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  • Hislop signs with Virgin Yamaha

    11 November 2002

    Hislop signs with Virgin Yamaha

    Steve Hislop has revealed he will defend his British Superbike crown in 2003, riding for Rob McElnea’s Virgin Yamaha squad.Hislop will be switching to a 1000cc four-cylinder R1.For the full story, see...

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  • World SX opener line-up confirmed

    11 November 2002

    World SX opener line-up confirmed

    The line-up of stars for the first rounds of the World Supercross event in Geneva, Switzerland on December 7 and Arnhem, Holland on December 14 has just been released.It includes: Jeremy McGrath...

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  • 2003 Speedway GP dates/riders

    11 November 2002

    2003 Speedway GP dates/riders

    Brit Scott Nicholls is included in the riders list for the 2003 Speedway Grand Prix series after a brilliant second place in Australia at the last round of the 2002 season. He is one of three British...

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  • Rutter quickest in Macau practice

    11 November 2002

    Michael Rutter edged out last year’s winner John McGuinnes to go quickest in pre-qualifying ahead of Saturday’s Macau GP yesterday.Rutter, who won the race in 1998 and 2000, went seven tenths faster than defending champion McGuinness around the tight 3.9-mile public road course of the tiny island.British riders filled the top five places on the timing sheets with former Endurance world champion...

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  • McGrath’s Italian job for KTM

    11 November 2002

    McGrath’s Italian job for KTM

    This weekend will see supercross legend Jeremy McGrath makes his debut for KTM in the huge Pianeta Supercross event in Pesaro, Italy.The seven-time AMA Supercross champion will be up against it...

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  • Rutter on pole in Macau

    11 November 2002

    Rutter on pole in Macau

    Michael Rutter is on course to be the first man to win three Macau GP’s since Steve Hislop after he slotted his Ducati 998 on pole in today’s qualifying.He needed just eight laps of the 3.9-mile...

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  • Japanese factory rider joins BSB

    11 November 2002

    Japanese factory rider joins BSB

    Yukio Kagayama will join John Reynolds in the 2003 Crescent Suzuki squad. The 28-year-old will make history as the first Japanese rider, and first full factory rider, to compete in the British...

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  • Langston rules Bercy

    11 November 2002

    Langston rules Bercy

    Grant Langston is the King of Bercy, winning the new format, 125cc event with a win on the final day. This combined with two second places on the previous days to give him the crown from Chris...

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  • Farewell to Manx GP veteran

    11 November 2002

    The funeral service of Manx GP veteran Bob Hirst takes place this Friday, November 15 at Telford Crematorium, Staffordshire at 2.30pm.Hirst, runner-up to John Goodhall in the very first Senior Classic MGP in 1983, died last Thursday aged 60. All donations in lieu of flowers are invited to the Manx Grand Prix Helicopter fund, c/o John Kermeen, 10 Ballacrosha, Ballugh, IOM.

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  • Vincent takes No.1 plate to KTM

    11 November 2002

    Vincent takes No.1 plate to KTM

    Newly crowned 125cc world champion Arnaud Vincent will take his number one plate to KTM for next season.Vincent, who became the first Frenchman ever to win the title, will ride alongside 2000 champion...

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  • MotoGP 2003: The teams, the riders

    11 November 2002

    MotoGP 2003: The teams, the riders

    This year’s MotoGP silly season, as the annual contract hunt is known, will go down as one of the most unpredictable and protracted in living memory. But the fog of confusion has lifted and here’s...

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  • Update: Rossi crashes out of Rally

    11 November 2002

    Update: Rossi crashes out of Rally

    Valentino Rossi scored a spectacular first in the Rally of Britain this morning – by being the first person to retire.After climbing to 25th place after last night’s special stage, this morning the...

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  • Hayden’s RCV debut

    11 November 2002

    Hayden’s RCV debut

    Honda’s MotoGP new boy Nicky Hayden made his RCV debut at Motegi in Japan yesterday. The 21-year-old American completed just 50 laps of the Twin Ring circuit on the 220bhp V5 – a world away from the...

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  • Rossi’s rally starts today

    11 November 2002

    Rossi’s rally starts today

    Valentino Rossi’s Rally of Great Britain gets under way today. The reigning MotoGP champion will be tackling the tough Welsh forests from around 8pm this evening.Click on the links on the right to...

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  • Whitham to miss supersport test

    11 November 2002

    Whitham to miss supersport test

    Jamie Whitham is set to miss the start of close-season testing for the 2003 World Supersport championship.He has elected to stay in the UK to see a specialist about his knee injury, and will be...

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  • Walker under the knife again

    11 November 2002

    Walker under the knife again

    Chris Walker has undergone a second operation to re-pin his broken left leg and ankle.Walker, injured during the Mettet supermoto race in Belgium last month, is battling to be fit in time for his...

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  • 2003 World Superbike regulations

    11 November 2002

    2003 World Superbike regulations

    The governing body that regulates the World Superbike and World Supersport series, the FIM, has introduced a series of new regulations designed principally to bring down the cost of a season’s...

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  • Van den Bosch takes Supermoto title

    04 November 2002

    Van den Bosch takes Supermoto title

    Supermoto star Thierry van den Bosch has become the sports first ever world champion after taking his sixth win of the seven round FIM-backed series in Greece on Sunday.The KTM rider can seal his...

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  • McCoy to test Kawasaki ZX-RR

    04 November 2002

    McCoy to test Kawasaki ZX-RR

    Garry McCoy will join Regis Laconi to test Kawasaki’s ZX-RR MotoGP four-stroke this Tuesday. The pair will remain behind in Valencia, the scene of Sunday’s final GP of the 2002 season, for the...

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  • Barros signs for Gauloises Yamaha

    04 November 2002

    Barros signs for Gauloises Yamaha

    Alex Barros has ended his four-year relationship with Honda to move to the Gauloises Yamaha squad.The 32-year-old Brazilian, revitalised by Honda RCV four-stroke, took two wins this season for the...

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  • Capirossi tests Ducati MotGP bike

    04 November 2002

    Capirossi tests Ducati MotGP bike

    Loris Capirossi made his debut on the Desmosedeci MotoGP bike today as his Ducati Corse team began testing at Valencia.It was the 29-year-old Italian’s first chance to ride a four-stroke and he put in...

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  • Yamaha announces new sponsor

    04 November 2002

    Yamaha announces new sponsor

    Yamaha has just signed a two-year deal with the tobacco giant Altadis to sponsor its factory MotoGP squad. Altadis is the parent company to Fortuna, Spain’s number one selling brand of cigarettes. The...

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  • Haga to join Edwards at Aprilia

    04 November 2002

    Haga to join Edwards at Aprilia

    Aprilia has confirmed that the Samurai of Slide himself Noriyuki Haga will join Colin Edwards on the Aprilia RS3 in MotoGP next year.The squad will also switch to the favoured Michelin tyres away from...

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  • First MotoGP tests underway

    04 November 2002

    First MotoGP tests underway

    The 2002 season only finished on Sunday, but riders are already testing ahead of next season.Max Biaggi and Sete Giberanu remained behind at Valencia, the scene of Sunday’s season finale, to get their...

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  • THQ World Supercross calendar

    01 November 2002

    THQ World Supercross calendar

    THQ, one of the world’s largest computer games designers, will take over as title sponsor of the World Supercross GP series when the 2002-2003 season starts in December.The 2003 FIM World Supercross...

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