MotoGP Interviews

Nakano, Barcelona MotoGP IRTA tests, March 2005
03/24/2005 - 00:00

A love of motorcycles, which started with riding street bikes, led Ichiro Yoda to take a job with Yamaha immediately after graduating from Tokyo's Metropolitan University at the end of the 1970s.

Porto, Barcelona IRTA 250 Tests, March 2005
03/25/2005 - 00:00

2004 250cc world championship runner-up Sebastian Porto signed off his pre-season preparations by setting the pace during testing at Jerez this week - and is confident he will be in title contention from the opening event of the 2005 season, at the same circuit, on April 10.

Pedrosa, Barcelona IRTA 250 Tests, March 2005
03/25/2005 - 00:00

Dani Pedrosa is a small man with a big target on his back this season; the Spaniard is attempting to defend his 250cc world championship - and tipped by many to be a future MotoGP star. As such, his class rivals would like nothing more than to boost there own value by defeating him.

Hayden, Barcelona IRTA MotoGP tests, March 2005
03/29/2005 - 00:00

Repsol Honda rider Nicky Hayden will head to the opening grand prix of the 2005 season, at Jerez on April 10, boosted by having set the pace in the final three-day pre-season test session - held at the same circuit.

Rain warning, Italian MotoGP race, part 2, 2004
04/03/2005 - 00:00

Motocourse editor Michael Scott has covered Motorcycle Grand Prix racing since 1984 - and written best selling books on the likes of Wayne Rainey and Barry Sheene - making him perfectly placed to assess the sport on the eve of the opening round of the 2005 season.

Hopkins, Jerez IRTA MotoGP tests, March 2005
04/06/2005 - 00:00

After guiding his Rizla Suzuki British Superbike team to title glory with John Reynolds last season, Paul Denning accepted the considerable challenge of trying to repeat his BSB success with the Suzuki MotoGP team, by accepting the role of team manager from 2005.

Rossi celebrates win, Spanish MotoGP, 2005
04/20/2005 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi was the focal point of a teleconference last Friday at Estoril where he gave his views on the return of MotoGP to American soil for the first time in 10 years, when the 2005 U.S. Grand Prix takes Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca by storm on July 8-10.

Michelin tyre, Spanish MotoGP 2005
04/26/2005 - 00:00

The MotoGP World Championship arrives at China's Shanghai International Circuit for the very first time this weekend - so how will leading MotoGP tyre manufacturer Michelin meet the challenge?

Hopkins, Tamada, Edwards et al, Italian MotoGP Race, 2005
07/21/2005 - 00:00 recently offered its viewers the opportunity to ask MotoGP star John Hopkins a question - on any subject - and, on the eve the British Grand Prix at Donington Park, Hopper took time out from his busy schedule to answer your questions.

Biaggi, German MotoGP 2005
08/08/2005 - 00:00

Former four-times 250cc title winner Max Biaggi headed for his summer break sitting just fifth in the MotoGP World Championship, and with only two podium finishes to his credit.

Hayden, Rossi, Barros, Gibernau, German MotoGP, 2005
08/09/2005 - 00:00

The first ten races of the 2005 MotoGP season have seen Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden recover from a slow start to claim his first ever grand prix victory, at his home Laguna Seca race, then notch-up his second podium of the season at the German Grand Prix last time out.

Q&A: Kevin Schwantz.
09/08/2005 - 00:00

1993 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz was the rider Valentino Rossi dreamed of being - and that probably says all anybody needs to know about the Suzuki hero, whose spectacular on-the-edge riding style earned him a legendary fan base, but cost him heavily in terms of injuries and title success.

Q&A: Dani Pedrosa.
10/18/2005 - 00:00

Dani Pedrosa wrapped-up his third world title in thrilling style at Phillip Island on Sunday when the Movistar Honda rider beat Repsol Aprilia's Sebastian Porto on the run to the chequered flag.

Q&A: Fausto Gresini.
11/03/2005 - 00:00

On the eve of the 17th and final grand prix of the 2005 MotoGP World Championship season, Fausto Gresini, team manager and owner of the Movistar Honda Team, reflects on the season so far - which has seen very contrasting fortunes for his two riders, Sete Gibernau and Marco Melandri...

Q&A: Dani Pedrosa.
02/18/2006 - 00:00

Repsol Honda's MotoGP rookie Dani Pedrosa - already tipped by Valentino Rossi as one of his main 2006 challengers - completed a further 185 laps on his factory RCV at the third and final Sepang test, which concluded on Thursday...

Q&A: Sebastian Porto.
06/23/2006 - 00:00

On the eve of last weekend's Catalan Grand Prix, 250cc star Sebastian Porto surprised the MotoGP paddock by announcing his immediate retirement from racing.

Q&A: Junichi Kawajiri - Bridgestone.
08/25/2006 - 00:00

Last Sunday's Czech Republic Grand Prix was dominated by Loris Capirossi, who took his Bridgestone shod factory Ducati to its second victory of the 2006 MotoGP season.

Q&A: Randy de Puniet.
02/13/2007 - 00:00

After a turbulent debut MotoGP season, in which flashes of exceptional speed were mixed with accidents and injuries, Randy de Puniet is approaching his second season as a Kawasaki rider intent on proving his worth with the new 800cc machines.

Q&A: Olivier Jacque.
02/14/2007 - 00:00

Former 250cc world champion Olivier Jacque will return to full time racing as part of Kawasaki's new look MotoGP squad in 2007, when he will attempt to finally crack the premier-class at the age of 33.

Q&A: Ichiro Yoda - Kawasaki.
02/15/2007 - 00:00

"We calculated that we would need to rev the first evolution of the new engine to 18,000 rpm... So, our first major decision was to run a pneumatic valve system on the new [800cc] engine" - Ichiro Yoda.

Q&A: Dani Pedrosa.
02/19/2007 - 00:00

Double 2006 MotoGP race winner and rookie of the year, Dani Pedrosa, overturned Yamaha's domination of the Qatar test during the third and final day - at a circuit which will host the first race of 2007...

Q&A: Nicky Hayden.
02/28/2007 - 00:00

"That title took everything I had to win and I know to keep it is going to be even harder" - those are the words of reigning MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden as he prepares to start his title defence in Qatar on March 10.

Q&A: Eugene Laverty.
04/09/2007 - 00:00

Eugene Laverty, 250 GP rider, is in the British Superbike paddock for the first round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship. He is supporting his brothers and enjoying being a spectator as he told Radio.....

Q&A: Gianluca Montiron.
04/15/2007 - 00:00

Konica Minolta Honda team manager Gianluca Montiron has had a long and successful career within the motorcycle grand prix paddock, having contributed towards multiple 250cc world titles and MotoGP race victories.