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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • McWilliams likely to sign for Aprilia

    18 November 2003

    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...

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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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  • Xaus joins Hodgson in Ducati GP team

    11 November 2003

    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...

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  • Yamaha confirms Rossi switch

    04 November 2003

    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...

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  • Edwards tests Honda RC211V

    04 November 2003

    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...

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  • MotoGP Scalextric unveiled

    04 November 2003

    Model and toy firm Hornby has announced a new MotoGP Scalextric slot racing package.Scalextric has secured the MotoGP licence from Dorna, allowing the series to include every rider and manufacturer in the championship. The first deliveries are expected in Spring 2004 to coincide with the opening rounds of the 2004 championship.The bikes will be powered by a small electric motor driving the rear...

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  • GP testing starts for 2004

    04 November 2003

    GP testing starts for 2004

    The MotoGP squads have started preparation early for next season with many of the teams staying on after this year's final race in Valencia for two days of hard testing.After a brief rest on Monday...

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  • Valencia victory for Rossi, Stoner and De Puniet

    01 November 2003

    The tension continues to build towards Honda’s official announcement this afternoon, following Valentino Rossi’s win at Valencia.Rossi underlined why there is so much interest in his future, triumphing over Sete Gibernau. Loris Capirossi took third on the Desmosedici Ducati. Jeremy McWilliams took 12th on the Proton KR bike.1) Rossi. 2) Gibernau. 3) Capirossi. 4) Biaggi. 5) Checa. 6) Barros. 7)...

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  • Stoner takes debut 125cc win

    01 November 2003

    Casey Stoner has taken his first-ever 125cc win at Valencia. The 18-year-old Australian overcame the best efforts of Hector Barbera to hold the lead to the flag.Barbera eventually finished third after an attempt to snatch the lead at the last corner saw him run wide and let Steve Jenkner past.1) Stoner. 2) Jenkner. 3) Barbera. 4) Simoncelli. 5) Giansanti. 6) Bautista. 7) Nieto. 8) Dovizioso. 9)...

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  • Poggiali third seals 250cc title

    01 November 2003

    Manuel Poggiali took the 2003 250cc title with a third place at Valencia behind Randy De Puniet and Toni Elias.Title challenger Roberto Rolfo saw his championship hopes fade with a sixth place. Britain’s Chaz Davies finished in 13th place.1) De Puniet. 2) Elias. 3) Poggiali. 4) Guintoli. 5) Nieto. 6) Porto. 7) Rolfo. 8) Battaini. 9) Bataille. 10) Debon 11) Matsudo. 12) Heidolf. 13) Davies. 14)...

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  • Rossi leaves Honda; Edwards joins

    01 November 2003

    Rossi leaves Honda; Edwards joins

    Valentino Rossi has confirmed that he is not riding for Honda in 2004. Meanwhile Colin Edwards has signed to ride alongside Sete Gibernau under Telefonica Movistar colours.Rossi said that the reason...

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  • Abe fastest in practice at Valencia

    28 October 2003

    Abe fastest in practice at Valencia

    Yamaha’s Norrick Abe heads the first practice session at Valencia, riding for Fortuna Yamaha as a replacement for regular rider Marco Melandri. His time is over two seconds quicker than Garry McCoy,...

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  • Rossi and Hodgson latest as it breaks

    28 October 2003

    Rossi and Hodgson latest  as it breaks

    The final round of the 2004 MotoGP championship promises some huge news about the coming season. MCN is expecting that Neil Hodgson to confirm his departure from WSB on Saturday to join the D’Antin...

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  • Rossi on provisional pole for Sunday

    28 October 2003

    Rossi on provisional pole for Sunday

    Valentino Rossi posted a new qualifying record lap to take provisional pole for Sunday’s Spanish GP at Valencia.The Italian posted a time of 1:33.643 to lead an all-Honda front row. The only other...

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  • Abe replaces injured Melandri

    21 October 2003

    Abe replaces injured Melandri

    Norrick Abe will fill in for injured Fortuna Yamaha regular Marco Melandri at the Valencia GP on Sunday, November 2.The 28-year-old Japanese rider will replace regular team member Melandri for the...

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  • Rossi plays down F1 move

    14 October 2003

    Rossi plays down F1 move

    Newly-crowned MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi has played down the rumours that he will be driving a Formula 1 car next year.Rossi was offered a no-strings-attached test drive of the Ferrari F1...

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  • McWilliams ninth in qualifying practice

    14 October 2003

    McWilliams ninth in qualifying practice

    Jeremy McWilliams, who last year claimed pole at Phillip Island on a two-stroke, is in a provisional ninth place on the Proton V5 for this Sunday’s MotoGP at the Australian circuit.Valentino Rossi set...

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  • Rossi on pole at Phillip Island

    14 October 2003

    Rossi on pole at Phillip Island

    Valentino Rossi has taken his Honda RCV to pole position for Sunday’s Australian GP, beating Ducati’s Loris Capirossi in to second place.The newly crowned world champion beat Capirossi’s team-mateTroy...

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  • Rossi wins despite penalty

    14 October 2003

    Rossi wins despite penalty

    Valentino Rossi has won the penultimate MotoGP race of the year in fantastic style, taking the win despite incurring his second time penalty of the season.Rossi had a bad start to the race, running...

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  • Rossi set for shock Yamaha switch

    07 October 2003

    Rossi set for shock Yamaha switch

    Valentino Rossi is looking more and more likely to make a shock switch from Honda to Yamaha in 2004.GP sources claim the deal is already done – but nothing official is expected until Sunday’s Malaysia...

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  • Rossi keeps world guessing

    07 October 2003

    Rossi keeps world guessing

    Valentino Rossi looks set to keep the world waiting anxiously for an answer on his future for a few more days yet.It seems all the huge speculation surrounding his future won’t come to an end until...

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  • Sepang pole for Rossi

    07 October 2003

    Amidst rumours about a possible switch to Yamaha, Valentino Rossi put his Honda RC211V on pole for the Malaysian GP on Sunday.Rossi created a new pole lap record of 2:02.480 on his way to the front of the grid. Second place goes to Spaniard Carlos Checa, with Makoto Tamada third.1) Rossi 2:02.480. 2) Checa 2:02.885. 3) Tamada 2:03.138. 4) Biaggi 2:03.254. 5) Nakano 2:03.342. 6) Capirossi 2:03.376.

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  • Rossi is champion again

    07 October 2003

    Rossi is champion again

    Valentino Rossi has won his seventh race of the year to seal the MotoGP championship for the second year running.The world champion sat behind Sete Gibernau for early part of the race but at half...

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  • De Puniet on provisional 250cc pole

    01 October 2003

    Randy De Puniet has put his Aprilia at the front of the provisional front row for Sunday’s Pacific GP at Motegi. The French star heads Spaniard Toni Elias and Japanese wildcard Yuki Takahashi. Championship leader Manuel Poggiali settled for fourth fastest.Britain’s Chas Davies finished in 14th place on the Aprilia Germany bike.1) De Puniet 1:53.247. 2) Elias 1:53.545. 3) Takahashi 1:54.351. 4)...

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  • Gibernau claims provisional pole at Motegi

    01 October 2003

    Gibernau claims provisional pole at Motegi

    Sete Gibernau set a new pole record at the Motegi circuit today to put himself on the provisional top spot for Sunday’s Pacific GP.The Spaniard broke the existing record, held by former team-mate...

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  • Biaggi on pole at Pacific GP

    01 October 2003

    Biaggi on pole at Pacific GP

    Max Biaggi will start from pole position at the Pacific GP at Motegi on Sunday. The Italian headed the timesheets in qualifying with a new pole record of 1:47.696 with seconds left in the session.The...

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  • Dovizioso fastest in 125cc qualifying

    01 October 2003

    Andrea Dovizioso heads the timesheets after the first 125cc qualifying session for the Pacific GP on Sunday.Dovizioso posted a time of 1:58.988, one-tenth quicker than fellow Honda rider Daniel Pedrosa. Alex De Angelis is third on the Aprilia, with the Derbi of Jorge Lorenzo completing the front row. Australian Casey Stoner heads an all-Aprilia second row.1) Dovizioso 1:58.988. 2) Pedrosa...

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  • Ryo gets wildcard GP ride

    23 September 2003

    Ryo gets wildcard GP ride

    The Suzuki MotoGP team has announced that factory test rider Akira Ryo will be riding as a wildcard entry in both the Motegi and Sepang rounds of the championship.Ryo made six appearances as a Suzuki...

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  • Gibernau signs two-year deal

    23 September 2003

    Gibernau signs two-year deal

    Sete Gibernau has signed a deal for the next two seasons with his current Honda Telefonica Movistar squad.The Spaniard is currently second in the world championship in his first year on the Honda...

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  • Rossi rules in Rio

    16 September 2003

    Rossi rules in Rio

    Valentino Rossi took victory at the Brazilian GP with a masterful display of riding.The Italian reigning MotoGP champion followed title rival Sete Gibernau in the early stages of the race before...

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  • Rossi fastest in Rio practice

    16 September 2003

    Rossi fastest in Rio practice

    Valentino Rossi has gone quickest in free practice for Saturday’s Brazilian MotoGP.The Italian posted a fastest time of 1:51.043 in Jacarepagua, over half-a-second quicker than championship rival Sete...

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