2009

Qatar test: Jorge Lorenzo finally shines under Qatar floodlights

Qatar test: Jorge Lorenzo finally shines under Qatar floodlights

Fiat Yamaha rider and 2008 MotoGP rookie sensation Jorge Lorenzo left it late to prove that he his winning his battle to adjust to Bridgestone tyres ahead of the first race in Qatar next...

Qatar test: Loris Capirossi confident despite double crash

Qatar test: Loris Capirossi confident despite double crash

Two big crashes on the final night of testing in Qatar did little to dent Loris Capirossi’s confidence that he will be a serious podium contender in 2009. The veteran Italian took his first tumble at...

Qatar test: Valentino Rossi still optimistic for first race

Qatar test: Valentino Rossi still optimistic for first race

Reigning MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi refused to be too downcast after being comprehensively beaten by chief rival Casey Stoner at the Qatar night test. The Italian’s best time of 1.56.972 on...

Qatar test: Night delight for Casey Stoner

Qatar test: Night delight for Casey Stoner

Aussie Casey Stoner produced a dazzling performance to completely overshadow his rivals at the night MotoGP test in Qatar. The 2007 world champion, who has won 16 times for Ducati in 36 races, was...

Qatar test: Casey Stoner fastest after dazzling display in night test

Qatar test: Casey Stoner fastest after dazzling display in night test

Former world champion Casey Stoner continued his incredible record at the Losail International Circuit tonight as he ended the night test in Qatar nearly one second clear of his rivals. Stoner, who...

Qatar test: Dani Pedrosa to undergo surgery

Qatar test: Dani Pedrosa to undergo surgery

Dani Pedrosa will undergo surgery in Barcelona today after he was diagnosed with a fractured left arm following a heavy crash on the second night of testing in Qatar on Monday. The Repsol Honda rider...

Qatar test: Casey Stoner satisfied with pace and wrist

Qatar test: Casey Stoner satisfied with pace and wrist

Ducati’s Casey Stoner reported positive progress on the recovery of his left wrist after he dominated the second night of testing in Qatar. The 2007 world champion, who has won 16 out of his 36 races...

Tech 3 Yamaha confirms Monster deal

Tech 3 Yamaha confirms Monster deal

James Toseland and Colin Edwards will have Monster sponsorship on their Tech 3 Yamaha bikes in 2009 and 2010, as was exclusively revealed by MCN a month ago. The American energy drink giant has signed...

Qatar test: Colin Edwards continues fast form

Qatar test: Colin Edwards continues fast form

Tech 3 Yamaha rider Colin Edwards continued his superb early 2009 form in Qatar last night as the Texan clocked the third best time in blustery conditions. The double World Superbike champion finished...

Qatar test: James Toseland struggling to recapture confidence

Qatar test: James Toseland struggling to recapture confidence

British rider James Toseland has admitted he is struggling to rediscover his confidence as he ended the second night of testing under the spectacular Qatar floodlights in last place. Get all the...

Qatar test: Dani Pedrosa on latest crash blow

Qatar test: Dani Pedrosa on latest crash blow

Dani Pedrosa has talked about the latest in a long line of high profile and costly crashes after injury ended his Qatar test on the second night. The Spaniard will fly back to Barcelona for further...

Qatar test: Casey Stoner lights up night test

Qatar test: Casey Stoner lights up night test

Former world champion Casey Stoner produced a dazzling performance under the Losail International Circuit’s floodlights tonight, the Aussie dominating the second night of MotoGP testing. Stoner had...

Qatar test: Chris Vermeulen escapes injury in crash

Qatar test: Chris Vermeulen escapes injury in crash

Chris Vermeulen’s promising start to 2009 suffered a minor setback when the Aussie suffered a badly swollen right thumb in a crash on the second night of testing in Qatar. The factory Suzuki rider...

Qatar test: Jorge Lorenzo struggling with Bridgestone switch

Qatar test: Jorge Lorenzo struggling with Bridgestone switch

Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo has conceded he is struggling to adapt to Bridgestone tyres after a disappointing second night of testing at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.  The Fiat Yamaha...

Qatar test: Dani Pedrosa injured in night crash

Qatar test: Dani Pedrosa injured in night crash

Spaniard Dani Pedrosa is facing a fight to be fit for the final pre-season test in Jerez later this month after he suffered left wrist and knee injuries on the second night of testing in...

Qatar test: Nicky Hayden talks top spot

Qatar test: Nicky Hayden talks top spot

Nicky Hayden believes the opening night of testing in Qatar was not a waste of time as the American topped the timesheets on Ducati’s carbon fibre chassis GP9. The Kentucky rider clocked the best time...

Qatar test: Colin Edwards happy with neck injury progress

Qatar test: Colin Edwards happy with neck injury progress

Colin Edwards has declared himself satisfied that his troublesome neck injury is clearing up after a largely meaningless night of testing in Qatar. The one positive for the Texan after a short rain...

Qatar test: Marco Melandri relieved to be back on track

Qatar test: Marco Melandri relieved to be back on track

Marco Melandri posted the second best time on a rain-hit opening night of testing in Qatar as he began to put a nightmare winter behind him. Riding the Hayate bike, which is a factory Kawasaki ZX-RR...

Qatar test: James Toseland frustrated by desert downpour

Qatar test: James Toseland frustrated by desert downpour

British rider James Toseland’s hopes of kick starting his 2009 MotoGP campaign were thwarted by a five-minute rain shower on the opening night of testing in Qatar. Desperate to bounce back from his...

Qatar test: Valentino Rossi rues desert downpour

Qatar test: Valentino Rossi rues desert downpour

Valentino Rossi was left a frustrated figure as he completed just one lap on the opening night of testing at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. The reigning world champion spent most of the...

Qatar test: Nicky Hayden quickest after desert storm

Qatar test: Nicky Hayden quickest after desert storm

Factory Ducati rider Nicky Hayden ended a weather-hit opening night of testing in Qatar with the fastest time. Get all the latest MotoGP news The American posted the best time of 2.00.717 in his...

Scott Redding tries new bike test

MotoGP rider Scott Redding, motorcycle Instructor Steve Guest and new rider Ted try the new motorcycle test at the Gloucester test center. The test is coming in on April the 27th.

Grip issues at Qatar night test

Grip issues at Qatar night test

Strong winds and early morning rain have already caused grip issues on the opening night of the MotoGP Qatar test session. The Losail International Circuit has been buffeted by strong winds in the...

Rain stops testing in Qatar

Rain stops testing in Qatar

The opening night of MotoGP testing at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar has already been badly disrupted by rain. Only ten riders had been out on track when a heavy cloudburst hit the desert...

Five Brits join Red Bull MotoGP talent search

Five Brits join Red Bull MotoGP talent search

Five British riders, including the son of former 500GP racer and triple MCN British Superbike champion Niall Mackenzie, will contest this year’s Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. Taylor Mackenzie will be...

Kawasaki to race as Hayate MotoGP in 2009

Kawasaki to race as Hayate MotoGP in 2009

Kawasaki’s one-rider MotoGP effort for the 2009 campaign will be re-branded ‘Hayate’, MCN can exclusively reveal. Hayate means ‘Hurricane’ in Japanese and is the team name that Kawasaki’s ZX-RR will...

James Toseland eager to begin Qatar test

James Toseland eager to begin Qatar test

Tech 3 Yamaha rider James Toseland can’t wait to get back on track on Sunday night as preparations for the new MotoGP season continue in Qatar. Sunday’s opening night will be the first time Toseland...

Jorge Lorenzo backs James Toseland to bounce back in Qatar

Jorge Lorenzo backs James Toseland to bounce back in Qatar

Jorge Lorenzo reckons James Toseland will be mentally stronger as he backed the Brit to bounce back from his 125mph Sepang crash nightmare. Spaniard is an expert in bouncing back from adversity and...

Randy Mamola sad at British Eurosport exit

Randy Mamola sad at British Eurosport exit

Popular MotoGP pundit Randy Mamola has told MCN of his sadness at not being able to continue his role as pitlane commentator for British Eurosport in 2009. As part of new coverage plans for 2009,...

British Eurosport confirms 2009 MotoGP plans

British Eurosport confirms 2009 MotoGP plans

British Eurosport has confirmed that popular commentary duo Julian Ryder and Toby Moody will be reunited for 2009. Dorna confirmed yesterday (Thursday) that coverage of the 2009 MotoGP world...

Bulgaria to host MotoGP race in 2012

Bulgaria to host MotoGP race in 2012

A Bulgiarian round of the MotoGP world championship will be staged from the 2012 season onwards. Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta has signed a preliminary five-year deal with the Bulgarian Motorcycling...

Meeting JT at his send off party

Meeting JT at his send off party

A group of us (including my 9 year old niece who's never met James and my mum who was in a wheelchair due to a recent knee replacement) attended JT's send off party at Donington last weekend. Roger...

V for Victory....

...Or a very amicable compromise. After bitching and complaining about Eurosport losing the motogp and worrying that the bbc won't commit anywhere near as much time to the sport as we fans deserve, it seems there has been a great solution to this problem. And i hope that my concerns and the concerns of each and every fan who put there point forward on here MAY just MAY have been an influence in...

Julian Ryder commits to British Eurosport

Julian Ryder commits to British Eurosport

Julian Ryder has confirmed to MCN that he will continue his popular partnership with Toby Moody on British Eurosport in 2009. Dorna confirmed today that British Eurosport will continue to screen...

Toby Moody: ‘I’m staying with Eurosport.’

Toby Moody: ‘I’m staying with Eurosport.’

Popular commentator Toby Moody has confirmed he is staying with British Eurosport to voice its coverage of the 2009 MotoGP world championship. Moody, who has commentated on MotoGP since 1996, will...

Marco Melandri to race in one man Kawasaki team

Marco Melandri to race in one man Kawasaki team

Italian Marco Melandri will race in the 2009 MotoGP world championship as part of a one-man Kawasaki team. Kawasaki confirmed its plans to quit MotoGP in January because of the global...