down Kawasaki’s shopping list as the French rider clinched a shock return to MotoGP. The former world 250 champion was plucked...

Edwards ready for 800s

Edwards ready for 800s

Yamaha star Colin Edwards gets his first taste tomorrow (Wednesday Nov 15, 2006) of the all-new 800cc M1 he and team-mate Valentino Rossi will campaign in MotoGP next year. So far Rossi is the only...

Tommy Hayden falls

Tommy Hayden falls

US Superbike star Tommy Hayden made a debut he’d probably like to forget on the Yoshimura Suzuki he will race next year, after a mammoth highside at the Sepang test in Malaysia. The works Suzuki...

Guintoli's crocked debut

Guintoli's crocked debut

French MotoGP new boy Sylvain Guintoli had a painful graduation from 250s to the big bikes, after he broke his collar bone in his first ride on a MotoGP bike. Guintoli, riding for Tech-3 Yamaha as...

Hayden's injury secret

Hayden's injury secret

Nicky Hayden has sensationally revealed he won the MotoGP world championship with a fractured right shoulder, picked up in the controversial Estoril clash with team-mate Dani Pedrosa. The American...