MotoGP Features. Page 8

  • May 2006

    Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • April 2006

    Open article 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.

  • Open article 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...

  • March 2006

    Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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'.

  • Open article 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.

  • January 2006

    Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • December 2005

    Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • November 2005

    Open article 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'?

  • Open article 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.

  • October 2005

    Open article 2006 MotoGP calendar announced.
    22 October 2005: The FIM has today announced the 2006 MotoGP World Championship calendar.

  • Open article Turkish delight?
    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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • September 2005

    Open article 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.

  • 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: 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: 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.
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