MotoGP Features

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.