MotoGP Features

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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

Yamaha set-up report - Brno.
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...

Hofmann hopes to erase Edmund who?
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.

MotoGP - Half term report.
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.

Moody's Blue: Checa on Criville.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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