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Silverstone WSB: Crutchlow on pole

Silverstone WSB: Crutchlow on pole

Cal Crutchlow dominated Superpole this afternoon with an impressive 2’04.091 fastest lap in preparation for tomorrow's WSB race – the time would have placed him fifth on the grid of the...

Silverstone WSB: Gino Rea shines on his soil, Sufuoglu third

Silverstone WSB: Gino Rea shines on his soil, Sufuoglu third

British rider Gino Rea dominated the second Supersport 600 free practice today during WSB’s tenth round at Silverstone. The Honda Intermoto rider, currently seventh in the general...

Silverstone WSB: Crutchlow blitzes first qualifying to take provisional pole

Silverstone WSB: Crutchlow blitzes first qualifying to take provisional pole

Factory Yamaha man Cal Crutchlow made his intentions for the weekend clear by posting a stunning 2’05.664 lap – 0.342s faster than his closet rival Jonathan Rea. Crutchlow has made a habit of setting...

Silverstone WSB: Rea leads Brit charge in practice

Silverstone WSB: Rea leads Brit charge in practice

Jonathan Rea led an all British charge at the end of the opening Free Practice session at Silverstone today. The Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider was the only man to set a sub 2.07s lap time to finish...

Colin Edwards keen on Ducati WSB deal

Colin Edwards keen on Ducati WSB deal

Colin Edwards is in talks about a deal to spearhead Ducati’s factory World Superbike effort in 2011. The popular Texan is seriously contemplating a return to World Superbikes for the first time since...

Laguna Seca to stage Moto2 and 125 class in 2011?

Laguna Seca to stage Moto2 and 125 class in 2011?

Laguna Seca could soon play host to the full MotoGP schedule with plans under discussion to run the Moto2 and 125GP races in California next year. Ever since Laguna Seca returned to the Grand Prix...

Suzuki results damaging for future recruitment

Suzuki results damaging for future recruitment

Suzuki’s dismal form in 2010 is seriously weakening its bid to attract top talent to its factory effort. Loris Capirossi and Alvaro Bautista have scored just six top ten finishes between them in the...

It’s motorcycle racing. But not as we know it

It’s motorcycle racing. But not as we know it

Out in that big wide world of motorcycle racing, some of the biggest events of the year were kicking off. At Laguna Seca Jorge Lorenzo was trouncing his rivals again and Rossi was writing another...

Eddie Lawson: Jorge Lorenzo a worthy champion

Eddie Lawson: Jorge Lorenzo a worthy champion

MotoGP legend Eddie Lawson reckons Jorge Lorenzo will be a worthy new world champion at the end of the 2010 world championship campaign. Even Fiat Yamaha rider Lorenzo has admitted fearing that his...

Andrea Dovizioso eager to see Casey Stoner at Honda

Andrea Dovizioso eager to see Casey Stoner at Honda

Andrea Dovizioso says he’s fascinated to see how new Honda recruit Casey Stoner will gel with a factory RC212V machine in 2011. The Italian said it would be intriguing to see how the Aussie morphs his...

Monster plan MotoGP expansion

Monster plan MotoGP expansion

American energy drink giant Monster is planning to expand its involvement in the MotoGP paddock next season. Monster is close to agreeing a new deal with Herve Poncharal’s Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP squad,...

Are your Silverstone tickets lost in the post?

Are your Silverstone tickets lost in the post?

MCN would like to hear from you if you’ve bought tickets for this weekend’s WSB round at Silverstone and they haven’t arrived. If you’re still awaiting tickets in the post, please email...

Tech 3 play down Cal Crutchlow approach

Tech 3 play down Cal Crutchlow approach

Tech 3 Yamaha has denied being at an advanced stage in talks with British rider Cal Crutchlow over a MotoGP switch in 2011. With Ben Spies taking Valentino Rossi’s place in the factory Yamaha squad...

Ducati good enough to win, says Nicky Hayden

Ducati good enough to win, says Nicky Hayden

Former world champion Nicky Hayden believes Ducati’s factory GP10 is good enough to win races even though it has yet to triumph in 2010. Aussie Casey Stoner told MCN after last weekend’s US MotoGP...

Nicky Hayden hails Jorge Lorenzo’s form

Nicky Hayden hails Jorge Lorenzo’s form

American Nicky Hayden reckons it is almost impossible to find a weakness in current MotoGP world championship leader Jorge Lorenzo. The Spaniard has obliterated the field in 2010 with six wins in the...

Casey Stoner to make Honda debut at Valencia test

Casey Stoner to make Honda debut at Valencia test

Casey Stoner will make his factory Honda debut immediately after the final race of the season in Valencia. Ducati has agreed to release the Australian to begin testing a factory RC212V machine after...

Ducati expands MotoGP entry for 2011

Ducati expands MotoGP entry for 2011

Ducati will expand its involvement in MotoGP to six bikes in 2011. The extra Desmosedici GP11 will be campaigned by Czech Republic rider Karel Abraham. The shock move follows an impressive test...

Pingley's thoughts: Engines

There has been much discussed in the public domain, behind closed doors and in the media about the ever increasingly sensitive subject of engines in the MotoGP class recently. Regulations were introduced in 2009 at the Czech Grand Prix governing the number of engines for the rest of the season allowing five engines for the final seven Grands Prix and this was further reduced to six engines for the...

Snetterton pics

Snetterton pics

Here's a few pictures I took at Snetteron BSB.

Shorttrack reaches the Peaks

Shorttrack reaches the Peaks

The Pozzani Silkolene Shorttrack Championship climbs up to the Buxton Speedway track in the breathtaking surroundings of the Peak District for round five of the national championship. Local hero and...

Suzuka 8 Hours – hour by hour

Suzuka 8 Hours – hour by hour

Hour 1 Yoshimura’s Sakai converts pole into a healthy lead, helped by three slower teams getting off the line sooner than the fastest Hondas.  Musashi Honda’s Takahashi and F.C.C. TSR Honda’s...

Kiyonari and Takahashi Perfect at Suzuka

Musashi RT Harc-Pro Honda riders Ryuichi Kiyonari and Takumi Takahashi rode a flawless race to the checkered flag in the Suzuka 8 Hours, the third round in the FIM world endurance championship. The pair completed 215 laps in temperatures that reached 95 °F, but they beat the heat as easily as they did the other bikes, lapping second place at the six hour mark.  The win was Honda’s 22nd in 33...

US MotoGP: Valentino Rossi overjoyed with third

US MotoGP: Valentino Rossi overjoyed with third

Valentino Rossi could barely contain his delight after he claimed a stunning third place in yesterday’s American MotoGP race. Just 50 days after suffering a compound break of his right tibia, the...

US MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo taking nothing for granted

US MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo taking nothing for granted

Jorge Lorenzo denied winning his first MotoGP world crown is a forgone conclusion after he strolled to his sixth win of the season at Laguna Seca. Lorenzo was once again coolness personified while his...

US MotoGP: Casey Stoner praises ‘fantastic’ Jorge Lorenzo

US MotoGP: Casey Stoner praises ‘fantastic’ Jorge Lorenzo

Casey Stoner said red-hot title favourite Jorge Lorenzo would make a worthy 2010 MotoGP world champion after he claimed his best result of the season in America yesterday. Aussie Stoner finished a...

US MotoGP: Title ‘difficult’ admits Dani Pedrosa

US MotoGP: Title ‘difficult’ admits Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa has conceded his hopes of lifting a maiden MotoGP world title in 2010 all but disappeared when he crashed out of the lead at Laguna Seca yesterday. The Spaniard got his trademark fast...

US MotoGP: Fourth frustrates Andrea Dovizioso

US MotoGP: Fourth frustrates Andrea Dovizioso

Andrea Dovizoso failed to capitalise on his first MotoGP front row start in Laguna Seca, the Italian ending the 32-lap American Grand Prix in a disappointing fourth position. The Repsol Honda rider...

US MotoGP: Top American no consolation for Nicky Hayden

US MotoGP: Top American no consolation for Nicky Hayden

Nicky Hayden denied taking any great satisfaction out of being top American rider in his home race at Laguna Seca yesterday. The 2006 world champion ended the 32-lap race in fifth place but was...

US MotoGP: Mistake costs Ben Spies podium chance

US MotoGP: Mistake costs Ben Spies podium chance

A mistake in the braking zone for the last corner with seven laps remaining cost Ben Spies his chance of a podium finish in Laguna Seca yesterday. The 26-year-old had made a brilliant start from the...

US MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo takes giant leap towards maiden title

US MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo takes giant leap towards maiden title

Jorge Lorenzo took a giant stride towards his first MotoGP world title in Laguna Seca after closest rival Dani Pedrosa crashed out of the lead in a sun-soaked American Grand Prix. The Fiat Yamaha...

Yoshimura claim Suzuka 8 Hours pole

Yoshimura claim Suzuka 8 Hours pole

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Daisaku Sakai beat the Honda’s by a hair in Saturday’s Superpole final qualifying session ahead of Sunday’s 33rd Suzuka 8 Hours. The 28-year old Suzuki ace lapped the...

US MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo thrilled with Laguna Seca pole

US MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo thrilled with Laguna Seca pole

MotoGP world championship leader Jorge Lorenzo said he was thrilled to have notched his fifth successive premier class pole position at Laguna Seca. The Fiat Yamaha rider, who holds a commanding...

US MotoGP: Casey Stoner upset not to claim pole position

US MotoGP: Casey Stoner upset not to claim pole position

Casey Stoner admitted he was aggravated after he missed out on claiming his first pole position since the opening race of the 2010 MotoGP campaign. A fastest lap of 1.21.169 looked to have secured the...

US MotoGP: Andrea Dovizioso hails first front row

US MotoGP: Andrea Dovizioso hails first front row

Andrea Dovizioso claimed his first MotoGP front row at the 44th attempt in Laguna Seca to give his hopes of a fifth podium finish of the season a major boost. The Repsol Honda rider logged a best time...

US MotoGP: Valentino Rossi doubts victory challenge

US MotoGP: Valentino Rossi doubts victory challenge

Valentino Rossi has virtually written off his hopes of victory in the American MotoGP race after he qualified in sixth place for the 32-lap clash at Laguna Seca. The Italian was bumped to the back of...

US MotoGP: Mika Kallio crash costly for Ben Spies

US MotoGP: Mika Kallio crash costly for Ben Spies

Ben Spies saw his hopes of a stunning maiden MotoGP front row start in his home race thwarted by a late crash from Pramac Ducati rider Mika Kallio in qualifying. The Texan was on course to move into...