August

LCR Honda hopeful of retaining Randy de Puniet

LCR Honda hopeful of retaining Randy de Puniet

LCR Honda boss Lucio Cecchinello has told MCN he is confident Randy de Puniet will sign a new deal for 2010. British GP podium finisher de Puniet is locked in talks with LCR Honda and Tech 3 Yamaha...

Loris Capirossi to sign new Suzuki deal in Indianapolis

Loris Capirossi to sign new Suzuki deal in Indianapolis

Loris Capirossi will partner rookie Alvaro Bautista in Suzuki’s factory MotoGP squad next season. MCN understands the Japanese factory will make an official announcement on the veteran Italian’s...

Ducati offer Jorge Lorenzo £13m bumper pay deal

Ducati offer Jorge Lorenzo £13m bumper pay deal

Ducati has made Jorge Lorenzo a lucrative multi-million pound offer to quit Yamaha. Desperate to sign a top rider while the future of Casey Stoner remains the subject of intense speculation, Marlboro...

No third factory Honda for Jorge Lorenzo

No third factory Honda for Jorge Lorenzo

Honda has rubbished the prospect of expanding its factory MotoGP line-up to three bikes in 2010 to prise Jorge Lorenzo away from rivals Yamaha. New HRC President Tetsuo Suzuki confirmed that Honda...

Jorge Lorenzo dominates Brno MotoGP test

Jorge Lorenzo dominates Brno MotoGP test

A new electronics package on his factory Yamaha YZR-M1 helped Jorge Lorenzo dominate the Brno MotoGP test yesterday. Shrugging off the bitter disappointment of crashing out of the lead in Sunday’s...

Ducati disappointed with Alvaro Bautista’s Suzuki decision

Ducati disappointed with Alvaro Bautista’s Suzuki decision

Ducati boss Livio Suppo has spoken of his disappointment that Alvaro Bautista shunned the chance to ride a GP10 next year. The 24-year-old turned down the chance to ride in the new Aspar Ducati squad...

Mika Kallio opens talks with Tech 3 Yamaha

Mika Kallio opens talks with Tech 3 Yamaha

Mika Kallio has joined the increasing queue of MotoGP talent looking to secure a ride with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team in 2010, MCN can reveal. The Finn’s management held talks with Tech 3 boss...

Meeting JT

Meeting JT

Meeting James Toseland at MOTOGP I was working in the hospitality suite at Donnington park a very long day but was made bareable by getting to see JT a lovely Guy and he made time for everyone in...

Flew back from Afghanistan for the Donny GP

Flew back from Afghanistan for the Donny GP

I have attached a photo of my two sons, Jordan and Kobey with a cracking mad bunch of Vale fans at Donington - what a day it was.  I was back on R&R from Afghanistan and could not miss...

Brno MotoGP test: Moto2 test rider breaks foot

Brno MotoGP test: Moto2 test rider breaks foot

Former MotoGP racer David de Gea has suffered a small break in his foot after crashing the new Blusens Honda Moto2 600cc machine in Brno earlier today. The Spaniard had clocked a best time of 2.05.982...

Brno MotoGP test: Mattia Pasini makes Ducati debut

Brno MotoGP test: Mattia Pasini makes Ducati debut

Mattia Pasini has made his debut on the Pramac Ducati GP9 at the Brno MotoGP test session in the Czech Republic this morning. The 24-year-old, who finished runner-up in yesterday’s 250GP, has...

Brno MotoGP test: Honda test Ohlins suspension

Brno MotoGP test: Honda test Ohlins suspension

Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso have started to assess Ohlins suspension during today’s at the Brno circuit in the Czech Republic. The factory Honda duo will run back-to-back tests against current...

Brno MotoGP: ‘Stupid’ to rule out Jorge Lorenzo says Valentino Rossi

Brno MotoGP: ‘Stupid’ to rule out Jorge Lorenzo says Valentino Rossi

Reigning MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi said it would be stupid to rule out Jorge Lorenzo from the 2009 MotoGP world championship race. A 102nd victory for the Italian in Brno yesterday after...

Brno MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo concedes title race is over

Brno MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo concedes title race is over

Dejected Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo conceded his 2009 MotoGP title aspirations were all but over after he made another costly mistake in yesterday’s Czech Republic GP in Brno. Desperate to try and keep...

Brno MotoGP: James Toseland claims ‘lucky’ ninth

Brno MotoGP: James Toseland claims ‘lucky’ ninth

James Toseland admitted he was fortunate to claim a seventh top ten finish in 2009 in yesterday’s Czech Republic MotoGP race in Brno. The British rider ended the 22-lap race in ninth position after he...

Brno MotoGP: Mika Kallio slams Marco Melandri

Brno MotoGP: Mika Kallio slams Marco Melandri

Mika Kallio’s factory Ducati debut ended in disaster when he ended up in the gravel trap after a late tangle with Marco Melandri in a battle for sixth place. Kallio and Melandri were both hoping to...

Brno MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa urges Honda improvement

Brno MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa urges Honda improvement

Dani Pedrosa admitted Honda still has to make major improvements to its factory RC212V machine after the Spaniard claimed a lonely second place in the Brno MotoGP clash yesterday. Leading for a few...

Brno MotoGP: Chris Vermeulen out of Suzuki?

Brno MotoGP: Chris Vermeulen out of Suzuki?

Confirmation that Alvaro Bautista will join Suzuki’s factory MotoGP team in 2010 appears to have placed the future of Aussie rider Chris Vermeulen in serious doubt. Bautista has signed a two-year deal...

Brno MotoGP: Alvaro Bautista left wheelie embarrassed

Brno MotoGP: Alvaro Bautista left wheelie embarrassed

This is new Suzuki MotoGP recruit Alvaro Bautista’s most embarrassing moment after he spectacularly looped a celebration wheelie in Brno. The Spaniard had just clinched third place behind Marco...

Brno MotoGP: Rossi wins, Lorenzo crashes out

Brno MotoGP: Rossi wins, Lorenzo crashes out

Fiat Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi has won the Brno MotoGP race after team-mate Jorge Lorenzo crashed out of the lead. Rossi led unchallenged from the start, until Lorenzo caught up midway through the...

Brno MotoGP: Suzuki to confirm Alvaro Bautista signing

Brno MotoGP: Suzuki to confirm Alvaro Bautista signing

Suzuki will confirm they have signed Spaniard Alvaro Bautista later on today. The 250GP world championship contender shunned the chance to join Jorge Martinez’s Aspar Ducati MotoGP squad to accept a...

Brno MotoGP: Marco Simoncelli wins 250GP race

Brno MotoGP: Marco Simoncelli wins 250GP race

Reigning 250GP World Champion Marco Simoncelli took the win at the Brno MotoGP round after a race-long battle between several riders. Simoncelli eventually pulled away from the following pack but he...

Brno MotoGP: Terol takes 125GP win

Brno MotoGP: Terol takes 125GP win

Spaniard Nicolas Terol has taken the win at the Brno circuit in the 125GP class ahead of current championship leader and fellow Spaniard Julian Simon. The two Spaniards managed to pull away from the...

Brno MotoGP: Valentino Rossi blames front tyre for crash

Brno MotoGP: Valentino Rossi blames front tyre for crash

Valentino Rossi blamed the poor performance of one of Bridgestone’s two front tyre options in Brno for his late qualifying crash today. The 30-year-old lost the front-end of his factory Yamaha YZR-M1...

Brno MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo ready for tough battle

Brno MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo ready for tough battle

Jorge Lorenzo believes he could face another epic clash with Fiat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi in tomorrow’s Czech Republic MotoGP race. Lorenzo preserved his 100 per cent front row qualifying...

Brno MotoGP: James Toseland slumps to 14th

Brno MotoGP: James Toseland slumps to 14th

James Toseland gave himself a mountain to climb in tomorrow’s 22-lap Czech Republic MotoGP after he could only qualify in 14th position. The 28-year-old blamed set-up issues once he switched to the...

Brno MotoGP: Medicine mistake fails to slow Colin Edwards

Brno MotoGP: Medicine mistake fails to slow Colin Edwards

British GP runner-up Colin Edwards failed to let illness cost him the chance of equalling his best qualifying result of the season in Brno today. The Texan was left struggling well below 100 per cent...

Brno MotoGP: Valentino Rossi claims pole despite late crash

Brno MotoGP: Valentino Rossi claims pole despite late crash

A late crash failed to prevent Valentino Rossi from ending Jorge Lorenzo’s early domination of the Czech Republic GP weekend when he stormed to his third straight pole position at the Brno circuit...

Rossi at Donington Park

Rossi at Donington Park

Is Vale looking at me or eyeing up my wife? Donington 2009

Brno MotoGP: Bradley Smith misses front row

Brno MotoGP: Bradley Smith misses front row

Bradley Smith will start tomorrow’s Czech Republic 125GP from fifth on the grid after today’s qualifying session at a hot and sunny Brno circuit. The British teenager, who was quickest yesterday in...

Brno MotoGP: Gresini Honda confirm Marco Melandri deal

Brno MotoGP: Gresini Honda confirm Marco Melandri deal

Marco Melandri’s return to the Gresini Honda squad has been confirmed in Brno this morning. In a move widely expected when it became apparent Kawasaki would cease supporting the Hayate team at the end...

Brno MotoGP: Valentino Rossi content with ‘tired’ Yamaha engine

Brno MotoGP: Valentino Rossi content with ‘tired’ Yamaha engine

Valentino Rossi declared himself happy with his performance on the opening day of practice in Brno, the Italian finishing second fastest using Yamaha’s longer life YZR-M1 motor for the first time. The...

Brno MotoGP: James Toseland gains front-end confidence

Brno MotoGP: James Toseland gains front-end confidence

James Toseland solved some front-end-handling issues to move to the fringes of the top ten in Brno today, the British rider ending opening practice in Brno today with the 11th best time. The British...

Brno MotoGP: Mika Kallio thrilled with seventh

Brno MotoGP: Mika Kallio thrilled with seventh

Mika Kallio’s first day as a factory Ducati rider ended in morale-boosting fashion as the Finn beat Nicky Hayden on his way to setting the seventh quickest time in Brno. Replacing Aussie Casey Stoner...

Brno MotoGP: Fiat Yamaha dominate first practice

Brno MotoGP: Fiat Yamaha dominate first practice

Fiat Yamaha duo Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi dominated the opening Czech Republic MotoGP practice session in Brno this afternoon. Lorenzo, who will definitely stay at Yamaha in 2010, was in...

Brno MotoGP: Bradley Smith quickest in 125GP practice

Brno MotoGP: Bradley Smith quickest in 125GP practice

Bradley Smith underlined his determination to forget a disastrous recent spell by clocking the fastest time in today’s 125GP practice session in Brno. The Oxfordshire rider’s world championship...