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  • Rossi in contract dispute with Honda

    14 January 2002

    Rossi in contract dispute with Honda

    Reigning world champion Valentino Rossi's future with Honda has been thrown into doubt in a contract dispute with Japanese bosses.The world's number one rider and the world's biggest manufacturer are...

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  • Honda 250 hits crisis before it’s raced

    14 January 2002

    Honda 250 hits crisis before it’s raced

    Honda’s new development works 250 GP bike has hit a crisis before it has even been raced as the team it was to be run in this season teeters on the brink of collapse.The RS250R-W, which is due to...

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  • New British four-stroke twin for GPs

    14 January 2002

    New British four-stroke twin for GPs

    Maxsym Engine Technology Ltd have given a public debut to a concept parallel twin-cylinder motor named MC2, which it hopes will be raced in GPs in the season after next.Like Kenny Roberts' Proton...

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  • PlayStation is more than a game for Davies

    07 January 2002

    PlayStation is more than a game for Davies

    Most 14 year-olds spend hours on their PlayStation trying to register high scores but it’s a little more serious for British youngster Chaz Davies.He is currently spending hours with the controls in...

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  • Pit stops and non-stop races for 2003

    07 January 2002

    Pit stops and non-stop races for 2003

    Rain will no longer delay the start or cause races to be paused from 2003 in both GPs and WSB. Racers will be able to make pit stops to change tyres to match changing conditions.Or, of course, they...

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  • Full GP entry lists for 2002 revealed

    07 January 2002

    Full GP entry lists for 2002 revealed

    The FIM has just announced the entry lists for the three MotoGP classes in 2002. They are listed in full right here.125cc class:1 Manuel Poggiali, RSM Gilera Gilera Racing Team 4 Lucio Cecchinello ITA...

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  • Four-stroke rivals head-to-head next month

    01 January 2002

    Four-stroke rivals head-to-head next month

    February 15 will be a landmark day in the future of GP racing because it’s the day when Honda's RCV, Yamaha’s YZR-M1, Suzuki's XRE0 and Aprilia's RS3 will all clash on the track for the first time.The...

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  • GPs tune into pit-to-lid radio

    16 December 2001

    GPs tune into pit-to-lid radio

    Formula One-style helmet radios could be seen in GPs for the 2003 season.The radios will allow riders to communicate with their team while out on the track. They are under development by American...

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  • McWilliams signs to ride Roberts’ KR3

    16 December 2001

    McWilliams signs to ride Roberts’ KR3

    Jeremy McWilliams signed his contract with Kenny Roberts on Monday to ride a Proton KR3 in next year's world GP championship. " I am really happy to have a rider like Jeremy on board, " ...

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  • Laconi lands Aprilia GP four-stroke ride

    09 December 2001

    Laconi lands Aprilia GP four-stroke ride

    Regis Laconi will ride the gorgeous Aprilia four-stroke GP bike in next season’s world championship.It seems his one-off victory in last year’s final WSB round did him a truck load of favours.He may...

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  • Capirossi’s first test scheduled

    09 December 2001

    Capirossi’s first test scheduled

    Loris Capirossi’s works Honda 500 team have confirmed five pre-season tests for the Italian despite rumours that he is poised to make a surprise switch to Aprilia’s four-stroke effort.Capirossi, who...

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  • Harada secures 500 ride

    09 December 2001

    Harada secures 500 ride

    Tetsuya Harada has finally secured his deal to ride a 500 in the 2002 world championship. The 31-year-old former world 250 champion will be run by Shell Advance team boss Jeff Hardwick but not under...

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  • Four Brits secure 2002 GP rides

    02 December 2001

    Four Brits secure 2002 GP rides

    JUST when it was looking like there might be no British riders in GP racing next season, FOUR riders from the UK have secured rides – all within a few days each other.Jeremy McWilliams will ride for...

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  • Exclusive: First pictures of Katoh on the NSR500

    02 December 2001

    New world 250 champion Daijiro Katoh hasn't had much time to dwell on his record-breaking 2001 season as he was back on track testing a works Honda NSR500 for the first time today.Katoh, who beat Mike Hailwood's long-standing 250 record with 11 wins last season, got his pre-season campaign underway with the first of a two-day shakedown test at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Japan.The Telefonica...

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  • Video exclusive: Rossi tests 2002 GP bike

    25 November 2001

    Video exclusive: Rossi tests 2002 GP bike

    Click on the link on the right for our unmissable video exclusive of Valentino Rossi as he gets to grips with his new RCV four stroke around the Jerez circuit in Spain.At this test Rossi sliced over...

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  • First pictures of the Suzuki XREO GP bike

    18 November 2001

    First pictures of the Suzuki XREO GP bike

    SUZUKI’S all-new GP four-stroke will be a surprise entrant to the new-look 2002 world championship series.The Japanese factory initially said it would use 2002 as a development year for the bike code...

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  • Rossi and Bayliss collide

    18 November 2001

    Rossi and Bayliss collide

    World champions Troy Bayliss and Valentino Rossi will race head-to-head on equal machinery for the first time next month although sadly it will be on four wheels and not two.World Superbike champ...

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  • Haslam forced to 250s

    18 November 2001

    LEON HASLAM is expected to confirm this week that he will ride in next year's world 250 championship.The 18-year-old British rider has been forced to drop into 250s after he couldn't secure a ride in the 500 class.After an up and down rookie season in the world 500 championship, he looked like he would be retained by the Shell Advance Honda squad to ride a production Honda NSR V-twin.That option...

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  • Grand Prix attendance breaks records

    18 November 2001

    Grand Prix attendance breaks records

    The biggest crowd at the British GP in years helped break new attendance figures for a world championship season.Official figures released by series organisers Dorna said 1,588.635 attended GPs to see...

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  • Criville on course for Yamaha GP ride

    11 November 2001

    Criville on course for Yamaha GP ride

    Former world 500 champion Alex Criville will find out later this week if his career has been saved by a shock move to Yamaha.The Spaniard appeared to be heading for enforced retirement when he was...

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