September

Jerry Burgess bemoans single tyre rule approval

Jerry Burgess bemoans single tyre rule approval

Legendary crew chief of Valentino Rossi, Jerry Burgess, has criticised the decision to introduce a single tyre rule for the 2009 MotoGP world championship. The Aussie believes multi-brand competition...

Loris Capirossi positive about new Suzuki motor

Loris Capirossi positive about new Suzuki motor

Italian veteran Loris Capirossi reckons an early spec 2009 Suzuki engine he tested in Japan yesterday is another step in the right direction to help the Japanese factory get on par with rivals Yamaha...

Nicky Hayden impressed by Ducati technical boss

Nicky Hayden impressed by Ducati technical boss

Former world champion Nicky Hayden reckons he was ‘blown away’ at his first meeting with Ducati technical guru Filippo Preziosi. The American got the chance to discuss his future with Preziosi at...

Tech 3 Yamaha boss not worried by new tyre ruling

Tech 3 Yamaha boss not worried by new tyre ruling

James Toseland’s Tech 3 Yamaha boss Herve Poncharal is not concerned that the independent teams might find it harder to compete in MotoGP after the implementation of a single tyre rule for...

Valentino Rossi dedicates title success to Norick Abe

Valentino Rossi dedicates title success to Norick Abe

Valentino Rossi dedicated his sixth MotoGP crown to late Yamaha star Norick Abe at the Twin Ring Motegi yesterday. Rossi was a huge fan of Abe and when he started his world championship career in 1996...

Rain halts Valentino Rossi’s 2009 Yamaha debut

Rain halts Valentino Rossi’s 2009 Yamaha debut

Torrential rain forced Valentino Rossi to abandon plans to get his first impressions of Yamaha’s early 2009 prototype YZR-M1 at the Twin Ring Motegi today. Looking surprisingly perky despite huge...

Nobuatsu Aoki suffers massive test crash

Nobuatsu Aoki suffers massive test crash

Suzuki test rider Nobuatsu Aoki was lucky to suffer just a badly swollen and bruised left ankle after he crashed out during a brief test session this morning at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit. Aoki was...

Team effort fundamental to Valentino Rossi’s title success

Team effort fundamental to Valentino Rossi’s title success

Yamaha Racing Managing Director Lin Jarvis praised the huge team effort involved in Valentino Rossi winning his first MotoGP title since 2005 at the Twin Ring Motegi yesterday. Rossi’s victory gave...

Yamaha proud to bounce back from 2007 humiliation

Yamaha proud to bounce back from 2007 humiliation

Yamaha senior boss Masao Furusawa has spoken of his pride at seeing Yamaha and Valentino Rossi return to winning ways after a torrid two-year spell. Get all the latest MotoGP news Furusawa was a...

Yamaha boss hails ‘amazing’ Valentino Rossi

Yamaha boss hails ‘amazing’ Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi’s Fiat Yamaha team boss Davide Brivio was full of praise for the Italian star after he clinched an eighth world title in Japan yesterday. Rossi’s victory over Ducati rival Casey Stoner...

Yamaha president celebrates Valentino Rossi success

Yamaha president celebrates Valentino Rossi success

Yamaha president Takashi Kajikawa has spoken of his delight at Valentino Rossi winning a third MotoGP world title for the Japanese factory at the Twin Ring Motegi yesterday. Kajikawa was jubilant as...

Motegi MotoGP Reaction: Valentino Rossi regains world crown

Motegi MotoGP Reaction: Valentino Rossi regains world crown

Valentino Rossi won his first MotoGP world title since 2005 today to give Yamaha the premier class crown on home soil at the Twin Ring Motegi. Once Rossi passed out-going world champion Casey Stoner...

Motegi MotoGP: Valentino Rossi looks ahead to 2009 Yamaha test

Motegi MotoGP: Valentino Rossi looks ahead to 2009 Yamaha test

Just hours after clinching his eighth world title in today’s Japanese GP, Valentino Rossi will kick off early preparations for his 2009 MotoGP assault at the Twin Ring Motegi on Monday. The Italian is...

Motegi MotoGP: Suzuki to test new engine in Japan

Motegi MotoGP: Suzuki to test new engine in Japan

Suzuki will roll out an early prototype version of its 2009 factory GSV-R motor at the Twin Ring Motegi tomorrow (Monday). Test and development duo Kousuke Akiyoshi and Nobuatsu Aoki will complete...

Motegi MotoGP Reaction: Casey Stoner bemoans physical condition

Motegi MotoGP Reaction: Casey Stoner bemoans physical condition

Casey Stoner blamed a lack of fitness for his failure to stop Valentino Rossi celebrating his sixth premier class world title with a victory at the Twin Ring Motegi today. Rossi ended Stoner’s reign...

Motegi MotoGP Reation: Dani Pedrosa claims first Bridgestone podium

Motegi MotoGP Reation: Dani Pedrosa claims first Bridgestone podium

Dani Pedrosa secured his first podium since his controversial switch to Bridgestone tyres today at the Twin Ring Motegi. The Spaniard was a leading figure in the early exchanges as he passed Casey...

Motegi MotoGP Reaction: James Toseland battles to hard fought 11th

Motegi MotoGP Reaction: James Toseland battles to hard fought 11th

British rider James Toseland claimed a hard fought 11th place in Japan today after a titanic battle with John Hopkins. The Tech 3 Yamaha rider had held off the American for 15 laps in a nail-biting...

Indy GP: Things you don't see every day

Indy GP: Things you don't see every day

My wife and I have just returned from a holiday in the US, which included a trip to watch the MotoGP at Indianapolis. Although we were disappointed that the racing was curtailed by the aftermath of...

Motegi MotoGP: Valentino Rossi takes win and 2008 championship

Motegi MotoGP: Valentino Rossi takes win and 2008 championship

Valentino Rossi has become the 2008 MotoGP champion after taking Yamaha's first ever win at Motegi, Japan. Valentino Rossi didn't get a great start and was fifth at the end of the first lap, with 2007...

Motegi MotoGP: Simoncelli takes 250GP win

Motegi MotoGP: Simoncelli takes 250GP win

Marco Simoncelli took his fourth 250GP win of the season at the Twin Ring Motegi ahead of championship rival Alvaro Bautista. Simoncelli started to break away from the following pack but was chased...

Motegi MotoGP: MotoGP to adopt one-make tyre rule for 2009

Motegi MotoGP: MotoGP to adopt one-make tyre rule for 2009

The 2009 MotoGP world championship will adopt a one-make tyre rule with Bridgestone winning the exclusive contract, as was exclusively revealed by MCN earlier this week. Despite yesterday’s dramatic...

Motegi MotoGP: Stefan Bradl takes 125GP victory

Motegi MotoGP: Stefan Bradl takes 125GP victory

German Stefan Bradl has taken only the second ever win of his career at Motegi ahead of pole man and championship leader Mike Di Meglio. Nicolas Terol got the holeshot in to the first corner where, in...

Motegi MotoGP: Valentino Rossi frustrated by fourth

Motegi MotoGP: Valentino Rossi frustrated by fourth

Valentino Rossi had to settle for a frustrating fourth place on the grid for tomorrow’s Japanese GP, but the Italian believes he can still fight for the victory to seal the 2008 world title. With a...

Motegi MotoGP: Nicky Hayden continues revival despite late drama

Motegi MotoGP: Nicky Hayden continues revival despite late drama

Nicky Hayden continued his welcome return to form at the Twin Ring Motegi today when he claimed his third front row start of the season. The Ducati-bound American posted a best time of 1.45.971 to...

Motegi MotoGP: Bug ruins Casey Stoner’s pole bid

Motegi MotoGP: Bug ruins Casey Stoner’s pole bid

Casey Stoner’s hopes of claiming an eighth pole position of the season were ruined by a bug that smashed into his visor on his last flying lap of today’s Japanese GP qualifying session. The Aussie had...

Motegi MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo hails ‘amazing’ lap

Motegi MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo hails ‘amazing’ lap

Jorge Lorenzo described his stunning pole position lap in Japan today as ‘amazing’. The Fiat Yamaha rider claimed his first pole since the Estoril GP in Portugal way back at the third race of the...

Motegi MotoGP: James Toseland satisfied with top ten

Motegi MotoGP: James Toseland satisfied with top ten

James Toseland reckons he could not have done much more to improve on his top ten qualifying result in Japan today. The British rider will start tomorrow’s 24-lap Japanese GP from 10th place on the...

Motegi MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo takes surprise pole

Motegi MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo takes surprise pole

Michelin rider Jorge Lorenzo has surprised everybody by taking pole position at Motegi with a record time of 1.45.543. Lorenzo, who tomorrow will run a Lupin III tribute paint scheme will be looking...

Motegi MotoGP: Di Meglio takes 125GP pole

Motegi MotoGP: Di Meglio takes 125GP pole

Current 125GP championship leader Mike Di Meglio has taken his first ever pole position at Motegi, Japan with a best time of 1.58.678. Alongside Di Meglio on the front row will be Stefan...

Motegi MotoGP: Ducati in shock Michelin talks for 2009

Motegi MotoGP: Ducati in shock Michelin talks for 2009

In an incredible late twist, Ducati and Casey Stoner could make a shock switch to Michelin tyres in 2009 as the MotoGP world championship might now avoid adopting a one-make tyre rule after an amazing...

Motegi MotoGP: Valentino Rossi content with third

Motegi MotoGP: Valentino Rossi content with third

Valentino Rossi made a solid start to the Japanese GP today to finish third quickest on the opening day of a weekend that could see him claim a sixth MotoGP world crown. Rossi goes into Sunday’s race...

Motegi MotoGP: Casey Stoner confident after fast start

Motegi MotoGP: Casey Stoner confident after fast start

Casey Stoner’s reign as MotoGP world champion might be close to ending, but the Aussie showed he intends to go down fighting after he topped the timesheets on the opening day of free practice for the...

Motegi MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa finds form on Bridgestone tyres

Motegi MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa finds form on Bridgestone tyres

Dani Pedrosa made a positive start to his second appearance on Bridgestone tyres today, with the Spaniard clocking the second best time on a rain-hit start to the Japanese GP. The Repsol Honda rider...

Motegi MotoGP: James Toseland 14th but happy with breakthrough

Motegi MotoGP: James Toseland 14th but happy with breakthrough

James Toseland might have ended up the opening day of practice for the Japanese GP down in a lowly 14th place, but the British rider was still delighted with his performance on his Twin Ring...

Motegi MotoGP: Casey Stoner fastest after day one

Motegi MotoGP: Casey Stoner fastest after day one

Casey Stoner has showed no sign of slowing down in Motegi as he set the fastest lap in free practice on the factory Ducati. Stoner set a fastest lap of 1.48.121 with Dani Pedrosa only seven hundredths...

Motegi MotoGP: Yuki Takahashi makes MotoGP switch

Motegi MotoGP: Yuki Takahashi makes MotoGP switch

Japanese rider Yuki Takahashi has confirmed he will quit the world 250 championship at the end of the year to join MotoGP. Takahashi will ride for the Scot Racing Team Honda, which is a new outfit...