2011

Ben Gautrey 1992 -2011

Ben Gautrey 1992 -2011

I first met Ben in April 2010 at a cold and damp Mallory Park. I was at Mallory testing one of the new Aprilia 450 race bikes which Ben was competing on; Ben went on to win the Moto 450 Championship...

Misano MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo fights back

Misano MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo fights back

Jorge Lorenzo showed why he’s not going to surrender the MotoGP world title without a fight after he topped the timesheets in practice at the end of the first day of action in Misano. The Spaniard was...

Misano MotoGP: Casey Stoner fastest, Valentino Rossi struggles

Misano MotoGP: Casey Stoner fastest, Valentino Rossi struggles

Casey Stoner’s bid to record a fourth straight victory for the first time in his career got off to a flying start in Misano this morning. But there was little to cheer for Valentino Rossi’s home crowd...

Decision imminent on Kawasaki future

Decision imminent on Kawasaki future

The Paul Bird Motorsport team who currently run Kawasaki's factory effort in WSB will find out next week if they will have their contract renewed for 2012. Bird took control of Kawasaki’s racing...

Rossi and Stoner pay tribute to Loris Capirossi

Rossi and Stoner pay tribute to Loris Capirossi

Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner have paid tribute to Loris Capirossi after the Italian veteran announced in Misano today that he is to retire at the end of 2011. Capirossi confirmed his retirement...

Loris Capirossi announces retirement in Misano

Loris Capirossi announces retirement in Misano

Loris Capirossi has announced he will retire at the end of the 2011 MotoGP world championship during an emotional press conference at the Misano circuit today. The 38-year-old said he had decided to...

Colin Edwards confirms Tech 3 Yamaha exit

Colin Edwards confirms Tech 3 Yamaha exit

Colin Edwards could ride a highly-tuned Yamaha R1-powered bike in the 2012 MotoGP world championship having finally confirmed he will be leaving the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad at the end of 2011. As...

Ducati undecided on whether to race in Japan

Ducati undecided on whether to race in Japan

Ducati has still not fully committed to participating in the Japanese MotoGP race in early October because of fears about the safety of the Fukushima nuclear plant. The circuit's proximity to the...

Gresini pushing to keep two-man team in 2012

Gresini pushing to keep two-man team in 2012

Marco Simoncelli's Honda boss Fausto Gresini fears he will have to downscale his squad to just one rider in 2012 as the financial crisis continues to hit MotoGP hard. Despite the dire economic climate...

Cadwell Park birthday treat

Cadwell Park birthday treat

My daughter Chloe on her tenth birthday at Cadwell Park BSB.

A job well done

A job well done

Tommy Hill and Josh Brookes congratulate each other after race three at Cadwell Park.

Ben Gautrey dies following Superstock accident

Ben Gautrey dies following Superstock accident

MWR Kawasaki rider Ben Gautrey died following an accident on the first lap of the National Superstock 600 race at Cadwell Park. An official statement from race organisers MSVR said: "On the...

Cadwell Park BSB: Hill takes win number two

Cadwell Park BSB: Hill takes win number two

Swan Yamaha's Tommy Hill has made it two wins out of three races with victory in the final race at Cadwell Park today. Hill's team-mate Michael Laverty got the best start, but was unable to pull away...

Indy MotoGP: Ben Spies fights back for thrilling podium

Indy MotoGP: Ben Spies fights back for thrilling podium

Ben Spies recorded his second successive Indianapolis MotoGP podium yesterday after making a brilliant recovery from a disastrous first lap. The factory Yamaha rider dropped from second on the grid to...

Indy MotoGP: Valentino Rossi struggles again

Indy MotoGP: Valentino Rossi struggles again

Valentino Rossi’s tough debut campaign with Ducati’s factory MotoGP squad continued at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway yesterday. With only one podium finish in the opening 11 races, hopes Rossi could...

Cadwell Park BSB: Tommy Hill takes race two win

Cadwell Park BSB: Tommy Hill takes race two win

Swan Yamaha rider Tommy Hill has won the second of three races at Cadwell Park today. Hill was fastest away from the lights, and depsite a couple of early overtakes by team-mate and race one winner...

Indy MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo’s title hopes suffer major setback

Indy MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo’s title hopes suffer major setback

Jorge Lorenzo’s hopes of retaining the MotoGP world title in 2011 suffered a major setback in Indianapolis yesterday when he limped home in a frustrating fourth position. The Spaniard struggled with a...

Indy MotoGP: Nicky Hayden frustrated in home race

Indy MotoGP: Nicky Hayden frustrated in home race

Nicky Hayden could hardly conceal his disappointment after he finished his home race at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway in last place. The 2006 world champion was the only rider to gamble on...

Indy MotoGP: Casey Stoner marches towards 2011 world title

Indy MotoGP: Casey Stoner marches towards 2011 world title

Casey Stoner produced another MotoGP masterclass in Indianapolis yesterday to tighten his grip on the 2011 world championship chase. The Australian romped to a third successive victory and seventh of...

Indy MotoGP: Stoner cruises to 30th MotoGP win

Indy MotoGP: Stoner cruises to 30th MotoGP win

Repsol Honda rider Casey Stoner cruised to his 30th victory in the MotoGP class at Indianapolis, setting a new lap record on the way. Team-mate Dani Pedrosa got the best start and led for a...

Indy MotoGP: Marquez takes Moto2 win

Indy MotoGP: Marquez takes Moto2 win

Suter rider Marc Marquez took advantage of championship leader Stefan Bradls' poor performance in qualifying to close the gap on Bradl with victory at Indianapolis. Bradl - who qualified in 22nd - got...

Indy MotoGP: Terol eases to 125GP victory

Indy MotoGP: Terol eases to 125GP victory

Aspar Aprilia rider Nicolas Terol has extended his lead at the top of the 125GP championship with an easy victory at Indianapolis today. The Spanish rider got a good start off the line and from there...

Cadwell Park BSB: Laverty takes red-flagged race one win

Cadwell Park BSB: Laverty takes red-flagged race one win

Swan Yamaha's Michael Laverty improved his chances of securing a spot in the six rider showdown by taking victory in the first of three races at Cadwell Parl today after the race was red-flagged due...

Cadwell BSB: Laverty on pole for triple header

Cadwell BSB: Laverty on pole for triple header

Swan Yamaha rider Michael Laverty will start this afternoon's race at Cadwell Park from pole position after beating team-mate Tommy Hill during qualifying today. Hill set the fastest time in free...

Indy MotoGP: Valentino Rossi slumps to woeful 14th

Indy MotoGP: Valentino Rossi slumps to woeful 14th

Valentino Rossi suffered another Ducati disaster in Indianapolis and the Italian will start today’s 28-lap race from a lowly 14th place on the grid. An early crash and then a struggle to gain any...

Indy MotoGP: Cal Crutchlow blasts ‘idiot’ Loris Capirossi

Indy MotoGP: Cal Crutchlow blasts ‘idiot’ Loris Capirossi

Cal Crutchlow branded Loris Capirossi an 'idiot’ after he had to run off track in the final stages of qualifying to avoid a collision with the Italian veteran in Indianapolis. Crutchlow was trying to...

Indy MotoGP: “I wasn’t fast enough for pole,“ admits Ben Spies

Indy MotoGP: “I wasn’t fast enough for pole,“ admits Ben Spies

Ben Spies refused to blame a dislodged part on the fuel tank of his factory Yamaha YZR-M1 machine after he failed to secure a second successive pole position at Indianapolis. The Texan said even...

Cadwell BSB: Hill fastest in dry free practice

Cadwell BSB: Hill fastest in dry free practice

Tommy Hill set the pace in today’s opening free practice session at Cadwell Park – lapping half a second faster than championship rival Shane Byrne in preparation for the final round of the regular...

Indy MotoGP: Marquez steals pole from Corsi

Indy MotoGP: Marquez steals pole from Corsi

125GP champion Marc Marquez stole pole from Simone Corsi by one thousandth in the dying seconds of qualifying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Andrea Iannone completes the front row in third...

Indy MotoGP: Stoner takes pole position

Indy MotoGP: Stoner takes pole position

Championship leader Casey Stoner has taken pole position ahead of tomorrow's race at Indianapolis, smashing the previous pole position record, set by Dani Pedrosa in 2009, by just under one...

Indy MotoGP: Terol dominates qualifying to take pole

Indy MotoGP: Terol dominates qualifying to take pole

125GP championship leader Nicolas Terol has continued his dominance of the class after taking pole position at Indianapolis onboard his Aspar Aprilia. Sandro Cortese starts from second on the grid,...

Indy MotoGP: New tarmac blasted by top riders

Indy MotoGP: New tarmac blasted by top riders

Grip levels on the resurfaced infield section of the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been blasted by a host of top MotoGP riders after the opening day of practice. The Indy infield was...

Indy MotoGP: Valentino Rossi seeks improved pace

Indy MotoGP: Valentino Rossi seeks improved pace

Valentino Rossi is confident he can improve his pace on the newly resurfaced Indianapolis Motor Speedway after he finished yesterday’s opening practice sessions in a lowly 11th position. The Italian...

Indy MotoGP: “I expected to be faster”, admits Nicky Hayden

Indy MotoGP: “I expected to be faster”, admits Nicky Hayden

Nicky Hayden admitted he expected to be faster and more competitive on Ducati’s new GP11.1 machine, as he kicked off preparations for his home race in Indianapolis by clocking the eighth best...

Indy MotoGP: Casey Stoner leads first day of practice

Indy MotoGP: Casey Stoner leads first day of practice

MotoGP world championship leader Casey Stoner set the pace at the end of the opening day of practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today. For the majority of the day it looked like home favourite...

Indy MotoGP: Ben Spies sets first practice pace

Indy MotoGP: Ben Spies sets first practice pace

Ben Spies made good use of a host of upgrades on his factory Yamaha YZR-M1 machine to top the timesheets at the end of a sun-drenched opening MotoGP practice session at the Indianapolis Motor...