2002

Rossi makes it six wins in Assen

Rossi makes it six wins in Assen

Valentino Rossi continued his winning ways with another dominant performance at the Dutch GP on Saturday, taking his tally of wins this season to six out of seven so far.But it was the old school...

Rossi edges Biaggi for provisional Assen pole

Rossi edges Biaggi for provisional Assen pole

Valentino Rossi has snatched provisional MotoGP pole in Assen today with a last gasp effort lap of 2:01.691.Max Biaggi had looked on for a double celebration this afternoon, the Italian was 31...

Rossi takes pole at damp Assen

Rossi takes pole at damp Assen

Valentino Rossi splashed to his sixth pole of the season at Assen today, ahead of Saturday’s MotoGP round.The Honda rider made the most of the two combined sessions as bad weather disrupted normal...

Kawasaki’s MotoGP machine sharpens up

Kawasaki’s MotoGP machine sharpens up

These are the latest pictures of Kawasaki’s ZX-RR four-stroke Grand Prix bike and it shows how much the designers have drawn from Honda’s successful RCV design. You can read more on the Kawasaki...

Italian motorcycle legend dies

Italy lost one of its most famous motorcycling heroes yesterday when 250 GP legend Walter Villa passed away at his Modena home. The 58-year-old died of a heart attack.Villa dominated the quarter-litre class in the mid seventies, taking three consecutive 250 GP crowns in 1974, '75 and '76, all on Harley-Davidsons. He also managed to take the 350cc GP world title in 1976, making him one of the last...

Rossi claims fifth win in Catalunya

Rossi claims fifth win in Catalunya

Valentino Rossi took another step to retaining his world crown with his fifth win of the 2002 MotoGP season in Catalunya on Sunday.The Honda rider let Yamaha’s Carlos Checa make the early running and...

Biaggi beats Rossi’s record

Biaggi beats Rossi’s record

Marlboro Yamaha rider Max Biaggi went under Valentino Rossi’s lap record, set only a couple of days earlier, while testing development Michelin tyres at Catalunya.The Yamaha team were joined by the...

Eddie Lawson enters Hall of Fame

Eddie Lawson enters Hall of Fame

Four-time 500cc world champion and GP legend Eddie Lawson has been inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Detroit.Lawson won 31 500cc GPs in a riding career spanning three decades.

Capirossi quickest in Catalunya qualifying

Capirossi quickest in Catalunya qualifying

Loris Capirossi gave some heart to die-hard two-stroke fans today when he set the fastest time in first qualifying in Catalunya ahead of Sunday’s MotoGP race.The West Honda rider went 1.2 seconds...

Meet the MotoGP stars this July

Meet the MotoGP stars this July

Ahead of the MCN Donington Park British Grand Prix there’s the traditional Riders for Health Day of Champions. You can shake hands with all the top Grand Prix stars, bid for loads of one-off items in...

Rossi digs deep for Mugello win

Rossi digs deep for Mugello win

Valentino Rossi’s MotoGP victory in Mugello won’t be remembered so much for the way in which the defending champion scorched to another victory, so much as the race when Yamaha’s four-stroke challenge...

Yamaha first and second in qualifying at Mugello

Yamaha first and second in qualifying at Mugello

Carlos Checa squeezed out his Marlboro Yamaha teammate Max Biaggi by just one tenth of a second to claim provisional pole at Mugello, Italy today, ahead of Sunday’s MotoGP race.The Spaniard, whose...

Ryo handed European GP rides

Ryo handed European GP rides

Akira Ryo, the Japanese rider who took Suzuki’s GSR-V four-stroke GP bike to a debut podium in Suzuka this year, will return for the factory for a handful of European rounds – starting with the...

Ducati unveils its new GP bike

Ducati unveils its new GP bike

Ducati has just lifted the veil of secrecy surrounding its new four-stroke Grand Prix bike. For a full report on the new Ducati GP machine, don’t miss the June 5 issue of MCN.Until today Ducati had...

Victory in France for Rossi

Victory in France for Rossi

Valentino Rossi won a rain-hit French GP at Le Mans to maintain the Honda RCV’s perfect start to the 2002 season.Crucially, the Italian had taken the lead on lap 21 when he passed team-mate Tohru...

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Get GP news on your phone

This weekend it’s the turn of Le Mans in France to host the MotoGP circus. Suzuki, Yamaha and Aprilia have been working overtime, trying to get their four-strokes to match the pace of Honda’s dynamic...

Checa edges provisional Le Mans pole

Checa edges provisional Le Mans pole

Carlos Checa made a mockery of Yamaha’s four-stroke troubles when he grabbed a shock MotoGP provisional pole position in Le Mans today.The Spaniard took his YZR-M1 to the top of the leaderboard in the...

Criville announces his retirement from racing

Criville announces his retirement from racing

Alex Criville has announced his temporary withdrawal from Grand Prix racing is now a permanent retirement.The Spaniard, who won the 500cc world championship in 1999, hasn’t recovered from mystery...

Rossi reigns (again) in Spain

Rossi reigns (again) in Spain

Valentino Rossi swept to a well-deserved victory in Jerez, Spain, today.Fighting back after an early clash with Suzuki’s KennyRobererts he closed back up to the front and a dice with his Repsol Honda...

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Get GP results on your mobile

It’s going to be the most breath-taking, wheel-spinning, mad-overtaking, superstar-creating GP season since Noah was a lad. Make sure you’re bang up to date with every qualifying session and race...

Rossi claims provisional pole in Jerez

Rossi claims provisional pole in Jerez

Valentino Rossi has claimed another provisional pole today in Jerez, Spain ahead of Sunday’s MotoGP race. But Daijiro Katoh proved that the new four-strokes won’t have it their own way as he led a...

Capirossi’s RCV ultimatum

Capirossi’s RCV ultimatum

MotoGP star Loris Capirossi is warning Honda he’ll leave next year if he doesn’t get the same machinery as Valentino Rossi.Fo the full story on Capirossi’s demands,don’t miss the new issue of MCN, out...

Suzuki tired with Dunlop

Suzuki tired with Dunlop

Suzuki's four-stroke GP team will run Michelin tyres at this weekend's Spanish GP in Jerez having ended a short but disastrous spell with Dunlop.An official announcement is not expected for another...

Jeremy McWilliams: I wish I was on a four stroke

Jeremy McWilliams: I wish I was on a four stroke

British MotoGP star Jeremy McWilliams chatted live with motorcyclenews.com users today, Thursday April 25.He answered a very wide range of questions, including whether he would rather be on Max...

Ukawa pips Rossi in South Africa

Ukawa pips Rossi in South Africa

Tohru Ukawa held off Repsol Honda team-mate Valentino Rossi to take the MotoGP win in Welkom, South Africa today.The pair again proved the RCV four-stroke’s dominance finishing over twenty seonds...

Take a bite at our caption competition

Take a bite at our caption competition

Oh look, Rossi’s going bananas... wonder if anyone’s going to ape him, there’s certainly something a-peeling about a pre-race snack etc etc (fnarr, fnarr).Good, that’s most of the bad puns out of the...

Jeremy McWilliams: In his own words

Sweetandsour: What are you going to do about bikes for Jerez?... I've heard they've gone walkies...?JeremyMcWilliams: Well it'll be an easy weekend then if that's right! At least mine haven't been crashed, so when they do arrive we'll be able to go straight out, and we've got our Jerez set-up so we'll be able to go straight out. But I'd rather be putting my feet up somewhere like Malaga if they...

World Ducati Weekend debut for GP bike.

World Ducati Weekend debut for GP bike.

SEE Ducati’s new four-stroke GP missile in the flesh at the World Ducati Weekend in Misano, Italy, on June 14-16. So far only two images of the 990cc V-four bike have been released and this will be...

Rossi on pole in South Africa

Valentino Rossi starts as a red-hot favourite for tomorrow’s South African GP at Welkom after a commanding display saw him grab pole position this afternoon.The 23-year-old Italian wasn’t bettered after he’d beaten Loris Capirossi’s provisional pole time from yesterday within seven minutes of today’s final qualifying getting underway.He would improve his time on a further five occasions to show...

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Get GP results on your mobile

Welkom, South Africa is over 5500 miles away, but you can keep bang-up-to-date with this weekend’s GP qualifying news and race results simply by signing up for the latest text messaging service from...

Capirossi leads qualifying in South Africa

Capirossi leads qualifying in South Africa

Loris Capirossi again blew away the myth that the new generation four-strokes would cruise to this year’s new MotoGP world championship after he comfortably stuck his two-stroke Honda NSR500 on...

First glimpse of MZ GP motor

First glimpse of MZ GP motor

This is the engine MZ will take into the MotoGP series and which will power the firm’s first superbike.The 90° V4 is already running on the test bench, though so far the firm has only revealed this...

Rossi takes four stroke to victory at Suzuka

Rossi takes four stroke to victory at Suzuka

Valentino Rossi has begun his first season on a four stroke with victory at Suzuka. The four strokes took the first four places, as Rossi was followed home by Suzuki’s Akira Ryo, Yamaha’s Carlos Checa...

Battaini surprise fastest in 250s

Battaini surprise fastest in 250s

ITALIAN Franco Battaini was the surprise provisional pole qualifier in the opening 250 qualifying session of 2002 at the Suzuka circuit in Japan today.He pipped fellow works Aprilia rider Fonsi Nieto...

Capirossi blasts to Suzuka provisional pole

Capirossi blasts to Suzuka provisional pole

LORIS CAPIROSSI struck a blow for the supposedly old generation two-strokes as he beat Valentino Rossi and the new RCV to provisional pole position at Suzuka this afternoon.Most people expected the...

Poggiali snares provisional Suzuka pole

Poggiali snares provisional Suzuka pole

REIGNING world champion Manuel Poggiali drew first blood at a sun-drenched Suzuka today when he grabbed provisional pole for Sunday’s opening 125 GP.The Italian was 0.2s faster than Spanish teenager...