MotoGP Features

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.

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...

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...

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...

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

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.

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.

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...

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...

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.

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.

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.

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):

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

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.

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.

05/08/2003 - 00:00

As Formula One moved out of Barcelona on Monday, something requiring a paddock three times as large was travelling close by on route to Jerez...

05/05/2003 - 00:00

After an intense opening two rounds the 2003 MotoGP World Championship moves to Jerez, Spain, for the first of ten rounds to be held in Europe.

A circuit that pulls in the largest crowd by far during the 16 round championship, over 200,000 last year during the three day event, Jerez has a reputation for some hard and close racing.

05/02/2003 - 00:00

Following the tragic events at Suzuka three weeks previously, MotoGP regrouped in Africa with the loss of Daijiro Kato at the forefront of everyone's minds.

Sunday's race would see fairytale finish, when Kato's team-mate Sete Gibernau took a emotional victory, to provided an uplifting finale to a difficult few weeks.

We asked you, the viewers, to share your opinions with the rest of the motorcycling world on a number of issues arising from Africa.

04/24/2003 - 00:00

It's easy to forget just what grand prix motorcycle riders are all about. You can become very blas? while enjoying the usual banter in a busy media centre, or watching on television from thousands of miles away. That is until tragic accidents, such as Daijiro Kato's at Suzuka, jolt you back into reality.

Racing a motorcycle capable of speeds approaching 330 kph is one of the toughest and most demanding professions in the world and the domain of only a few talented and extremely brave individ

04/22/2003 - 00:00

The Phakisa circuit has developed a notorious reputation for being both bumpy and slippery - the latter a side effect of the area's flat and dusty surroundings. Combined, these two elements make setting up a 210 plus horsepower MotoGP machine uniquely difficult...

04/03/2003 - 00:00

Yamaha is now entering the 2003 season with its latest generation YZR-M1, which will make its competitive debut at the opening round of the 2003 championship in Suzuka, Japan, April 6.

04/02/2003 - 00:00

Remember the build-up to the race in Suzuka last year? It was the first grand prix for the new 990cc four-strokes, and questions flowed throughout the weeks before the historic race....

03/25/2003 - 00:00

Only those who have the talent and desire to have achieved world championship success know that feeling of ultimate triumph never leaves you - just ask Sito Pons.