MotoGP Features

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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'.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.