2006

Video: Sepang monsoon

Video: Sepang monsoon

Torrential rain has flooded parts of the track at Sepang, putting a halt to the MotoGP test - see our exclusive video report. MCN MotoGP reporter Matthew Birt is in Malaysia to follow the test and he...

In the blue

In the blue

Looking down on the world

Honda honours riders

Honda honours riders

British Superbike champion Ryuichi Kiyonari was the guest of honour at a special reception dinner in Newcastle last night. The evening was hosted by HM Plant at the Newcastle Gateshead Hilton,...

BSB popularity increase

BSB popularity increase

Record audience figures watched the 2006 Bennetts British Superbike Championship as the battle for the title went down to the wire. Figures for both television audiences and spectators attending race...

Say cheese

Say cheese

Biker chick stays cool in the paddock

Sunshine girls

Sunshine girls

These girls are preparing for the paddock staring competition

Supermoto finale

Supermoto finale

Andy Mitchell secured the Open and 450 Championship titles with an almost flawless score sheet. The quads were first out on Saturday. Aaron Ebbitt and Mike Taylor had a clear run ahead of Matthew...

Lavilla talks to MCN

Lavilla talks to MCN

Gregorio Lavilla is coming back to BSB in 2007 for a third successive season with Airwaves Ducati. The 2005 BSB champion spoke to MCN about why his deal took so long to finalise and how he aims to...

Kiyo visits North East

Kiyo visits North East

2006 British Superbike Champion Ryuichi Kiyonari has been visiting HM Plant’s headquarters in Hebburn, Tyne and Wear to celebrate his BSB success. The 24-year-old secured his title at a...

Red mist

Red mist

Trapped by the red umbrella

All leathered up

All leathered up

So that's why they resigned Lorenzo Lanzi.....

All knotted up

All knotted up

Thank goodness I look better than the girl behind me......

Mackenzie's return

Mackenzie's return

Three-times British Superbike champion, Niall Mackenzie, is to return to Yamaha as ambassador for the Virgin Mobile Cup. The 45-year-old, who also rode GP bikes, will carry out this role as well as...

Croft set for revamp

Croft set for revamp

RACE fans could be looking forward to better improvements at Croft, if pledges by the new owners of the circuit are carried out. Running of the north Yorkshire track has been taken over by the...

Not enough umbrellas

Not enough umbrellas

You're looking the wrong way.....

Limited trophy places

Limited trophy places

Places are now limited for the 2007 ACU Suzuki GSX-R Trophy next year following a successful unveiling of the bike at the International Motorcycle and Scooter Show. Series organisers were assisted by...

Toseland's 4-wheel fun

Toseland's 4-wheel fun

There’s no doubt that James Toseland is fast on two wheels, but now he’s shown that he’s also a natural when it comes to racing cars. In a unscheduled test last week, Toseland got...

Pitt weighs BSB offer

Pitt weighs BSB offer

Andrew Pitt has an offer on the table from Paul Bird to race in BSB next year – but the Aussie WSB star is also waiting to see if he has landed a ride with the new Ilmor MotoGP team. The Aussie...

Yukio wins in Japan

Yukio wins in Japan

World Superbike star and former British Superbike fan favourite Yukio Kagayama took victory in his first race in Japan since 2002. Kagayama rode a Suzuki GSX-R1000 in his own team, "JK Suzuki...

Muggeridge on the move

Muggeridge on the move

Karl Muggeridge is set to continue racing for Honda in WSB next season after signing to ride for the Alto Evolution Bertocchi squad. Muggeridge has spent the last two years onboard the Ten Kate...

Biaggi gets head start

Biaggi gets head start

Max Biaggi got a head start on his WSB rivals after testing his Alstare Suzuki at Valencia a week before the first official test. In a high security, secret test at the Spanish circuit, Biaggi got...

Winstanley takes GP win

Winstanley takes GP win

Matt Winstanley secured the first Grand Prix win for a British rider at the Supermoto World Championship final. The weekend started well for the Wigan rider as he squeezed into the shoot-out for...

Gibernau bows out

Gibernau bows out

Veteran MotoGP rider Sete Gibernau has announced his retirement from the sport with immediate effect. The 33-year-old called a press conference on Wednesday, November 8 where he told reporters he...

Op for Melandri

Op for Melandri

Marco Melandri will have to delay testing on Honda’s new RC212V 800cc after undergoing surgery. The Italian rider has been experiencing niggling in his left arm, similar to carpal tunnel...

Pedrosa stays silent

Pedrosa stays silent

Dani Pedrosa did little to defuse his frosty relationship with the Spanish and world media in Valencia as he refused to speak on both days at last week’s big MotoGP test. Despite finishing...

McWilliams bid for GPs

McWilliams bid for GPs

Jeremy McWilliams’ bid for a dramatic return to the MotoGP world championship at the age of 42 could be eased by fellow Brit Leon Haslam announcing his decision to stay in BSB. Veteran...

Hayden targets title No.2

Hayden targets title No.2

Nicky Hayden may have barely shrugged off the hangover from winning the MotoGP world title in dramatic fashion last week, but he’s already got his eye on a second championship. Hayden, who won...

Barros testing early

Barros testing early

Alex Barros will make his Ducati GP7 800 debut two months ahead of schedule after impressing at last week’s Valencia test session. The veteran Brazilian wasn’t expecting to make his 800...

Kallio proves popularity

Kallio proves popularity

F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen, who replaces Michael Schumacher at Ferrari next year, has been beaten in the Finnish motorsport's man of the year poll by motorcycle rider Mika Kallio. Kallio, runner up...

Rossi: F1 door still open

Rossi: F1 door still open

Little more than days after losing his MotoGP world crown to Nicky Hayden, Valentino Rossi has reignited the F1 ‘Will he, won’t he?’ debate after suggesting he could yet race in the...

Blog: Bayliss joins club

Blog: Bayliss joins club

MCN MotoGP reporter Matt Birt exclusively shares hs views post Valencia.. Matt has spent years living out of a suitcase to follow the MotoGP circus around the world, to get the inside scoops for...

Full concentration

Full concentration

Muggeridge - being protected or about to be beaten up?

Mellow yellow

Mellow yellow

And the pouter of the year award goes to...............

Blog: Close season over

Blog: Close season over

November 2 2006 MCN MotoGP reporter Matt Birt exclusively shares hs views post Valencia.. Matt has spent years living out of a suitcase to follow the MotoGP circus around the world, to get the inside...

Rizla Suzuki testing

Rizla Suzuki testing

Rizla Suzuki’s Chris Walker is thrilled with the performance of the new GSX-R1000K7 after testing the bike in Valencia. Stalker started on the 2006 bike he rode to victory in the Mallory Park...

Vincent retires

Vincent retires

British Supersport will lose the services of one of its most experienced riders for the 2007 season as Jay Vincent retires from the sport. The Barwell-based rider has had a disappointing year...