2010

Brno MotoGP: Casey Stoner struggling in seventh

Brno MotoGP: Casey Stoner struggling in seventh

Casey Stoner’s hopes of ending his long MotoGP victory drought hit trouble in Brno today as the Australian was left languishing down in seventh place on the practice leaderboard. The 24-year-old was a...

Brno MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo continues domination

Brno MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo continues domination

Jorge Lorenzo started the second half of the 2010 MotoGP campaign as he ended the first – on top and in dominant form at Brno. The Spaniard, who was won six out of nine races so far this season,...

Brno MotoGP: British duo in 125GP practice top six

Brno MotoGP: British duo in 125GP practice top six

Bradley Smith and Danny Webb made a fast return to action in Brno today as both claimed a place in the top six at the end of the opening 125GP practice session. Smith was second quickest as he tries...

Brno MotoGP: No test for new Suter BMW 1000cc bike

Brno MotoGP: No test for new Suter BMW 1000cc bike

Swiss tuner Eskil Suter will not go ahead with a planned test of a new MotoGP project powered by a tuned BMW engine at next week’s Brno test in the Czech Republic. Suter has been working on a new...

Brno MotoGP: Toni Elias banned from Moto2 practice

Brno MotoGP: Toni Elias banned from Moto2 practice

Toni Elias has been banned from taking part in today’s opening practice session for the Czech Republic Moto2 clash on Sunday. The Spaniard and his Gresini squad broke strict rules on testing during...

Brno MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo prepares for new engine test

Brno MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo prepares for new engine test

MotoGP world championship leader Jorge Lorenzo has confirmed he will test a new factory Yamaha YZR-M1 motor in Brno next Monday. The Spaniard, who holds a commanding 72-point lead over closest rival...

Brno MotoGP: Valentino Rossi doubts victory hopes

Brno MotoGP: Valentino Rossi doubts victory hopes

Valentino Rossi has again played down hopes of victory in Sunday’s Czech Republic MotoGP race in Brno. The 31-year-old though did confirm on the eve of the 10th race of the campaign today that an...

Brno MotoGP: Randy de Puniet cleared for remarkable return

Brno MotoGP: Randy de Puniet cleared for remarkable return

Randy de Puniet will make a stunning MotoGP comeback tomorrow (Friday) in Brno just 26 days after his broke his left leg in two places. The Frenchman will complete a remarkable recovery when he rides...

Brno MotoGP: Casey Stoner seeks faster pace

Brno MotoGP: Casey Stoner seeks faster pace

Casey Stoner has admitted facing a tough second half to the 2010 MotoGP world championship unless he can extract more speed out of Ducati’s factory GP10 machine. The Australian hasn’t won a premier...

Brno MotoGP: Hiroshi Aoyama poised for return

Brno MotoGP: Hiroshi Aoyama poised for return

Hiroshi Aoyama is planning to gauge his fitness by returning to action during Monday’s MotoGP test session at the Brno circuit. The Japanese rider has been sidelined with a broken back that he...

Brno MotoGP: Ben Spies to test 2011 Yamaha

Brno MotoGP: Ben Spies to test 2011 Yamaha

Ben Spies will be given chance to test an early 2011 factory Yamaha prototype after this weekend’s Brno MotoGP race. The Texan will be handed an opportunity to complete laps on the new bike during...

Brno MotoGP: New parts boost for Suzuki

Brno MotoGP: New parts boost for Suzuki

Suzuki will roll out a raft of new parts at the Brno test on Monday in a bid to get its struggling factory GSV-R competitive in MotoGP. The 2010 V4 contender has been left woefully off the pace so far...

Video: Randy De Puniet back on a bike

Just 22 days after breaking his tibia, Honda LCR MotoGP rider Randy De Puniet rode a Fireblade yesterday around the Ales circuit in the south of France. He completed 20 laps on what looks like a standard road bike, clocking times that would have put on the front row of a French Supersport race. Afterwards he said: “Okay, it’s not as bad as I thought. The first run was a little difficult because...

Armoy Road Races

Armoy Road Races

A few pics from the Armoy Road Races. Notice Adrian Archibald braking MotoGP style(leg out) into the new chicane.

Yanks very much, Nicky!

Yanks very much, Nicky!

I've just developed the pictures I took at Silverstone MotoGP. Here's Ben Spies passing Nicky Hayden on the last lap.

Valentino Rossi barred from riding new Yamaha

Valentino Rossi barred from riding new Yamaha

Yamaha will ban Valentino Rossi from riding its 2011 prototype machine in Brno later this month. Rossi’s multi-million pound switch to Ducati will be confirmed immediately after the Czech Republic...

Ben Spies doubts Jerry Burgess partnership

Ben Spies doubts Jerry Burgess partnership

Ben Spies has conceded it is a remote dream to think he will get a golden chance to work under Valentino Rossi’s legendary crew chief Jerry Burgess next season. The Texan will move to Yamaha’s factory...

Moto3 won’t be single engine, says race boss

Moto3 won’t be single engine, says race boss

MotoGP bosses have categorically denied plans to make the new Moto3 four-stroke class a single engine series to save costs. The current 125cc two-strokes will be banished and replaced by a 250cc...

Jerry Burgess unsure of Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha future

Jerry Burgess unsure of Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha future

Valentino Rossi’s legendary crew chief Jerry Burgess has admitted for the first time that he’s no longer convinced that the Italian will remain at Yamaha in 2011. The Australian, who has been the...

How do you solve a problem like Andrea Dovizioso?

How do you solve a problem like Andrea Dovizioso?

Honda is unlikely to entertain a deal where it pays Andrea Dovizioso to ride for a rival manufacturer in 2011. Unable so far to attract new investment that would allow HRC to run a planned factory...

Elena Myers to test factory Suzuki MotoGP bike

Elena Myers to test factory Suzuki MotoGP bike

Up and coming American racer Elena Myers has been invited to test ride Rizla Suzuki’s factory GSV-R racebike at the end of the Moto GP season. Myers, 16, was offered the chance after touring the Rizla...

Colin Edwards keen on Ducati WSB deal

Colin Edwards keen on Ducati WSB deal

Colin Edwards is in talks about a deal to spearhead Ducati’s factory World Superbike effort in 2011. The popular Texan is seriously contemplating a return to World Superbikes for the first time since...

Laguna Seca to stage Moto2 and 125 class in 2011?

Laguna Seca to stage Moto2 and 125 class in 2011?

Laguna Seca could soon play host to the full MotoGP schedule with plans under discussion to run the Moto2 and 125GP races in California next year. Ever since Laguna Seca returned to the Grand Prix...

Suzuki results damaging for future recruitment

Suzuki results damaging for future recruitment

Suzuki’s dismal form in 2010 is seriously weakening its bid to attract top talent to its factory effort. Loris Capirossi and Alvaro Bautista have scored just six top ten finishes between them in the...

Eddie Lawson: Jorge Lorenzo a worthy champion

Eddie Lawson: Jorge Lorenzo a worthy champion

MotoGP legend Eddie Lawson reckons Jorge Lorenzo will be a worthy new world champion at the end of the 2010 world championship campaign. Even Fiat Yamaha rider Lorenzo has admitted fearing that his...

Andrea Dovizioso eager to see Casey Stoner at Honda

Andrea Dovizioso eager to see Casey Stoner at Honda

Andrea Dovizioso says he’s fascinated to see how new Honda recruit Casey Stoner will gel with a factory RC212V machine in 2011. The Italian said it would be intriguing to see how the Aussie morphs his...

Monster plan MotoGP expansion

Monster plan MotoGP expansion

American energy drink giant Monster is planning to expand its involvement in the MotoGP paddock next season. Monster is close to agreeing a new deal with Herve Poncharal’s Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP squad,...

Tech 3 play down Cal Crutchlow approach

Tech 3 play down Cal Crutchlow approach

Tech 3 Yamaha has denied being at an advanced stage in talks with British rider Cal Crutchlow over a MotoGP switch in 2011. With Ben Spies taking Valentino Rossi’s place in the factory Yamaha squad...

Ducati good enough to win, says Nicky Hayden

Ducati good enough to win, says Nicky Hayden

Former world champion Nicky Hayden believes Ducati’s factory GP10 is good enough to win races even though it has yet to triumph in 2010. Aussie Casey Stoner told MCN after last weekend’s US MotoGP...

Nicky Hayden hails Jorge Lorenzo’s form

Nicky Hayden hails Jorge Lorenzo’s form

American Nicky Hayden reckons it is almost impossible to find a weakness in current MotoGP world championship leader Jorge Lorenzo. The Spaniard has obliterated the field in 2010 with six wins in the...

Casey Stoner to make Honda debut at Valencia test

Casey Stoner to make Honda debut at Valencia test

Casey Stoner will make his factory Honda debut immediately after the final race of the season in Valencia. Ducati has agreed to release the Australian to begin testing a factory RC212V machine after...

Ducati expands MotoGP entry for 2011

Ducati expands MotoGP entry for 2011

Ducati will expand its involvement in MotoGP to six bikes in 2011. The extra Desmosedici GP11 will be campaigned by Czech Republic rider Karel Abraham. The shock move follows an impressive test...

Pingley's thoughts: Engines

There has been much discussed in the public domain, behind closed doors and in the media about the ever increasingly sensitive subject of engines in the MotoGP class recently. Regulations were introduced in 2009 at the Czech Grand Prix governing the number of engines for the rest of the season allowing five engines for the final seven Grands Prix and this was further reduced to six engines for the...

US MotoGP: Valentino Rossi overjoyed with third

US MotoGP: Valentino Rossi overjoyed with third

Valentino Rossi could barely contain his delight after he claimed a stunning third place in yesterday’s American MotoGP race. Just 50 days after suffering a compound break of his right tibia, the...

US MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo taking nothing for granted

US MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo taking nothing for granted

Jorge Lorenzo denied winning his first MotoGP world crown is a forgone conclusion after he strolled to his sixth win of the season at Laguna Seca. Lorenzo was once again coolness personified while his...

US MotoGP: Casey Stoner praises ‘fantastic’ Jorge Lorenzo

US MotoGP: Casey Stoner praises ‘fantastic’ Jorge Lorenzo

Casey Stoner said red-hot title favourite Jorge Lorenzo would make a worthy 2010 MotoGP world champion after he claimed his best result of the season in America yesterday. Aussie Stoner finished a...