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  • November 2004

    WSBK » Open article Toseland: Ducati were nearly caught out.
    7 November 2004: 2004 World Superbike champion James Toseland has admitted to that Ducati Corse came very close to losing this year's world championship, after underestimating the strength of its competition in the World Superbike series.

  • WSBK » Open article Toseland expects to stay.
    6 November 2004: Although still to sign for next season, 2004 World Superbike champion James Toseland expects to stay with the factory Ducati team to defend his first world title – and could again be joined by Frenchman Regis Laconi, the man he beat in the Magny Cours title showdown.

  • WSBK » Open article Corser: I want 2005 title.
    6 November 2004: New Alstare Suzuki signing Troy Corser has declared that he's targeting nothing less than winning the 2005 World Superbike championship – despite his new GSX-R1000 having yet to turn a wheel in world title competition.

  • WSBK » Open article Xerox to replace Fila?
    6 November 2004: Xerox could replace Fila as the title sponsor of the factory Ducati World Superbike team, that's the opinion of new WSBK champion James Toseland.

  • WSBK » Open article Kagayama to Alstare, Corona backs World Superbike.
    4 November 2004: The NEC bike show opened to the press and trade today with official confirmation that Yukio Kagayama will be joining the Alstare Corona Suzuki World Superbike team next season – and that Corona will be expanding their WSBK effort by becoming the championship's title sponsor.

  • October 2004

    MotoGP » Open article Michael Jordan makes MotoGP debut!
    30 October 2004: Basketball legend Michael Jordan made his MotoGP debut at the Valencia Grand Prix today - riding the Ducati Desmosedici two-seater!

  • WSBK » Open article 2005 to mark WSBK revival?
    30 October 2004: 2005 has been hailed as the start of the revival of the World Superbike championship as new and exciting international circuits are being added to the calendar.

  • WSBK » Open article MV Agusta's racing return in WSTK.
    29 October 2004: Sources close to have indicated that MV Agusta will be making a return to racing in World Super Stock in 2005.

  • WSBK » Open article Alstare's WSBK return headed by factory star?
    29 October 2004: With Alstare Suzuki making a confirmed return to World Superbikes next season with a two rider line-up, rumours are rife as to who will ride for them.

  • BSB » Open article Riding scared – The Rizla GSX-R 1000.
    28 October 2004: During the 2004 season took a trip down to Verwood in Dorset to Crescent Suzuki, the home of the Rizla British Superbike racing team. Somehow our intrepid reporter Adam Arnold blagged himself a ride on the Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 road bike, where he managed to scare himself and all those witnessing...

  • MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report: Valencia.
    26 October 2004: Valencia is a circuit that offers good camber combined with an abrasive surface, but on a slightly undulating layout. It sports many stop-and-go 90-degree corners, bumps and a tight design which has claimed its fair share of victims via front-end loses.

  • BSB » Open article Bumper entry grid set for 2005.
    25 October 2004: Next season could see the biggest entry of British Superbike contenders with eleven teams possibly taking to the track.

  • MotoGP » Open article Rossi: 'Big bang' then 'big three' were decisive.
    22 October 2004: Newly crowned 2004 world champion Valentino Rossi has highlighted Yamaha's introduction of a 'big bang' engine, plus his three-race win streak from Mugello to Assen, as the most significant moments in his title winning season – and credited Sete Gibernau as perhaps his greatest on track rival.

  • MotoGP » Open article Mladin rules out MotoGP, WSBK.
    22 October 2004: Newly crowned five-times AMA Superbike champion Mat Mladin has stated that he's unlikely to return to premier-class GP racing - and has no interest in World Superbikes.

  • MotoGP » Open article 2005 MotoGP calendar confirmed.
    21 October 2004: The FIM has confirmed that the 17 round 2005 MotoGP World Championship season will feature two news events – in China and America – but will not return to South Africa.

  • BSB » Open article Nvidia's 125 takes for a ride.
    20 October 2004:'s Adam Arnold tested British Superbike Championship's Nvidia 125 at Donington Park earlier this year, and it changed his life (a little)...

  • MotoGP » Open article Talent spotting.
    14 October 2004: As the usual end of season rumours spread through the paddock like a forest fire in recent weeks, the wheelers and dealers in the business of putting bums on saddles all sought the answer to a very important question - where will the next MotoGP talent emerge from?

  • MotoGP » Open article Could a one tyre rule work in MotoGP?
    13 October 2004: With the first year of a one make tyre rule completed in World Superbikes with considerable success, the question is now being asked if such a rule could benefit other championships.

  • WSBK » Open article What did the Pirelli rule do?
    13 October 2004: The 2004 World Superbike season is over and Ducati Fila's James Toseland is the new world champion, thanks to his one-two finishes at the last round at France's Magny Cours...

  • MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report - Phillip Island.
    12 October 2004: With considerably more than 200bhp at their command from their Yamaha YZR-M1s, Valentino Rossi, Carlos Checa, Marco Melandri and Norick Abe will have the tools to compete with their peers at the fast Phillip Island circuit.

  • WSBK » Open article FGSport lose marketing manager to Rizla Suzuki?
    11 October 2004: FGSport, organisers of the World Superbike championship, recently announced the departure of Superbike World Championship marketing manager Robert Wicks, who is leaving after five years in the role.

  • MotoGP » Open article Dovizioso: The making of a champion.
    11 October 2004: Italian Andrea Dovizioso raced to his first 125cc World Championship title at the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang on Sunday, with two rounds of the championship left to be run.

  • MotoGP » Open article Rumours from Sepang...
    9 October 2004: Here are some of the latest credible rumours passed on to by sources within the Sepang paddock:

  • WSBK » Open article Ducati consider Lanzi for WSBK seat.
    8 October 2004: Ducati has exclusively told that their World Supersport rider, Lorenzo Lanzi, is currently under consideration for a WSBK seat with the Bologna based company next season.

  • MotoGP » Open article Biaggi vs. jet lag.
    7 October 2004: It just falls short of Around the World in Eighty Days but it's very close: In just 47 days the MotoGP riders will travel approximately 55,000 kilometres, visit five countries in three separate continents and unlike those characters in the book, they are not doing it for a bet.

  • MotoGP » Open article Press Snoop: Yamaha funds Laguna MotoGP update.
    7 October 2004: the latest news from around the world, courtesy of press snoop Lynne Huntting Most people reckoned that Red Bull would be underwriting the estimated $2million cost for safety upgrades to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in order for FIM approval of the 2005 Moto GP. But not so. Red Bull will be the title sponsor for the 2005 US Grand Prix, but the cost for improvements will be borne by Yamaha, which is pleased to do so and celebrate its 50th anniversary with 100,000 fans.

  • MotoGP » Open article FIM calls for sportsmanship, respect.
    6 October 2004: The following is 'an open letter from FIM president Francesco Zerbi to all riders of all disciplines and to the FIM officials in charge of enforcing the rules'.

  • MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report – Sepang
    6 October 2004: Due to the Sepang circuit's hairpins and numerous hard braking areas a fast lap comes down to braking stability and the bike's turn-in characteristics. Two such areas include the combination of long straights and hairpins that make up the final sequence of the 5542m layout.

  • MotoGP » Open article Updated: McCoy gets Aprilia ride!
    1 October 2004: Aprilia has now confirmed that Garry McCoy will make a surprise MotoGP return, by replacing the injured Shane Byrne in the three remaining rounds that follow this weekend's inaugural Qatar Grand Prix.

  • September 2004

    MotoGP » Open article Rossi rejects F1 rumours.
    29 September 2004: Valentino Rossi has rejected rumours that he is set to switch to Formula One next season - by confirming that he'll stay in MotoGP, with Yamaha, until at least the end of 2005.

  • MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report – Losail.
    28 September 2004: The Losail circuit will boast the most cutting-edge facilities ever enjoyed by MotoGP but the track itself is the only part that will make any impact on the result of the race and the overall championship battle.

  • WSBK » Open article Vermeulen: The fat lady hasn't sung yet.
    27 September 2004: After the first race at Imola, Ten Kate Honda's Chris Vermeulen led the World Superbike championship by one point. After the second race, where he battled his way to sixth from the back following a warm-up lap crash, he was relegated to third spot. Here he exclusivelytells Louise Cain what went wrong...

  • WSBK » Open article Toseland: I'm stronger than Laconi.
    27 September 2004: Second in the World Superbike championship by only four points, Fila Ducati's James Toseland, believes he can take the title from his team-mate Regis Laconi. In this exclusive interview with Louise Cain, Toseland explains how and why he will be able do it...

  • WSBK » Open article Laconi: I have no advantage.
    27 September 2004: Regis Laconi did the double this weekend at Imola in the tenth round of World Superbikes. Here, exclusively talking to Louise Cain, he reveals he is very much aware that he has no advantage as the championship heads for its finale in Mangny-Cours this coming weekend...

  • WSBK » Open article Muggeridge: A winner in the making.
    27 September 2004: A spectacular three race winning run at the end of the 2003 World Supersport season was an impressive feat for the combination of Karl Muggeridge, Ten Kate Honda and the new CBR600RR Honda, but it was just a taster of what was to come in 2004.

  • MotoGP » Open article McWilliams: WSBK becoming reality.
    24 September 2004: Aprilia MotoGP rider Jeremy McWilliams was an interested observer at the Imola World Superbike round today (Friday), where he admitted that a switch to WSBK was 'getting more like reality' and that while he could stay in MotoGP next season he 'quite fancies a change' in the near future.

  • MotoGP » Open article F1 talks Rossi...
    24 September 2004: "If (Rossi) could do in a car what he does on a bike, he would beat all of us" - Rubens Barrichello.

  • BSB » Open article A fairytale ending for Triumph.
    22 September 2004: ValMoto Triumph won the last round of British Supersport Sunday at Donington Park following the release of their intention to stop racing after this season the previous week.

  • MotoGP » Open article 'No stopping for rain' debate continues...
    16 September 2004: The recent announcement that, from next year, there will be no stopping for rain in premier-class racing has resulted in considerable debate throughout the MotoGP world - not least among the participants of the MotoGP forum - with a great deal of uncertainty raised by the following brief statement released by the FIM:

  • MotoGP » Open article Motegi 2001: The birth of a Honda dream.
    15 September 2004: It gets dark pretty early at this time of year in Japan, and dusk was already settling in the wooded hillsides surrounding the Motegi circuit in 2001 when the peace and tranquillity was suddenly shattered by a roar that sent the MotoGP fraternity running to the pit wall to witness history in the making.

  • MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report – Motegi.
    14 September 2004: Like many things designed and built in Japan, Motegi is exceptional in its design and circuit quality - the surface is seamlessly smooth, offering high levels of grip, and the facilities are exceptional.

  • MotoGP » Open article No stopping for rain from 2005.
    13 September 2004: Two rule amendments have been agreed by the Grand Prix Commission ahead of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix; the first involves yellow flag infringements and will be effective immediately, while a more significant change sees the end of race stoppages due to rain in the MotoGP class and will be effective from the start of next season.

  • MotoGP » Open article How Michelin will stay neutral...
    10 September 2004: Outside of the pit lane, the importance of tyres is often overlooked, but while they may look relatively modest - being less eye-catching than aerodynamic bodywork and much quieter than a high revving engine - the rest of a racing motorcycle is largely useless without them.

  • BSB » Open article Pub ammo: Ten fast facts.
    8 September 2004: Here are ten fast British Superbike facts to amaze your friends with down the pub.

  • WSBK » Open article Behind the scenes at Ten Kate Honda.
    2 September 2004: Arguably the greatest global production-based racing success of recent years has been enjoyed by the Ten Kate Honda team, as they propelled first Fabien Foret and then Chris Vermeulen to World Supersport Championship wins, in 2002 and 2003 respectively, before successfully branching out to the World Superbike series this season.

  • MotoGP » Open article When to stop.
    1 September 2004: Hindsight is a wonderful word. The Concise Oxford Dictionary sums it up perfectly - 'Wisdom after the event'. How many times in your life would a little wisdom after the event pushed you down a different path?

  • August 2004

    MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report – Estoril.
    31 August 2004: Estoril, venue for this weekend's Portuguese Grand Prix, is a technically challenging venue, due to a combination of its design and geography.

  • MotoGP » Open article China joins USA on provisional 2005 calendar.
    20 August 2004: The provisional 2005 MotoGP world championship calendar has been released by the FIM – and shows several significant changes are planned for next season.

  • MotoGP » Open article Press Snoop: MotoGP coming to Laguna.
    20 August 2004: the latest news from around the world, courtesy of press snoop Lynne Huntting. After weeks of rumours, Sports Car Racing Association of Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) and Dorna Sports announced that they have "reached an agreement in principal to bring FIM MotoGP World Championships to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for five years, starting next season".

  • MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report - Brno.
    17 August 2004: Visually Brno appears challenging with many long radius medium-speed turns and medium-length straights which lends the Brno Automotodrom to being one of the easier circuits technically speaking – on the 16 round MotoGP calendar.
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