MotoGP Features

Cobas insight: Sachsenring.
07/22/2003 - 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 German Grand Prix...

Hodgson deal nears.
07/22/2003 - 00:00

Neil Hodgson's predicted move to MotoGP next year is growing ever closer, with a Ducati source saying a deal is 90% done and could be announced within two weeks.

Although the source, speaking to the BBC, adds little to the previously reported discussions between the Brit and his employers, it does give some sort of timescale - and an announcement at this weekend's Brand Hatch WSBK round is a theoretical possibility.

British GP - Have your say... the response.
07/19/2003 - 00:00

Last Sunday's British Grand Prix proved to be a controversial one, as on track winner Valentino Rossi was stripped of his victory two hours later for having passed under yellow flag, handing Max Biaggi his first victory of the year.

Biaggi gets full factory RCV.
07/16/2003 - 00:00

Sources in the Italian press are indicating that former four-times 250cc world champion Max Biaggi will be given a full factory Honda RCV - as ridden by arch-rival Valentino Rossi - from the Czech Grand Prix onwards.

Marlboro to take Rossi to F1?
07/15/2003 - 00:00

Much has been made in recent weeks of the possibility that Valentino Rossi could become only the second man to take titles on both two and four wheels, but at least one source believes it knows the route that could make that possible.

Spanish website believes that the multiple world champion's overtures from sponsor Marlboro are not just aimed at taking the Honda star to Ducati next season - but ultimately to Ferrari and a shot at the Formula One crown....

Rossi: I'll quit within three years.
07/09/2003 - 00:00

During his riverboat cruise on the Thames yesterday, reigning MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi revealed that he only expects to stay in MotoGP for another few years - and is 'dreaming' of a switch to Formula One.

Rossi dreams Ducati.
07/09/2003 - 00:00

During yesterday's riverboat cruise, four-times world champion Valentino Rossi spoke of his contract negotiations for next season - which sees his heart and mind split between current employer Honda and MotoGP newcomers Ducati.

Rossi has been with Honda for all his premier class career, claiming one 500cc and one MotoGP title so far, and has a 38 point lead over his nearest rival, Sete Gibernau, with seven of the sixteen rounds gone this year.

Cobas insight: Donington.
07/07/2003 - 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 British Grand Prix...

Yamaha set-up report - Donington.
07/04/2003 - 00:00

Donington was a circuit born with a reputation for being challenging on both rider and machine, a reputation that only gained further strength with the 1987 extension - carried out to allow Donington to form part of the GP calendar.

It's this 'modern' extension that has added to the complexity of the circuit layout, which can be separated into two contrasting components.

Cobas insight: Assen.
06/23/2003 - 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 Dutch TT...

Yamaha set-up report - Assen.
06/23/2003 - 00:00

Assen is unique in a number of ways; the Dutch TT originally began life as 28km street circuit before being shortened - once in 1955 and again in 1984 - to comply with the ever-changing demands of modern motorcycle racing...

Catalan GP - Have your say... the response.
06/21/2003 - 00:00

Loris Capirossi made history for Ducati at Catalunya when he took advantage of a Valentino Rossi error to take his Desmosedici to its first ever MotoGP victory.

The World Champion made an extraordinary comeback after out braking himself twice - returning to the track in sixth, but then clawing back to just a few seconds behind Capirossi at the flag...

Rossi begins new contract talks.
06/18/2003 - 00:00

Sources at last weekend's Catalan Grand Prix in Barcelona suggest that MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi and his advisers have started talking to Honda about a new contract for 2004 and beyond.

Rossi's current contract runs out at the end of this year, and the Italian admitted on Thursday that he wanted to sort out a new contract as soon as possible so that he could concentrate on retaining his crown after the 2003 season proved to be more difficult than recent campaigns. Rossi also intim

Family values underpin Pons enthusiasm.
06/12/2003 - 00:00

The grey streaks are starting to appear in those lucky enough to have enough hair, but the enthusiasm and commitment to the cause is as strong as it was when they started out on their great adventure 22 years ago.

Yamaha set-up report - Barcelona.
06/12/2003 - 00:00

As a MotoGP circuit Barcelona offers a main straight capable of encouraging speeds exceeding 330kmh, and is completed by a sequence of long radius, medium/high speed sweepers and two tight left-hand hairpins.

Cobas insight: Catalunya.
06/10/2003 - 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 Catalan Grand Prix...

It's raining regulations.
06/04/2003 - 00:00

The television companies were happy, the 75,000 crowd understood what was going on and Sete Gibernau took full advantage of the situation...

Yamaha set-up report - Mugello.
06/02/2003 - 00:00

Mugello boasts a sequence of undulating medium to high-speed corners combined with a straight where even the former 500 two-strokes were capable of producing an outright top speed of 315kmh. The YZR-M1 took that benchmark up to 322kmh during the 2002 race.

French GP - Have your say... the response.
05/31/2003 - 00:00

Sete Gibernau emerged triumphant from a thrilling showdown with Valentino Rossi in the second leg of a rain interrupted French Grand Prix at Le Mans on Sunday.

Rossi had established a clear lead in the early stages of the race but his efforts only served for pole position in the second race, due to the new restart (rather than aggregate results) rule, when rain began to fall after fourteen laps.

Rossi to consider future at Mugello?
05/28/2003 - 00:00

Rumours in the Italian press are indicating that Valentino Rossi wants to start negotiations for his future services in two weeks time at Mugello.

The #46 is the undisputed King of MotoGP at the moment, and as such isn't short of offers for 2004. The decision to stay with Honda had looked like being an easy one - until the arrival of Ducati this season.

MotoGP milestones 1949-2003.
05/22/2003 - 00:00

This Sunday at Le Mans the MotoGP competitors will be competing for the honour of winning the landmark 600th premier-class Motorcycle Grand Prix.

The pinnacle of two-wheeled racing was limited to 500cc machines from the beginning of the World Championship series back in 1949 until the start of last year, when four-strokes of up to 990cc were allowed to enter.

A selection of Grand Prix milestones in the premier-class are given below (GP number in brackets):

320 million welcomed on board...
05/21/2003 - 00:00

Tohru Ukawa might knows he's popular, but even the mild mannered Japanese rider would be surprised to learn that around 320 million people cheered as he suddenly appeared underneath the elbow of Brazilian Alex Barros in Jerez.

As Barros prepared to throw his Yamaha into the right hand bend at the top of the start-finish straight in the closing stages of the Spanish Grand Prix, a yellow Camel Pramac Pons RCV suddenly appeared in the gap between his elbow and body - and 320 million people sat u

Yamaha set-up report - Le Mans.
05/19/2003 - 00:00

Le Mans is a circuit made up of a number of first or second gear hairpins linked together by a series of long straights, with only the occasional chicane breaking up the run to the next hairpin.

A design of the past, the French circuit causes little concern for engineers regarding set-up. Turns three and five are the most likely passing points and all efforts will be focused towards finding stability under brakes in these areas.

Spanish GP - Have your say... the response.
05/17/2003 - 00:00

After losing out to Sete Gibernau in Africa two weeks previously, World Champion Valentino Rossi proved his doubters wrong with a dominate display in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez, beating nearest rival Max Biaggi by 6secs.

But the story of the weekend was arguably the continued rise of Ducati, who took not only their first ever MotoGP pole position, courtesy of Loris Capirossi, but also a one-two on the starting grid.