MotoGP Features

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.

10/16/2003 - 00:00

The decision of race direction to ban John Hopkins (pictured) and exclude Makoto Tamada for 'causing danger to other riders' at Motegi caused uproar within the MotoGP community, and - like it or not - set a trend for future racing incidents which is yet to be resolved.

10/16/2003 - 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 Australian Grand Prix...

10/15/2003 - 00:00

It's a shame that Graziano Rossi is not a great fan of air travel as, for the fourth time out of five, a proud father has missed the chance of celebrating a world title with his son because he will not venture up the steps of the 'silver bird'.

10/13/2003 - 00:00

Just when you thought Valentino Rossi's contract negotiations for next season couldn't get any more complicated, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo (pictured) has now invited the Italian to drive Michael Schumacher's world championship winning Formula One machine for "a serious test, not a joke" - in what is interpreted as a move by Marlboro to tempt the five-times world champion towards Ducati next season.

10/13/2003 - 00:00

Daniel Pedrosa raced to a brilliant victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix to clinch the ultra-competitive 125cc world crown with two rounds still remaining. Afterwards, Dani and mentor Alberto Puig talked about his career so far, what the title means to them - and confirmed their futures lies in the 250cc class next season.

10/11/2003 - 00:00

On paper, Sepang was the best qualifying session of the season for Carlos Checa, the Spaniard finishing the hour long outing as top Yamaha - and second only to Valentino Rossi. However, a collision with team-mate Marco Melandri raised many difficult questions for both the Catalan and the FIM.

10/10/2003 - 00:00

It has been revealed that the decisions to exclude Makoto Tamada from third at Motegi, and ban John Hopkins from this weekend's race at Malaysia, were taken without examining telemetry from any of the riders concerned.

10/09/2003 - 00:00

Max Biaggi's first on-track victory of the 2003 season at Motegi was overshadowed by two controversial decisions by the FIM, which saw Makoto Tamada stripped of his third place finish, and John Hopkins banned from this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.

10/09/2003 - 00:00

Due to the Sepang circuit's hairpins, and numerous hard braking areas a fast lap, any hope of making a pass at the Malaysian venue comes down to braking stability and the bike's turn-in characteristics. Two such areas include the combination of long straights and hairpins that make up the final sequence of the 5542m layout.

10/08/2003 - 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 Malaysian Grand Prix...

10/02/2003 - 00:00

The quietly spoken, but always polite, Tohru Ukawa admits he's facing a crucial time in his MotoGP career - and arrives at Motegi this weekend fighting to keep his Honda ride. To do that, the man who's often been happy to stay in the shadows of some pretty impressive team-mates will need to step out into the limelight.

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...

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'.

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.

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.

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.

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'.

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.

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.

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...