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  • December 2005

    MotoGP » Open article You vote Rossi 'most deserving champion'.
    28 December 2005: Crash.net viewers have overwhelming voted MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi as their most deserving champion of the 2005 motorsport season.

  • MotoGP » Open article Suzuki to back Byrne return?
    20 December 2005: Team Suzuki boss Paul Denning has stated that the 2006 British Superbike season will be a "do or die" year for former MotoGP rider Shane Byrne - if the Briton wants Suzuki backing for a return to world championship action.

  • MotoGP » Open article Vermeulen 'will beat Rossi'.
    16 December 2005: Former four-times World Superbike champion Carl Fogarty believes that, within two years, new Suzuki grand prix rider Chris Vermeulen will be capable of beating reigning five-times MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi... if they are on equal machinery.

  • MotoGP » Open article Surtees: MotoGP should be 600cc.
    13 December 2005: Former four-times 500cc World Champion, John Surtees, believes that MotoGP engines should be limited to 600cc - rather than the soon to be 800cc - since it would provide a natural progression from the light and nimble 125 and 250cc machines, match the commercial needs of the manufacturers and allow for long term rule stability.

  • WSBK » Open article Pirelli 'not surprised' after setting MotoGP pace.
    8 December 2005: Having taken considerable criticism for the past two seasons, since the World Superbike control tyre rule was introduced, for a lack of lap record improvements - Pirelli were justifiably pleased with the impressive 'MotoGP pace' shown during this week's Qatar test.

  • MotoGP » Open article How Yamaha made the M1 even better...
    6 December 2005: The 2004 YZR-M1 will forever be remembered as the machine with which Valentino Rossi sensationally won Yamaha's first premier-class world championship since 1992 but, with the Italian's Honda contract preventing him from testing the machine until late January, much of the bike's design was decided upon without input from Rossi and crew chief Jerry Burgess.


  • November 2005

    MotoGP » Open article Highs and lows of 2005...
    3 November 2005: The release of the 2006 official - unless F1 changes its mind again - MotoGP calendar made many think, 'just where has 2005 gone'?

  • MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report – Valencia.
    1 November 2005: Valencia is a circuit that offers a slightly undulating layout with good camber combined and an abrasive surface.


  • October 2005

    MotoGP » Open article 2006 MotoGP calendar announced.
    22 October 2005: The FIM has today announced the 2006 MotoGP World Championship calendar.

  • MotoGP » Open article Turkish delight?
    20 October 2005: Turkey is making the International headlines at the moment. Not just because of the first MotoGP event to be staged in the country on Sunday, but because of their proposed entry into the European Union.

  • MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report – Istanbul.
    20 October 2005: The Istanbul Otodrom track was finished earlier this year and successfully inaugurated by the F1 circus, but this coming weekend the MotoGP stars will be let lose on the new venue.

  • MotoGP » Open article Honda 600 times a GP winner.
    18 October 2005: Victory in Sunday's 250cc Australian Grand Prix handed Dani Pedrosa a third successive world title and Honda its landmark 600th win in motorcycle grand prix competition.

  • MotoGP » Open article Rainey recalls 'favourite' Australian upset.
    10 October 2005: After seeing local hero Wayne Gardner take victory for the first two years of the Australian Grand Prix in 1989 and 1990 at Phillip Island, hopes were high for another home victory when the series switched to a new venue at Eastern Creek on the outskirts of Sydney in 1991.

  • MotoGP » Open article It takes one to know one...
    5 October 2005: As the saying goes "it takes one to know one" and here four of Yamaha's greatest world champions give their opinions on fellow legend Valentino Rossi, who wrapped up his fifth consecutive premier-class crown - and second successive title success with Yamaha - at the Malaysian Grand Prix on September 25.


  • September 2005

    MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report - Losail.
    28 September 2005: The Losail circuit is located on the western side of the Persian Gulf just outside of the capital city Doha, and was used for the first time last year.

  • MotoGP » Open article Pons talks 800cc.
    22 September 2005: There may be still another complete season to wait, but already that feeling of deja vu is upon us as we contemplate another era in the short but eventful history of MotoGP - the arrival of the 800cc machine in 2007.

  • MotoGP » Open article Vermeulen 'likely' if Bayliss unfit for Oz.
    22 September 2005: Ten Kate Honda's World Superbike star Chris Vermeulen is 'most likely' to replace Troy Bayliss at the final three rounds of this year's MotoGP World Championship, should Bayliss be unfit to return.

  • MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report - Sepang.
    22 September 2005: 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.

  • WSBK » Open article Girl's world. [1]
    21 September 2005: The boys have been rumbled! More and more girls are discovering that female work opportunities in the World Superbike paddock aren't limited to being grid girls, and are now holding their own alongside the guys in more mentally challenging roles.

  • MotoGP » Open article Honda Pons - Motegi's Rossi stopper!
    15 September 2005: World Champion Valentino Rossi suffering three successive defeats at the same circuit by the same MotoGP team - doesn't sound likely does it? But that's exactly what's happened at Motegi for the past three seasons...

  • MotoGP » Open article Abe: The race that changed my life...
    14 September 2005: Grand prix motorcycle racing arrived in Japan in 1987 and, for seventeen years, was held at the notoriously difficult Suzuka Circuit in the Mie Prefecture.

  • MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report – Motegi.
    13 September 2005: Motegi is unsurpassed in its design and circuit quality - the surface is seamlessly smooth, offering high levels of grip, and the facilities at the Honda built circuit are exceptional.

  • MotoGP » Open article Tour the Gauloises Yamaha pits - virtually!
    7 September 2005: Whilst the achievements of Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards have helped propel Gauloises Yamaha to the top of the 2005 MotoGP teams' championship standings, their success would not be possible without the hard work of a dedicated crew of staff inside the pit box.


  • August 2005

    MotoGP » Open article Ducati reveals wind tunnel work.
    25 August 2005: MotoGP is the world's fastest motorcycle racing series, so it's no surprise that aerodynamics is a crucial factor in machine development - along with engine, chassis and tyre performance.

  • MotoGP » Open article Barros: I'll continue while I can win.
    25 August 2005: In 19-years of grand prix racing Alex Barros had not experienced many tougher weeks. The 34-year-old Brazilian veteran sat in the Camel Honda hospitality unit in the Sachsenring paddock on the eve of the German Grand Prix, fulfilling all his media requirements with his usual politeness and patience. His face showed nothing of the last six days he'd endured, before embarking on a his 251 st grand prix appearance the next day.

  • MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report: Brno.
    25 August 2005: 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 17 round MotoGP calendar.

  • MotoGP » Open article Ilmor plans MotoGP engine. [1]
    18 August 2005: Following KTM's recent withdraw as a MotoGP engine supplier - and continued doubts over the Blata V6 project - hope for teams seeking a competitive powerplant could be on the horizon, with the news that Ilmor Engineering are planning to 'design, build and supply' a MotoGP engine.

  • MotoGP » Open article Nakano commits to Kawasaki.
    17 August 2005: Crash.net understands that Shinya Nakano will definitely remain with Kawasaki for the 2006 MotoGP World Championship season, his third year with team green, despite substantial offers from two other manufacturers.

  • MotoGP » Open article No Blata V6 at Brno.
    16 August 2005: Crash.net has learnt that the Blata V6 MotoGP machine, which was due to make its belated debut with WCM at the minibike manufacturer's home Czech Republic Grand Prix on August 28, will not make the event.

  • WSBK » Open article Intelligence gathering.
    16 August 2005: A successful motorcycle racing team relies on many things: competitive bikes, talented riders; skilled and dedicated mechanics; a strong team ethos; and information... lots and lots of information.

  • MotoGP » Open article Rossi: Every clever rider is scared.
    12 August 2005: Valentino Rossi falling may have been a fairly frequent occurrence during his first year in the premier-class - as illustrated by this picture of the Italian spectacularly highsiding from his Nastro Azzurro Honda in 2000 - but the #46 soon adapted to the power of the fearsome 500cc machines and by the time MotoGP turned four-stroke in 2002 a Rossi fall was a rarity.

  • MotoGP » Open article Rossi: I do like fast friends.
    12 August 2005: Valentino Rossi has rejected claims that he ends friendships with other riders if they start to threaten his superiority, by revealing that he has gone out of his way to ensure that his relationship with Marco Melandri - which is alleged to have soured when the Movistar Honda rider began challenging the world champion this season - remains good.

  • MotoGP » Open article Rossi on Graziano.
    12 August 2005: One of the most influential figures in the brilliant career of Valentino Rossi has been his famously laid back father Graziano, himself a former racer who - despite his son's fame - sleeps in the back of a BMW estate when he attends MotoGPs.

  • MotoGP » Open article Rossi: Sometimes motivation is difficult.
    12 August 2005: Having won an amazing 50 races during just five and a half years in the premier 500cc/MotoGP class - including eight wins from the first ten rounds of this season - what keeps six-times world champion Valentino Rossi motivated?

  • MotoGP » Open article Rossi: Formula One or Rallying?
    12 August 2005: Valentino Rossi has made no secret about his love of four-wheel racing, a fact underlined by his recent Ferrari F1 test - an outing that marked the second time he had driven for the legendary Italian team - but is the much talked about switch to F1 really likely?

  • MotoGP » Open article Rossi talks Tavullia.
    12 August 2005: Valentino Rossi may call the bustling British capital city of London home now, but the MotoGP superstar grew up in a very different environment - being born in a small town called Tavullia near the north east coast of Italy, which he was eventually forced to leave as his worldwide fame increased.

  • MotoGP » Open article Rossi: This is my biggest problem...
    12 August 2005: Valentino Rossi makes the business of winning look deceptively simple at times - and the Yamaha star admits that his biggest problem is that it can often look much easier than it actually is.

  • MotoGP » Open article Rossi: Las Vegas is a very strange place!
    12 August 2005: Shortly after finishing second and third in the US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, Valentino Rossi took an eye-opening trip to Las Vegas with American team-mate Colin Edwards.

  • WSBK » Open article Science friction.
    11 August 2005: Deep in the heart of a Superbike engine, as it laps international racing circuits at speeds sometimes in excess of 300kph, two worlds of technology are colliding - but doing so in almost perfect harmony.

  • MotoGP » Open article Byrne, Ellison reveal Superbike attraction.
    10 August 2005: Battling MotoGP Brits Shane Byrne and James Ellison - who made their names in Superbike racing - have revealed they are still attracted to the production based championships; Shakey stating he'd return if MotoGP 'became stagnant' while Ellison would 'love' to ride as a wild-card after turning down the chance of a front-running WSBK seat.

  • MotoGP » Open article Without Rossi.
    9 August 2005: Out of interest, this is how the current 2005 MotoGP Riders' World Championship standings would look without the presence of the brilliant Valentino Rossi - who has won eight out of the ten races so far this season for Gauloises Yamaha.


  • July 2005

    BSB » Open article Dunlop reveal BSB secrets.
    29 July 2005: Tyres play a huge role in motorcycle racing, the wrong choice can be a disaster for the rider - Michael Rutter at Cadwell Park last year anybody? Rutter ran full wets and then the track dried out, so it was game over for him.

  • MotoGP » Open article Surtees: Rossi won't leave MotoGP.
    28 July 2005: The only man to have won premier-class world championships on both two- and four-wheels, John Surtees, has told Crash.net that he doesn't think Valentino Rossi will now follow in his footsteps and leave MotoGP for Formula One.

  • MotoGP » Open article Byrne, Ellison jealous of Hayden.
    28 July 2005: MotoGP finally welcomed a new winner on July 10 when Nicky Hayden joined Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi, Alex Barros, Sete Gibernau, Loris Capirossi and Makoto Tamada on the limited list of active grand prix winners since the premier-class switched from 500cc two-strokes to 990cc four-strokes in 2002.

  • MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report: Sachsenring.
    28 July 2005: 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.

  • MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report: Donington Park.
    20 July 2005: Donington Park was a circuit born with a reputation for being challenging on both rider and machine, a reputation that only gained further strength with the 1987 extension - carried out to allow Donington to form part of the GP calendar.

  • MotoGP » Open article King Kenny on 'the race everybody remembers'...
    18 July 2005: For many fans and journalists in Britain, the annual arrival of the MotoGP World Championship conjures up memories of one of the most exciting motorcycle races of all time.

  • MotoGP » Open article Press Snoop: Hayden, Laguna and USA celebrates.
    11 July 2005: The latest news from around the world courtesy of Press Snoop Lynne Huntting...

  • MotoGP » Open article Press Snoop: Hayden leads sunny warm-up.
    10 July 2005: It's a beautiful day in the neighbourhood, if you happen to be at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey CA for the inaugural Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix MotoGP weekend.

  • MotoGP » Open article Press Snoop: Hayden on home pole, Lawson legend.
    9 July 2005: NICKY HAYDEN of Owensboro KY gave himself an early birthday present Saturday with a record-setting MotoGP top qualifying lap at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for Sunday's inaugural Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.
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