MotoGP Features. Page 8



  • July 2004

    Open article Team Roberts radio...
    15 July 2004: With all MotoGP teams using radios in the pits due to the deafening sound of the MotoGP bikes, no-one has cottoned onto the idea of using the now legal-for-three-seasons rider to pits radio possibility... except Team Roberts: and some interesting figures have come out of it.

  • Open article Unlocking the door.
    14 July 2004: With no disrespect to Valentino Rossi and Sete Gibernau, Makoto Tamada's Rio victory came at a perfect time - not only for the smiling Japanese, his Camel Honda team and Bridgestone tyres - but also for MotoGP in general.

  • Open article Yamaha set-up report – Sachsenring.
    12 July 2004: 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.


  • June 2004

    Open article Yamaha set-up report – Rio.
    29 June 2004: Although it was resurfaced only four years ago, the Rio de Janeiro circuit doesn't have a reputation for offering the traction one would hope for while racing a 240-plus horsepower machine...

  • Open article Win Bikes Aloud Uncut DVDs!
    24 June 2004: The Men and Motors TV magazine, Bikes Aloud is now available on DVD and Crash.net has ten copies to give away.

  • Open article Moving the limit.
    23 June 2004: In the English University City of Oxford they have just celebrated the 50th anniversary of Dr Roger Bannister running one mile in under four minutes.

  • Open article Yamaha set-up report – Assen.
    22 June 2004: Part of the perennial success and popularity of the Assen event is its ability to modernise its facilities and layout without losing one iota of its unique character and appeal, to riders and fans alike.

  • Open article Yamaha set-up report – Catalunya.
    9 June 2004: With an average lap speed of almost 160kmph, Catalunya is another of the faster tracks on the MotoGP calendar, with a 1.047km long main straight and a fulsome 4.727km overall length.


  • May 2004

    Open article Yamaha set-up report – Mugello.
    28 May 2004: 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 500cc two-strokes were capable of achieving 315kmh… but last year Ducati's Loris Capirossi hit 332.4kph – a mark expected to be 'easily' beaten this year.

  • Open article 'Production' Desmosedici...
    25 May 2004: Ducati has announced that they will produce a limited edition road legal version of their Desmosedici MotoGP prototype, ready for 2006.

  • Open article BMW leads the way?
    21 May 2004: Earlier this week BMW unveiled its first Superbike, the 1157cc inline four-cylinder K1200 S (pictured) which, at 160bhp, is the most powerful motorcycle the company has ever produced.

  • Open article Biaggi gets Repsol backing.
    17 May 2004: In an added twist to the thorny issue of who gets factory Honda machinery, the satellite Camel Honda team has today announced that Max Biaggi will receive Repsol backing for the rest of the season.

  • Open article Tamada - the smiling samurai.
    13 May 2004: Makoto Tamada may carry the hopes of the Honda and the Japanese sporting nation on his shoulders, but it seems such pressure does little to change his positive attitude to grand prix racing and life in general.

  • Open article Yamaha set-up report – Le Mans.
    12 May 2004: The 4.180 km Le Mans circuit has hosted the French GP for the past four years and has always provided a challenge to those wishing to take the ultimate prize.

  • Open article Rainey, Lawson battle at Laguna!
    4 May 2004: Former 500cc world champions Wayne Rainey and Eddie Lawson returned to the racetrack together last weekend, when they dominated the 'World Superkart' event at Laguna Seca.


  • April 2004

    Open article Yamaha set-up report – Jerez.
    28 April 2004: For some time Jerez, Spain has signified the beginning of the European leg of the MotoGP world championship and for 2004 the state of play remains the same, despite Jerez being the second round this time round rather than the third.

  • Open article Rossi proves rider greater than machine.
    19 April 2004: Valentino Rossi's superb victory at Welkom may mark the start of a new era in MotoGP, where the recent emphasis upon exotic technology is replaced by a realisation that, however great the machine, it's the rider that's most important.

  • Open article Byrne: You're gonna have it this time…
    15 April 2004: This Sunday will see reigning British Superbike champion Shane Byrne make his MotoGP race debut aboard the Aprilia RS Cube – a machine which 'Shakey' admits scared him at first, despite a dedicated PlayStation programme to learn new tracks!

  • Open article Hodgson: I'm over the scary period.
    15 April 2004: This weekend in South Africa, Neil Hodgson will make his return to the premier GP class, on a d'Antin run Ducati, nine years after he rode as a privateer in the then 500cc world championship.

  • Open article McWilliams: That was me being stupid...
    15 April 2004: 2004 will see Jeremy McWilliams return to Aprilia, after two-years at Proton Team KR, to ride the Noale based company's fearsome RS Cube – a machine that has already left the Ulsterman with two broken ribs.

  • Open article Shinya backs 250, surprised by Superbike.
    14 April 2004: At a time when the importance of the 250cc world championship is being questioned, particularly as a proving ground for MotoGP, new Kawasaki signing Shinya Nakano has voiced his support for the series – but admits he was surprised by the performance of former Superbike riders.

  • Open article Repsol riders play down factory advantage.
    12 April 2004: Alex Barros and Nicky Hayden have cast doubt on the assumption that, as factory Honda riders, they will have a significant machinery advantage this season – Hayden believing such comments from fellow RCV competitors could simply be 'an excuse'.

  • Open article Hayden: Rossi's got my respect.
    12 April 2004: Valentino Rossi won the respect of almost the entire two-wheeled world for having the courage to walk out on the most desired seat in motorcycle racing, and Nicky Hayden, the man he left behind at Repsol Honda, has stated his own support for the Italian's 'brave' move.

  • Open article Yamaha set-up report – Welkom.
    12 April 2004: The Phakisa circuit, a stand-alone facility near Welkom in the South African gold fields, is a flat and frequently dusty track, ringed by a speed bowl designed for CART-style car racing.

  • Open article Barros 'not riding for second'.
    8 April 2004: 2004 will see Alex Barros start his fifteenth season in motorcycling's premier-class, the most experienced man in MotoGP having joined the factory Repsol Honda team for what will surely be his best - and perhaps last - chance of a world title.

  • Open article Hayden: Mladin could make it in MotoGP.
    1 April 2004: Nicky Hayden has named former rival Mat Mladin as the AMA rider most capable of 'making headlines' in MotoGP, while stating that the future could see more than one Hayden in the world championship.


  • March 2004

    Open article Rossi: F1 just for fun.
    31 March 2004: MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi has put an end to speculation that he's planning a future in Formula One, by stating that any F1 test would be purely for fun.

  • Open article Nakano: Kawasaki similar to M1, better in places.
    31 March 2004: Long time Yamaha rider Shinya Nakano has revealed that his new Kawasaki isn't as far away from the former race-winning YZR-M1 as some expected, and is actually better in some areas.

  • Open article Kawasaki launch 'potent' 2004 racer.
    25 March 2004: The third pre-season launch on Thursday at Barcelona, and attended by Crash.net, was by the Kawasaki Racing Team, who unveiled their new 'potent' ZX-RR racer with which Shinya Nakano and Alex Hofmann will carry team green honours this season.

  • Open article Barcelona treated as Yamaha unveils new line-up.
    25 March 2004: Yamaha launched its 2004 MotoGP effort with an action-packed ceremony in the centre of Barcelona this afternoon [Thursday] as Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Carlos Checa were joined by Fortuna Gauloises Tech 3 team-mates Marco Melandri and Norick Abe to unveil their race machines in full livery.

  • Open article Repsol reflects on past glory, new future begins.
    25 March 2004: On Thursday, MotoGP team champion's Repsol Honda officially presented its 2004 line-up of Alex Barros, Nicky Hayden and the latest livery for their RC211Vs to the international media in Barcelona.

  • Open article Rossi suffers F1 setback.
    15 March 2004: The Toyota Formula One team has told Crash.net that they have 'no plans' to give MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi an F1 test.


  • January 2004

    Open article Trouble ahead for 'Gauloises Fortuna' teams?
    18 January 2004: The decision to include the names of both the Gauloises and Fortuna tobacco brands as title sponsors of the four Yamaha MotoGP machines could leave the outfits facing criticism for excessive tobacco advertising.

  • Open article Friendly fire continues...
    16 January 2004: 2004 is likely to see one of the most intense Honda/Yamaha battles for many seasons, but it seems that despite numerous staff and rider transfers between them, neither wants to fire the first shot.

  • Open article Deadline approaching for Barros decision?
    8 January 2004: With intensive pre-season testing of the 2004 entries by Yamaha and Honda due to begin in Sepang at the end of this month, time is fast running out for Alex Barros to confirm his future.


  • December 2003

    Open article How far is Honda ahead?
    31 December 2003: There is no doubt that Honda was the manufacturer to beat in 2003, winning all but one of the sixteen rounds while its riders took the top three positions in the championship, but exactly how far ahead was the awesome RC211V?

  • Open article McCoy slides to World Superbikes.
    15 December 2003: Garry McCoy has become the latest GP veteran to be forced out of the premier-class, with the news that the 'Slide King' will replace Regis Laconi in the NCR Ducati team in the 2004 World Superbike championship.

  • Open article MotoGP Christmas list...
    12 December 2003: Here's an amusing, tongue-in-cheek, MotoGP Christmas list, as provided by the always interesting Camel media service... so don't complain to us!

  • Open article Biaggi the next slide king?
    4 December 2003: Having been controversially labelled a '250 rider' ever since his move to the premier-class in 1998, Max Biaggi has made considerable efforts of late to adapt his front-wheel corner speed style to more of a rear-wheel slider, as demanded by the massive power outputs from the new generation of four-stroke prototypes.


  • November 2003

    Open article Kato inquiry: Racing accident, barriers to blame.
    28 November 2003: The inquiry set-up by Honda to establish the cause of Daijiro Kato's death at the season opening Japanese Grand Prix has declared that mechanical failure was not to blame – and that the former 250cc world champion's fatal accident was probably triggered by a loss of rear grip.

  • Open article Pons, Pramac, Honda and Biaggi...
    26 November 2003: Considerable question marks still remain over Honda's 2004 line-up, with only three of the six seats officially confirmed.

  • Open article Rossi's M1 to keep inline-four engine.
    22 November 2003: Ever since Valentino Rossi's two-year Yamaha deal was confirmed, speculation has grown as to whether the Japanese manufacturer is planning to build an entirely new machine for the Italian, perhaps without their traditional inline four-cylinder engine.

  • Open article Burgess confirmed, four leave Repsol with Rossi.
    20 November 2003: Crash.net can confirm that four of the six Repsol Honda team members directly responsible for running Valentino Rossi have left to join the Italian in his new adventure at Yamaha - with nine-times world champion crew chief Jerry Burgess heading the list.

  • Open article Yamaha expects Barros to stay.
    20 November 2003: A Yamaha source has told Crash.net that Alex Barros is expected to stay with the team in 2004, despite the Brazilian being hunted by Honda to replace Valentino Rossi alongside predicted future star Nicky Hayden.

  • Open article Challengers suffer 'fall-out' in pursuit of Rossi. [1]
    19 November 2003: So how do you win a World Championship? Do you throw caution to the wind at every opportunity, risking crashing to win races and starting high up the grid or are you more cautious? Statistics on the number of crashes this season have just been released and they are not going to help solve the argument in any way.

  • Open article Rossi's replacement still a mystery.
    18 November 2003: The identity of Valentino Rossi's replacement at Repsol Honda - the most coveted ride in MotoGP - still remains a mystery almost three weeks after the Italian's seat at the factory team became officially vacant.

  • Open article Rossi should have read the small print...
    14 November 2003: It now looks certain that Honda will block any attempts by Valentino Rossi and Yamaha to get the Italian onto their M1 before his HRC contract ends on 1/1/2004, thus reducing Rossi's input into next year's machine considerably.

  • Open article Doohan: Yamaha are sick of losing.
    11 November 2003: Following yesterday's announcement that Valentino Rossi would be joining Yamaha, Mick Doohan - HRC's general manager of racing - has given a multiple world champion's insight on the biggest shake-up in the premier-class for over a decade.

  • Open article Rossi to take Burgess to Yamaha?
    4 November 2003: The delay in announcing Valentino Rossi as a Yamaha rider is rumoured to be partly caused by efforts to tempt key members of Rossi's former factory Honda team - including legendary crew chief Jerry Burgess - to move with him.

  • Open article Biaggi hopes all Hondas are equal.
    4 November 2003: Max Biaggi's first season as a Honda RCV rider came to a disappointing end as the double 2003 race winner limped home in fourth place at Valencia – after suffering from a lack of engine braking.
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