MotoGP Features

All smiles at Honda after Suzuka.
04/13/2002 - 00:00

Even the most conservative of Japanese allowed themselves a little smile after the race at Suzuka - and none more so than Honda Racing Corporation President Suguru Kanazawa.

Japanese day of reckoning for MotoGP.
03/26/2002 - 00:00

The day of reckoning arrives at Suzuka on Sunday with the four-strokes late-crashing the two-stroke MotoGP party that has been going on unchallenged for almost three decades.

125cc World Championship 2001 season review.
01/02/2002 - 00:00

In a year that saw the championship lead change almost as many times as there were races, it is clear to see why the 125cc class is heralded the most open in the MotoGP series. After sixteen races of close fought battles, San Marino's Manuel Poggiali claimed the title. It was the eighteen-year-olds first ever World Championship and the first to be won by his team, Gilera.

500cc World Championship 2001 season review.
12/28/2001 - 00:00

The 2001 season saw the continuation of Italian dominance in the 500cc World Championship. Valentino Rossi stormed his way to the title, showing little compassion for his competitors and allowing no-one to doubt his supremacy. He became only the third rider in history to score more than ten wins in a grand prix season.

Who is John Hopkins?
11/22/2001 - 00:00

John Hopkins was destined to have a motorcycle-racing career when, barely out of nappies and before his third birthday, he found himself, off-road riding with his father.

Work ethic pays off for Pons.
11/01/2001 - 00:00

The last time Sito Pons felt this happy about his work was back in 1989 when he won the second of his World 250cc Championships.

Twelve years later, the same glow of success radiates from the face of the general manager of the West Honda Pons team, and it is no wonder, because the GP500 team have proved themselves the undisputed best in the business and that's almost as good as actually riding that 250cc Honda to a second successive championship in 1989.

Capirossi returns to scene of greatest triumph.
10/13/2001 - 00:00

It was pretty obvious to the other diners that some plot was being hatched at the table in the corner. It was difficult to hear what was being discussed above the din of a typical Aussie Saturday night out, but it certainly appeared to be pretty important.

One thing for certain it was an all-Italian affair with much interest focussed on a long haired Italian teenager, Loris Capirossi...

Circuit profile: Motegi, Japan
10/02/2001 - 00:00

All the facts and stats about the Motegi circuit in Japan, which is to hold the next MotoGP.

World stages: same goals, different preparation.
09/26/2001 - 00:00

Their respective world stages may be different, and their manner of victory achieved in very contrasting styles, but, as Alex Barros discovered, MotoGP and football have so much in common.

Scoring vital goals and winning grands prix may require very different skills, but mental strength , determination and preparation are vital ingredients if you are going to be successful in either discipline.

Yamaha setup report - Valencia.
09/19/2001 - 00:00

After dominating the 2000 Portuguese Grand Prix Red Bull Yamaha's Garry McCoy (pictured) followed through with the first back-to-back MotoGP win in 22 races last year, when he took victory in the final round of the European leg of the championship by five seconds over Kenny Roberts.

Supply & demand: Spain's love affair with MotoGP.
09/19/2001 - 00:00

For the third time in the space of five short months the MotoGP teams cross the Spanish border on Sunday to compete in the last European race of the season, just outside the delightful city of Valencia. So what is it with Spain and MotoGP?

Such is this love affair that the sport is second in popularity only to football with the motorcycle mad Spanish public - even Formula One cannot compare with the two wheel stars in this part of the world.

The dawn of a new era.
09/05/2001 - 00:00

The next couple of weeks should tell us much about the dawn of a new era for the MotoGP 500cc class. In Estoril this weekend or at the latest in Va

Yamaha setup report - Estoril.
08/31/2001 - 00:00

In his most dominating performance yet, Australian Garry McCoy not only snatched pole in the final minute of qualifying for the 2000 Portuguese Mot

Sun tan oil or Suzuka?
08/23/2001 - 00:00

West Honda Pons teammates Alex Barros and Loris Capirossi have spent the last four weeks since the German Grand Prix very differently; Capirossi's

Yamaha setup report - Brno.
08/01/2001 - 00:00

With six Czech MotoGP wins already under his belt it could be said that Marlboro Yamaha's Max Biaggi likes the consistent twists and turns of the 5

Yamaha setup report - Sachsenring.
07/18/2001 - 00:00

The tight and twisty nature of the Sachsenring lends itself to close racing, partially because it's rather short length - only just scraping in on

Sachsenring - a long way from home.
07/18/2001 - 00:00

In 1937, a Scotsman was killed while plying his dangerous trade a long way from home on a stretch of road deep in the heart of a German forest near

FIM announce provisional calendar for 2002.
07/18/2001 - 00:00

Following consultation with Dorna Sports, FIM President Francesco Zerbi has announced the pre-calendar for the 2002 Road Racing World Championship.

Yamaha setup report - Donington.
07/05/2001 - 00:00

For Yamaha Donington has been a challenging circuit, but the motorcycling giant has had its fair share of race wins at the picturesque venue - four

MotoGP 500 - Half Term School Report.
07/04/2001 - 00:00

With the MotoGP season approaching it's halfway stage at Donington Park on Sunday, here's a 'school report' on how the riders have fared so far - i

Moody's Blue: Assen painted Irish green.
07/02/2001 - 00:00

'There is life in the old dog yet' and 'Every dog has his day' were the expressions being bounded around the paddock after the three Dutch TT races

Sounds of the future.
06/27/2001 - 00:00

It may not have been quite that distinctive wail that the previous evening had brought memories flooding back of the Sixties, but the roar that reb

Moody's Blue: Ding-a-ling-a-ling! round two....
06/20/2001 - 00:00

We saw Japan, now Catalunya... so let's cut to the chase about the fight between Max and Valentino.

I have it confirmed to me how it all sta

06/14/2001 - 00:00

It was certainly fast and extremely dangerous on that main straight at Mugello. The West Honda Pons duo of Alex Barros and Loris Capirossi were tim