2009

Donington British MotoGP round in doubt

Donington British MotoGP round in doubt

Donington Park operator Simon Gillett’s company Donington Ventures Leisure Limited has been issued with legal proceedings over £2.47million in unpaid rent. The legal proceedings mean Gillett’s company...

Motegi MotoGP: No new parts for Dani Pedrosa in Japan

Motegi MotoGP: No new parts for Dani Pedrosa in Japan

Dani Pedrosa has confirmed his factory Honda RC212V will not receive an early parts upgrade for this weekend’s Japanese MotoGP clash at the Twin Ring Motegi. Honda’s V4 has struggled on the new...

Motegi MotoGP: Valentino Rossi concerned about gloomy forecasts

Motegi MotoGP: Valentino Rossi concerned about gloomy forecasts

Reigning MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi has expressed concern that gloomy weather forecasts could seriously hamper crucial bike set-up time during this weekend’s Japanese GP. Forecasts for...

Motegi MotoGP: Loris Capirossi determined to bounce back

Motegi MotoGP: Loris Capirossi determined to bounce back

Twin Ring Motegi specialist Loris Capirossi is determined to forget a disastrous start to the 2009 campaign in this weekend’s Japanese MotoGP clash. The veteran Italian crashed out of the top six in...

Motegi MotoGP: Nicky Hayden eyes more Ducati improvement

Motegi MotoGP: Nicky Hayden eyes more Ducati improvement

Nicky Hayden is hopeful he can continue his Ducati improvement at the Twin Ring Motegi this weekend in the first Japanese MotoGP race he will contest not riding for Honda. Despite a nightmare debut in...

Motegi MotoGP: Bradley Smith confident in podium challenge

Motegi MotoGP: Bradley Smith confident in podium challenge

British teenager Bradley Smith is confident he can mount a podium challenge in this weekend’s Japanese 125GP at the Twin Ring Motegi. The Aspar Aprilia rider had to settle for fifth place in the...

Motegi MotoGP: James Toseland looking for luck change

Motegi MotoGP: James Toseland looking for luck change

British MotoGP rider James Toseland is hoping his rotten bad luck will change in Yamaha’s home race in Japan this weekend. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider has had a torrid start to 2009 with massive...

Motegi MotoGP: Casey Stoner plays down Valentino Rossi contest

Motegi MotoGP: Casey Stoner plays down Valentino Rossi contest

Casey Stoner has refused to place too much emphasis on his MotoGP title scrap with chief rival Valentino Rossi. Stoner’s crushing win over the Fiat Yamaha rider in the season’s opening race in Qatar...

Motegi MotoGP: Casey Stoner ready to ram home early advantage

Motegi MotoGP: Casey Stoner ready to ram home early advantage

Factory Ducati rider Casey Stoner is confident he can ram home his early advantage at this weekend’s Japanese GP. The 23-year-old made the perfect start to 2009, dominating the opening race in Qatar...

Motegi MotoGP: Practice to revert back to one-hour format

Motegi MotoGP: Practice to revert back to one-hour format

MotoGP bosses will sanction a return to the one-hour practice and qualifying format at this weekend’s Japanese GP at the Twin Ring Motegi, MCN can reveal. The Grand Prix Commission is expected to pass...

Motegi MotoGP: Valentino Rossi anticipates strong Casey Stoner challenge

Motegi MotoGP: Valentino Rossi anticipates strong Casey Stoner challenge

Valentino Rossi has predicted another strong challenge from Ducati rival Casey Stoner in this weekend’s Japanese GP. Sunday’s race sees a quick return to the Twin Ring Motegi circuit for the...

Motegi MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa nearing 100 per cent fitness

Motegi MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa nearing 100 per cent fitness

Dani Pedrosa is confident he will be much closer to 100 per cent fitness for this weekend’s Japanese GP at the Twin Ring Motegi. The Spaniard missed most of winter testing when he suffered left leg...

Colin Edwards hails impressive Casey Stoner

Colin Edwards hails impressive Casey Stoner

American Colin Edwards has hailed the current form of Ducati star Casey Stoner after the Australian’s dominant victory in the season’s opening race in Qatar. Stoner humbled reigning world champion...

Consistency the key for Jorge Lorenzo

Consistency the key for Jorge Lorenzo

Consistency will be the key for Fiat Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo to mount a more serious challenge to dominant MotoGP duo Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi in 2009. The Spaniard finished the season’s...

Casey Stoner: GP9 is best Ducati yet

Casey Stoner: GP9 is best Ducati yet

Former world champion Casey Stoner has told MCN the new carbon fibre chassis and swingarm on his stunning GP9 machine has made this year’s factory Ducati the best he’s ever ridden. The 23-year-old...

Qatar needs to consider date change, says Yamaha boss

Qatar needs to consider date change, says Yamaha boss

Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis believes Qatar might have to surrender its coveted slot as the opening race of the MotoGP world championship to avoid a repeat of the opening race weather disaster. In return...

Casey Stoner is title favourite, says Randy Mamola

Casey Stoner is title favourite, says Randy Mamola

American Randy Mamola reckons factory Ducati rider Casey Stoner is a red-hot favourite to win his 2009 MotoGP battle against reigning world champion Valentino Rossi. Stoner started his quest to win...

Qatar MotoGP: Alex de Angelis warned after Dani Pedrosa clash

Qatar MotoGP: Alex de Angelis warned after Dani Pedrosa clash

Honda rider Alex de Angelis was ticked off and warned about his future conduct after a clash with injured Spaniard Dani Pedrosa in last night’s Qatar MotoGP race. The Gresini Honda was summonsed...

Qatar MotoGP: James Toseland deflated after lowly 16th

Qatar MotoGP: James Toseland deflated after lowly 16th

British rider James Toseland cut a dejected figure as his second MotoGP season kicked off in bitterly disappointing fashion in Qatar last night. Toseland was fighting for a place in the top ten behind...

Rossi pays tribute to victims of Italy's earthquake

Rossi pays tribute to victims of Italy's earthquake

Valentino Rossi showed his support for the victims of Italy’s recent devastating earthquake at the opening MotoGP race in Qatar. The 30-year-old carried a special sticker on his factory Yamaha...

Qatar MotoGP: Stoner wins rescheduled Qatar clash

Qatar MotoGP: Stoner wins rescheduled Qatar clash

Ducati rider Casey Stoner won the MotoGP race in Qatar after it was postponed due to torrential rain.   The Aussie finished over 7 seconds ahead of Fiat Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi.

Qatar MotoGP: Casey Stoner questions Qatar re-run

Qatar MotoGP: Casey Stoner questions Qatar re-run

Factory Ducati rider Casey Stoner has said the decision to stage the Qatar MotoGP race nearly 24 hours late was strange given a drive to slash costs. The Aussie, who had qualified on pole position for...

Qatar MotoGP: Valentino Rossi happy to race on Monday

Qatar MotoGP: Valentino Rossi happy to race on Monday

Reigning world champion Valentino Rossi has said he is happy that the delayed Qatar MotoGP race will go ahead after last night’s rain cancellation. The opening round of the 2009 season was postponed...

Reduced to watching German tv for MotoGP coverage

For coverage of the MotoGP events I am reduced to the German DSF channel on my Astra satellite (analogue) set up! OK if you understand German, just watch the pictures and learn. I got the gist of most of what was shown. Tried BBC 3, that was pretty awful, will never forgive Eurosport International for dumping MotoGP and the knowledgeable commentators, sadly missed.

BBC MotoGP coverage

I would just like to say that the BBC is a joke - I mean first race of the year, look on BBC1/BBC2, no MotoGP... eventually find it on BBC3... It was given to the BBC to enable more fans to be able to watch, ha! someone was having a laugh. Give it all back to Eurosport and bring back Randy.

MotoGP organisers

Well done organisers of the MotoGP in Losail! Do you have any brains? UK and Europe are only 2 hours away from Losail so why this stupid eco unfriendly floodlight joke! Lunchtime in the UK is fine and the USA have no interest in MotoGP. Even worse BBC showed some old git waddling around the track on a bmw twin, shouting something that could not be heard. I have seen school sports days that...

Qatar MotoGP: Race postponed to Monday

Qatar MotoGP: Race postponed to Monday

The opening round of the MotoGP world championship in Qatar has been postponed by a day because of torrential rain. Heavy rain started to fall just as the 18-rider field was about to start the warm-up...

Qatar MotoGP: Barbera takes 250GP victory

Qatar MotoGP: Barbera takes 250GP victory

Aprilia rider Hector Barbera has bounced back from a pre-season knee injury to win the first 250GP race of 2009 in Qatar. Barbera didn't have it all his own way, after underdog Jules Cluzel led...

Qatar MotoGP: Iannone takes 125GP win after rain stoppage

Qatar MotoGP: Iannone takes 125GP win after rain stoppage

Aprilia rider Andrea Iannone has won the first 125GP of 2009, but will only be awarded half points after the race was stopped due to rain after just four laps. Completing the podium was Julian Simon...

Qatar MotoGP: Alvaro Bautista takes pole

Qatar MotoGP: Alvaro Bautista takes pole

Aspar Aprilia rider Alvaro Bautista has claimed the first pole of the season after the 250GP qualifying session was postponed due to heavy rain. Bautista was the fastest of only two riders who managed...

Qatar MotoGP: Marco Simoncelli withdraws from 250GP race

Qatar MotoGP: Marco Simoncelli withdraws from 250GP race

Reigning 250GP world champion Marco Simoncelli has withdrawn from tomorrow’s opening race in Qatar. The Italian bravely tried to ride just a week after breaking his right wrist in a motocross training...

Qatar MotoGP: Casey Stoner takes first pole of 2009

Qatar MotoGP: Casey Stoner takes first pole of 2009

Factory Ducati rider Casey Stoner will start from the front tomorrow after setting the fastest lap during qualifying in Qatar. The Australian dominated the session, consistently setting the...

Qatar MotoGP: Bradley Smith qualifies second

Qatar MotoGP: Bradley Smith qualifies second

Brit Bradley Smith will start the first 125GP race of 2009 from second on the grid after team-mate Julian Simon bumped him off top spot. Fellow Brits Scott Redding and Danny Webb qualified 11th and...

Qatar MotoGP: Casey Stoner quickest in first practice

Qatar MotoGP: Casey Stoner quickest in first practice

Casey Stoner took his winter domination into the new MotoGP world championship campaign tonight, the Aussie topping the timesheets in the first practice session of 2009 in Qatar. A late attack by...

Qatar MotoGP: Bradley Smith second in first 125GP practice

Qatar MotoGP: Bradley Smith second in first 125GP practice

Bradley Smith got his 2009 campaign off to a bright start under the spectacular Losail International Circuit floodlights tonight when he posted the second best time in the opening 125GP session. The...

Qatar MotoGP: Valentino Rossi and Sete Gibernau end feud

Qatar MotoGP: Valentino Rossi and Sete Gibernau end feud

Bitter MotoGP rivals Valentino Rossi and Sete Gibernau went a long way to burying their long-running feud after a very public and shock reconciliation in Qatar today. The pair shook hands and embraced...