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  • Rossi on provisional pole for Welkom

    14 April 2004

    Rossi on provisional pole for Welkom

    Valentino Rossi has put the Yamaha M1 on pole position for the opening round of the 2004 MotoGP championship at Welkom in South Africa.Rossi broke his own lap record by just under 0.5 seconds to...

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  • Is Rossi the greatest?

    14 April 2004

    Is Rossi the greatest?

    Valentino Rossi has put pay to any doubts about the sanity of his move to Yamaha by winning the first race of the season in fantastic style, but is he really the best of all time?Just moments after...

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  • Rossi fastest in morning practice

    14 April 2004

    Rossi fastest in morning practice

    1) Rossi 1:33.450. 2) Edwards 1:33.594. 3) Hayden 1:33.710. 4) Biaggi 1:33.931. 5) Barros 1:33.950. 6) Gibernau 1: 34.122. 7) Capirossi 1:34.231. 8) Checa 1:34.262. 9) Roberts Jnr 1:34.311. 10)...

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  • Rossi wins in Welkom

    14 April 2004

    Rossi wins in Welkom

    Valentino Rossi has triumphed at the end of a titanic battle with Max Biaggi to give Yamaha victory at the first race of the 2004 MotoGP season.The two Italians battled throughout the race, swapping...

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  • BBC announces TV schedule for 04 races

    07 April 2004

    BBC announces TV schedule for 04 races

    The BBC has confirmed its initial line-up of bike racing on TV for 2004, though it is subject to changes and additions.For MotoGP: Valentino Rossi interview, Sunday April 11, Grandstand, BBC Two,...

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  • British GP to stay at Donington

    07 April 2004

    British GP to stay at Donington

    The future of MotoGP in the UK has been sealed with the announcement that Donington Park will host the British Grand Prix for the next six years. The deal hinged on the redevelopment of the...

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  • Roberts second quickest… behind Rossi

    01 April 2004

    Roberts second quickest… behind Rossi

    Defending world champion Valentino Rossi set the fastest time in rain-interrupted official MotoGP tests at Jerez on Wednesday (March 31).His domination on his new Yamaha comes after setting the...

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  • BBC to show MotoGP live until 2009

    01 April 2004

    BBC to show MotoGP live until 2009

    The BBC has announced a new five-year contract to show MotoGP and this year it will show 12 of the 16 races live.The corporation says all rounds will be shown in full whether live or not. The...

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  • Biaggi tops final rain-ruined tests

    01 April 2004

    Biaggi tops final rain-ruined tests

    Max Biaggi would normally have been delighted. But being top gun on the final day of these official MotoGP tests could hardly be considered setting the benchmark.Rain ruined the Thursday testing at...

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  • Rossi fastest in first shoot-out

    24 March 2004

    Rossi fastest in first shoot-out

    Valentino Rossi showed the rest have still got it all to do when he set the fastest time at the MotoGP test at Catalunya at the weekend.Rivals had hoped his switch from the all-conquering Honda to...

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  • MotoGP prepares for test showdown

    24 March 2004

    MotoGP prepares for test showdown

    MotoGP teams will go head-to-head on Friday (March 26) at the start of a three-day test at the Catalunya circuit near Barcelona, Spain.It’s the first real chance for all the teams to compare progress...

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  • Sign up for MotoGP text alerts

    24 March 2004

    Sign up for MotoGP text alerts

    Keep up to date with the latest MotoGP tests, qualifying and race results with our new mobile phone text service from MCN.To subscribe to this great-value service just text MCN MOTOGP to 81125.You’ll...

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  • Win Ducati book signed by MotoGP stars

    17 March 2004

    Win Ducati book signed by MotoGP stars

    You can win a Ducati Racing Yearbook, signed by Ducati MotoGP stars Troy Bayliss and Loris Capirossi. All you have to do is ask the questions you’ve always wanted answers to about the great Italian...

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  • Rossi matches previous times in Oz

    10 March 2004

    Rossi matches previous times in Oz

    Three weeks after his last Phillip Island tests… and Rossi’s clocking almost exactly the same time as he did back then – but he still reckons he’s making progress. His best of 1:30.80 is a tenth of a...

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  • Rossi to test F1 Toyota

    10 March 2004

    Rossi to test F1 Toyota

    After years of speculation about Valentino Rossi switching to F1 car racing, it seems he may finally get his first ride in one of the 900bhp cars, and MCN has got an exclusive interview.The motorcycle...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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 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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  • 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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