November

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...

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...