2010

Qatar MotoGP: Toni Elias claims historic Moto2 pole

Qatar MotoGP: Toni Elias claims historic Moto2 pole

Spaniard Toni Elias created a slice of history last night as the first rider ever to claim a Moto2 pole position. Elias, who has been moving around the Losail International Circuit in Qatar on...

Qatar MotoGP: Casey Stoner claims first pole of 2010

Qatar MotoGP: Casey Stoner claims first pole of 2010

Casey Stoner stormed to the first pole position of 2010 in Qatar tonight and will start the opening race as a red-hot favourite for his 21st MotoGP victory. Fastest in free practice yesterday and...

Qatar MotoGP: Lowly ninth for Bradley Smith

Qatar MotoGP: Lowly ninth for Bradley Smith

Bradley Smith will start his bid for the 2010 125GP world championship from a lowly ninth place on the grid in Qatar tomorrow night. The British teenager had a tough 45-minute qualifying session under...

Qatar MotoGP: Casey Stoner edges out Valentino Rossi

Qatar MotoGP: Casey Stoner edges out Valentino Rossi

Casey Stoner continued to lead the way in the build-up to tomorrow night’s MotoGP opener in Qatar after the factory Ducati rider finished fastest at the end of free practice this evening. Stoner’s...

Qatar MotoGP: Valentino Rossi chasing grip

Qatar MotoGP: Valentino Rossi chasing grip

Reigning MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi’s hopes of ending Casey Stoner’s domination of the opening race of the season were hit by a lack of grip on the opening night of the season in Qatar. The...

Qatar MotoGP: Casey Stoner talks flying start

Qatar MotoGP: Casey Stoner talks flying start

Aussie Casey Stoner looked as unbeatable as ever on the Losail International Circuit in Qatar tonight after dominating the opening practice session of 2010. The 24-year-old has an incredible record at...

Qatar MotoGP: Scott Redding ecstatic with second

Qatar MotoGP: Scott Redding ecstatic with second

Scott Redding could barely contain his delight after the British rider stormed to second place in the opening Moto2 practice session in Qatar.  The 17-year-old produced a stunning performance on...

Qatar MotoGP: Casey Stoner lights up first practice

Qatar MotoGP: Casey Stoner lights up first practice

Casey Stoner’s quest for a fourth straight victory in the Qatar MotoGP race started in dominant fashion tonight when the Australian topped the timesheets in the opening practice session of 2010. ...

Qatar MotoGP: Scott Redding second in Moto2 opener

Qatar MotoGP: Scott Redding second in Moto2 opener

British rider Scott Redding came close to creating a slice of history for himself in Qatar tonight when he finished second fastest in the first ever official Moto2 practice session. The Marc VDS...

Qatar MotoGP: Bradley Smith misses top ten

Qatar MotoGP: Bradley Smith misses top ten

Bradley Smith made a somewhat disappointing start to the 2010 125GP world championship in Qatar tonight. The pre-season title favourite was only 11th on the timesheets at the end of the first...

Tech 3 boss excited by Ben Spies potential

Tech 3 boss excited by Ben Spies potential

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 boss Herve Poncharal reckons American Ben Spies stands a fantastic chance of becoming a major success in the MotoGP world championship. The Texan will ride alongside compatriot...

Suzuki aiming to improve new GSV-R

Suzuki aiming to improve new GSV-R

Suzuki boss Paul Denning has said the Japanese factory still has plenty of room to improve its 2010 GSV-R MotoGP contender. The new 2010 V4 has improved significantly during the shortened winter...

Ben Spies plays down early MotoGP hopes

Ben Spies plays down early MotoGP hopes

Reigning World Superbike champion Ben Spies has played down hopes that he can make an instant impact in his first full season challenging Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner in MotoGP. The Texan has been...

Valentino Rossi predicts tough 2010 fight

Valentino Rossi predicts tough 2010 fight

Fiat Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi reckons his quest for a tenth world title in 2010 will be one of the toughest of his illustrious career. Speaking on the eve of the first race in Qatar, the...

Improved tyre life boosts Casey Stoner

Improved tyre life boosts Casey Stoner

Casey Stoner reckons improved tyre life from Ducati’s new Big Bang GP10 motor will give his hopes of success in this year’s MotoGP world championship a massive boost. The 2007 world champion, who is...

Jorge Lorenzo hopeful on hand injury

Jorge Lorenzo hopeful on hand injury

Last year’s MotoGP world championship runner-up Jorge Lorenzo is hopeful his damaged right hand will not give him serious problems during this weekend’s Qatar clash in Doha. The 22-year-old claims...

Dani Pedrosa: No regrets over late Ohlins switch

Dani Pedrosa: No regrets over late Ohlins switch

Dani Pedrosa insists he’s got no regrets about not opting to switch to Ohlins suspension when given the chance by Honda last August. The Spaniard goes into the eagerly anticipated season opener in...

No ‘keep it clean’ order for Fiat Yamaha duo

No ‘keep it clean’ order for Fiat Yamaha duo

Yamaha has insisted it doesn’t need to remind Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo to keep their expected fierce battle in 2010 a clean scrap. The Fiat Yamaha duo have raged an intense battle against...

Scott Redding aims high in Qatar

Scott Redding aims high in Qatar

British teenager Scott Redding believes a top five finish in the historic first Moto2 clash in Qatar on Sunday night is not an unrealistic target. The Gloucestershire rider will make his debut for the...

First race not significant, says Casey Stoner

First race not significant, says Casey Stoner

Qatar specialist Casey Stoner has played down the importance of claiming victory in the first race of the season for a fourth successive year in 2010. The Aussie ended winter testing in style recently...

Yamaha boss confident in 2010 bike

Yamaha boss confident in 2010 bike

Yamaha boss Masao Furusawa is confident the new YZR-M1 machine can continue the Japanese factory’s domination of the MotoGP world championship in 2010. The YZR-M1 has been the dominant machine in 2008...

Consistency more crucial in 2010, says Yamaha boss

Consistency more crucial in 2010, says Yamaha boss

A crucial factor in deciding the destiny 2010 MotoGP world championship will be consistency, according to Fiat Yamaha boss Davide Brivio. Brivio, who is again at the helm of Valentino Rossi’s factory...

Loris Capirossi determined to race in 2011

Loris Capirossi determined to race in 2011

Loris Capirossi is determined that his record-breaking 2010 MotoGP campaign won’t be his last. The veteran Italian will create history in Qatar this weekend when he becomes the first rider in history...

Valentino Rossi expects tough battle in 2010

Valentino Rossi expects tough battle in 2010

Reigning MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi has said he expects an even tougher fight to successfully defend his premier class title this year. The Fiat Yamaha rider, who was in a superb form...

Loris Capirossi ready for historic Qatar clash

Loris Capirossi ready for historic Qatar clash

Italian Loris Capirossi will re-write the record books this weekend in Qatar when he becomes the first rider in history to make 300 GP appearances. Capriossi will start his 21st year in world...

Bradley Smith ready to start title challenge

Bradley Smith ready to start title challenge

Aspar Aprilia rider Bradley Smith is confident he will be challenging for victories from the start of the new 2010 campaign. The Oxfordshire rider begins his quest for 125GP glory under the Losail...

Danny Webb eyes Qatar top ten

Danny Webb eyes Qatar top ten

British rider Danny Webb has targeted a top ten finish when the new 125GP world championship gets underway in Qatar on Sunday night. Webb, who will ride for the Andalucia Cajasol Aprilia squad in...

Dani Pedrosa ‘positive’ ahead of first race

Dani Pedrosa ‘positive’ ahead of first race

Factory Honda rider Dani Pedrosa insists he is in positive mood heading to the eagerly anticipated first MotoGP clash in Qatar this weekend. The Spaniard has endured a nightmare winter testing...

Scott Redding gets new Moto2 team-mate

Scott Redding gets new Moto2 team-mate

Scott Redding will start the inaugural Moto2 world championship in Qatar next week with a new team-mate in the Belgian-based Marc VDS Racing squad. A series of disappointing testing performances on...

Casey Stoner backs Ben Spies to succeed in MotoGP

Casey Stoner backs Ben Spies to succeed in MotoGP

Former world champion Casey Stoner reckons Ben Spies has all the credentials to become a major force in the MotoGP world championship. The 24-year-old is one of a growing list of admirers of the...

Hiroshi Aoyama eyes top ‘rookie’ prize

Hiroshi Aoyama eyes top ‘rookie’ prize

Reigning 250GP world champion Hiroshi Aoyama has set his sights on finishing top rookie in his first attempt at the MotoGP world championship. The Japanese rider, who has struggled to make a major...

Colin Edwards looks to race beyond 2010

Colin Edwards looks to race beyond 2010

Colin Edwards reckons he’s no intention of quitting MotoGP at the end of the 2010 world championship campaign. The Texan is poised to start his eighth premier class campaign after he enjoyed arguably...

Suspension switch delay costly for Dani Pedrosa

Suspension switch delay costly for Dani Pedrosa

Andrea Dovizioso reckons factory Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa may have made a big mistake by not switching to Ohlins suspension when he had the chance last August. HRC gave Italian Dovizioso and...

Nicky Hayden expresses qualifying concern

Nicky Hayden expresses qualifying concern

American Nicky Hayden has admitted he’s worried about his failure to master Bridgestone’s new soft tyre as the start of new MotoGP campaign draws closer. Hayden fears his failure to quickly adapt to...

Results to determine Loris Capirossi’s future decision

Results to determine Loris Capirossi’s future decision

Suzuki boss Paul Denning reckons 2010 performances will determine whether Italian veteran Loris Capirossi opts to prolong his career. Triple world champion Capirossi has already hinted that 2010 might...

Ducati boss: ‘I see a new Casey Stoner’

Ducati boss: ‘I see a new Casey Stoner’

Ducati boss Vittoriano Guareschi believes Casey Stoner is a transformed character after the trials and tribulations of a tough 2009. The Australian rider had to miss three races last season while he...