2010

Le Mans MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo cruises to victory

Le Mans MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo cruises to victory

Jorge Lorenzo strengthened his early 2010 MotoGP world title bid with a crushing victory at Le Mans this afternoon. The Spaniard romped to his second successive triumph at the iconic French venue...

Le Mans MotoGP: Toni Elias wins crash strewn Moto2 race

Le Mans MotoGP: Toni Elias wins crash strewn Moto2 race

Toni Elias extended his lead in the Moto2 world championship after a crash-strewn French GP at the Le Mans circuit this afternoon. The Spaniard kept his head in another dramatic 26-lap encounter to...

Le Mans MotoGP: Last lap mistake costs Bradley Smith podium

Le Mans MotoGP: Last lap mistake costs Bradley Smith podium

British rider Bradley Smith was left to rue a costly mistake on a dramatic last lap as he saw his hopes of a first 125GP podium in 2010 dashed in Le Mans. Smith rode a brilliant race to lead a...

Le Mans MotoGP: Shoulder still a worry for Valentino Rossi

Le Mans MotoGP: Shoulder still a worry for Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi has continued to express concern about his damaged right shoulder, despite storming to the 59th pole position of his career in Le Mans today. The reigning world champion produced a...

Le Mans MotoGP: Casey Stoner confident of victory challenge

Le Mans MotoGP: Casey Stoner confident of victory challenge

Casey Stoner is confident he can mount a challenge for victory in tomorrow’s French MotoGP race even though he missed the front row of the grid for the first time in 2010 this afternoon. A late attack...

Le Mans MotoGP: Nicky Hayden predicts tough race

Le Mans MotoGP: Nicky Hayden predicts tough race

Nicky Hayden expects a tough French MotoGP race at Le Mans tomorrow, despite qualifying in fifth place on the grid.  Hayden posted a best time of 1.33.845 in this afternoon’s qualifying session,...

Le Mans MotoGP: Ben Spies hurt but not unhappy

Le Mans MotoGP: Ben Spies hurt but not unhappy

Ben Spies refused to be too downhearted with his 12th position on the grid for tomorrow’s French MotoGP race after he escaped serious injury in a massive practice crash. Spies braved the pain of a...

Le Mans MotoGP: Kenny Noyes tops Moto2 qualifying

Le Mans MotoGP: Kenny Noyes tops Moto2 qualifying

Jack & Jones rider Kenny Noyes topped the timesheets at today's Moto2 qualifying session in Le Mans.  Tech 3 Racing rider Yuki Takahashi was second fastest, ahead of third place finisher...

Le Mans MotoGP: Valentino Rossi storms to pole

Le Mans MotoGP: Valentino Rossi storms to pole

Reigning world champion Valentino Rossi claimed his first pole position of the 2010 MotoGP campaign in Le Mans this afternoon.  In an exciting climax to the decisive qualifying session,...

Le Mans MotoGP: Bradley Smith suffers late crash

Le Mans MotoGP: Bradley Smith suffers late crash

A final minute crash cost British rider Bradley Smith his chance to secure a first front row start of the 2010 125GP world championship in Le Mans today. Boosted by a third place finish in this...

Le Mans MotoGP: Alvaro Bautista withdraws after crash

Le Mans MotoGP: Alvaro Bautista withdraws after crash

Spanish rider Alvaro Bautista has opted to withdraw from tomorrow’s French MotoGP race at Le Mans after suffering a massive high-side crash in the final free practice session.  The former world...

Le Mans MotoGP: Casey Stoner tops crash strewn final practice

Le Mans MotoGP: Casey Stoner tops crash strewn final practice

Australian Casey Stoner has topped the timesheets at the end of a crash-strewn final practice session in Le Mans this morning. Second quickest in yesterday’s opening session, the factory Ducati rider...

Le Mans MotoGP: Shoulder still troubling Valentino Rossi

Le Mans MotoGP: Shoulder still troubling Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi expressed more concerns about his damaged right shoulder in Le Mans today, despite the Italian topping the timesheets in free practice. The reigning world champion could not have timed...

Le Mans MotoGP: Marco Melandri runs Showa suspension

Le Mans MotoGP: Marco Melandri runs Showa suspension

Italian Marco Melandri has made a surprise switch to Showa suspension on the first day of the French GP at Le Mans today. The former world 250GP champion ended opening practice in 10th place on the...

Le Mans MotoGP: Casey Stoner happier with Ducati performance

Le Mans MotoGP: Casey Stoner happier with Ducati performance

Having failed to claim a podium finish in the opening two races of the 2010 season, Casey Stoner is confident he can mount a serious rostrum threat in this weekend’s French GP at Le Mans. The...

Le Mans MotoGP: Ben Spies happy with eighth

Le Mans MotoGP: Ben Spies happy with eighth

Ben Spies wasted no time in mastering the iconic Le Mans circuit after he ended opening practice in an encouraging eighth place. The Texan clocked a best time of 1.35.291 to finish just 0.889s slower...

Le Mans MotoGP: Nicky Hayden finds French form

Le Mans MotoGP: Nicky Hayden finds French form

Nicky Hayden went some way to burying his Le Mans jinx this afternoon when the 2006 world champion ended the first free practice session in seventh place. The Kentucky rider has never scored a front...

Le Mans MotoGP: Valentino Rossi heads first practice

Le Mans MotoGP: Valentino Rossi heads first practice

Reigning MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi left it late to top the timesheets at the end of opening practice for the French GP at Le Mans this afternoon. The Italian looked like he might have to...

Le Mans MotoGP: Technical issue hits Bradley Smith

Le Mans MotoGP: Technical issue hits Bradley Smith

Bradley Smith’s hopes of a good start to the French 125GP weekend to help kickstart his 2010 title challenge were wrecked by a mechanical fault this afternoon. The Oxfordshire teenager, who is chasing...

Big four cautious on 2011 talk

Big four cautious on 2011 talk

Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa have faced a barrage of questions about their future plans in Le Mans. But all of them have adopted a cautious approach when discussing...

Jorge Lorenzo targets new Yamaha deal

Jorge Lorenzo targets new Yamaha deal

MotoGP world championship leader Jorge Lorenzo has again insisted he intends to race with Yamaha in 2011. The Spaniard has already been strongly linked with a big money move to Ducati’s factory team...

Casey Stoner confident for Le Mans

Casey Stoner confident for Le Mans

Former world champion Casey Stoner is confident he can kickstart his 2010 MotoGP world title challenge in Le Mans this weekend.  Stoner has yet to score a podium in the opening two races and the...

Suzuki duo ditch new chassis

Suzuki duo ditch new chassis

Factory Suzuki duo Loris Capirossi and Alvaro Bautista will not debut a new chassis during this weekend’s French GP at Le Mans. The pair evaluated the new frame during the recent Jerez test session in...

Nicky Hayden aims for Le Mans best

Nicky Hayden aims for Le Mans best

Nicky Hayden is hoping he can bury his French GP jinx at Le Mans this weekend. The American has scored 26 podiums in his MotoGP career but none have ever come at the legendary Le Mans venue. Hayden’s...

Bradley Smith hopes for French success

Bradley Smith hopes for French success

Bradley Smith is hoping a return to the Le Mans circuit will fire his 2010 125GP world championship challenge into life this weekend. The iconic French venue has been a happy hunting ground for the...

Jorge Lorenzo hopes for easier Le Mans

Jorge Lorenzo hopes for easier Le Mans

Jorge Lorenzo has targeted a second successive French MotoGP victory this weekend at the famous Le Mans circuit. But the Spaniard is certainly hoping for an easier race than the recent Spanish GP in...

Valentino Rossi fit and ready for Le Mans

Valentino Rossi fit and ready for Le Mans

A fully fit Valentino Rossi is hoping he can forget a nightmare French MotoGP last year to mount a strong challenge for glory in Le Mans this weekend. Last year’s flag-to-flag race was a disaster for...

Scott Redding aims for improved qualifying

Scott Redding aims for improved qualifying

British rider Scott Redding has admitted he must dramatically improve his qualifying performances to bolster his hopes of a maiden top 15 Moto2 finish in Le Mans this weekend. The Marc VDS Racing...

Alvaro Bautista fit for Le Mans

Alvaro Bautista fit for Le Mans

Alvaro Bautista will be fit to ride his factory Suzuki GSV-R in Le Mans next weekend. The Spaniard had looked a major doubt for round three of the MotoGP world championship when he broke his...

Bayliss takes one step closer to WSB comeback

Bayliss takes one step closer to WSB comeback

Troy Bayliss exceeded all expectations when he completed his scheduled two day test at Mugello this week onboard a development Ducati 1198.  On day one the three time WSB champion completed 60...

Alvaro Bautista breaks collarbone

Alvaro Bautista breaks collarbone

Factory Suzuki rider Alvaro Bautista looks a certainty to miss next weekend’s French GP at Le Mans after breaking his collarbone in a motocross training accident. Suzuki is making no official comment...

Honda VFR1200 to Jerez

Honda VFR1200 to Jerez

Graham & Ann-Marie White from Tingley, West Yorkshire at Jerez MotoGP on their new VFR1200.

Yamaha boss: ‘Keeping Valentino Rossi is priority’

Yamaha boss: ‘Keeping Valentino Rossi is priority’

Yamaha boss Masao Furusawa has insisted the top priority for the Japanese factory is to keep Valentino Rossi for the 2011 MotoGP world championship campaign. The 31-year-old Italian has once again...

Kevin Schwantz looks at 2011 MotoGP market

Kevin Schwantz looks at 2011 MotoGP market

With speculation currently rife about the future plans of some of the big name stars in the MotoGP world championship, American legend Kevin Schwantz has assessed the 2011 rider market. Valentino...

Aspar confirms Moto2 chassis switch

Aspar confirms Moto2 chassis switch

Jorge ‘Aspar’ Martinez has confirmed his Moto2 squad will switch to a Suter MMX chassis from next weekend’s French GP at Le Mans. The Spaniard has ditched chassis supplier RSV after an indifferent...

Jerry Burgess hopes Valentino Rossi will stay at Yamaha

Jerry Burgess hopes Valentino Rossi will stay at Yamaha

Valentino Rossi’s legendary crew chief Jerry Burgess is hoping the nine-times world champion will pen a new deal to remain with Yamaha’s factory MotoGP squad in 2011. Rossi’s contract with the Fiat...