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Sport (January 2008)

  • Brands Hatch modifications

    28 January 2008 by MCN Sports desk

    Brands Hatch modifications

    Brands Hatch has made significant changes to the Clearways corner by increasing the run-off for riders and drivers using the Indy circuit configuration. The alterations have been made as part of...

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  • Chad Reed storms San Francisco…

    28 January 2008 by Gary Pinchin

    Chad Reed storms San Francisco…

    Chad Reed stormed to victory in a rain-soaked AT&T Park in San Francisco hosted round four of the AMA Supercross series on Saturday. Even with practice curtailed and the track kept under wraps for...

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  • Smith fastest in Jerez!

    26 January 2008 by Anonymous

    Bradley Smith finished the second day of testing in Jerez as the fastest 125cc rider. The final day is 26/01/2008.

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  • Rossi in the pits at Sepang test

    26 January 2008 by Peter Blackburn

    Rossi in the pits at Sepang test

    I was at Sepang on Thursday for the Moto GP test. My friend Peter Mitchell took this picture of the back of the Yamaha pit showing Rossi just after he had come in from a run of several laps. You...

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  • New South Africa Superbike Champion

    25 January 2008 by neiljt

    New South Africa Superbike Champion

    South Africa's new Superbike champion; Arushen Moodley, is the first rider of colour to win this prestigious local title. Taken at kyalami on 24th November 2007, during the last Superbike meeting of...

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  • Stewart out of Supercross title race

    24 January 2008 by MCN Sports Desk

    Stewart out of Supercross title race

    James Stewart has effectively withdrawn from the 2008 Supercross season after a statement from his Monster Energy Kawasaki team announced that the reigning champion would have to undergo knee...

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  • Johnson bags Uel Duncan Honda NW200 ride

    23 January 2008 by Gary Pinchin

    Johnson bags Uel Duncan Honda NW200 ride

    It should be no surprise that Gary Johnson has been snapped up for this year by the Uel Duncan Honda team after his sensational performances on the roads in 2007. MCN spoke to the 27-year-old...

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  • NW200 gets Government money

    23 January 2008 by Gary Pinchin

    NW200 gets Government money

    The North West 200 is to receive £100,000 of government funding for safety improvements.  Clerk of the Course Mervyn Whyte said: “It’s a great help to motor sport. Safety is paramount for us and...

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  • NW200 revives 250 race

    23 January 2008 by Gary Pinchin

    NW200 revives 250 race

    A 250 race is being re-introduced to the North West 200 programme this year. The 250 two-strokes, which last graced the NW200 in 2000, was previously run concurrently with the 125 and 400 races. The...

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  • Lougher on Yamahas

    22 January 2008 by Gary Pinchin

    TT star Ian Lougher and his long-time backers Blackhorse Motorcycle Finance have made a dramatic switch to Yamaha for the 2008 season. Team Blackhorse will become an official YMUK ‘Roads Team’, spearheaded by the vastly experienced Lougher with up-and-coming Olie Linsdell as his teammate. Welshman Lougher started racing back in 1982 and will continue in the combined role of motorcycle racer, team...

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  • MX des Nations in UK

    21 January 2008 by Paul Harris

    MX des Nations in UK

    The FIM has announced that the most prestigious race in the motocross calendar will return to the UK in September. The Red Bull Motocross of Nations is an annual event frequently labelled the...

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  • Molyneux in shock Suzuki switch

    21 January 2008 by MCN Sports Desk

    Molyneux in shock Suzuki switch

    Sidecar racing legend and 13-times TT winner Dave Molyneux has made a shock move from Honda to Suzuki for the 2008 season and will race under the team's new banner of Team Molyneux Suzuki. The TT’s...

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  • Lampkin’s disappointing Beta debut

    21 January 2008 by MCN Sports Desk

    Lampkin’s disappointing Beta debut

    Dougie Lampkin made a disappointing debut on his factory Beta, as he finished a lowly seventh place at the opening round of the 2008 World indoor championship held in Marseile, France. This was...

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  • Reed wins Anaheim2

    21 January 2008 by Paul Harris

    Reed wins Anaheim2

    Yamaha’s Chad Reed seized control of the AMA Supercross championship on Saturday after James Stewart withdrew with an injury. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider had been riding with a knee injury...

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  • Video: Riders talk at North West 200 launch

    20 January 2008 by Gary Pinchin, Chris Slade

    The stature of the North West 200 road race meeting in Northern Ireland was underlined this week with Northern Ireland Secretary of State Peter Hain attending the launch of the 2007 races. The race is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 12 this year and we managed to catch up with some of the key riders during the launch. Zoom & Watch more videos on MCN |...

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  • Dakar could move to Chile

    18 January 2008 by Dave Rawlings

    Dakar could move to Chile

    After 30 yerars in Africa the Dakar may be moved to South America from next year. The Chilean government has backed a proposal to host the Dakar after the cancellation of this year’s event due to...

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  • Cyril Despres to race in the UK

    14 January 2008 by Dave Rawlings

    Cyril Despres to race in the UK

    Cyril Despres, the Dakar Rally competitor and two-time winner, is coming to the UK to race in Wor Events ‘The Tough One’ After the cancellation of the 2008 Dakar organiser Steve Ireland has been sweet...

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  • Supercross champion Stewart fights back

    14 January 2008 by Paul Harris

    Supercross champion Stewart fights back

    Reigning AMA Supercross champion James Stewart fought back from his second place at the opening round last weekend by leading round two at Phoenix almost from start to finish. It was Mike Alessi who...

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  • Race Triumph for Costello

    10 January 2008 by MCN Sports Desk

    Race Triumph for Costello

    Maria Costello will race a Triumph Daytona 675 in the major road races this year as well as competing in the Triumph Triple Challenge on a machine provided by Philip Youles Motorcycles of...

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  • Ducati Sign New Sponsor

    08 January 2008 by matto3227

    Ducati Sign New Sponsor

    On the day before the official Ducati MotoGP Team launch, the Borgo Panigale manufacturers and Enel have officially entered into a new, top-level partnership agreement. The biggest electric company in...

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  • Reed strikes first in US Supercross

    07 January 2008 by Paul Harris

    Reed strikes first in US Supercross

    Chad Reed won the first round of the AMA Supercross series on Saturday after series favourite James Stewart fell in turn one. Reed stalled his San Manuel Yamaha on the second lap, dropping back to...

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  • Street Racing, Kiwi style, at Wanganui

    07 January 2008 by Dave Ayres

    Street Racing, Kiwi style, at Wanganui

    Motorcycle racing has been taking place around the Heads Road Cemetery in Wanganui for over fifty years and has seen its fair share of big names during that time. A genuine street circuit based...

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  • MCN Daily: Your daily video news for 04/01/08

    04 January 2008 by Angus Farquhar, Daniel Thornton

    In episode 21 of the MCN Daily news show we hear that the Dakar rally has been cancelled after a terrorist threat and how UK police plan to crack down on riders posting clips of extreme speeding on sites like Youtube.  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all the news in just three minutes then email us here to let us know...

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  • Mick Extance on Dakar '08 cancellation

    04 January 2008 by Dave Rawlings

    Mick Extance on Dakar '08 cancellation

    MCN has spoken to Britain’s most successful Dakar competitor, Mick Extance, moments ago to get his thought’s on the cancellation of the Dakar. “It’s unbelievable We were in a team meeting this morning...

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  • Dakar Rally cancelled after Al Qaeda attack

    04 January 2008 by Sarah Carnell

    Dakar Rally cancelled after Al Qaeda attack

    The 2008 Dakar Rally has been cancelled following the risk of a "direct terrorist threat". Four French tourists were murdered in an Al Qaeda attack on December 24, 2007 in the African republic of...

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  • Robbie Maddison world record jump video

    02 January 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Robbie Maddison broke the world record for the longest motorcycle jump on new years day of 2008. The Australian motocross rider dedicated his motorcycle jump to his hero, Evel Knievel, after his death in November 2007. Robbie jumped 322 feet (98 metres), to break the previous record of 310 feet, which was set by Ryan Capes. Since Robbie just managed to miss out on the...

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