MotoGP Features

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...

Moriwaki 'dream' to beat factory team.
09/30/2003 - 00:00

This weekend at Motegi, the Moriwaki Racing team will make their second MotoGP appearance of the season, with Tamaki Serizawa riding the fantastically named 'Morwaki Dream Fighter'.

Yamaha set-up report - Motegi.
09/29/2003 - 00:00

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

Kawasaki chassis programme breaks cover.
09/26/2003 - 00:00

At last weekend's Rio Grand Prix, Kawasaki team manager Harald Eckl revealed his team is developing its own new chassis for the ZX-RR.

One spare Honda?
09/26/2003 - 00:00

While Valentino Rossi's contract negotiations with Honda have captured most of the attention of late, there remains the chance that even if, as expected, the Italian remains on an RCV next season, Honda could still have room to hire one new rider to join their 2004 line-up.

Dunlop deny MotoGP withdraw.
09/25/2003 - 00:00

Dunlop has denied that they are set to withdraw from MotoGP at the end of the year, and instead confirmed their commitment to the premier GP class for '2004 and beyond'.

Hodgson announcement 'sometime in October'.
09/23/2003 - 00:00

It had been expected that, as soon as Neil Hodgson wrapped up the 2003 World Superbike championship crown, Ducati would announce that he would ride a semi-factory Desmosedici in MotoGP next year. However, despite the Brit winning the WSBK title at Assen on 7 September, there has been no official announcement of what is expected to be a two-rider team run by Luis d'Antin.

Edwards, Hodgson 'superteam' ruled out by Ducati.
09/23/2003 - 00:00

The chances of Colin Edwards partnering Neil Hodgson in a second Ducati MotoGP team appear to be more than little off the mark, with the two WSBK champions likely to be riding for opposing manufacturers next season.

Suzuka scrapped from 2004 calendar.
09/19/2003 - 00:00

The FIM has announced that Suzuka, the traditional home of the season opening Japanese Grand Prix, has been removed from the 2004 calendar.

Yamaha set-up report - Rio.
09/18/2003 - 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 220-plus horsepower machine.

Cobas insight: Rio.
09/17/2003 - 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 Rio Grand Prix...

Rule of thumb would not cope with MotoGP.
09/17/2003 - 00:00

It was a simple thumb on a stopwatch button that decided the outcome of close finishing races when motorcycle grand prix racing started back in 1949 on the Isle of Man. Today the thumb has been made redundant as modern technology decides what the eye or the stopwatch cannot - the winner of some of the closest finishes in the history of the sport.

Half GP grid slower than a Superbike.
09/11/2003 - 00:00

Last weekend's World Superbike round at Assen provided the first chance this year to directly compare the pace of production based WSBK machines against the prototype MotoGP racers - with startling results.

One less Honda in 2004.
09/08/2003 - 00:00

The main news to come out of Honda's Portuguese Grand Prix technical presentation was that there will be one less RCV on the MotoGP grid next season, that Valentino Rossi's contract talks are still continuing and that the V5 RCV is likely to race for at least one more year.

Cobas insight: Estoril.
09/04/2003 - 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 Portuguese Grand Prix...

Eric Bostrom to MotoGP?
09/02/2003 - 00:00

Sources close to have indicated that both Garry McCoy and Andrew Pitt could lose their seats at Kawasaki, as team green calls-up AMA Superbike star Eric Bostrom to join Alex Hofmann in 2004.

Yamaha set-up report - Estoril.
09/01/2003 - 00:00

In some ways many of the issues that plague the South African circuit of Welkom, also make racing at Estoril 'interesting'...

Provisional 2004 calendar announced.
08/17/2003 - 00:00

The FIM has today announced the provisional calendar for the 2004 season, which sees the number of rounds increase from 16 to 17 with the addition of a Qatar Grand Prix on October 2.

Yamaha set-up report - Brno.
08/14/2003 - 00:00

Visually Brno appears challenging with many long radius medium-speed turns and medium-length straights, but it's this very feature, this repetitive layout, which lends the Brno Automotodrom to being one of the easiest circuits, technically speaking, on the 16 round MotoGP calendar.

Cobas insight: Brno.
08/13/2003 - 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 Czech Republic Grand Prix...

D'Antin Ducati deal announced in September?
08/07/2003 - 00:00

The ongoing attempts by Ducati to obtain more grid slots for 2004, for Neil Hodgson and one other rider, appears to be reaching a successful conclusion with an announcement possible as early as next month.

Due to the franchise agreement between Dorna and the teams, Ducati can't simply set-up a new team to run their WSBK championship favourite, and instead need to reach some form of agreement with an existing team to either run Hodgson, or loan them a grid place to do it themselves.

Why aren't the best bikes being raced?
08/04/2003 - 00:00

Jeremy McWilliams' headline grabbing performances on a 500cc KR3 during qualifying for the German Grand Prix raised some interesting questions about the future of two-strokes in the face of what had looked like being unstoppable 990cc four-stroke technology.

Rossi nears Honda deal, no factory RCV for Biaggi.
07/24/2003 - 00:00

Speaking at the pre-event press conference in Germany, Valentino Rossi and Max Biaggi both gave announcements regarding their future with Honda, Rossi commenting on his contract negotiations and Biaggi his race machinery.

Deja vu behind Biaggi's yellow flag sympathy.
07/23/2003 - 00:00

Sympathy is certainly not a word used frequently when Max Biaggi ever discusses the fortunes of his bitter rival Valentino Rossi, but it was on Max?s agenda after the events at Donington last weekend.