January

Kawasaki boss heads to Japan for crunch talks

Kawasaki boss heads to Japan for crunch talks

Kawasaki’s MotoGP team boss Michael Bartholemy is flying to Japan today (Tuesday) for crunch talks expected to decide the fate of a proposed rescue plan to keep John Hopkins and Marco Melandri on the...

Paul Lewis returns to racing in Harley-Davidson XR1200 cup

Paul Lewis returns to racing in Harley-Davidson XR1200 cup

Former GP500 Skoal Bandit Suzuki works rider and Daytona Twins winner Paul Lewis is back in Britain and planning to race in the new Harley-Davdison XR1200 race series at BSB rounds. The 48-year-old...

Croft future in doubt

Croft future in doubt

The future of racing at Croft circuit near Darlington is in doubt after last week's High Court judgement awarded three local residents around £150,000 in compensation for noise issues. The circuit,...

Monster deal for Valentino Rossi

Monster deal for Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi is reported to have signed a big-money deal with American energy drink Monster. The reigning MotoGP world champion is expected to pocket a cool £2.2m in a two-year deal following the...

MotoGP BBC coverage

Basically if you do not have access to the red button then you are stuffed! Personally I will be now watching the WSBK with decent coverage on Eurosport. MotoGP on the BBC  

Tom Tunstall gets ex-WSB Hondas

BSB privateer Tom Tunstall and the Hardinge Doodson Motorsport Team are sticking with Honda machinery in BSB this year but have upgraded to a new Honda sourced from the World Superbike Paul Bird Motorsport Vent-Axia VK team. Tunstall has sights set on success in the Daily Star Superbike Cup Championship and said: “I’m very happy with our preparations for 2009. "he new bike looks great...

Dakar Rally day 14: Simon Pavey blog

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...

Marc Coma secures 2009 Dakar victory

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...

Unity on cost cuts crucial for MotoGP future

Unity on cost cuts crucial for MotoGP future

Ducati race boss Claudio Domenicali reckons unity between the major factories will help MotoGP successfully ride the current global economic storm. Domenicali said an agreement for extending engine...

Casey Stoner doubts MotoGP salary cap

Casey Stoner doubts MotoGP salary cap

Former world champion Casey Stoner has doubted whether a salary cap could ever be policed to help cut costs in MotoGP. Capping rider wages has been just one of several ideas floated around during...

Rea is Irish Motorcyclist of the Year

Rea is Irish Motorcyclist of the Year

Jonathan Rea won the Motorcyclist of the Year award at the sixth annual Irish Racer Awards on Friday night. Over 550 guests attended the event, held in the Ramada Hotel, Belfast. The huge event is...

Dakar: Despres wins stage to consolidate second overall

Dakar: Despres wins stage to consolidate second overall

Frenchman Cyril Despres took yet another victory on stage 13 of the 2009 Argentina – Chile Dakar to maintain second position in the overall standings. The RedBull KTM rider has shown that he has the...

Out with MotoGP, in with F1

Out with MotoGP, in with F1

If Kawasaki pulling out and Euro-sport loosing the television rights to BBC wasn’t bad enough Moto GP moving from Donington Park to Silverstone has to be the last straw!! Any motorcycle race fan will...

2009 Triumph series announced

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...

Video: Casey Stoner denies MotoGP races are dull

Casey Stoner doesn’t believe that modern era MotoGP races have become too dull. Speaking at the launch of Ducati’s 2009 squad at the Madonna di Campiglio ski resort in Italy, the Australian said the introduction of the 800cc engine capacity rule in 2007 had not been a major detrimental step for MotoGP racing. Stoner has had to contend with accusations that he has contributed to MotoGP being...

Video: Nicky Hayden boosted by single tyre rule

Nicky Hayden believes the controversial move to a single tyre rule in MotoGP will be a major boost to helping him make a successful transition to Ducati’s GP9 machine. With only two front and two rear tyre specs to test each day, the restrictions have given the American more time to focus on adapting to riding Ducati’s V4 contender. Hayden said: “The new tyre rule has helped me a lot as far as...

Honda boss dismisses HM Plant quit rumours

Honda boss dismisses HM Plant quit rumours

Honda’s BSB team boss Neil Tuxworth dismissed rumours that Newcastle-based construction company HM Plant has pulled the plug on their sponsorship for 2009. Tuxworth said: “I don’t know where all these...

HM Plant Honda cut back to one bike per rider

HM Plant Honda cut back to one bike per rider

HM Plant Honda team boss Neil Tuxworth has confirmed that the team will cut back to one bike per rider in 2009 for new BSB signings Glen Richards and Josh Brookes as part of a cost-cutting programme...

Video: A lap of the new Donington Park Circuit

MCN were granted exclusive access to a £48,000 simulator, which shows how the all new Donington Park circuit will look after its multi million pound developments in time for the 2010 Formula One race. Although it’s difficult to appreciate the true undulation of the new circuit layout the simulator illustrates how fast and flowing the new layout will be. "It also gives an indication to the extent...

Video: Haslam confident in level of new Stiggy Honda team

With just seven days until WSB testing kicks off in Portugal and six weeks before the opening round of the championship in Australia, Leon Haslam is busy preparing for the 2009 season. The 25 year old Brit has been training hard along with spending time on a trials bike over the winter and remains confident in his new Stiggy Honda team and bike for the coming season

Video: Sykes getting back to fitness and focused on Portugal test

Factory Yamaha WSB man Tom Sykes is making a quick recovery following his 100mph crash in testing at the Kyalami circuit in South Africa in December. The 23 year old Brit is now focussed on his third test on the new long bang R1 which will take place at the Parkalgar circuit in Portugal on 23rd, 24th and 25th January 2009.

Dakar Day 12 – Simon Pavey Blog

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...

Despres takes third stage win but Coma stays in control

Despres takes third stage win but Coma stays in control

Red Bull KTM rider Cyril Despres claimed his third stage win of the 2009 Dakar to move up into second position overall, but still remains 1h 29m 48s behind the fast and consistent race leader Marc...

Ducati boss plays down Troy Bayliss/Valentino Rossi showdown

Ducati boss plays down Troy Bayliss/Valentino Rossi showdown

Ducati race boss Claudio Domenicali has said he would love to see Valentino Rossi and Troy Bayliss go head-to-head in a dream World Superbike clash. But sadly for millions of race fans, Domenicali...

Casey Stoner backs British MotoGP move

Casey Stoner backs British MotoGP move

Former world champion Casey Stoner has backed the surprise decision to switch the British MotoGP race from Donington Park to Silverstone for 2010. Dorna announced a five-year deal with the...

MotoGP talent search hit by credit crunch

MotoGP talent search hit by credit crunch

The quest to unearth MotoGP stars of the future has suffered a big blow with news that the Red Bull Rookies Cup calendar will be cut because of the global economic crisis. The European series will be...

Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden unveil 2009 Ducati

Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden unveil 2009 Ducati

After snow caused the official unveiling of Ducati’s GP9 machine to be postponed yesterday (Wednesday), Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden finally got round to showing off the new bike in public for the...

Video: Casey Stoner reflects on wrist recovery and 2008

Casey Stoner has spoken of his recovery from major wrist surgery and his reflections on defeat to Valentino Rossi in 2008 at the launch of Ducati’s 2009 factory MotoGP squad in Italy. Looking back on 2008 when the Aussie surrendered his world title to a resurgent Valentino Rossi, last year’s runner-up said: “The first half of the season was very disappointing. "We had such a strong start and...

Video: Nicky Hayden excited by Ducati challenge

Nicky Hayden has spoken of his excitement about his debut season with Ducati’s factory MotoGP squad in 2009. Making his first official public appearance for the Marlboro-backed squad at the Madonna di Campiglio ski resort in Italy, Hayden said: “The feeling is very exciting. "On Sunday we did my first real photo shoot in the full-on Marlboro leathers and Ducati leathers and I got to admit it was a...

Ian Lougher to ride for AIM Yamaha

Ian Lougher to ride for AIM Yamaha

Ian Lougher will be riding the AIM Yamaha Superbike at the major international road races in 2009. The deal renews a partnership that Lougher had with team boss Alistair Flanagan in 2000 when he rode...

BSB Calendar- Why Brands?

Just seen the calendar for 2009. The series starts on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit. Why is this circuit used now that it's too short for today's fastest bikes? Last year, there was more than one race result jeopardised by the front runners catching up with back markers.

BBC MotoGP 2009

When you think things can't get any worse, then the BBC announce that they have Parish and Cox presenting the MotoGP for 2009. I think whoever has made this crazy decision at the beeb either knows very little about the sport or are related to one of these awful commentators. WSB and Eurosport coverage will no doubt cover the sport as it should be covered with the race fans given a first class...

Dakar Rally day 10: Simon Pavey blog

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...

Phase One announce World Endurance line-up

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...

GMT94 gear up for World Endurance

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...

Two-man MV Agusta team in BSB

Two-man MV Agusta team in BSB

There may not be any Ducatis in this year’s British Superbike championship but at least there will be two Italian bikes. The STP Motorsport team will field a two-man MV Agusta team in British...