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MotoGP: Seven up for Chris Vermeulen

MotoGP: Seven up for Chris Vermeulen

Chris Vermeulen will finally get to pay further homage to British legend Barry Sheene in 2008 after securing the number seven plate for this year’s MotoGP world championship. The Rizla Suzuki rider...

John McGuinness signs HM Plant Honda deal for North West 200

John McGuinness signs HM Plant Honda deal for North West 200

John McGuinness has just confirmed that he will ride a HM Plant-backed factory spec Honda FireBlade in the North West 200 later this year. The fastest man ever to lap the famous Isle of Man TT...

Video: Medd gets BSS Virgin Yamaha ride

Nick Medd has spent the best part of two seasons on the sidelines. Now fully recovered from an horrific crash at Silverstone testing his own Ducati, he’s landed a ride with the Virgin Media Yamaha team in British Supersport. In this video interview he tells MCN about his aspirations for 2008. Video Interview with Joe Dickinson Karl Harris video interview Karl Harris gets Yamaha British...

Video: Dickinson and Tucklinks with Yamaha

British Supersport rider Joe Dickinson is still backed by Trucklinks in 2008 but now he’s part of Rob McElnea’s official Yamaha set-up. He talks to MCN about his forthcoming season.  Nick Medd talks to MCN Karl Harris video interview Karl Harris gets Yamaha British Superbike ride R1 Cup ready to Rock

Video: Harris with Yamaha

It’s been rumoured for some time but now it’s official.  Karl Harris is riding for Yamaha in BSB this year. Harris talks exclusively to MCN about his hopes for the season ahead. Nick Medd talks to MCN Video Interview with Joe Dickinson Karl Harris gets Yamaha British Superbike ride R1 Cup ready to Rock

It’s official: Karl Harris gets Yamaha British Superbike ride

It’s official: Karl Harris gets Yamaha British Superbike ride

Rob McElnea’s official Yamaha race team have a busy season ahead of them. Karl Harris and potentially a second rider in BSB, BJ Toal, Nick Medd and Joe Dickinson in British Supersport plus the...

Chris ‘Teach’ McNeil wins Stuntwars ’08; Chris Pfeiffer crashes

Chris ‘Teach’ McNeil wins Stuntwars ’08; Chris Pfeiffer crashes

Chris Pfeiffer crashed during the final of the Suntwars competition for the second year on the trot yesterday, preventing him from retaking the title he won back in 2006. Click here to see footage of...

Cyril Despres to race in the UK

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...

R1 Cup ready to rock

R1 Cup ready to rock

The new Yamaha R1 Cup that blasts into action next year at BSB rounds is being backed  by Henderson Insurance Brokers. Rob McElnea, the man who gave us the Virgin Yamaha R6 Cup to allow...

Supercross champion Stewart fights back

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...

Video: World Superbike and supersport testing at Phillip Island

Last week saw many of the World Superbike and Supersport riders out on their 2008 motorcycles for the first time. We've already brought you an exclusive interview with Ten Kate rider Johnathan Rea, but now you can see some highlights of the WSB and WSS bikes in action around the Aurstralian circuit. Watch the player below to see several compilations of Troy Bayliss, Chris Walker, and Max Biaggi in...

Video: James Toseland talks about his BKS leathers deal

Two-time WSB Champion James Toseland has signed to wear British-made BKS leathers in MotoGP this year. The firm is now owned by Frank Thomas and was relaunched today, with Toseland carrying the torch on the world stage. Watch the video to hear an excluisve interview with Toseland on the matter.

Gearlink becomes official Kawasaki team in British Supersport

This week the Gearlink Kawasaki team announced their two rider British Supersport line-up of Chris Martin and Steve Neate, as well as stepping up to become the official Kawasaki team in the class. MCN spoke to Michael de Bidaph about this latest step up the ladder for his team … Click here to read our interview with Chris Martin MCN: Why Martin and Neate? de Bidaph: We were approached by ten...

Chris Martin gets a ride in new British Supersport Kawasaki team

Chris Martin was the 2006 BSB Cup champion. Now he’s one of two riders in the exciting new-look  Gearlink Kawasaki team in British Supersport. MCN spoke to him about his new ride. Read our interview with team boss Michael de Bidaph MCN: Chris, superbike to superposrt. How do you see this, as a step backwards or a positive career move? Martin: Very positive. People might view it as a...

Phillip Island WSB: Bayliss on way to Italy with fractured collarbone and sternum

Phillip Island WSB: Bayliss on way to Italy with fractured collarbone and sternum

Troy Bayliss is currently on his way back to Italy following his day three crash at Phillip Island that saw him break his right collarbone. It has also emerged that the Australian has fractured the...

Race Triumph for Costello

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...

Toseland to wear BKS in MotoGP

Toseland to wear BKS in MotoGP

Two-time WSB Champion James Toseland has signed to wear British-made BKS leathers in MotoGP this year. BKS has been bought by Frank Thomas and was relaunched today, with Toseland carrying the torch...

Video: Ducati launch 2008 MotoGP bike

Reigning MotoGP world champions Ducati kicked off the defence of the premier class crown with an official team launch in Italy on Tuesday 8th Janurary. Watch the video as MotoGP champion Casey Stoner and new Ducati team-mate Marco Melandri unviel the bike against the spectacular mountain backdrop at the Madonna di Campiglio ski resort.

Phillip Island WSS: Parkes makes it three out of three

Phillip Island WSS: Parkes makes it three out of three

Broc Parkes continued his domination of the Phillip Island test by topping the time sheets on all three days onboard his SSP Yamaha R6. The Australian worked on race simulations in the scorching...

Phillip Island WSB: Kagayama on top, Bayliss breaks collarbone

Phillip Island WSB: Kagayama on top, Bayliss breaks collarbone

Alstare Suzuki’s Yukio Kagayama took the final day of the WSB test in Phillip Island by storm after topping the time sheets with a 1m 32.1 second lap. Kagayama had been fast at every day of the test...

Phillip Island WSB: Bayliss out with broken collarbone

Phillip Island WSB: Bayliss out with broken collarbone

Troy Bayliss has broken his right collarbone after high siding his Xerox Ducati 1098 F08 on the final day of the official Pirelli test at Phillip Island. MCN has learned that that Bayliss crashed...

Video: Johnathan Rea talks about his first outing on the Ten Kate World Supersport bike

Johnathan Rea has had an impressive start to his World Supersport career comiing third fastest in the first day of the Phillip Island test. We caught up with the Ulsterman after the first day's testing to see how he was getting on with the new bike, new team, and new circuit.

WSB Phillip Island: Bayliss stays in control at Phillip Island

WSB Phillip Island: Bayliss stays in control at Phillip Island

Troy Bayliss stayed at the top of the time sheets on day two of the official Pirelli WSB test at Phillip Island after taking a further 0.3 seconds off his day one best. The 38 year old Australian...

WSS Phillip Island: Parkes again as Rea goes second

WSS Phillip Island: Parkes again as Rea goes second

Yamaha’s Broc Parkes dipped under the World Supersport lap record on day two of the official Pirelli test at Phillip Island. Riding the 2008 specification R6, Parkes found a good set-up at the end of...

Ducati launch 2008 MotoGP effort

Ducati launch 2008 MotoGP effort

Reigning MotoGP world champions Ducati kicked off the defence of the premier class crown with an official team launch in Italy today. Against the spectacular mountain backdrop at the Madonna di...

Despres says Dakar cancelation is a disaster

Despres says Dakar cancelation is a disaster

Two–time Dakar winner Cyril Despres reckons that the cancellation of the 2008 Dakar is a tragedy for the privateers who make up a large portion of the entrants. The factory KTM rider said, “Although...

WSS Phillip Island: Parkes tops day one at Phillip Island

WSS Phillip Island: Parkes tops day one at Phillip Island

Yamaha’s Broc Parkes set the fastest Supersport lap with an impressive 1m 35.2 in the final 30 minutes of the opening day. Parkes and team-mate Fabien Foret both had two 2008 bikes each at their...

WSB Phillip Island: Bayliss sets early pace

WSB Phillip Island: Bayliss sets early pace

Troy Bayliss continued where he left off from last months WSB test in Qatar by setting the pace on the opening day of the three day Pirelli test at Phillip Island. Riding the Xerox Ducati 1098 F08,...

WSS Phillip Island: Rea on lap record pace first time out

WSS Phillip Island: Rea on lap record pace first time out

Jonathan Rea made a seamless transition to life in the World Supersport championship with a seriously impressive performance on day one of the three day official Pirelli test at Phillip Island.

Ducati unveil 200mph MotoGP ice racer!

Ducati unveil 200mph MotoGP ice racer!

Ducati marked the launch of its 2008 MotoGP world championship campaign in amazing fashion by rolling out a 200mph MotoGP ice racer! Test and development rider Vittoriano Guareschi stunned fans last...

Video: Easton gets superbike Kawasaki

He’s had a roller-coaster couple of years but Stuart Easton has bagged a top-line BSB ride with MSS Discovery Kawasaki this year. Check out this exclusive MCN video to get his thoughts on the season ahead…..

Ducati Sign New Sponsor

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...

Reed strikes first in US Supercross

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...

Street Racing, Kiwi style, at Wanganui

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...

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

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...

Mick Extance on Dakar '08 cancellation

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...