November

Xaus tops day two of testing in Portimao

New Ten Kate Honda signing Ruben Xaus finished the second day of testing at Portimao at the top of the time sheets with an accomplished and convincing wet weather riding performance. The 32 year old Spaniard completed a massive 114 laps in fully wet conditions with a best time of 1m 55.8s. It’s clear that Xaus has impressed his new team with his enthusiasm and commitment to understand his new...

Loris Capirossi expects Suzuki development to suffer in 2011

Loris Capirossi expects Suzuki development to suffer in 2011

Loris Capirossi reckons Suzuki will slip even further behind successful rivals Honda, Yamaha and Ducati by cutting its involvement in MotoGP next season to just one bike. The Japanese factory will...

McGuinness and Amor to miss NW200?

McGuinness and Amor to miss NW200?

Race fans in Northern Ireland have been shocked to hear that John McGuinness and Keith Amor may be forced to miss the 2011 North West 200. The race on May 21 clashes with the second round of the World...

Toseland gets first taste of BMW

Toseland gets first taste of BMW

James Toseland has completed his first ever laps onboard the BMW S1000RR at a wet and cold Portimao this morning. The two time WSB champion rode the BMW test team’s bike in preparation for his future...

Ben Spies closing in on new Yamaha contract

Ben Spies closing in on new Yamaha contract

Ben Spies is closing in on an extension to his current factory Yamaha MotoGP contract. Talks about extending the Texan’s current deal have been in progress for a number of weeks with Spies and Yamaha...

Splitlath Aprilia with Kennaugh in BSB

Splitlath Aprilia with Kennaugh in BSB

Splitlath Aprilia will run Leicester-based South African Hudson Kennaugh in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship next year. Kennaugh narrowly missed-out on the BSB-Evo title by just three...

Honda Racing confirm endurance plans

Honda Racing confirm endurance plans

Honda Racing in Louth confirmed their World endurance racing plans during the Carole Nash Motorcycle Live Show at the NEC today (Sunday). The team, to be known as the TT Legends, will be funded by...

ITV increases TT coverage

ITV increases TT coverage

ITV has announced that it will increase coverage of the TT races with a new long-term deal. Fourteen hours of daily highlights from the event will be shown on ITV4 throughout the road race festival,...

New Manx GP race programme

New Manx GP race programme

The Manx Motor Cycle Club have restructured the Manx Grand Prix Races ahead of the 2011 event - including new classes and a revised calendar that will see the meeting ending with a high profile...

Buildbase Hawk team switch to BMW

Buildbase Hawk team switch to BMW

The Buildbase Hawk Racing team owned by Stuart Hicken has made a dramatic switch from Kawasaki to BMW – with backing from BMW Motorrad UK. The team will field three riders on S1000RR machines: John...

My son with Kiyo

My son with Kiyo

My son Joshua with Kiyonari at Cadwell Park this year. He's a great guy - he had all the time in the world for us. Deserves to be 2010 champion.

Bradley Smith set for second Moto2 test

Bradley Smith set for second Moto2 test

Bradley Smith will fly to Spain on his 20th birthday tomorrow (Sunday) for a two-day test session on the Tech 3 Moto2 machine. The Oxfordshire rider, who made his Tech 3 Moto2 debut in Valencia...

British Eurosport confirms 2011 MotoGP deal

British Eurosport confirms 2011 MotoGP deal

Popular commentary duo Julian Ryder and Toby Moody will be back on screens again in 2011 after British Eurosport confirmed it had signed a new one-year agreement to show the MotoGP world championship...

Rain ends Scott Redding’s MotoGP debut hopes

Rain ends Scott Redding’s MotoGP debut hopes

Rain has disrupted the final day of testing at the Jerez circuit in Spain today, ending Scott Redding’s hopes of making his first appearance on the Suter 1000cc MotoGP bike. Despite a heavy crash on...

Honda gear up for BSB

Honda gear up for BSB

HM Plant Honda in Louth are facing a busy season with defending BSB champion Ryuichi Kiyonari and Shane Byrne in British Superbike and Jason O’Halloran in Superstock. As a result of several...

Haslam on the pace in three day Jerez test

Haslam on the pace in three day Jerez test

With two days of his scheduled three day test in Jerez complete, Leon Haslam has told MCN of his satisfaction with his BMW S1000RR. Since switching from the Alstare Suzuki team to BMW Motorrad, Haslam...

Ducati 848 Challenge at BSB

Ducati 848 Challenge at BSB

The Ducati 848 Challenge will be an official partner series to the 2011 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship. The Challenge builds on the successful foundations of the 2010 season and will...

Scott Redding hospitalised after Jerez test crash

Scott Redding hospitalised after Jerez test crash

Scott Redding has spent the night in a Jerez hospital as a precaution after he suffered bleeding on his left lung following a big crash during Moto2 testing yesterday. The 17-year-old high-sided his...

Marc Marquez makes Moto2 debut

Marc Marquez makes Moto2 debut

Marc Marquez got his first taste of Moto2 action in Jerez yesterday, the Spaniard familiarising himself with the more powerful and heavier 600cc Suter MMX machine he will campaign in 2011. The...

Yamaha deny Valentino Rossi ultimatum

Yamaha deny Valentino Rossi ultimatum

Yamaha has denied Valentino Rossi’s decision to join rivals Ducati was the result of its failure to axe Spanish rival Jorge Lorenzo. For months it has been rumoured that Rossi issued Yamaha with an...

Michelin planning MotoGP return in 2012?

Michelin planning MotoGP return in 2012?

Michelin is plotting a shock return to the MotoGP world championship, MCN has learned. The French factory hasn’t raced in MotoGP since the end of 2008 when the premier class switched to a...

Michael Laverty joins Hill at Swan Yamaha

Michael Laverty joins Hill at Swan Yamaha

Michael Laverty will join Tommy Hill in Shaun Muir’s new-look Swan Yamaha team for the 2011 BSB season. The team will have factory Yamaha R1s and Laverty told MCN: “I genuinely thought I’d be staying...

Scott Redding catches attention of Ducati

Scott Redding catches attention of Ducati

Scott Redding is already being closely monitored by Ducati management after his stunning debut Moto2 campaign in 2010. Ducati boss Vittoriano Guareschi spoke of his admiration for the 17-year-old...

Casey Stoner: Winning harder for Rossi at Ducati

Casey Stoner: Winning harder for Rossi at Ducati

Casey Stoner reckons competition in MotoGP is now so fierce that Valentino Rossi won’t be a consistent winner at Ducati. When Rossi quit Honda to join Yamaha at the end of 2003, the Italian was...

Marc Marquez makes Moto2 move

Marc Marquez makes Moto2 move

New 125GP world champion Marc Marquez has confirmed today he will contest the 2011 Moto2 world championship. The Spaniard had delayed a decision on his future until after he clinched the 125GP crown...

Scott Redding braced for MotoGP test debut

Scott Redding braced for MotoGP test debut

Scott Redding is poised to kick off plans for a MotoGP future in Jerez later this week with the British rider set to test a BMW-powered Suter machine designed for new 1000cc rules in 2012. The...

Cameron Donald and TAS split

Cameron Donald and TAS split

In a surprise press release, Relentess by TAS have announced that they will not run Cameron Donald in 2011. The press statement read: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing...

Stuart Easton wins at Macau

Stuart Easton wins at Macau

Stuart Easton won the 44th Macau Grand Prix in China after an early scrap with BSB rival Michael Rutter. Scoring his third Macau win was a brilliant start to Easton’s Kawasaki career as he prepares to...

Shane Byrne joins Kiyonari at HM Plant-backed team

Shane Byrne joins Kiyonari at HM Plant-backed team

Shane Byrne will line up alongside British Superbike champion Ryuichi Kiyonari in the HM Plant Honda team in BSB next year. And 22-year-old Aussie Jason O’Halloran will ride for the team in National...

Production-based racing only at 2011 NW200

Production-based racing only at 2011 NW200

Next year’s North West 200 will feature a five-race programme featuring two Superbike and two 600cc races in addition to the Superstock race. Traditionally only the main NW200 race has been run over...

Rutter dominates Macau first practice

Rutter dominates Macau first practice

Going for a record seventh win in the Macau Grand Prix, Michael Rutter  dominated the opening qualifying session in China today on the Team of  Paris/ AXA Ducati.  Having topped the...

Dani Pedrosa issues engine warning to Casey Stoner

Dani Pedrosa issues engine warning to Casey Stoner

Dani Pedrosa warned Casey Stoner not to get too carried away after the Australian’s sensational factory Honda debut in Valencia earlier this month. Stoner raved about the smooth engine performance of...

Toni Elias unconcerned by slow MotoGP return

Toni Elias unconcerned by slow MotoGP return

Moto2 world champion Toni Elias insisted he’s not worried after making an inauspicious return to MotoGP in Valencia recently. The Spaniard was last and close to three seconds off the pace on his...

MCN in Valencia

MCN in Valencia

The wife enjoying MCN in the sun at Valencia. We had a great time watching the races and testing.

Nicky Hayden: ‘My results convinced Rossi’

Nicky Hayden: ‘My results convinced Rossi’

Nicky Hayden reckons his return to form in 2010 helped convince Valentino Rossi to make a multi-million pound switch to Ducati. The American endured a torrid debut season at Ducati in 2009, but the...

Randy de Puniet set for more surgery

Randy de Puniet set for more surgery

Randy de Puniet is likely to require further surgery on the left leg he broke in a crash during the German Grand Prix in July. The Frenchman broke his tibia and fibula when his left leg was run over...