2008

Making MotoGP better for everybody

Surely the answer to some of the problems surrounding tyre life and Rossi saying the laps should be reduced in number in MotoGP would be to have two races per meeting? This would give us spectators better value for money and if BSB and WSB run this system then why doesn't MotoGP?

Sykes meets Sykes

Sykes meets Sykes

Josh Sykes from Huddersfield meets Tom Sykes from Huddersfield at Brands Hatch.

Centurion Honda retain Hobbs and Cooper

Centurion Honda retain Hobbs and Cooper

Centurion Racing will field a two-rider line-up in 2009, retaining both Dennis Hobbs and Dan Cooper. Get the latest BSB news Centurion’s top points scorer from 2008, James Westmoreland, made a switch...

James Toseland confident in Bridgestone’s 2009 plan

James Toseland confident in Bridgestone’s 2009 plan

British rider James Toseland is confident that Bridgestone’s decision to slash the tyre allocation by 50 per cent will work in next season’s MotoGP world championship. The Tech 3 Yamaha rider, who...

Valentino Rossi and Mick Doohan hail crew chief

Valentino Rossi and Mick Doohan hail crew chief

Valentino Rossi and Mick Doohan have paid tribute to Jerry Burgess after the Aussie crew chief reached another incredible milestone. Get all the latest MotoGP news Rossi’s success at the Malaysian GP...

Valentino Rossi looks to end Valencia jinx

Valentino Rossi looks to end Valencia jinx

Valentino Rossi will be hoping to bury his Valencia jinx and take his 2008 victory tally into double figures in the season’s final MotoGP clash in Spain this weekend. Rossi returns to the scene of his...

Casey Stoner proud despite heavy title loss

Casey Stoner proud despite heavy title loss

Aussie Casey Stoner reckons he is still proud of his achievements in the 2008 MotoGP world title race, even though he goes into the final race trailing Valentino Rossi by over 100-points. Stoner has...

Mallory Park race of the year 2008

Mallory Park race of the year 2008

Some pictures captured from the race of the year. Fantastic day, rain held off and riders put on a great racing spectacle - a great way to end the year.

Sunflower races shine in rain

Sunflower races shine in rain

The sunflower races went down a treat this year and despite the bad weather everyone present had a great time. Upon arriving at the track it was easy to see why this was originally used as an...

Video: Portimao Parkalgar circuit behind the scenes and guided lap

The World Superbike championship will be heading to Portugal for the first time on November 2 but MCN has already been there to get a guided lap of the track and video behind the scenes as the finishing touches are being put on the new Portimao Parkalgar Autodrome. Check out the two ideos below to see and interview with the circuit boss and take a guided lap of the new track with World Supersport...

HM Plant Honda confirm Glen Richards and Josh Brookes

HM Plant Honda confirm Glen Richards and Josh Brookes

HM Plant Honda has announced the signatures of both Glen Richards and Josh Brookes to ride in the factory Honda team for 2009 in BSB. Both emerged as favourites to sign in the last two weeks after the...

Racing results round-up: October 21-28

Racing results round-up: October 21-28

MOTO GP, SEPANG, MALAYSIA, SUNDAY DONINGTON PARK, LECIS, SATURDAY OULTON PARK, CHESHIRE, SATURDAY PEMBREY, CARMARTHENSHIRE, SATURDAY-SUNDAY CADWELL PARK, LINCS, SATURDAY-SUNDAY BISHOPSCOURT, CO DOWN,...

Scunthorpe Short Track UK: Chris Carr shows his skill

Scunthorpe Short Track UK: Chris Carr shows his skill

The curtain was brought down on Short Track UK’s fourth championship season with some amazing tales of heroism and a master-class in powersliding by the world’s greatest-ever exponent of the art, in...

James Westmoreland stays in British Supersport

James Westmoreland stays in British Supersport

James Westmoreland has signed to ride for NCT Racing in BSS next season after finishing fourth last season with three impressive rostrum finishes. Get all the latest BSB news Westmoreland was...

International farce of the year

Just a short note to say once again ripped off at mallory international race of the year. Top of the bill Tom Sykes, Glen Richards, plus last minute entry Carl Harris, although they are extremely good riders they have not set the world on fire this season, Glen finished champ in the super stock but who would have bet against him, they must of used the word international becauce he was in the...

Rizla race of the year

Rizla race of the year

Just some photos of the last rizla race from the race of the year, what a fantastic day.

Q&A: Josh Brookes on BSB hopes in 2009

Q&A: Josh Brookes on BSB hopes in 2009

With Josh Brookes expected to be named in the 2009 HM Plant Honda line-up alongside 2008 British Supersport Champion Glen Richards, MCN spoke to the 25-year old about his one-off appearance in the BSS...

No WSB at Brands Hatch in 2009: Jonathan Palmer reaction

No WSB at Brands Hatch in 2009: Jonathan Palmer reaction

MSV Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer has spoken of his disappointment of losing a World Superbike slot for Brands Hatch in 2009, but has remained hopeful of a special one-off event to take place around...

World Superbike announce provisional 2009 calendar

World Superbike announce provisional 2009 calendar

The FIM has released a 2009 provisional calendar for WSB and, as reported in MCN at the start of the month, Brands Hatch is not on the schedule. Below is the provisional calendar released today: The...

Michael Rutter wins Sunflower Trophy

Michael Rutter wins Sunflower Trophy

Michael Rutter headed his North West 200 team-mate, John Laverty, at this year’s Sunflower Trophy in Northern Ireland. Laverty headed the early stages of the race on Sunday – an impressive feat on his...

STP Superbike gets Portimao WSB wildcard slot

STP Superbike gets Portimao WSB wildcard slot

Chris Burns and the STP Superbike team will line-up alongside the World’s best Superbike riders for the final round of WSB in Portugal. STP will join HM Plant Honda at the totally-new Parkalgar...

Steve Plater and John McGuinness confirmed for HM Plant Honda road assault

Steve Plater and John McGuinness confirmed for HM Plant Honda road assault

Steve Plater will ride alongside John McGuinness for HM Plant Honda at the Isle of Man and the North West 200. Honda had been expected to announce a strong racing field for their road campaign in 2009...

British Eurosport extend BSB deal

British Eurosport extend BSB deal

British Eurosport has signed a new two-year deal to cover the British Superbike series. Part of the deal included a four-hour live show from each of the 12 rounds for the next two seasons and repeat...

Tom Sykes wins Race of the Year

Tom Sykes wins Race of the Year

Tom Sykes bid farewell to his Rizla Suzuki team with a dominant victory at the Mallory Park Race of the Year. Sykes dominated the weekend’s proceedings, topping practice and qualifying before...

Mallory Park: Race of the Year

Mallory Park: Race of the Year

These are some of the pictures we got at Mallory Park's Race of the Year. Thanks to all at Mallory, especially John Ward. You proved you really are the "Friendly Circuit".

Tech 3 Yamaha boss denies 2010 deal for Ben Spies

Tech 3 Yamaha boss denies 2010 deal for Ben Spies

Ben Spies’ Yamaha World Superbike deal does not include any assurances that the American is guaranteed a place in the Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP squad in 2010. Triple American superbike champion Spies will...

Sepang circuit scraps night race plan

Sepang circuit scraps night race plan

The Sepang circuit in Malaysia will not switch its MotoGP race to a night clash under floodlights. The Malaysia circuit was hotly tipped to follow the lead of Qatar by staging a race at night, and...

Nicky Hayden hoping to end Honda career in style

Nicky Hayden hoping to end Honda career in style

American Nicky Hayden has admitted he would love to end his Honda career in style this weekend, with the 27-year-old poised for his last appearance for the Japanese factory in Valencia this...

Dani Pedrosa targets home win in Valencia

Dani Pedrosa targets home win in Valencia

Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa is hoping he can claim a second successive Valencia victory this weekend to end the 2008 MotoGP campaign on a high. The Spaniard, who has won half of his premier class...

BBC2 MotoGP coverage

Not managing to get up at 1.50am to watch the Sepang race live on BBC2 this Sunday, I waited for the later repeat showing on BBC2....never happened. Went onto iPlayer, just informs you its 'coming soon'. really dissapointed at the lack of consistency covering the MotoGP, If this had been F1 or even Gymnastics it would have been shown at least twice! And to top it all, searched the BBC website to...

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: Andrea Dovizioso ecstatic with maiden rostrum

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: Andrea Dovizioso ecstatic with maiden rostrum

Italian rookie Andrea Dovizioso celebrated his maiden MotoGP podium today in Sepang as he survived intense heat and intense pressure from Nicky Hayden to claim a deserved third. Dovizioso, who will...

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: Crash blow for Jorge Lorenzo

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: Crash blow for Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo saw his hopes of snatching third place in his rookie MotoGP world championship campaign ended by a crash in today’s sweltering Sepang GP. Lorenzo was still fighting for third overall...

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: Casey Stoner slowed by troublesome left wrist

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: Casey Stoner slowed by troublesome left wrist

Aussie Casey Stoner reckons the on-going pain caused by his damaged left wrist was the prime reason for his surprise slump to sixth place in a stiflingly hot Sepang MotoGP race. The former world...

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: Valentino Rossi claims 150th podium with Sepang win

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: Valentino Rossi claims 150th podium with Sepang win

Valentino Rossi survived gruelling 40 degree heat to secure his ninth win of 2008 and his 150th career rostrum in a scorching hot Malaysian GP. The Italian quickly disposed of hard charging compatriot...

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: Nicky Hayden fourth again in Sepang

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: Nicky Hayden fourth again in Sepang

Nicky Hayden was left to ponder a frustrating fourth place for the fourth time in the Sepang GP this afternoon. The American failed to mount a successful attack on Andrea Dovizioso for third, even...

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: Dani Pedrosa satisfied with second in Sepang sauna

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: Dani Pedrosa satisfied with second in Sepang sauna

Spaniard Dani Pedrosa secured third place in the 2008 MotoGP world championship with a hard fought ride to second in a sweltering Sepang clash. Pedrosa’s distant second to Yamaha rival Valentino Rossi...