2010

Melandri set for official testing despite shoulder surgery

Melandri set for official testing despite shoulder surgery

Marco Melandri is expected to ride at the official WSB test at Portimao on 26 – 28th January despite undergoing surgery on his shoulder on Thursday. The 28 year old Italian elected to have an...

Fiat replacement eludes Yamaha

Fiat replacement eludes Yamaha

The impact of the global economic crisis is still biting hard in MotoGP with Yamaha as yet to find a title sponsor for the 2011 world championship. Despite being the dominant squad in MotoGP since...

Honda has to deliver in 2011, warns Kevin Schwantz

Honda has to deliver in 2011, warns Kevin Schwantz

American legend Kevin Schwantz reckons Honda will be branded a major flop if it fails to emerge from the doldrums with Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa heading its line-up in 2011. Honda has never won an...

Worx join forces with TAS Suzuki

Worx join forces with TAS Suzuki

Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing, have announced Worx Power Tools as a team partner for 2011. Team boss Philip Neill said: “Worx represent quality, making our job of promoting their products very easy...

Canadian McCormick at Oulton BSB round

Canadian McCormick at Oulton BSB round

Canadian sensation Brett McCormick had been touted as a potential BSB rider with Relentless by TAS Suzuki but has now penned a deal with BMW Canada for the 2011 Parts Canada Superbike...

Suzuki eye more consistent GSV-R in 2011

Suzuki eye more consistent GSV-R in 2011

Suzuki will embark on another mission to make its factory GSV-R a more consistent performer across a wider range of conditions in 2011. A major weakness of the V4 contender has been its ability to be...

Honda boss ‘disappointed’ with 2010 outcome

Honda boss ‘disappointed’ with 2010 outcome

Honda boss Shuhei Nakamoto reckons he’ll look back on 2010 with a sense of disappointment, despite the Japanese factory enjoying its most successful season in the 800cc MotoGP era. Dani Pedrosa won...

Dani Pedrosa launches children’s book

Dani Pedrosa launches children’s book

Dani Pedrosa launched a new children’s book in Spain yesterday that tells the story of how he set on the road to stardom in racing. The book entitled ‘Two elves for Dani Pedrosa’ is based Pedrosa’s...

Rea onboard Stoner’s Honda RCV – Exclusive pictures

Rea onboard Stoner’s Honda RCV – Exclusive pictures

MCN can reveal that in last weeks four day test at Sepang, WSB man Jonathan Rea completed laps on Casey Stoner's Honda RCV212V. The current Ten Kate Honda rider played the role of test rider in his...

Ulster GP admission price rise

Ulster GP admission price rise

The Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club have been forced to increase the price of admission to the 2011 Ulster Grand Prix after sustained a substantial loss following this year’s races. The club took...

New Althea Ducati colours

New Althea Ducati colours

The Althea Racing Team unveiled the new livery of its 2011 bike during Termignoni Day at the exhaust company's headquarters in the town of Predosa in northern Italy, according to www.worldsbk.com Race...

Kirkham still chasing BSB dream

Kirkham still chasing BSB dream

National Superstock 1000 Champion Jon Kirkham is planning to improve upon his dominant Superstock championship win by progressing into British Superbikes for 2011. Kirkham, who has ridden in the class...

Casey Stoner doubts electronics reduction in 2012

Casey Stoner doubts electronics reduction in 2012

The constant quest to make MotoGP safer will never see a significant reduction in the influence of electronic rider aids, according to former world champion Casey Stoner. Valentino Rossi and several...

Top Brit Craig Bounds ready for Dakar challenge

Top Brit Craig Bounds ready for Dakar challenge

Craig Bounds is looking to make up for the bitter disappointment of retiring out of a top 25 position in the 2010 Dakar and is aiming for even greater success when the 2011 Dakar kicks off...

Yamaha boss reflects on ‘fabulous’ 2010

Yamaha boss reflects on ‘fabulous’ 2010

2010 was the year in which Yamaha continued its unrivalled domination of the MotoGP world championship as Jorge Lorenzo won his first world title in record-breaking fashion. But it was also the year...

Pavey preparing for eighth Dakar attempt

Pavey preparing for eighth Dakar attempt

Simon Pavey is entering his final preparations for the 2011 Dakar rally, which kicks off in Buenos Aires on 1st January 2011. Pavey will campaign a BMW G 450X for the first time in what is regarded as...

Paris Hilton unveils 125GP team

Paris Hilton unveils 125GP team

Clad in a skintight pink, white and blue bodysuit with ample cleavage exposed, Paris Hilton proved last weekend why she is not your average motorcycle race team owner. But in a blaze of publicity in...

Donington plans packed 2011 racing programme

Donington plans packed 2011 racing programme

Donington Park is back and has a packed programme for 2011 headlined by major motorcycle racing events including a round of the World Superbike championship, an Eight Hour World Endurance round, and...

Pink paintjob for Paris Hilton's 125GP squad

Pink paintjob for Paris Hilton's 125GP squad

Not that Paris Hilton should be worried that her shock foray into Grand Prix racing would go unnoticed, the American socialite and tabloid media darling has made sure of maximum exposure after this...

Cal Crutchlow happy with shoulder recovery

Cal Crutchlow happy with shoulder recovery

Cal Crutchlow has told MCN he is making excellent progress in his recovery following major shoulder surgery earlier this month. The former World Supersport champion underwent an operation to repair...

Rea concludes positive MotoGP test in Sepang

Rea concludes positive MotoGP test in Sepang

Jonathan Rea has successfully completed his first MotoGP test in Sepang today. The 23 year old Brit was given an extra half day of testing following heavy rain on Thursday which prevented him from...

Randy de Puniet delays leg surgery

Randy de Puniet delays leg surgery

Randy de Puniet won’t undergo surgery to remove metalwork from his damaged left leg until after the 2011 MotoGP world championship. The French rider had contemplated a winter operation to replace a...

BBC confirms MotoGP bid winner

BBC confirms MotoGP bid winner

Century TV has won the contract to produce coverage of the MotoGP world championship for the BBC until the end of 2013 season. Rohan Browning, Managing Director of Century TV, said: "We are delighted...

Motorland Aragon takes ‘Best Grand Prix’ prize

Motorland Aragon takes ‘Best Grand Prix’ prize

The impressive new Motorland Aragon track has become the first in history to claim the prestigious IRTA Best Grand Prix prize in its first season on the world championship calendar. The track was only...

Iddon bags Triumph supersport ride

Iddon bags Triumph supersport ride

Nine-times British Supermoto Champion, Christian Iddon has signed to ride for the Oxford Tag Triumph team in next year’s British Supersport championship. The 25-year-old from Derbyshire will join Paul...

Suzuki pressing on with 1000cc project

Suzuki pressing on with 1000cc project

Suzuki has begun ‘fundamental’ testing of its new 1000cc prototype engine for the new MotoGP class in 2012, despite its immediate future remaining shrouded in mystery. Although not understood to be as...

Max Biaggi names first son Leon

Max Biaggi names first son Leon

World Superbike champion Max Biaggi has named his first son after his biggest rival in 2010. Biaggi and partner Eleonora Pedron have named their son Leon, who was born earlier today in Italy. The...

Yamaha made ‘tentative’ bid to break-up Valentino Rossi’s crew

Yamaha made ‘tentative’ bid to break-up Valentino Rossi’s crew

Yamaha made a tentative attempt to break up Valentino Rossi’s long serving and loyal crew earlier this year when the Italian star was finalising his big money switch to Ducati. Alex ‘Axel’ Briggs, a...

TT Legends to race Ulster GP

TT Legends to race Ulster GP

Honda TT Legends duo John McGuinness and Keith Amor will race at next year’s Ulster Grand Prix on August 10-13 2011. The Honda TT Legends is a newly formed team, assembled for an assault on the 2011...

Storrar’s 2011 TT debut

Storrar’s 2011 TT debut

Scottish rider Jimmy Storrar has confirmed that he will make his Isle of Man TT races debut in 2011. The Perth born racer will compete for Mick Charnock’s ‘TC Racing Honda/DP Coldplaning’ outfit in...

Engine upgrade vital for Yamaha, says Jerry Burgess

Engine upgrade vital for Yamaha, says Jerry Burgess

Yamaha’s domination of the 800cc MotoGP era could end in 2011 unless major improvements are made to the performance of its factory YZR-M1 engine. Valentino Rossi’s legendary crew chief Jerry Burgess...

Simoncelli in Australia

Simoncelli in Australia

Me with Marco Simoncelli in Melbourne airport after this year's Phillip Island MotoGP round.

ACU responds to doctors quitting TT

ACU responds to doctors quitting TT

ACU Events Ltd, the organisation who run the TT have issues a statement regarding medical coverage for this year’s event. It reads: Following a statement issued by Dr David Stevens, ACU Events Ltd...

Baz reacquainted with Motorpoint Yamaha

Baz reacquainted with Motorpoint Yamaha

Loris Baz started his 2011 BSB build up at a sunny and warm Cartagena in Spain. “Three days of sunshine and riding my superbike is like winning X-factor,” he said. “I really could not wait to get...

Rea completes successful first day onboard Honda RCV212 in Sepang

Rea completes successful first day onboard Honda RCV212  in Sepang

Jonathan Rea has completed his first day of testing onboard the Honda RCV212V in Sepang. After spending yesterday at the circuit adjusting foot rest and handlebar positions, Rea completed 51 laps...

Jason Crump to ride Braintree shorttrack

Jason Crump to ride Braintree shorttrack

Speedway superstar Jason Crump will be in the line-up at the Braintree Bonanza on the December 27, at the indoor Towerlands Park. Jason tested at Braintree on Monday, the first time on a bike since...