October

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...

Checa weighing up big money BMW deal

Checa weighing up big money BMW deal

Carlos Checa has until the tomorrow to accept a lucrative offer from the BMW Motorrad Italia team to ride the S1000RR in 2012. MCN understands that the 2011 world champion has been offered in the...

Checa takes control in first qualifying at Portimao

Checa takes control in first qualifying at Portimao

Carlos Checa ended the opening day of qualifying at the top of the time sheets in Portimao today. The newly crowned world champion held off a late charge from Irishman Eugene Laverty who enjoyed one...

Australia MotoGP: Stoner and Rossi criticise Marquez

Australia MotoGP: Stoner and Rossi criticise Marquez

Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi were both heavily critical of Marc Marquez after the rising Spanish star caused a horrific accident during Moto2 practice at the Phillip Island track in Australia...

Aoyama to Castrol Honda – decision imminent

Aoyama to Castrol Honda – decision imminent

Current Gresini Honda MotoGP man Hiroshi Aoyama is set to join the Castrol Honda squad in WSB in 2012. Long time GP rider and 250 world champion, Aoyama will line up alongside multiple race winner...

Australia MotoGP: Marc Marquez penalised after horror crash

Australia MotoGP: Marc Marquez penalised after horror crash

Marc Marquez will have to start from the back of the grid for Sunday’s Australian Moto2 race after he caused a horrific high speed collision with Thai rider Ratthapark Wilairot at Phillip Island...

Australia MotoGP: Valentino Rossi struggles in lowly 13th

Australia MotoGP: Valentino Rossi struggles in lowly 13th

Valentino Rossi never expected to continue Ducati’s phenomenal winning record at the Phillip Island circuit after a nightmare 2011 campaign. But the Italian certainly didn’t expect to be as far off...

Australia MotoGP: Casey Stoner fastest after early crash

Australia MotoGP: Casey Stoner fastest after early crash

Casey Stoner bounced back from an early crash to top the timesheets on the opening day of practice for his home race at the spectacular Phillip Island circuit today. But the home favourite, who could...

Biaggi cautious about weekend ahead

Biaggi cautious about weekend ahead

Max Biaggi has revealed to MCN that he won’t know if it will be possible to race this weekend at Portimao until he has completed a full day on the bike tomorrow. The 2010 world champions has a broken...

Fourteen round 2012 WSB calendar confirmed

Fourteen round 2012 WSB calendar confirmed

The FIM has released the 2012 WSB calendar today with the series swelling to fourteen races next season. New to the calendar is the Russian race at Moscow International Raceway in August. Other...

Casey Stoner hails world champion Chaz Davies

Casey Stoner hails world champion Chaz Davies

Casey Stoner has spoken of his delight at seeing close pal Chaz Davies make a major career breakthrough by clinching the 2011 World Supersport crown earlier this month. The Australian has remained...

Nicky Hayden positive after Ducati aluminium frame debut

Nicky Hayden positive after Ducati aluminium frame debut

Nicky Hayden said his debut on Ducati’s new aluminium frame in Jerez last week was positive, but the American admitted Bologna engineers still have plenty of work to do to make the GP12 a more...

Finger injury boost for Valentino Rossi

Finger injury boost for Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi is confident the broken left little finger he suffered in the Japanese Grand Prix will not be a major problem during this weekend’s Phillip Island clash. The Italian broke his left...

Aspar confirms Ducati split

Aspar confirms Ducati split

Spain's high profile Aspar squad will split with Ducati at the end of the 2011 MotoGP world championship and is now working on its own private 1000cc project. Having initially agreed to expand to a...

Paul Bird submits 2012 MotoGP bid

Paul Bird submits 2012 MotoGP bid

Paul Bird’s bid to move to the MotoGP world championship in 2012 moved a step closer yesterday (Wednesday). Bird, who lost the contract to run Kawasaki’s factory World Superbike squad for next season,...

Valentino Rossi: ‘Maybe if it snows I can win’

Valentino Rossi: ‘Maybe if it snows I can win’

Valentino Rossi might be close to losing his proud record of winning at least one race in every season of his illustrious Grand Prix career in 2011, but he proved today he’s not lost his sense of...

Laverty poised for Aprilia future, but not yet signed

Laverty poised for Aprilia future, but not yet signed

Eugene Laverty is on course to become an Aprilia rider in 2012, but contrary to reports on Italian websites has told MCN that he is yet to sign any contract. The 25 year old Irishman was in advanced...

Valentino Rossi expects strong Phillip Island performance

Valentino Rossi expects strong Phillip Island performance

Valentino Rossi has dismissed his chances of extending Ducati’s phenomenal winning record at the Phillip Island track this weekend, but the Italian is still confident of a strong result in...

Frustration builds as Suzuki stalls on 2012 decision

Frustration builds as Suzuki stalls on 2012 decision

Factory Suzuki MotoGP boss Paul Denning has admitted the wait for a final decision on whether the Japanese factory will line-up on the grid in 2012 is building frustration within the British-based...

Yamaha not bidding to sign Marc Marquez for 2012

Yamaha not bidding to sign Marc Marquez for 2012

Yamaha has denied launching an audacious bid to poach Spanish starlet Marc Marquez from under the noses of Japanese rivals Honda. The reigning 125GP world champion has been linked with a move to...

Tech 3 thrilled to capture Andrea Dovizioso for 2012

Tech 3 thrilled to capture Andrea Dovizioso for 2012

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 boss Herve Poncharal has spoken of his delight at signing Andrea Dovizioso for the 2012 MotoGP world championship. Dovizioso agreed a one-year deal with the French-based squad...

Brands Hatch BSB: Hill takes championship in photo finish

Brands Hatch BSB: Hill takes championship in photo finish

Tommy Hill has won the 2011 British Superbike championship after beating John Hopkins in the final race of the season by six thousandths of a second. With just two points separating the pair...

Brands Hatch BSB: Shane Byrne wins race two

Brands Hatch BSB: Shane Byrne wins race two

HM Plant Honda rider Shane Byrne won the seond BSB race of the weekend in damp conditions at Brands Hatch this afternoon. Byrne was gifted the lead when race leader Michael Laverty crashed at Druids...

Brands Hatch BSB: Laverty takes win, Hopkins extends lead

Brands Hatch BSB: Laverty takes win, Hopkins extends lead

Swan Yamaha rider Michael Laverty has won the first race of the final round at Brands Hatch ahead of fellow championship hopeful Josh Brookes. Laverty and Brookes were in a race of their own,...