2009

Sepang test: Nicky Hayden facing ‘long flight home’

Sepang test: Nicky Hayden facing ‘long flight home’

Nicky Hayden admitted facing a long flight home to Kentucky after he finished the Sepang test down in 10th place and only third best Ducati GP9. Easily outpaced by a stunning performance from factory...

Sepang test: Loris Capirossi buoyed by top three

Sepang test: Loris Capirossi buoyed by top three

Italian veteran Loris Capirossi is confident Suzuki has transformed its fortunes after he produced a major surprise during the first MotoGP test in 2009. Fastest on the first day and second yesterday,...

Sepang test: Andrea Dovizioso rejects new Honda chassis

Sepang test: Andrea Dovizioso rejects new Honda chassis

New factory Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso has ditched a new RC212V chassis and will start the season on an older version having completed back-to-back tests in Sepang this week. The Italian, who...

Sepang test: Colin Edwards delighted with 2009 debut

Sepang test: Colin Edwards delighted with 2009 debut

American Colin Edwards shrugged off a niggling neck injury to make a brilliant start to 2009, the Tech 3 Yamaha rider clocking the fourth best time in Sepang. Making his debut on the 2009 Yamaha...

Sepang test: Casey Stoner ends Malaysia test fastest

Sepang test: Casey Stoner ends Malaysia test fastest

Aussie Casey Stoner made light work of the pain of his injured left wrist to set the fastest time at the end of the Sepang test in Malaysia. The 2007 MotoGP world champion might have had to limit his...

Sepang test: James Toseland suffering after 125mph crash

Sepang test: James Toseland suffering after 125mph crash

Battered and bruised British rider James Toseland bravely rode through the pain barrier in Sepang today – just 24 hours after his miraculous escape from serious injury in a 125mph...

Sepang test: Casey Stoner in pain but fastest

Sepang test: Casey Stoner in pain but fastest

Casey Stoner cast aside the numbing pain from his left wrist injury to surge to the top of the timesheets in Sepang today. The Aussie is still recovering from major left wrist surgery in November when...

Sepang test: Hard tyre headache for Nicky Hayden

Sepang test: Hard tyre headache for Nicky Hayden

Nicky Hayden’s reckons his quest to adapt quickly to Ducati’s GP9 machine has not been helped by a lack of confidence in Bridgestone’s hard compound rear tyre. The American has so far struggled to set...

Sepang test: Jorge Lorenzo admits Bridgestone struggles

Sepang test: Jorge Lorenzo admits Bridgestone struggles

Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo has conceded he is finding the switch from Michelin to Bridgestone much tougher than expected as he struggled to produce a competitive pace in Sepang. The Fiat Yamaha rider was...

Sepang test: Valentino Rossi happy with new electronics

Sepang test: Valentino Rossi happy with new electronics

Valentino Rossi declared himself happy with new electronics as he continued to clock crucial development miles on the new 2009 Yamaha YZR-M1 in Sepang today. Rossi ended the second day third quickest...

Sepang test: Injury forces Dani Pedrosa to fly back to Spain

Sepang test: Injury forces Dani Pedrosa to fly back to Spain

Dani Pedrosa has stunned the Sepang paddock tonight by announcing he will fly home to Spain because of a niggling left knee injury. The Spaniard revealed yesterday that he had undergone surgery on his...

Sepang test: Credit crunch biting hard in MotoGP

Sepang test: Credit crunch biting hard in MotoGP

The impact of the global economic crisis is starting to become more widespread in MotoGP, with Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki all forced into making some crucial but unpopular decisions to help cut...

Sepang test: Casey Stoner fastest on day two

Sepang test: Casey Stoner fastest on day two

Casey Stoner shrugged off the constant pain of his recovering left wrist to post the fastest time on the second day of MotoGP testing at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. The impressive Aussie, still...

Sepang test: MotoGP cost cutting measures revealed

Sepang test: MotoGP cost cutting measures revealed

MotoGP engines will have to last for two races for the final part of the 2009 world championship campaign, MCN can exclusively reveal. The new rule, which means a rider must use the same engine for...

Trackdays in New Zealand

H i from nz, just got back from my sons first track day at lake taupo nz. It was a brilliant day with a very relaxed atmosphere. My son has an NC30 which did the day with no probs whatsoever which speaks volumes for the bike as it is almost 20 years old! My son is the same age as Valentino and i see lots of similarities between them. However my son is not as fast as vale, but then who is? It...

Sepang test: Casey Stoner second but frustrated with wrist

Sepang test: Casey Stoner second but frustrated with wrist

Casey Stoner admitted he was frustrated with the condition of his recovering left wrist in Sepang today, even though he produced a stunning return to action by posting the second best time. Over three...

Sepang test: Track time and testing to be slashed in 2009

Sepang test: Track time and testing to be slashed in 2009

MotoGP fans will have a major reduction in the amount of track time they will see the likes of Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner on track in 2009. Fans will see one hour and 45 minutes less action next...

Sepang test: Rossi and Toseland crash out on day one of MotoGP test

Sepang test: Rossi and Toseland crash out on day one of MotoGP test

YAMAHA stars Valentino Rossi and James Toseland kicked off the Sepang MotoGP tests with a crash bill for their teams. James Toseland suffered a massive and expensive high-side crash on the...

Sepang test: Valentino Rossi third after early crash

Sepang test: Valentino Rossi third after early crash

Valentino Rossi’s long-awaited return to action in 2009 started in nightmare fashion when the Italian crashed on only his fifth lap in Sepang. But despite that early setback, the Italian quickly...

Sepang test: Honda limit revs on satellite team engines

Sepang test: Honda limit revs on satellite team engines

Honda has implemented an 18,200rpm limit on the RC212V engines it leases to satellite teams like Randy de Puniet’s LCR squad. The satellite teams have all taken delivery of the V4 pneumatic valve...

Sepang test: Loris Capirossi quickest on opening day

Sepang test: Loris Capirossi quickest on opening day

Loris Capirossi caused the first big surprise of 2009 when he topped the timesheets for Suzuki on the opening day of testing at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. The veteran Italian clocked a best time...

Sepang test preview: Valentino Rossi vows to ride in Malaysia

Sepang test preview: Valentino Rossi vows to ride in Malaysia

Valentino Rossi has vowed he will kick off his 2009 winter testing campaign in Sepang tomorrow (Thursday), despite hobbling off his flight into Kuala Lumpur with the aid of a crutch. Get all the...

Sepang test preview: Suzuki hopeful on improved engine performance

Sepang test preview: Suzuki hopeful on improved engine performance

Suzuki’s factory MotoGP duo Chris Vermeulen and Loris Capirossi will be hoping further engine upgrades will help them threaten the leading times at this week’s Sepang test. Suzuki engineers have been...

Sepang test preview: Teams poised for crunch cost talks

Sepang test preview: Teams poised for crunch cost talks

This week’s Sepang MotoGP test session will not only be a chance for race fans to get a first gauge of the contenders and pretenders for 2009 when winter testing resumes on track in Malaysia. Off...

Sepang test preview: No shock Kawasaki appearance in Sepang

Sepang test preview: No shock Kawasaki appearance in Sepang

Kawasaki will not be present during this week’s three-day Sepang test session as hopes of a last-minute rescue deal to save the its factory team appear to be fading. Test rider Olivier Jacque recently...

Sepang test preview: Tech 3 boss confident crew chief switch will work

Sepang test preview: Tech 3 boss confident crew chief switch will work

Tech 3 Yamaha boss Herve Poncharal is in no doubt that James Toseland and Colin Edwards’ controversial crew chief switch will benefit the top satellite team in MotoGP. The French-based team boss has...

Sepang test preview: James Toseland raring to start 2009

Sepang test preview: James Toseland raring to start 2009

James Toseland kicks off his second MotoGP campaign in Malaysia tomorrow (Thursday) in bullish mood as he prepares to debut the 2009 Yamaha YZR-M1. After a week of relaxing and acclimitasing to the...

Sepang test preview: Ducati cautious on Casey Stoner’s wrist

Sepang test preview: Ducati cautious on Casey Stoner’s wrist

Ducati management have admitted they will take no unnecessary risks with former world champion Casey Stoner’s left wrist despite confidence it will hold up to the stress of this week’s three-day test...

Is this Scott Redding’s 2010 Moto2 600cc bike?

Is this Scott Redding’s 2010 Moto2 600cc bike?

This is the all-new Moto2 600cc bike that British sensation Scott Redding could be riding in the 2010 world championship. Unveiled at a special launch in Madrid, the Blusens Moto2 contender is the...

Yamaha confident in Jorge Lorenzo’s MotoGP title chances

Yamaha confident in Jorge Lorenzo’s MotoGP title chances

Jorge Lorenzo’s Fiat Yamaha team boss is confident the Spaniard can mount a serious assault on the 2009 MotoGP world championship. Lorenzo was fourth in his rookie campaign in 2008 during a season...

Yamaha expect improvement from James Toseland and Colin Edwards

Yamaha expect improvement from James Toseland and Colin Edwards

Senior Yamaha race boss Lin Jarvis has said he expects an improved performance from Tech 3 duo James Toseland and Colin Edwards in 2009. Toseland’s impressive rookie campaign and a brilliant opening...

Yamaha boss supports Valentino Rossi’s rider aid reduction bid

Yamaha boss supports Valentino Rossi’s rider aid reduction bid

Valentino Rossi has found yet another ally in his quest to get the influence of electronic rider aids reduced in the future. Rossi has been a long-term advocate of restricting technology like traction...

Davide Brivio defends Yamaha wall

Davide Brivio defends Yamaha wall

Valentino Rossi’s team boss Davide Brivio has defended Yamaha’s decision to retain a dividing wall that will continue to split its factory garage in 2009. The wall was introduced to prevent the...

Valentino Rossi injured in home accident

Valentino Rossi injured in home accident

MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi has injured his hand and foot after falling at his Italian home. The 29-year-old was closing the curtains in his house when he tripped and fell on to a glass table. The...

Valentino Rossi’s boss expecting stronger Jorge Lorenzo challenge

Valentino Rossi’s boss expecting stronger Jorge Lorenzo challenge

Valentino Rossi’s Fiat Yamaha team manager Davide Brivio is expecting a much stronger title challenge from team-mate Jorge Lorenzo in 2009. Lorenzo was a title contender for the early part of last...

MotoGP must become more commercially attractive, says Yamaha

MotoGP must become more commercially attractive, says Yamaha

MotoGP must become more commercially attractive to increase revenue to help fight off the impact of the global economic crisis. Yamaha racing boss Lin Jarvis believes more income growth, coupled with...