March

Rob McElnea interview: Part two

Rob McElnea interview: Part two

Part two of our exclusive video interview with Virign Media team boss Rob McElnea looks at the rule changes for the 2007 Virgin Media R6 Cup. If you missed part one, which covered the Virgin British...

MotoGP want Toseland

MotoGP want Toseland

James Toseland’s winning start to the WSB season has put him at the top of Honda’s MotoGP shopping list for 2008. Satellite Honda squads Gresini and LCR have both expressed an interest in the...

Dorna wrong to ignore 250 and 125 teams

Dorna wrong to ignore 250 and 125 teams

High-profile 125 and 250 team boss Jorge Martinez has spoken of his anger at the smaller classes being omitted from next month’s sponsorship summit in Barcelona. Dorna has arranged a two-day seminar...

Ducati expect Honda retaliation

Ducati expect Honda retaliation

Ducati technical guru Filippo Preziosi reckons there’s an easy way for the likes of Honda to avoid a repeat of their humiliation in Qatar. Asked how much personal satisfaction he took from hammering...

Pitt devastated at Ilmor withdrawal

Pitt devastated at Ilmor withdrawal

Andrew Pitt has spoken for the first time about the bitter disappointment at Ilmor’s shock withdrawal from the MotoGP world championship last week. The Aussie, who suffered a crushing blow at the end...

Rob McElnea interview: Part one

Rob McElnea interview: Part one

Watch part one of an exclusive interview with Virgin Mobile Yamaha team boss Rob McElnea as the British Superbike and Supersport teams test at Croft, alongside the new riders in the Virgin R6...

Aoyama out of Jerez

Aoyama out of Jerez

KTM rider, Hiroshi Aoyama, will miss the next round of the 250 grand prix after sustaining injuries in a crash at Qatar. The crash, suffered at the first meeting of the 2007 season, left the Red Bull...

Edwards desperate for more speed

Edwards desperate for more speed

Colin Edwards has joined factory Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi in pleading for his YZR-M1 to get an urgent power upgrade. Rossi begged Yamaha engineers for a horsepower upgrade after factory Ducati...

Haslam fastest in Albacete

Haslam fastest in Albacete

Leon Haslam continued to set the pace in pre-season testing when he set the benchmark lap time in the three-day Albacete test this weekend on the Airwaves Ducati. Team-mate Gregorio Lavilla was...

Edwards remains upbeat

Edwards remains upbeat

Colin Edwards is confident he will bounce back from his disappointing start to the new MotoGP world championship campaign at the second round in Jerez this weekend. The American was sixth in the...

Repsol stars lead Madrid parade

Repsol stars lead Madrid parade

Repsol Honda stars Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa led an 8000 bike convoy through the Spanish captial of Madrid on Sunday, March 18, 2007. The duo swapped their MotoGP machines for a pair of Honda...

Rossi Graham Madden rides for Yamaha

Rossi Graham Madden rides for Yamaha

This is my son Rossi Graham Madden. He is only two years old and has already got his first MotoGP ride for Yamaha! Guess it's all in the name! Plus he's even got his own "brolly mummy", pictured with...

Brand new look for Beowulf Racing in 2007

Brand new look for Beowulf Racing in 2007

When Beowulf Racing takes to the track for the start of the European Superstock 600 Championship (ESS 600) next month, they won’t just be sporting a new rider in the form of 17-year-old Gino Rea – the...

Beowulf Racing Blast Back in 2007

Beowulf Racing Blast Back in 2007

Having endured an incident-packed 2006 season, the Somerset-based Beowulf Racing team appear to be back on track in 2007. In their fifth continuous year of international competition the squad will...

Hodgson wrong to reject Ducati GP ride

Hodgson wrong to reject Ducati GP ride

Former British and World Superbike champion, Neil Hodgson, was wrong to have rejected the chance to join the D’Antin Ducati MotoGP squad for the 2007 world championship. That’s the view of his manager...

Burgess joy at Rossi deal

Burgess joy at Rossi deal

Valentino Rossi’s crew chief Jerry Burgess reckons the Italian’s recent new deal with Yamaha’s factory team killed off any suggestion of any hangover from last year’s shock MotoGP defeat. Rossi...

Suzuki to get engine upgrade

Suzuki to get engine upgrade

Factory Suzuki duo John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen will test a different engine spec immediately after the Turkish GP in Istanbul next month. The Japanese factory is keen to build on an impressive...

Ducati sets Albacete BSB test pace

Ducati sets Albacete BSB test pace

The first day of the major three-day BSB test at Albacete in Spain has seen the honours go to Airwaves Ducati's Leon Haslam and Gregorio Lavilla. The pair took their works 999s to the top two times,...

Stoner: Criticism was unjust

Stoner: Criticism was unjust

Casey Stoner reckons some of the criticism that came his way in his rookie MotoGP year last season was unjust as he aims to prove the doubters wrong in 2007. The factory Ducati rider was criticised...

Smith eyes '08 switch

Smith eyes '08 switch

British teenager Bradley Smith has set his sights on a switch to the world 250 championship in 2008. Smith, who is riding for the Repsol Honda 125 squad in GPs again this season, is confident a good...

MacPherson World Endurance comeback

MacPherson World Endurance comeback

Former BSB and World Supersport factory rider and Iain MacPherson was at the Croft R6 Cup launch yesterday (Wednesday, March 14, 2007). He was acting as mentor to R6 Cup competitor 17-year-old Daniel...

New year of R6 Cup stars

New year of R6 Cup stars

It’s no wonder Virgin Media Cup boss Rob McElnea introduced this year’s series to the competitors and press by claiming: “We’ve proved the Cup is the best youth development road racing series...

Hill on the pace at Croft

Hill on the pace at Croft

Tommy Hill lapped Croft yesterday consistently quicker than his best-ever lap on race rubber around the 2.12-mile circuit. Hill was testing the all-new 16-valve Virgin Media Yamaha R1 alongside his...

Smart returns to Hawk

Smart returns to Hawk

Scott Smart will be on a ZX-10R in BSB again after completing his long-rumoured move back to the Hawk Kawasaki team today (Thursday, March 15, 2007). Smart, who rode for the team in 2004 before moving...

Richards takes Superstock ride

Richards takes Superstock ride

Glen Richards took a 300-mile round trip from his home near Hinckley up to Croft to run in the new Yamaha R1 he’s racing in this year’s National Superstock series. This exercise was carried out after...

Breaking news: Ilmor out of MotoGP

Breaking news: Ilmor out of MotoGP

Ilmor dropped a bombshell today by announcing it has suspended its MotoGP team after just one round of the 2007 world championship. In a phone call to MCN this morning, Ilmor boss Mario Illien...

Are you (or your kid) the next Rossi?

We have got 6 free minimotos to give away for racing in the forthcoming 2007 race season. The bikes are 910 Polini Italian minimotos. The Rookies are being sponsored by Alistair Corner from Snap On and the best rookie in our opinion gets to keep the bike at the end of the season. To be in with a chance you must be over six years and a novice. So what are you waiting for? Ring 01254...

My Supermoto attempt

My Supermoto attempt

This was taken at my second ever Supermoto race. It started ok,  until I got to the jump then it all went Pete Tong! I got a good picture though even if I did end up face down in the mud at the...

Q&A with Bridgestone boss

Q&A with Bridgestone boss

Bridgestone’s Manager of Motorcycle Sport Hiroshi Yamada spoke to MCN about his firm's winning start to the MotoGP season in Qatar. Ducati’s Casey Stoner...

Revised results for Philip Island WSB

Revised results for Philip Island WSB

A results for the Philip Island round of World Superbikes have been revised after the close finish for Michele Fabrizio and Max Neukirchner in eighth and ninth places. The official SBK...

Ilmor - no regrets

Ilmor - no regrets

Ilmor MotoGP boss Mario Illien says he has got no regrets about embarking on the costly and difficult challenge of trying to be competitive in the MotoGP world championship arena. Despite a nightmare...

Stoner plays down title hopes

Stoner plays down title hopes

Casey Stoner has played down his MotoGP world title aspirations despite his stunning debut premier class win in Qatar. Stoner became the first rider in history to win an 800cc MotoGP race when he...

Camier - elbow down

Camier - elbow down

Leon Camier started the steep learning curve to superbike racing with his first ride on the 2007-spec Honda Racing Fireblade last week in Gaudix. He spent every day methodically working through...

Harris confirms TT entry

Harris confirms TT entry

Former TT winner Shaun Harris has confirmed his entry for the 2007 Isle of Man TT, after a deal announced prior to Christmas fell through. The New Zealander last raced at the TT in 2004, and became a...

Video: Tommy Hill at the Virgin Yamaha launch

Video: Tommy Hill at the Virgin Yamaha launch

New season. New livery. New bike. The Yamaha R1 to be raced by Tommy hill and James Haydon is the only all-new motorcycle in BSB this year and the team unveiled it along with their new Virgin Media...

Media makeover for Virgin Yamaha

Media makeover for Virgin Yamaha

This is the first look at the new Virgin Media Yamaha which will race in BSB this year with Tommy Hill and James Haydon aboard. The team has continued its association with the iconic Virgin brand for...