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  • July 2005

    MotoGP » Open article Updated: Rossi slow, slams track safety.
    9 July 2005: Reigning world champion and runaway 2005 world championship leader Valentino Rossi was left in an uncharacteristic ninth place at the end of day one at the US GP, having failed to improve in the afternoon session.

  • MotoGP » Open article Press Snoop: Hayden rules FP3, Rossi in a jam.
    9 July 2005: NICKY HAYDEN/Repsol Honda Team was fastest Saturday morning in MotoGP practice at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix. The local favourite, clocked a 1m 23.718s, fastest so far this weekend. The record-breaking lap was on the twenty-first of the thirty laps he turned Saturday morning. By then the fog had lifted, the sun was out, skies were clear and it was another beautiful day for Round Eight of the MotoGP series.

  • MotoGP » Open article Press Snoop: Hayden fast on Friday, Rossi unhappy.
    8 July 2005: NICKY HAYDEN was the fastest MotoGP rider Friday afternoon with a 1m 24.228s/95.874 mph/154.295 kph lap, making him the fastest rider for the first day of practice at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Hayden/Repsol Honda Team had the top radar-gun recorded sector speed of 157.83 mph/254 kph.

  • MotoGP » Open article Press Snoop: Bayliss leads FP1 at Laguna.
    8 July 2005: Australian TROY BAYLISS/Honda Pons was the overall fastest rider Friday morning in the first practice for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with a 1.24.547/95.513mph/153.713kph lap on the 2.238-mile/3.602km elevated road circuit.

  • MotoGP » Open article 'The biggest bike race ever held in America...'
    6 July 2005: This weekend's US GP sees MotoGP and Laguna Seca renew a relationship that is so important to both parties - and neither partner really knows what to expect.

  • MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report: Laguna Seca.
    5 July 2005: After a ten-year absence from the MotoGP World Championship, it was announced late in 2004 that the Laguna Seca circuit would feature on the 2005 race calendar.

  • MotoGP » Open article Last time at Laguna...
    4 July 2005: As Valentino Rossi aims to overturn the home favourites in this weekend's US Grand Prix, he knows that only one other rider has managed to do so in the past.


  • June 2005

    MotoGP » Open article Lap of Laguna Seca with Colin Edwards.
    30 June 2005: While millions of motorcycle fans worldwide will watch the MotoGP star lap Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the upcoming Red Bull US Grand Prix July, the number of those who have actually ridden a lap on the world-famous circuit is much, much lower.

  • MotoGP » Open article Yamaha set-up report: Assen.
    22 June 2005: Assen is unique in a number of ways; the Dutch TT originally began life as 28km street circuit before being shortened - once in 1955 and again in 1984 - to comply with the ever-changing demands of modern motorcycle racing.

  • MotoGP » Open article Barros picks 2002 from impressive Assen archive.
    21 June 2005: When Alex Barros contests the 75th Dutch TT on Saturday it will be his 16th consecutive 500cc/MotoGP race at the famous 6.027km circuit - but the 34-year-old veteran hasn't lost any of his great respect and enthusiasm for one of GP racing's most impressive 'battlefields'.

  • BSB » Open article James Haydon exclusive interview.
    14 June 2005: It's fair to say that it's been an interesting start to the Bennetts British Superbike Championship for James Haydon. Crash.net caught up with James after the announcement was made on his signing for the Rizla Suzuki squad for the rest of the year.

  • MotoGP » Open article Suzuki to run Red Bull livery at Laguna.
    10 June 2005: The Suzuki MotoGP team has secured a one off sponsorship deal with Red Bull for the American Motorcycle Grand Prix at Laguna Seca on July 10th - and Crash.net has secured an exclusive ahead of the official announcement through our reporter Toby Moody.

  • 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.
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