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  • Ueda hopes for Brno return

    12 August 2002

    Ueda hopes for Brno return

    Nobby Ueda is hopeful he’ll be back to fitness in time for the Czech GP at Brno on August 25.The 35-year-old veteran of the 125cc class has been out since he injured his neck and hip crashing heavily...

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  • Checa extends contract with Yamaha

    01 August 2002

    Checa extends contract with Yamaha

    Carlos Checa has extended his contract with Yamaha to run for another two years. He will continue the ride the YZR-M1 that has taken him to fifth so far this season. The 29-year old Spaniard has raced...

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  • Pere Riba aims for Brno return

    01 August 2002

    Pere Riba aims for Brno return

    Pere Riba says his broken leg won’t be 100 per cent in time for the Czech GP at Brno on August 25, but he’s going to race anyway. Riba says; " I’m feeling better and my condition is improving. I...

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  • Jacque claims pole in Germany

    15 July 2002

    Jacque claims pole in Germany

    Olivier Jacque pulled off the shock of the season so far by claiming the first pole position for a two-stroke this season in Germany today.The French rider crossed the line with just under 10 seconds...

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  • Rossi makes it seven in a row

    15 July 2002

    Despite a poor start, Valentino Rossi claimed victory in Germany, making it seven wins in a row for the Italian.It was his Honda team-mate, Tohru Ukawa, who led the early stages of the race, until Alex Barros found his way past on lap seven, leading an eight-man fight for the lead. Barros was locked in a tussle with Frenchman Olivier Jacque, but both riders failed to finish.It was Max Biaggi who...

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  • Katoh gets RC211V for Czech GP

    15 July 2002

    Katoh gets RC211V for Czech GP

    Daijiro Katoh will race a Honda RC211V four-stroke at the Czech Republic GP. Honda will enter a third bike for the reigning 250cc World Champion, who is a HRC contracted rider, currently being leased...

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  • MCN: Your British GP souvenir

    15 July 2002

    MCN: Your British GP souvenir

    If you were one of the 60,000 there, if you wished you had been, if you watched it on TV, or missed everything, you need this week’s MCN, out on Wednesday, July 17.We’ve got a full 16 pages of...

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  • Marlboro and Yamaha part company

    15 July 2002

    Marlboro and Yamaha part company

    Yamaha has announced the end of their sponsorship by cigarette brand Marlboro. The deal will cease at the end of 2002, after three years with Marlboro as the team’s main sponsor.It doesn’t look like...

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  • Show your support for Jezza

    08 July 2002

    Show your support for Jezza

    Jeremy McWilliams is Britain’s only rider in MotoGPs this season, and he’s hoping the fans at Donington will give him the same kind of support that has led to Brands World Superbikes turning into a...

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  • British GP results: Rossi wins again

    08 July 2002

    British GP results: Rossi wins again

    Good weather and big crowds have marked this year’s British GP, but if you couldn’t make it, we’ve got all the results…MotoGP results:Valentino Rossi rode a textbook race to win at Donington, despite...

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  • Capirossi to miss Donington GP

    01 July 2002

    Capirossi to miss Donington GP

    Loris Capirossi will miss the British GP at MCN Donington Park on July 14 after crashing heavily at Assen on Saturday. For more on this story, don’t miss the latest issue of MCN, out Wednesday July...

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  • Kawasaki’s MotoGP machine sharpens up

    24 June 2002

    Kawasaki’s MotoGP machine sharpens up

    These are the latest pictures of Kawasaki’s ZX-RR four-stroke Grand Prix bike and it shows how much the designers have drawn from Honda’s successful RCV design. You can read more on the Kawasaki...

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  • Rossi takes pole at damp Assen

    24 June 2002

    Rossi takes pole at damp Assen

    Valentino Rossi splashed to his sixth pole of the season at Assen today, ahead of Saturday’s MotoGP round.The Honda rider made the most of the two combined sessions as bad weather disrupted normal...

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  • Rossi makes it six wins in Assen

    24 June 2002

    Rossi makes it six wins in Assen

    Valentino Rossi continued his winning ways with another dominant performance at the Dutch GP on Saturday, taking his tally of wins this season to six out of seven so far.But it was the old school...

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  • Biaggi beats Rossi’s record

    17 June 2002

    Biaggi beats Rossi’s record

    Marlboro Yamaha rider Max Biaggi went under Valentino Rossi’s lap record, set only a couple of days earlier, while testing development Michelin tyres at Catalunya.The Yamaha team were joined by the...

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  • Rossi claims fifth win in Catalunya

    17 June 2002

    Rossi claims fifth win in Catalunya

    Valentino Rossi took another step to retaining his world crown with his fifth win of the 2002 MotoGP season in Catalunya on Sunday.The Honda rider let Yamaha’s Carlos Checa make the early running and...

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  • Italian motorcycle legend dies

    17 June 2002

    Italy lost one of its most famous motorcycling heroes yesterday when 250 GP legend Walter Villa passed away at his Modena home. The 58-year-old died of a heart attack.Villa dominated the quarter-litre class in the mid seventies, taking three consecutive 250 GP crowns in 1974, '75 and '76, all on Harley-Davidsons. He also managed to take the 350cc GP world title in 1976, making him one of the last...

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  • Eddie Lawson enters Hall of Fame

    10 June 2002

    Eddie Lawson enters Hall of Fame

    Four-time 500cc world champion and GP legend Eddie Lawson has been inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Detroit.Lawson won 31 500cc GPs in a riding career spanning three decades.

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  • Meet the MotoGP stars this July

    03 June 2002

    Meet the MotoGP stars this July

    Ahead of the MCN Donington Park British Grand Prix there’s the traditional Riders for Health Day of Champions. You can shake hands with all the top Grand Prix stars, bid for loads of one-off items in...

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  • Rossi digs deep for Mugello win

    01 June 2002

    Rossi digs deep for Mugello win

    Valentino Rossi’s MotoGP victory in Mugello won’t be remembered so much for the way in which the defending champion scorched to another victory, so much as the race when Yamaha’s four-stroke challenge...

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  • Ducati unveils its new GP bike

    27 May 2002

    Ducati unveils its new GP bike

    Ducati has just lifted the veil of secrecy surrounding its new four-stroke Grand Prix bike. For a full report on the new Ducati GP machine, don’t miss the June 5 issue of MCN.Until today Ducati had...

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  • Ryo handed European GP rides

    27 May 2002

    Ryo handed European GP rides

    Akira Ryo, the Japanese rider who took Suzuki’s GSR-V four-stroke GP bike to a debut podium in Suzuka this year, will return for the factory for a handful of European rounds – starting with the...

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  • Checa edges provisional Le Mans pole

    13 May 2002

    Checa edges provisional Le Mans pole

    Carlos Checa made a mockery of Yamaha’s four-stroke troubles when he grabbed a shock MotoGP provisional pole position in Le Mans today.The Spaniard took his YZR-M1 to the top of the leaderboard in the...

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  • Get GP news on your phone

    13 May 2002

    Get GP news on your phone

    This weekend it’s the turn of Le Mans in France to host the MotoGP circus. Suzuki, Yamaha and Aprilia have been working overtime, trying to get their four-strokes to match the pace of Honda’s dynamic...

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  • Victory in France for Rossi

    13 May 2002

    Victory in France for Rossi

    Valentino Rossi won a rain-hit French GP at Le Mans to maintain the Honda RCV’s perfect start to the 2002 season.Crucially, the Italian had taken the lead on lap 21 when he passed team-mate Tohru...

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  • Capirossi’s RCV ultimatum

    01 May 2002

    Capirossi’s RCV ultimatum

    MotoGP star Loris Capirossi is warning Honda he’ll leave next year if he doesn’t get the same machinery as Valentino Rossi.Fo the full story on Capirossi’s demands,don’t miss the new issue of MCN, out...

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  • Rossi claims provisional pole in Jerez

    01 May 2002

    Rossi claims provisional pole in Jerez

    Valentino Rossi has claimed another provisional pole today in Jerez, Spain ahead of Sunday’s MotoGP race. But Daijiro Katoh proved that the new four-strokes won’t have it their own way as he led a...

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  • Get GP results on your mobile

    01 May 2002

    Get GP results on your mobile

    It’s going to be the most breath-taking, wheel-spinning, mad-overtaking, superstar-creating GP season since Noah was a lad. Make sure you’re bang up to date with every qualifying session and race...

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  • Rossi reigns (again) in Spain

    01 May 2002

    Rossi reigns (again) in Spain

    Valentino Rossi swept to a well-deserved victory in Jerez, Spain, today.Fighting back after an early clash with Suzuki’s KennyRobererts he closed back up to the front and a dice with his Repsol Honda...

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