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  • Free eight-page WSB preview

    04 March 2002

    Free eight-page WSB preview

    Buy MCN on Wednesday (March 6, 2002) and you’ll get a free eight-page pull-out preview to the WSB season which kicks off this weekend.In it you can win VIP passes worth £600, Carl Fogarty rates the...

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  • Your bids raise £4537 for Clinica Mobile

    04 March 2002

    Your bids raise £4537 for Clinica Mobile

    Your bids have helped raise £4537.22p for the Clinica Mobile in an auction on this site which closed at midnight on March 1.Chili, Edwards, Bayliss, Toseland and Haydon went under the hammer with...

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  • Bayliss socks it to ‘em in Valencia

    04 March 2002

    Bayliss socks it to ‘em in Valencia

    WSB champion Troy Bayliss got the perfect start to his title defence with two wins in Valencia on Sunday afternoon…thanks to his lucky socks.Bayliss had worn the same pair in his successful pre-season...

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  • Win a KBC Chrome helmet

    04 March 2002

    Win a KBC Chrome helmet worth £229.Entry costs 50p per competition, per entry.This competition runs from May 29-June 5. Other entry mechanisms are published in MCN.South Korea-based manufacturer KBC claims to be the first company to make a completely chrome-coated helmet after perfecting the process to cover lids with the shiny metal – and you can win one.MCN has teamed up with the firm to give...

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  • Benelli pulls out of WSB for first three rounds

    04 March 2002

    Benelli is out of the opening WSB races in Valencia on Sunday citing cash shortages.Essentially, they have blown up too many engines and don’t have enough left to compete.The factory, which has been showing off its road bike in Valencia, says it will have to miss the first three rounds of the season, but is confident it will be back for the Monza WSB round.MCN learned of the decision on Saturday...

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  • Whitham banned from morning practice

    04 March 2002

    Jamie Whitham was seething after having to sit out the Friday morning practice session in Valencia while his World Supersport rivals got a head start on their set-ups.Whitham was banned from the morning session by an FIM official because he had missed the riders briefing held on Thursday. He was angry because a representative of his Belgarda Yamaha team had been granted permission by SBK officials...

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  • Walker WILL ride in WSB opener

    04 March 2002

    Walker WILL ride in WSB opener

    Chris Walker is looking better and will ride in Sunday’s opening WSB round in Valencia, Spain.Walker still has partial facial paralysis as the result of a bout of Bells Palsy and is struggling to...

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  • Foret fastest after opening WSS qualifying

    04 March 2002

    Honda rider Fabien Foret was fastest after first qualifying at Valencia in WSS. He took provisional pole on a CBR600, more than half a second ahead of Italian Yamaha rider Alessio Corradi.Stephane Chambon was third quickest and Stefano Cruciani completes the provisional front row.German Yamaha riders Christian Kellner and Jorg Teuchert are fifth and sixth with Aussie Chris Vermeulen seventh. Paolo...

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  • MacPherson lands Riba’s WSS ride

    04 March 2002

    MacPherson lands Riba’s WSS ride

    Scot Iain MacPherson has landed Pere Riba's vacant Honda World Supersport ride.MacPherson clinched a deal with the Dutch-based Ten Kate team on Monday morning after Riba quit on Friday to take up Alex...

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  • Rossi & co head-to-head this weekend

    04 March 2002

    Rossi & co head-to-head this weekend

    Valentino Rossi will clash with his major GP rivals on Saturday in the first meeting of all the new four-strokes at the Catalunya circuit near Barcelona.The reigning world champion though will be...

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  • Just how good is Rossi?

    04 March 2002

    Just how good is Rossi?

    With the big GP tests coming up at Barcelona this weekend, Valentino Rossi remains THE man to beat this season. But what gives him the edge?We’ve got all the datalogging info to reveal exactly where...

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  • McCrae firm signs up schoolboy Chaz

    01 March 2002

    McCrae firm signs up schoolboy Chaz

    British teenager Chaz Davies has been signed by a new sports management company run by former world rally champion Colin McRae.The 15-year-old, who will ride a kitted Aprilia in this year's world 125...

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  • Riba quits WSS to take Criville ride

    01 March 2002

    Riba quits WSS to take Criville ride

    Spanish World Supersport star Pere Riba has quit his Honda team to take Alex Criville's vacant works Yamaha GP slot.It was confirmed on Friday morning in Spain that negotiations between Riba and team...

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  • Carmichael does it again

    25 February 2002

    Carmichael does it again

    Ricky Carmichael took his second victory on the trot in the AMA supercross 250 class, in front of 69,471 in the Georgia Doma, Atlanta.Now, the defending champion is 20 points behind leader David...

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  • Jefferies misses out on superbike ride

    25 February 2002

    Jefferies misses out on superbike ride

    David Jefferies’ dream of a return to British Superbikes is over for another year. His V&M team has failed to come up with the cash to run so the six-times TT winner will be stuck in the...

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  • Smets first at Beaucaire

    25 February 2002

    Smets first at Beaucaire

    Joel Smets won the 2002 pre-season motocross international at Beaucaire, France, at the weekend in front of 15,000 fans.Jamie Dobb finished 12th overall. Here are the results:First heat: 1.Smets (Bel,...

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  • Hislop and Reynolds to test together

    25 February 2002

    Hislop and Reynolds to test together

    Steve Hislop and John Reynolds will ride together this weekend for the first time since they collided at Rockingham last year. That resulted in Hislop crashing to hand Reynolds the title. This year’s...

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  • Permanent indoor dirt venue for Bristol?

    25 February 2002

    Permanent indoor dirt venue for Bristol?

    PLANS are well underway to establish the UK’s first permanent indoor supercross track at a site near Bristol.The man behind the scheme, Shane Fenton, reckons the track, with a 35,000 sqft area, will...

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  • Best test times of Saturday and Sunday

    25 February 2002

    Valencia, Spain, WSB test, February 23-24, 20021. T Bayliss: 1’34.922. 2. N Haga: 1’34.957. 3. C Edwards: 1’35.168. 4. B Bostrom: 1’35.260. 5. R Xaus: 1’35.260. 6. P Chili: 1’35.668. 7. S Martin: 1’35.962. 8. L Pedercini: 1’35.962. 9. H Izutsu: 1’36.032. 10. J Toseland: 1’36.305. 11. N Hodgson: 1’36.358.12 G Lavilla: 1’36.595. 13. J Borja: 1’36.728. 14. C.Walker: 1’36.930. 15. A Antonello:...

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  • Hodgson reveals his go-faster diet

    25 February 2002

    Hodgson reveals his go-faster diet

    We’ve now added the full transcript from Neil Hodgson’s Thursday lunchtime web chat in which he reveals his recipes for success.Neil starts a WSB race day with porridge, tucks into bananas and fig...

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  • Neil Hodgson: In his own words

    25 February 2002

    Jo d: You were very pleased with the Philip Island test but seemed more frustrated during the Valencia test. Do you think this is essentially down to your style being incompatible with the circuit rather than a more wide-ranging problem?NeilHodgson: Erm, yes. I think you've hit the nail on the head there. I do have a slight problem with the set-up of the bike, but I think it's more a case of my...

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  • Slight to race in UK

    25 February 2002

    Slight to race in UK

    Aaron Slight will be racing a 500bhp V8 this year. No it’s not Moto GP gone mad, he’s on four wheels for the ASCAR oval racing series in the UK and Germany.Slight is driving the TJ Motorsports Ford,...

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  • Carmichael and Vuillemin lead title charge

    18 February 2002

    Carmichael and Vuillemin lead title charge

    Ricky Carmichael and David Vuillemin have emerged as the main contenders for the AMA supercross title. With seven rounds down, each has won three racesCarmichaal won Saturday's event in Minneapolis,...

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  • McCallen back for 2002 TT?

    18 February 2002

    McCallen back for 2002 TT?

    Phillip McCallen is considering a racing return to this year's Isle of Man TT - almost four years after he was told one more race there could paralyse him.McCallen, who won 11 TT victories between...

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