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Sport (Jan - Dec 2009)

  • Scott Redding third at rain-hit Valencia

    01 February 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Scott Redding third at rain-hit Valencia

    British 125GP winner Scott Redding clocked the third fastest time on an opening day of testing in Valencia hit by wet weather conditions. Redding, who made his debut on Aprilia's new 2009 factory...

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  • Daytona entry lacking as deadline looms

    29 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Daytona entry lacking as deadline looms

    Just one day before the deadline to enter for the season-opening AMA superbike round at Daytona in March, there are just 17 entries across the entire racing programme. The number is expected to...

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  • Suzuki confirm entry in AMA Superbike series

    28 January 2009 by Michael Guy

    Suzuki confirm entry in AMA Superbike series

    After wide reaching changes to the American Superbike Championship, Suzuki have confirmed that the Rockstar Makita Suzuki Racing team will compete in the AMA Pro Racing Superbike series for 2009. New...

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  • Fantasy Road Race: Rider list

    28 January 2009 by James Keen

    Fantasy Road Race: Rider list

    This year's MCN Fantasy Road Race competition kicks of on February 4th, but it's not too early to start thinking about who you're going to choose for your team. Here's a run down of all the...

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  • Scott Russell finishes 23rd in Daytona

    26 January 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Scott Russell finishes 23rd in Daytona

    Former WSB and AMA superbike legend Scott Russell turned his hand to four wheels at the weekend, finishing 11th in class and 23rd overall in the prestigious Daytona 24-hour car race. Russell, with...

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  • Auto 66 Presentation Evening

    25 January 2009 by Simon Hunt

    After a fantastic night out, I felt compelled to pass on my thanks to everyone at last night's presentation who made it a great night. After 7 years of racing at club level, in sidecars and now on 2 wheels, its thanks to clubs like Auto 66 that have brought on so many young riders who take their first attempts at racing at some times bleak and wet weekends wobbling around Elvington Airfield who...

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  • R&G backs GSX-R racers

    22 January 2009 by Michael Carroll

    R&G backs GSX-R racers

    The GSX-R Trophy race series will offer a bumper prize fund in 2009, after organisers agreed a sponsorship deal with R&G Racing. The firm has put up £12,000 in prize money, which will go towards...

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  • Yamaha YZF-R125 Cup launched in Italy

    19 January 2009 by Rob Hull

    Yamaha YZF-R125 Cup launched in Italy

    A totally new single-make Italian race series has been launched in Italy at the Verona Motorcycle Show this weekend for the Yamaha YZF-R125. Budding Valentino Rossi wannabes between the age of 14 and...

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  • Dakar Rally day 14: Simon Pavey blog

    19 January 2009 by Michael Guy

    Dakar Rally day 14: Simon Pavey blog

    Simon Pavey has finished in 42nd place on the final timed stage of the 2009 Dakar Rally to secure 68th overall and his fifth career finish of what is regarded as the toughest event in the world. The...

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  • Marc Coma secures 2009 Dakar victory

    19 January 2009 by Michael Guy

    Marc Coma secures 2009 Dakar victory

    Spaniard Marc Coma made history to secure victory of the first ever Argentina – Chile Dakar on Sunday. The factory Repsol KTM rider lead the gruelling race from start to finish to secure his second...

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  • 2009 Triumph series announced

    16 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    T3 Racing, The British Motorcycle Racing Club and Triumph UK have announced the Triumph Triple Challenge Championship format for 2009.  The series will be run under the MRO banner which series promoter Tony Scott said:  “Provides a stepping stone from which riders can progress to BSB. "Two examples are last two season’s championship winners James Dye & Mark Cringle who have both...

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  • Dakar Day 12 – Simon Pavey Blog

    16 January 2009 by Michael Guy

    Dakar Day 12 – Simon Pavey Blog

    Simon Pavey has reached the finish of the toughest day of the 2009 Argentina – Chile Dakar Rally. The BMW rider finished an impressive 45th in the extreme Stage 12 200km Special Timed Stage and now...

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  • Dakar Rally day 10: Simon Pavey blog

    14 January 2009 by Michael Guy

    Dakar Rally day 10: Simon Pavey blog

    Simon Pavey was forced to ride 200km off-road with a flat tyre after his mousse blew, but through sheer determination managed to complete stage ten and as a result remains in the Dakar Rally. Writing...

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  • Phase One announce World Endurance line-up

    14 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Phase One announce World Endurance line-up

    Britain’s top World Endurance championship team Yamaha Phase One Endurance have announced their rider line up for the 2009 series. Team regular Damian Cudlin will be partnered by international...

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  • GMT94 gear up for World Endurance

    14 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    GMT94 gear up for World Endurance

    GMT94, one of the top French teams in World Endurance, have signed David Checa, Sébastien Gimbert, Erwan Nigon and Arnaud Restani for the 2009 season. The team, owned by former racer Christophe Guyot...

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  • Dakar day 10 – Simon Pavey blog

    13 January 2009 by Michael Guy

    Dakar day 10 – Simon Pavey blog

    BMW’s Simon Pavey got his Dakar back on track after suffering a crascked head gasket problem on day eight to post the the 34th quickest time on day tens special stage. Pavey’s impressive result...

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  • Dakar day 9: Simon Pavey blog

    12 January 2009 by Michael Guy

    Dakar day 9: Simon Pavey blog

    After racing his BMW G650 Xchallenge almost 5,000 kilometres through to Stage 8 of the punishing 2009 Argentina – Chile Dakar Rally, Simon Pavey suffered his first major problem in the Rally. The...

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  • Dakar day 7 - Simon Pavey blog

    10 January 2009 by Michael Guy

    The World of BMW Off-Road Skills Chief Instructor Simon Pavey has impressively finished Day 7 of the Rally, riding 815km from Mendoza in Argentina and crossing the border to Chile to arrive in the bivouac in Valparaiso. Pavey finished the Special Timed Stage in a credible 58th position and is placed 49th overall in the Rally. Writing for MCN, Pavey said: “Today we were faced with the South...

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  • Dakar day 6 - Simon Pavey Blog

    09 January 2009 by Rob Hull

    Dakar day 6 - Simon Pavey Blog

    World of BMW Off Road Skills Chief Instructor Simon Pavey has secured his best Special Stage result of the 2009 Argentina – Chile Dakar Rally on the sixth day of the event. Pavey was 34th overall in...

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  • Dakar Day 6 - Despres takes first stage win

    09 January 2009 by Michael Guy

    Dakar Day 6 - Despres takes first stage win

    2007 Dakar champion Cyril Despres took his first stage win of the 2009 event to get his race back on track. The Frenchman has had a torrid time so far with punctures, crashes and navigation problems...

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  • Donington Park revamp to go ahead

    09 January 2009 by Michael Guy

    Donington Park revamp to go ahead

    Donington Park has been granted planning permission for a multi million pound development that promises to turn it into Britain’s flagship racing circuit. After months of speculation regarding the new...

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  • Dakar day 5 - Simon Pavey Blog

    08 January 2009 by Michael Guy

    Dakar day 5 - Simon Pavey Blog

    Honorary Brit, Simon Pavey dug deep on the hardest stage of the Dakar to secure an impressive 46th place finish on the arduous 506KM sixth stage. His strong result moves the BMW man up to 45th overall...

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  • Donington Park revamp under consideration

    08 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    Donington Park revamp under consideration

    Local planners will consider the multi-million pound revamp of Donington Park at a meeting today (Thursday). North West Leicestershire District Council’s planning committee will consider the plans to...

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  • Dakar day 4 – Simon Pavey Blog

    07 January 2009 by Michael Guy

    Dakar day 4 – Simon Pavey Blog

    Six times Dakar veteran Simon Pavey secured his best result in the Rally Special Stages so far, of 48th position and moved up 20 places to 65th overall in the motorcycle category. Day four of the...

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  • French rider killed in Dakar Rally

    07 January 2009 by Matthew Birt

    French rider killed in Dakar Rally

    Frenchman Pascal Terry has been found dead on the Dakar Rally in Argentina. The 49-year-old was found after the fourth stage having been missing since Sunday’s second stage between Santa Rosa and...

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  • Scott Russell races again

    07 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Scott Russell races again

    Former WSB champion Scott Russell earned the nickname "Mr. Daytona" with his two-wheel prowess at Daytona International Speedway, winning the Daytona 200 five times. Now Russell joins fellow two-wheel...

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