2009

Jorge Lorenzo fastest in Valencia

Jorge Lorenzo fastest in Valencia

Jorge Lorenzo ended his 2009 MotoGP campaign on a high when the Spaniard topped the timesheets on the second day of testing in Valencia today. Continuing to assess a new chassis on his Fiat Yamaha...

Wanneroo success story

Last weekend saw the second running of the Kings of Wanneroo event in Australia and with stars of World and British Superbikes in attendance, the hard-working Western Australia motorcycle club had certainly assembled a grid packed with racing talent. From start to finish the UK riders were treated like ‘Kings’ and whilst the meeting certainly has the classic end of year feel to it, where there’s...

Rutter aims for seventh Macau GP win

Rutter aims for seventh Macau GP win

Michael Rutter is gunning for a record seventh victory at Macau next month, riding in the colours of Team of Paris AXA Racing on an MSS Kawasaki ZX-10, alongside MSS’ regular BSB star Simon...

Bradley Smith signs new 125GP deal

Bradley Smith signs new 125GP deal

British teenager Bradley Smith will stay in the 125GP world championship in 2010. The Oxfordshire rider has signed a new deal with the Aspar Aprilia squad having been unable to secure a switch to the...

Tech 3 confirm Moto2 line-up

Tech 3 confirm Moto2 line-up

Raffaele de Rosa and former Scot Honda MotoGP rider Yuki Takahashi will ride for the new Tech 3 Moto2 squad in 2010. Italian de Rosa finished sixth in this year’s 250cc world championship and a...

Tech 3 sign Jorge Lorenzo’s former boss

Tech 3 sign Jorge Lorenzo’s former boss

The French-based Tech 3 squad has pulled off a big coup by confirming that Jorge Lorenzo’s former Fiat Yamaha team boss will join its Moto2 effort in 2010. Italian Daniele Romagnoli will work as...

British MotoGP date changed in calendar reshuffle

British MotoGP date changed in calendar reshuffle

The 2010 British MotoGP race at Silverstone will now take place on June 20, as was revealed by MCN yesterday. The Silverstone date has been pushed back two weeks from June 6, with five dates changing...

Casey Stoner fastest in first 2010 test

Casey Stoner fastest in first 2010 test

A new factory Ducati engine with revised firing order catapulted Casey Stoner to the quickest time on the opening day of 2010 winter testing in Valencia today. In sunny but blustery conditions, the...

Silverstone MotoGP set for date change?

Silverstone MotoGP set for date change?

MCN understands the date of the 2010 British MotoGP at Silverstone will be moved in a reshuffle of next year’s premier class calendar.  Although no new date has been officially released, it is...

Valencia MotoGP: Tyre vibration ruins James Toseland's farewell

Valencia MotoGP: Tyre vibration ruins James Toseland's farewell

James Toseland made an emotional exit from MotoGP after a rear tyre vibration problem wrecked his hopes of leaving the premier class with a top ten finish. The 28-year-old, who has lost his ride with...

Valencia MotoGP: Ben Spies "super happy" with seventh

Valencia MotoGP: Ben Spies "super happy" with seventh

Ben Spies declared himself "super happy" after he ended an impressive Yamaha MotoGP debut in seventh place in Valencia yesterday.  The Texan produced one of the most eye-catching performances of...

Valencia MotoGP: Casey Stoner stunned by warm-up lap crash

Valencia MotoGP: Casey Stoner stunned by warm-up lap crash

Casey Stoner could not hide his frustration and disappointment after the Aussie crashed out on the warm-up lap of yesterday's Valencia MotoGP race. Starting from pole position, the 24-year-old was a...

Valencia MotoGP: Valentino Rossi content with second

Valencia MotoGP: Valentino Rossi content with second

Valentino Rossi went some way to burying his Valencia jinx after he ended 2009 with a hard fought second place yesterday. The 30-year-old’s 13th podium of the season was his best in Valencia since...

Valencia MotoGP: Colin Edwards grateful to Ben Spies

Valencia MotoGP: Colin Edwards grateful to Ben Spies

Colin Edwards gave new Monster Yamaha team-mate Ben Spies a massive post race hug in Valencia yesterday after the Texan secured a brilliant fifth place in the 2009 MotoGP world...

Valencia MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa signs off 2009 in style

Valencia MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa signs off 2009 in style

Dani Pedrosa took full advantage of Casey Stoner’s shock warm-up lap blunder to record only his second victory of a tough season in yesterday’s Valencia MotoGP clash.  With Stoner a red-hot...

Valencia MotoGP: Bradley Smith happy despite late defeat

Valencia MotoGP: Bradley Smith happy despite late defeat

Bradley Smith signed off a brilliant 2009 with yet another last lap defeat to new world champion and Aspar Aprilia team-mate Julian Simon in Valencia yesterday. The 18-year-old twice passed Simon on a...

Kenny Roberts abandons Moto2 plan

Kenny Roberts abandons Moto2 plan

Kenny Roberts has abandoned plans to compete in the new Moto2 world championship.    The American legend did have two places on the provisional grid for the new 600cc four-stroke...

Rea completes Wanneroo hat-trick

Jonathan Rea completed his hat-trick in the third Kings of Wanneroo race on Sunday and duly wrapped up the overall crown to follow in the footsteps of Australian Superbike Champion Glenn Allerton who took the inaugural title 12 months ago. Rea was never headed in the final 15-lap race and when Alastair Seeley crashed out and Ian Lowry’s exhaust fell off, he was able to take a dominant victory of...

Rea makes it two from two at Wanneroo

Rea makes it two from two at Wanneroo

Jonathan Rea made it two from two when he won the second 15-lap Kings of Wanneroo race at the Barbagallo Raceway on Sunday coming through from a sluggish start to win by an eventual 4.3seconds. The...

Rea takes first Wanneroo win

Rea takes first Wanneroo win

Jonathan Rea drew first blood on Sunday for the Kings of Wanneroo event in Pert, Australia when he led the opening 15-lap race from start to finish. The 22-year old had to work hard for his victory by...

Zero Emissions race in USA

Zero Emissions race in USA

TTXGP and Infineon Raceway have announced an alliance that will see the Sonoma (California) road course serve as host site of the first-ever TTXGP zero carbon motorcycle race in the United...

Valencia MotoGP: Hiroshi Aoyama interview

Valencia MotoGP: Hiroshi Aoyama interview

Hiroshi Aoyama has spoken of his milestone success in Valencia after the Japanese rider clinched the last 250cc two-stroke world championship this afternoon. The Japanese rider gave an interview after...

Valencia MotoGP: Pedrosa takes win at final round

Valencia MotoGP: Pedrosa takes win at final round

Spaniard Dani Pedrosa took a dominant victory at the final race of 2009 at Valencia after getting the holeshot from the start. Ducati rider Casey Stoner qualified in pole position yesterday...

Valencia MotoGP: Hiroshi Aoyama wins last 250GP title

Valencia MotoGP: Hiroshi Aoyama wins last 250GP title

Japanese rider Hiroshi Aoyama survived a massive scare in Valencia today to claim a historic final 250GP world championship success. Holding a commanding 21-point lead going into the title decider...

Valencia MotoGP: Bradley Smith defeated in last lap thriller

Valencia MotoGP: Bradley Smith defeated in last lap thriller

Bradley Smith suffered a third successive last lap defeat to Aspar Aprilia team-mate Julian Simon after a thrilling 125GP in Valencia today. Smith recovered superbly from an early disaster when his...

Valencia MotoGP: Valentino Rossi unhappy with pace

Valencia MotoGP: Valentino Rossi unhappy with pace

Valentino Rossi faces a mountain to climb to end his 2009 campaign with victory in Valencia tomorrow. The Italian will start the 30-lap race from fourth on the grid having struggled with rear grip in...

MotoGP: Ben Spies thrilled with top ten

MotoGP: Ben Spies thrilled with top ten

Ben Spies showed why he’s so highly rated by Yamaha after he qualified in the top ten in Valencia today after just three hours on board a YZR-M1 machine. The Texan, who recently clinched Yamaha’s...

Valencia MotoGP: James Toseland disappointed in 14th

Valencia MotoGP: James Toseland disappointed in 14th

James Toseland could not hide his disappointment after he qualified in a lowly 14th place for his final MotoGP in Valencia, the British rider comfortably outpaced by Ben Spies. A lap of 1.34.107 left...

Valencia MotoGP: Top four are aliens, says Colin Edwards

Valencia MotoGP: Top four are aliens, says Colin Edwards

Colin Edwards reckons Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa are ‘aliens’ after he had to settle for fifth place on the grid for the sixth time in the last seven races in...

Valencia MotoGP: Casey Stoner romps to pole

Valencia MotoGP: Casey Stoner romps to pole

Casey Stoner dominated the final qualifying session of 2009 as British rider James Toseland was humbled by reigning World Superbike champion Ben Spies in Valencia today. Aussie Stoner claimed only his...

Valencia MotoGP: Danny Webb suffers more injury misery

Valencia MotoGP: Danny Webb suffers more injury misery

British rider Danny Webb suffered more injury misery after a spectacular high-side crash in the early stages of this afternoon’s 125GP qualifying session in Valencia. The 18-year-old was just about to...

Valencia MotoGP: Bradley Smith secures front row

Valencia MotoGP: Bradley Smith secures front row

Having struggled in windy conditions yesterday to finish only 13th quickest, British teenager Bradley Smith stormed back to form in today’s 125GP qualifying session to secure his ninth front row start...

Valencia MotoGP: New 800cc bike breaks cover

Valencia MotoGP: New 800cc bike breaks cover

The new Inmotec 800cc MotoGP machine got its public debut in Valencia yesterday, with the ambitious squad revealing plans to compete in at least four races in 2010. Speaking at a special launch of the...

Valencia MotoGP: Sito Pons team shows off Kalex Moto2 bike

Valencia MotoGP: Sito Pons team shows off Kalex Moto2 bike

Former 250GP world champion and leading MotoGP team boss Sito Pons showed off the bike his Spanish squad will campaign in the inaugural Moto2 600cc four-stroke world championship in 2010. Pons’ team...

Valencia MotoGP: New Italian Moto2 bike unveiled

Valencia MotoGP: New Italian Moto2 bike unveiled

This is a new Italian contender built for the new Moto2 class that was unveiled in the Valencia paddock yesterday. Built by Modena-based NCS Rapid Inside, the bike will be exclusively run by the Scot...

Top Brits in Macau GP line-up

A truly international field of road racing and endurance specialists will line up on the grid for the 43rd running of the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix next month.  Riders from ten countries and regions, from across Europe, Asia Pacific and the USA, will do battle over 15 laps of the Guia Circuit on Saturday, November 21st, and the irresistible mix of exciting newcomers and seasoned...