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Barros signs for Gauloises Yamaha

Barros signs for Gauloises Yamaha

Alex Barros has ended his four-year relationship with Honda to move to the Gauloises Yamaha squad.The 32-year-old Brazilian, revitalised by Honda RCV four-stroke, took two wins this season for the...

Capirossi tests Ducati MotGP bike

Capirossi tests Ducati MotGP bike

Loris Capirossi made his debut on the Desmosedeci MotoGP bike today as his Ducati Corse team began testing at Valencia.It was the 29-year-old Italian’s first chance to ride a four-stroke and he put in...

Yamaha announces new sponsor

Yamaha announces new sponsor

Yamaha has just signed a two-year deal with the tobacco giant Altadis to sponsor its factory MotoGP squad. Altadis is the parent company to Fortuna, Spain’s number one selling brand of cigarettes. The...

Haga to join Edwards at Aprilia

Haga to join Edwards at Aprilia

Aprilia has confirmed that the Samurai of Slide himself Noriyuki Haga will join Colin Edwards on the Aprilia RS3 in MotoGP next year.The squad will also switch to the favoured Michelin tyres away from...

First MotoGP tests underway

First MotoGP tests underway

The 2002 season only finished on Sunday, but riders are already testing ahead of next season.Max Biaggi and Sete Giberanu remained behind at Valencia, the scene of Sunday’s season finale, to get their...

Barros on provisional pole in Valencia

Barros on provisional pole in Valencia

Alex Barros has taken provisional pole in Valencia ahead of the final MotoGP round of 2002 on Sunday. The Brazilian posted a time of 1’33.584 on his West Honda RCV, edging out Yamaha’s Max Biaggi by...

Barros denies Rossi record in Valencia

Barros denies Rossi record in Valencia

Brazilian Alex Barros denied Valentino Rossi an historic 12th win in one season when he nicked the win in the final 2002 MotoGP round in Valencia today.There was drama right at the start, when Carlos...

Biaggi on pole in Valencia

Biaggi on pole in Valencia

If they weren’t already ruing their dismissal of Max Biaggi in August Yamaha bosses must certainly be kicking themselves hard now after the mercurial Italian slotted his M1 on pole in Valencia...

Telefonica rings changes at Suzuki

Telefonica rings changes at Suzuki

Telefonica Movistar, the Spanish mobile phone giant, has ended its two-year association with the Suzuki MotoGP squad. This weekend’s Valencia GP will be the last time Suzukis will sport the famous...

Bayliss to debut Ducati at Valencia

Bayliss to debut Ducati at Valencia

Troy Bayliss will give Ducati’s new MotoGP machine its public debut at the Valencia Grand Prix on November 3.He’ll be riding the Desmosedeci V4 four-stroke on a few demonstration laps ahead of the...

Buster Roberts passes away

THE Grand Prix racing paddock is in mourning after the death of one of its biggest personalities. Buster Roberts, father to Kenny Roberts Snr, passed away last night (October 27) in hospital in California after a brief illness. He was 81.Buster was the driving forced behind the dynasty which has seen two generations of Roberts win GP world titles, having put Kenny Snr on a bike before his eighth...

KTM names Locatelli in 125 squad

KTM names Locatelli in 125 squad

KTM has named one of the riders it will field in the 2003 125GP season. Roberto Locatelli, the 2000 125cc champion, returns to the minnow class after an indifferent 2002 season in the 250s. He’ll be...

McWilliams takes pole in Phillip Island

McWilliams takes pole in Phillip Island

Jeremy McWilliams has put the Proton KR on pole position for Sunday’s MotoGP in Australia. He qualified 0.4 seconds ahead of Australian Gary McCoy. The other Proton KR of Nobuatsu Aoki qualified in...

Rossi warms up for rally debut

Rossi warms up for rally debut

Valentino Rossi has been warming up for his rallying debut in next month’s Rally of Great Britain with a special test of his World Rally Championship (WRC) – spec Peugeot 206.There’s a rare personal...

Barros back on top, Down Under

Alex Barros has continued his excellent run of form on the Honda RCV with a provisional pole start in Friday’s qualifying ahead of the Australian MotoGP round on Sunday.The West Honda rider ‘s time of 1’33.002 around the 2.78 mile Phillip Island circuit was just a tenth ahead of home favourite Garry McCoy on the Red Bull Yamaha YZR two-stroke. As if to prove the strokers have one last hurrah left...

Rossi wins in Oz

Valentino Rossi continued his amazing season with victory in Australia. He finished at the head of five Hondas, sharing the podium with Alex Barros and Tohru Ukawa. Daijiro Katoh and Jurgen van den Goorbergh took fourth and fifth.Max Biaggi was the leading non-Honda, ahead of Nobuastsu Aoki who finished seventh on the Proton KR. Eighth was Olivier Jacque, ninth Kenny Roberts Jr and tenth Jeremy...

2003 Grand Prix Calendar

2003 Grand Prix Calendar

The FIM has just released the details of dates and venues for the 2003 Grand Prix calendar.Round 1: April 6, Suzuka, JapanRound 2: April 27, Welkom, South AfricaRound 3: May 11, Jerez, SpainRound 4:...

Barros builds with Sepang pole

Barros builds with Sepang pole

Alex Barros is emerging as the unlikely challenger to the dominance of Valentino Rossi in MotoGP after taking pole in Sepang today ahead of Sunday’s Malaysion Grand Prix.Despite only having sat on the...

Biaggi scraps for Sepang victory

Biaggi scraps for Sepang victory

Max Biaggi finally broke his four-stroke duck with a win in the searing heat of Sepang in Sunday’s Malaysian round of the MotoGP calendar.The Malboro Yamaha rider benefited from the three-way scrap...

McWilliams and Aoki re-sign for Roberts

McWilliams and Aoki re-sign for Roberts

Jeremy McWilliams will continue to partner Nobuatso Aoki in the Proton/Kenny Roberts set-up in 2003 it has just been announced.The pair will ride the new Proton/KR V5 four-stroke currently under...

Abe lands M1 for Phillip Island, Valencia

Abe lands M1 for Phillip Island, Valencia

It has been confirmed by the factory that Norick Abe will get a four-stroke M1 MotoGP machine from Yamaha to contest the final two rounds of the season.Abe, the leading Yamaha two-stroke rider in the...

Pitt to ride ZX-RR at Sepang

Pitt to ride ZX-RR at Sepang

Aussie Andrew Pitt will replace the injured Akira Yanagawa on Kawasaki’s ZX-RR MotoGP machine for the rest of the season, starting with the Malaysian GP in Sepang on October13.The 2001 World...

Ukawa leads Honda charge in Sepang

Ukawa leads Honda charge in Sepang

Tohru Ukawa blazed to provisional pole in Sepang today, setting himself at the head of an all-Honda four-stroke front row ahead of Sunday’s MotoGP round in Malaysia.The Japanese rider’s time of...

Roberts re-signs with Suzuki

Roberts re-signs with Suzuki

Kenny Roberts has just inked a new contract that will keep him with the factory Suzuki MotoGP squad for the next two years.It comes on the back of his maiden podium in the new class, scored at the...

Katoh confirms Motegi pole

Katoh confirms Motegi pole

Daijiro Katoh will start from pole position in Sunday’s Japanese round of the MotoGP championship after no-one challenged his time of 1.49.052, set during Friday’s qualifying, in Saturday’s...

Barros makes good on RCV in Motegi

Barros makes good on RCV in Motegi

Alex Barros repaid Honda and team boss Sito Pons’ faith with a win in Motegi on his debut ride on the West Honda RCV four-stroke as Honda took a one-two-three in today’s MotoGP race.A tense race-long...

Kato grabs provisional pole in Motegi

Kato grabs provisional pole in Motegi

Daijiro Kato put on a show for his home fans with a last gasp stunner to take provisional pole at the Twin Ring in Motegi today.With just a few minutes remaining in the session, Yamaha’s Max Biaggi...

Barros gets RCV for Motegi GP

Barros gets RCV for Motegi GP

Alex Barros has been confirmed as the beneficiary of the sole RCV four-stroke available to the West Honda squad for the rest of the 2002 MotoGP season.Barros said: " I am very excited about my...

Rossi to test BAR F1 car

Rossi to test BAR F1 car

Valentino Rossi is lined up to test an F1 car at the end of the year. The boss of British American Racing (BAR) David Richards has reached an agreement with the 23-year-old’s Repsol Honda squad to try...

McWilliams cracks collarbone in Rio

McWilliams cracks collarbone in Rio

While Valentino Rossi was popping champaign corks to celebrate his win in Rio and new MotoGp title, Jeremy McWilliams was popping painkillers after his bike seized, spitting the Ulsterman off,...

MotoGP’s musical chairs

MotoGP’s musical chairs

The silly season is well and truly upon us. As contract time approaches, Yamaha and Suzuki both feature in the latest tranche of rumour and manoeuvre.Norick Abe is said to be on the verge of quitting...

Biaggi claims provisional Rio pole

Biaggi claims provisional Rio pole

Yamaha’s soon-to-be-ex rider Max Biaggi has slotted his Yamaha M1 on provisional pole at the Nelson Piquet Circuit in Rio ahead of Saturday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.His time of 1:51.854 pipped Valentino...

Don’t forget: Saturday is the Rio GP

Don’t forget: Saturday is the Rio GP

Free practice for the MotoGP class has just ended in Rio ahead of Saturday’s Grand Prix, and it’s Valentino Rossi topping the timing sheets.1)V Rossi (1:52.359) 2)N Abe (1:52.712) 3)M Biaggi...

Bayliss and Capirossi on Ducati GP bike

Bayliss and Capirossi on Ducati GP bike

It has just been revealed that Troy Bayliss will join forces with Loris Capirossi on the Ducati MotoGP machine in 2003.The two riders have signed two-year contracts to ride the new Desmosedici V4 in...

Rossi takes the title with a win in Rio

Rossi takes the title with a win in Rio

He’s been 125cc world champion, he’s been 250cc world champion and he’s been the 500cc world champion. Now Valentino Rossi can add the maiden MotoGP crown to his trophy cabinet after winning a soaking...

Nakano and Jacque get M1s

Nakano and Jacque get M1s

It’s just been announced that Olivier Jacque and his Tech 3 Yamaha teammate Shinya Nakano will get the four-stroke Yamaha M1 MotoGP machines from the Malaysian GP onwards.The Malaysian Grand Prix...