MotoGP Features

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.

12/12/2003 - 00:00

Here's an amusing, tongue-in-cheek, MotoGP Christmas list, as provided by the always interesting Camel media service... so don't complain to us!

12/04/2003 - 00:00

Having been controversially labelled a '250 rider' ever since his move to the premier-class in 1998, Max Biaggi has made considerable efforts of late to adapt his front-wheel corner speed style to more of a rear-wheel slider, as demanded by the massive power outputs from the new generation of four-stroke prototypes.

11/28/2003 - 00:00

The inquiry set-up by Honda to establish the cause of Daijiro Kato's death at the season opening Japanese Grand Prix has declared that mechanical failure was not to blame - and that the former 250cc world champion's fatal accident was probably triggered by a loss of rear grip.

11/26/2003 - 00:00

Considerable question marks still remain over Honda's 2004 line-up, with only three of the six seats officially confirmed.

11/22/2003 - 00:00

Ever since Valentino Rossi's two-year Yamaha deal was confirmed, speculation has grown as to whether the Japanese manufacturer is planning to build an entirely new machine for the Italian, perhaps without their traditional inline four-cylinder engine.

11/20/2003 - 00:00

Crash.net can confirm that four of the six Repsol Honda team members directly responsible for running Valentino Rossi have left to join the Italian in his new adventure at Yamaha - with nine-times world champion crew chief Jerry Burgess heading the list.

11/20/2003 - 00:00

A Yamaha source has told Crash.net that Alex Barros is expected to stay with the team in 2004, despite the Brazilian being hunted by Honda to replace Valentino Rossi alongside predicted future star Nicky Hayden.

11/19/2003 - 00:00

So how do you win a World Championship? Do you throw caution to the wind at every opportunity, risking crashing to win races and starting high up the grid or are you more cautious? Statistics on the number of crashes this season have just been released and they are not going to help solve the argument in any way.

11/18/2003 - 00:00

The identity of Valentino Rossi's replacement at Repsol Honda - the most coveted ride in MotoGP - still remains a mystery almost three weeks after the Italian's seat at the factory team became officially vacant.

11/14/2003 - 00:00

It now looks certain that Honda will block any attempts by Valentino Rossi and Yamaha to get the Italian onto their M1 before his HRC contract ends on 1/1/2004, thus reducing Rossi's input into next year's machine considerably.

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.