February

Kawasaki to race as Hayate MotoGP in 2009

Kawasaki to race as Hayate MotoGP in 2009

Kawasaki’s one-rider MotoGP effort for the 2009 campaign will be re-branded ‘Hayate’, MCN can exclusively reveal. Hayate means ‘Hurricane’ in Japanese and is the team name that Kawasaki’s ZX-RR will...

James Toseland eager to begin Qatar test

James Toseland eager to begin Qatar test

Tech 3 Yamaha rider James Toseland can’t wait to get back on track on Sunday night as preparations for the new MotoGP season continue in Qatar. Sunday’s opening night will be the first time Toseland...

Jorge Lorenzo backs James Toseland to bounce back in Qatar

Jorge Lorenzo backs James Toseland to bounce back in Qatar

Jorge Lorenzo reckons James Toseland will be mentally stronger as he backed the Brit to bounce back from his 125mph Sepang crash nightmare. Spaniard is an expert in bouncing back from adversity and...

Randy Mamola sad at British Eurosport exit

Randy Mamola sad at British Eurosport exit

Popular MotoGP pundit Randy Mamola has told MCN of his sadness at not being able to continue his role as pitlane commentator for British Eurosport in 2009. As part of new coverage plans for 2009,...

British Eurosport confirms 2009 MotoGP plans

British Eurosport confirms 2009 MotoGP plans

British Eurosport has confirmed that popular commentary duo Julian Ryder and Toby Moody will be reunited for 2009. Dorna confirmed yesterday (Thursday) that coverage of the 2009 MotoGP world...

Bulgaria to host MotoGP race in 2012

Bulgaria to host MotoGP race in 2012

A Bulgiarian round of the MotoGP world championship will be staged from the 2012 season onwards. Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta has signed a preliminary five-year deal with the Bulgarian Motorcycling...

Meeting JT at his send off party

Meeting JT at his send off party

A group of us (including my 9 year old niece who's never met James and my mum who was in a wheelchair due to a recent knee replacement) attended JT's send off party at Donington last weekend. Roger...

V for Victory....

...Or a very amicable compromise. After bitching and complaining about Eurosport losing the motogp and worrying that the bbc won't commit anywhere near as much time to the sport as we fans deserve, it seems there has been a great solution to this problem. And i hope that my concerns and the concerns of each and every fan who put there point forward on here MAY just MAY have been an influence in...

Julian Ryder commits to British Eurosport

Julian Ryder commits to British Eurosport

Julian Ryder has confirmed to MCN that he will continue his popular partnership with Toby Moody on British Eurosport in 2009. Dorna confirmed today that British Eurosport will continue to screen...

Toby Moody: ‘I’m staying with Eurosport.’

Toby Moody: ‘I’m staying with Eurosport.’

Popular commentator Toby Moody has confirmed he is staying with British Eurosport to voice its coverage of the 2009 MotoGP world championship. Moody, who has commentated on MotoGP since 1996, will...

Marco Melandri to race in one man Kawasaki team

Marco Melandri to race in one man Kawasaki team

Italian Marco Melandri will race in the 2009 MotoGP world championship as part of a one-man Kawasaki team. Kawasaki confirmed its plans to quit MotoGP in January because of the global...

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...