2005

D'Antin Ducati signs duo

D'Antin Ducati signs duo

Alex Hofmann and Jose Luis Cardoso will race for the D'Antin Ducati team in 2006, although it isn't known which tyres the team will use. Cardoso returns to the MotoGP paddock following time in World...

KTM's junior GP team

KTM's junior GP team

KTM will field a Junior Team in the 125cc GP championship in 2006, to run alongside the official works team of Mika Kallio and Julian Simon. The KTM Junior Team will consist of Austrian Michael...

Pons team loses Stoner

Pons team loses Stoner

Casey Stoner will ride a Honda RCV in 2006 - but not for the Sito Pons squad as expected. Stoner’s former Aprilia 250 boss Lucio Cecchinello confirmed late last night that he had secured a deal...

Davies wins BBC award

Davies wins BBC award

Chaz Davies has won the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year's award for young sportsmen and women. Davies shared the Carwyn James prize with teenage runner Non Stanford, at the ceremony in...

Phillip Island revamp

Phillip Island revamp

A $300 million development of facilities at the Phillip Island track in Australia has been anounced. GP legend Mick Doohan attended the press conference to announce plans for a major upgrade and...

We ride Honda RCV

We ride Honda RCV

MCN road tester Michael Neeves is just back from riding Honda’s awesome 260bhp MotoGP bike in Sepang, Malaysia. Read his full report in MCN, out on Wednesday, December 6 and download the...

Award for Kallio

Award for Kallio

Finnish fans have shown their appreciation for MotoGP, by making 125cc KTM rider Mika Kallio the "Best Driver of the Year." A TV and print election saw Kallio ranked ahead of Formula 1 star...

Audio file: Biaggi in crisis

Audio file: Biaggi in crisis

MCN's award-winning MotoGP reporter Matthew Birt has broken yet another world exclusive in this week's issue of MCN (out Wednesday, December 7) - this time revealing the crisis facing Max Biaggi. ...

Loris fastest in Jerez

Loris fastest in Jerez

Ducati GP riders Loris Capirossi and new team-mate Sete Gibernau completed the final day of their three-day Jerez test in bitter cold with Capirossi putting in the fastest lap. The cold wind kept the...

Pedrosa tops final day

Pedrosa tops final day

MotoGP rookie Dani Pedrosa set the fastest lap on the final day of testing at Sepang despite awkward weather conditions. Intermittent rain made it difficult for riders to get out on track as it was...

Suzuki await new motor

Suzuki await new motor

Team Suzuki MotoGP say they are pleased with consistent results from their tests in Malaysia this week and are now looking forward to testing with a new engine after the seven week MotoGP test ban...

Damp start for Ducati

Damp start for Ducati

The Ducati GP team’s run of bad luck has continued with yet another day of testing disrupted by wet weather. The team’s previous test session in Valencia was abandoned to rain, and now...

Three in a row for Smith

Three in a row for Smith

British youngster Bradley Smith won the final round of the Spanish 125cc championship at the weekend, just missing out on the championship win by one point. The MotoGP Academy rider, who celebrated...

Gibernau ups the pace

Gibernau ups the pace

The Ducati GP team has had a much-improved second day of testing at Jerez, despite the cold weather, with Sete Gibernau setting the best lap. Loris Capirossi and new team-mate Gibernau spent the day...

Melandri tops 1st day

 Melandri tops 1st day

Early reports from the MotoGP testing session in Sepang have shown the Hondas dominating the first day with Marco Melandri setting the fastest time. Rain caused some delay in the morning but it soon...

Rossi takes control

Rossi takes control

Valentino Rossi has broken the Honda dominance of the Sepang MotoGP test. Rossi beat yesterday’s best time of 2:02.99, set by Marco Melandri, by 0.38 seconds riding the 2006 Yamaha M1. ...

Yamaha test for Ellison

James Ellison will test a factory Yamaha YZR-M1 in Sepang at the multi-team MotoGP test beginning on November 28. The British rider’s future took a dramatic twist this week when he began negotiations about riding a full factory YZR-M1 in 2006 for the French-based Tech 3 squad on Dunlop tyres. MCN understands a deal is close to being clinched, and Ellison will then line-up on next...

Smith wins again in Spain

14-year-old British star-in-the-making - Bradley Smith - has bagged his second win in Spanish racing. The MotoGP Academy youngster claimed his second success in the Spanish 125cc Championship at the Ricardo Tormo track near Valencia last weekend. He celebrates his 15th birthday next week.

WCM to use KTM

WCM to use KTM

With the WCM team still waiting for the brand new Blata V6 engine to appear it seems they might be able to run the ditched KTM engine for some of next year. The Proton KR team ran the engine in 2005...

Suzuki test washed out

Suzuki test washed out

Chris Vermeulen’s Thursday (Nov 10) test with Suzuki’s MotoGP team had to be abandoned on as strong winds swept rain showers across an increasingly slippery Valencia circuit. He and John...

Checa RCV test disaster

Checa RCV test disaster

Carlos Checa made a disastrous Honda RCV debut this morning at Valencia. The Spaniard crashed on only his third lap at turn three as he returned to Michelin tyres after a season with Bridgestone on...

Melandri wins in Valencia

Melandri wins in Valencia

Marco Melandri has won the final MotoGP race of the year at Valencia. The Italian rider lead the race from start to finish after getting the best start. Hayden was on his tale throughout but could...

Gibernau on Spanish pole

Gibernau on Spanish pole

Sete Gibernau has qualified on pole position for the final race of the 2005 MotoGP season, which takes place at Valencia in Spain on Sunday, November 6, 2005. The Spanish Movistar Honda rider...

Vermeulen tests Suzuki

Vermeulen tests Suzuki

Chris Vermeulen made his Suzuki GSV-R debut on Monday (Nov 7) as preparations for the 2006 MotoGP world championship kicked off in Valencia – less than 24 hours after the final race. The...

Friday practice in Spain

Friday practice in Spain

Marco Melandri was fastest in second free practice for the Valencia season finale MotoGP, on Friday (Nov 4). His time of 1.33.464 beat Carlos Checa's FP1-topping time by a fraction. Checa clocked...

Melandri mobbed at NEC

Melandri mobbed at NEC

Honda GP rider Marco Melandri got completely mobbed at the NEC motorcycle show today, Tuesday November 1. The Telefonica Movistar rider came to the show to meet fans and sign autographs on the Honda...

Rossi goes retro

Rossi goes retro

Valentino Rossi will be racing in the traditional red, yellow and white Yamaha racing colours at this weekend’s Valencia GP. The Yamaha team has decided to go with the retro colours for the...

Shakey loses GP ride

Shakey loses GP ride

Shakey Byrne’s topsy-turvy season took another dramatic twist today (Nov 1) when his deal to ride the Camel Honda RC211V at Valencia this weekend fell apart. The team did a last-minute U-turn...

Bid on Rossi kit at NEC

Bid on Rossi kit at NEC

YOU could get your hands on some amazing signed Valentino Rossi gear this Sunday while watching the man himself bid for victory in the final GP of the season at Valencia. Riders for Health is staging...

Melandri wins in Turkey

Melandri wins in Turkey

Marco Melandri took his first MotoGP victory at the Turkish GP, taking the lead from Sete Gibernau at the first corner and holding off Valentino Rossi until the chequered flag. Gibernau saw his hopes...

Suzuki sign Vermeulen

Suzuki sign Vermeulen

Suzuki has officially introduced Chris Vermeulen as part of the 2006 MotoGP squad at the International Motorcycle Show in Birmingham. The Australian rider was at the show to announce his departure...

Suzuki part with Roberts

Suzuki part with Roberts

The Suzuki MotoGP squad has officially confirmed it will part company with American Kenny Roberts when his contract ends in December, 2005. The 32-year-old American joined the team in 1999 and became...

Schuey can't match Rossi

Schuey can't match Rossi

It doesn’t look like Valentino Rossi has much cause to worry about Michael Schumacher snaffling his MotoGP ride any time soon: the German was 23s off Rossi’s Mugello pole position time...

Bid to join MotoGP stars

Bid to join MotoGP stars

Tickets to the MotoGP Awards ceremony - at which stars including Valentino Rossi are officially presented with their world championship trophies - are seldom made available to the public. But this...

Schumacher rides Desmo

Schumacher rides Desmo

F1 Ferrari racing legend Michael Schumacher is doing a Rossi - he's riding a MotoGP bike at 11am today (Oct 24). Schumacher will get a blast on Loris Capirossi's Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP around...

Bid for Rossi's own lid

Bid for Rossi's own lid

Every now and again a signed Valentino Rossi replica helmet comes up for grabs in an auction or a competition. Much more rare is an actual helmet raced in by Rossi and also signed by the world...