2004

Best GP trophy for Brno

Best GP trophy for Brno

The IRTA 'Best Grand Prix Trophy' has been awarded to the Czech Grand Prix at Brno in Moravia in 2004. The award is based on a points scoring system that covers every aspect of running a GP,...

Brit GP date moved

Brit GP date moved

Changes have been made to the 2005 MotoGP calendar, with the British GP at Donington Park switching to July 24. Other changes include the Italian and Catalunya racers, which move a week later, to...

Battaini to join WCM

Battaini to join WCM

Experienced Italian Franco Battaini is about to sign to join the WCM team for 2005. Battaini hopes to put the final stamp on negotiations by the end of the week. The 32-year-old has spent eight years...

Provisional GP entry list

Provisional GP entry list

The provisional entry list for the 2005 MotoGP season has been release with D’Antin Ducati, Aprilia and Proton still to confirm their riders. One thing that stands out is that despite becoming...

Uncertainty for Davies

Uncertainty for Davies

British 250cc GP rider Chaz Davies is still not 100 per cent sure where he'll be riding in 2005. Davies finished the 2004 season in 13th place on a 'kit' Aprilia machine. The 17-year-old, who made...

GP teams reshuffle

GP teams reshuffle

It’s not just the riders that are changing teams in the GP paddock, with the Aprilia racing director and Kenny Roberts’ chief mechanic deciding to quit their teams. Suzuki Chief Mechanic...

Donington traffic plans

Donington traffic plans

After the horrendous traffic problems encountered by GP fans at this year’s British GP, Donington Park is conducting a traffic impact study as part of the on going improvements to the circuit. ...

Xaus signs for Yamaha

Xaus signs for Yamaha

Ruben Xaus has confirmed the rumours that he will be riding a Yamaha next year by signing for the Tech 3 Fortuna squad. The Spanish rider impressed the team with his third place finish in the Qatar...

Proton V4 sets hot pace

Proton V4 sets hot pace

It looks like the Proton MotoGP team may get a reprieve from running at the back of the grid in 2005 with the shake-down test of its new V4 engine at Jerez last week showing a lot of promise. The...

Bayliss fastest in test

Bayliss fastest in test

After the first wet day of testing at Valencia in Spain, Troy Bayliss has gone fastest on the Honda RC211V. In intermittent rain, the Australian former WSB champion was working alone in the Camel...

Rossi packs up for winter

Rossi packs up for winter

Yamaha completed its three-day test in Sepang today with Valentino Rossi posting the fastest time of the test. Rossi put in 44 laps, mostly on the 2005 version of the M1, including an endurance test...

Checa tops Jerez test

Checa tops Jerez test

Carlos Checa has ended the three-day Bridgestone tyre test at Jerez with a fastest lap that beats the time Valentino Rossi set to take pole position at the circuit earlier this year. Checa was at the...

Aprilia to quit MotoGP?

Aprilia to quit MotoGP?

Shane Byrne and Jeremy McWilliams could be looking for work later this week as rumours grow that the Aprilia team will not compete in MotoGP in 2005. The team has faced an uncertain future since the...

Camel riders named

Camel riders named

Camel Honda has announced its official 2005 MotoGP rider line-up: Alex Barros and Troy Bayliss. Both riders will be riding the yellow Camel Honda RC211Vs on Michelin tyres. Bayliss, WSB champ in...

KTM confirm GP squad

KTM confirm GP squad

Red Bull KTM will enter three riders in the 125cc GP class and one rider in the 250cc championship in 2005. Current squad member Mika Kallio will stay with the team next season, alongside Hnugarian...

Biaggi breaks leg

Biaggi breaks leg

Max Biaggi's plans for a strong winter of testing in preparation for the 2005 MotoGP season have been dealt a cruel blow after he broke his ankle in a Supermoto accident. Initial reports suggest the...

Success for Brit racer

Success for Brit racer

Young British rider Richard Cooper clinched the BMW Youngstar championship with a fifth place at the final round at Valencia. The 21-year-old took the title by one point from Frenchman Guillaume...

Valencia: Rossi wins

Valencia: Rossi wins

Saturday Final Qualifying: Makoto Tamada is on pole of the final round of the MotoGP championship at Valencia in Spain. Tamada posted a time of 1:32.815 in the second qualifying session, below the...

Roberts boys GP return

Roberts boys GP return

Both Kenny and Kurtis Roberts will rejoin their MotoGP teams for the final round of the 2004 championship at Valencia on Sunday, October 31. Kenny Roberts will take his place in the factory Suzuki...

Ellison confirmed for GPs

Ellison confirmed for GPs

British rider James Ellison will ride for the WCM team in the 2005 MotoGP series after some impressive performances as a replacement rider in 2004. Ellison scored points for the team on his second...

Edwards to Yamaha

Edwards to Yamaha

Yamaha announced at the Philip Island GP that Valentino Rossi will have a new team-mate for next year, in the shape of former WSB champ, Colin Edwards. Edwards will move from the Telefonica Honda...

Gibernau on Oz pole

Gibernau on Oz pole

Sete Gibernau has taken pole position for the penultimate round of the MotoGP world championship. Gibernau beat Rossi to the top spot by 0.455 seconds after a late push from the Honda camp that saw...

Rossi is world champion

Rossi is world champion

Valentino Rossi has proven without doubt that he is the best rider in the world by giving Yamaha the MotoGP world championship for the first time in 12 years. The title fight finished with all...

Rossi on provisional pole

Rossi on provisional pole

Valentino Rossi is on provisional pole for the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, a race which could see him clinch the MotoGP World Championship. Rossi can win his fourth successive title with a...

Is Rossi the best ever?

Is Rossi the best ever?

Valentino Rossi reclaimed the MotoGP world crown in Australia on Sunday. His success on a new bike for 2004 has earned him respect beyond measure. You've been posting your tributes to the man and his...

Haydon stays in MotoGP

Haydon stays in MotoGP

James Haydon will stand in for Proton KR rider Kurtis Roberts, for the second race in succession, at the Kuala Lumpur round at Sepang on Sunday, October 10. Despite having no experience of the Proton...

Denning to MotoGP

Denning to MotoGP

Current Crescent Suzuki boss Paul Denning will become the team manager for the factory Suzuki MotoGP team in 2005. Denning replaces current manager Garry Taylor, who steps down after almost 30 years...

Qatar disaster for Rossi

Qatar disaster for Rossi

Valentino Rossi has seen his championship lead reduced to just 14 points after crashing out of the Qatar GP. The reigning world champion arrived at the circuit with a 39 point lead, but was demoted...

Byrne out for 2004

Byrne out for 2004

Shane Byrne says he's "absolutely gutted" after being ruled out of the rest of the 2004 MotoGP world championship. The 2003 British superbike champion is due to fly to Italy for corrective...

Haydon to ride Qatar GP

Haydon to ride Qatar GP

James Haydon will replace Proton KR rider Kurtis Roberts for the Qatar Grand Prix on Saturday October 2. Haydon has not competed in the GP series since 1996, when he rode a 500cc two-stroke for the...

Kagayama gets GP ride

Kagayama gets GP ride

Yukio Kagayama will replace Kenny Roberts Jnr in the factory Suzuki MotoGP team at the next two rounds; in Qatar ,on October 2, and Malaysia on October 10. Roberts must have his left arm strapped up...

Hodgson Suzuki-bound?

Hodgson Suzuki-bound?

Rumours are growing that Neil Hodgson is about to sign to switch from Ducati to Suzuki for the 2005 season. MCN is in Japan for this weekend's Motegi race and will be rooting around for the truth...

Hopkins fastest in Japan

Hopkins fastest in Japan

Suzuki rider John Hopkins has claimed his first MotoGP provisional pole ahead of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi. Hopkins is on a roll, having claimed his best race finish -sixth - at...

Tamada takes pole

Tamada takes pole

Makoto Tamada has taken pole position for the Japanese round of the Moto GP world championship in Motegi. The Japanese rider was setting the pace throughout both qualifying sessions finishing third...

Motegi win for Tamada

Motegi win for Tamada

Makoto Tamada has taken the win at his home GP in Motegi, Japan. The Japanese Honda rider managed to avoid the six rider crash on the first corner, then set off after Valentino Rossi taking the lead...

Rossi extends title lead

Rossi extends title lead

Yamaha's Valentino Rossi extended his MotoGP championship lead on Sunday, winning the Estoril GP in Portugal by five seconds from Makoto Tamada. Tamada had started the race from pole. Alex Barros was...