2011

No Yamaha 1000cc test for Cal Crutchlow in Sepang

No Yamaha 1000cc test for Cal Crutchlow in Sepang

Cal Crutchlow will still have to wait until next month’s Valencia test to get his first ride on Yamaha’s new 1000cc MotoGP machine. It was rumoured that the British rider might test the new YZR-M1...

Moto2 likely to remain single engine beyond 2012

Moto2 likely to remain single engine beyond 2012

The Moto2 world championship is likely to remain a one-make engine series after 2012. A three-year contract for Honda to supply the engines for the intermediate Grand Prix class expires at the end of...

Video: Jonathan Rea testing WSB Castrol Honda Fireblade at Portimão

Video: Jonathan Rea testing WSB Castrol Honda Fireblade at Portimão

Jonathan Rea chatted to MCN's WSB reporter Michael Guy during testing at Portimão. Rea set the pace for the majority of the day having set an impressive 1.43.0 time in the morning session before...

Buchan gets Gearlink ride in Sunflower Trophy

Buchan gets Gearlink ride in Sunflower Trophy

Kawasaki Team Green rider Danny Buchan continues his exciting year with a run-out at the famous Sunflower Trophy event at Bishopscourt in Northern Ireland this weekend, for top Supersport 600 outfit...

Bikes on TV: October 19-25

Bikes on TV: October 19-25

KEY TO CHANNELS.   DRT - Discovery Real Time  DSC - Discovery Channel   DHD - Discovery Channel HD   EXS - Extreme Sports Channel  EUR1 (2, HD) - Eurosport 1...

Silverstone Stoner’s standout ride, says Jerry Burgess

Silverstone Stoner’s standout ride, says Jerry Burgess

Casey Stoner’s brilliant victory at a wet and cold British Grand Prix at Silverstone back in June showed why he was crowned 2011 MotoGP world champion, according to fellow Aussie Jerry Burgess. Stoner...

Decision close on Suzuki’s MotoGP future

Decision close on Suzuki’s MotoGP future

A decision on whether Suzuki will remain in the MotoGP world championship next season is expected during this weekend’s Sepang race in Malaysia. Senior management figures met in Japan last Friday...

HRC boss hails team effort after world title triumph

HRC boss hails team effort after world title triumph

HRC boss Shuhei Nakamoto praised the efforts of Honda technical staff and factory riders Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso and Marco Simoncelli after Casey Stoner handed the Japanese manufacturer its...

Aspar resigned to losing Hector Barbera

Aspar resigned to losing Hector Barbera

Spanish rider Hector Barbera seems a certainty to move to the Pramac Ducati squad in 2012 after his current Aspar squad confirmed it will split with the Bologna factory at the end of the season. The...

Portimao test times: Laverty stuns in first Aprilia outing

Portimao test times: Laverty stuns in first Aprilia outing

Eugene Laverty fired a warning shot to his 2012 WSB rivals in Portugal today by setting the fastest lap time first time out onboard his factory PATA Aprilia. The 25 year old Irishman set an impressive...

Recovering Jorge Lorenzo praises new champ Casey Stoner

Recovering Jorge Lorenzo praises new champ Casey Stoner

 Jorge Lorenzo has praised new MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner as he begins the recovery from a nasty left hand injury that will rule him out of this weekend’s Sepang race in...

Video exclusive: Eugene Laverty gets first ride on Aprilia RSV4

Video exclusive: Eugene Laverty gets first ride on Aprilia RSV4

Eugene Laverty got his first ride on the factory Aprilia RSV4 he will campaign in the 2012 World Superbike Championship at Portimao this morning. The 25-year-old completed an out lap before returning...

Crockford serious, but stable

Crockford serious, but stable

BSB organisers MSVR have issued the following details of the Superstock crash at Brands. “On the opening lap of the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championship race at Brands Hatch, Richard Cooper...

Melandri tests 2011 and 2012 spec BMW

Melandri tests 2011 and 2012 spec BMW

Marco Melandri begun a new era of his distinguished racing career at Portimao this morning when he got his first ride on the BMW Motorrad S1000RR he will campaign in 2012. Having won the second race...

Picture exclusive: Laverty gets first ride on Aprilia RSV4

Picture exclusive: Laverty gets first ride on Aprilia RSV4

Eugene Laverty got his first ride on the factory Aprilia RSV4 he will campaign in the World Superbike Championship in 2012. Riding at Portimao this morning the 25 year old completed an out lap before...

Rouse wins Triumph young guns ride

Rouse wins Triumph young guns ride

Triumph Motorcycles has confirmed Chrissy Rouse as the winner of its 2011 Young Guns initiative. After six months of assessment and mentoring, three finalists - Chrissy Rouse, Adam Robinson and Lee...

Australia MotoGP: Birthday boy Casey Stoner overjoyed at title success

Australia MotoGP: Birthday boy Casey Stoner overjoyed at title success

It’s hard to imagine life getting any better for Repsol Honda rider Casey Stoner. He clinched his second MotoGP world title in front of his home crowd at Phillip Island yesterday, his fifth win in a...

Australian MotoGP: More misery for baffled Valentino Rossi

Australian MotoGP: More misery for baffled Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi suffered another Ducati front-end crash in yesterday’s Phillip Island race that heaped more frustration and disappointment on the nine-times world champion. Rossi had just passed...

Jorge Lorenzo in fitness fight for Valencia

Jorge Lorenzo in fitness fight for Valencia

Former MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo is facing a battle to be fit for his home race in Valencia next month after he suffered a gruesome left hand injury in Phillip Island yesterday. The Spaniard...

Ben Spies expects to race in Malaysia

Ben Spies expects to race in Malaysia

American Ben Spies expects to be fit for this weekend’s Sepang race in Malaysia after he missed yesterday’s Phillip Island MotoGP round with concussion. The factory Yamaha rider took part in the...

Australian MotoGP: Consistency delights Marco Simoncelli

Australian MotoGP: Consistency delights Marco Simoncelli

Marco Simoncelli believes his inconsistent form is behind him after he secured a career best MotoGP result in yesterday’s Australian round at a cool and windy Phillip Island. The San Carlo Gresini...

Australian MotoGP: Andrea Dovizioso grabs crucial third

Australian MotoGP: Andrea Dovizioso grabs crucial third

Andrea Dovizioso strengthened his bid to secure third place in the 2011 MotoGP world championship with a sixth podium of the season in Phillip Island yesterday. The Italian lost out in an exciting...

Portugal WSB: Melandri and Laverty secure final Yamaha 1-2

Portugal WSB: Melandri and Laverty secure final Yamaha 1-2

Yamaha end their official participation in the World Superbikes championship with a 1-2, thanks to Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty securing the top steps of the podium at Portimao. The team mates...

Davies confirmed to ride ParkinGO Ducati in 2012

Davies confirmed to ride ParkinGO Ducati in 2012

As reported in MCN last week, Chaz Davies will be graduating to WSB in 2012 onboard a Ducati with his current ParkinGO squad. The six time WSS race winner and 2011 World Supersport champion is set to...

Portugal WSS: Chaz Davies wins at Portimao

Portugal WSS: Chaz Davies wins at Portimao

Chaz Davies (Yamaha ParkinGO Team) completed his championship-winning season by securing his sixth victory of the year at the final round in Portugal, making a strong start to lead thoughout the race...

Portugal WSB: Checa wins fifteenth race of season

Portugal WSB: Checa wins fifteenth race of season

2011 WSB champion Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) took his fifteenth race win of the season at Portimao, passing Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) with three laps remaining to take...

Laverty confirmed at Aprilia for 2012

Laverty confirmed at Aprilia for 2012

Eugene Laverty will become a factory Aprilia rider in 2012 after signing a two year deal with the Italian manufacturer this morning. It remains unclear the exact structure of the team, but it seems...

Australia Moto2: De Angelis secures second win of season

Australia Moto2: De Angelis secures second win of season

Alex de Angelis (JIR Moto2) secured victory at Phillip Island for the second consecutive year after emerging on top in a battle with championship leader Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing). Marc...

Australia 125: Cortese wins under red flag

Australia 125: Cortese wins under red flag

Sandro Cortese secured his second win of the season when the Australian 125 race was red flagged with three laps remaining following Niklas Ajo crashing and requiring trackside attention. A rain...

Australia MotoGP: Casey Stoner dominates to take championship

Australia MotoGP: Casey Stoner dominates to take championship

Casey Stoner was on dominant form to win his home race at Phillip Island with a 2.2 second lead and secure the 2011 MotoGP world championship. The Repsol Honda rider made a strong start and led...

Portugal WSS: Kawasaki dominate with Salom and Parkes leading grid

Portugal WSS: Kawasaki dominate with Salom and Parkes leading grid

Kawasaki Motocard.com team mates David Salom and Broc Parkes secured the top two positions on the grid, with Salom taking pole for the final round of the season. Chaz Davies (Yamaha ParkinGO), the...

Portugal WSB: Rea secures pole position at Portimao

Portugal WSB: Rea secures pole position at Portimao

Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) secured a pole position start for tomorrow's race at Portimao with a storming first lap in the final super pole session, going straight out to set the fastest lap and...

Australia Moto2: Alex de Angelis takes pole

Australia Moto2: Alex de Angelis takes pole

Alex de Angelis claimed pole position in the final minutes of qualifying at Phillip Island. Mike di Meglio and Yuki Takahashi complete the front row in second and third. Scott Redding (Marc VDS...

Australia 125: Zarco takes fourth pole of season

Australia 125: Zarco takes fourth pole of season

Johann Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) took his fourth pole of the season at Phillip Island. Having led for the majority of qualifying the Frenchman suffered a high speed fall just before the end of the...

Australia MotoGP: Casey Stoner storms to home pole position

Australia MotoGP: Casey Stoner storms to home pole position

Casey Stoner will start his home race tomorrow as a red-hot favourite to claim a fifth successive victory at the spectacular Phillip Island circuit after he stormed to pole position earlier today. The...

Aoyama confirmed at Ten Kate Honda

Aoyama confirmed at Ten Kate Honda

Hiroshi Aoyama has been confirmed as the second rider to join Jonathan Rea in the Ten Kate Honda squad to race in WSB in 2012. Aoyama is currently competing in MotoGP with the San Carlo Honda Gresini...