2009

Donington Park disappointed at losing British GP

Donington Park disappointed at losing British GP

After 22 years, Donington Park has lost the rights to host the British motorcycle GP to rival circuit Silverstone as of 2010. This year’s prestigious race will still take place at Donington on 26th...

What a tragedy Donington losing MotoGP!

What a tragedy Donno losing motogp! What a boring flat track S/stone is, come on guys get your act together, but maybe 2015 Donno will be up to spec and get the race back!

Silverstone confirm five year MotoGP contract

Silverstone confirm five year MotoGP contract

As reported on motorcyclenews.com yesterday Silverstone will host the British round of the MotoGP championship from 2010. The Northamptonshire circuit most famous for hosting Formula One has confirmed...

Poll: Where would you prefer to see the British GP?

Poll: Where would you prefer to see the British GP?

With rumours of the British GP switching to Silverstone from Donington for 2010, we want to know what you think. Reports have emerged that Silverstone has offered to pay series organisers Dorna a...

Silverstone to run MotoGP race in 2010?

Silverstone to run MotoGP race in 2010?

Despite the announcement last week that Donington Park has been given the planning consent for multi million pound circuit development, MCN has learned that the Leicestershire venue could lose the...

The future of MotoGP?

Here's an article I wrote for the 'OD-Racing' website a couple of years ago. Of course some small things have changed since, but in the new racing climate it makes for interesting reading: The top class in the World Championship has successfully changed from 500cc 2 strokes to 990cc 4 strokes, without too many problems, but now a few little problems are starting to surface. The two main problems...

Dorna boss hopeful Kawasaki ‘private’ team will race in 2009

Dorna boss hopeful Kawasaki ‘private’ team will race in 2009

Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta is confident that Kawasaki will have some involvement in the 2009 MotoGP world championship, despite today’s announcement its factory team would not race next...

Marco Melandri not shocked by Kawasaki withdrawal

Marco Melandri not shocked by Kawasaki withdrawal

Italian Marco Melandri says he wasn’t shocked by today’s official announcement that Kawasaki is to quit the MotoGP world championship with immediate effect. Despite rumours of a last-minute reprieve...

Tech 3 bosses urges caution on rule changes

Tech 3 bosses urges caution on rule changes

James Toseland’s Tech 3 Yamaha boss Herve Poncharal believes it will be hard for MotoGP to radically revamp technical rules to counter the impact of the credit crisis. Several suggestions have been...

Kawasaki confirms MotoGP exit

Kawasaki confirms MotoGP exit

Kawasaki has confirmed this morning that it will quit the MotoGP world championship with immediate effect, leaving John Hopkins and Marco Melandri without a ride just three months before the first...

Ben Spies confirms Yamaha MotoGP interest for 2010

Ben Spies confirms Yamaha MotoGP interest for 2010

Ben Spies has confirmed he sits high on a list of Yamaha MotoGP targets for 2010. The Texan is already being touted for a possible seat in the Tech 3 Yamaha squad, depending on how he performs in his...

Carmelo Ezpeleta holds Kawasaki crisis talks

Carmelo Ezpeleta holds Kawasaki crisis talks

Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta has staged crisis talks with top Kawasaki management in Japan today in a bid to get the Japanese factory to race in MotoGP in 2009. Kawasaki has still not officially...

Casey Stoner ready for wrist assessment

Casey Stoner ready for wrist assessment

Former world champion Casey Stoner will learn whether is on course for an early February comeback when he undergoes medical checks on his left wrist in Italy next week. The Australian is due to fly...

MotoGP blog: MotoGP in crisis

MotoGP blog: MotoGP in crisis

Kawasaki’s bombshell decision to quit MotoGP was a wake up call of Big Ben proportions for the racing world. Well for MotoGP at least, which had previously seemed impregnable to the global economic...

Engine development freeze can slash MotoGP costs

Engine development freeze can slash MotoGP costs

Honda team boss Lucio Cecchinello believes costs could be cut by 20 to 30 per cent with a freeze on engine development in MotoGP. The LCR Honda boss is one of several teams treading a financial...

Chris Vermeulen backs rider aid reduction bid

Chris Vermeulen backs rider aid reduction bid

Factory Suzuki rider Chris Vermeulen has backed Valentino Rossi’s bid for MotoGP to slash the influence of electronic rider aids. The Aussie sits on the influential MotoGP Safety Commission with Rossi...

Support the companies that support MotoGP

I'm a bit of a bike collector. On the road I have 3 "classic" bikes, namely 2 750 Kawasakis and a T150 Triumph and a "modern" bike, a Triumph Thunderbird. I have long been disappointed that Triumph have no presence or even aspiration for racing at the top level and am saddened by Kwak's withdrawal. The time has come for me (and others?) to support those firms committed to top level racing so I...

Marco Melandri rules out World Superbike move

Marco Melandri rules out World Superbike move

Not that there are any top factory rides going vacant in World Superbikes, Marco Melandri has ruled out saving his 2009 season with a switch to WSB. The Italian is currently searching for a ride...

Jorge Lorenzo: I want to spend my whole career with Yamaha

Jorge Lorenzo: I want to spend my whole career with Yamaha

Jorge Lorenzo will tell Yamaha bosses he wants to spend his entire MotoGP career with the Japanese factory as he prepares to thrash out a new deal. Yamaha management confirmed to MCN in late October...

600cc Moto2 class to feed MotoGP talent

600cc Moto2 class to feed MotoGP talent

The new 600cc class could be used by some of the non-factory teams in MotoGP as ‘feeder’ outfits to help them nurture talented young riders for a premier class future. The Scot Honda team that will...

Lucio Cecchinello rules out Marco Melandri swoop

Lucio Cecchinello rules out Marco Melandri swoop

LCR Honda team boss Lucio Cecchinello has told MCN he won’t be offering Marco Melandri a MotoGP lifeline in 2009. Former world 250 champion Melandri is frantically searching for a ride following the...

MotoGP calendar cut not answer to cost saving

MotoGP calendar cut not answer to cost saving

MotoGP team bosses believe a reduction in the number of MotoGP races would have little or no impact on slashing costs. With the global credit crunch forcing the likes of Honda, Yamaha and Ducati to...

Tech 3 Yamaha boss dismisses John Hopkins move

Tech 3 Yamaha boss dismisses John Hopkins move

Tech 3 Yamaha team manager Herve Poncharal has categorically denied considering bringing in John Hopkins to partner James Toseland for the 2009 MotoGP campaign. Rumours circulated that Hopkins was...

Is anybody else need help?

Is anybody else need help?

it was made earlier this year for laughs but now it comes somehow closer to reality...

Ducati forced to revise 2009 line-up

Ducati forced to revise 2009 line-up

Ducati has been forced to revise its 2009 line-up, with rookie Niccolo Canepa now to campaign his first MotoGP season for the new Onde 2000 squad. Canepa will now partner returning Spanish veteran...

John Hopkins still waiting on Kawasaki

John Hopkins still waiting on Kawasaki

American John Hopkins is still waiting for official confirmation that Kawasaki will plunge the MotoGP world championship into crisis by withdrawing its factory team from the 2009 season. Kawasaki has...