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MotoGP Features. Page 7
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.
Rossi may struggle with F1, says Schumacher.
13 January 2006:
Ferrari team leader, Michael Schumacher has warned MotoGP ace Valentino Rossi that he could struggle to find that 'last little bit' of speed needed to be competitive, if he moves to F1.
You vote Rossi 'most deserving champion'.
28 December 2005:
viewers have overwhelming voted MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi as their most deserving champion of the 2005 motorsport season.
Suzuki to back Byrne return?
20 December 2005:
Team Suzuki boss Paul Denning has stated that the 2006 British Superbike season will be a "do or die" year for former MotoGP rider Shane Byrne - if the Briton wants Suzuki backing for a return to world championship action.
Vermeulen 'will beat Rossi'.
16 December 2005:
Former four-times World Superbike champion Carl Fogarty believes that, within two years, new Suzuki grand prix rider Chris Vermeulen will be capable of beating reigning five-times MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi... if they are on equal machinery.
Surtees: MotoGP should be 600cc.
13 December 2005:
Former four-times 500cc World Champion, John Surtees, believes that MotoGP engines should be limited to 600cc - rather than the soon to be 800cc - since it would provide a natural progression from the light and nimble 125 and 250cc machines, match the commercial needs of the manufacturers and allow for long term rule stability.
How Yamaha made the M1 even better...
6 December 2005:
The 2004 YZR-M1 will forever be remembered as the machine with which Valentino Rossi sensationally won Yamaha's first premier-class world championship since 1992 but, with the Italian's Honda contract preventing him from testing the machine until late January, much of the bike's design was decided upon without input from Rossi and crew chief Jerry Burgess.
Highs and lows of 2005...
3 November 2005:
The release of the 2006 official - unless F1 changes its mind again - MotoGP calendar made many think, 'just where has 2005 gone'?
Yamaha set-up report – Valencia.
1 November 2005:
Valencia is a circuit that offers a slightly undulating layout with good camber combined and an abrasive surface.
2006 MotoGP calendar announced.
22 October 2005:
The FIM has today announced the 2006 MotoGP World Championship calendar.
20 October 2005:
Turkey is making the International headlines at the moment. Not just because of the first MotoGP event to be staged in the country on Sunday, but because of their proposed entry into the European Union.
Yamaha set-up report – Istanbul.
20 October 2005:
The Istanbul Otodrom track was finished earlier this year and successfully inaugurated by the F1 circus, but this coming weekend the MotoGP stars will be let lose on the new venue.
Honda 600 times a GP winner.
18 October 2005:
Victory in Sunday's 250cc Australian Grand Prix handed Dani Pedrosa a third successive world title and Honda its landmark 600th win in motorcycle grand prix competition.
Rainey recalls 'favourite' Australian upset.
10 October 2005:
After seeing local hero Wayne Gardner take victory for the first two years of the Australian Grand Prix in 1989 and 1990 at Phillip Island, hopes were high for another home victory when the series switched to a new venue at Eastern Creek on the outskirts of Sydney in 1991.
It takes one to know one...
5 October 2005:
As the saying goes "it takes one to know one" and here four of Yamaha's greatest world champions give their opinions on fellow legend Valentino Rossi, who wrapped up his fifth consecutive premier-class crown - and second successive title success with Yamaha - at the Malaysian Grand Prix on September 25.
Yamaha set-up report - Losail.
28 September 2005:
The Losail circuit is located on the western side of the Persian Gulf just outside of the capital city Doha, and was used for the first time last year.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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