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  • June 2005

    MotoGP » Open article Pons doubts Rossi's F1 chances.
    9 June 2005: Since John Surtees, a few have tried but never succeeded; the media are now pressing for it to happen again and Formula One would give their right arm for it to become reality - but the team principle who has masterminded world championship victories on both two and four-wheels is convinced they are dreaming.

  • MotoGP » Open article What's going on?
    9 June 2005: During each and every GP weekend, teams, riders, press and other interest parties can be seen eagerly analysing a series of screens present throughout the MotoGP paddock - but just what are they looking at?

  • BSB » Open article Rizla glad of strong lead from Reynolds.
    8 June 2005: Crash.net managed to collar one very busy man at the recent Croft round of the Bennetts British Superbike championship and that Rizla Suzuki's Mark Hanna, chassis technician to John Reynolds.

  • MotoGP » Open article MotoGP 800cc from 2007.
    5 June 2005: The Grand Prix Commission - composed of Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna), Claude Danis (FIM), Sito Pons (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA) - has today confirmed that MotoGP engine capacity will be reduced from 990cc to 800cc for the 2007 season onwards.

  • MotoGP » Open article Dr Costa's MotoGP dream... [1]
    2 June 2005: It started as a dream some 33-years ago across the hills from Mugello and that dream turned into a reality 5-years later amid the Alpine splendour of Austria.

  • MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report: Mugello.
    1 June 2005: 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 500 two-strokes were capable of producing an outright top speed of 315kmh… but the four-strokes are now comfortably pushing beyond the 340kmh barrier.


  • May 2005

    WSBK » Open article Vermeulen reveals passion for Hot-rods.
    26 May 2005: He possesses a riding talent that has set international motorcycle racing alight since he burst onto the World Supersport scene in 2001 and won that title two years later. Last year - his first in World Superbikes - Chris Vermeulen took four race wins on the all-new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, finishing fourth overall.

  • MotoGP » Open article Edwards talks life alongside a legend.
    25 May 2005: Late last season came the announcement that Colin Edwards had signed-up for what is arguably the toughest job in MotoGP; being team-mate to six-times world champion Valentino Rossi.

  • MotoGP » Open article Track-by-track with Biaggi, Hayden.
    20 May 2005: Fast circuits, slow circuits, technical corners, bumps, blind turns... the 2005 MotoGP World Championship has them all as the series visits no less than seventeen different circuits - on four different continents - during its biggest ever season.

  • MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report: Le Mans.
    10 May 2005: Le Mans is a circuit made up of a number of second gear hairpins linked together by a series of long straights, with only the occasional chicane breaking up the run to the next hairpin.

  • WSBK » Open article Moving Ten Kate.
    4 May 2005: It's a logistical headache of almost military proportions, but keeping a 45-strong world championship motorcycle racing team on the march is a task that has to be completed in order to maximise the team's chances of success.


  • April 2005

    MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report: Shanghai.
    28 April 2005: The MotoGP World Championship now makes its way to Shanghai, China for the first time in the championship's illustrious 56-year history.

  • MotoGP » Open article Reconstructing Melandri.
    27 April 2005: After two often frustrating seasons in MotoGP with Yamaha - the highlight of which was a pair of podiums early in 2004, before a sudden and drastic decline that saw him fail to score points in seven of the last nine races - Marco Melandri appeared almost a broken man at the end of last season.

  • MotoGP » Open article Slicks in wet scary, but flag-to-flag passes test.
    18 April 2005: The first test of the new MotoGP 'flag-to-flag' racing rule, which means dry races will no longer be stopped due to rain and riders instead have the chance to change bikes, passed without major problem at Estoril on Sunday – although nobody enjoyed riding on slick tyres in the rain.

  • MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report: Estoril.
    14 April 2005: Estoril is a technically challenging venue, due to a combination of its design and geography. The 4182m circuit is situated 32km west of Lisbon on the western coast of Portugal, 7km from the beach resorts of Cascais.

  • MotoGP » Open article Who peaked when?
    7 April 2005: A quick look at when each rider set their fastest race laps were distributed during the 2004 MotoGP season contains some interesting figures.

  • MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report: Jerez.
    7 April 2005: For some time Jerez has signified the beginning of the European leg of the MotoGP World Championship, but for 2005 it is the first leg of the 17 round season.

  • MotoGP » Open article Pons chasing Puig anniversary repeat.
    7 April 2005: Ten-years is a long period of time in any walk of life, but was it really a decade ago that Alberto Puig brought Sito Pons one of his greatest triumphs since swapping the saddle to the safer side of the pit wall?

  • MotoGP » Open article Ellison: I got a job on a building site...
    7 April 2005: MotoGP riders may live a lifestyle envied by many, but for Blata WCM's James Ellison at least, the off-season meant the chance for a second job - working on a building site.

  • MotoGP » Open article 'Saint' Byrne seeks KTM aggression, thanks Aprilia
    6 April 2005: Former British Superbike champion Shane Byrne will get his second bite at the MotoGP cherry this season, after signing an eleventh hour contract to ride a Team Roberts run Proton KR-KTM in the 2005 world championship.

  • MotoGP » Open article Hopkins 'expects' home wins, Hayden first target.
    5 April 2005: There comes a time in every rider's career where they must cross the line from potential star to proven performer - and Team Suzuki's John Hopkins needs, and expects, 2005 to be the year in which he takes that step.

  • MotoGP » Open article Ellison: V6 might make Jerez.
    3 April 2005: Blata WCM rider James Ellison has revealed there is a slight chance that the team's new V6 machine, which wasn't completed in time for pre-season testing, could make an appearance at this weekend's season-opening Spanish Grand Prix.

  • MotoGP » Open article Brits unsure of flag-to-flag, loophole available?
    2 April 2005: Despite the recent 'bike swap' compromise, the new for 2005 'flag-to-flag' racing rule - which spells an end to dry MotoGP races being stopped for rain - continues to cause some concern, and appears to contain a potential loophole.


  • March 2005

    BSB » Open article Exclusive: Virgin 'Big-Bang' secrets revealed!
    21 March 2005: Following the announcement that the Virgin Yamaha British Superbike team will run a 'Big-Bang' engine configuration in this season's British Championship, there has been a great deal of head-scratching as to how exactly they have managed to pull it off.


  • February 2005

    MotoGP » Open article Troy talks team change, testing and new rules.
    28 February 2005: This season will see former World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss break his long time Ducati links with a move to the satellite Camel Honda team for the 2005 MotoGP World Championship.

  • WSBK » Open article Vermeulen reveals new circuit secrets.
    23 February 2005: When Chris Vermeulen and his Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR arrived at the new Losail circuit in Qatar last weekend, he and his crew chief, Kor Veldman, had to prepare for their first excursion on the track with none of the data that has become such a vital element of world championship motorsport.

  • MotoGP » Open article Wheel changes expected in MotoGP rain stops.
    22 February 2005: One of the most significant rule changes ahead of the 2005 MotoGP season has been the new 'no stopping for rain' directive, which means that dry premier-class races will no longer be stopped should rain fall.

  • MotoGP » Open article The fundamentals...
    7 February 2005: At a time when new MotoGP bikes - with ever increasing technical complexity - are being seen in public for the first time, it's worth remembering that the most important formula in motorsport engineering is actually quite simple.


  • January 2005

    WSBK » Open article Martin's landed: Hot or not in 2005...
    21 January 2005: In the latest edition of his latest monthly column on Crash.net, newly signed Foggy Petronas rider Steve Martin takes a look at his main competition for the upcoming 2005 World Superbike championship – and updates us on his pre-season activities...

  • MotoGP » Open article Press Snoop: Bike champions test Super Karts.
    14 January 2005: The latest news from around the world courtesy of Press Snoop Lynne Huntting...

  • BSB » Open article Big bang Superbike not ruled out for 2005.
    13 January 2005: In a recent visit by Japanese tuning specialist Yoshimura to Rizla Suzuki - in order to give a technical briefing on the new Suzuki GSX-R 1000 – chief developers claim that power figures are already up on last years race bike, fuelling rumours of a possible need for Superbikes to switch to a big bang type engine configuration.

  • WSBK » Open article Official: Bostrom signs for Renegade.
    11 January 2005: It's official: Crash.net can confirm that Ben Bostrom will return to the World Superbike championship this season, as the sole rider for Renegade Honda.

  • MotoGP » Open article Hopper '100% fit and raring to go'.
    10 January 2005: Suzuki's John Hopkins looks set to start pre-season testing '100% fit' after a speedy recovery from surgery to remove a rod from his femur and pins from each of his ankles.


  • December 2004

    WSBK » Open article Martin's landed: The Steve Martin column.
    22 December 2004: In his first monthly Crash.net column, newly signed Foggy Petronas rider Steve Martin tells us all how his Oz lifestyle has changed now that he has joned his first ever factory backed racing team for 2005...

  • MotoGP » Open article Zanardi: I enjoy MotoGP more than F1.
    21 December 2004: Former Formula One, CART and IndyCar star Alex Zanardi has revealed he enjoys watching MotoGP more than F1 these days.

  • MotoGP » Open article Blata V6 'making great progress'.
    17 December 2004: It was on July 19 of this year that WCM announced they would join forces with Czech company Blata, to develop a brand new V6 machine for the 2005 MotoGP world championship.

  • BSB » Open article Rizla Suzuki - Tech talk: Part two.
    14 December 2004: Simon Green, Rizla Suzuki's Team Coordinator, recently held a technical lecture for the students of Kingston University's Motorcycle Engineering Design course, covering all behind-the-scene aspects of top level Superbike racing. In the second instalment of a series from the lecture, Simon details the work that goes into making a 207bhp British Superbike engine...

  • BSB » Open article Rizla Suzuki - Tech talk: Part one.
    10 December 2004: Simon Green, Rizla Suzuki's Team Coordinator, recently held a technical lecture for the students of Kingston University's Motorcycle Engineering Design course, covering allbehind-the-scene aspects of top level Superbike racing.

  • MotoGP » Open article Surtees: Rossi could match my F1 achievements.
    9 December 2004: John Surtees, the only man to win world titles in both Formula One and the 500cc World Championship, believes that Valentino Rossi could be the man to emulate his success - and rule both the two and four-wheeled worlds.

  • MotoGP » Open article Kanemoto leaves Suzuki, V4 will stay.
    3 December 2004: Suzuki has told Crash.net that legendary race engineer and team manager Erv Kanemoto will not be working for the factory MotoGP team next season.

  • MotoGP » Open article Vermeulen test delayed again.
    1 December 2004: World Superbike star Chris Vermeulen has missed his second chance to test a Honda MotoGP machine, due to a recovering wrist injury, but HRC are still planning to give the young Australian his RCV debut in the near future.


  • November 2004

    MotoGP » Open article Montiron: We'll probably take an existing entry.
    30 November 2004: Luca Montiron, formerly of Pramac and now managing director of the Konica Minolta Honda team, has revealed that he expects his new team to occupy an existing grid place next season – but will be able to find a new entry if needed.

  • BSB » Open article Smart money on Rizla, but tips Honda and GSE.
    26 November 2004: With the 2005 British Superbike season fast approaching Crash.net caught up with Rizla Suzuki's newest signing Scott Smart to see how things were taking shape for the new challenge.

  • MotoGP » Open article Where will Abe go?
    25 November 2004: Following Wednesday's announcement that Ruben Xaus and Toni Elias will ride for the Tech 3 Yamaha team next season, the future of Norick Abe – one of the team's 2004 riders – remains uncertain.

  • WSBK » Open article Pirelli: All the manufacturers were approached.
    24 November 2004: 2004 saw a controversial change to a one tyre brand rule introduced to World Superbikes, aimed at trying to increase the competitiveness of the series.

  • MotoGP » Open article Nakano: Next goal is title top six.
    19 November 2004: Kawasaki were arguably the revelation of the 2004 MotoGP season, advancing from the rear of the field the previous season to become regularly features in the top ten – and leading the team green attack was star rider Shinya Nakano, recruited from d'Antin Yamaha at the end of 2003.

  • MotoGP » Open article Tamada, Michelin and the seventh Honda...
    17 November 2004: Following enquires, Crash.net believes it is increasingly likely that Makoto Tamada will, as rumoured, leave the Pramac/Camel Honda team to ride a seventh Honda RC211V next season – on Michelin tyres.

  • WSBK » Open article Corser dominates on 2003 Suzuki!
    17 November 2004: In an exclusive interview with Alstare Suzuki's Troy Corser at the NEC show in Birmingham, UK, the Australian rider seemed sure of his ability to challenge for the 2005 World Superbike title...

  • WSBK » Open article Corser and GSX-R lead WSBK testers at Valencia.
    17 November 2004: A number of World Superbike teams are currently testing in a three day test which started Tuesday, in preparation for the 2005 season with Alstare Suzuki's new signing Troy Corser leading the way on the all new Suzuki GSX-R1000.

  • WSBK » Open article Corona to promote WSBK in nightclubs. [1]
    14 November 2004: With the recent announcement that Corona will be sponsoring the World Superbike Championship next season, Patricia Batta, marketing manager for the Corona brand and Alstare Suzuki, has explained that one of the main aims of the partnership is to increase the appeal of the WSBK series among non-biking fans.
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