MotoGP News

Katoh destroys the opposition.
09/09/2001 - 00:00

Daijiro Katoh worked his way steadily to the front in today's Portuguese 250cc Grand Prix - then never looked back, finishing a massive 16.9secs ahead of his nearest rival after 26 laps.

Poggiali takes photo-finish victory in Estoril.
09/09/2001 - 00:00

Manuel Poggiali beat Youichi Ui to victory in today's Portuguese Grand Prix after a thrilling photo finish saw the San Marian take the flag by just 0.011secs - while the battle for the final podium place was just as intense.

Capirossi splits the championship contenders.
09/08/2001 - 00:00

After another superb final qualifying session Italian Loris Capirossi will start the Portuguese Grand Prix from second place, behind Max Biaggi and ahead of championship leader Valentino Rossi.

Rossi: It's between the three Italians.
09/08/2001 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi looked in all-dominant form yesterday, leading the pack by over half a second, but even though he slightly raised his pace in today's final session he was still pushed to third by Loris Capirossi and Max Biaggi.

"We started the session at a very good pace," explained the Italian who currently leads the 2001 series, 29 points ahead of Biaggi. "I was running mid one minute forties, but then we decided to test some little changes and they didn't work out quite as we'd hoped..."

Kenny: Brno retirement was a cry for help.
09/08/2001 - 00:00

Following Kenny Roberts' controversial retirement from the last round of the MotoGP championship at Brno in the Czech Republic, when he pulled into the pits and left the circuit without giving any explanation - triggering speculation that he had given up even though there were no problems with his motorcycle, the Suzuki star has today issued the following statement explaining his actions:

"There has been a lot of speculation that there was nothing wrong with the motorcycle when I pulled in to

Biaggi: I can pull out a fast lap when I need to.
09/08/2001 - 00:00

Max Biaggi will line up on pole position for the fourth consecutive race in tomorrow's Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal after topping Valentino Rossi's best lap from yesterday in an intense final qualifying session, which saw a battle for top spot between the Italian pair and their compatriot Loris Capirossi.

"I'm particularly happy because yesterday we had a few problems and we've worked very hard to sort them out," said Biaggi...

Harada: I hope my teammates will help me.
09/08/2001 - 00:00

World 250 series leader Daijiro Katoh was beaten for pole at Estoril today by title rival Tetsuya Harada. Harada is on a charge at the moment, having won at Brno two weeks ago, where Katoh was forced down to third by Harada's team-mate Marco Melandri.

Second row start for sick Jurgen.
09/08/2001 - 00:00

Proton Team KR rider Jurgen van den Goorbergh slashed more than 1.2-seconds off his previous best lap time in the final qualifying session for Sunday's Portuguese GP, to challenge for yet another front-row starting position.

Final qualifying times: Portuguese Grand Prix.
09/08/2001 - 00:00

Full 125, 250 and 500cc final qualifying times, and grid positions, for Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril.

Poggiali back to speed after 'Brno disaster.'
09/08/2001 - 00:00

Two weeks after crashing at Brno (pictured) and losing the World Championship lead, Manuel Poggiali put his title aspirations back on course at Estoril today, snatching 125 pole position in the last 12 minutes of the final qualifier.

McCoy slower than last year.
09/08/2001 - 00:00

Last year's race winner Garry McCoy has his work cut out this time around as he will start the Portuguese Grand Prix from the third row in ninth place, after finishing the session slower than his pole time last year.

"When I pulled in for my last set of tyres and was told that all we had was the same soft compound I pretty much knew there and then that I wouldn't be able to go any faster," admitted McCoy.

Biaggi, Capirossi break Vale's Estoril domination.
09/08/2001 - 00:00

Max Biaggi finally broke Valentino Rossi's domination of the Portuguese Grand Prix weekend so far by out pacing the Honda hero in today's final qualifying session, while Loris Capirossi increased Vale's woes by pushing him down to third on the grid.

Poggiali pushes Ui off 125cc pole.
09/08/2001 - 00:00

Manuel Poggiali responded to the challenge thrown down by Youichi Ui yesterday, to firstly close the Japanese riders 0.8secs overnight advantage - then take pole for tomorrow's Portuguese Grand Prix by 0.122secs.

Harada counters Katoh's challenge.
09/08/2001 - 00:00

Tetsuya Harada looked to have lost his overnight pole to Daijiro Katoh, after the Honda rider led the way for the majority of today's final qualifier at Estoril. However, the Aprilia star regained pole with a stunning late effort that once again smashed the circuit record.

Biaggi: I'd say we're 80% of our potential.
09/07/2001 - 00:00

Max Biaggi rode to third-quickest today, just one thousandth of a second off Norick Abe. However, the Marlboro Yamaha Team rider's main concern is how to close the half-second gap between himself and arch-rival Valentino Rossi.

Capirossi breaks front brake - twice.
09/07/2001 - 00:00

Loris Capirossi was fourth fastest in a hectic opening qualifying session for the Portuguese Grand Prix in Estoril this afternoon. Despite front brake problems, the Italian West Honda Pons rider was only just over half a second behind provisional pole setter Valentino Rossi.

"Jurgen found the kitty litter" - Kenny Roberts Sr
09/07/2001 - 00:00

Jurgen van den Goorbergh came back from a fall early in today's first timed session for Sunday's Portuguese GP - to claim a position on the third row of the provisional starting grid. But the Dutch rider admitted he had been cautious after the tumble, and promised a more competitive performance for tomorrow.

Suzuki promises superior bike - next year.
09/07/2001 - 00:00

Team Suzuki riders Sete Gibernau and Kenny Roberts placed eighth and ninth in today's first qualifying session for the Portuguese GP. Both riders were disappointed - but Gibernau revealed that the team has been promised a bike "superior to all it's rivals" next year by Suzuki.

Rossi rules 500cc first qualifying.
09/07/2001 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi produced a superb last lap effort at Estoril to take the overnight pole for the Portuguese Grand Prix by over 0.5secs from Norick Abe, who suffered a heavy crash in the final minutes of the session.

Harada: I think Honda has an advantage here.
09/07/2001 - 00:00

Tetsuya Harada maintained the pressure on World Championship leader Daijiro Katoh with provisional pole position at Estoril. The Japanese ended up 0.124 seconds ahead of Katoh, who leads Harada by 35 points in the title chase.

Engine too aggressive, but Checa's confident.
09/07/2001 - 00:00

Carlos Checa ended day one at Estoril less than a tenth of a second off a provisional front-row start. The Spaniard rode a great session this afternoon, looking fast and smooth on his factory YZR500s, moving up to third with ten minutes to go before finally slipping to a very close fifth, just 0.095 seconds behind Loris Capirossi.

"I feel pretty confident on the bike," said the Marlboro Yamaha Team man. "But we need to improve the engine set-up because so far it's too aggressive when I get on

Ui: I have to start winning to take the title.
09/07/2001 - 00:00

Second quickest at Brno two weeks ago, Youichi Ui scored provisional 125 pole at Estoril this afternoon. The Japanese was quickest despite suffering problems with one of his bikes mid-session, heading the times pretty much throughout and going still faster in the final minutes.

First qualifying times: Portuguese Grand Prix.
09/07/2001 - 00:00

Full 125, 250 and 500cc first qualifying times, and grid positions, for Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril.

Harada keeps the pressure on Katoh.
09/07/2001 - 00:00

Tetsuya Harada continued his recent run of form by taking provisional pole from championship rival Daijiro Katoh in today's first qualifying session at Estoril, with Melandri and McWilliams also close enough to threaten tomorrow.

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