2009

Simon Andrews in at the deep end at Macau

Simon Andrews in at the deep end at Macau

British Superbike star Simon Andrews admitted that his first taste of real road racing at today's Macau GP practice had been a somewhat daunting experience. "F*** me, this place is scary," were the...

Stuart Easton sets blistering pace at Macau Grand Prix

Stuart Easton sets blistering pace at Macau Grand Prix

Stuart Easton set the fastest ever lap of the 3.8-mile Macau circuit on Thursday afternoon to set provisional pole position for Saturday’s 15-lap Macau Grand Prix. The Hydrex IGT Honda ace set a time...

Niccolo Canepa signs for Scot Racing in Moto2

Niccolo Canepa signs for Scot Racing in Moto2

Italian rider Niccolo Canepa will race in the new Moto2 class in 2010 with the Scot Racing team after a deal was signed today. Scot Racing won the last ever 250cc championship this year with Hiroshi...

2010 race calendar updated

2010 race calendar updated

The latest provisional calendar for the 2010 MotoGP season has been announced, with Brno moving back to its original date of 15 August. If one of the circuits on the calendar is unable to hold...

Phase One Yamaha second in Doha Eight Hour

British-based Yamaha Phase One Endurance ended their season on a high note by finishing second in the final Qtel FIM World Endurance race of the year at the Doha Eight Hour. The Phase One team of BSB runner-up James Ellison, Aussie Glen Richards and Pedro Vallcaneras started from pole position and rode a faultless race to finish second behind World Champions Yamaha Austria. Igor Jerman, Steve...

Video: Casey Stoner's warm-up lap crash

Video: Casey Stoner's warm-up lap crash

Video of Casey Stoner's warm-up lap crash in Valencia has appeared on video sharing website Youtube. See the video here Previously, the only perspective fans had of the crash was from an onboard...

Morais to race Aprilia in 2010

Morais to race Aprilia in 2010

Sheridan Morais, the South African who made such an impact on the Brands August BSB triple heading, riding for Paul Bird’s Kawasaki team, has signed to race an Aprilia RSV4 in the South African...

Leon Camier to sign for Aprilia

Leon Camier is poised this week to sign for the factory Aprilia team alongside Max Biaggi. Rumours suggested the deal would be finalised today (Monday) and an official  announcement would be made by Aprilia this afternoon but when MCN contacted the company to get confirmation, spokesman Daniele Tosatti said: “We are not expecting to make any announcement until the test at Misano later this...

Shane Byrne eager to get back on track

The WSB season might only have just finished but Shane Byrne is itching to get back on track now that he’s confirmed his deal with Althea Ducati for next year. “I wish I could go and ride the new bike right now,” he told MCN. The reason for his enthusiasm is that he’ll be on the same top level equipment as new team-mate Carlos Checa. Shakey said: “The difference in 2010 is that I’ll be getting...

Thundersport announces National sidecar series

Thundersports GB have announced a new National F1 Sidecar championship. Although billed as the “Battle of Britain” the organisers claim that the provisional entry list is a ‘who’s who’ of worldwide sidecar racing talent, and as such, is the highest ranking series outside of the World Championship. The Championship – which pays a £4000 purse per round and is covered by Motors TV - will be organised...

Gowland fourth in Jerez Moto2 debut

Gowland fourth in Jerez Moto2 debut

FTR Moto’s new Moto2 machine put in its most impressive display to date as Graeme Gowland finished fourth in class and 13th overall among 1000cc Extreme class bikes at Jerez on Sunday Gowland was...

Coghlan is Spanish Supersport champion

Coghlan is Spanish Supersport champion

Scot Kev Coghlan sealed Spanish CEV Championship Supersport title at Jerez on Sunday with a superb ride to fourth place on his Joe Darcy Honda 600. His rival challenger Ivan Moreno suffered an engine...

Ellison puts Phase One Yamaha on Qatar 8H pole

Ellison puts Phase One Yamaha on Qatar 8H pole

BSB runner-up James Ellison has put the British-based Yamaha Phase One Endurance on pole position for tomorrow's Qatar 8 Hour - the final round of the World Endurance Championship. He clocked 2:01.002...

Moto Rapido confirm BSB ‘Evo’ team

Moto Rapido confirm BSB ‘Evo’ team

Moto Rapido Ducati will make a step up to the MCE British Superbike Championship next season with a two-rider team. Current racer Scott Smart will return to the main class after a successful year in...

McGuinness and Plater to race indoor shorttrack

McGuinness and Plater to race indoor shorttrack

TT lap record holder John McGuinness and British Supersport champion Steve Plater will take part in the Braintree Bonanza Indoor Shorttrack meeting on 27th December. Plater, 2009 Senior TT Winner...

Casey Stoner talks Valencia warm-up lap crash

Casey Stoner talks Valencia warm-up lap crash

Casey Stoner has finally talked about the warm-up lap crash that ended his hopes of claiming victory in the final MotoGP clash of the season in Valencia last weekend. The Aussie started the 30-lap...

Nicky Hayden: "Ben Spies belongs in MotoGP"

Nicky Hayden: "Ben Spies belongs in MotoGP"

Former world champion Nicky Hayden said it is obvious that Ben Spies deserves to be in MotoGP after the Texan's impressive performance in Valencia. Spies rode to a brilliant seventh place on his...

Colin Edwards ends 2009 on the toilet

Colin Edwards ends 2009 on the toilet

Colin Edwards had a miserable ending to a brilliant 2009 after the Texan had to quit the Valencia test earlier this week with a severe virus. The 35-year-old, who claimed a stunning fifth place in...

Scott Redding unsure of future

Scott Redding unsure of future

Eighteen months after becoming the youngest rider in history to win a Grand Prix, Scott Redding heads into the winter with no job.  The 16-year-old will quit 125GPs but as yet has no offers in...

Hiroshi Aoyama draws on Daijiro Kato inspiration

Hiroshi Aoyama draws on Daijiro Kato inspiration

Hiroshi Aoyama reckons he drew inspiration from late Japanese star Daijiro Kato after he claimed a historic victory in the final 250GP world championship in Valencia last weekend. The Scot Honda...

Best race at Valencia Moto GP

Just back from Valencia where we froze, was it ever cold! Bradley did his usual excellent job, pity it was second AGAIN. Ben Spies kept us on out toes with his overtaking manoevres, and the 250 race was entertaining which could have ended in disaster for the eventual world champ. Did anybody see the last race for the youngsters on the 50cc bikes? 5 abreast into the first corner and no...

Shane Byrne signs Althea Ducati deal

Shane Byrne signs Althea Ducati deal

Shane Byrne has signed a deal to join the Althea Ducati squad in next year’s World Superbike championship. As revealed by MCN nearly 24 hours ago, the popular former double British Superbike...

Hector Barbera top rookie at Valencia test

Hector Barbera top rookie at Valencia test

Hector Barbera grabbed some of the attention away from Marco Simoncelli and Alvaro Bautista to end the Valencia test session as best rookie. Making his debut on the Aspar Ducati, the Spaniard ended...

Casey Stoner ends 2009 on top

Casey Stoner ends 2009 on top

Casey Stoner ended a turbulent 2009 campaign on a high today, the Australian posting the fastest time at the end of testing at a sun drenched Valencia.  Continuing to put in crucial early...

More Bradley Smith please

Bradley Smith in MCN this week. Hi all first of all well done on the MCN being reading it weekly for years so keep up the good work. My only issue was that reading the sports section this week I see no mention of Bradley Smith at all. Come on whats going on?  The guy has rode exceptional well this year and has produced some excellent viewing and sometimes the 125 racing has been better...

TT and Silverstone will continue to work together

TT and Silverstone will continue to work together

TT boss Paul Phillips says that he hopes to continue to work closely with the Silverstone management – even though the date clash between the 2010 TT and the Northants MotoGP race has now been...

New £9million motorsport park to host British MX GP

New £9million motorsport park to host British MX GP

The British Motocross GP has a new home, just across the Severn Bridge, on the outskirts of Newport. The new GP-class motocross track will be part of a brand new £9million facility on a 140-acre site...

NW200 course improvement

NW200 course improvement

Twelve times North West 200 race winner Michael Rutter has welcomed major improvements carried out by the Department of Regional Development (DRD) Roads Service at Mathers Cross on the 8.9mile...

Neil Hodgson signs for Motorpoint Yamaha!

Neil Hodgson signs for Motorpoint Yamaha!

Neil Hodgson has signed to ride for Motorpoint Yamaha to race in BSB next year. The deal was finalised last week and Hodgson jetted in from his home on the Isle of Man to sign the contract at...

Scot Honda quit MotoGP

Scot Honda quit MotoGP

Only 17 bikes will contest the 2010 MotoGP world championship after the cash-strapped Scot Honda squad confirmed it has abandoned plans to race in the premier class next season. The Italian team had...

Tommy with Worx Suzuki

Tommy with Worx Suzuki

Tommy Hill lines up with Yukio Kagayama in the Worx Suzuki BSB team next year. Hill was at Crescent Suzuki in Verwood last Thursday to sign his 2010 contract with the team and told MCN:  “I had a...

Motorpoint Yamaha - back from the brink

Motorpoint Yamaha - back from the brink

What a turnaround. One minute Rob McElnea is ready to close down his race shop after their most disappointing season ever. The next he’s arguably bagged the biggest coup in BSB by signing former WSB...

Linfoot is Hodgson's Motorpoint team-mate

Linfoot is Hodgson's Motorpoint team-mate

Dan Linfoot will be Neil Hodgson’s team-mate in next year’s Motorpoint Yamaha team, leaving the team’s 2009 rider Chris Walker and Graeme Gowland both looking for pastures new. Linfoot was bowled over...

BMW for National Superstock?

BMW for National Superstock?

BMW Motorrad UK plans to run a two-man team in next year’s National Superstock championship but is looking to form a partnership with a well-established outfit in the BSB paddock, rather than run the...

Blog: Thanks, JT

Blog: Thanks, JT

Thanks, James Toseland, for everything you’ve done for British motorcycling in the past two years. If you hadn’t had the guts to risk the move from a safe home in WSB to leap into the raging MotoGP...

Manx Tattoo

Manx Tattoo

I passengered at the TT for derek rumble jnr. 1987 to 1991. I had this done earlier in this year, so there will always a part of the island in my heart.