MotoGP News

10/10/2002 - 00:00

After his second place at Motegi, Marco Melandri goes to Sepang with a 52- point lead in the 250cc World Championship and could clinch the title by finishing in front of Fonsi Nieto on Sunday.

Should he take the crown, it would make Melandri the youngest ever rider to win the 250cc World title, at the age of 20 years and 67 days, taking the record from fellow Italian superstar Valentino Rossi...

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...

10/09/2002 - 00:00

The MotoGP circus makes a flying visit to Malaysia this weekend for the 14th race of this year's 16-round world championship - and Sepang will be a particularly challenging event for the Marlboro Yamaha Team and its rivals.

10/09/2002 - 00:00

Former World Supersport champion Andrew Pitt will make his MotoGP debut for Kawasaki at the Gauloises Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Sepang, after being called up to deputise for the injured Akira Yanagawa for the remainder of the 2002 season.

10/09/2002 - 00:00

Marco Melandri may be in line to clinch the 250cc crown, but attention at the Malaysian Grand Prix will be focused on an enlarged four-stroke contingent in the MotoGP class, with the arrival of more rivals for the successful Honda RCVs.

10/09/2002 - 00:00

This weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix is generally recognised as the toughest event of the MotoGP season - tough on bikes, tough on tyres, tough on riders, tough on everyone.

10/09/2002 - 00:00

Marco Melandri may be in line to clinch the 250cc crown, but attention at the Malaysian Grand Prix will be focused on an enlarged four-stroke contingent in the MotoGP class, with the arrival of more rivals for the successful Honda RCVs.

10/08/2002 - 00:00

Proton Team KR will reveal its 2003 rider line-up at the launch of their new V5 four-stroke machine, in Malaysia, this Thursday.

10/08/2002 - 00:00

Despite rumours surrounding the F1 test offer by BAR boss David Richards, speculation that superstar Valentino Rossi could switch to grands prix full-time appears wide of the mark - although 'The Doctor' could well end his career on four wheels of a different kind.

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.

10/08/2002 - 00:00

Malaysia fulfilled its long-time ambition to create a world championship venue in 1998, when it opened the futuristic looking 5.548km Sepang International circuit, but the wide track will not find favour with every competitor in this weekend's MotoGP event.

10/08/2002 - 00:00

Ducati began preparations for its twin world championship assault in 2003, by debuting both its new MotoGP contender and WSBK challenger at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello.

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.

10/07/2002 - 00:00

Akira Yanagawa crashed out in the early stages of yesterday's Pacific GP with a spectacular fall (pictured) that spoilt the new ZX-RR's first race - and proved that the green machine needs much more work to challenge the MotoGP regulars.

10/07/2002 - 00:00

It was an unforgettably emotional day for the West Honda Pons team at Motegi, as Alex Barros scored a spectacular victory on his debut with the Honda RCV, after a thrilling duel with World Champion Valentino Rossi which was decided right on the finish line.

"What a day for me and the team and what a motorcycle to ride!" said Barros, still smiling hours after the finish. "The RC211V is an easy bike to ride - now I've ridden one I realise why they have won so many races..."

10/07/2002 - 00:00

Kenny Roberts claimed his third consecutive top six finish on the ever-improving prototype 990cc Suzuki GSV-R racer in today's Pacific GP, and moved one place higher in the top 10 of the championship.

But by contrast team-mate Sete Gibernau's terrible weekend continued as his Suzuki's engine appeared to blow (pictured) in the early stages of the race - but neither he or the team would be drawn on what had gone wrong...

10/07/2002 - 00:00

Jurgen van den Goorbergh scored three points for his 13th place in yesterday's Pacific Grand Prix, after some radical pre-race set-up alterations.

10/07/2002 - 00:00

Carlos Checa completed yesterday's Pacific Grand Prix in fifth place, small recompense for his impressive efforts during qualifying, which he finished just 0.172 seconds behind pole-sitter Daijiro Kato.

10/07/2002 - 00:00

Nobuatsu Aoki and Jeremy McWilliams finished ninth and tenth in yesterday's Pacific GP, after battling for the full race distance. McWilliams led for nine of the 24 laps, before he was slowed briefly by a gear-shifting glitch that gave Aoki the chance to reverse the order - but the Japanese had problems of his own.

10/07/2002 - 00:00

Tohru Ukawa completed Honda's domination of the top four places at Motegi, after a somewhat solitary ride on his RCV, which proved to be the fastest machine through the Motegi speed trap all weekend, being clocked at 288.2km/h.

10/07/2002 - 00:00

Olivier Jacque ended his two-stroke YZR500 chapter with a strong seventh after a race long battle with Antena 3 Yamaha d'Antin rider Norick Abe. The Frenchman, and teammate Shinya Nakano will make their four-stroke debuts in Malaysia next week on the Yamaha YZR-M1.

"I'm quite lucky because after this morning's crash I wasn't feeling that good. In the race I had a small clutch problem off the line before things started to come good. Once I got into a rhythm I began to really enjoying myself, a

10/07/2002 - 00:00

Regis Laconi started yesterday's Pacific Grand Prix from the pit lane in last place after his RS Cube failed to start on the grid. Laconi then rode flat out - without waiting to 'run in' his tyres - and attacked straight away.

"When they give you the green light in the pit lane and you see the other riders going into the first corner ahead of you, you get the feeling you'll never be able to catch them up," admitted Laconi. "I went straight into attack mode without waiting for the tyres to hea

10/07/2002 - 00:00

For recently crowned world champion Valentino Rossi, Motegi was an uncharacteristically difficult event and despite leading for four laps and running at the front throughout, he had to fight hard for his second place.

10/07/2002 - 00:00

Second fastest in qualifying, just 0.11 seconds off pole, Max Biaggi went into yesterday's Pacific Grand Prix confident of challenging for another win on his YZR-M1 - but things quickly went from bad to worse when he ran into front-tyre problems which led to him being black flagged (pictured) for his own safety - forcing him into the pits just after halfway...