2005

Rossi tops Yamaha test

Rossi tops Yamaha test

Valentino Rossi finished the three-day Yamaha Phillip Island MotoGP test with the fastest time. The first two days of the test were drenched with rain and although it did clear for the final session...

New sponsor for Davies

New sponsor for Davies

British 250cc Grand Prix rider Chaz Davies has signed up for an innovative new sponsorship deal with insurance firm BikerPlan. The Bikerplan policy covers riders in the event they lose their licence...

Edwards tops damp test

Edwards tops damp test

Colin Edwards has squeezed past his team-mate Valentino Rossi to take the fastest lap on the first day of a damp Yamaha MotoGP test at Phillip Island, Australia, but Rossi pulled a trump card by...

Tamada tops Qatar test

Tamada tops Qatar test

Makoto Tamada has won the battle for the fastest lap on the third day of MotoGP testing in Qatar. Both Tamada and Loris Capirossi claimed to have the fastest lap at the end of day tw, with both doing...

MotoGP racer for hire

MotoGP racer for hire

Ex-WCM MotoGP rider Chris Burns is currently looking for a ride for the 2005 race season, but time is running out fast. The 24-year-old British rider has posted a message on the MotoGP message boards...

Yamaha test: day two

Yamaha test: day two

The Yamaha MotoGP squads finished their second day of testing at the Phillip Island track in Australia, with the weather still hindering their efforts. For the second day rain hampered progress in...

Hip-hop star backs WCM

Hip-hop star backs WCM

The Blata-WCM MotoGP team have added backing from an unlikely source - the record label of hip-hop star Ludacris. The multi-platinum selling artist and actor runs the Disturbing Tha Peace (DTP)...

Rossi unveils new colours

Rossi unveils new colours

Yamaha has unveiled the new look YZR-M1 that world champion Valentino Rossi and team-mate Colin Edwards will be riding this year in MotoGP. The pair travelled to Japan to reveal the bike with team...

Byrne back on track

Byrne back on track

Shane Byrne got his first chance to ride Kenny Roberts’ Proton KTM MotoGP bike yesterday, after nearly five months away from the track. Shakey has had a difficult winter first waiting to hear...

Official MotoGP entry list

Official MotoGP entry list

The final entry list for MotoGP has been announced with Shane Byrne being officially confirmed for the Proton/KTM team at last. Aprilia have disappeared from the list and Byrne is named as riding for...

Hayden heads Qatar test

Hayden heads Qatar test

The Honda and Ducati MotoGP teams have resumed testing with a three-day session at the Losail International Circuit at Qatar. After the first day on Tuesday, March 2, Nicky Hayden is fastest on his...

MotoGP testing: Day two

MotoGP testing: Day two

Makoto Tamada and Loris Capirossi are both claiming the unofficial fastest lap from the second day of a three-day MotoGP test at Losail in Qatar. Both riders set a time of 1:57.69, over a second...

Rossi leaves Oz on top

Rossi leaves Oz on top

World Champion Valentino Rossi put himself back at the top of the pile again after finishing the three-day Phillip Island test with the fastest time. Rossi finished the session with a best lap of...

Anger at Estoril switch

Anger at Estoril switch

MotoGP fans have reacted angrily to news that the Estoril GP has been moved from October 30 to April 17. The late-in-the-day switch by organisers Dorna, is being attributed to ruling body the FIM. ...

Gibernau ups the pace

Gibernau ups the pace

Sete Gibernau has topped the time sheets for the second day in a row at the MotoGP test in Phillip Island. The Spanish rider put on an impressive show clocking a best lap of 1:29.85, significantly...

Rio GP out - Turkey in

Rio GP out - Turkey in

MotoGP will get another brand new track to add to its calendar for 2005 with the still to be completed Istanbul Autodrome securing a race for Turkey at the end of October. The surprise move came when...

Gibernau heads GP test

Gibernau heads GP test

Sete Gibernau heads the unofficial list of test times from the opening day of three days of MotoGP testing at Phillip Island in Australia. The Telefonica Movistar Honda rider recorded a time of...

Davies shows potential

Davies shows potential

Britain's Chaz Davies celebrated his 18th birthday with testing at Valencia yesterday, Thursday, February 10, finishing as top privateer and fifth fastest 250cc rider overall. Aprilia's Sebastian...

Tamada tops Sepang test

Tamada tops Sepang test

Makoto Tamada became the only rider to record a lap time under two minutes and one second on the final day of MotoGP testing at Sepang in Malaysia. Tamada, who has switched from Bridgestone to...

Future GP stars picked

Future GP stars picked

Two young Brits have been selected for the MotoGP Academy - a scheme to train six of the most promising young riders in Europe. The Brits-for-the-future are teenagers Bradley Smith and Daniel Webb. ...

Porto & Kallio head test

Porto & Kallio head test

Sebastian Porto and Mika Kallio head the unofficial timesheets for the 250cc and 125cc GP classes after the first day of testing at Valencia on Wednesday, February 9. Despite rain in the early hours...

Rossi out in the cold

Rossi out in the cold

Yamaha MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards took time out from getting ready for the new season by heading up to the Italian Alps to try out a pair of Yamaha snowmobiles at the World Ski...

McWilliams to ride in BSB

McWilliams to ride  in BSB

Jeremy McWilliams will be riding in British Superbikes this year after being forced out of MotoGP. The 40-year-old Ulsterman, who has been in GPs for over 10 years, was hoping to ride for the...

Ellison stays on track

Ellison stays on track

British MotoGP rider James Ellison keeps himself bang up to date with paddock gossip on the motorcyclenews.com Have Your Say forums. James, still waiting to see more than a drawing of the V6 WCM...

How to land a job in GPs

How to land a job in GPs

If you’re looking for a career in MotoGP it looks like there is a great place to start – Swansea Institiute’s School of Automotive Engineering. Graduate Andrew Griffith has just...

Suzuki unveil '05 GP bike

Suzuki unveil '05 GP bike

Suzuki unveiled the 2005 GSV-R MotoGP machine in its race livery at Bridgestone's New Year Reception in Tokyo. The launch was held in partnership with the tyre firm which will supply Suzuki during...

Sepang GP test: Day 2

Sepang GP test: Day 2

Loris Capirossi again set the fastest time during a scorching day in Sepang, Malaysia, where track temperatures reached as much as 58 degrees. Ducati are proving better prepared for 2005 after a...

Davies tests for 250GPs

Davies tests for 250GPs

Chaz Davies begins testing today with the Aprilia Germany 250GP team in preparation for the 2005 Grand Prix season. The British rider signed to remain with the Aprilia team over the New Year, after...

Sepang GP tests: Day 1

Sepang GP tests: Day 1

The Sepang circuit in Malaysia is home to almost every GP team over the next few days as the first major test session for 2005 is underway. Loris Capirossi went quickest on the first day for many of...

HRC split with Doohan

HRC split with Doohan

The Honda Racing Corporation has announced that Mick Doohan will not return as its General Manager in 2005. The Australian five-times 500cc world champion's contract expired at the end of 2004. He...

Ducati unveil '05 GP bike

Ducati unveil '05 GP bike

Ducati has unveiled the Desmosedici GP5 in its 2005 race livery on top of the Groste glacier in the Dolomite mountains in Northern Italy. "The bike that Loris Capirossi and Carlos Checa will...

Ducati top 3-day test

Ducati top 3-day test

Loris Capirossi has made a good start to the MotoGP season, taking the fastest time on all three day’s of the unofficial test in Sepang. The Malaysian test saw all the top teams in attendance...

Suzuki set for Sepang

Suzuki set for Sepang

The Suzuki MotoGP squad will begin testing at Sepang in Malaysia on January 21, with riders Kenny Roberts Jr, John Hopkins, and new team boss Paul Denning. The latest version of the Suzuki GSV-R will...

Honda confirms GP riders

Honda confirms GP riders

Honda has finally confirmed that Max Biaggi will head the factory Repsol Honda MotoGP team alongside Nicky Hayden. Biaggi is currently recovering from a broken ankle which he sustained in a fall...

Exclusive Rossi interview

Exclusive Rossi interview

Valentino Rossi says Honda has a series of secret plans which could revolutionise motorcycling. The Yamaha riding world champion reveals how he heard about them when he raced for Honda – and...

Kurtis Roberts to AMA

Kurtis Roberts to AMA

Kurtis Roberts has accepted an offer to ride in the 2005 AMA Superbike Championship just minutes before a soft deadline for new riders. Roberts will ride a Honda CBR1000RR for the Erion Honda team,...