MotoGP News

Katoh continues pole run.
05/05/2001 - 00:00

Off the pace yesterday, 250cc series leader Daijiro Katoh Honda out-paced his horde of Aprilia rivals to claim his third consecutive pole position at Jerez this afternoon.

The Japanese rider, winner of the opening two GPs, took 1.2 seconds off his Friday lap times to best fellow front-row men Marcellino Lucchi, Roberto Locatelli and Fonsi Nieto.

Radical improvement from Proton Team KR.
05/05/2001 - 00:00

Proton Team KR rider Jurgen van den Goorbergh will start tomorrow's Spanish GP from the third row of the grid, after all-round machine improvements led to a radical improvement in his lap time and grid position - the Dutchman was a disappointed 15th-fastest yesterday.

Final qualifying times: Spanish Grand Prix.
05/05/2001 - 00:00

Full combined qualifying times for tomorrows 125, 250 and 500cc Spanish Grand Prix.

Ui way ahead in final 125cc qualifying.
05/05/2001 - 00:00

Derbi's Youichi Ui took pole by 0.76secs from Manuel Poggiali, despite a trip trough the gravel trap, in final qualifying for tomorrow's Spanish Grand Prix.

Morning practise had seen Suzuka winner Masao Azuma ahead of Lucio Cecchinello, who had crashed heavily yesterday after his MS Aprilia LCR had seized - spitting him off.

Katoh back up to speed and on pole.
05/05/2001 - 00:00

250cc World Championship leader Daijiro Katoh returned to the front of the field after yesterdays sixth place, to end the final qualifying session just 0.130secs ahead of Aprilia's veteran wildcard rider, Marcelino Lucchi.

Rossi leads the way in Jerez.
05/04/2001 - 00:00

World Championship leader Valentino Rossi Honda dominated today's opening qualifying session' steadily upping his pace in the closing stages to end up 0.718 seconds ahead of his closest challenger.

Abe loses 'bad qualifier' tag with second.
05/04/2001 - 00:00

Yamaha riders Norick Abe and Shinya Nakano were the closest men to Rossi today in Jerez, 0.718 seconds off provisional pole and less than two hundredths apart.

Checa back in action.
05/04/2001 - 00:00

The Marlboro Yamaha Team was back to full strength in Jerez with Carlos Checa rejoining team-mate Max Biaggi, after missing the South African GP through injury.

Locatelli on pole as Aprilia's dominate.
05/04/2001 - 00:00

Reigning 125cc champ Roberto Locatelli took provisional 250cc pole in Jerez to head an all Aprilia front row, with championship leader Daijiro Katoh down in sixth.

Difficult day for West Honda Pons.
05/04/2001 - 00:00

The West Honda pair of Loris Capirossi and Alex Barros face a busy day tomorrow setting up their NSR Honda machines after a difficult first day of qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez this afternoon.

Both experienced front end problems with their machinery in the session that was led by the man of the moment, Italian Valentino Rossi.

Biaggi a fraction off the front row.
05/04/2001 - 00:00

Max Biaggi ended today's opening qualifier in fifth spot, just seven hundredths of a second off the provisional front row. The Marlboro Yamaha rider came back from a minor tumble in this morning's session to run some good, consistent times in preparation for Sunday's race.

Roberts: It's hard to see where we can save time.
05/04/2001 - 00:00

Team Telefonica MoviStar Suzuki rider Kenny Roberts Junior claimed a position on the second row of the provisional starting grid for Sunday's Spanish GP, first round of the European season, with team-mate Sete Gibernau one row behind, both riders in the thick of a batch of typically close qualifying times.

Ducati to enter MotoGP 'in the near future.'
05/04/2001 - 00:00

Ducati announced today, at a press conference prior to the start of 125cc first qualifying in Jerez, that they are building a prototype machine to enter in the premier MotoGP class, with official involvement in the World Superbike Championship set to continue.

First qualifying times: Spanish Grand Prix.
05/04/2001 - 00:00

Full results for the 125, 250 and 500cc first qualifying sessions for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Provisional 500cc pole for Rossi.
05/04/2001 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi took the overnight pole by a huge 0.718secs from Norick Abe, after a dominating performance at a sunny Spanish Grand Prix first qualifying from Jerez.

Sabbatani takes pole - then crashes.
05/04/2001 - 00:00

Italian Max Sabbatani sensationally stole the 125cc provisional pole from Youichi Ui with 5mins remaining in Jerez - and held the top spot despite crashing out at the first corner after colliding with two slower riders.

Preview: The Spanish Grand Prix.
05/02/2001 - 00:00

The MotoGP teams make their return to Europe this weekend, after two 'fly-away' races, for the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez, round three of the 2001

Preview: Spanish Grand Prix.
05/02/2001 - 00:00

The MotoGP teams make their return to Europe this weekend, after two 'fly-away' races, for the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez, round three of the 2001 World Championship.

This weekend's race marks the 15th year for Jerez as a GP venue, but only its 14th as host to the Spanish GP. The exception was in 1988, when the race was intended to be the Portuguese GP, renamed the Expo 92 GP at the last minute.

Honda's Spanish GP memories.
05/01/2001 - 00:00

It was even before the Beatles made their first recording and the idea of a Man on the Moon was still regarded as science fiction, that history was made at the Spanish Grand Prix.

It was not at Jerez where today's MotoGP stars do battle on Sunday, but at the closer confines of Montjuich Park overlooking the magnificent city of Barcelona. The tight parkland circuit staged both motorcycle and Formula One car Grand Prix but today is better known as the venue for the Barcelona Olympic Stadium t

West to remain in GP500.
05/01/2001 - 00:00

Australian teenager Anthony West will continue racing a Honda V-Twin for the remainder of this year's 500cc motorcycle world championship, which resumes with the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez on Sunday.

Roberts ready for start of European season.
05/01/2001 - 00:00

The flyaway rounds over for the summer, Grand Prix racing begins in earnest in Jerez, as the MotoGP series returns to its traditional home in Europe. World champion Kenny Roberts Jr and team-mate Sete Gibernau are both looking forward to the prospect. From now on, the holiday atmosphere is over and it's business as usual.

Biaggi to reign in Spain?
04/30/2001 - 00:00

The 2001 World Championship shifts into top gear this weekend as the GP circus comes to Spain for the first of ten Continental races. It's an-important event for everyone, especially Marlboro Yamaha Team rider Max Biaggi.

Checa out to prove he's a contender.
04/30/2001 - 00:00

This is a big weekend for Carlos Checa, being one of the year's three GPs on home ground for 'El Torro', Spain's raging bull. Not only that, but the Marlboro Yamaha man is coming back from injury and will be out to make a big impression after missing the South African GP two weeks ago.

Strong test performance boosts Proton's hopes.
04/27/2001 - 00:00

The European Grand Prix season starts at Jerez de la Frontera on Sunday, May 6 - and Proton Team KR are relishing the prospect of returning to the track after setting head-turning times in pre-season testing.