Bikes Features. Page 9



  • November 2004

    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.

  • MotoGP » Open article Another Bridgestone team in 2005?
    12 November 2004: Bridgestone, who won their first two MotoGP races with Camel Honda's Makoto Tamada this season, look set to expand their premier-class line-up further for 2005.

  • WSBK » Open article Renegade: Engine failures robbed Haga.
    12 November 2004: Renegade Ducati boss Mark Griffiths has admitted he'll look back on his team's debut World Superbike season with a mixture of joy and pain – and declared that star rider Noriyuki Haga currently remains a Renegade rider, despite negotiations with Yamaha.

  • WSBK » Open article Ten Kate: It's going to be a hard year for Ducati.
    11 November 2004: 2004 saw the introduction of the Ten Kate Honda World Superbike effort headed up by Chris Vermeulen. He started the season struggling to keep up with the V-twin Ducati's and ended it challenging them for the title.

  • WSBK » Open article Where will Chili be?
    11 November 2004: Pierfransesco Chili wants a Honda Fireblade for 2005. But the PSG-1 team has signed to switch from customer Ducati machinery to factory supported Kawasakis for next season - without apparently consulting Chili - promoting the WSBK legend to leave the team he helped found.

  • WSBK » Open article 2005: Japan to topple Italy?
    11 November 2004: Next season sees a renewed interest by the Japanese manufacturers in the World Superbike championship, with Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha and Kawasaki all having a greater presence in the series.

  • WSBK » Open article Stars mourn Laguna, welcome new events.
    11 November 2004: The recent announcement that World Superbike intends to visit two new venues, Qatar and Brno, in 2005 has been greeted positively by two of the championships leading lights.

  • WSBK » Open article Vermeulen: Control tyre was correct.
    10 November 2004: Ten Kate Honda's Chris Vermeulen, who finished fourth overall - with four race wins - in an inspiring debut WSBK season, has declared that FG Sport's decision to introduce a Pirelli control tyre for 2004 was the right decision, since it helped promote close racing and restore the championship's status.

  • WSBK » Open article Corser: 2005 will be one of the best.
    10 November 2004: 1996 world champion and new Alstare Suzuki rider Troy Corser believes that, while World Superbike will probably never return to the glory days of the mid-1990s, 2005 will 'definitely' be one of the best Superbike season's ever.

  • WSBK » Open article Muggeridge: It's definitely an angry beast!
    10 November 2004: Following his success in taking the World Supersport championship this season, Karl Muggeridge was offered a ride alongside Chris Vermeulen in the premier class for the Ten Kate team in the 2005 season.

  • WSBK » Open article New Suzuki 'very strong' in tests.
    9 November 2004: Five-times AMA Superbike champion Mat Mladin has completed his first test session aboard the all-new 2005 model Suzuki GSX-R1000 that he will use to defend his American title next season - and which will also be given to Alstare Suzuki for WSBK and Rizla Suzuki for BSB.

  • WSBK » Open article Renegade considering MotoGP, WSBK and AMA riders.
    9 November 2004: Renegade Koji Ducati has told Crash.net that they have had interest from MotoGP, WSBK and AMA SBK riders to fill Leon Haslam's departure and Noriyuki Haga's possible absence from the team next season.

  • WSBK » Open article Vermeulen: Haga with Yamaha is biggest worry.
    8 November 2004: Ten Kate Honda's Chris Vermeulen, the revelation of the 2004 World Superbike season, has declared that - of all the new team and rider combinations expected for next season - Noriyuki Haga with Yamaha is his biggest worry.

  • WSBK » Open article Toseland: Ducati were nearly caught out.
    7 November 2004: 2004 World Superbike champion James Toseland has admitted to Crash.net 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 Crash.net 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 Crash.net 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 Crash.net for a ride.
    20 October 2004: Crash.net'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 Crash.net by sources within the Sepang paddock:

  • WSBK » Open article Ducati consider Lanzi for WSBK seat.
    8 October 2004: Ducati has exclusively told Crash.net 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...
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