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  • Proton V5 to join MotoGP tests

    03 March 2004

    Proton V5 to join MotoGP tests

    Proton Team KR will join the big guns for shakedown tests of its V5 at Valencia in Spain this weekend.The March 6-7 tests bring together HRC, Ducati, Suzuki and Kawasaki, too. Valentino Rossi and the...

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  • Hayden quickest at Valencia tests

    03 March 2004

    Hayden quickest at Valencia tests

    Honda’s Nicky Hayden was fastest at the MotoGP tests in Valencia over the weekend.The test brought together Honda, Ducati, Suzuki, Aprilia and Proton with Kurtis Roberts getting his first ride on the...

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  • Weather limits Rossi’s progress in Oz

    03 March 2004

    Weather limits Rossi’s progress in Oz

    Damp conditions have limited world champion Valentino Rossi’s test progress at Phillip Island, Australia.He was only able to get in 14 laps on a drying track in an afternoon bright spell. But he did...

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  • Tyre supply hampers Hodgson’s test times

    18 February 2004

    Tyre supply hampers Hodgson’s test times

    WSB champion Neil Hodgson finished the third and final day of his latest MotoGP test down on time and feeling down in the dumps.He says his struggle has not been helped by a lack of the new Michelin...

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  • Rossi ups the pace despite slower engine

    11 February 2004

    Rossi ups the pace despite slower engine

    Valentino Rossi looks set to disprove his doubters, closing the gap on the Hondas on the second day of MotoGP testing at Sepang, Malaysia.This was despite using a prototype engine down on power from...

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  • Hodgson crash at first major test

    11 February 2004

    Hodgson crash at first major test

    D'Antin Ducati rider Neil Hodgson had a bad start to the opening day of GP testing in Sepang after crashing his Ducati Desmosedici only a few hours into the test.The 2003 World Superbike Champion was...

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  • Hayden fastest in Sepang

    11 February 2004

    Hayden fastest in Sepang

    Honda’s Nicky Hayden has finished the final day of MotoGP testing at Sepang as the fastest rider, posting a time of 2:02.041 on his factory Honda RC211V.The American headed fellow Honda riders Max...

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  • Edwards tops first day at Phillip Island

    11 February 2004

    Edwards tops first day at Phillip Island

    Colin Edwards immediately stamped his mark at the top of the time sheets as the MotoGP circus moved on to Phillip Island, Australia, after its week-long session in Malaysia.The Honda rider clocked a...

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  • Share your memories of Sheene

    04 February 2004

    Share your memories of Sheene

    Barry Sheene touched the lives of millions of motorcyclists so to commemorate his death MCN is planning a special tribute. Everyone who met the great man has a story to tell, and we’d like to hear...

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  • Hodgson and Davies go head to head

    01 February 2004

    Hodgson and Davies go head to head

    Grand Prix stars Neil Hodgson and Chaz Davies were racing head to head for the first time last week when they met up for the launch of Scalextric MotoGP.The two Brits were given the first go on the...

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  • Suzuki star Hopkins breaks both ankles

    28 January 2004

    Suzuki star Hopkins breaks both ankles

    Suzuki MotoGP star John Hopkins has undergone surgery following a crash in a supercross event.American Hopkins fractured both ankles in practice for a ‘cross over’ event at San Diego on Saturday,...

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  • Rossi closes the gap on Biaggi

    21 January 2004

    Rossi closes the gap on Biaggi

    Valentino Rossi has knocked 0.63 seconds off his best time in his second day of testing at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia.Rossi had his first ride on the Yamaha YZF-M1 on Saturday after winning the...

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  • Rossi 1.2 seconds down on Biaggi

    21 January 2004

    Rossi 1.2 seconds down on Biaggi

    These are the first pictures of Valentino Rossi as he takes his debut ride on the Yamaha YZF-M1. The 2003 world champion has just finished his first day of testing on the new bike and ended the...

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  • Rossi rattles rivals in first Yamaha test

    21 January 2004

    Rossi rattles rivals in first Yamaha test

    Defending world MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi looks like making it business as usual in this year’s title race, despite his move from the all-conquering Honda to a struggling Yamaha.He completed 59...

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  • Rossi plays down title hopes

    21 January 2004

    Rossi plays down title hopes

    Valentino Rossi is talking down his chances of clinging on to his world title on the eve of his debut test with Yamaha.The reigning MotoGP champion has seen Max Biaggi beat his lap record at Sepang,...

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  • Suzuki riders close to Biaggi's best

    21 January 2004

    Suzuki riders close to Biaggi's best

    MotoGP testing in Sepang came to a close on Friday for the Suzuki, Kawasaki and Moriwaki teams, with all the squads claiming a big improvement over last year's machines.Suzuki riders John Hopkins and...

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  • Biaggi dominates Sepang day two

    21 January 2004

    Biaggi dominates Sepang day two

    Max Biaggi continued his domination of preseason testing at Sepang in Malaysia by improving on his first day best by half-a-second.Biaggi had the benefit of using a 17 inch front wheel, compared to...

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  • Nakano signs for Kawasaki GP squad

    14 January 2004

    Nakano signs for Kawasaki GP squad

    Former Yamaha GP and 250cc star Shinya Nakano has signed to ride for the Kawasaki MotoGP squad in 2004, alongside Alex Hofmann.The 26-year-old Japanese rider rode for the D’Antin Yamaha squad in 2003,...

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  • Sheene's team boss dies

    14 January 2004

    Rex White, the man who managed Barry Sheene's Heron Suzuki team during his 1976 and 1977 500cc GP wins, has died at home.White was the manager of the official Suzuki GP team throughout the 1970s and 1980s and had been unwell for some time. The cause of death has not yet been confirmed.We will bring you more information as it becomes available.To comment on this story click the link on the right to...

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  • 2004 MotoGP dates

    16 December 2003

    After changes to both the British GP and the Brazilian GP the final dates for the 2004 MotoGP season have now been confirmed.The updated calendar is as follows: April 18, South Africa, Welkom; May 2, Spain, Jerez de la Frontera; May 16, France, Le Mans; June 6, Italy, Mugello; June 13, Catalunya, Catalunya; June 26, Netherlands, Assen; July 4, Rio, Jacarepaguá; July 18, Germany,...

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  • Hodgson survives MotoGP test scare

    16 December 2003

    Hodgson survives MotoGP test scare

    Neil Hodgson had luck on his side during his first MotoGP test on the 246bhp Ducati Desmosedici V4.An oil leak led to some scary slides within his first three minutes on the bike, but fortunately he...

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  • The MCN MotoGP archive is open

    16 December 2003

    The MCN MotoGP archive is open

    There are hundreds of MotoGP stories currently in our archives for you to browse.We’re adding less additional content than usual to this section while we focus on improving the overall service we...

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  • Hodgson's short Desmosedici debut

    09 December 2003

    Hodgson's short Desmosedici debut

    Neil Hodgson had a short first day on the Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP bike.Damp conditions forced the World Superbike champion to wait until 2:30 before he could take the bike out on track at the...

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  • Biaggi fastest at Valencia

    09 December 2003

    Biaggi fastest at Valencia

    Max Biaggi is the fastest rider at the end of the Valencia MotoGP test.The Italian rider clocked the best time of 1:32.88 during the second day of testing on Thursday but couldn't better it in...

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  • Kato crash investigation results

    02 December 2003

    Kato crash investigation results

    The Honda investigation committee has ruled out mechanical failure as a cause of the crash that took the life of GP rider Daijiro Kato, in a special press briefing on Friday, November 28.It has taken...

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  • McWilliams signs with Aprilia

    02 December 2003

    McWilliams signs with Aprilia

    Jeremy McWilliams has confirmed he will join Shane Byrne in an all-British factory Aprilia MotoGP squad next season.The 39-year-old signed a contract today (Friday) having flown down to Aprilia's...

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  • Suzuki switch to Bridgestone

    01 December 2003

    Suzuki switch to Bridgestone

    John Hopkins will be riding his Suzuki GSV-R on Bridgestone tyres for next years MotoGP season.Suzuki is a long term partner of Michelin tyres but the GP team announced the switch as part of a move to...

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  • Byrne debut washed-out

    25 November 2003

    Byrne debut washed-out

    Bad weather has delayed Shane Byrne’s debut factory Aprilia MotoGP test.Both the Ducati and Aprilia factory GP teams are at the Jerez circuit in Spain for a three-day test. Intermittent rain meant...

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  • Byrne makes Aprilia MotoGP debut

    25 November 2003

    Byrne makes Aprilia MotoGP debut

    Shane Byrne made his debut for the Aprilia MotoGP team on the second day of a three-day test shared with the Ducati team at Jerez in Spain.The 26-year-old was forced to sit out the first day due to...

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  • Checa tests at Sepang

    25 November 2003

    Checa tests at Sepang

    Carlos Checa continued the development of the new Deltabox chassis for the 2004 Fortuna Yamaha YZR-M1 at Sepang this weekend.The Spanish rider was at the Malaysian track to work on the new chassis and...

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  • New signings in 250GPs

    18 November 2003

    New signings in 250GPs

    The second and third-placed riders in the 2003 250cc championship will join forces next year for the Fortuna Honda squad.Roberto Rolfo will remain with the team after narrowly missing out on the title...

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