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  • Dovizioso tops 125 practice

    08 July 2003

    First practice for the 125GP bikes at MCN Donington Park has just finished with Andrea Dovizioso topping the time sheets.Dovizioso took his Team Scot Honda to a fastest time of 1:38.761 on the last of his 22 laps, beating Pablo Nieto to the top spot by just .3 of a second.Nieto was the first of seven Aprilias to follow Dovizioso home with Stefano Perugini, Steve Jenkner, Casey Stoner, Youichi Ui,...

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  • De Angelis fastest in 125cc practice

    08 July 2003

    Alex De Angelis pipped Australian Casey Stoner to go fastest in the second practice for the British 125cc GP on Sunday. The Italian heads four Aprilias covered by just 0.076 of a second, with Stefano Perugini in third and Hector Barbera in fourth.Andrea Dovizioso has dropped to fifth on his Honda after leading first qualifying on Friday. Daniel Pedrosa is sixth, Pablo Nieto seventh, Finn Mika...

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  • Gibernau takes third win

    24 June 2003

    Gibernau takes third win

    Sete Gibernau has taken his third MotoGP win this season at the third round of the world championship in Assen.The race was delayed by rain and the standing water made visibility difficult when it did...

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  • Assen first qualifying

    24 June 2003

    Assen first qualifying

    Three Italians head the MotoGP first qualifying time sheets, with Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi and Lori Capirossi all posting two-minute laps.The trio are covered by just 0.2 seconds from Rossi in...

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  • Rossi ups the pace

    24 June 2003

    Rossi ups the pace

    Valentino Rossi has continued to improve his times in the second free practice session at the Dutch round of the MotoGP world championship, in Assen.At the end of the session Rossi was riding nearly...

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  • Final WCM appeal rejected

    24 June 2003

    Final WCM appeal rejected

    The Harris WCM team’s attempt to race in MotoGP has been scuppered once and for all after its final appeal was rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) yesterday, June 26.Team Boss Peter...

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  • Rossi top by half-a-second

    24 June 2003

    Rossi top by half-a-second

    Valentino Rossi went straight to the top of free practice times today, posting a time half-a-second clear of Max Biaggi, his nearest rival.Rossi completed 21 laps, with a best time of 2:01.404, with...

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  • Capirossi on pole for Assen GP

    24 June 2003

    Capirossi on pole for Assen GP

    Loris Capirossi has taken pole position for the Dutch MotoGP race on Saturday with a 1:59.770 lap, moving him ahead of countrymen Max Biaggi and Valentino Rossi.Throughout practice and qualifying the...

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  • Yanagawa to leave hospital at weekend

    17 June 2003

    Yanagawa to leave hospital at weekend

    Kawasaki wildcard rider Akira Yanagawa is due out of hospital in Spain this weekend following his first lap crash at the Spanish MotoGP round on June 15.Yanagawa has been diagnosed with two...

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  • Rossi tops qualifying at Catalunya

    10 June 2003

    Rossi tops qualifying at Catalunya

    Valentino Rossi has taken provisional pole at the sixth round of the MotoGP world championship in Catalunya, Spain.The Italian had to work hard to take provisional pole with the top spot changing...

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  • Rossi on pole despite slower time

    10 June 2003

    Rossi on pole despite slower time

    Valentino Rossi is once again on pole position after the second qualifying session the sixth round of the MotoGP world championship in Catalunya, Spain, despite not being able to better his time from...

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  • Rossi fastest in Spain - Edwards close

    10 June 2003

    Rossi fastest in Spain - Edwards close

    Valentino Rossi has taken his Repsol Honda RC211V to the top spot in the first qualifying session at the sixth round of the MotoGP World Championship in Catalunya, Spain.The Italian rider waited until...

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  • Middle East to host MotoGP round in 2004

    10 June 2003

    Middle East to host MotoGP round in 2004

    A deal has been signed that will see a round of the MotoGP World championship going to the Middle East for the first time.The new round will be held on a track currently being built in the Gulf State...

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  • First MotoGP win for Ducati

    10 June 2003

    First MotoGP win for Ducati

    Loris Capirossi has taken the first MotoGP win for Ducati after only six races.The Italian rider started the sixth round of the world championship, in Catalunya, in second place but took the lead from...

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  • Rossi steals pole position

    03 June 2003

    Rossi steals pole position

    Valentino Rossi has snatched the pole position for Sunday’s MotoGP fifth round at Mugello, Italy. Just beating Loris Capirossi’s time on his last lap.Capirossi didn’t manage to better his time from...

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  • Capirossi tops 203mph in first session

    03 June 2003

    Capirossi tops 203mph in first session

    Lorris Capirossi has already topped the 200mph mark in the first practice at the fifth round of the MotoGP world championship in Mugello, Italy.After 14 laps of the first practice session Capirossi...

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  • Rossi heads all-Italian podium in Italy

    03 June 2003

    Rossi heads all-Italian podium in Italy

    Valentino Rossi overcame tough challenges from his countrymen to take the win at Mugello in Italy today, Sunday June 8.It was works Ducati rider Loris Capirossi who made the best start, giving the...

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  • Capirossi on provisional pole

    03 June 2003

    Capirossi on provisional pole

    Loris Capirossi has continued his quest for speed by not only taking provisional pole for the fifth round of the MotoGP world championship, in Mugello, Italy, but also breaking the GP top speed record...

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  • Melandri impresses in MotoGP practice

    20 May 2003

    Melandri impresses in MotoGP practice

    The threat of a wet weekend for the fourth round of the MotoGP World championship saw all the riders trying to get their best times in a dry first qualifying session at Le Mans.Top of the pile again...

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  • Gibernau takes victory in Le Mans

    20 May 2003

    Gibernau takes victory in Le Mans

    Spaniard Sete Gibernau has won the French GP, benefitting from new rules which have abolished combined, overall times, and resulted in a 13-lap dash to the finish.He battled hard with reigning...

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  • Ducati stays on at Jerez

    13 May 2003

    Ducati stays on at Jerez

    Ducati MotoGP riders Troy Baylis and Loris Capirossi stayed behind after Sunday’s race in Jerez to give their Desmosedici V4s a full workout in a private test session at the Spanish circuit...

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  • Rossi reigns in Spain

    06 May 2003

    Rossi reigns in Spain

    Valentino Rossi has triumphed at the Spanish MotoGP at Jerez today, finishing the race in front of rival Max Biaggi, and emerging contender Troy Bayliss.Rossi, riding the factory Honda RCV, crossed...

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  • Kiyonari to join Gibernau in MotoGP

    06 May 2003

    Kiyonari to join Gibernau in MotoGP

    Reigning Japanese Supersport champion Ryuichi Kiyonari has been selected as Sete Gibernau’s new team-mate in the Gresini Racing Telefonica Movistar team.Gibernau was chosen as the replacement for the...

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  • Ducati duo collided in warm-up

    06 May 2003

    Ducati duo collided in warm-up

    Troy Bayliss’ third place at his third MotoGP is even more remarkable, considering he’d just had a 160mph collision with team-mate Loris Capirossi. " I led on the warm-up lap, and didn’t want to...

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  • Gibernau on provisional pole

    06 May 2003

    Gibernau on provisional pole

    Sete Gibernau has topped the time sheets for the first qualifying session at the third round of the MotoGP World championship in Jerez.The Spanish rider put in over 20 laps to ensure he took the top...

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  • Two-strokes ride again at Jerez

    06 May 2003

    Two-strokes ride again at Jerez

    Kenny Roberts’ Proton team will once again resort to their KR3 two-strokes for Sunday’s Spanish GP at Jerez.The Proton team had hoped to have its new V5 four-stroke machine up and running for Sunday’s...

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  • Gibernau honors Kato with Welkom win

    22 April 2003

    Gibernau honors Kato with Welkom win

    Sete Gibernau took the win at the second round of the MotoGP world championship as a fitting memorial to his late team-mate Daijiro Kato.The start of the race was delayed by 50 minutes after Kenny...

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  • Burns’ WCM fails FIM inspection

    22 April 2003

    Burns’ WCM fails FIM inspection

    Chris Burns’ GP dream has been dealt another blow this weekend after his Harris WCM machine was banned from taking part in the South African GP. An FIM technical team inspected the R1-derived...

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  • Rossi takes provisional pole at Welkom

    22 April 2003

    Rossi takes provisional pole at Welkom

    Valentino Rossi has continued his dominance at the Welkom GP by taking the provisional pole at the end of the first qualifying session.The factory Honda rider – who was wearing a black armband in...

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  • Gibernau honours Kato with pole

    22 April 2003

    Gibernau honours Kato with pole

    Sete Gibernau offered a fitting tribute to his team-mate Daijiro Kato by taking the pole position at the second round of the MotoGP championship in Welkom, South Africa.Gibernau continuously improved...

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  • Sombre mood for Welkom GP

    22 April 2003

    Sombre mood for Welkom GP

    This weekend’s second round of the MotoGP world championship at the Phakisa Freeway in Welkom, South Africa, will not have the usual celebratory atmosphere. Instead the sport will collectively bow its...

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  • Kato succumbs to injuries

    15 April 2003

    Kato succumbs to injuries

    Daijiro Kato, the former 250cc World Champion, has died in hospital in Japan.Kato passed away at 00:42 local time today, Sunday April 20, in the Yokkaichi Central Hospital. Kato, 26, had been in a...

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  • Mugello test for Ducati GP team

    15 April 2003

    Mugello test for Ducati GP team

    Ducati is continuing its policy of getting closer to the public after opening the gates to its latest private test at the Mugello circuit in Italy this week.More than 500 fans watched Ducati riders...

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