2007

Steve Plater joins GMT for 24-hour races

Steve Plater joins GMT for 24-hour races

Steve Plater has joined French-based GMT94 to race in the Le Mans and Bol d’Or 24 hour races in 2008…. and has still got two options to do the full series with other teams. Steve Plater said: “I’d be...

Video: James Toseland gets a nice Christmas present

James Toseland's personal sponsor Bennetts Insurance recently rewarded the riders successful year witha very expensive Christmas present. We caught up with Toseland as he signed autographs for fans to see how he was looking forward to next year.

Moto GP - Merry Xmas to MCN, Contributors & Readers

Moto GP - Merry Xmas to MCN, Contributors & Readers

Merry Xmas to everyone at Motorcycle News, fellow contributors and readers. The attached picture gives an idea of what we are hoping Santa delivers to us for next year, but we are not holding out too...

World Superbikes: Exclusive interview with Carlos Checa on his move from MotoGP in this week's MCN

World Superbikes: Exclusive interview with Carlos Checa on his move from MotoGP in this week's MCN

With his first test completed, Carlos Checa believes that his decision to quit MotoGP and join Ten Kate Honda in World Superbikes is the best decision of his life. Carlos Checa has followed fellow...

Support the ban on riders aids

Support the ban on riders aids

Many of us know the growing complaint about traction control and so on. These riders aids that are on the bike are making it more boring to watch moto gp, there's no excitement in the sport...

MotoGP: James Toseland gets new bike for Christmas

MotoGP: James Toseland gets new bike for Christmas

Christmas came early for double World Superbike champion James Toseland today when personal sponsor Bennetts presented him with a £6,000 bike. The surprise presentation was made to the 27-year-old on...

Bid for MotoGP stars' kit in online charity auction

Bid for MotoGP stars' kit in online charity auction

Fancy getting your hands on something different for Christmas - How about Casey Stoner’s boots or Loris Capirossi’s helmet? Well this could be your chance as Former MotoGP rider Sete Gibernau’s wife,...

World Superbikes: Makoto Tamada and Regis Laconi test Kawasaki PSG-1 in Jerez

World Superbikes: Makoto Tamada and Regis Laconi test Kawasaki PSG-1 in Jerez

Makoto Tamada and Regis Laconi got their first taste of the all new 2008 PSG-1 Kawasaki at Jerez in Spain last week, but only got to complete limited laps due to rain and cold temperatures. Tamada a...

MotoGP: Colin Edwards - Valentino Rossi no major loss for Michelin

MotoGP: Colin Edwards - Valentino Rossi no major loss for Michelin

Valentino Rossi’s former factory Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards believes Michelin still has a big enough talent pool to win back the MotoGP world championship crown in 2008, despite the Italian’s...

World Superbikes: 2008 calendar announced

World Superbikes: 2008 calendar announced

The 2008 World Superbike Championship has been announced with new races at the Nurburgring in Germany and Sentul in Indonesia making it a provisional 15 round series. The addition of Sentul in...

British Superbikes: Rizla Suzuki boss reflects on Calafat test

British Superbikes: Rizla Suzuki boss reflects on Calafat test

Rizla Suzuki completed three days of testing at Calafat last week with Tom Sykes and Atsushi Watanabe.   Motorcyclenews.com spoke to team manager Jack Valentine to get the low down. MCN:...

MotoGP: Nicky Hayden vows to come our fighting in 2008

MotoGP: Nicky Hayden vows to come our fighting in 2008

Former world MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden has admitted he can’t afford to make a sluggish start to next season as he looks to put a nightmare 2007 behind him. The Kentucky rider, currently...

World Supersport: Tommy Hill frustrated but recovering at home

World Supersport: Tommy Hill frustrated but recovering at home

Tommy Hill is continuing to recover from his testing injuries sustained last month and is now back at home after spending last week in hospital.  Following surgery on his femur, pelvis and ankle...

MotoGP: Kawasaki's John Hopkins ties the knot

MotoGP: Kawasaki's John Hopkins ties the knot

New factory Kawasaki rider John Hopkins ended his fantastic 2007 by tying the knot to stunning British bride Ashleigh last Saturday (December 15). The American wed at a luxury ceremony at the Hard...

New MCN December 19: 48 page Review of the Year

New MCN December 19: 48 page Review of the Year

Click here to see a sample of this week's MCN This week grab yourself a festive spectacular with a special bumper Christmas issue of MCN looking back over the past year. And if this 48-page pull out...

MotoGP: Danny Webb happy with Aprilia switch

MotoGP: Danny Webb happy with Aprilia switch

British teenager Danny Webb has spoken of his delight at securing a switch to Aprilia machinery for his second 125GP world championship campaign in 2008. Danny Webb extended his contract with the...

MotoGP: Valentino Rossi under pressure to perform on Bridgestone tyres

MotoGP: Valentino Rossi under pressure to perform on Bridgestone tyres

Valentino Rossi will be under extra pressure to deliver a sixth premier class in 2008 after his controversial switch from Michelin to Bridgestone tyres. Factory Suzuki boss Paul Denning believes the...

Stalker's a God

I was at Brands Hatch for the full three days of the last round of B.S.B, and on that damp, foggy, October Friday morning amoungst the media photographers were the die hard fans. The largest fan base was the Stalker's Army, from Kilt wearing Scotsmen with Suzuki blue hair, to little old Ladies with their 'don't look back' Union Jacks we were all there waiting to see the Stalker, and he did not...

MotoGP: Casey Stoner to run number one plate in 2008

MotoGP: Casey Stoner to run number one plate in 2008

As expected, MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner will run the number one plate on his factory Ducati in 2008, while five British riders will compete in the three MotoGP world championship classes next...

Audio: Beowulf Racing working hard in testing

Beowulf Racing riders Gino Rea and Dan Linfoot continued their winter testing programme in preparation for the 2008 Superstock 600 European Championship this week. Testing at the Alcarras circuit outside Barcelona in Spain the team braved near freezing conditions to continue developing the Superstock 600 bike and the new more powerful Supersport bike they plan to campaign as a wild card in the...

AMA Chaz Davies v Neil Hodgson showdown begins

AMA Chaz Davies v Neil Hodgson showdown begins

Britain’s Chaz Davies has had his first ride on the Attack Kawasaki ZX-6R at Daytona against none other than Neil Hodgson on a Honda CBR600RR. Davies lapped the 2.95-mile Speedway with a...

MotoGP: World Superbike success means nothing in MotoGP, admits James Toseland

MotoGP: World Superbike success means nothing in MotoGP, admits James Toseland

James Toseland has conceded his World Superbike success and experience counts for nothing as he gears up for his rookie MotoGP campaign in 2008. The British rider has completed two tests for the Tech...

British Superbikes: Atsushi Watanabe's first Rizla Suzuki ride

British Superbikes: Atsushi Watanabe's first Rizla Suzuki ride

Japanese superbike champion Atsushi Watanabe is testing the Rizla Suzuki at Calafat, Spain, along with new team-mate Tom Sykes this week. The team are starting their third and final day at the 3.25km...

British Superbikes: British Superbikes and British Supersport on Pirelli tyres for 2008

British Superbikes: British Superbikes and British Supersport on Pirelli tyres for 2008

British Superbike and British Supersport will run on Pirelli control tyres for the next three seasons. The decision to select Pirelli was announced this morning in a press statement from the MRCB,...

MotoGP: Tech 3 impressed with James Toseland’s approach

MotoGP: Tech 3 impressed with James Toseland’s approach

James Toseland’s new Tech 3 Yamaha boss has said he is impressed with the British rider’s s attitude, willingness to learn and work ethic as he sets about the massive task of becoming a competitive...

MotoGP: Ducati man scoops top prize

MotoGP: Ducati man scoops top prize

One of the key men behind Ducati’s phenomenal success in the 2007 MotoGP world championship has claimed a prestigious award. Aerodynamicist Alan Jenkins collected the Sir Jackie Stewart Award at the...

Video: Interview with Guy Martin and James Eillison

Last week it was confirmed Bike Animal Honda would be joining forces with Hydrex Honda for the 2008 British superbike Championship. Check out the video below as Sean Muir, owner of the newly named Hydrex Bike Animal Honda team introduces continuing rider Guy Martin and new signing James Ellison.

MotoGP: Valentino Rossi renews criticism of rider aids

MotoGP: Valentino Rossi renews criticism of rider aids

Valentino Rossi has again slammed the growing influence of electronics in MotoGP, renewing his fears rider skill is playing less and less of a pivotal role in the premier class. Rossi has been highly...

Video: World Supersport: Andrew Pitt goes electronic

Check out the video below as MCN's World Superbikes reporter, Michael Guy, speaks to Hannspree Ten Kate Honda's Andrew Pitt about the new electronics for the 2008 motorcycle. The World Supersport rider, who will be joining the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team full-time for 2008, shared his thoughts at the Qatar test a couple of weeks ago. To read about the battle of the electronics for the 2008...

Stalker at Brands

I was at Brands earlier this year and saw Chris Walker signing his book with a smile on his face. Then I saw him all but crawl back to the pits. He's still my hero and I'd ride another 55 miles without whinging.

British Superbikes: MV Agusta's Chris Burns speaks to MCN

British Superbikes: MV Agusta's Chris Burns speaks to MCN

Chris Burns will race an STP MV Agusta in the British Superbike Championship next year. MCN spoke to him about his new deal. MCN: Chris you’re likely to be the only guy racing an MV Agusta in British...

New MCN December 12 - Technical secrets of MotoGP

New MCN December 12 - Technical secrets of MotoGP

To see a sample of this week's MCN, click here   Want to know all about the insides of a MotoGP motorcycle, we reveal all in a free 12-page supplement about technical secrets in this week’s...

MotoGP: James Toseland fourth in prestigious BBC Sports Personality Award

MotoGP: James Toseland fourth in prestigious BBC Sports Personality Award

James Toseland finished in an amazing fourth place in last night’s prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year. The double World Superbike champion missed out on claiming a brilliant top three...

What a disgrace!

Chris Walker is a hero of mine, and when I heard of his book signing in Manchester I was made up. The missus had taken the car so I decided to brave the horrific weather and travel the 55 miles on my bike. I was soaked to the skin and freezing cold, but it didnt bother me - I was going to meet my hero. The book signing was from 1:30pm - 2:30pm. I got there at 2:10pm, to find...

Triumph 675 racing video

Here's a clip of Liam Forbes who is racing a Triumph 675 in South Africa. He had one pole position and finished the season in 4th place.

World Superbikes: Gregorio Lavilla confirmed for Paul Bird World Superbike squad

World Superbikes: Gregorio Lavilla confirmed for Paul Bird World Superbike squad

As was predicted in MCN last month, Paul Bird has just officially announced that Spaniard Gregorio Lavilla will ride in a one-man World Superbike effort in 2008. Gregorio Lavilla will return to the...