MotoGP Features. Page 6



  • August 2005

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Open article Rossi: Many changes needed if MotoGP is to return.
    9 July 2005: World champion Valentino Rossi has kept up pressure for further safety changes to be made to the Laguna Seca circuit, venue for this weekend's US GP, after revealing that he and his fellow riders have told Dorna that major modifications are needed if MotoGP is to return in 2006.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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'.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • April 2005

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
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