February

Reeves' 2010 TT appearance in doubt

Reeves' 2010 TT appearance in doubt

Sidecar ace Tim Reeves is facing an uncertain Isle of Man TT future after one of his main sponsors withdrew their support for the 2010 road racing season. The triple World Sidecar champion, who...

Sterilgarda Yamaha reintroduces 2009 parts to combat chatter

Sterilgarda Yamaha reintroduces 2009 parts to combat chatter

The factory Sterilgarda Yamaha team of James Toseland and Cal Crutchlow have been forced to reintroduce 2009 components on to the 2010 spec Yamaha R1 following their disastrous test at Phillip Island...

Infront signs three year WSB contract extension with Phillip Island

Infront signs three year WSB contract extension with Phillip Island

World Superbike organisers Infront have extended their contract with the Phillip Island circuit meaning that the Australian race has been confirmed up until 2014. Also written into the contract is...

Debon vows to be fit for next Moto2 test

Debon vows to be fit for next Moto2 test

Spaniard Alex Debon insists he’ll be fit to ride the British-built FTR M210 in the official Moto2 tests as Valencia on March 1-3. Debon crashed in testing at Catalunya last week and fractured his left...

Pekkanen to race Suzuki in BSB Evo

Finn Pauli Pekkanen is the latest rider to announce his plans to race in the BSB Evo class. He’s aiming to run his own Suzuki in the championship that now boasts nine starters with other teams on the verge on announcing their plans. Pekkanen finished runner-up in last year's one-make KTM RC8 Super Cup series and has a range of experience having competed in the European Superstock Championship in...

Danny Webb given 2010 lifeline

Danny Webb given 2010 lifeline

British teenager Danny Webb has flown to Spain today (Monday) to finalise what he hopes will be a season-saving 125GP ride. Webb’s 2010 plans were thrown into turmoil last week when the Aprilia WRB...

British Eurosport confirms 2010 WSB plans

British Eurosport confirms 2010 WSB plans

British Eurosport has outlined details of its most comprehensive coverage of the World Superbike championship ahead of this weekend’s 2010 opener at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia. Each race...

Suzuki ready to evaluate 2010 motor

Suzuki ready to evaluate 2010 motor

Having surprisingly failed to rollout its new 2010 factory GSV-R motor in testing earlier this month in Sepang, Suzuki is preparing for the debut of this year’s V4 contender in Malaysia this...

Valentino Rossi expertise helping Scott Redding

Valentino Rossi expertise helping Scott Redding

Scott Redding’s hopes of success in the inaugural Moto2 world championship have been given another massive boost after it was confirmed Valentino Rossi’s Ohlins suspension technician will work with...

MotoCzysz line up for 2010 TT Zero

MotoCzysz line up for 2010 TT Zero

MotoCzysz, the motorcycle team founded by designer Michael Czysz, has confirmed that they would be returning to the Isle of Man in 2010 to participate in the ‘TT Zero’ Clean Emissions race, which is...

Phillip Island WSB test: Checa surprise fastest, Haslam third

Phillip Island WSB test: Checa surprise fastest, Haslam third

Spaniard Carlos Checa stole the show on the opening day of the two day pre season test by setting the fastest time onboard his Althea Ducati 1098R. The former Ten Kate Honda rider set a blistering 1m...

Scott Redding confident after rain-hit Catalunya test

Scott Redding confident after rain-hit Catalunya test

Scott Redding was satisfied with his progress at the conclusion of a weather-hit three-day Moto2 test at the Catalunya circuit near Barcelona today. Overnight rain meant that testing didn't get...

Hunts Motorcycles back Michael Dunlop

Hunts Motorcycles back Michael Dunlop

Michael Dunlop will race a Honda Fireblade in this year’s superstock races supplied by Manchester Honda dealer Hunts Motorcycles. As well as the international road races, the Ballymoney rider is also...

Brookes gets WSB call-up

Brookes gets WSB call-up

HM Plant Honda's Josh Brookes will be back on track next weekend at the opening round of the World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island, after receiving a call to deputise for the injured Broc...

Roberto Rolfo suffers injury blow

Roberto Rolfo suffers injury blow

Experienced Italian Roberto Rolfo’s Moto2 preparations suffered a blow in Catalunya yesterday when he dislocated his left shoulder after a heavy testing crash. The former MotoGP, 250GP and World...

Shoya Tomizawa springs Moto2 surprise

Shoya Tomizawa springs Moto2 surprise

It might be difficult to gauge the performance potential of anybody in the new Moto2 class until the arrival of Honda’s spec CBR600RR engine, but Japan’s Shoya Tomizawa was the surprise pacesetter in...

Scott Redding makes progress in Catalunya

Scott Redding makes progress in Catalunya

Scott Redding said he was delighted with his progress on the second day of Moto2 testing at the Catalunya circuit near Barcelona. Unable to complete any meaningful testing on a weather-hit opening...

MotoGP bosses reveal 2012 rule plan

MotoGP bosses reveal 2012 rule plan

MotoGP fans could be watching the world’s elite riders racing on three different machines in 2012, as was exclusively revealed by MCN earlier this month. A mixed grid of 800cc prototypes, 1000cc...

Racing knowledge: What Ellison learned from last season in BSB

Racing knowledge: What Ellison learned from last season in BSB

James Ellison has raised his game in the past year and reckons that that even though he finished runner-up in the series, we've far from seen the best of him. Here's what he learned from last season...

What's the deal with: Simon Andrews

What's the deal with: Simon Andrews

MCN catches up with MSS Kawasaki rider Simon Andrews to find out what he's been up to in the off season...  What have you been up to this winter? Living in the Alps. Sounds exotic but I’ve been...

Rain hits Scott Redding’s 2010 Moto2 debut

Rain hits Scott Redding’s 2010 Moto2 debut

Rain and a slow drying track at Catalunya restricted British rider Scott Redding to just 11 laps on his first Moto2 appearance of 2010 yesterday. Making his debut for the Belgian-based Marc VDS Racing...

Crutchlow prepared for toughest ever challenge

Crutchlow prepared for toughest ever challenge

Cal Crutchlow believes that his 2009 World Supersport winning season has been the perfect preparation for his jump to WSB in 2010. Since switching to the class onboard the factory Yamaha R1, the 24...

Haga: “2010 will be the hardest year to win”

Haga: “2010 will be the hardest year to win”

Noriyuki Haga has told MCN that he is expecting 2010 to be the hardest season to win the World Superbike championship due to the incredible depth of field of world class riders. The 2000, 2007 and...

Parkes to miss WSB opener after Motocross crash

Parkes to miss WSB opener after Motocross crash

Australian Broc Parkes will miss the opening round of the World Superbike championship after crashing his motocross bike whilst training. The 28 year old who rode for the factory Kawasaki squad in...

Elliot to race in Euro Supersport 600

Elliot to race in Euro Supersport 600

Josh Elliott has been given the opportunity to race in the World Superbike Championship's Superstock 600 series.   Elliott, who has been racing since he was nine, astonished race followers...

Howarth lines up with Magic Bullet in BSB Evo

Howarth lines up with  Magic Bullet in BSB Evo

Michael Howarth will be spearheading the Magic Bullet Two Wheel Racing team’s effort in the new BSB Evo class riding a GSX-R1000 Suzuki.  Howarth, who is 29 and hails from Manchester, took part...

Guy Martin and Wilson Craig team up with Leo Vince

Guy Martin and Wilson Craig team up with Leo Vince

Guy Martin and his Wilson Craig Honda team have linked up with Italian exhaust manufacturer Leo Vince. The company worked with the Wilson Craig team during 2008 and 2009 when Scotsman Keith Amor...

Gino is ready for Phillip Island test

Gino is ready for Phillip Island test

Young Londoner Gino Rea is set to make his debut World Supersport race for Intermoto Honda at Australia, Phillip Island in a couple of weeks time. First though, is a official test which takes place...

Valentino Rossi still motivated at 31

Valentino Rossi still motivated at 31

Valentino Rossi reckons his motivation to stay on top in MotoGP is stronger than ever as the Italian icon celebrates his 31st birthday today (Tuesday). Rossi recently struck a crucial early...

Yamaha chase grip with 2010 YZR-M1

Yamaha chase grip with 2010 YZR-M1

Valentino Rossi’s crew chief Jerry Burgess reckons Yamaha has achieved one of its major 2010 targets by improving rear grip with a new YZR-M1 chassis. As well as increasing performance and durability...

Scott Redding excited ahead of Moto2 test

Scott Redding excited ahead of Moto2 test

British rider Scott Redding has told MCN of his excitement and anticipation as he prepares to begin his 2010 Moto2 preparations tomorrow (Wednesday). Scott Redding's Moto2 bike Redding will get his...

Ben Spies boosted by Colin Edwards advice

Ben Spies boosted by Colin Edwards advice

Ben Spies reckons the help and advice offered by Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Colin Edwards is proving invaluable in helping him make a quick transition to MotoGP. Spies and Edwards were constantly...

Loris Capirossi unfazed by Suzuki engine delay

Loris Capirossi unfazed by Suzuki engine delay

Loris Capirossi has shrugged off Suzuki’s surprise failure to roll out its 2010 factory GSV-R motor in Sepang earlier this month. The veteran Italian, poised to make his 300th Grand Prix appearance...

Toseland refutes claims that there are too many Brits in WSB

Toseland refutes claims that there are too many Brits in WSB

James Toseland has told MCN that it is no coincidence that there are seven British riders in WSB this year and has refuted claims by some of his international rivals that there are too many UK riders...

Suzuki battered by bad weather at Portimao

Suzuki battered by bad weather at Portimao

The Worx Crescent Suzuki team today successfully completed a three-day shakedown test at the Portimao Circuit in southern Portugal, in preparation for the 2010 British Superbikes Championship. The...

Team Symitry IT North prepare for 2010

Team Symitry IT North prepare for 2010

Team Symitry IT North with rider Shaun Horsman are busy preparing for a renewed assault on the 2010 British 125GP championship which is set to commence at Brands Hatch over the Easter...