June

British MotoGP: Colin Edwards still in frame for '08 Yamaha MotoGP ride

British MotoGP: Colin Edwards still in frame for '08 Yamaha MotoGP ride

Colin Edwards is still a part of Yamaha’s 2008 MotoGP world championship plans despite an alarming slump in results.  Edwards hasn’t been able to record a top six finish in the five races since...

British MotoGP: Chris Vermeulen confident for Donington Park showdown

British MotoGP: Chris Vermeulen confident for Donington Park showdown

Aussie Chris Vermeulen is confident he will be able to mount a more serious threat at the front of the field in this weekend’s British MotoGP. The Aussie heads to Donington Park level on points with...

British MotoGP: Andrew Pitt eyes MotoGP return after Yamaha test

British MotoGP: Andrew Pitt eyes MotoGP return after Yamaha test

Aussie Andrew Pitt says he would love to return to the MotoGP world championship in the future after landing a testing job with Michelin and Yamaha.  Pitt made his first appearance on board a...

British MotoGP: Valentino Rossi admits 800s have made overtaking tougher

British MotoGP: Valentino Rossi admits 800s have made overtaking tougher

Valentino Rossi reckons the new generation 800cc machines have made overtaking in MotoGP a much tougher challenge than in previous years.   Dramatically higher corner speeds generated by...

British MotoGP: Colin Edwards looking for return to form at Donington Park after 'joke' run

British MotoGP: Colin Edwards looking for return to form at Donington Park after 'joke' run

American Colin Edwards is hoping this weekend’s British MotoGP at Donington Park will spark a much-needed revival in fortunes for the Fiat Yamaha rider. The Texan has endured a torrid recent run of...

British MotoGP: New chassis boost for MotoGP champ Nicky Hayden

British MotoGP: New chassis boost for MotoGP champ Nicky Hayden

Reigning MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden is hoping a new chassis he will use for the first time in competition at this weekend’s British MotoGP will help spark some momentum into the defence of his...

West to ride factory Kawasaki for rest of 2007 MotoGP campaign

West to ride factory Kawasaki for rest of 2007 MotoGP campaign

Aussie Anthony West will ride a factory Kawasaki ZX-RR for the remainder of the 2007 MotoGP world championship. MCN can reveal the 25-year-old, currently running in World Supersport, has been signed...

Video: Amazing behind the scenes footage of the Ducati Desmosedici

Video: Amazing behind the scenes footage of the Ducati Desmosedici

Ducati Corse, the racing arm of the Ducati factory threw open it's doors and let in the video cameras to give you an amazing look inside the workings of this normally secret facility. Check out...

Ducati MotoGP boss admits Casey Stoner exceeding expectations

Ducati MotoGP boss admits Casey Stoner exceeding expectations

Casey Stoner’s Ducati boss has admitted the Australian’s brilliant performances in the 2007 MotoGP world championship have gone well beyond pre-season expectations. Livio Suppo reckons he thought the...

Kawasaki to make Randy de Puniet new MotoGP contract offer

Kawasaki to make Randy de Puniet new MotoGP contract offer

Kawasaki bosses have confirmed to MCN they are on the brink of making a new contract offer to MotoGP rider Randy de Puniet.  The Japanese factory has an option on the French rider until July 1,...

Yamaha cool on fifth MotoGP bike talk

Yamaha cool on fifth MotoGP bike talk

Yamaha has played down speculation it will run five bikes in the 2008 MotoGP world championship. With reigning world 250 champion Jorge Lorenzo seemingly a certainty to join Yamaha in MotoGP next...

British MotoGP 250 team forced to delay return

British MotoGP 250 team forced to delay return

The Winona WCM team has been forced to abandon plans to make a return to the world 250 championship at the British MotoGP. Issues with a proposed sponsorship deal have forced bosses Andy Hyde and...

Casey Stoner out in Montmelo?

Casey Stoner out in Montmelo?

I took this photo of my wife Nicola with 'Casey' in Montmelo, Barcelona, after his stunning victory over Rossi. (We were told after the photo that this was actually Casey's brother). But...

Valentino Rossi: MotoGP qualifying tyre ban impossible to police

Valentino Rossi: MotoGP qualifying tyre ban impossible to police

A ban on qualifying tyres in MotoGP would be impossible to police, according to MotoGP world title rivals Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi.  Prohibiting soft qualifying tyres has been discussed...

MotoGP's Casey Stoner: 'Phillip Island test convinced me I could win'

MotoGP's Casey Stoner: 'Phillip Island test convinced me I could win'

MotoGP world championship leader Casey Stoner reckons a successful test session at his home track in February started to convince him he could win on Ducati’s new GP7. A three-day session on home soil...

MotoGP stars Rossi and Capirossi to make Misano plea

MotoGP stars Rossi and Capirossi to make Misano plea

Valentino Rossi and Loris Capirossi will record a special video message which will be played on big screens to fans at the Misano MotoGP race in September, 2007.  The Italian duo will make the...

Hopkins: Bridgestone working hard on qualifying tyres

Hopkins: Bridgestone working hard on qualifying tyres

American John Hopkins believes Bridgestone is making big strides with its soft qualifying tyres.  The factory Suzuki rider tested five new qualifying tyres in a one-day test session at the...

Ducati target 2010 deal for MotoGP star Casey Stoner

Ducati target 2010 deal for MotoGP star Casey Stoner

MotoGP world championship leader and current Ducati rider Casey Stoner is poised to begin talks with Ducati bosses about a long-term contract which will keep him with the Bologna factory until the end...

Catalunya GP

Catalunya GP

Darren Goodwin at Catalunya. What better way to spend a Friday?! MCN, sunshine and MotoGP all day.

Crackin’ Catalunya

This year was our second trip to the Catalunya GP – could it better than last year? Course it could! The Spanish really know how to put an event together and it felt right to congratulate them through MCN. From the ease of booking the tickets online to the military precision of crowd control when leaving the venue on race day the organisers had everything planned to perfection. The stands offer...

Hopkins fastest in Catalunya clash

Hopkins fastest in Catalunya clash

Suzuki’s John Hopkins may have just missed out on a podium in the epic Catalunya GP on Sunday, but staying on for tyre testing at the track he won the phoney war with the fastest ever bike lap of the...

Randy's get-off

Randy's get-off

I was at Mugello for the race and got an 8-shot burst of Randy de Puniet's crash including when he first started to lay the bike down and the sparks flew. Attached is one of him and his bike flying...

Catalunya MotoGP: West to test factory Kawasaki

Catalunya MotoGP: West to test factory Kawasaki

Australian Anthony West will test Kawasaki’s factory ZX-RR at the Catalunya circuit tomorrow. West will ride injured Frenchman Olivier Jacque’s bike to help Randy de Puniet, who despite producing a...

Catalunya MotoGP: Rea gets British GP test

Catalunya MotoGP: Rea gets British GP test

Jonathan Rea will test Kenny Roberts’ Honda-powered KR212V at Cadwell Park on Wednesday. The shakedown session has been hastily arranged to give the 20-year-old factory Honda British Superbike rider...

Catalunya MotoGP: Bridgestone ecstatic with Stoner win

Catalunya MotoGP:  Bridgestone ecstatic with Stoner win

Bridgestone boss Hiroshi Yamada hailed Casey Stoner after his stunning victory today in a nail-biting Catalunya GP. Yamada described Stoner’s fourth win of the season as ‘unbelievable’ as he opened up...

Catalunya MotoGP: Stoner wins titanic battle

Catalunya MotoGP: Stoner wins titanic battle

Casey Stoner has won a decisive head-to-head with his two closest rivals in the championship, Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa at today's Catalan GP. The three riders spent the entire race glued...

Catalunya GP: Lorenzo extends 250 lead

Catalunya GP: Lorenzo extends 250 lead

Defending World Champion Jorge Lorenzo has tightened his grip of the 250 class with a dominant victory at the Catalan GP. The 20-year-old Spaniard was consistently quickest all weekend and completed a...

Catalunya GP: Slow engine leaves Smith sixth

Catalunya GP: Slow engine leaves Smith sixth

Bradley Smith finished in a disappointing sixth place in today’s Catalunya 125 GP as a lack of engine speed ruined his bid for a second podium in three races. The British teenager had brilliantly...

Catalunya GP: KTM dominate 125 podium

Catalunya GP: KTM dominate 125 podium

KTM’s Tommy Koyama has won the 125 race in Catalunya, his first win after an eight year spell in the championship. The Japanese rider took the victory by a fraction of a second from Gabor Talmasci on...

Catalunya MotoGP: Stoner fastest in Warm-up

Catalunya MotoGP: Stoner fastest in Warm-up

Casey Stoner has posted the fastest lap of this morning’s Warm-up session at the Catalunya circuit. The young Aussie posted a 1.42.908, just topping Kawasaki’s Randy De Puniet who has been the...

Catalunya MotoGP: Jacque ruled out of Barcelona clash

Catalunya MotoGP: Jacque ruled out of Barcelona clash

French rider Olivier Jacque has been ruled out of tomorrow’s Catalunya GP. The former world 250 champion crashed heavily in this morning’s third free practice session at turn five, suffering neck...

Catalunya MotoGP: Bad luck leaves Capirossi on back row

Catalunya MotoGP: Bad luck leaves Capirossi on back row

Loris Capirossi’s 2007 fortunes nosedived again in Catalunya today when he could only qualify 17th fastest. The veteran Italian, subject of interest from Kawasaki for 2008, could only clock a best...

Catalunya MotoGP: Rossi reigns in Spain

Catalunya MotoGP: Rossi reigns in Spain

Valentino Rossi will start his quest for a sixth MotoGP victory at the Catalunya circuit from pole position tomorrow. The Fiat Yamaha rider, who could give Yamaha a 150th premier class victory in...

Catalunya GP: Brit Smith claims front row

Catalunya GP: Brit Smith claims front row

British teenager Bradley Smith has claimed a brilliant front row start for tomorrow’s Catalunya 125 GP in Spain. The Repsol Honda rider finished this afternoon’s decisive final qualifying session with...

Catalunya MotoGP: Rossi to watch crunch Barcelona game

Catalunya MotoGP: Rossi to watch crunch Barcelona game

Valentino Rossi will take a break from his quest to win for a ninth time in Catalunya tomorrow by watching Barcelona’s star-studded football team in action tonight. Barcelona play Espanyol in a crunch...

Catalunya MotoGP: Stoner leads Bridgestone charge

Catalunya MotoGP: Stoner leads Bridgestone charge

MotoGP world championship leader Casey Stoner led a Bridgestone top three to top the timesheets in this morning’s third free practice session in Catalunya. The 21-year-old logged the first sub 1.43...