MotoGP Features

10/26/2004 - 00:00

Valencia is a circuit that offers good camber combined with an abrasive surface, but on a slightly undulating layout. It sports many stop-and-go 90-degree corners, bumps and a tight design which has claimed its fair share of victims via front-end loses.

10/22/2004 - 00:00

Newly crowned 2004 world champion Valentino Rossi has highlighted Yamaha's introduction of a 'big bang' engine, plus his three-race win streak from Mugello to Assen, as the most significant moments in his title winning season - and credited Sete Gibernau as perhaps his greatest on track rival.

10/22/2004 - 00:00

Newly crowned five-times AMA Superbike champion Mat Mladin has stated that he's unlikely to return to premier-class GP racing - and has no interest in World Superbikes.

10/21/2004 - 00:00

The FIM has confirmed that the 17 round 2005 MotoGP World Championship season will feature two news events - in China and America - but will not return to South Africa.

10/14/2004 - 00:00

As the usual end of season rumours spread through the paddock like a forest fire in recent weeks, the wheelers and dealers in the business of putting bums on saddles all sought the answer to a very important question - where will the next MotoGP talent emerge from?

10/13/2004 - 00:00

With the first year of a one make tyre rule completed in World Superbikes with considerable success, the question is now being asked if such a rule could benefit other championships.

10/12/2004 - 00:00

With considerably more than 200bhp at their command from their Yamaha YZR-M1s, Valentino Rossi, Carlos Checa, Marco Melandri and Norick Abe will have the tools to compete with their peers at the fast Phillip Island circuit.

10/11/2004 - 00:00

Italian Andrea Dovizioso raced to his first 125cc World Championship title at the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang on Sunday, with two rounds of the championship left to be run.

10/09/2004 - 00:00

Here are some of the latest credible rumours passed on to Crash.net by sources within the Sepang paddock:

10/07/2004 - 00:00

It just falls short of Around the World in Eighty Days but it's very close: In just 47 days the MotoGP riders will travel approximately 55,000 kilometres, visit five countries in three separate continents and unlike those characters in the book, they are not doing it for a bet.

10/07/2004 - 00:00

the latest news from around the world, courtesy of press snoop Lynne Huntting

Most people reckoned that Red Bull would be underwriting the estimated $2million cost for safety upgrades to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in order for FIM approval of the 2005 Moto GP. But not so. Red Bull will be the title sponsor for the 2005 US Grand Prix, but the cost for improvements will be borne by Yamaha, which is pleased to do so and celebrate its 50th anniversary with 100,000 fans.

10/06/2004 - 00:00

The following is 'an open letter from FIM president Francesco Zerbi to all riders of all disciplines and to the FIM officials in charge of enforcing the rules'.

10/06/2004 - 00:00

Due to the Sepang circuit's hairpins and numerous hard braking areas a fast lap 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.

10/01/2004 - 00:00

Aprilia has now confirmed that Garry McCoy will make a surprise MotoGP return, by replacing the injured Shane Byrne in the three remaining rounds that follow this weekend's inaugural Qatar Grand Prix.

09/29/2004 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi has rejected rumours that he is set to switch to Formula One next season - by confirming that he'll stay in MotoGP, with Yamaha, until at least the end of 2005.

09/28/2004 - 00:00

The Losail circuit will boast the most cutting-edge facilities ever enjoyed by MotoGP but the track itself is the only part that will make any impact on the result of the race and the overall championship battle.

09/24/2004 - 00:00

"If (Rossi) could do in a car what he does on a bike, he would beat all of us" - Rubens Barrichello.

09/24/2004 - 00:00

Aprilia MotoGP rider Jeremy McWilliams was an interested observer at the Imola World Superbike round today (Friday), where he admitted that a switch to WSBK was 'getting more like reality' and that while he could stay in MotoGP next season he 'quite fancies a change' in the near future.

09/16/2004 - 00:00

The recent announcement that, from next year, there will be no stopping for rain in premier-class racing has resulted in considerable debate throughout the MotoGP world - not least among the participants of the Crash.net MotoGP forum - with a great deal of uncertainty raised by the following brief statement released by the FIM:

09/15/2004 - 00:00

It gets dark pretty early at this time of year in Japan, and dusk was already settling in the wooded hillsides surrounding the Motegi circuit in 2001 when the peace and tranquillity was suddenly shattered by a roar that sent the MotoGP fraternity running to the pit wall to witness history in the making.

09/14/2004 - 00:00

Like many things designed and built in Japan, Motegi is exceptional in its design and circuit quality - the surface is seamlessly smooth, offering high levels of grip, and the facilities are exceptional.

09/13/2004 - 00:00

Two rule amendments have been agreed by the Grand Prix Commission ahead of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix; the first involves yellow flag infringements and will be effective immediately, while a more significant change sees the end of race stoppages due to rain in the MotoGP class and will be effective from the start of next season.

09/10/2004 - 00:00

Outside of the pit lane, the importance of tyres is often overlooked, but while they may look relatively modest - being less eye-catching than aerodynamic bodywork and much quieter than a high revving engine - the rest of a racing motorcycle is largely useless without them.

09/01/2004 - 00:00

Hindsight is a wonderful word. The Concise Oxford Dictionary sums it up perfectly - 'Wisdom after the event'. How many times in your life would a little wisdom after the event pushed you down a different path?