2009

Valencia MotoGP: Still plenty to play for

Valencia MotoGP: Still plenty to play for

Valentino Rossi may have sealed the 2009 MotoGP World Championship at Sepang, but there’s plenty to play for in the final MotoGP round of the season at Valencia this weekend. Probably the most...

Aoyama on the verge of 250 World title

Aoyama on the verge of 250 World title

After prevailing in his epic battle with Marco Simoncelli at Sepang, Hiroshi Aoyama is within touching distance of being named the 2009 250cc World Champion in the final race of the season – and...

Valencia MotoGP: Niccolo Canepa to miss final race

Valencia MotoGP: Niccolo Canepa to miss final race

Niccolo Canepa’s spectacular crash during practice at Phillip Island last month will be his last memory of MotoGP for a while after the Italian was ruled out of this weekend’s season finale in...

Valencia MotoGP: Casey Stoner eyes hat-trick

Valencia MotoGP:  Casey Stoner eyes hat-trick

Casey Stoner is looking to end a troubled 2009 campaign in positive fashion in Valencia this weekend with the Aussie chasing a third successive victory. The 24-year-old has been in brilliant form...

Jerry Burgess: Valentino Rossi could race until 2015

Jerry Burgess: Valentino Rossi could race until 2015

Valentino Rossi’s crew chief Jerry Burgess believes the Italian could carry on racing until the end of 2015 at least. Burgess reckons Rossi could carry on dominating in MotoGP into his mid-thirties in...

Silverstone date to change in MotoGP calendar reshuffle?

Silverstone date to change in MotoGP calendar reshuffle?

The 2010 British MotoGP at Silverstone could be moved from its provisional June 6 slot with a major re-shuffle of next season’s premier class calendar expected. Finalising next year’s calendar has...

Valencia MotoGP: Chris Vermeulen targets points milestone

Valencia MotoGP: Chris Vermeulen targets points milestone

Aussie Chris Vermeulen is hoping to end his MotoGP career in style this weekend and preserve his 100 per cent point-scoring record in 2009. Vermeulen, who is leaving MotoGP to return to World...

Valencia MotoGP: Bradley Smith aims for strong finish

Valencia MotoGP: Bradley Smith aims for strong finish

Having secured second place in the 125GP world championship with a brilliant run of five successive podium finishes, Bradley Smith is aiming to end 2009 on a high at the season’s final race in...

Valencia MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa seeks winning finish

Valencia MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa seeks winning finish

Home favourite Dani Pedrosa wants to end a largely disappointing 2009 MotoGP campaign in style with victory in Sunday’s final race in Valencia. The Spaniard has again failed to mount a serious title...

Valencia MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo looking to clinch second overall

Valencia MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo looking to clinch second overall

Jorge Lorenzo has unveiled a double plan for this weekend’s final MotoGP clash in Valencia. The Spaniard is hoping to notch a fifth victory in an impressive 2009 title challenge and is also aiming to...

Valencia MotoGP: Valentino Rossi relaxed and ready

Valencia MotoGP: Valentino Rossi relaxed and ready

Valentino Rossi hopes to end another MotoGP world championship-winning campaign at bogey circuit Valencia on Sunday. The Italian has endured a nightmare recent run at the Valencia track, which started...

FTR field two-man Moto2 team

FTR field two-man Moto2 team

Brit-based FTR Moto will have a two-rider line-up for the final two Moto2 Spanish Championship races at Jerez on November 15 and at Valencia on November 22. Working closely with its development...

Mattia Pasini signs Moto2 deal

Mattia Pasini signs Moto2 deal

Italian Mattia Pasini will ride for the JiR Moto2 team in 2010. Pasini’s deal with the JiR squad, run by former MotoGP boss Gianluca Montiron, is expected to be confirmed before the end this week. The...

Gresini admits Moto2 funding issue

Gresini admits Moto2 funding issue

Fausto Gresini has denied he is contemplating pulling the plug on his new Moto2 team. Gresini was due to run two bikes designed and built by Japanese tuning specialists Moriwaki in 250cc two-stroke...

Scott Redding meets Hollywood star’s Moto2 team

Scott Redding meets Hollywood star’s Moto2 team

British teenager Scott Redding has met the Moto2 team backed by Hollywood star Antonio Banderas about a 2010 ride in the new four-stroke 600cc class. Redding flew to Spain shortly after returning from...

Honda needs stronger leadership, says Mick Doohan

Honda needs stronger leadership, says Mick Doohan

Aussie legend Mick Doohan reckons Honda needs stronger leadership to drag itself out of the doldrums in MotoGP. After watching factory Honda rider Dani Pedrosa recently outclassed by Casey Stoner and...

Yamaha confident Valentino Rossi will stay

Yamaha confident Valentino Rossi will stay

Yamaha boss Masao Furusawa is confident the Italian will not leave the Japanese factory when his current contract expires at the end of the 2010 MotoGP world championship. The 30-year-old, who wrapped...

Kevin Schwantz to head Suzuki satellite squad in 2011?

Kevin Schwantz to head Suzuki satellite squad in 2011?

American legend Kevin Schwantz could be the figurehead of a new Suzuki MotoGP team planned to debut in 2011, MCN can reveal. The Texan, who has been linked previously with a management role at...

Bradley Smith close to new 125GP deal

Bradley Smith close to new 125GP deal

Bradley Smith is close to finalising details of a new deal with the Aspar Aprilia 125GP team. The 18-year-old had wanted to move to the Moto2 600cc world championship in 2010 but the Spanish-based...

Honda waiting on Scot decision for 2010

Honda waiting on Scot decision for 2010

Honda is still willing to prop up the MotoGP grid with a seven-pronged attack on next year’s world championship. A deadline for the cash-strapped Scot Honda squad to confirm it would lease an RC212V...

Dani Pedrosa: ‘I can be world champion with Honda’

Dani Pedrosa: ‘I can be world champion with Honda’

Dani Pedrosa insists he can still become MotoGP world champion at Honda. The Spaniard recently signed a one-year extension to his factory HRC contract having been linked with a big-money switch to...

Yamaha want Valentino Rossi on lifetime deal

Yamaha want Valentino Rossi on lifetime deal

Yamaha is trying to secure Valentino Rossi on a lifetime contract to stop the newly crowned world champion from making a Ducati switch in 2011. Rumours about a big money future move to Ducati and...

Sepang MotoGP: Valentino Rossi expects tough 2010

Sepang MotoGP: Valentino Rossi expects tough 2010

Valentino Rossi barely gave himself time to let his seventh MotoGP world title success sink in when his thoughts turned to mounting a successful defence in 2010. The Italian, who clinched the ’09...

Sepang MotoGP: Valentino Rossi stats and facts

Sepang MotoGP: Valentino Rossi stats and facts

Valentino Rossi’s ninth world championship success in Sepang cemented his place in the history of racing. The record-breaking Italian clinched his seventh MotoGP world title with third place in a...

Sepang MotoGP: Valentino Rossi reflects on 9th world title

Sepang MotoGP: Valentino Rossi reflects on 9th world title

Valentino Rossi has been reflecting on his ninth world championship triumph and seventh in MotoGP after a dramatic rain-hit race in Malaysia.  Third place was enough to clinch the title for the...

Sepang MotoGP: Casey Stoner dominates after Malaysia monsoon

Sepang MotoGP: Casey Stoner dominates after Malaysia monsoon

Casey Stoner’s stunning return to the MotoGP world championship continued in breathtaking fashion at Sepang, the Aussie romping to a crushing victory in a weather-hit Malaysian...

Sepang MotoGP: James Toseland humbled in downpour

Sepang MotoGP: James Toseland humbled in downpour

James Toseland had an instantly forgettable Malaysian MotoGP race, the British rider enduring a nightmare in the treacherously wet conditions to finish last. Woefully off the pace in the dry all...

Sepang MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo rues key crashes

Sepang MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo rues key crashes

Jorge Lorenzo was left to reflect on four costly crashes after his slim MotoGP world title hopes finally disappeared in Sepang.  Lorenzo surrendered precious points with falls in Jerez,...

Sepang MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa thrilled to end rain jinx

Sepang MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa thrilled to end rain jinx

Dani Pedrosa made a major breakthrough in a rain-lashed Malaysian MotoGP as the Spaniard celebrated his first ever wet weather premier class podium. Wet weather riding has been a real weakness for the...

Sepang MotoGP: Mistake costs Andrea Dovizioso podium chance

Sepang MotoGP: Mistake costs Andrea Dovizioso podium chance

Andrea Dovizioso blew his hopes of a second successive Sepang MotoGP podium when he crashed out of third place in Sunday’s rain-hit 21-lap encounter. Surging through from 11th on the grid, the Italian...

Sepang MotoGP: Brave Bradley Smith claims second

Sepang MotoGP: Brave Bradley Smith claims second

Bradley Smith rode through the pain barrier to claim a deserved second place in Sepang that secured the British teenager the runner-up slot in the world 125GP championship. Riding with two broken...

MCN at Estoril MotoGP

MCN at Estoril MotoGP

Picture taken at Estoril motogp 2009 Friday timed practice. The gent in the pic is Graham Farquharson We are both from Aberdeen

Sepang MotoGP: Stoner wins race, Rossi claims title

Sepang MotoGP: Stoner wins race, Rossi claims title

Ducati Marlboro rider Casey Stoner took the win in a wet Sepang MotoGP battle, but third was enough to secure this year's world title for Valentino Rossi and the Fiat Yamaha team.  Repsol...

Sepang MotoGP: Aoyama takes 250 win

Sepang MotoGP: Aoyama takes 250 win

Scot Racing rider Hiroshi Aoyama claimed victory in the 250 race in Malaysia. Second place went to Spaniard Hector Barbera of the Pepe World team - his last minute surge for 2nd meant a photo finish...

Sepang MotoGP: Bradley Smith on the podium in Malaysia

Sepang MotoGP: Bradley Smith on the podium in Malaysia

Bancaja Aspar rider Bradley Smith claimed 2nd place on the podium behind team mate Julain Simon in the Sepang 125 race.     Bradley's performance is enough to earn him second spot...

Sepang MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo fears difficult race

Sepang MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo fears difficult race

Jorge Lorenzo has cast doubt on his Malaysian MotoGP victory hopes after he was easily beaten by Fiat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi in today’s qualifying session.  Lorenzo was struggling to...