2009

BBC Sport boss delighted with improved MotoGP coverage

BBC Sport boss delighted with improved MotoGP coverage

BBC Sport Editorial boss Philip Bernie has spoken of his delight at the record levels of coverage the BBC will give to MotoGP in 2009. Despite fears that the Beeb’s new deal to screen the Formula One...

British Eurosport keeps MotoGP for 2009

British Eurosport keeps MotoGP for 2009

As was exclusively revealed by MCN one week ago, British Eurosport will continue to screen coverage of the MotoGP world championship in 2009. A deal has been thrashed out with MotoGP rights owners...

Fiat Yamaha boss assesses 2009 MotoGP contenders

Fiat Yamaha boss assesses 2009 MotoGP contenders

Fiat Yamaha boss Davide Brivio has told MCN he expects Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa to remain as chief title rivals to reigning world champion Valentino Rossi in 2009. Since the start of the 800cc...

Qatar test to decide Kawasaki/|Marco Melandri fate

Qatar test to decide Kawasaki/|Marco Melandri fate

Marco Melandri is expected to test a Kawasaki ZX-RR in Qatar next week, but the Italian is not yet convinced he will start the 2009 season. Get all the latest MotoGP news In a further confusing twist...

Ducati boss: Rider salaries will reduce

Ducati boss: Rider salaries will reduce

Ducati’s factory team boss Livio Suppo has told MCN it is inevitable that some of the world’s top riders will have to race for less money in the future. While it is impossible to police a salary cap,...

Yamaha boss fears more engine expense

Yamaha boss fears more engine expense

Yamaha’s MotoGP boss Masao Furusawa fears the drive to extend engine life will only force factories to spend more money in the short term. Extending engine life is seen as one of the most crucial new...

Silverstone MotoGP switch not money motivated

Silverstone MotoGP switch not money motivated

MotoGP boss Carmelo Ezpeleta has denied his shock decision to move the British GP back to Silverstone for the first time in over 20 years was money motivated. MCN understands that Silverstone paid...

MotoGP commentary

MotoGP commentary

Just great news to here julain ryder and tony moody may be back, get really excited listening to them- great. I met Valentino on monday after testing in Valencia, he was absolutely fantastic. I...

Yamaha boss supports calendar cut

Yamaha boss supports calendar cut

Yamaha’s senior MotoGP boss Masao Furusawa believes an effective way to slash costs in MotoGP would be to significantly reduce the world championship calendar. The MotoGP world championship currently...

Silverstone set to be fastest MotoGP track

Silverstone set to be fastest MotoGP track

Silverstone’s revamped circuit to host the 2010 British MotoGP race looks set to make it the fastest on the world championship calendar with an average speed of 113mph! Simulations of the revised...

Valentino Rossi bemoans loss of qualifying tyres

Valentino Rossi bemoans loss of qualifying tyres

Six-times MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi has bemoaned the loss of qualifying tyres under the new single tyre rule for 2009. The Fiat Yamaha rider is worried that Saturday afternoon’s qualifying...

Valentino Rossi is scared of Wayne Rooney

Valentino Rossi is scared of Wayne Rooney

Reigning MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi isn’t scared of dicing with Casey Stoner at nearly 200mph. But he is scared of England football star and Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney. Rossi’s...

British Eurosport MotoGP announcement this week

British Eurosport MotoGP announcement this week

As MCN exclusively revealed last week, MotoGP will stay on British Eurosport in 2009, with an official announcement expected later this week. MCN understands a deal has been reached between Dorna and...

Happy Birthday Rossi

Happy Birthday Rossi

I just want to wish the 'young' Mr Rossi a very happy birthday and to thank him and his team manager for the best wishes and the gifts they sent to my brother "Colin" last year. He was...

Rizla to stay with Suzuki’s MotoGP squad

Rizla to stay with Suzuki’s MotoGP squad

Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen’s impressive start to 2009 has convinced title sponsors Rizla to remain with Suzuki’s factory MotoGP squad, MCN has learned. Negotiations that have been taking...

Credit crunch increases pressure in MotoGP

Credit crunch increases pressure in MotoGP

Factory Suzuki boss Paul Denning believes the impact of the global economic crisis will only intensify the pressure to perform in MotoGP. Denning believes there will be closer scrutiny on teams to...

Sete Gibernau withdraws from Qatar test

Sete Gibernau withdraws from Qatar test

Spaniard Sete Gibernau has been ruled out of the night test in Qatar next month after suffering a left shoulder injury in training yesterday (Thursday). Get all the latest MotoGP news The Onde 2000...

Maxtra 125GP team to change name

Maxtra 125GP team to change name

The new Maxtra 125GP team, spearheaded by British motorsport legend John Surtees, looks certain to have change its name less than two months before the start of its maiden world championship...

Chris Vermeulen confident in 2009 factory Suzuki

Chris Vermeulen confident in 2009 factory Suzuki

Chris Vermeulen reckons Suzuki’s positive start to the 2009 testing campaign has already proven that the new factory GSV-R can be a podium challenger from the first race of the season. Suzuki provided...

Nicky Hayden lacking rear confidence

Nicky Hayden lacking rear confidence

American Nicky Hayden reckons he must adapt to the aggressive pumping from the rear of Ducati’s new factory GP9 as the start of the 2009 MotoGP campaign approaches. One of the biggest issues the 2006...

2010 prototype MotoGP bikes to be unveiled in June

2010 prototype MotoGP bikes to be unveiled in June

The two post race tests on the 2009 MotoGP calendar will only permit manufacturers to test 2010 prototype bikes. That means a host of new bikes for the 2010 campaign could be seen as early as June 15...

Blusens Moto2 bike tested in Valencia

Blusens Moto2 bike tested in Valencia

The Spanish-based Blusens squad created a slice of history for itself in Valencia this week when it became the first team to track test a new 600cc bike for the Moto2 class. Dani Rivas tested the new...

British Eurosport to continue MotoGP coverage?

British Eurosport to continue MotoGP coverage?

British Eurosport has denied clinching a deal to continue showing coverage of the MotoGP world championship in 2009. But MCN understands that a deal is close to being reached with MotoGP rights owners...

Practice reduced as MotoGP bosses agree 2009 cost cuts

Practice reduced as MotoGP bosses agree 2009 cost cuts

Friday morning free practice sessions for all three MotoGP classes will be axed as part of a range of cost-cutting measures agreed for the 2009 season today. Electronic and hydraulic launch control...

Casey Stoner ‘disappointed’ with wrist operation

Casey Stoner ‘disappointed’ with wrist operation

Former MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner has said he disappointed with the outcome of the left wrist operation that has still not fully recovered from. Despite topping the timesheets on his comeback...

Silverstone provides fresh start for British MotoGP

Silverstone provides fresh start for British MotoGP

Silverstone bosses believe commitment to make radical on and off track changes convinced Dorna to move the British MotoGP race away from its long established home at Donington Park. Asked why he...

Silverstone happy with British MotoGP deal

Silverstone happy with British MotoGP deal

Silverstone Managing Director Richard Phillips believes the Northamptonshire circuit has got value for money with its five-year British MotoGP deal. When Silverstone won the rights to host the British...

MCN Exclusive: Silverstone unveils £5m British MotoGP revamp

MCN Exclusive: Silverstone unveils £5m British MotoGP revamp

Silverstone’s £5m revamp for the 2010 British MotoGP will have two prime goals - close racing and a better viewing experience for the paying public. That is the blueprint for Silverstone Managing...

Waiting game continues for Marco Melandri

Waiting game continues for Marco Melandri

Italian Marco Melandri still has no clear idea whether he will be able to take his place in the 2009 MotoGP world championship. Left with the prospect that he would not have a ride following the...

2009 MotoGP cost cuts to be agreed

2009 MotoGP cost cuts to be agreed

Cost-cutting measures for the 2009 season to help theMotoGP world championship ride out the global economic crisis should be finalised tomorrow (Wednesday). The Grand Prix Commission will convene in...

Edwards impressed with Bridgestone endurance

Edwards impressed with Bridgestone endurance

Tech 3 Yamaha rider Colin Edwards has declared himself delighted with the endurance and consistency of Bridgestone’s tyres. The Michelin stalwart completed his first long distance run on Bridgestone...

Sete Gibernau still looking to master electronics

Sete Gibernau still looking to master electronics

<?xml:namespace prefix="o/?"?>Sete Gibernau has told MCN that he is still trying to adapt to the huge increase in electronics since he last raced in MotoGP in 2006. &nbsp; The Spaniard spent the...

MotoGP grid numbers unlikely to increase in 2010

MotoGP grid numbers unlikely to increase in 2010

Plans to introduce a one bike per ride rule next year in MotoGP&nbsp;to help bolster dwindling grid numbers in 2010 appear to be seriously flawed before the approval stage. Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta...

Nicky Hayden: ‘I expect more’

Nicky Hayden: ‘I expect more’

American Nicky Hayden has admitted that he expected much more from his recent 2009 MotoGP debut in Sepang. The new factory Ducati rider was only 11th quickest in the Far East and struggling to get...

Celebrating Rossi's 30th

Celebrating Rossi's 30th

We had our own birthday party to help celebrate in style valentino's 30th birthday. good time had by all!

Valentino Rossi’s 30th birthday messages

Valentino Rossi’s 30th birthday messages

Tom Cruise and Daniel Day-Lewis might have been the A-list stars delivering personal messages to Valentino Rossi on his 30th birthday. But a host of people have been passing on their congratulations...