MotoGP News

11/04/2002 - 00:00

Yamaha Motor Co. has announced that new 250cc World Champion Marco Melandri has signed to ride for the factory team in the 2003 MotoGP championship, and that Fortuna will be the team's new title sponsor.

Spaniard Carlos Checa will lead the team's assault in his fifth consecutive season with Yamaha.

"Carlos knows what he has to do next year," stated Davide Brivio, Director of the new Fortuna Yamaha Team. "[And] it will be very interesting for all of us to work with Marco..."

11/04/2002 - 00:00

Proton Team KR rider Jeremy McWilliams claimed his seventh top ten finish of the season at yesterday's Valencia GP, and narrowly missed being top two-stroke after a bitter struggle in the last laps with sliding tyres and Jurgen van den Goorbergh.

11/04/2002 - 00:00

Kawasaki are set to test a whole host of MotoGP stars on Tuesday at Valencia as they close in on their 2003 rider - and test team - line-up.

11/04/2002 - 00:00

Both Carlos Checa and Jose Luis Cardoso escaped serious injury in a nasty start-line shunt at Valencia yesterday. The accident occurent when the MYT man stalled his M1 as the pack roared away from the grid...

11/04/2002 - 00:00

Red Bull Yamaha rider Garry McCoy ended his 2002 season in eventful fashion at yesterday's historic Valencia GP that saw a distinguished era for two-stroke 500 machines draw to a conclusion.

11/04/2002 - 00:00

In complete contrast to his team-mate's race, it was a sad afternoon for Loris Capirossi yesterday in Valencia, when he crashed without injury two thirds through his final GP for West Honda Pons.

11/04/2002 - 00:00

Max Biaggi finished a hard-ridden third in his last ever ride for Marlboro Yamaha yesterday in Valencia, to secure second overall in the inaugural four-stroke-based MotoGP World Championship

Although Biaggi's runner-up championship performance was great news for the team, the Italian was a little disappointed with the race result because he had started the 30-lap event from pole position with every hope of another victory.

11/04/2002 - 00:00

Jurgen van den Goorbergh had another excellent race result in Valencia after enduring an occasionally tough season, scoring seventh place and the status of top two-stroke.

11/04/2002 - 00:00

At the end of 30 hard laps of the Valencia circuit, Olivier Jacque and Norick Abe could not be separated by the stopwatch, posting identical race times.

11/04/2002 - 00:00

Kawasaki rider Andrew Pitt claimed his and the all-new Ninja ZX-RR prototype's first World Championship points in yesterday's last GP of the 2002 season, with a steady ride to 12th in a race of attrition.

11/04/2002 - 00:00

Daijiro Kato scored a fourth place finish on his four-stroke yesterday, taking the IRTA Rookie of the Year prize for being the best new rider of the season along the way.

11/04/2002 - 00:00

Tohru Ukawa was deprived of second place overall in the championship battle by Max Biaggi yesterday, although Ukawa's season was affected somewhat by injuries picked up at Donington.

11/03/2002 - 00:00

Alex Barros took victory in an epic season ending Valencia Grand Prix, which began with a horrific startline crash involving a stalled Carlos Checa being hit by Jose-Luis Cardoso, and ended with Barros and Valentino Rossi riding over the edge on their RCV's as they duelled to the final corner of the 2002 season.

Yesterday, Max Biaggi had taken an emotional final pole position of the 2002 season in his last ride for the Marlboro Yamaha team, ahead of non improvers Barros (looking for his fourt

11/03/2002 - 00:00

Marco Melandri cruised to his ninth 250cc GP victory of the season in his final ride in the quarter litre category today at Valencia, while battle of the race was between Gresini team-mate Rolfo and home hero Alzamora for second.

11/03/2002 - 00:00

MYT are expected to announce who will replace Max Biaggi and title sponsor Marlboro tomorrow [Monday]. The team had been due to reveal their 2003 line-up this afternoon in Valencia, but have now delayed their decision for unknown reasons.

11/03/2002 - 00:00

Alex Barros won an epic Valencia Grand Prix, which began with a horrific startline crash between a stalled Carlos Checa and a flat out Jose-Luis Cardoso. Then ended with Barros and Valentino Rossi riding over the edge as they duelled to the final turn of the 2002 season.

"This race is very special for me," beamed Barros in the post race press conference. "It's almost certainly my last for the team after four years. I tried to push at the start, but when I saw Rossi close I decided to let him

11/03/2002 - 00:00

The top three 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP World Championship standings after today's season ending Valencia Grand Prix, held at the 4.005km Comunitat Valenciana circuit.

11/03/2002 - 00:00

The Ducati Desmosedici made its public debut at today's Valencia Grand Prix (pictured) with three demonstration laps in front of 120,000 spectators prior to the final round of this year's MotoGP championship.

Surrounded by media from all over the world and an incredible crowd of spectators, 2001 World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss emerged from the garage at 10.42 precisely, followed shortly afterwards by test-rider Vittoriano Guareschi.

11/03/2002 - 00:00

With the curtain having fallen on the 2002 MotoGP season this afternoon at Valencia, after four years of existance the Marlboro Yamaha Team is no more.

11/03/2002 - 00:00

Full 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP race results from the season ending Valencia Grand Prix, held at the 4.005km Comunitat Valenciana circuit.

11/03/2002 - 00:00

Arnaud Vincent has become the first Frenchman to win the 125cc World Championship after finishing runner-up to home hero Dani Pedrosa in today's Valencia Grand Prix.

11/03/2002 - 00:00

Arnaud Vincent has become the first Frenchman to win the 125cc World Championship after finishing runner-up to home hero Dani Pedrosa in today's Valencia Grand Prix.

Yesterday, Pedrosa took a popular home pole position for the season ending Valencia Grand Prix, but all eyes were on the title battle where Poggiali took the early advantage Poggiali over point's leader Arnaud Vincent - whom he needed to beat by more than 8 points today to take the title.

11/03/2002 - 00:00

Marco Melandri cruised to his ninth 250cc GP victory of the season in his final ride in the quarter litre category today at Valencia, while battle of the race was between Gresini team-mate Rolfo and home hero Alzamora for second.

"Before I came here I wanted to take pole and win to say (goodbye) to the 250cc class," said a smiling Melandri afterwards. "But I was a little lucky because..."

11/02/2002 - 00:00

Tetsuya Harada has announced his retirement from motorcycle racing at a packed press conference this evening at Valencia attended by a whole host of MotoGP manufactures as well as Max Biaggi.