October

Cal Crutchlow’s WSB move sets back Gresini Moto2 project

Cal Crutchlow’s WSB move sets back Gresini Moto2 project

Italian race boss Fausto Gresini reckons Cal Crutchlow’s decision to partner James Toseland in Yamaha’s factory World Superbike team has set his Moto2 rider search back by two months. Crutchlow held...

Jorge Lorenzo: "I can win the title"

Jorge Lorenzo: "I can win the title"

Jorge Lorenzo has told MCN his hopes of inflicting a shock MotoGP title defeat on Fiat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi are back on track after a tedious but precious win in Estoril last...

Valentino Rossi curious to see Ben Spies race in Valencia

Valentino Rossi curious to see Ben Spies race in Valencia

Reigning world champion Valentino Rossi says he’s curious at seeing the level of performance from Ben Spies when the American make his Yamaha MotoGP debut in Valencia next month. The Texan, who will...

Ben Spies to race number 11 in MotoGP

Ben Spies to race number 11 in MotoGP

Ben Spies will revert back to his favoured number 11 when he moves to the MotoGP world championship in 2010. Spies opted to run 19 in his rookie World Superbike campaign because factory BMW...

Estoril MotoGP: Astronaut Jorge Lorenzo ‘over the moon’

Estoril MotoGP: Astronaut Jorge Lorenzo ‘over the moon’

Dressed in astronaut leathers and helmet, it was hardly surprising that Jorge Lorenzo declared himself over the moon after he dominated yesterday’s Portuguese MotoGP race at Estoril. A superb...

Aleix Espargaro to land permanent Ducati deal?

Aleix Espargaro to land permanent Ducati deal?

Spaniard Aleix Espargaro looks certain to be rewarded with a permanent Ducati MotoGP deal for 2010 after impressing as a replacement rider in Indianapolis and Misano earlier this season. Espargaro is...

Estoril MotoGP: Traction issue blunts Valentino Rossi’s challenge

Estoril MotoGP: Traction issue blunts Valentino Rossi’s challenge

Rear traction issues cost Valentino Rossi his hopes of inching closer to a seventh MotoGP world title after he could only finish in a distant fourth in Estoril. The Italian was never in contention in...

Estoril MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa looking for Honda consistency

Estoril MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa looking for Honda consistency

Dani Pedrosa believes Honda’s factory RC212V machine must find a more consistent level of performance to be regularly challenging for victories in MotoGP. The Spaniard claimed his eighth podium finish...

Estoril MotoGP: Bradley Smith breaks Portugal jinx

Estoril MotoGP: Bradley Smith breaks Portugal jinx

Bradley Smith ended his Estoril jinx with a brilliant third place finish in a dramatic Portuguese 125GP yesterday. After crashing out of last year’s race and never coming close to a top six finish at...

Hiroshi Aoyama secures 2010 MotoGP switch

Hiroshi Aoyama secures 2010 MotoGP switch

Hiroshi Aoyama, current leader of the 250GP world championship, will move to MotoGP in a new Honda team in 2010. The Japanese rider, who heads into the final three races of 2009 with a commanding...

Estoril MotoGP results: Lorenzo wins, Stoner takes second

Estoril MotoGP results: Lorenzo wins, Stoner takes second

Team mates Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi started the race together but Lorenzo soon opened up a gap between the two riders. Rossi finished 23 seconds behind Lorenzo which left the...

Estoril MotoGP: 125 Results - Bradley Smith third

Estoril MotoGP: 125 Results - Bradley Smith third

Championship leader Julián Simón crashed out of the race on the 16th lap leaving Pol Espargaró to take the race. Sandro Cortese took second place with Bradley Smith third. Results: 1 Pol ESPARGARO...

Estoril MotoGP: Moto2 entry list unveiled

Estoril MotoGP: Moto2 entry list unveiled

The first Moto2 600cc world championship in 2010 could be contested by nearly 40 bikes after the final selection of teams invited into the new series was unveiled in Estoril today. Teams comprising a...

Estoril MotoGP: Valentino Rossi chasing grip

Estoril MotoGP: Valentino Rossi chasing grip

Having solved braking stability issues that plagued Valentino Rossi in Estoril yesterday, the Italian blamed traction issues for costing him the chance of claiming his seventh pole position of the...

Estoril MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo to go for broke

Jorge Lorenzo has vowed to go for broke in tomorrow’s Estoril MotoGP race to try and reduce Fiat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi’s title advantage. Lorenzo ended his six race quest for a pole position with a brilliant performance in today’s qualifying session, the Spaniard clocking a best lap of 1.36.214 to claim his fifth pole of the season. With Rossi one place further back on the grid, Lorenzo...

Estoril MotoGP: Casey Stoner exceeds expectations

Estoril MotoGP: Casey Stoner exceeds expectations

Casey Stoner admitted his stunning front row start for tomorrow’s Estoril MotoGP race exceeded his expectations after he missed pole position by just 0.3s. The Aussie, who has missed the last three...

Estoril MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo takes Portugal pole

Estoril MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo takes Portugal pole

Jorge Lorenzo romped to his fifth pole position of the season in Estoril today. The Spaniard, who won his first ever MotoGP race at the Estoril circuit in 2008, produced a brilliant qualifying...

Estoril MotoGP: Bradley Smith storms to front row

Estoril MotoGP: Bradley Smith storms to front row

British teenager Bradley Smith shrugged off a massive practice yesterday to surge to a brilliant front row start for the Portuguese 125GP. In bright and sunny conditions for this afternoon’s...

Ben Spies to race Valentino Rossi and James Toseland in Valencia

Ben Spies to race Valentino Rossi and James Toseland in Valencia

Ben Spies will make a shock Yamaha MotoGP debut in the season’s final race in Valencia next month. MCN learned that Yamaha has submitted an entry application to Dorna and the International Race Teams...

Estoril MotoGP: Casey Stoner faster and fitter than expected

Estoril MotoGP: Casey Stoner faster and fitter than expected

Casey Stoner admitted he was faster and fitter than he expected as he ended his self-imposed exile in impressive fashion in Estoril today. Back on board his factory Ducati GP9 for the first time...

Chris Vermeulen signs Kawasaki World Superbike deal

Chris Vermeulen signs Kawasaki World Superbike deal

Aussie Chris Vermeulen has signed a two-year deal to ride for Kawasaki in the 2010 World Superbike championship. As was widely expected, the current factory Suzuki rider penned his deal in Estoril...

Estoril MotoGP: James Toseland satisfied with eighth

Estoril MotoGP: James Toseland satisfied with eighth

James Toseland kicked off the last part of his MotoGP career with the eighth quickest time in Estoril this afternoon. Shrugging off the bitter disappointment at losing his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 ride...

Estoril MotoGP: Bradley Smith escapes injury after heavy practice spill

Estoril MotoGP: Bradley Smith escapes injury after heavy practice spill

Bradley Smith has been given a clean bill of health after a big high-side crash in opening practice for Sunday’s Estoril 125GP. Just under 15 minutes of the session remained when the 18-year-old was...

Estoril MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo tops MotoGP practice

Estoril MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo tops MotoGP practice

Jorge Lorenzo’s love affair with the Estoril circuit continued today after the Spaniard returned from the summer break with the fastest time in opening MotoGP practice. Lorenzo, who won his first...

Estoril MotoGP: Bradley Smith suffers big practice crash

Estoril MotoGP: Bradley Smith suffers big practice crash

Bradley Smith suffered a massive high-side crash during opening 125GP practice in Estoril today. The British teenager had slipped down the rankings to tenth having earlier held third spot when he...

Estoril MotoGP: Rossi and Lorenzo to race in special livery

Estoril MotoGP: Rossi and Lorenzo to race in special livery

Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo will sport a special one-off livery on their factory Yamaha YZR-M1 bikes in Estoril this weekend. The livery is designed by Centro Stile Fiat and Aldo Drudi to...

Valentino Rossi issues warning to Ben Spies

Valentino Rossi issues warning to Ben Spies

Valentino Rossi believes Ben Spies can make a big impact in MotoGP in 2010 but warned the American star his hugely anticipated switch from World Superbikes will not be easy. Spies will quit World...

Colin Edwards deserves 2010 deal, says Tech 3 boss

Colin Edwards deserves 2010 deal, says Tech 3 boss

Colin Edwards thoroughly deserved his chance to stay in MotoGP in 2010. That’s the view of Tech 3 Yamaha boss Herve Poncharal after the Frenchman confirmed yesterday (Thursday) in Estoril that he will...

Bradley Smith to sacrifice 2010 Moto2 ambitions?

Bradley Smith to sacrifice 2010 Moto2 ambitions?

Bradley Smith could be willing to sacrifice his Moto2 aspirations to ensure he remains with the influential Aspar squad in 2010. The Oxfordshire rider, who has won two races in a brilliant...

Ben Spies admits MotoGP switch decision was ‘difficult’

Ben Spies admits MotoGP switch decision was ‘difficult’

Ben Spies has admitted his decision to quit World Superbikes and move to MotoGP was a ‘difficult’ one. Tech 3 Yamaha delighted to capture Ben Spies The 25-year-old Texan has agreed to join compatriot...

Tech 3 Yamaha boss praises James Toseland

Tech 3 Yamaha boss praises James Toseland

Tech 3 Yamaha boss Herve Poncharal has praised the efforts of James Toseland after it was confirmed in Estoril today that the British rider will be replaced by Ben Spies in 2010. Toseland will move...

Tech 3 Yamaha delighted to capture Ben Spies for 2010

Tech 3 Yamaha delighted to capture Ben Spies for 2010

Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team boss Herve Poncharal has spoken of his delight at the signing of Ben Spies for 2010. Spies will make Tech 3 the Texan 2 team as he joins compatriot Colin Edwards on board a...