MotoGP Interviews. Page 5



  • May 2008

    Open article Q&A: Kazuhiko Yamano (Repsol Honda). [6]
    15 May 2008: "In the past, all the team managers were engineers, but I come from a mechanic's background. I want to show all the young mechanics, and the rest, that a mechanic can make it to team manager if they are ambitious and work hard enough" - Kazuhiko Yamano.

  • Open article Q&A: Pete Benson (Hayden's chief mechanic). [5]
    1 May 2008: During his ten years with Repsol Honda, Pete Benson has worked with two of the most successful riders in motorcycling history, Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and helped guide Nicky Hayden to the 2006 world crown.


  • April 2008

    Open article Q&A: Sylvain Guintoli.
    25 April 2008: Alice Team's Sylvain Guintoli took part in a press conference at Le Mans earlier this week, to help publicise the French Grand Prix on May 16th.

  • Open article Q&A: Mike Leitner (Pedrosa's chief mechanic). [2]
    10 April 2008: An interview with Mike Leitner, chief mechanic for MotoGP World Championship leader Dani Pedrosa.


  • January 2008

    Open article Q&A: Valentino Rossi. [37]
    19 January 2008: The following Q&A with MotoGP superstar Valentino Rossi was provided by Fiat Yamaha at the team's 2008 launch, held at Turin in Italy on Friday.

  • Open article Q&A: Jorge Lorenzo.
    19 January 2008: The following Q&A with reigning 250cc world champion Jorge Lorenzo was provided by Fiat Yamaha at the team's 2008 launch, held at Turin in Italy on Friday.

  • Open article Q&A: Davide Brivio (Rossi's team manager). [2]
    19 January 2008: The following Q&A with Valentino Rossi's team manager Davide Brivio was provided by Fiat Yamaha at the team's 2008 launch, held at Turin in Italy on Friday.

  • Open article Q&A: Daniele Romagnoli (JL's team manager). [3]
    19 January 2008: The following Q&A with Jorge Lorenzo's team manager Daniele Romagnoli was provided by Fiat Yamaha at the team's 2008 launch, held at Turin in Italy on Friday.


  • November 2007

    Open article Q&A: Dani Pedrosa. [43]
    10 November 2007: Dani Pedrosa bares his soul as he looks back on what happened during a troubled 2007 campaign and how he fought back to come out of the situation winning.

  • Open article Q&A: Nicky Hayden. [113]
    9 November 2007: After a tough year on track defending his number one plate but without much luck, American Nicky Hayden is determined to take it back in 2008. He has put the new RC212V through its paces and was suitably impressed…..


  • October 2007

    Open article Q&A: Hiroshi Yamada (Bridgestone).
    24 October 2007: Casey Stoner managed to take consecutive victories aboard his Bridgestone-shod Ducati, winning his home grand prix at Phillip Island for the first time and then picked up the win in Sepang - he has notched up ten wins in 17 starts. Competition was close in both rounds but the technical demands of Phillip Island and the uncertainties of a resurfaced circuit in Sepang made life tough for tyre manufacturers as Hiroshi Yamada explained……


  • August 2007

    Open article Q&A: Juan Martínez (Repsol Honda)
    8 August 2007: Juan Martínez has worked with many top riders, he is now turning his attention to the young up and coming riders in the MotoGP paddock.

  • Open article Q&A: Gianluca Montiron (Konica Minolta). [2]
    2 August 2007: Konica Minolta Honda's Team Manager, Gianluca Montiron speaks frankly about how he feels this season has gone for his team so far….


  • July 2007

    Open article Q&A: Opinions from the Repsol Champions.
    25 July 2007: Ángel Nieto, Jorge Martínez 'Aspar', Álex Crivillé, Emilio Alzamora and Sito Pons have all been Repsol riders and between them they have won an astonishing 22 world titles. With the MotoGP championship having a well earned break the Repsol Champions stepped in to analyse the season so far…..

  • Open article Q&A: Red Bull Indianapolis GP.
    17 July 2007: Following Monday's historic announcement that Indianapolis will host a round of the MotoGP World Championship in 2008, those involved in securing a second US-based event - plus some American motorcycling stars - spoke to the media...


  • June 2007

    Open article Q&A: Bradley Smith (Repsol Honda)
    20 June 2007: At the young age of 16 years, Bradley Smith is taking part in his second Motorcycle Grand Prix season with the Repsol Honda Team 125cc and has already achieved his first podium after finishing third at the French Grand Prix. Here he chats about motorbikes and his life outside the paddock ahead of his home Grand Prix…

  • Open article Q&A: Alberto Puig (Repsol Honda).
    8 June 2007: "Any type of sport is like a war. Let's not fool ourselves, this is a highly competitive world in which everyone defends his/her own plot and tries to benefit" - Alberto Puig.


  • April 2007

    Open article Q&A: Harald Bartol – KTM.
    19 April 2007: "If Nicky Hayden had started his road racing career on such a motorcycle, he wouldn't have the problems that he's got now. Superbike racing just doesn't get you where you need to be for grand prix racing" - Harald Bartol.

  • Open article Q&A: Gianluca Montiron.
    15 April 2007: Konica Minolta Honda team manager Gianluca Montiron has had a long and successful career within the motorcycle grand prix paddock, having contributed towards multiple 250cc world titles and MotoGP race victories.

  • Open article EXCLUSIVE Q&A: Eugene Laverty.
    9 April 2007: Eugene Laverty, 250 GP rider, is in the British Superbike paddock for the first round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship. He is supporting his brothers and enjoying being a spectator as he told Crash.net Radio…..


  • February 2007

    Open article Q&A: Nicky Hayden.
    28 February 2007: "That title took everything I had to win and I know to keep it is going to be even harder" - those are the words of reigning MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden as he prepares to start his title defence in Qatar on March 10.

  • Open article Q&A: Dani Pedrosa.
    19 February 2007: Double 2006 MotoGP race winner and rookie of the year, Dani Pedrosa, overturned Yamaha's domination of the Qatar test during the third and final day - at a circuit which will host the first race of 2007...

  • Open article Q&A: Ichiro Yoda – Kawasaki.
    15 February 2007: "We calculated that we would need to rev the first evolution of the new engine to 18,000 rpm... So, our first major decision was to run a pneumatic valve system on the new [800cc] engine" - Ichiro Yoda.

  • Open article Q&A: Olivier Jacque.
    14 February 2007: Former 250cc world champion Olivier Jacque will return to full time racing as part of Kawasaki's new look MotoGP squad in 2007, when he will attempt to finally crack the premier-class at the age of 33.

  • Open article Q&A: Randy de Puniet.
    13 February 2007: After a turbulent debut MotoGP season, in which flashes of exceptional speed were mixed with accidents and injuries, Randy de Puniet is approaching his second season as a Kawasaki rider intent on proving his worth with the new 800cc machines.


  • August 2006

    Open article Q&A: Junichi Kawajiri - Bridgestone.
    25 August 2006: Last Sunday's Czech Republic Grand Prix was dominated by Loris Capirossi, who took his Bridgestone shod factory Ducati to its second victory of the 2006 MotoGP season.


  • June 2006

    Open article Q&A: Sebastian Porto.
    23 June 2006: On the eve of last weekend's Catalan Grand Prix, 250cc star Sebastian Porto surprised the MotoGP paddock by announcing his immediate retirement from racing.


  • February 2006

    Open article Q&A: Dani Pedrosa.
    18 February 2006: Repsol Honda's MotoGP rookie Dani Pedrosa - already tipped by Valentino Rossi as one of his main 2006 challengers - completed a further 185 laps on his factory RCV at the third and final Sepang test, which concluded on Thursday...


  • November 2005

    Open article Q&A: Fausto Gresini.
    3 November 2005: On the eve of the 17th and final grand prix of the 2005 MotoGP World Championship season, Fausto Gresini, team manager and owner of the Movistar Honda Team, reflects on the season so far - which has seen very contrasting fortunes for his two riders, Sete Gibernau and Marco Melandri...


  • October 2005

    Open article Q&A: Dani Pedrosa.
    18 October 2005: Dani Pedrosa wrapped-up his third world title in thrilling style at Phillip Island on Sunday when the Movistar Honda rider beat Repsol Aprilia's Sebastian Porto on the run to the chequered flag.


  • September 2005

    Open article Q&A: Kevin Schwantz.
    8 September 2005: 1993 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz was the rider Valentino Rossi dreamed of being - and that probably says all anybody needs to know about the Suzuki hero, whose spectacular on-the-edge riding style earned him a legendary fan base, but cost him heavily in terms of injuries and title success.


  • August 2005

    Open article Q&A: Nicky Hayden.
    9 August 2005: The first ten races of the 2005 MotoGP season have seen Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden recover from a slow start to claim his first ever grand prix victory, at his home Laguna Seca race, then notch-up his second podium of the season at the German Grand Prix last time out.

  • Open article Q&A: Max Biaggi.
    8 August 2005: Former four-times 250cc title winner Max Biaggi headed for his summer break sitting just fifth in the MotoGP World Championship, and with only two podium finishes to his credit.


  • July 2005

    Open article Q&A: John Hopkins - your questions answered!
    21 July 2005: Crash.net recently offered its viewers the opportunity to ask MotoGP star John Hopkins a question - on any subject - and, on the eve the British Grand Prix at Donington Park, Hopper took time out from his busy schedule to answer your questions.


  • April 2005

    Open article Q&A: Michelin's Nicolas Goubert on Shanghai.
    26 April 2005: The MotoGP World Championship arrives at China's Shanghai International Circuit for the very first time this weekend – so how will leading MotoGP tyre manufacturer Michelin meet the challenge?

  • Open article Q&A: Valentino Rossi.
    20 April 2005: Valentino Rossi was the focal point of a teleconference last Friday at Estoril where he gave his views on the return of MotoGP to American soil for the first time in 10 years, when the 2005 U.S. Grand Prix takes Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca by storm on July 8-10.

  • Open article EXCLUSIVE Q&A: Paul Denning.
    6 April 2005: After guiding his Rizla Suzuki British Superbike team to title glory with John Reynolds last season, Paul Denning accepted the considerable challenge of trying to repeat his BSB success with the Suzuki MotoGP team, by accepting the role of team manager from 2005.

  • Open article EXCLUSIVE Q&A: Michael Scott.
    3 April 2005: Motocourse editor Michael Scott has covered Motorcycle Grand Prix racing since 1984 - and written best selling books on the likes of Wayne Rainey and Barry Sheene - making him perfectly placed to assess the sport on the eve of the opening round of the 2005 season.


  • March 2005

    Open article Q&A: Nicky Hayden.
    29 March 2005: Repsol Honda rider Nicky Hayden will head to the opening grand prix of the 2005 season, at Jerez on April 10, boosted by having set the pace in the final three-day pre-season test session - held at the same circuit.

  • Open article Q&A: Dani Pedrosa.
    25 March 2005: Dani Pedrosa is a small man with a big target on his back this season; the Spaniard is attempting to defend his 250cc world championship - and tipped by many to be a future MotoGP star. As such, his class rivals would like nothing more than to boost there own value by defeating him.

  • Open article Q&A: Sebastian Porto.
    25 March 2005: 2004 250cc world championship runner-up Sebastian Porto signed off his pre-season preparations by setting the pace during testing at Jerez this week – and is confident he will be in title contention from the opening event of the 2005 season, at the same circuit, on April 10.

  • Open article Q&A: Ichiro Yoda – Kawasaki technical director.
    24 March 2005: A love of motorcycles, which started with riding street bikes, led Ichiro Yoda to take a job with Yamaha immediately after graduating from Tokyo's Metropolitan University at the end of the 1970s.

  • Open article EXCLUSIVE Q&A: Team KR's Chuck Aksland.
    1 March 2005: One of the significant changes on Monday's official MotoGP entry list, released by the FIM, was apparent confirmation that Team KR would run former Aprilia rider Shane Byrne in the 2005 World Championship.


  • February 2005

    Open article Q&A: Erv Kanemoto.
    23 February 2005: Erv Kanemoto returns to Honda this season as technical director of the factory Repsol team – with his sole objective to help Max Biaggi and Nicky Hayden return the premier-class riders' title to Honda after it was taken from them by Valentino Rossi and Yamaha last season.

  • Open article Q&A: Max Biaggi.
    14 February 2005: Max Biaggi starts the 2005 MotoGP season with his best chance yet of claiming a first premier-class world crown, after signing to ride for the factory Repsol Honda outfit.

  • Open article Q&A: Nicky Hayden.
    14 February 2005: Nicky Hayden will start his third season in MotoGP in 2005, where he will again ride for the factory Repsol Honda Team, and is aware that the time to turn potential into solid results is fast approaching.

  • Open article Q&A: Nicky Hayden on US GP return.
    4 February 2005: Nicky Hayden, the 2002 AMA Superbike champion, will be one of the reasons many American fans are looking forward to the US Grand Prix on July 8-10, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.


  • January 2005

    Open article Q&A: Colin Edwards.
    23 January 2005: For the third year in a row, Colin Edwards will start the season with a new team, joining champion Valentino Rossi at Yamaha having ridden for Honda and Aprillia in the past two seasons. Ahead of the opening test of the year in Malaysia, the two-time World Superbike champion answered questions on his hopes for 2005...

  • Open article Q&A: Valentino Rossi.
    23 January 2005: Testing gets underway this weekend ahead of the 2005 MotoGP season at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. Defending title holder Valentino Rossi answered questions ahead of the upcoming championship season and the opening test of the year...


  • November 2004

    Open article Q&A: Neil Hodgson.
    12 November 2004: 2003 World SBK champion Neil Hodgson will be returning to Superbikes next year, lining up alongside Eric Bostrom in the two-rider Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin team for a totally new challenge - an attack on the AMA Superbike championship.
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