October

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...

Sepang MotoGP: Valentino Rossi hails ‘great’ lap

Sepang MotoGP: Valentino Rossi hails ‘great’ lap

Valentino Rossi smashed the pole position record at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia to give his hopes of clinching a seventh MotoGP world title tomorrow a massive boost. A stunning last lap of 2.00.518...

Sepang MotoGP: Bradley Smith to ride with broken foot

Sepang MotoGP: Bradley Smith to ride with broken foot

British teenager Bradley Smith will brave the pain of a small break in his right foot to fight for a third 125GP victory in Malaysia tomorrow. Smith confirmed he had broken his fifth metatarsal after...

Sepang MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa struggles on soft tyre

Sepang MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa struggles on soft tyre

Dani Pedrosa admitted he didn’t get the maximum performance out of the softer compound Bridgestone rear tyre in qualifying today as he had to settle for third place on the grid for tomorrow’s 21-lap...

Sepang MotoGP: Casey Stoner happy with race pace

Sepang MotoGP: Casey Stoner happy with race pace

Casey Stoner reckons he’ll be a serious contender for victory in tomorrow’s Malaysia MotoGP clash, despite missing the front row of the grid in a record-breaking qualifying session. The 24-year-old...

Sepang MotoGP: James Toseland dejected with dismal 16th

Sepang MotoGP: James Toseland dejected with dismal 16th

James Toseland’s hopes of bowing out of MotoGP in style suffered a massive blow today in Malaysia, the British rider cutting a disconsolate figure in the Sepang paddock after he qualified in a...

Sepang MotoGP: Aoyama sets new sepang 250 record

Sepang MotoGP: Aoyama sets new sepang 250 record

Scot Racing rider Hiroshi Aoyama set a new 250cc record at Sepang during qualifying and claimed pole for tomorrow's race. Jules Cluzel took second on the grid for the Matteoni Racing team ahead of...

Sepang MotoGP: Valentino Rossi aiming for seventh heaven

Sepang MotoGP: Valentino Rossi aiming for seventh heaven

A seventh pole position of the season in Sepang today has given Valentino Rossi a great chance to clinch his seventh MotoGP world title after a breathtaking qualifying performance in Malaysia.

Sepang MotoGP: Rossi claims pole in Malaysia

Sepang MotoGP: Rossi claims pole in Malaysia

Fiat Yamaah rider Valentino Rossi has claimed pole position for the Malaysian MotoGP clash tomorrow and broken the track record in the process. Rossi's team mate Jorge Lorenzo will start from...

Sepang MotoGP: Bradley Smith on front row despite crash

Sepang MotoGP: Bradley Smith on front row despite crash

Bradley Smith secured his eighth front row start of 2009 despite a massive late crash during 125GP qualifying at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. The British teenager was lying in second place and...

Sepang MotoGP: Casey Stoner uncomfortable but fast

Sepang MotoGP: Casey Stoner uncomfortable but fast

Casey Stoner might not have been entirely happy with the performance of his factory Ducati GP9 on the opening day of action in Malaysia today. But the 2007 world champion was still a major threat as...

Sepang MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo happy to bounce back

Sepang MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo happy to bounce back

Jorge Lorenzo said he was delighted to quickly shrug off the disappointment of his Australian MotoGP disaster, the Spaniard bouncing back in impressive fashion in Sepang today. Lorenzo’s world title...

Sepang MotoGP: Valentino Rossi content with fourth

Sepang MotoGP: Valentino Rossi content with fourth

Valentino Rossi admitted he was content with setting the fourth fastest time on the opening day of the Malaysian MotoGP in Sepang. The 30-year-old can wrap up his ninth world championship success in...