May

Hayden backs Honda to improve struggling 800s

Hayden backs Honda to improve struggling 800s

Reigning world champion Nicky Hayden has backed Honda to drastically improve its struggling factory RC212V 800 after the American’s woeful start to 2007. The defence of Hayden’s world crown has been a...

Nieto favourite over Hodgson for Kawasaki ride

Nieto favourite over Hodgson for Kawasaki ride

Neil Hodgson’s hopes of a shock return to the MotoGP world championship in the French GP could be crushed. A verbal agreement between Kawasaki MotoGP bosses and PSG-1 Kawasaki World Superbike rider...

Three wins out of four for Stoner

Three wins out of four for Stoner

Casey Stoner has continued his superb start to the season by taking his third win of the season at the Shanghai GP at China. Stoner stretches his lead in the title race to 15 points over Valentino...

Lorenzo extends 250 Championship lead

Lorenzo extends 250 Championship lead

Defending 250cc World Champion, Jorge Lorenzo, celebrated his birthday weekend with a dominant performance, taking pole and the win in China. Despite a mistake early on in the race Lorenzo, who...

First 125 win for Pesek

First 125 win for Pesek

Czech rider Lucas Pesek scored his first Grand Prix victory this morning at the fourth race of the season in China. The Derbi rider took the win in front of a freight train of around ten riders all...

Rossi storms to Shanghai pole

Rossi storms to Shanghai pole

Valentino Rossi will start tomorrow’s China GP from pole position after an awesome qualifying display this afternoon saw him smash the Shanghai pole record. The Italian clocked the only sub 1.59 lap...

Hopkins praises Bridgestone

Hopkins praises Bridgestone

American John Hopkins has praised Bridgestone’s new 800 tyres after he topped the timesheets in Shanghai today. The factory Suzuki rider topped an incredibly close second free practice session this...

Pasini sits on provisional pole for 125s

Pasini sits on provisional pole for 125s

Italian Mattia Pasini has put himself on provisional pole position for Sunday’s 125 race in Shanghai. The Polaris World man has failed to finish a race so far this year on his Aprilia but is hoping...

Hodgson ready if Kawasaki come calling

Hodgson ready if Kawasaki come calling

Neil Hodgson has told MCN he is ready and willing to replace factory Kawasaki rider Olivier Jacque if the Frenchman is forced to miss forthcoming MotoGP races through injury. Jacque suffered a deep...

Lorenzo on provisional 250 pole

Lorenzo on provisional 250 pole

Jorge Lorenzo has secured provisional pole this afternoon in Shanghai by going fastest in the first qualifying practice sessions. The Spaniard was second quickest this morning in free practice, but...

Talmacsi continues impressive form in 125s

Talmacsi continues impressive form in 125s

Current 125 championship leader Gabor Talmacsi continued his run of good form this morning in Shanghai by posting the fastest time. The Hungarian Aprilia rider recorded a time of 2:14.777 just a...

Barbera quickest for 250s in Shanghai

Barbera quickest for 250s in Shanghai

Aprilia rider Hector Barbera recorded the fastest time of the first practice for the 250s in Shanghai. The Spaniard, whose best result so far this season was a third place at the opening race in...

Arm injury rules Jacque out of Shanghai clash

Arm injury rules Jacque out of Shanghai clash

Olivier Jacque’s nightmare return to the MotoGP world championship continued in Shanghai today when a crash in this afternoon’s second free practice session left him with a serious puncture wound in...

Hopper springs Shanghai surprise

Hopper springs Shanghai surprise

American John Hopkins topped the timesheets in this afternoon’s second free practice session in Shanghai to show top speed isn’t everything in the MotoGP world championship. The factory Suzuki rider...

No new Suzuki motor until Le Mans

No new Suzuki motor until Le Mans

Factory Suzuki duo John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen will have to wait until the French GP at Le Mans before they can get their hands on Suzuki’s new GSV-R motor. As expected, this weekend’s Shanghai...

Edwards fit and ready with engine upgrade

Edwards fit and ready with engine upgrade

Colin Edwards reckons a painful right knee injury won’t be a severe hindrance in this weekend’s Shanghai GP. This is as he prepares to run the upgraded Yamaha YZR-M1 engine Valentino Rossi used last...

Stoner: Ducati start a dream come true

Stoner: Ducati start a dream come true

MotoGP world championship leader Casey Stoner has admitted the start to his Ducati career has been like a ‘dream come true’ as he goes in search of a third win in four races in this weekend’s China...

Michelin boss worried about China challenge

Michelin boss worried about China challenge

Michelin tyre boss Jean-Philippe Weber has admitted he is ‘afraid’ ahead of the China GP in Shanghai following Valentino Rossi’s rear tyre disaster in the recent Istanbul race. Hard casing tyres will...

Engine lease deals way forward for MotoGP

Engine lease deals way forward for MotoGP

More projects like Kenny Roberts’ Honda deal could be a two-fold solution to some of the current financial problems hitting MotoGP teams. Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta believes other teams following...

Ecclestone: Rossi would have been mad to leave MotoGP

Ecclestone: Rossi would have been mad to leave MotoGP

Valentino Rossi would have been ‘stupid’ to have made a multi-million pound switch to Ferrari’s Formula One team for 2007. That’s the view of F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone – the man who was desperate...

Seeing the difference

Seeing the difference

In today's print MCN (available from Wednesday, May 2, 2007) Kenny Roberts’ team has revealed just how different the new generation of 800s are to ride compared to the bigger 990s from last year. We...

Dorna chief: 'Teams too weak in finding sponsors'

Dorna chief: 'Teams too weak in finding sponsors'

MotoGP teams are currently too weak and not professional enough to secure big budget sponsorship deals that will safeguard their world championship future. In a brutally honest self assessment of the...

Melandri hoping early season nightmare is over

Melandri hoping early season nightmare is over

Italian Marco Melandri is hoping his early season nightmare is behind him as he focuses on breaking his 2007 MotoGP world championship podium duck in Shanghai. Melandri has struggled so far on Honda’s...

Edwards hopeful of Rossi engine for Shanghai

Edwards hopeful of Rossi engine for Shanghai

Colin Edwards is hoping that he will get his hands on Yamaha’s new factory YZR-M1 motor for the Shanghai GP in China. Fiat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi used the upgraded in-line four-cylinder...