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  • September 2004

    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 Crash.net 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.

  • BSB » Open article Bikesafe: Good enough for JR, good enough for you.
    11 August 2004: Bikesafe is a police scheme introduced to try and cut deaths among bikers. Whereas some constabularies chose to set up road blocks and pull riders over, issuing tickets for loud cans, small plates and tinted visors some have found a better way.


  • July 2004

    WSBK » Open article PSG-1 signs Kawasaki deal.
    29 July 2004: According to a brief statement, motorcycling legend Frankie Chili looks all but certain to switch from Ducati to Kawasaki machines next season after his PSG-1 team signed a deal to run ZX-10Rs in the 2005 World SBK championship.

  • MotoGP » Open article Rossi: Sete better rider, Biaggi quicker bike.
    22 July 2004: World championship leader Valentino Rossi believes Sete Gibernau is his toughest rival for the 2004 world championship – but that Max Biaggi has a quicker bike.

  • MotoGP » Open article Shane Byrne 'ain't doin' a bad job'.
    22 July 2004: Aprilia's Shane Byrne starts the second half of a 'character building' rookie MotoGP season with his home event, the British Grand Prix, this weekend at Donington Park.

  • MotoGP » Open article Kawaski team a popular stop in the paddock.
    21 July 2004: The Fuchs Kawasaki pit box was a popular place to visit during last weekend's Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, with the team playing host to riders from the German Red Bull Rookies Cup and Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Interior and Sports, Ute Vogt.

  • MotoGP » Open article Team Roberts radio...
    15 July 2004: With all MotoGP teams using radios in the pits due to the deafening sound of the MotoGP bikes, no-one has cottoned onto the idea of using the now legal-for-three-seasons rider to pits radio possibility... except Team Roberts: and some interesting figures have come out of it.

  • MotoGP » Open article Unlocking the door.
    14 July 2004: With no disrespect to Valentino Rossi and Sete Gibernau, Makoto Tamada's Rio victory came at a perfect time - not only for the smiling Japanese, his Camel Honda team and Bridgestone tyres - but also for MotoGP in general.

  • MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report – Sachsenring.
    12 July 2004: The tight and twisty nature of Sachsenring lends itself to close racing. This is partially influenced by its rather short overall length – only just scraping in on the minimum allowed distance to host a MotoGP race – while the looping layout itself has the reputation of making passing moves on fellow competitors difficult even at the best of times.


  • June 2004

    MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report – Rio.
    29 June 2004: Although it was resurfaced only four years ago, the Rio de Janeiro circuit doesn't have a reputation for offering the traction one would hope for while racing a 240-plus horsepower machine...

  • MotoGP » Open article Win Bikes Aloud Uncut DVDs!
    24 June 2004: The Men and Motors TV magazine, Bikes Aloud is now available on DVD and Crash.net has ten copies to give away.

  • MotoGP » Open article Moving the limit.
    23 June 2004: In the English University City of Oxford they have just celebrated the 50th anniversary of Dr Roger Bannister running one mile in under four minutes.

  • MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report – Assen.
    22 June 2004: Part of the perennial success and popularity of the Assen event is its ability to modernise its facilities and layout without losing one iota of its unique character and appeal, to riders and fans alike.

  • MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report – Catalunya.
    9 June 2004: With an average lap speed of almost 160kmph, Catalunya is another of the faster tracks on the MotoGP calendar, with a 1.047km long main straight and a fulsome 4.727km overall length.


  • May 2004

    MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report – Mugello.
    28 May 2004: Located in the beautiful Tuscan hills, Mugello boasts a sequence of undulating medium to high-speed corners combined with a straight where even the former 500cc two-strokes were capable of achieving 315kmh… but last year Ducati's Loris Capirossi hit 332.4kph – a mark expected to be 'easily' beaten this year.

  • MotoGP » Open article 'Production' Desmosedici...
    25 May 2004: Ducati has announced that they will produce a limited edition road legal version of their Desmosedici MotoGP prototype, ready for 2006.

  • MotoGP » Open article BMW leads the way?
    21 May 2004: Earlier this week BMW unveiled its first Superbike, the 1157cc inline four-cylinder K1200 S (pictured) which, at 160bhp, is the most powerful motorcycle the company has ever produced.

  • MotoGP » Open article Biaggi gets Repsol backing.
    17 May 2004: In an added twist to the thorny issue of who gets factory Honda machinery, the satellite Camel Honda team has today announced that Max Biaggi will receive Repsol backing for the rest of the season.

  • MotoGP » Open article Tamada - the smiling samurai.
    13 May 2004: Makoto Tamada may carry the hopes of the Honda and the Japanese sporting nation on his shoulders, but it seems such pressure does little to change his positive attitude to grand prix racing and life in general.

  • WSBK » Open article R6 set-up report – Monza.
    13 May 2004: As the fastest circuit in the championship, Yamaha teams will make try to squeeze every last horsepower out of their R6 engines this weekend at Monza.

  • MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report – Le Mans.
    12 May 2004: The 4.180 km Le Mans circuit has hosted the French GP for the past four years and has always provided a challenge to those wishing to take the ultimate prize.

  • MotoGP » Open article Rainey, Lawson battle at Laguna!
    4 May 2004: Former 500cc world champions Wayne Rainey and Eddie Lawson returned to the racetrack together last weekend, when they dominated the 'World Superkart' event at Laguna Seca.


  • April 2004

    MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report – Jerez.
    28 April 2004: For some time Jerez, Spain has signified the beginning of the European leg of the MotoGP world championship and for 2004 the state of play remains the same, despite Jerez being the second round this time round rather than the third.

  • WSBK » Open article World SBK beats MotoGP in UK TV ratings.
    21 April 2004: Surprise British TV audience figures for last weekend have shown that the Misano round of the World Superbike championship beat the opening round of the MotoGP world championship, in terms of outright viewer numbers.

  • MotoGP » Open article Rossi proves rider greater than machine.
    19 April 2004: Valentino Rossi's superb victory at Welkom may mark the start of a new era in MotoGP, where the recent emphasis upon exotic technology is replaced by a realisation that, however great the machine, it's the rider that's most important.

  • MotoGP » Open article Byrne: You're gonna have it this time…
    15 April 2004: This Sunday will see reigning British Superbike champion Shane Byrne make his MotoGP race debut aboard the Aprilia RS Cube – a machine which 'Shakey' admits scared him at first, despite a dedicated PlayStation programme to learn new tracks!

  • MotoGP » Open article Hodgson: I'm over the scary period.
    15 April 2004: This weekend in South Africa, Neil Hodgson will make his return to the premier GP class, on a d'Antin run Ducati, nine years after he rode as a privateer in the then 500cc world championship.

  • MotoGP » Open article McWilliams: That was me being stupid...
    15 April 2004: 2004 will see Jeremy McWilliams return to Aprilia, after two-years at Proton Team KR, to ride the Noale based company's fearsome RS Cube – a machine that has already left the Ulsterman with two broken ribs.

  • MotoGP » Open article Shinya backs 250, surprised by Superbike.
    14 April 2004: At a time when the importance of the 250cc world championship is being questioned, particularly as a proving ground for MotoGP, new Kawasaki signing Shinya Nakano has voiced his support for the series – but admits he was surprised by the performance of former Superbike riders.

  • MotoGP » Open article Repsol riders play down factory advantage.
    12 April 2004: Alex Barros and Nicky Hayden have cast doubt on the assumption that, as factory Honda riders, they will have a significant machinery advantage this season – Hayden believing such comments from fellow RCV competitors could simply be 'an excuse'.

  • MotoGP » Open article Hayden: Rossi's got my respect.
    12 April 2004: Valentino Rossi won the respect of almost the entire two-wheeled world for having the courage to walk out on the most desired seat in motorcycle racing, and Nicky Hayden, the man he left behind at Repsol Honda, has stated his own support for the Italian's 'brave' move.

  • MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report – Welkom.
    12 April 2004: The Phakisa circuit, a stand-alone facility near Welkom in the South African gold fields, is a flat and frequently dusty track, ringed by a speed bowl designed for CART-style car racing.

  • MotoGP » Open article Barros 'not riding for second'.
    8 April 2004: 2004 will see Alex Barros start his fifteenth season in motorcycling's premier-class, the most experienced man in MotoGP having joined the factory Repsol Honda team for what will surely be his best - and perhaps last - chance of a world title.

  • MotoGP » Open article Hayden: Mladin could make it in MotoGP.
    1 April 2004: Nicky Hayden has named former rival Mat Mladin as the AMA rider most capable of 'making headlines' in MotoGP, while stating that the future could see more than one Hayden in the world championship.


  • March 2004

    MotoGP » Open article Rossi: F1 just for fun.
    31 March 2004: MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi has put an end to speculation that he's planning a future in Formula One, by stating that any F1 test would be purely for fun.

  • MotoGP » Open article Nakano: Kawasaki similar to M1, better in places.
    31 March 2004: Long time Yamaha rider Shinya Nakano has revealed that his new Kawasaki isn't as far away from the former race-winning YZR-M1 as some expected, and is actually better in some areas.

  • BSB » Open article Japanese four-cylinder BSB assault ready for off.
    26 March 2004: This season sees the biggest attack of the British Superbike championship by the four Japanese manufacturers ever. All four manufacturers have chosen to go a different way to the V-Twin of Ducati by using an inline four-cylinder engine. Should prove to be an interesting battle as Adam Arnold investigates.

  • MotoGP » Open article Kawasaki launch 'potent' 2004 racer.
    25 March 2004: The third pre-season launch on Thursday at Barcelona, and attended by Crash.net, was by the Kawasaki Racing Team, who unveiled their new 'potent' ZX-RR racer with which Shinya Nakano and Alex Hofmann will carry team green honours this season.

  • MotoGP » Open article Barcelona treated as Yamaha unveils new line-up.
    25 March 2004: Yamaha launched its 2004 MotoGP effort with an action-packed ceremony in the centre of Barcelona this afternoon [Thursday] as Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Carlos Checa were joined by Fortuna Gauloises Tech 3 team-mates Marco Melandri and Norick Abe to unveil their race machines in full livery.
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