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Riba quits WSS to take Criville ride

Riba quits WSS to take Criville ride

Spanish World Supersport star Pere Riba has quit his Honda team to take Alex Criville's vacant works Yamaha GP slot.It was confirmed on Friday morning in Spain that negotiations between Riba and team...

McCrae firm signs up schoolboy Chaz

McCrae firm signs up schoolboy Chaz

British teenager Chaz Davies has been signed by a new sports management company run by former world rally champion Colin McRae.The 15-year-old, who will ride a kitted Aprilia in this year's world 125...

Criville up all night to solve fainting fits

Criville up all night to solve fainting fits

Alex Criville will be locked in a room and made to stay awake for over two days in a bid to pinpoint the cause of the fainting fits which forced him to take a break from GPs this season.One of the...

Harada crashes in testing

Harada crashes in testing

Honda rider Tetsuya Harada's 2002 world championship preparations have suffered a massive blow after he highsided his NSR500 and broke a collarbone in tests at Estoril.The former world 250 champion...

Details of Ducati GP bike emerge

Details of Ducati’s GP V4 four-stroke are emerging and there is now confirmation that a road bike based on it " is in the plans " .First pictures of the race bike are expected to emerge in three to four weeks. They will show a Ducati unlike any other. The bike is currently being wind-tunnel tested to ensure optimum efficiency. It will have a long nose, a minimalist five-tube trellis...

McCoy faces race to be fit

McCoy faces race to be fit

TOP GP rider Garry McCoy has been flown by private plane to Austria for a specialist assessment on a double break of his right leg.The Red Bull Yamaha 500 rider was airlifted from Estoril in Portugal...

Davies, 15, makes GP test debut

Davies, 15, makes GP test debut

Chaz Davies clocked the 29th fastest time on day one of the 125cc IRTA tests at Valencia, which conclude on Tuesday.British schoolboy Davies, 15, only completed 27 laps but managed a respectable time...

First blood to two-strokes at GP test

First blood to two-strokes at GP test

Yamaha’s supposedly " best " bike, in the hands of its " best " riders, was left trailing in the wake of Gary McCoy’s two-stroke at Valencia’s opening ITRA test.In fact,...

Criville: I’ll be back… I hope

Criville: I’ll be back… I hope

Former world 500 champion Alex Criville’s " retirement " will be short-lived, if he can win his battle against fainting fits.Criville revealed his decision to pull out for at least six...

Criville announces retirement

Criville announces retirement

Former world 500 champion Alex Criville is retiring from racing.Criville, who became Spain’s first world 500 champion in 1999, was expected to hold a press conference during the second day of the...

Roberts’ test feedback inspires next XRE0

Roberts’ test feedback inspires next XRE0

Suzuki is already working on the next generation of its XRE0 four-stroke engine based on feedback from Kenny Roberts and Sete Gibernau current winter testing at the Eastern Creek circuit in...

Suzuki & Kawasaki four-strokes have it all to do

Suzuki & Kawasaki four-strokes have it all to do

SUZUKI and Kawasaki look to have their work cut out to catch Valentino Rossi and the Honda V5 this season… or the next.All three factories tested at Sepang last week, and while Rossi and the RCV were...

£10m Rossi THREE seconds under lap record

£10m Rossi THREE seconds under lap record

VALENTINO ROSSI and the new Honda RCV four-stroke have gone an incredible THREE SECONDS faster than lap record pace in tests at Sepang, Malaysia.The reigning world champ’s unprecedented performance...

Ducati reveals plan for V4 engine

Ducati reveals plan for V4 engine

Ducati has broken with its V-twin tradition with its proposed GP engine: It’s going to be a V4.And while company bosses were giving little away when they released the news at 3pm CET on February 4, it...

First pictures: Kawasaki’s GP four-stroke

First pictures: Kawasaki’s GP four-stroke

KAWASAKI’S new four-stroke GP bike has tested at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia – and this early prototype is said to have a lot in common with the firm’s ZX-7R superbike.Underneath the fairing is a...

MZ unveils ‘250bhp’ V4 GP bike

MZ unveils ‘250bhp’ V4 GP bike

THESE are the first pictures of MZ’s contender for the new four-stroke MotoGP series.At the bike’s launch in Leipzig, Germany, the firm announced that a version of the bike’s 250bhp, 90-degree V4...

GP noise limit raised to 125dB

GP noise limit raised to 125dB

NOISE limits for the new four-stroke GP class have been raised to make the series more appealing to fans.There had been a concern that under the current limit of 113dB post-race (110dB pre-race), fans...

Sauber GP project is revived

Sauber GP project is revived

SAUBER'S four-stroke GP project is definitely back on - and the bike could be tested again within six weeks.Development of the GP1, which was given its public debut by Niall Mackenzie in Malaysia last...

Rossi ends row with Honda

Rossi ends row with Honda

Valentino Rossi ended his contract row with Honda on Friday and signed a two-year deal to ride the four-stroke RCV.The 22-year-old Italian will fly to Japan tomorrow to officially sign and attend a...

Ducati to unveil GP engine

Ducati will unveil details of the new four-stroke GP motor it will race in 2003 on Monday.The Italian marque will release computer aided images of the new engine, plus technical details about the new bike which has been under development since bosses announced at last year's Spanish GP in Jerez that it would enter the four-stroke fray.Four-stroke mania is gathering more and more momentum with...

Checa tries latest M1 at Almeria

Checa tries latest M1 at Almeria

Carlos Checa has been out on the latest version of Yamaha's factory four-stroke YZR-M1 at Almeria this week.The Marlboro Yamaha rider evaluated new engine and suspension parts in his first outing...

Suzuki to run four-stroke GP bike in home series, too

Suzuki to run four-stroke GP bike in home series, too

A year ahead of schedule, Kenny Roberts got a ride on Suzuki’s new four-stroke GP bike when he tested the V4 XRE0 in Japan over the weekend.And his hopes of getting back to winning ways on it have...

Ukawa beats Rossi’s record in Sepang test

Ukawa beats Rossi’s record in Sepang test

Tohru Ukawa broke the Sepang lap record on Tuesday, day two of Honda's latest test, as record holder Valentino Rossi sat at home waiting to resolve his contract dispute with Honda.Ukawa clocked a best...

Aprilia’s four-stroke RS3 racer tested for first time

Aprilia’s four-stroke RS3 racer tested for first time

Aprilia’s new four-stroke RS3 three-cylinder four-stroke GP bike was wheeled out for testing for the first time on Thursday at Jerez in Spain.Regis Laconi didn't throw his leg over the new machine.

Morrison to ride for BMW GB in BoxerCup

Morrison to ride for BMW GB in BoxerCup

BMW GB has confirmed its team line-up for this year’s International BoxerCup – the one-make series that supports the MotoGP and World Endurance Championships. Current World Endurance Champion Brian...

Kawasaki’s four-stroke GP bike to debut this season

Kawasaki’s four-stroke GP bike to debut this season

Kawasaki’s new four-cylinder four-stroke GP bike will feature in selected races in this year's GP world championship.The Japanese company announced on Tuesday morning that its new in-line four is...

Capirossi makes the most of Rossi’s absence

Capirossi makes the most of Rossi’s absence

Valentino Rossi’s no-show and dismal weather put a dampener on Honda's latest GP test at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia on Monday.While rivals like Loris Capirossi and Alex Barros were making their...

Now Ukawa betters Rossi by almost a second

Now Ukawa betters Rossi by almost a second

Tohru Ukawa suffered another crash on the final day of Honda's four-stroke test in Malaysia on Wednesday but it didn't stop the Japanese rider from going almost a second under Valentino Rossi's lap...

McWilliams webchat; full transcript

McWilliams webchat; full transcript

GP racer Jeremy McWilliams reckons NSR500 rider Daijiro Katoh will be the man to challenge Honda four-stroke rider Valentino Rossi for the title this season.Biaggi and Nakano will be the men scrapping...

Jeremy McWilliams: In his own words

Flanker: Jezza, what are your thoughts of the up-and-coming season. Do you think you'll win the title?JeremyMcWilliams: *laughs*. I wouldn't be here if I didn't think I had a chance, and I was very encouraged after the first test. Especially lapping within the top four times over a simulated race distance. Genuinely we're happy. I never thought we'd be so close so soon. I'd never ridden on...

Honda confident Rossi will sign

Honda confident Rossi will sign

Valentino Rossi’s contract bust-up with Honda looks like drawing to an amicable conclusion, ending speculation that the reigning world champion might actually walk away to join a rival.Both parties...

McWilliams tries his 2002 KR3 for the first time

McWilliams tries his 2002 KR3 for the first time

Britain’s Jeremy McWilliams kicked off his 2002 MotoGP campaign in Jerez on Wednesday, getting his first chance to test Kenny Roberts' Proton KR3.The Ulsterman joined new team-mate Nobuatsu Aoki and...

New British four-stroke twin for GPs

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...

Honda 250 hits crisis before it’s raced

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...

Rossi in contract dispute with Honda

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...

Roberts focuses on victory – no matter what he rides

Roberts focuses on victory – no matter what he rides

Former world champion Kenny Roberts says he doesn't care what kind of bike he rides as long as it gets him back to beating rivals Valentino Rossi and Max Biaggi in 2002.The 28-year-old American is due...