MotoGP Features

09/24/2004 - 00:00

"If (Rossi) could do in a car what he does on a bike, he would beat all of us" - Rubens Barrichello.

09/16/2004 - 00:00

The recent announcement that, from next year, there will be no stopping for rain in premier-class racing has resulted in considerable debate throughout the MotoGP world - not least among the participants of the Crash.net MotoGP forum - with a great deal of uncertainty raised by the following brief statement released by the FIM:

09/15/2004 - 00:00

It gets dark pretty early at this time of year in Japan, and dusk was already settling in the wooded hillsides surrounding the Motegi circuit in 2001 when the peace and tranquillity was suddenly shattered by a roar that sent the MotoGP fraternity running to the pit wall to witness history in the making.

09/14/2004 - 00:00

Like many things designed and built in Japan, Motegi is exceptional in its design and circuit quality - the surface is seamlessly smooth, offering high levels of grip, and the facilities are exceptional.

09/13/2004 - 00:00

Two rule amendments have been agreed by the Grand Prix Commission ahead of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix; the first involves yellow flag infringements and will be effective immediately, while a more significant change sees the end of race stoppages due to rain in the MotoGP class and will be effective from the start of next season.

09/10/2004 - 00:00

Outside of the pit lane, the importance of tyres is often overlooked, but while they may look relatively modest - being less eye-catching than aerodynamic bodywork and much quieter than a high revving engine - the rest of a racing motorcycle is largely useless without them.

09/01/2004 - 00:00

Hindsight is a wonderful word. The Concise Oxford Dictionary sums it up perfectly - 'Wisdom after the event'. How many times in your life would a little wisdom after the event pushed you down a different path?

08/31/2004 - 00:00

Estoril, venue for this weekend's Portuguese Grand Prix, is a technically challenging venue, due to a combination of its design and geography.

08/20/2004 - 00:00

The provisional 2005 MotoGP world championship calendar has been released by the FIM - and shows several significant changes are planned for next season.

08/20/2004 - 00:00

the latest news from around the world, courtesy of press snoop Lynne Huntting.

After weeks of rumours, Sports Car Racing Association of Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) and Dorna Sports announced that they have "reached an agreement in principal to bring FIM MotoGP World Championships to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for five years, starting next season".

08/17/2004 - 00:00

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 16 round MotoGP calendar.

07/22/2004 - 00:00

Aprilia's Shane Byrne starts the second half of a 'character building' rookie MotoGP season with his home event, the British Grand Prix, this weekend at Donington Park.

07/22/2004 - 00:00

World championship leader Valentino Rossi believes Sete Gibernau is his toughest rival for the 2004 world championship - but that Max Biaggi has a quicker bike.

07/21/2004 - 00:00

The Fuchs Kawasaki pit box was a popular place to visit during last weekend's Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, with the team playing host to riders from the German Red Bull Rookies Cup and Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Interior and Sports, Ute Vogt.

07/15/2004 - 00:00

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.

07/14/2004 - 00:00

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.

07/12/2004 - 00:00

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.

06/29/2004 - 00:00

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...

06/24/2004 - 00:00

The Men and Motors TV magazine, Bikes Aloud is now available on DVD and Crash.net has ten copies to give away.

06/23/2004 - 00:00

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.

06/22/2004 - 00:00

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.

06/09/2004 - 00:00

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.

05/28/2004 - 00:00

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.

05/25/2004 - 00:00

Ducati has announced that they will produce a limited edition road legal version of their Desmosedici MotoGP prototype, ready for 2006.