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Tyre supply hampers Hodgson’s test times

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...

Edwards tops first day at Phillip Island

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...

Hayden fastest in Sepang

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...

Hodgson crash at first major test

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...

Rossi ups the pace despite slower engine

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...

Share your memories of Sheene

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...

Hodgson and Davies go head to head

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...

Suzuki star Hopkins breaks both ankles

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,...

Biaggi dominates Sepang day two

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...

Suzuki riders close to Biaggi's best

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...

Rossi plays down title hopes

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,...

Rossi rattles rivals in first Yamaha test

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...

Rossi 1.2 seconds down on Biaggi

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...

Biaggi ends test 1.2 secs faster than Rossi

Biaggi ends test 1.2 secs faster than Rossi

Max Biaggi has continued his dominance of Honda's pre-season MotoGP testing at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia by ending the final day with a best lap 1.2 seconds faster than Valentino Rossi's best...

Rossi closes the gap on Biaggi

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...

Yamaha Sepang MotoGP test, official release

Yamaha Sepang MotoGP test, official release

In gruelling heat Valentino Rossi (Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha Team) was inside his own previous lap record of 2m 03.82 seconds at the 5.548km Sepang track in testing today. He recorded a best time of 2m...

Sheene's team boss dies

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...

Biaggi beats Rossi’s best in first GP test

Biaggi beats Rossi’s best in first GP test

Max Biaggi set the fastest time on the first day (January 20) of the first big MotoGP test of the year at Sepang in Malaysia. And he beat World Champion Valentino Rossi’s lap record in the...

Nakano signs for Kawasaki GP squad

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,...

The MCN MotoGP archive is open

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...

Hodgson survives MotoGP test scare

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...

2004 MotoGP dates

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,...

Biaggi fastest at Valencia

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...

Hodgson's short Desmosedici debut

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...

McWilliams signs with Aprilia

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...

Kato crash investigation results

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...

Davies nominated for Young Sports Personality

Davies nominated for Young Sports Personality

British 250cc GP star Chaz Davies has been nominated for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award.This season saw the 16-year-old move into the 250cc class after spending his debut year in...

Suzuki switch to Bridgestone

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...

Checa tests at Sepang

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...

Byrne makes Aprilia MotoGP debut

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...

Byrne debut washed-out

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...

McWilliams likely to sign for Aprilia

McWilliams likely to sign for Aprilia

Britain’s Jeremy McWilliams is looking likely to partner Shane Byrne in the factory Aprilia MotoGP squad in 2004.McWilliams is due to fly to Italy on Wednesday to finalise a deal after being faxed a...

New signings in 250GPs

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...

Xaus joins Hodgson in Ducati GP team

Xaus joins Hodgson in Ducati GP team

Ruben Xaus will continue as Neil Hodgson's team-mate next year after signing for the d'Antin Ducati MotoGP squad for 2004.The deal has been on the cards for Xaus since Hodgson signed with the team at...

Yamaha confirms Rossi switch

Yamaha confirms Rossi switch

MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi has signed a two-year contract with Yamaha.The deal will see Rossi ride a factory YZR-M1 in the 2004 and 2005 MotoGP world championships and was confirmed in a...

Edwards tests Honda RC211V

Edwards tests Honda RC211V

Colin Edwards has completed his first test on the Honda RC211V he will race in 2004.The American rode in a private test at the Catalunya circuit in Spain for half a day on Tuesday, November 4.MCN’s...