MotoGP Features

Doohan: Yamaha are sick of losing.
11/11/2003 - 00:00

Following yesterday's announcement that Valentino Rossi would be joining Yamaha, Mick Doohan - HRC's general manager of racing - has given a multiple world champion's insight on the biggest shake-up in the premier-class for over a decade.

Rossi to take Burgess to Yamaha?
11/04/2003 - 00:00

The delay in announcing Valentino Rossi as a Yamaha rider is rumoured to be partly caused by efforts to tempt key members of Rossi's former factory Honda team - including legendary crew chief Jerry Burgess - to move with him.

Biaggi hopes all Hondas are equal.
11/04/2003 - 00:00

Max Biaggi's first season as a Honda RCV rider came to a disappointing end as the double 2003 race winner limped home in fourth place at Valencia - after suffering from a lack of engine braking.

Rossi's 'crazy' future.
11/03/2003 - 00:00

Its official: Valentino Rossi has made the bravest decision of his career, turning from Honda's biggest star to Honda's biggest rival as he accepts a challenge that in his own words is 'a little bit crazy'.

Yamaha set-up report - Valencia.
10/30/2003 - 00:00

Valencia offers good camber and an abrasive surface, but it's slightly undulating layout, stop and go corners, bumps and a tight design have led to many front end loses.

Bostrom pleased with Hayden, eager to join him.
10/30/2003 - 00:00

This year, for the first time since 1997, two of America's most promising future stars - Eric Bostrom and Nicky Hayden - haven't faced each other on a racetrack, after Nicky made the jump from AMA Superbike to MotoGP. However, he hasn't escaped yet: Eric is eager to join him and has been watching his progress closely.

Cobas Insight: Valencia.
10/29/2003 - 00:00

Antonio Cobas, technical director of the Camel Pramac Pons team, describes the challenges that will face the MotoGP teams at this weekend's Valencia Grand Prix...

2004 line-ups to test next week.
10/28/2003 - 00:00

While the majority of seats for the 2004 MotoGP campaign remain officially up in the air, the wait, like the season, is fast coming to an end.

Telefonica: Second seat still open.
10/24/2003 - 00:00

Despite persistent rumours that Colin Edwards will join Telefonica Movistar Honda next season, the team insist that although the American is one of a number of 'possibilities', no deal has yet been done.

Rossi still holding MotoGP hostage.
10/23/2003 - 00:00

With deadlines and final offers having come and gone, Valentino Rossi continues to hold MotoGP hostage - intentionally or not - by refusing to announce his future plans with just one more GP to go this season.

Jacque, Nakano repeat epic title showdown.
10/22/2003 - 00:00

Last Sunday at Phillip Island, Olivier Jacque and Shinya Nakano reinacted one of the most spectacular two-wheeled championship deciders ever seen, outside of the famed Edwards/Bayliss WSBK battle.

Rallying holds Rossi's future?
10/17/2003 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi has admitted he could switch to four-wheels after several more seasons in MotoGP, but with rallying - not F1 - the most likely.

Cobas Insight: Phillip Island.
10/16/2003 - 00:00

Antonio Cobas, technical director of the Camel Pramac Pons team, describes the challenges that will face the MotoGP teams at this weekend's Australian Grand Prix...

Race direction seeking direction?
10/16/2003 - 00:00

The decision of race direction to ban John Hopkins (pictured) and exclude Makoto Tamada for 'causing danger to other riders' at Motegi caused uproar within the MotoGP community, and - like it or not - set a trend for future racing incidents which is yet to be resolved.

Fear of flying prevents Rossi family celebration.
10/15/2003 - 00:00

It's a shame that Graziano Rossi is not a great fan of air travel as, for the fourth time out of five, a proud father has missed the chance of celebrating a world title with his son because he will not venture up the steps of the 'silver bird'.

Rossi dilemma deepens as Ferrari offer F1 test.
10/13/2003 - 00:00

Just when you thought Valentino Rossi's contract negotiations for next season couldn't get any more complicated, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo (pictured) has now invited the Italian to drive Michael Schumacher's world championship winning Formula One machine for "a serious test, not a joke" - in what is interpreted as a move by Marlboro to tempt the five-times world champion towards Ducati next season.

250 awaits as Pedrosa turns potential into title.
10/13/2003 - 00:00

Daniel Pedrosa raced to a brilliant victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix to clinch the ultra-competitive 125cc world crown with two rounds still remaining. Afterwards, Dani and mentor Alberto Puig talked about his career so far, what the title means to them - and confirmed their futures lies in the 250cc class next season.

Checa collision ignites 'dangerous riding' debate.
10/11/2003 - 00:00

On paper, Sepang was the best qualifying session of the season for Carlos Checa, the Spaniard finishing the hour long outing as top Yamaha - and second only to Valentino Rossi. However, a collision with team-mate Marco Melandri raised many difficult questions for both the Catalan and the FIM.

Update: Telemetry wasn't checked at Motegi.
10/10/2003 - 00:00

It has been revealed that the decisions to exclude Makoto Tamada from third at Motegi, and ban John Hopkins from this weekend's race at Malaysia, were taken without examining telemetry from any of the riders concerned.

Dangerous riding - Have your say... the response.
10/09/2003 - 00:00

Max Biaggi's first on-track victory of the 2003 season at Motegi was overshadowed by two controversial decisions by the FIM, which saw Makoto Tamada stripped of his third place finish, and John Hopkins banned from this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.

Yamaha set-up report - Sepang.
10/09/2003 - 00:00

Due to the Sepang circuit's hairpins, and numerous hard braking areas a fast lap, any hope of making a pass at the Malaysian venue 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.

Cobas insight: Sepang.
10/08/2003 - 00:00

Antonio Cobas, technical director of the Camel Pramac Pons team, describes the challenges that will face the MotoGP teams at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix...

Ukawa must step out of the shadows...
10/02/2003 - 00:00

The quietly spoken, but always polite, Tohru Ukawa admits he's facing a crucial time in his MotoGP career - and arrives at Motegi this weekend fighting to keep his Honda ride. To do that, the man who's often been happy to stay in the shadows of some pretty impressive team-mates will need to step out into the limelight.

Cobas insight: Motegi.
10/01/2003 - 00:00

Antonio Cobas, technical director of the Camel Pramac Pons team, describes the challenges that will face the MotoGP teams at this weekend's Pacific Grand Prix...