MotoGP Features. Page 6



  • September 2005

    Open article Pons talks 800cc.
    22 September 2005: There may be still another complete season to wait, but already that feeling of deja vu is upon us as we contemplate another era in the short but eventful history of MotoGP - the arrival of the 800cc machine in 2007.

  • Open article Vermeulen 'likely' if Bayliss unfit for Oz.
    22 September 2005: Ten Kate Honda's World Superbike star Chris Vermeulen is 'most likely' to replace Troy Bayliss at the final three rounds of this year's MotoGP World Championship, should Bayliss be unfit to return.

  • Open article Yamaha set-up report - Sepang.
    22 September 2005: 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.

  • Open article Honda Pons - Motegi's Rossi stopper!
    15 September 2005: World Champion Valentino Rossi suffering three successive defeats at the same circuit by the same MotoGP team - doesn't sound likely does it? But that's exactly what's happened at Motegi for the past three seasons...

  • Open article Abe: The race that changed my life...
    14 September 2005: Grand prix motorcycle racing arrived in Japan in 1987 and, for seventeen years, was held at the notoriously difficult Suzuka Circuit in the Mie Prefecture.

  • Open article Yamaha set-up report – Motegi.
    13 September 2005: Motegi is unsurpassed in its design and circuit quality - the surface is seamlessly smooth, offering high levels of grip, and the facilities at the Honda built circuit are exceptional.

  • Open article Tour the Gauloises Yamaha pits - virtually!
    7 September 2005: Whilst the achievements of Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards have helped propel Gauloises Yamaha to the top of the 2005 MotoGP teams' championship standings, their success would not be possible without the hard work of a dedicated crew of staff inside the pit box.


  • August 2005

    Open article Ducati reveals wind tunnel work.
    25 August 2005: MotoGP is the world's fastest motorcycle racing series, so it's no surprise that aerodynamics is a crucial factor in machine development - along with engine, chassis and tyre performance.

  • Open article Barros: I'll continue while I can win.
    25 August 2005: In 19-years of grand prix racing Alex Barros had not experienced many tougher weeks. The 34-year-old Brazilian veteran sat in the Camel Honda hospitality unit in the Sachsenring paddock on the eve of the German Grand Prix, fulfilling all his media requirements with his usual politeness and patience. His face showed nothing of the last six days he'd endured, before embarking on a his 251 st grand prix appearance the next day.

  • Open article Yamaha set-up report: Brno.
    25 August 2005: Visually Brno appears challenging with many long radius medium-speed turns and medium-length straights which lends the Brno Automotodrom to being one of the easier circuits - technically speaking - on the 17 round MotoGP calendar.

  • Open article Ilmor plans MotoGP engine. [1]
    18 August 2005: Following KTM's recent withdraw as a MotoGP engine supplier - and continued doubts over the Blata V6 project - hope for teams seeking a competitive powerplant could be on the horizon, with the news that Ilmor Engineering are planning to 'design, build and supply' a MotoGP engine.

  • Open article Nakano commits to Kawasaki.
    17 August 2005: Crash.net understands that Shinya Nakano will definitely remain with Kawasaki for the 2006 MotoGP World Championship season, his third year with team green, despite substantial offers from two other manufacturers.

  • 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.
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