2002

Rossi gives Honda RCV pole on Suzuka debut

Rossi gives Honda RCV pole on Suzuka debut

Valentino Rossi shrugged off his second crash in two days to give the new Honda RCV four-stroke a dream debut in Suzuka today when he grabbed pole position for the historic first MotoGP race.The...

Kawasaki GP prototype tests chassis at Suzuka

Kawasaki GP prototype tests chassis at Suzuka

Kawasaki’s four-stroke GP machine prototype debuted a new aluminium twin-spar chassis at the Suzuka tests.On the day that the factory unveiled concept images of the new ZX-RR machine(see right) tester...

Aprilia GP team meets the world

Aprilia GP team meets the world

In a glittering ceremony at the firm’s Italian HQ, has Aprilia revealed the final look of its four-stroke Grand Prix contender and team.Company chief Ivano Beggio introduced the gorgeous RS3 ‘Cube’ GP...

Rossi: two strokes can beat me

Rossi: two strokes can beat me

Valentino Rossi has been beaten in testing for the second time this year by a two-stroke NSR, and he reckons it won’t be the last time.Daijiro Katoh was again the man. His best lap of 2:04.40 was...

2002-03-25

2002-03-25

KAWASAKI has just released the first pictures and early details of its new four-stroke GP machine. The factory has confirmed that the bike, called the ZX-RR Ninja, will be an in-line four-cylinder...

Katoh edges out Rossi in Suzuka test

Katoh edges out Rossi in Suzuka test

THE four-strokes won’t have it all their own way in the new Moto-GP class if Daijiro Katoh’s performance was anything to go by on the last day of Honda’s Suzuka test.He edged out Valentino Rossi on...

Roberts: Help me win or I’m off

Roberts: Help me win or I’m off

Kenny Roberts will quit Suzuki if its new GSV-R four-stroke is not competitive this season.He told MCN: " If I have to get on a more competitive bike in 2003, that is what I’ll do. I want to be...

IRTA test: Rossi leads the way

IRTA test: Rossi leads the way

18,000 fans turned out to see Valentino Rossi dominate the IRTA GP test at the Catalunya circuit near Barcelona at the weekend.It was the first clash between the new four-stroke title contenders and...

MCN Sport magazine out now

MCN Sport magazine out now

Don’t miss MCN Sport’s latest issue. It’s out nowand comes complete with our greatest ever season preview, Rossi’s go-faster secrets and why James Toseland is fitter than David Beckham.And on top of...

Just how good is Rossi?

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...

Rossi & co head-to-head this weekend

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...

Riba quits WSS to take Criville ride

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...

McCrae firm signs up schoolboy Chaz

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...

Criville up all night to solve fainting fits

Criville up all night to solve fainting fits

Alex Criville will be locked in a room and made to stay awake for over two days in a bid to pinpoint the cause of the fainting fits which forced him to take a break from GPs this season.One of the...

Harada crashes in testing

Harada crashes in testing

Honda rider Tetsuya Harada's 2002 world championship preparations have suffered a massive blow after he highsided his NSR500 and broke a collarbone in tests at Estoril.The former world 250 champion...

Details of Ducati GP bike emerge

Details of Ducati’s GP V4 four-stroke are emerging and there is now confirmation that a road bike based on it " is in the plans " .First pictures of the race bike are expected to emerge in three to four weeks. They will show a Ducati unlike any other. The bike is currently being wind-tunnel tested to ensure optimum efficiency. It will have a long nose, a minimalist five-tube trellis...

McCoy faces race to be fit

McCoy faces race to be fit

TOP GP rider Garry McCoy has been flown by private plane to Austria for a specialist assessment on a double break of his right leg.The Red Bull Yamaha 500 rider was airlifted from Estoril in Portugal...

Davies, 15, makes GP test debut

Davies, 15, makes GP test debut

Chaz Davies clocked the 29th fastest time on day one of the 125cc IRTA tests at Valencia, which conclude on Tuesday.British schoolboy Davies, 15, only completed 27 laps but managed a respectable time...

First blood to two-strokes at GP test

First blood to two-strokes at GP test

Yamaha’s supposedly " best " bike, in the hands of its " best " riders, was left trailing in the wake of Gary McCoy’s two-stroke at Valencia’s opening ITRA test.In fact,...

Criville: I’ll be back… I hope

Criville: I’ll be back… I hope

Former world 500 champion Alex Criville’s " retirement " will be short-lived, if he can win his battle against fainting fits.Criville revealed his decision to pull out for at least six...

Criville announces retirement

Criville announces retirement

Former world 500 champion Alex Criville is retiring from racing.Criville, who became Spain’s first world 500 champion in 1999, was expected to hold a press conference during the second day of the...

Roberts’ test feedback inspires next XRE0

Roberts’ test feedback inspires next XRE0

Suzuki is already working on the next generation of its XRE0 four-stroke engine based on feedback from Kenny Roberts and Sete Gibernau current winter testing at the Eastern Creek circuit in...

Suzuki & Kawasaki four-strokes have it all to do

Suzuki & Kawasaki four-strokes have it all to do

SUZUKI and Kawasaki look to have their work cut out to catch Valentino Rossi and the Honda V5 this season… or the next.All three factories tested at Sepang last week, and while Rossi and the RCV were...

£10m Rossi THREE seconds under lap record

£10m Rossi THREE seconds under lap record

VALENTINO ROSSI and the new Honda RCV four-stroke have gone an incredible THREE SECONDS faster than lap record pace in tests at Sepang, Malaysia.The reigning world champ’s unprecedented performance...

Ducati reveals plan for V4 engine

Ducati reveals plan for V4 engine

Ducati has broken with its V-twin tradition with its proposed GP engine: It’s going to be a V4.And while company bosses were giving little away when they released the news at 3pm CET on February 4, it...

First pictures: Kawasaki’s GP four-stroke

First pictures: Kawasaki’s GP four-stroke

KAWASAKI’S new four-stroke GP bike has tested at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia – and this early prototype is said to have a lot in common with the firm’s ZX-7R superbike.Underneath the fairing is a...

MZ unveils ‘250bhp’ V4 GP bike

MZ unveils ‘250bhp’ V4 GP bike

THESE are the first pictures of MZ’s contender for the new four-stroke MotoGP series.At the bike’s launch in Leipzig, Germany, the firm announced that a version of the bike’s 250bhp, 90-degree V4...

GP noise limit raised to 125dB

GP noise limit raised to 125dB

NOISE limits for the new four-stroke GP class have been raised to make the series more appealing to fans.There had been a concern that under the current limit of 113dB post-race (110dB pre-race), fans...

Sauber GP project is revived

Sauber GP project is revived

SAUBER'S four-stroke GP project is definitely back on - and the bike could be tested again within six weeks.Development of the GP1, which was given its public debut by Niall Mackenzie in Malaysia last...

Rossi ends row with Honda

Rossi ends row with Honda

Valentino Rossi ended his contract row with Honda on Friday and signed a two-year deal to ride the four-stroke RCV.The 22-year-old Italian will fly to Japan tomorrow to officially sign and attend a...

Ducati to unveil GP engine

Ducati will unveil details of the new four-stroke GP motor it will race in 2003 on Monday.The Italian marque will release computer aided images of the new engine, plus technical details about the new bike which has been under development since bosses announced at last year's Spanish GP in Jerez that it would enter the four-stroke fray.Four-stroke mania is gathering more and more momentum with...

Checa tries latest M1 at Almeria

Checa tries latest M1 at Almeria

Carlos Checa has been out on the latest version of Yamaha's factory four-stroke YZR-M1 at Almeria this week.The Marlboro Yamaha rider evaluated new engine and suspension parts in his first outing...

Suzuki to run four-stroke GP bike in home series, too

Suzuki to run four-stroke GP bike in home series, too

A year ahead of schedule, Kenny Roberts got a ride on Suzuki’s new four-stroke GP bike when he tested the V4 XRE0 in Japan over the weekend.And his hopes of getting back to winning ways on it have...

Ukawa beats Rossi’s record in Sepang test

Ukawa beats Rossi’s record in Sepang test

Tohru Ukawa broke the Sepang lap record on Tuesday, day two of Honda's latest test, as record holder Valentino Rossi sat at home waiting to resolve his contract dispute with Honda.Ukawa clocked a best...

Aprilia’s four-stroke RS3 racer tested for first time

Aprilia’s four-stroke RS3 racer tested for first time

Aprilia’s new four-stroke RS3 three-cylinder four-stroke GP bike was wheeled out for testing for the first time on Thursday at Jerez in Spain.Regis Laconi didn't throw his leg over the new machine.

Morrison to ride for BMW GB in BoxerCup

Morrison to ride for BMW GB in BoxerCup

BMW GB has confirmed its team line-up for this year’s International BoxerCup – the one-make series that supports the MotoGP and World Endurance Championships. Current World Endurance Champion Brian...