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MotoGP Features. Page 5
Bridgestone's rise to the top.
25 September 2007:
Casey Stoner's title triumph at Motegi on Sunday marked the first ever premier-class motorcycle championship for Bridgestone tyres - in only the company's sixth season in MotoGP.
Subaru talking to Rossi.
19 September 2007:
Buoyed by his performance at the 2006 Rally of New Zealand, Valentino Rossi looks set for a second crack at Rally GB this November - an event he crashed out of after just 17 kilometres in 2002.
'Don't be shocked...'
13 September 2007:
Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Attiyah of the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF), has revealed that the MotoGP night race will cost 15 million dollars in lighting alone.
Chaz set for Ducati test, Stoner to watch.
7 September 2007:
After rising superbly to the challenge of a last minute MotoGP debut at the US GP, Chaz Davies will get a further opportunity to prove his worth during a special two day test for Ducati - watched by world championship leader Casey Stoner.
Third Kawasaki ruled out?
7 September 2007:
The Kawasaki Racing Team has all but ruled out the possibility of a third ZX-RR being on the MotoGP grid for the full 2008 season.
Qatar to host MotoGP night race!
31 August 2007:
The opening round of the 2008 MotoGP World Championship, at Qatar on March 9, will also mark the first ever motorcycle grand prix to take place at night.
Mike Nicks: You won't recognise Tech 3 next year
6 August 2007:
Mike Nicks is predicting big changes in the Tech 3 camp next season in readiness for Toseland's arrival, with new rubber and better factory support almost certainly on the cards.
Mike Nicks: Has Toseland made the right choice?
1 August 2007:
Mike Nicks was at today's press conference, called to announce Toseland's switch to MotoGP. He casts a critical eye over the implications of the young Yorkshireman's gutsy decision to leave WSBK.
Toseland: Will he or won't he?
25 July 2007:
With the World Superbike season rushing to a thrilling climax it still isn't clear if Britain's James Toseland will remain in the championship next year.
Melandri: Dani needs to win first - EXCLUSIVE.
22 June 2007:
Despite winning more MotoGP races than any other Honda rider over the past two seasons, Marco Melandri believes HRC won't help him until they have taken a debut 800cc victory with Dani Pedrosa.
Edwards: I'm better than ever - EXCLUSIVE.
21 June 2007:
Despite some erratic performances this season, former double World Superbike champion Colin Edwards believes he's riding better than ever as he nears the midpoint of his fifth MotoGP campaign.
Kawasaki 'as good as Ducati' - EXCLUSIVE.
26 May 2007:
Results so far this season might not reflect it, but the view from inside the Kawasaki Racing Team is that the Ninja ZX-RR is now 'on a par with the Yamaha and Ducati'.
Circuit-by-circuit with Nicky Hayden.
13 April 2007:
MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden hasn't had the easiest of starts to his title defence, sitting sixth in the standings after round two of 18...
Circuit-by-circuit with Dani Pedrosa.
4 April 2007:
With two of the 18 rounds on the 2007 MotoGP World Championship calendar complete, reigning rookie of the year Dani Pedrosa is holding joint second in the standings behind Valentino Rossi...
Dani Pedrosa's lap of Jerez.
22 March 2007:
Spanish star Dani Pedrosa will be chasing his first MotoGP victory in front of his home fans at Jerez this weekend, a circuit where the talented 21-year-old has already tasted success in the 250cc class.
Evolution of the YZR-M1 - part two.
19 November 2006:
Part one of the Yamaha technical presentation detailed how the YZR-M1 has evolved since its 2002 racing debut, and part two will now concentrate specifically on the 2006 machine.
Evolution of the YZR-M1 - part one.
19 November 2006:
The end of the 2006 MotoGP season also marked the last ever race for the 990cc prototypes, including Yamaha's YZR-M1, with new 800cc engine regulations being introduced for next season.
Final round title showdowns: 1949 - 2005.
12 October 2006:
Although it is possible for Nicky Hayden to clinch the 2006 MotoGP World Championship in Portugal this weekend, the most likely scenario is that the title chase will go all the way to the final race in Valencia.
Ex-BSB boss plans all-British 125 and 250GP teams.
5 October 2006:
Former British Superbike team owner Ben Atkins is facing a four-week countdown in an ambitious bid to launch new all-British teams in the 2007 125 and 250cc World Championships.
Michelin, Roberts, Edwards talk testing.
4 October 2006:
"First off, a good rider has to know what he wants. I think that's the important thing because you can get lost. I'm a racer, not an engineer or some suspension guru, so I just translate stuff the best I can" - Colin Edwards.
Schwantz returns to Macau for 40th anniversary.
26 September 2006:
"I look back and think 'how did Suzuki ever even think about letting me do that'! As big a kid as I was and as much stupid stuff as I did on a proper racetrack, what might I have done with all those walls!" - Kevin Schwantz.
Hayden, Pedrosa to meet 'mystery' 800 on Monday.
20 September 2006:
Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa will ride Honda's new 800cc MotoGP bike for the first time next Monday, September 26, Satoru Horiike, managing director of HRC, has revealed in an exclusive interview with
EXCLUSIVE: Ilmor explain MotoGP plans.
25 August 2006:
A British motorcycle will win the MotoGP World Championship for the first time since the glory days of the British bike industry in the 1950s if Formula 1 engine guru Mario Illien (top picture) succeeds in a radical plan to break into the two-wheel world.
Ducati: We've built 20 800cc engines!
25 August 2006:
Ducati has already built an incredible 20 engines in preparation for next year's new 800cc formula in MotoGP, racing chief Filippo Preziosi has revealed.
Vermeulen: Leading a MotoGP no different.
17 August 2006:
When Paul Denning announced that Rizla Suzuki had secured the services of Honda World Superbike star Chris Vermeulen for the 2006 and 2007 MotoGP seasons, it was widely considered a brilliant coup.
Team-mate vs. team-mate.
11 August 2006:
With the first eleven rounds of the 17-stop 2006 MotoGP season now complete, the table below shows team-mate vs. team-mate in terms of qualifying and race results.
Laguna 'not perfect, but striving to get there'.
23 July 2006:
For years it has been a joke that if a rider/driver missed the corner at Turn Six, he would land in Salinas...
Michelin looks to 800cc era.
20 July 2006:
MotoGP is all set for its second big technical regulations change in half a decade. Following the shift from 500cc two-strokes to 990cc four-strokes in 2002, next year's bikes will be reduced to 800cc in a bid to reign in performance.
Nicky Hayden's lap of Laguna Seca.
20 July 2006:
The MotoGP World Championship returned to America, and the Laguna Seca circuit, after a ten year absence last season - where home star Nicky Hayden went on to take his first ever grand prix victory.
Mamola: If this is heaven, it's a great place...
11 July 2006:
13 times 500cc race winner Randy Mamola made his first ever visit to the Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend - and brought the Ducati Desmosedici two-seater with him.
Honda: 200 MotoGP wins.
26 June 2006:
Nicky Hayden made Honda history on Saturday at Assen when his dramatic last turn victory gave the Japanese giant its 200th premier-class grand prix victory.
Ricardo, Barnard plan MotoGP team.
24 June 2006:
Ricardo plc and John Barnard's B3 Technologies Ltd have added their names to a growing list of potential new MotoGP manufacturers.
A weekend with Pedrosa.
15 June 2006:
Ever wondered exactly how a MotoGP rider spends a race weekend? Here is a detailed account of a typical grand prix weekend for race winning Repsol Honda rookie Dani Pedrosa...
Dani Pedrosa's lap of Barcelona.
13 June 2006:
Repsol Honda's race-winning MotoGP rookie Dani Pedrosa will be riding in the second home grand prix of his young premier-class career, when he takes part in this weekend's Catalan Grand Prix at Barcelona.
Preview - Italian Grand Prix.
1 June 2006:
If Valentino Rossi was to select a particular event to restart his championship campaign it would surely be his home Italian Grand Prix at the magnificent Mugello circuit.
Vermeulen: New engine, chassis, swingarm...
30 May 2006:
Rizla Suzuki's MotoGP rookie Chris Vermeulen returned to the World Superbike paddock at Silverstone last weekend, where the 2005 championship runner-up caught up with old friends and spoke to
Nakano brings MotoGP back to Spa.
30 May 2006:
The famous Spa Francorchamps circuit recently reverberated to the sound of a factory grand prix bike for the first time in 16 years, when Shinya Nakano put his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR through its paces.
Ferrari: Rossi found a new challenge.
26 May 2006:
Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn believes that Valentino Rossi's nightmare start to the 2006 MotoGP season was the main reason for the Italian's decision to remain on two wheels next season.
Michelin: Why F1 and MotoGP don't mix.
9 May 2006:
Michelin may have won both the 2005 Formula One and MotoGP World Championships - but the similarities between the tyres essentially begins and ends with the brand name on the side.
Hofmann tempted by World Superbike.
8 May 2006:
Pramac d'Antin MotoGP rider Alex Hofmann was one of many MotoGP regulars that visited the World Superbike paddock over the Monza weekend - and the German admitted he could be tempted to make a permanent move to the series.
Rossi: Time is running out.
5 May 2006:
Despite storming from 11th on the grid to fourth in last Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix, world champion Valentino Rossi has warned that he and Yamaha are still a long way from finding a solution to their current problems.
Rossi's landmark races.
27 April 2006:
Five times MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi is scheduled to make his 100th appearance in the premier-class at Turkey this weekend.
Marco Melandri's lap of Istanbul.
25 April 2006:
The Istanbul Park circuit holds a special place in Marco Melandri's heart - being the venue of his first ever MotoGP class victory last season - and here the Fortuna Honda rider reviews the secrets of quick lap around the challenging Turkish racetrack...
Rossi 'gives up' on chatter solution.
25 March 2006:
Reigning five times MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi and Camel Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards face an uphill battle in tomorrow's opening round of 2006 after the much feared chatter problems returned during Saturday at Jerez.
Parrish: Rossi should go - F1 or not.
9 March 2006:
BBC MotoGP commentator, and former grand prix rider, Steve Parrish, believes Valentino Rossi should leave motorcycle racing at the end of this season - preferably for the "virtually impossible" challenge of a Formula One world title.
Agostini talks Rossi, racing and Formula One.
9 March 2006:
Only one person has won more premier-class titles than reigning MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi and that's fellow Italian Giacomo Agostini, who dominated motorcycle grand prix racing throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Yamaha: Rossi is a motorcyclist, his heart is here
1 March 2006:
If Ferrari intends to sign MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi for Formula One in 2007, it will have to overcome the best efforts of current employer Yamaha - which believes it can persuade the Italian superstar to stay 'where his heart is'.
New style Edwards 'promises' wins.
1 March 2006:
2006 will mark the first time that double World Superbike champion Colin Edwards has remained with the same MotoGP team for consecutive seasons - and the Texas Tornado is determined to use that continuity, plus a new riding style, to secure his first race victories.
Hayden settles in as Honda 'team leader'.
29 January 2006:
After three seasons in MotoGP with the Repsol Honda Team, Nicky Hayden will finally get the chance to become HRC's team leader in 2006 - when he inherits the number one role previously occupied by team-mates Valentino Rossi, Alex Barros and Max Biaggi.
Dani buoyed - but not ready to sing just yet.
28 January 2006:
World champion in 125s in 2003, then again in 250s in both 2004 and 2005, Dani Pedrosa has marked himself out as a motorcycle racing talent of the highest order, but the young Spaniard knows that he faces his toughest season yet in 2006.
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