January

MotoGP Phillip Island test: John Hopkins ruled out of final day

MotoGP Phillip Island test: John Hopkins ruled out of final day

A huge high-side crash at over 100mph has ruled John Hopkins out of the final day of action in Phillip Island tomorrow. The American has a badly torn muscle between his left groin and hip after he...

MotoGP Phillip Island test: James Toseland gains first rain experience

MotoGP Phillip Island test: James Toseland gains first rain experience

James Toseland got his first taste of riding Yamaha's YZR-M1 in rain conditions on a weather-hit second day of testing in Phillip Island. The 27-year-old posted a best time of 1.43.719 on a dismal...

MotoGP Phillip Island test: Day two roundup

MotoGP Phillip Island test: Day two roundup

Reigning MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner produced a masterful exhibition of wet and dry weather riding to dominate the second day of testing in Phillip Island. In persistent rain showers that fell...

MotoGP Phillip Island test: Casey Stoner rampant on home track

MotoGP Phillip Island test: Casey Stoner rampant on home track

MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner produced another ominously fast performance on his home track today to set the best time on race tyres in Phillip Island. While Colin Edwards claimed the fastest...

MotoGP Phillip Island test: Track knowledge boosts James Toseland

MotoGP Phillip Island test: Track knowledge boosts James Toseland

James Toseland put his vast experience of the Phillip Island circuit to good use today with the British rider making an impressive start to his fourth winter test in Australia. The Tech 3 Yamaha rider...

MotoGP Phillip Island test: Colin Edwards solves qualifier issues

MotoGP Phillip Island test: Colin Edwards solves qualifier issues

A Michelin qualifying tyre used surprisingly early by Colin Edwards helped the Texan register the fastest lap on the opening day of testing at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia. Edwards opted to...

MotoGP Phillip Island test: Day 1 roundup

MotoGP Phillip Island test: Day 1 roundup

Colin Edwards continued his impressive pace for his new Tech 3 Yamaha team by topping to the time sheets on day one of this week’s official MotoGP test in Phillip Island Australia. Edwards used his...

Kallio tops Jerez tests

Kallio tops Jerez tests

After two days of Aprilia dominance, Red Bull KTM returned to the forefront in Jerez at the final session of 250cc action today. Pleasant temperatures and less wind than earlier in the week allowed...

Bradley Smith fastest in Spain

Bradley Smith fastest in Spain

Bradley Smith vowed to keep his feet firmly on the ground as Britain’s top young prospect made a sensational start to his 2008 125GP world championship bid. Making his first appearance on the...

MotoGP: Kawasaki confirm Monster deal

MotoGP: Kawasaki confirm Monster deal

Kawasaki's factory MotoGP squad has officially confirmed American energy drink giant Monster as one of its major backers in the 2008 world championship. In a deal anticipated for several months,...

MotoGP Sepang test: Qualifying tyre spares Nicky Hayden's blushes

MotoGP Sepang test: Qualifying tyre spares Nicky Hayden's blushes

A brilliant lap on a Michelin qualifying tyre spared Nicky Hayden and Honda's blushes as the American left Sepang with the fastest overall time. A best lap of 2.00.326 late on the final morning was...

MotoGP Sepang test: Dani Pedrosa undergoes successful surgery

MotoGP Sepang test: Dani Pedrosa undergoes successful surgery

Factory Honda rider Dani Pedrosa has undergone a successful two-hour operation to plate a broken right hand in Spain. The triple world champion had a plate and six screws inserted into the Y-shaped...

Sepang test Photos

Sepang test Photos

I was at the Sepang test on Thursday, I am an expat living in Singapore. I would love to see the pics I have sent used in MCN. It was taken by my friend Peter Mitchell who was with me. If you use the...

Casey Stoner signs off in ominous form

Casey Stoner signs off in ominous form

Reigning world champion Casey Stoner began the defence of his crown in ominous form as he finished second fastest at the end of a gruelling three-day test session in Sepang. The Aussie’s best time of...

MotoGP Sepang test: James Toseland talks top ten

MotoGP Sepang test: James Toseland talks top ten

James Toseland claimed the eighth fastest time on the final day of testing in Malaysia today, despite the British rider continuing to be plagued by a severe tyre chatter problem on the new 2008 Tech 3...

MotoGP Sepang test: Casey Stoner rues clutch problem in Sepang

MotoGP Sepang test: Casey Stoner rues clutch problem in Sepang

A clutch problem cost Casey Stoner the chance to complete his first race simulation on Ducati's new 2008 GP8 machine in Sepang today, but the MotoGP world champion still logged some impressive times...

MotoGP Sepang Test: James Toseland battles chatter in Sepang

MotoGP Sepang Test: James Toseland battles chatter in Sepang

James Toseland managed to knock a second off his best Sepang time today despite battling with a chronic rear tyre chatter problem on the Tech 3 Yamaha YZR-M1. The double World Superbike champion...

MotoGP Sepang test: Dani Pedrosa to undergo surgery on broken hand

MotoGP Sepang test: Dani Pedrosa to undergo surgery on broken hand

Dani Pedrosa will undergo an operation in Spain today to repair a double break in his right hand following a high-speed crash on the opening day of 2008 MotoGP testing in Sepang. Further medical...

Where's Max Biaggi?

Why is it that one of the best modern day riders with any talent (Max biaggi) is not riding in MotoGP? Did he hurt someone's feelings, or do they feel he has lost it? He could definitely hang

The state of today's racers

Mike Hailwood, Giacomo Agostini, Phil Read and Jim Redman, would run and hide on todays riders if they rode todays computerized race bikes. Maybe Rossi could hang if he had Casey Stoners particular Ducati - which is one fast motorcycle. The other factories need to step up

MotoGP Sepang test: James Toseland makes 2008 Yamaha debut

MotoGP Sepang test: James Toseland makes 2008 Yamaha debut

James Toseland got his first taste of Yamaha's new 2008 contender in Malaysia today, declaring himself satisfied with the winter improvements made on the much-maligned YZR-M1. The British rider posted...

MotoGP Sepang test: Casey Stoner upbeat after tough first day

MotoGP Sepang test: Casey Stoner upbeat after tough first day

Reigning MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner remained in upbeat mood despite a tough first day of 2008 pre-season testing at the Sepang circuit. The Aussie completed just 36 laps as his new Ducati GP8...

MotoGP Sepang test: Valentino Rossi explains first Bridgestone crash

MotoGP Sepang test: Valentino Rossi explains first Bridgestone crash

Valentino Rossi suffered his first crash with Bridgestone tyres today after a slow but spectacular crash as winter testing resumed in baking hot conditions in Sepang. The seven-times world champion,...

MotoGP Sepang Test: Colin Edwards bemoans "stupid crash"

MotoGP Sepang Test: Colin Edwards bemoans "stupid crash"

American Colin Edwards walked away unhurt from an opening day spill that he branded "stupid" to set the seventh best time in Sepang. Testing a revised engine spec, but not the pneumatic valve YZR-M1...

MotoGP Sepang test: Dani Pedrosa suffers injury blow

MotoGP Sepang test: Dani Pedrosa suffers injury blow

Honda's pre-season preparations for the 2008 MotoGP world championship have been dealt a big blow after it was confirmed that Spaniard Dani Pedrosa suffered a broken right hand in the second of two...

Gallery: Rossi's spectacular Sepang highside

Gallery: Rossi's spectacular Sepang highside

Valentino Rossi made an eventful start to the first day of MotoGP testing at Sepang, highsiding his Yamaha M1 in spectacular style. The Italian was caught out by the 2008 motorcycle, launched...

Video: Yamaha launch 2008 MotoGP team

Yamaha officially launched it's 2008 MotoGP team on Friday, with new team-mates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo taking to the stage. Check out the video below to see the highlights of the glitzy event then click here to see the Ducati team launch the week previous.

Valentino Rossi looks forward to 2008 Yamaha debut

Valentino Rossi looks forward to 2008 Yamaha debut

Valentino Rossi has highlighted the early 2008 winter tests as vital to get his factory Fiat Yamaha adapted to Bridgestone tyres with the new premier class season just seven weeks away. With a right...

Valentino Rossi gives update on tax investigation

Valentino Rossi gives update on tax investigation

As Yamaha completed the official launch of the 2008 Fiat-backed team in Italy today, Valentino Rossi could not escape questions about the tax investigation that rocked the 28-year-old sporting icon...

Jorge Lorenzo talks about MotoGP leap

Jorge Lorenzo talks about MotoGP leap

Double world 250 world champion Jorge Lorenzo has spoken about his expectations for 2008 and how he is coping with the switch to MotoGP in Italy today. The Spaniard said: “The M1 is a bike I like very...

Valentino Rossi unsure on Qatar night race

Valentino Rossi unsure on Qatar night race

Seven-times world champion Valentino Rossi has spoken about his reservations about the historic night race in Qatar that will start the 2008 MotoGP world championship. Rossi’s first chance to gauge...

Yamaha bosses play down risk of F1-style spy row

Yamaha bosses play down risk of F1-style spy row

Valentino Rossi’s Fiat Yamaha team boss Davide Brivio has played down any possibility of spying amongst the factory Yamaha team next season, similar to that which tarnished last year’s Formula One...

Casey Stoner expects Marco Melandri to star in 2008

Casey Stoner expects Marco Melandri to star in 2008

Reigning MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner has backed new Ducati recruit Marco Melandri to make the Bologna factory an even bigger threat in 2008. Aussie Stoner was the outstanding Ducati rider last...

Marco Melandri looking to tame Ducati

Marco Melandri looking to tame Ducati

Marco Melandri is hoping engine modifications he will try for the first time in Malaysia next week will help him improve his confidence and speed on Ducati’s new 2008 MotoGP contender. The former...

MotoGP: Seven up for Chris Vermeulen

MotoGP: Seven up for Chris Vermeulen

Chris Vermeulen will finally get to pay further homage to British legend Barry Sheene in 2008 after securing the number seven plate for this year’s MotoGP world championship. The Rizla Suzuki rider...

Video: James Toseland talks about his BKS leathers deal

Two-time WSB Champion James Toseland has signed to wear British-made BKS leathers in MotoGP this year. The firm is now owned by Frank Thomas and was relaunched today, with Toseland carrying the torch on the world stage. Watch the video to hear an excluisve interview with Toseland on the matter.