July

German MotoGP: Marco Melandri closing in on Ducati ride

German MotoGP: Marco Melandri closing in on Ducati ride

Marco Melandri is understood to be close to clinching a deal to join Casey Stoner in Ducati’s factory MotoGP squad for the 2008 MotoGP world championship. Sources at Marco Melandri’s current Gresini...

Donington practice pics

Donington practice pics

Donington MotoGP: Friday, June 22, morning practice...

German MotoGP: Suzuki consider Ben Spies for MotoGP test or wild card place

German MotoGP: Suzuki consider Ben Spies for MotoGP test or wild card place

Suzuki has confirmed to MCN that it will look at giving reigning American superbike champion Ben Spies a chance to test or race a factory GSV-R 800 in 2007. A ride for Spies, whether it be a test...

Valentino Rossi: Casey Stoner harder to beat in MotoGP than Nicky Hayden

Valentino Rossi: Casey Stoner harder to beat in MotoGP than Nicky Hayden

Valentino Rossi has admitted that 2007 MotoGP world championship rival Casey Stoner is a much tougher opponent to defeat than American Nicky Hayden was last season. The 28-year-old Italian trails...

Honda refuse to extend MotoGP involvement in 2008

Honda refuse to extend MotoGP involvement in 2008

Honda will not supply any more RC212V 800 machines for the 2008 MotoGP world championship, casting huge doubt over the future of Kenny Roberts' British-based squad. Roberts recently told MCN that...

Donington GP qualifying pics

Donington GP qualifying pics

Qualifying pictures from the recent Donington MotoGP.

Suzuki MotoGP boss confirms John Hopkins departure

Suzuki MotoGP boss confirms John Hopkins departure

Suzuki's factory MotoGP team boss Paul Denning has confirmed to MCN that John Hopkins has penned a big money deal to switch to Kawasaki for the 2008 MotoGP world championship. The American's...

World Exclusive: John Hopkins signs for Kawasaki MotoGP team for 2008

World Exclusive: John Hopkins signs for Kawasaki MotoGP team for 2008

John Hopkins has signed a contract with Kawasaki's factory MotoGP squad for the 2008 MotoGP world championship, MCN can reveal. An official announcement is expected at this weekend's German GP in the...

Stoner hoping for better luck in German MotoGP clash

Stoner hoping for better luck in German MotoGP clash

MotoGP world championship leader Casey Stoner is hoping for better fortunes in Sunday's (July 15) Sachsenring MotoGP clash when he kicks off the second half of the season 21-points clear of Valentino...

Provisional MotoGP winter testing schedule released

Provisional MotoGP winter testing schedule released

The 2007 MotoGP world championship may have only just reached the halfway stage, but plans are already well underway for next year's series. Eight winter tests are scheduled for MotoGP teams on a...

Hopkins to shun Bridgestone's 16-inch rear tyre

Hopkins to shun Bridgestone's 16-inch rear tyre

American John Hopkins has ruled out running one of Bridgestone's new generation 16-inch rear tyres during the second half of the MotoGP world championship. The factory Suzuki rider tested a 16-inch...

Ducati: No plans to radically update Casey Stoner's 800

Ducati: No plans to radically update Casey Stoner's 800

Ducati won’t make be making any significant changes to Casey Stoner’s impressive GP7 800 machine as the Australian heads into the second half of the MotoGP world championship campaign in Germany on...

MotoGP: Nicky Hayden looking forward to Indianapolis challenge

MotoGP: Nicky Hayden looking forward to Indianapolis challenge

Reigning world champion Nicky Hayden is relishing the prospect of a second MotoGP clash in America in 2008. Indianapolis will be confirmed on the 2008 MotoGP calendar on Monday, July 16, 2007 with the...

Vermeulen: MotoGP young guns have no fear of Valentino Rossi

Vermeulen: MotoGP young guns have no fear of Valentino Rossi

Factory Suzuki rider Chris Vermeulen believes top young talent like fellow Aussie Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa have no fear of tackling seven-times world champion Valentino Rossi.   ...

Bradley Smith to ride through pain barrier in German 125 MotoGP

Bradley Smith to ride through pain barrier in German 125 MotoGP

Bradley Smith will grit his teeth and brave the pain after declaring he will try and race in the German 125 MotoGP at the Sachsenring circuit on July 15, 2007.  The 16-year-old is currently...

Fabrizio and DuHamel to replace Elias in German and American MotoGP races

Fabrizio and DuHamel to replace Elias in German and American MotoGP races

Veteran Canadian Miguel DuHamel will replace injured Gresini Honda rider Toni Elias in the American MotoGP in Laguna Seca, with Michel Fabrizio deputising for the Spaniard in the German MotoGP...

Jerry Burgess keen on young talent to bolster Yamaha's MotoGP effort

Jerry Burgess keen on young talent to bolster Yamaha's MotoGP effort

Valentino Rossi’s crew chief Jerry Burgess has told MCN he hopes to see one of the current younger generation 250 MotoGP riders join Yamaha for the 2008 MotoGP world championship. The Australian is a...

Michelin admit MotoGP test team vital to fight Bridgestone threat

Michelin admit MotoGP test team vital to fight Bridgestone threat

Michelin’s MotoGP chief Jean-Philippe Weber has admitted the recent introduction of a testing team with Yamaha was essential to help Valentino Rossi’s world title challenge against Casey Stoner. ...

Kawasaki pins hopes on John Hopkins, Loris Capirossi and Marco Melandri for 2008 MotoGP ride

Kawasaki pins hopes on John Hopkins, Loris Capirossi and Marco Melandri for 2008 MotoGP ride

Kawasaki’s hopes of becoming a major force in the MotoGP world championship in 2008 rest on luring John Hopkins, Loris Capirossi or Marco Melandri to ride a factory ZX-RR next season. All three have...

Team Roberts hoping new chassis will improve 2007 MotoGP fortunes

Team Roberts hoping new chassis will improve 2007 MotoGP fortunes

Kenny Roberts’ struggling MotoGP squad is to unveil a new chassis for the first time in the American GP at Laguna Seca (July 20-22, 2007).  The Banbury-based squad is hoping the new chassis will...

John Hopkins closing in on 2008 MotoGP decision

John Hopkins closing in on 2008 MotoGP decision

John Hopkins has confirmed to MCN he has three firm offers for the 2008 MotoGP world championship, with every premier class manufacturer expressing an interest in capturing the American's...

Indianapolis MotoGP race to be announced next week

Indianapolis MotoGP race to be announced next week

A second MotoGP race in America to be staged at the famous Indianapolis circuit will be officially announced next week. The Indy clash will join the Laguna Seca round in California on the 2008 MotoGP...

Kenny Roberts still keen to see Jonathan Rea on KR212V MotoGP motorcycle

Kenny Roberts still keen to see Jonathan Rea on KR212V MotoGP motorcycle

HM Plant’s Jonathan Rea could still get to ride for Kenny Roberts with the squad confirming they are interested in offering the Honda British superbike star a full-time ride in the 2008 MotoGP world...

MotoGP teams given time to confirm 2008 plans

MotoGP teams given time to confirm 2008 plans

MotoGP teams who fail to meet a September 15, 2007 deadline to confirm their plans to contest the 2008 MotoGP world championship will not be jeopardising their place on next year’s grid. Independent...

Toni Elias targeting Brno MotoGP return

Toni Elias targeting Brno MotoGP return

Toni Elias has targeted a return to action just 50 days after suffering a horrific break of his left femur in Assen. Elias is hoping to return to ride his Gresini Honda RC212V at the Brno MotoGP in...

MotoGP: Danny Webb lucky to escape injury in Assen crash

MotoGP: Danny Webb lucky to escape injury in Assen crash

Danny Webb was lucky to escape injury after he crashed out of the Assen 125 MotoGP race in spectacular fashion. The British teenager clipped the back of American Steve Bonsey’s KTM going into the...

MotoGP: Eugene Laverty rues tyre choice mistake in Assen

MotoGP: Eugene Laverty rues tyre choice mistake in Assen

Eugene Laverty described his Assen 250 GP race as embarrassing after he was lapped on his way to a bitterly disappointing 21st place. Laverty ran a soft Dunlop rear tyre on his LCR Honda which was...

MotoGP: Donington Park to undergo security review after British MotoGP

MotoGP: Donington Park to undergo security review after British MotoGP

Security at next year’s British MotoGP could be increased after a number of incidents at Donington Park last month, which included graffiti being scrawled on Valentino Rossi’s motorhome. A small...

Stolen bikes in Assen

Me and my guy went to Assen for the MotoGP: fab race and fab ride there, loadsa friendly bikers on the ferry and in Holland. But, and it's a big but, we stayed in a hotel in Gronningen, got up Sunday morning and our precious bike had been stolen! Unfortunately we weren't the only ones; another guy had his taken too. Then we were told by the hotel that one had gone the night before. The Dutch...

MotoGP: Dan Linfoot back down to earth with a bump in Assen

MotoGP: Dan Linfoot back down to earth with a bump in Assen

Dan Linfoot came crashing back down to earth in Assen after the high of his brilliant ninth place in the British MotoGP. Aprilia rider Linfoot crashed three times at the Ruskenhoek corner in Holland -...

MotoGP: Casey Stoner waiting for wind solution

MotoGP: Casey Stoner waiting for wind solution

Casey Stoner believes a smaller fairing could have made a massive difference after the Aussie succumbed to a majestic Valentino Rossi display in Assen at the Dutch MotoGP last weekend. Stoner reckons...

Give them a prize

Your reader photos from Kerry, Kerry, Joseph and Laurence Green deserve to be rewarded with an all-expenses-paid trip to Phillip Island... signed, a relative down under

Donington Friday practice pics

Donington Friday practice pics

Some photos taken at Donington on the Friday.

Donington GP pics

Donington GP pics

Just thought I would say what a great weekend I had at Donington for the MotoGP; everyone was really friendly and I made some new friends. Shame about the rain but it can't always be like last year.

125 Brits at Donington

125 Brits at Donington

Here are a few pictures of some of our guys that contested the 125s at Donington. Only sorry I missed the others but it was tipping it down! Anyhow, here are Danny Webb, Bradley Smith and Nick Coates.