2008

Valencia MotoGP: Nicky Hayden fastest in first practice

Valencia MotoGP: Nicky Hayden fastest in first practice

Nicky Hayden made the perfect start to his last race for Honda’s factory MotoGP team this morning after the American set the fastest time in a rain-lashed and cold opening practice session in...

Casey Stoner eager to test 2009 Ducati

Casey Stoner eager to test 2009 Ducati

Former world champion Casey Stoner says he can’t wait to begin serious testing on Ducati’s 2009 MotoGP contender in Valencia next week. The Aussie will make his second appearance on the GP9 on Monday...

Sete Gibernau returns to MotoGP with new Ducati team

Sete Gibernau returns to MotoGP with new Ducati team

As expected, Sete Gibernau has confirmed he will step out of retirement in 2009 to return to MotoGP action in the new Onde 2000 Ducati team in Valencia tonight. The 35-year-old, who quit the world...

Andrea Dovizioso relishing factory Honda move

Andrea Dovizioso relishing factory Honda move

Italian Andrea Dovizioso reckons he can’t wait to begin his factory Honda career in Valencia next week. Get all the latest MotoGP news The former world 125 champion, who scored his debut premier...

Jorge Lorenzo rues injury-hit mid-season

Jorge Lorenzo rues injury-hit mid-season

Jorge Lorenzo reckons his injury-hit spell during the mid-season point of his rookie MotoGP campaign ruined his hopes of a top three world championship finish. The double world 250 champion suffered...

Valentino Rossi confirms Ford drive in Rally GB

Valentino Rossi confirms Ford drive in Rally GB

MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi has confirmed he will drive a Ford Focus in the Rally GB in early December. The Italian had been weighing up Ford and Subaru options for the Rally GB, which he...

Making MotoGP better for everybody

Surely the answer to some of the problems surrounding tyre life and Rossi saying the laps should be reduced in number in MotoGP would be to have two races per meeting? This would give us spectators better value for money and if BSB and WSB run this system then why doesn't MotoGP?

James Toseland confident in Bridgestone’s 2009 plan

James Toseland confident in Bridgestone’s 2009 plan

British rider James Toseland is confident that Bridgestone’s decision to slash the tyre allocation by 50 per cent will work in next season’s MotoGP world championship. The Tech 3 Yamaha rider, who...

Valentino Rossi and Mick Doohan hail crew chief

Valentino Rossi and Mick Doohan hail crew chief

Valentino Rossi and Mick Doohan have paid tribute to Jerry Burgess after the Aussie crew chief reached another incredible milestone. Get all the latest MotoGP news Rossi’s success at the Malaysian GP...

Valentino Rossi looks to end Valencia jinx

Valentino Rossi looks to end Valencia jinx

Valentino Rossi will be hoping to bury his Valencia jinx and take his 2008 victory tally into double figures in the season’s final MotoGP clash in Spain this weekend. Rossi returns to the scene of his...

Casey Stoner proud despite heavy title loss

Casey Stoner proud despite heavy title loss

Aussie Casey Stoner reckons he is still proud of his achievements in the 2008 MotoGP world title race, even though he goes into the final race trailing Valentino Rossi by over 100-points. Stoner has...

Tech 3 Yamaha boss denies 2010 deal for Ben Spies

Tech 3 Yamaha boss denies 2010 deal for Ben Spies

Ben Spies’ Yamaha World Superbike deal does not include any assurances that the American is guaranteed a place in the Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP squad in 2010. Triple American superbike champion Spies will...

Sepang circuit scraps night race plan

Sepang circuit scraps night race plan

The Sepang circuit in Malaysia will not switch its MotoGP race to a night clash under floodlights. The Malaysia circuit was hotly tipped to follow the lead of Qatar by staging a race at night, and...

Nicky Hayden hoping to end Honda career in style

Nicky Hayden hoping to end Honda career in style

American Nicky Hayden has admitted he would love to end his Honda career in style this weekend, with the 27-year-old poised for his last appearance for the Japanese factory in Valencia this...

Dani Pedrosa targets home win in Valencia

Dani Pedrosa targets home win in Valencia

Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa is hoping he can claim a second successive Valencia victory this weekend to end the 2008 MotoGP campaign on a high. The Spaniard, who has won half of his premier class...

BBC2 MotoGP coverage

Not managing to get up at 1.50am to watch the Sepang race live on BBC2 this Sunday, I waited for the later repeat showing on BBC2....never happened. Went onto iPlayer, just informs you its 'coming soon'. really dissapointed at the lack of consistency covering the MotoGP, If this had been F1 or even Gymnastics it would have been shown at least twice! And to top it all, searched the BBC website to...

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: Andrea Dovizioso ecstatic with maiden rostrum

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: Andrea Dovizioso ecstatic with maiden rostrum

Italian rookie Andrea Dovizioso celebrated his maiden MotoGP podium today in Sepang as he survived intense heat and intense pressure from Nicky Hayden to claim a deserved third. Dovizioso, who will...

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: Crash blow for Jorge Lorenzo

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: Crash blow for Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo saw his hopes of snatching third place in his rookie MotoGP world championship campaign ended by a crash in today’s sweltering Sepang GP. Lorenzo was still fighting for third overall...

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: Casey Stoner slowed by troublesome left wrist

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: Casey Stoner slowed by troublesome left wrist

Aussie Casey Stoner reckons the on-going pain caused by his damaged left wrist was the prime reason for his surprise slump to sixth place in a stiflingly hot Sepang MotoGP race. The former world...

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: Valentino Rossi claims 150th podium with Sepang win

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: Valentino Rossi claims 150th podium with Sepang win

Valentino Rossi survived gruelling 40 degree heat to secure his ninth win of 2008 and his 150th career rostrum in a scorching hot Malaysian GP. The Italian quickly disposed of hard charging compatriot...

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: Nicky Hayden fourth again in Sepang

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: Nicky Hayden fourth again in Sepang

Nicky Hayden was left to ponder a frustrating fourth place for the fourth time in the Sepang GP this afternoon. The American failed to mount a successful attack on Andrea Dovizioso for third, even...

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: Dani Pedrosa satisfied with second in Sepang sauna

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: Dani Pedrosa satisfied with second in Sepang sauna

Spaniard Dani Pedrosa secured third place in the 2008 MotoGP world championship with a hard fought ride to second in a sweltering Sepang clash. Pedrosa’s distant second to Yamaha rival Valentino Rossi...

Mika Kallio and Niccolo Canepa confirmed at Ducati

Mika Kallio and Niccolo Canepa confirmed at Ducati

Mika Kallio and Niccolo Canepa have finally been officially confirmed in Ducati’s satellite MotoGP squad for 2009. Finn Kallio will step up from the KTM 250GP squad having won 12 races in the smaller...

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: James Toseland bemoans early Sepang exit

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: James Toseland bemoans early Sepang exit

British rider James Toseland had a disappointing Sepang GP in Malaysia this afternoon as he crashed out on lap three while trying to fight his way back into the points. The 28-year-old had lost four...

Sepang MotoGP: Rossi storms to victory in Malaysia

Sepang MotoGP: Rossi storms to victory in Malaysia

2008 MotoGP Champion Valentino Rossi stormed to victory once again in Malaysia, leaving challenger Dani Pedrosa to settle for second on the podium. Rossi took his 9th victory of the season at the...

Sepang MotoGP: Bautista wins race but Simoncelli clinches title

Sepang MotoGP: Bautista wins race but Simoncelli clinches title

Alvaro Bautista won the 250 GP in Malaysia, but it was Simoncelli who claimed the big victory as a podium finish was enough to grant him the championship. Marco Simoncelli places third in...

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: Bradley Smith talks punishing podium

Sepang MotoGP Reaction: Bradley Smith talks punishing podium

Bradley Smith produced a stunning surge from the fourth row of the grid to claim second in a punishing Sepang 125GP today. With air temperatures reaching close to 40 degrees, the British teenager kept...

Sepang MotoGP: Bradley claims his 4th podium of the season

Sepang MotoGP: Bradley claims his 4th podium of the season

British rider Bradley Smith finished second in he Malaysian 125 GP, putting him on the podium behind Gabor Talmacsi. World Champion Talmacsi claimed victory at the Malaysian circuit for the second...

Bridgestone confirmed as single tyre supplier

Bridgestone confirmed as single tyre supplier

As was first reported by MCN nearly a month ago, Bridgestone has been confirmed as the supplier for the MotoGP single tyre rule until at least the end of the 2011 campaign. The Japanese factory was...

Sepang MotoGP: Aoyama claims his first pole of the season

Sepang MotoGP: Aoyama claims his first pole of the season

Hiroshi Aoyama finished third in the second 250 qualifying session today, but his time from Friday remained untouched, earning him pole position for Sunday's 250 GP. Aoyama is strong at the Sepang...

Casey Stoner vows to mount victory assault

Casey Stoner vows to mount victory assault

Former world champion Casey Stoner is confident he will be able to mount a victory charge in Malaysia tomorrow, despite missing the front row of the grid in Sepang today for the first time since the...

Hiroshi Aoyama stunned by KTM withdrawal

Hiroshi Aoyama stunned by KTM withdrawal

Japanese rider Hiroshi Aoyama has admitted his world championship future is hanging by a thread after he was rocked by the sudden and shock decision by KTM to quit the 250GP class at the end of the...

Jorge Lorenzo hopes for titanic battle

Jorge Lorenzo hopes for titanic battle

Spanish rookie Jorge Lorenzo believes tomorrow’s Malaysian GP at Sepang could be one of the best races of the season. Lap times in the dry have been super competitive, with 14 riders split by just one...

Valentino Rossi hails ‘brave’ Dani Pedrosa

Valentino Rossi hails ‘brave’ Dani Pedrosa

MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi hailed Dani Pedrosa’s performance in today’s rain-hit Sepang qualifying session as the Honda rider denied the Italian pole position. The Italian though a lap of...

Jorge Martinez confirms MotoGP move delay

Jorge Martinez confirms MotoGP move delay

As was exclusively revealed by MCN yesterday, Jorge Martinez has confirmed he has failed to successfully conclude lengthy negotiations with Kawasaki for a 2009 MotoGP deal. Kawasaki boss Michael...

Dani Pedrosa storms to debut Bridgestone pole

Dani Pedrosa storms to debut Bridgestone pole

Spaniard Dani Pedrosa stormed to his first pole position for Bridgestone in a dramatic conclusion to today’s Sepang qualifying session. The factory Honda rider saved his best for last when he stole...