MotoGP Features

11/30/2004 - 00:00

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.

11/25/2004 - 00:00

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.

11/19/2004 - 00:00

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.

11/17/2004 - 00:00

Following enquires, Crash.net 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.

11/12/2004 - 00:00

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.

10/30/2004 - 00:00

Basketball legend Michael Jordan made his MotoGP debut at the Valencia Grand Prix today - riding the Ducati Desmosedici two-seater!

10/26/2004 - 00:00

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.

10/22/2004 - 00:00

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.

10/22/2004 - 00:00

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.

10/21/2004 - 00:00

The FIM has confirmed that the 17 round 2005 MotoGP World Championship season will feature two news events - in China and America - but will not return to South Africa.

10/14/2004 - 00:00

As the usual end of season rumours spread through the paddock like a forest fire in recent weeks, the wheelers and dealers in the business of putting bums on saddles all sought the answer to a very important question - where will the next MotoGP talent emerge from?

10/13/2004 - 00:00

With the first year of a one make tyre rule completed in World Superbikes with considerable success, the question is now being asked if such a rule could benefit other championships.

10/12/2004 - 00:00

With considerably more than 200bhp at their command from their Yamaha YZR-M1s, Valentino Rossi, Carlos Checa, Marco Melandri and Norick Abe will have the tools to compete with their peers at the fast Phillip Island circuit.

10/11/2004 - 00:00

Italian Andrea Dovizioso raced to his first 125cc World Championship title at the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang on Sunday, with two rounds of the championship left to be run.

10/09/2004 - 00:00

Here are some of the latest credible rumours passed on to Crash.net by sources within the Sepang paddock:

10/07/2004 - 00:00

It just falls short of Around the World in Eighty Days but it's very close: In just 47 days the MotoGP riders will travel approximately 55,000 kilometres, visit five countries in three separate continents and unlike those characters in the book, they are not doing it for a bet.

10/07/2004 - 00:00

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

Most people reckoned that Red Bull would be underwriting the estimated $2million cost for safety upgrades to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in order for FIM approval of the 2005 Moto GP. But not so. Red Bull will be the title sponsor for the 2005 US Grand Prix, but the cost for improvements will be borne by Yamaha, which is pleased to do so and celebrate its 50th anniversary with 100,000 fans.

10/06/2004 - 00:00

The following is 'an open letter from FIM president Francesco Zerbi to all riders of all disciplines and to the FIM officials in charge of enforcing the rules'.

10/06/2004 - 00:00

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.

10/01/2004 - 00:00

Aprilia has now confirmed that Garry McCoy will make a surprise MotoGP return, by replacing the injured Shane Byrne in the three remaining rounds that follow this weekend's inaugural Qatar Grand Prix.

09/29/2004 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi has rejected rumours that he is set to switch to Formula One next season - by confirming that he'll stay in MotoGP, with Yamaha, until at least the end of 2005.

09/28/2004 - 00:00

The Losail circuit will boast the most cutting-edge facilities ever enjoyed by MotoGP but the track itself is the only part that will make any impact on the result of the race and the overall championship battle.

09/24/2004 - 00:00

Aprilia MotoGP rider Jeremy McWilliams was an interested observer at the Imola World Superbike round today (Friday), where he admitted that a switch to WSBK was 'getting more like reality' and that while he could stay in MotoGP next season he 'quite fancies a change' in the near future.

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.