MotoGP Features

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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...

09/02/2003 - 00:00

Sources close to Crash.net 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.

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'...

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

07/22/2003 - 00:00

The tight and twisty nature of Sachsenring lends itself to close racing. This is partially influenced by it's rather short overall length - while the spaghetti layout itself has the reputation of making passing moves on fellow competitors difficult even at the best of times.

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...

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.

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.

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 marca.com 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....

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.

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.