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Pit stops and non-stop races for 2003

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...

PlayStation is more than a game for Davies

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...

Four-stroke rivals head-to-head next month

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...

Ukawa proves costly… as Rossi goes faster still

Ukawa proves costly… as Rossi goes faster still

Tohru Ukawa is already proving to be an expensive acquisition to Honda’s new four-stroke camp. He crashed on Thursday at the second day of HRC's test at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia, hot on...

McWilliams signs to ride Roberts’ KR3

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, " ...

Elias admits he has to be fitter to move up to 250s

Elias admits he has to be fitter to move up to 250s

Teenager Toni Elias says he needs to toughen up to cope with the extra power and weight of the 250 he’ll ride in 2002, compared to the 125 he came close to taking the title on in 2001.Elias, who...

Rossi beats lap-record pace in first Aussie session

Rossi beats lap-record pace in first Aussie session

Reigning world champion Valentino Rossi might not be 100 per cent happy with Honda's new four-stroke GP bike but he was still well under lap record pace on the first day of testing at Phillip Island...

GPs tune into pit-to-lid radio

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...

World’s biggest GP round to become finale

World’s biggest GP round to become finale

THE biggest GP of the year will now act as the final round of next year’s world championship.Valencia, which attracted over 200,000 fans over three days this year, will now be held on November 3...

Rossi goes even quicker in final day of test

Rossi goes even quicker in final day of test

Valentino Rossi signed off an unbelievable 2001 by going even faster on the final day of Honda's four-stroke test at Phillip Island today.The Nastro Azzurro rider got his time down to 1.32.00 which...

Haslam tries factory R7 but signs to return to GP 250s

Haslam tries factory R7 but signs to return to GP 250s

Leon Haslam has tested the factory Virgin Yamaha R7 British superbike but he is still going to sign his world 250 championship contract.Haslam will link up with fellow British rider Jason Vincent in...

Harada secures 500 ride

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...

Capirossi’s first test scheduled

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...

Laconi lands Aprilia GP four-stroke ride

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...

Roberts to run two-stroke in 2002, four-stroke in 2003

Roberts to run two-stroke in 2002, four-stroke in 2003

Kenny Roberts plans to launch a four-stroke GP bike for the 2003 season.The three-times world 500 champion, who runs the Proton team from Banbury in Oxfordshire, said he will continue running his...

Exclusive: First pictures of Katoh on the NSR500

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...

Full transcript of webchat with Suzuki GP boss

Full transcript of webchat with Suzuki GP boss

Suzuki GP boss Garry Taylor took the time to join us for a live webchat on Thursday November 29. In it, he revealed that he only applied for the job thinking it was a Formula One team, that he thinks...

Aprilia’s stunning GP four-stroke triple goes public

Aprilia’s stunning GP four-stroke triple goes public

PICK your jaws off the floor – Aprilia’s gorgeous new four-stroke GP bike uses a British-developed 990cc, 220bhp inline triple with pneumatic valves. And something not too dissimilar could be in YOUR...

Four Brits secure 2002 GP rides

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...

Katoh and two-stroke NSR blast back at Jerez

Katoh and two-stroke NSR blast back at Jerez

DAIJIRO KATOH blew away the myth that the four-strokes will blitz old two-stroke 500s with an awesome performance at Honda's test yesterday in Jerez.With only his second appearance on the works NSR...

Rossi smashes Jerez lap record in first four stroke test

Rossi smashes Jerez lap record in first four stroke test

VALENTINO ROSSI'S first serious test on Honda's new V5 four-stroke GP at Jerez saw him demolish his own lap record by over half a second.Rossi completed 46 laps on his RCV on the first day of the test...

Video exclusive: Rossi tests 2002 GP bike

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...

Grand Prix attendance breaks records

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...

Haslam forced to 250s

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...

Rossi and Bayliss collide

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...

First pictures of the Suzuki XREO GP bike

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...

GP four-strokes won’t test together until February

GP four-strokes won’t test together until February

Honda and Yamaha won't go head-to-head against each other with their new four-stroke GP bikes until the middle of February.So far the Japanese factories have kept tests of the RCV and YZR-M1 separate...

Exclusive video and audio interview with Max Biaggi

Exclusive video and audio interview with Max Biaggi

While at the NEC Show, we hooked up with GP superstar Max Biaggi for this exclusive video and audio interview, based on the questions you wanted to ask.Your e-mailed in questions were added to our...

Listen to part two of the Max interview

Listen to part two of the Max interview

Max Biaggi answers your questions. Choose from RM (Real Player) or MOV (Quicktime) downloads.

Honda loses race to get V5 to NEC Show

Honda loses race to get V5 to NEC Show

Honda’s hopes of putting the 2002 V5 race bike on display at the NEC Show have been dashed by red tape.It had hoped to get the RC211V, which will be its four-stroke entry on next year’s GP grid, to...

Could you be our next GP star?

Could you be our next GP star?

Entries close on Thursday for a Pop Idol-style competition designed to find two GP stars of tomorrow. So if you can ride and are aged between 14 and 18 (or know someone who is) read on and be prepared...

Listen to part one of the Max interview

Listen to part one of the Max interview

Biaggi answers your questions. Choose from RM (Real Player) or Quicktime (MOV) downloads.

McWilliams and Haslam in line for Team Roberts

McWilliams and Haslam in line for Team Roberts

British riders Jeremy McWilliams and Leon Haslam are the among the contenders to land a ride in Kenny Roberts' Banbury-based Proton GP squad next season.McWilliams is a free agent following the late...

Watch the video part of the interview

Watch the video part of the  interview

Max Biaggi answers your questions at the NEC Show. Choose from Quicktime (MOV) or Real Player (RM) downloads.

Criville on course for Yamaha GP ride

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...

Haga: I thought toothache would kill me

Haga: I thought toothache would kill me

Noriyuki Haga’s toothache in Rio turned out to be more serious than first thought. When he returned to Japan he needed emergency surgery.The tooth infection forced him to miss the final round of the...