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Sport (Jan - Dec 2007)

  • Blog: TT resurgence

    06 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Blog: TT resurgence

    After recent MCN’s laden with ‘Rutter back the TT’,  the ‘MV return to TT with Finnegan’ and ‘McGuinness sticks with Honda for TT,’ stories I was asked how come the TT has been getting so much...

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  • Ellison's AMA progress

    05 February 2007 by Michael Guy

    Ellison's AMA progress

    James Ellison continued his busy testing schedule for the American Superbike championship with a two day, rain-hit shakedown test at Fontana. Onboard the Corona Extra Honda CBR1000RR, Ellison...

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  • JM: ‘130mph TT lap on’

    05 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    JM: ‘130mph TT lap on’

    It’s almost certain that HM Plant Honda’s John McGuinness’ astounding 129.45mph Isle of Man TT outright lap record will be well and truly smashed at this year’s TT - providing the weather conditions...

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  • TT launch party

    05 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    TT launch party

    Twenty-six of the best pure road racers in the world were flown in to the Isle of Man for the biggest TT press launch ever on Friday night. Top riders including TT lap record holder John McGuinness...

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  • Donington Park sold

    05 February 2007 by MCN

    Donington Park sold

    The landscape of who owns what in British racing changed dramatically this morning. An announcement has been made that Donington Park racetrack has been sold by the long-time owners the Wheatcroft...

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  • Hayden's shoulder check

    03 February 2007 by Matthew birt

    Hayden's shoulder check

    Nicky Hayden flew to San Francisco after his test topping performance in Phillip Island this week to make sure his right shoulder is holding up under the strain of an intensive winter testing...

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  • Plater aims for TT

    02 February 2007 by MCN

    Plater aims for TT

    Steve Plater will race an AIM Yamaha R1 in BSB and the major international road races this year. Plater rode the team’s R6 in several British Supersport races last year, deputising for injured Chris...

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  • Warren's works Aprilia

    01 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Warren's works Aprilia

    Sam Warren will defend his British Supermoto title on a factory Aprilia as well as race in the World series. Warren is delighted to hear that the historic three-way agreement between the ACU, the...

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  • Villagers condemn club

    31 January 2007 by MCN

    Villagers condemn club

    Village residents in a Shropshire village are protesting over Market Drayton Motocross Club’s plans to hold five race meets this year.  Ollerton residents say the noise and increased traffic...

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  • Barros fastest at PI

    30 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    Barros fastest at PI

    Veteran Brazilian Alex Barros pulled off a big surprise in Australia today when he clocked the fastest time on the opening day of testing at Phillip Island. Back in MotoGP after a year out in World...

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  • World Endurance teams

    29 January 2007 by MCN

    World Endurance teams

    There are just two British riders among the 17 teams that make up the permanent entry list for this year’s World Endurance championship.  North West 200 double-winner and Macau GP winner Steve...

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  • Speedway's richest race

    29 January 2007 by MCN

    Speedway's richest race

    The Speedway Grand Prix promoters are billing the final race at the last round of this year’s World Championship as the richest minute in motorsport. The meeting will take place at Veltins-Arena,...

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  • Pensioner for 2008 Dakar

    27 January 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Pensioner for 2008 Dakar

    Tackling the Dakar Rally at 65 and becoming its oldest ever competitor was never going to be easy. But despite being forced out by freak sandstorms Scotland’s Robbie Allan is already targeting the...

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  • Win your racing dream

    26 January 2007 by MCN

    Win your racing dream

    If you ever fancied having a go at racing, here’s your chance.  For the price of a £20 competition ticket www.givemethekeys.com are giving away a Cagiva Raptor 650 race bike and full spares...

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  • Brit's Hawkstone bid

    26 January 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Brit's Hawkstone bid

    British hero Billy Mackenzie is aiming to upset the world’s motocross stars at this year’s Hawkstone Park International in Shropshire on Sunday, March 4, 2007. Many of the leading factory riders use...

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  • North West 200 launch

    24 January 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    North West 200 launch

    The stature of the North West 200 road race meeting in Northern Ireland was underlined this week. The Northern Ireland Secretary of State Peter Hain attended the launch of the 2007 races at the...

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  • Metzger breaks back

    22 January 2007 by MCN

    Metzger breaks back

    Freestyle motocrosser Mike Metzger broke his back attempting a back-flip in Long Beach, California on Wednesday, January 17, 2006. According to reports on the Long Beach Presstelegram Metzger was...

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  • Richards in World Enduro

    21 January 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Richards in World Enduro

    Out of work BSB star Glen Richards has joined the Phase One Endurance team for the seven-round world championship. Since finishing fifth in the 2005 BSB series on a Kawasaki ZX10, Australian Richards...

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  • Dakar Rally: Stage 12

    19 January 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Dakar Rally: Stage 12

    Spaniard Isidre Esteve took his second Dakar stage victory when he took yesterday’s 12th stage from Ayoun to Kayes. The KTM rider finished over three minutes ahead of Portuguese Paulo Goncalvez...

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  • Cliff Carr dies

    18 January 2007 by MCN

    Cliff Carr dies

    Seventies road racing star Cliff Carr passed away in hospital on Wednesday, January 10 after suffering a liver-related disease.   Sixty-two-year-old Carr came from Leyland, Lancashire but, after...

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  • Dakar Rally update

    18 January 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Dakar Rally update

    There was no special stage counting towards the Dakar times yesterday, just a 280km connection from Nema to Ayuon. Spaniard Marc Coma leads the rally by more than 54 minutes from Frenchman Cyril...

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  • New Virgin BSS Team

    17 January 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    New Virgin BSS Team

    Virgin Yamaha will field Billy McConnell and Tom Grant on R6s in British Supersport this year, in a radical departure for the Rob McElnea-owned outfit. Though McElnea’s Scunthorpe-based crew have won...

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  • Dakar Rally: Stage 10

    17 January 2007 by Sarah Carnell

    Dakar Rally: Stage 10

    Portugal’s Helder Rodrigues won stage 10 of the Dakar Rally, beating overall leader Marc Coma by just 44 seconds. This was also a change to the last few days with Rodrigues on his Yamaha ending the...

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  • Back to Bikes

    16 January 2007

    Back to Bikes

    Courageous Simon Lawson who was paralysed from the chest down in an accident five years ago has returned to the sport he loves. Lawson, son of Workington Comets speedway star Steve Lawson will ride...

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  • Dakar Rally: Stage Nine

    16 January 2007 by Sarah Carnell

    Dakar Rally: Stage Nine

    Marc Coma continues to keep ahead of the pack following stage nine of the Dakar Rally. The Spaniard on his KTM now sits 54 minutes 36 seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Cyril Despres, following their...

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  • TT sidecar visit

    16 January 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    TT sidecar visit

    Thirteen sidecar crews visited the Isle of Man last week in preparation for their circuit debuts later this year at the Centennial TT. The recruitment of high calibre solo newcomers has been well...

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  • 2007 endurance calendar

    15 January 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    2007 endurance calendar

    The 2007 Endurance World Championship provisional calendar comprises six events, including two 24 hour races in France and one in Germany. This will be the first time the championship has been...

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  • Lady In White dies

    15 January 2007 by MCN

    Lady In White dies

    Gwen Crellin, better known as the ‘Lady in White’ in the Isle of Man, has died at the age of 89. Given the nickname by 10-time TT winner Giacomo Agostini, she was a marshall for many years, headed a...

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  • 2007 Goodwood theme

    15 January 2007 by MCN

    2007 Goodwood theme

    ‘Spark of Genius – Breaking Records, Pushing Boundaries’ will be the theme for the 2007 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Included in this will be a celebration of the TT and its Centenary year with iconic...

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  • Stewart still unbeaten

    15 January 2007 by MCN

    Stewart still unbeaten

    Kawasaki’s James ‘Bubba’ Stewart remains unbeaten in the AMA Supercross championship after winning the second round at Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday night. For the second week running, Suzuki’s Ricky...

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  • MacPherson comeback

    13 January 2007 by Matthew Birt

    MacPherson comeback

    Scot Iain MacPherson is hoping to secure a shock return to big time racing having secured a test ride that could see him line up in this year’s Bol d’Or 24-hour world endurance race. The 38-year-old...

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  • Supermoto series combine

    13 January 2007 by MCN

    Supermoto series combine

    UK Supermoto racing has a new focus in 2007 with a new six-round British championship thanks to the organisers of two previously competing National series combining their efforts. ACU/AMCA British...

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  • Extance out of Dakar

    12 January 2007 by MCN

    Extance out of Dakar

    MCN backed Mick Extance is out of the Dakar Rally after his bike lost power 80KMs from the finish line of stage six. Stage six is the longest in the Dakar and was exceptionally muddy and wet. At the...

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  • Ride in youth MX series

    12 January 2007 by Sarah Carnell

    Ride in youth MX series

    Any riders wishing to enter the 2007 British Youth Motocross Championship need to be aware that registration closes on February 1, 2007. With only a couple of weeks left until registration closes,...

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  • Suzuki pair get new cars

    12 January 2007 by Sarah Carnell

    Suzuki pair get new cars

    Rizla Suzuki pair Chris Walker and Cal Crutchlow have been to Suzuki’s Milton Keynes headquarters to collect their new Swift sports cars. Stalker’s choice is a 1.9DDiS four-wheel drive Grand Vitara.

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