MotoGP News

09/09/2002 - 00:00

Garry McCoy finished a disappointing 11th in Yesterday's Portuguese Grand Prix, having had fond memories of his previous races in Portugal after winning in 2000 and placing third in 2001.

09/09/2002 - 00:00

Gauloises Yamaha Tech 3 rider Shinya Nakano's race ended prematurely when he crashed, for the second time, on the penultimate lap - although he was still classified as the final finisher in 12th.

09/09/2002 - 00:00

Daijiro Kato struggled in his first wet race on a four-stroke and crashed out, but saw it as a learning process.

"It's something I have to understand," said the Japanese star, who makes no secret of hating the rain. "I didn't want to crash because I need time on the bike in the wet. I'm disappointed to crash, but even in the dry this track always seemed short of grip for me."

09/09/2002 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi splashed to his 22nd win in 43 MotoGP starts and his ninth victory of the season in appalling conditions at Estoril yesterday - but only after long time leader Sete Gibernau had crashed from his Suzuki.

09/09/2002 - 00:00

Max Biaggi struggled to a sixth-place finish yesterday, having been unhappy with the set-up of his YZR-M1 all weekend. Winner and pole sitter at Brno two weeks ago, the Italian rode an intelligent race - most of it spent racing with Alex Barros, a battle he lost on the final lap.

09/09/2002 - 00:00

Seventh placed finisher Norick Abe was the first of nine victims in yesterday's Portuguese Grand Prix, with his misfortune beginning as early as the sighting lap when he lost the front of his YZR500 at walking pace.

He was then forced back to the pits to mount his spare machine - and started from the rear of the grid. A charging race then followed, with the Japanese completed eventually finishing the race one place behind Max Biaggi, in seventh.

09/09/2002 - 00:00

Carlos Checa was arguably the biggest star of the MotoGP pack this weekend, bouncing back from a Friday crash to claim his first MotoGP pole on Saturday, then carving through the pack to take second place yesterday after a disastrous start from the front row.

09/09/2002 - 00:00

Proton Team KR rider Jeremy McWilliams overcame bad luck and appalling conditions at yesterday's rain-lashed Portuguese GP, remounting after falling early in the 28-lap race, and picking up positions to get back into the top ten, finishing ninth.

09/09/2002 - 00:00

Loris Capirossi's Portuguese Grand Prix ended prematurely on lap 6 when the West Honda Pons star's NSR500 stepped out on him, throwing him into the gravel.

09/08/2002 - 00:00

Arnaud Vincent reclaimed the lead in the 125 World Championship as both his rivals Manuel Poggiali and Dani Pedrosa succumbed to crashes in the soaked conditions, then a last corner error by Simone Sanna let the Frenchman through to his fourth victory of the year.

09/08/2002 - 00:00

Arnaud Vincent wins a wet and wild 125cc Portuguese Grand Prix from Simone Sanna; Points leader Poggiali crashes out 4laps from the finish; Jenkner completes podium, but only 14 out of 33 riders finish...

09/08/2002 - 00:00

Long time race leader Sete Gibernau came agonisingly close to claiming his - and Suzuki's - first MotoGP victory today in atrocious conditions at Estoril.

09/08/2002 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi emerged victorious from a treacherous wet race at Estoril this afternoon, guiding his RC211V through the wind and lashing rain to top the podium just as he had done at the first race of the season at Suzuka.

"This is very satisfying for me because two years ago people said that I couldn't ride in wet conditions, but this season I have won twice in the rain," said the Honda hero. "I can win the World Championship in Rio and I will try to do so because it will be more fun for m

09/08/2002 - 00:00

Long time race leader Sete Gibernau came agonisingly close to claiming his - and Suzuki's - first MotoGP victory today in atrocious conditions at Estoril.

With rain pouring down all morning this afternoon's Grand Prix would be survival of the fittest, but having taken the lead in the early stages the Spaniard looked to have Rossi beaten as the final laps wound down - only to be spat unceremoniously from his #15 machine, handing the championship leader yet another maximum points haul.

"I'm

09/08/2002 - 00:00

The top three 125, 250 and MotoGP championship standings after today's action packed Portuguese Grands Prix.

09/08/2002 - 00:00

Rossi wins after long time leader Gibernau crashes in the closing stages; Pole sitter Checa second and Ukawa third; Roberts fourth ahead of top two stroke Barros...

09/08/2002 - 00:00

Today's wet 250cc Portuguese Grand Prix was full of surprises as Fonsi Nieto took victory - despite having crashed on lap 13!

Naoki Matsudo had led for most of the way until the unlucky Japanese rider hit the gravel with five laps remaining, at which point he had an eight-second advantage over Nieto.

The Spaniard himself had been able to keep his engine running as he spun on the tarmac at the halfway stage, and rejoined in seventh, then made up places gradually over the remaining 13 laps

09/08/2002 - 00:00

Fonsi Nieto wins action packed wet 250cc Grand Prix from Melandri; Pole sitter Porto completes podium with third ahead of Rolfo; Only 13 classified finishers...

09/07/2002 - 00:00

Carlos Checa scored his first pole position since Jerez 1998 at Estoril today, outpacing the MotoGP competition aboard his Marlboro Yamaha Team M1 in the most difficult of conditions to take the teams third pole of the season.

"I'd been out earlier when the track was still too wet," said the delighted Spaniard after scoring his second premier-class pole. "There wasn't much time left when the surface was dry enough, so it was a bit like a Formula One qualifying session..."

09/07/2002 - 00:00

Daijiro Kato, MotoGP's newest candidate for victory, ended today's final qualifying session at Estoril a close second fastest and just ahead of World Championship leader Valentino Rossi.

Kato continues to improve in just his second outing on the RCV and will no doubt be bringing the battle to the Repsol Honda's and Marlboro Yamaha's tomorrow.

09/07/2002 - 00:00

Alex Barros maintained his front row grid position for tomorrow's Portuguese Grand Prix, despite not improving today and slipping from an overnight pole to fourth at the finish of the dramatic one-hour session.

"The practice session was reduced to only 20 minutes and obviously this affected the results," began Barros, who set a best time of 1min 40.112secs. "When the track had dried we went out with used tyres to test the wear for the race and after that we had to improve the fuel settings b

09/07/2002 - 00:00

Dani Pedrosa was one of only a handful of improvers in this afternoon's final qualifying session for the Portuguese Grand Prix, but his provisional pole was cemented when rain fell in the final few minutes halting his opposition's charge.

09/07/2002 - 00:00

Max Biaggi, who gave the M1 its first race win at the Czech GP two weeks ago, moved up to fifth on his final lap in Estoril today, just 0.035 seconds shy of the front row - and was quick to congratulate teammate Carlos Checa on his first MotoGP pole.

09/07/2002 - 00:00

Jeremy McWilliams fulfilled his promise of moving into the 1min 40secs bracket in fine style today at Estoril, and the Ulsterman jumped from 14th position to 6th after a majestic effort.