MotoGP

  • Delayed Roberts V5 launched in London

    25 March 2003

    Delayed Roberts V5 launched in London

    Kenny Roberts finally unveiled his all-new V5 MotoGP contender in London last week. The world launch, attended by celebs including Tara-Palmer Tomkinson and the Royal Family’s Ralph Little, was also...

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  • First outing for KTM GP bike

    18 March 2003

    First outing for KTM GP bike

    125cc riders Arnaud Vincent and Roberto Locatelli have finally ridden their new KTM GP bikes for the first time after delays in construction forced them to miss both of the pre season IRTA tests at...

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  • Schwantz returns to racing

    18 March 2003

    Schwantz returns to racing

    Kevin Schwantz is returning to full time professional racing with the launch of the AMA Red Bull Supermoto championship.The 1993 500 GP champion retired from professional racing in 1995 with an...

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  • Melandri Struggles, Checa goes fastest

    11 March 2003

    Melandri Struggles, Checa goes fastest

    Ducati brought four Desmmosedici’s to Catalunya yesterday, March 13, to join the Honda Pons, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Proton, and WCM teams at the circuit for a packed session ahead of the official...

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  • Capirossi hits 204mph on Ducati GP bike

    11 March 2003

    Capirossi hits 204mph on Ducati GP bike

    Loris Capirossi clocked a record-setting 203.9mph and set the fastest lap at the weekends IRTA tests in Catalunya.For a full report on the weekend’s activity, see this week’s issue of MCN, out March...

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  • Waldmann quits WCM

    11 March 2003

    Waldmann quits WCM

    Ralf Waldmann has quit the Harris WCM MotoGP team saying it is too late in his career for him to make the move from two-stroke to four-stroke bikes.The German rider rode the bike for the first time...

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  • Rossi pays tribute to Sheene

    11 March 2003

    Rossi pays tribute to Sheene

    Valentino Rossi led the tributes to the late Barry Sheene at the IRTA MotoGP test on Sunday with a specially commissioned helmet design.The reigning MotoGP champion took the opportunity to make two...

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  • Valencia MotoGP tests

    11 March 2003

    Valencia MotoGP tests

    Both Suzuki and Honda Pons had to cut short their test sessions at Valencia after rain kept them in the garage. But the weather cleared this week allowing the 250 and 125 bikes to take to the...

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  • Suzuka revamped for MotoGP test

    04 March 2003

    Suzuka revamped for MotoGP test

    Suzuka, one of the two MotoGP circuits in Japan, has been altered with a new tighter corner and additional chicane.The changes at ‘130R’ corner and ‘Casio Triangle’ chicane are designed to improve...

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  • Proton V5 not ready for Catalunya

    04 March 2003

    Proton V5 not ready for Catalunya

    Jeremy McWilliams and Nobuatsu Aoki are likely to be testing on their old 500cc two-stroke machines at the Moto GP Winter Test in Catalunya. The Proton 990cc V5 four stroke is so far behind in its...

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  • Barros tops final day of GP tests

    25 February 2003

    Barros tops final day of GP tests

    The wind played a big part in the last day of MotoGP testing at Jerez on Sunday with a number of riders coming off when caught by sudden gusts.Alex Barros managed to put in the top time of the day,...

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  • Two weeks out for injured Melandri

    25 February 2003

    Two weeks out for injured Melandri

    Fortuna Yamaha rider Marco Melandri fell victim to rain at the Second IRTA MotoGP test in Estoril on Wednesday. He low-sided on the circuit’s uphill chicane. The result was a dislocated shoulder that...

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  • Kato beats Rossi in Honda test

    18 February 2003

    Kato beats Rossi in Honda test

    Daijiro Kato put in the fastest time at Honda’s two-day test in Sepang, a tenth of a second faster than Valentino Rossi.Kato recorded a best of 2:02.8 on the second day, Thursday. But Rossi wasn’t put...

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  • Rain hinders MotoGP test

    18 February 2003

    Rain hinders MotoGP test

    Day two of the official MotoGP test at Jerez has been badly affected by rain. Most riders risked the circuit, but no-one was able to improve their times, leaving Alex Barros as the fastest rider so...

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  • THQ launches Moto GP 2 racing game

    11 February 2003

    THQ launches Moto GP 2 racing game

    THQ has launched the latest incarnation of its motorcycle racing game Moto GP.Moto GP 2 is being launched for Xbox and will provide the player with the ability to race against sixteen other riders on...

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  • Gardner retires from racing

    11 February 2003

    Gardner retires from racing

    Former World 500cc champion Wayne Gardner is retiring from racing.He quit bikes in 1993 to take up car racing and his most recent efforts have seen him driving a factory Toyota Supra in the All-Japan...

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  • Checa beats Biaggi’s best

    11 February 2003

    Checa beats Biaggi’s best

    Carlos Checa beat Max Biaggi’s pole-setting time at Catalunya in his latest test of the factory Yamaha Moto GP bike this week.Despite a crash on Monday that left him with a just few bruises, Checa put...

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  • Final race colours for Ducati

    11 February 2003

    Final race colours for Ducati

    These are the first pictures of the new Ducati Desmosedici V4 Moto GP bike in its final race decals. The bike was on show today at the bikes official launch alongside the leathers that riders Troy...

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  • British 125 champ moves to GPs

    04 February 2003

    British 125 champ moves to GPs

    Who would have thought that it would be a footballer that would provide the break for a British rider to make the jump in to GPs. But that is exactly what has happened to 21-year-old Chris Martin.The...

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  • Negotiations ongoing for Donington

    04 February 2003

    Negotiations ongoing for Donington

    Race fans will find out if Donington Park is to undergo a multi-million pound facelift by the end of this month.Negotiations between a consortium looking to buy out the 19-year lease to promote events...

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  • Biaggi and Ukawa get Camel colours

    28 January 2003

    Biaggi and Ukawa get Camel colours

    MotoGP team Honda Pons will be sponsored by tobacco brand Camel cigarettes for the next three years.The Camel Pramac Pons team are fielding Max Biaggi and Tohru Ukawa this year, both riding the...

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  • MotoGp Test round-up

    21 January 2003

    MotoGp Test round-up

    Both Honda and Ducati have just finished testing at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia, so here is how it went.MCN’s Matthew Birt has been out in Malaysia, and you’ll be able to read his full, exclusive...

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  • Burns and Waldmann team up for MotoGP

    14 January 2003

    Burns and Waldmann team up for MotoGP

    Chris Burns and GP veteran Ralf Waldmann have been announced as the riders for the Yamaha-based Harris WCM.Waldmann hasn’t raced full-time in GPs since 2000, but holds the dubious distinction of being...

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  • Top F1 designer joins Proton KR

    07 January 2003

    Top F1 designer joins Proton KR

    Formula One designer John Barnard has joined Proton KR as technical director.Barnard has worked for teams throughout Formula One, including McLaren, Ferrari, Benetton, Arrows and Prost. Successes...

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  • Rossi tips Ducati for 2003

    01 January 2003

    Rossi tips Ducati for 2003

    MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi predicts Ducati rider Loris Capirossi will be a major threat in 2003.Capirossi has beaten lap records at Jerez and Phillip Island in testing. On the final day of...

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  • Rossi faces bomb terror

    16 December 2002

    Rossi faces bomb terror

    It’s hard to believe, but Valentino Rossi is under police protection after he was named in a message included with a letter bomb.The message mentioned Rossi because of his links with Honda MotoGP...

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  • Capirossi stuns in Ducati test

    02 December 2002

    Capirossi stuns in Ducati test

    Ducati’s MotoGP squad will be waking up this morning sore from the volume of back-slapping doled out at Jerez yesterday. Loris Capirossi blazed around the Spanish circuit in a time that would have put...

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  • Casey Stoner takes factory 125 ride

    02 December 2002

    Casey Stoner takes factory 125 ride

    Teenage Aussie ace Casey Stoner has taken the offer of a factory 125cc Aprilia ride for 2003.He said: " It’s pretty exciting news to get just before Christmas. I’m really looking forward to...

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  • The R1 built to take on Rossi

    02 December 2002

    The R1 built to take on Rossi

    This is the British-built bike that’s going to take on the world in next year’s MotoGP championship. Top tuning squad Harris, based in Hertford, will design the machine, based on a heavily-modified...

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  • Ukawa to partner Biaggi at Pramac

    25 November 2002

    Ukawa to partner Biaggi at Pramac

    West Honda Pons has just confirmed that Tohru Ukawa will partner Max Biaggi on its V5 RCV in 2003.Ukawa, who rode for the factory Repsol Honda effort alongside Valentino Rossi, finished thrid overall...

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  • Edwards’ bruising Aprilia debut

    18 November 2002

    Edwards’ bruising Aprilia debut

    Colin Edwards and Noriyuki Haga began their pre-season tests on the Aprilia RS3 yesterday at the Spanish circuit of Jerez, with Edwards marking his debut with a crash.The reigning WSB champ was unhurt...

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  • Rossi’s rally starts today

    11 November 2002

    Rossi’s rally starts today

    Valentino Rossi’s Rally of Great Britain gets under way today. The reigning MotoGP champion will be tackling the tough Welsh forests from around 8pm this evening.Click on the links on the right to...

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  • Hayden’s RCV debut

    11 November 2002

    Hayden’s RCV debut

    Honda’s MotoGP new boy Nicky Hayden made his RCV debut at Motegi in Japan yesterday. The 21-year-old American completed just 50 laps of the Twin Ring circuit on the 220bhp V5 – a world away from the...

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  • Update: Rossi crashes out of Rally

    11 November 2002

    Update: Rossi crashes out of Rally

    Valentino Rossi scored a spectacular first in the Rally of Britain this morning – by being the first person to retire.After climbing to 25th place after last night’s special stage, this morning the...

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  • MotoGP 2003: The teams, the riders

    11 November 2002

    MotoGP 2003: The teams, the riders

    This year’s MotoGP silly season, as the annual contract hunt is known, will go down as one of the most unpredictable and protracted in living memory. But the fog of confusion has lifted and here’s...

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  • Vincent takes No.1 plate to KTM

    11 November 2002

    Vincent takes No.1 plate to KTM

    Newly crowned 125cc world champion Arnaud Vincent will take his number one plate to KTM for next season.Vincent, who became the first Frenchman ever to win the title, will ride alongside 2000 champion...

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