MotoGP Features

05/12/2004 - 00:00

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.

05/04/2004 - 00:00

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.

04/28/2004 - 00:00

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.

04/19/2004 - 00:00

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.

04/15/2004 - 00:00

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!

04/15/2004 - 00:00

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.

04/15/2004 - 00:00

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.

04/14/2004 - 00:00

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.

04/12/2004 - 00:00

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.

04/12/2004 - 00:00

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'.

04/12/2004 - 00:00

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.

04/08/2004 - 00:00

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.

04/01/2004 - 00:00

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.

03/31/2004 - 00:00

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.

03/31/2004 - 00:00

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.

03/25/2004 - 00:00

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.

03/25/2004 - 00:00

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.

03/25/2004 - 00:00

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.

03/15/2004 - 00:00

The Toyota Formula One team has told Crash.net that they have 'no plans' to give MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi an F1 test.

01/18/2004 - 00:00

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.

01/16/2004 - 00:00

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.

01/08/2004 - 00:00

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.

12/31/2003 - 00:00

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?

12/15/2003 - 00:00

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.