MotoGP Features

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.

12/27/2002 - 00:00

Eddie Lawson was undoubtedly one of the greatest motorcycle racers of modern times, claiming four 500cc world titles and 31 Grand Prix victories while racing for three different manufacturers.

Lawson bridged the gap: At the start of his 500cc career he lined up as Kenny Roberts' team-mate and in his final season was racing with Alex Barros and future world champion Alex Criville.

12/09/2002 - 00:00

Wayne Rainey will forever be remembered as the three times world champion whose career was brought to a tragically early end by a paralysing crash at the 1993 Italian Grand Prix - while chasing his fourth world crown.

All this at a time when MotoGP contained such legends as Mick Doohan, Kevin Schwantz, Wayne Gardner, Eddie Lawson and Randy Mamola. Rainey was the rider they all needed to beat, despite riding an often underpowered Yamaha.

11/29/2002 - 00:00

With the off-season well and truly upon us, felt it was time to look back on the careers of some of the Motorcycle Grand Prix greats - and where better to start than with multiple World Champion Mick Doohan, still involved in the sport as General Manager of Racing for Honda.

In a ten year career, Doohan would claim an amazing 54 500cc victories and five consecutive World Championships - all on Honda NSR's. However his success came at a high price and he had to have a f

10/30/2002 - 00:00

This weekend, the 500cc two-strokes open the door of the last chance saloon in Valencia, as the final MotoGP race of the season gives them one more chance to beat the swanky new four-strokes.

10/17/2002 - 00:00

The fast flowing nature of Phillip Island is a favourite of many riders, often lending itself to close racing while allowing the rider the rare opportunity to be truly aggressive on those 180 two-strokes and 200-plus horsepower four-strokes they attempt to tame each weekend...

10/16/2002 - 00:00

For many years the island 130km west of Melbourne in Australia was know throughout the world as the home of the Penguin Parade.

10/10/2002 - 00:00

Because of its hairpins, and numerous hard braking areas, a fast lap and any hope of making a pass at the Sepang circuit comes down to braking stability and the bike's turn-in characteristics...

10/08/2002 - 00:00

For the last two grands prix, the movers and shakers in MotoGP have been dodging behind travel boxes, meeting behind drawn blinds in porta-cabins and trying to look inconspicuous in hotel lobby's.

09/30/2002 - 00:00

No wonder Antonio Cobas is smiling - at last his West Honda Pons team are starting a grand prix on a level playing field.

On Sunday at Motegi in Japan, they join the four-stroke brigade for the first time when Alex Barros rides the RCV Honda four-stroke after 12 previous races attempting to stay with the 990cc five-cylinder flyers that have dominated the first year of the new MotoGP World Championship.

09/27/2002 - 00:00

Like many things designed and built by the Japanese the attention to detail at Motegi is unsurpassed - the surface is seamlessly smooth, offering high levels of grip, and the facilities are exceptional.

09/18/2002 - 00:00

It was a thrilling two-part Brazilian race that concluded not only the 16 round 2001 MotoGP 500 World Championship, on November 3, but the era of the two-stroke only GP500s as well - with the MotoGP premier class opening up to 990cc four-strokes for 2002.

09/18/2002 - 00:00

The West Honda Pons team members yesterday travelled to South America for the twelfth race of the MotoGP season, which is taking place in the homeland of Alex Barros, the only Brazilian rider competing in the World Championship.

09/13/2002 - 00:00

It was certainly raining men at Estoril on Sunday - men on motorcycles. No less than 90 riders crashed during Friday, Saturday and the soaking Sunday race day which puts the Portuguese circuit on top of the crashing list, since the Fallers Register was introduced seven years ago.

09/04/2002 - 00:00

The star letter in one of the world's leading car racing magazines last week was from a fan singing the praises of excitement generated watching the Czech Republic MotoGP Grand Prix on television.

09/02/2002 - 00:00

At Estoril 2001, Pole-sitter Biaggi timed the start to perfection and led the opening lap before the Honda's of Valentino Rossi and Loris Capirossi forced their way past.

The Italian fought back but could only manage to hold onto the lead pair until he lost the front of the Marlboro machine. Yamaha will be looking to avoid such an early exit by capitalising on a strong set-up this weekend.

08/20/2002 - 00:00

As MotoGP races into the 21st century, many famous road circuits have disappeared while others, such as Brno, have flourished after realising that a new era was approaching. For ex-GP stars Randy Mamola and Sito Pons, strong memories of the old track have become complimented by the 'fantastic' new Czech circuit.

08/19/2002 - 00:00

On a blisteringly hot summers day in Spain two passionate sportsmen met to compare notes and have some fun. Two men consumed by the same desire for perfection in their chosen dangerous professions and the tools of their trade, two very different motorcycles.

The meeting between West Honda Pons MotoGP star Loris Capirossi and French Motocross and Extreme Sports perfectionist Manu Troux ended in a spectacular cross over that even had their respective battle weary technicians on their feet, chee

08/14/2002 - 00:00

After a perfect start to the 2001 Brno MotoGP, held on August 26, polesitter Max Biaggi lost the front of his Marlboro Yamaha Team YZR500, on lap 12, handing the race lead and win to Valentino Rossi. Yamaha will be hoping that an improved set-up will avoid a repeat this year...

07/16/2002 - 00:00

When Alex Hofmann lines up on the grid at the Sachsenring riding the NSR West Honda Pons machine this Sunday, ask any German if a rider from their country has ever won a 500cc grand prix race. The answer almost certainly will be that no German rider has won a premier class race - but they would be wrong.

In an era when the likes of Giacomo Agostini, Phil Read and Barry Sheene were making all the headlines a certain Edmund Czihak won the 1974 West German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.

07/10/2002 - 00:00

With the MotoGP season approaching the halfway stage at round eight of the 16-round championship at Donington Park this Sunday, it's time for the half term 'school report' for the class of 2002.

04/24/2002 - 00:00

Carlos Checa is now arguably the number one Spaniard in the Moto GP class after 1999 500cc world champion Alex Criville moved to the d'Antin Yamaha team, then failed to appear at all in 2002.

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.

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.