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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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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
has secured an exclusive ahead of the official announcement through our reporter Toby Moody.
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.
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?
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.
Dr Costa's MotoGP dream...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
'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.
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.
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.
Brits unsure of flag-to-flag, loophole available?
2 April 2005:
Despite the recent 'bike swap' compromise, the new for 2005 'flag-to-flag' racing rule - which spells an end to dry MotoGP races being stopped for rain - continues to cause some concern, and appears to contain a potential loophole.
Troy talks team change, testing and new rules.
28 February 2005:
This season will see former World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss break his long time Ducati links with a move to the satellite Camel Honda team for the 2005 MotoGP World Championship.
Wheel changes expected in MotoGP rain stops.
22 February 2005:
One of the most significant rule changes ahead of the 2005 MotoGP season has been the new 'no stopping for rain' directive, which means that dry premier-class races will no longer be stopped should rain fall.
7 February 2005:
At a time when new MotoGP bikes - with ever increasing technical complexity - are being seen in public for the first time, it's worth remembering that the most important formula in motorsport engineering is actually quite simple.
Press Snoop: Bike champions test Super Karts.
14 January 2005:
The latest news from around the world courtesy of Press Snoop Lynne Huntting...
Hopper '100% fit and raring to go'.
10 January 2005:
Suzuki's John Hopkins looks set to start pre-season testing '100% fit' after a speedy recovery from surgery to remove a rod from his femur and pins from each of his ankles.
Zanardi: I enjoy MotoGP more than F1.
21 December 2004:
Former Formula One, CART and IndyCar star Alex Zanardi has revealed he enjoys watching MotoGP more than F1 these days.
Blata V6 'making great progress'.
17 December 2004:
It was on July 19 of this year that WCM announced they would join forces with Czech company Blata, to develop a brand new V6 machine for the 2005 MotoGP world championship.
Surtees: Rossi could match my F1 achievements.
9 December 2004:
John Surtees, the only man to win world titles in both Formula One and the 500cc World Championship, believes that Valentino Rossi could be the man to emulate his success - and rule both the two and four-wheeled worlds.
Kanemoto leaves Suzuki, V4 will stay.
3 December 2004:
Suzuki has told
that legendary race engineer and team manager Erv Kanemoto will not be working for the factory MotoGP team next season.
Vermeulen test delayed again.
1 December 2004:
World Superbike star Chris Vermeulen has missed his second chance to test a Honda MotoGP machine, due to a recovering wrist injury, but HRC are still planning to give the young Australian his RCV debut in the near future.
Montiron: We'll probably take an existing entry.
30 November 2004:
Luca Montiron, formerly of Pramac and now managing director of the Konica Minolta Honda team, has revealed that he expects his new team to occupy an existing grid place next season – but will be able to find a new entry if needed.
Where will Abe go?
25 November 2004:
Following Wednesday's announcement that Ruben Xaus and Toni Elias will ride for the Tech 3 Yamaha team next season, the future of Norick Abe – one of the team's 2004 riders – remains uncertain.
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.
Tamada, Michelin and the seventh Honda...
17 November 2004:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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