MotoGP News

New bike puts a smile on the Suzuki teams faces.
02/06/2002 - 00:00

Telef?nica MoviStar Suzuki riders Kenny Roberts Jr. and Sete Gibernau talk about the first day of testing on the new bike and their feelings about riding the 990cc four-stroke machine for the first time.

Ducati reveal design of 4-stroke MotoGP engine.
02/04/2002 - 00:00

Ducati today unveiled the design of the four stroke engine they will use to power their bid for MotoGP honours in 2003. The four-cylinder 989cc 'L-shaped' engine was designed by a team headed by Ducati Corse Technical Director Filippo Preziosi and has been baptised 'Desmosedici Twinpulse'. Testing will begin on the dyno within the next three months, with track tests scheduled for July.

Suzuki four stroke debut in Sepang.
02/04/2002 - 00:00

After a brief 'shake-down' session which took place at the factory's private circuit in Japan in January, Suzuki finally let its new XREO prototype onto the track for a full test in the hands of its two official riders, Kenny Roberts and Sete Gibernau, in Sepang today.

The Telefonica Movistar Suzuki team is scheduled to stay at the track until Friday, for what promises to be a gruelling few days considering the intense heat and humidity

Rossi and HRC reach agreement.
02/01/2002 - 00:00

After weeks of speculation whether Valentino Rossi would be riding a Honda in the coming season, the team can breathe a sigh of relief. A contract has at last been signed, settling the differences between Rossi and the Japanese manufacturer.

Ducati set to reveal new engine.
02/01/2002 - 00:00

One of the series most anticipated unveilings will take place on Monday when Ducati Corse reveal to the world their MotoGP 4-stroke engine for the first time.

The factory have kept the project under wraps since they announced their plans to compete in the World Championship last May.

Checa back in the groove at Almeria.
01/31/2002 - 00:00

Marlboro Yamaha Team rider Carlos Checa completed his first test session of 2002 today, making useful progress with YZR-M1 development at Almeria, Spain.

MotoGP TV viewing is on the up.
01/31/2002 - 00:00

The annual total of television broadcast hours for MotoGP continued to grow in 2001, with 3,246 hours of coverage screened across 208 countries around the world.

Debon yet to confirm presence in 250cc class.
01/30/2002 - 00:00

Alex Debon had thought his 2002 season in the 250cc class was secure, until he got news that his team, Hardwick Racing, were pulling out of the championship.

Marlboro Yamaha team forced to switch test venue.
01/28/2002 - 00:00

Due to the unexpected sudden decision of the Jerez Circuit to close the circuit permanently as from today, Monday 28th January, in order to complete its reconstruction in time for the Jerez Grand Prix in May, the Marlboro Yamaha Team has been forced to cancel its scheduled test dates of 28th/29th/30th January.

Aprilia out in force at Jerez.
01/26/2002 - 00:00

The new Aprilia four-stroke MotoGP bike got it's first outing last week at Jerez. Rider Regis Laconi took the 990cc bike around the Spanish Circuit for it's initial run-down, in an attempt to transform the machine into a serious challenger.

Cardoso lands MuZ four-stroke ride.
01/26/2002 - 00:00

Released from what many thought was a dream ride with Luis d'Antin's Yamaha squad at the end of 2001, Jose Luis Cardoso has bounced back by signing a deal to ride the new MuZ four-stroke in the 2002 MotoGP world championship.

Criville pleased with progress in testing.
01/26/2002 - 00:00

The Repsol YPF Yamaha d'Ant?n are at the circuit of Valencia this weekend continuing their preseason testing programme, which began at Almeria at the beginning of the week. Alex Criville and Norick Abe set good lap times in Fridays session giving the team reason to be optimistic for the second day of testing.

Aprilia four-stroke makes official debut.
01/25/2002 - 00:00

The Aprilia RS3 has made its official debut in a private test session organised by the Italian factory for its MotoGP, 250 and 125 teams at Jerez.

Good vibrations in Sepang.
01/24/2002 - 00:00

A positive conclusion to the three days training which the riders of the West Honda Pons team have been undergoing at the Sepang circuit (Malaysia) and which ended yesterday with excellent times for Loris Capirossi.

HRC complete successful RC211V Malaysian test.
01/24/2002 - 00:00

The three-day HRC test session for the RC211V MotoGP machine at Sepang, Malaysia, ended yesterday with a string of fast times on the one rain free day of the three day test. HRC team manager Noriaki Nakata returns to Japan satisfied with the results and the technical data recorded over the three days.

Honda Racing complete three day test in Sepang.
01/23/2002 - 00:00

Honda Racing today completed a three-day test session at the Malaysian circuit of Sepang, where they have experimented with new tyres and assessed several machine modifications made to the four-stroke RCV211 machine following data gathering sessions at the end of last year.

Jerez 125cc IRTA test moved to Catalunya.
01/23/2002 - 00:00

Jerez Circuit officials have announced that they will be unable to organise the 125cc IRTA test scheduled for the 14th and 15th February.

Record times for Tohru Ukawa and RC211V.
01/23/2002 - 00:00

The second day of the HRC RC211V test at Sepang, Malaysia, saw Tohru Ukawa and the five-cylinder Honda four stroke circulating at lap record time. The daily monsoon rain held off until late afternoon allowing Ukawa and HRC test rider Shinichi Itoh a trouble free day of testing.

Rossi holds out.
01/22/2002 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi has taken a surprising stand in negotiations for a new contract - and could risk losing the chance to defend his MotoGP crown.

Kawasaki return to Premier class of MotoGP.
01/22/2002 - 00:00

Japanese giants Kawasaki will be returning to the premier class of MotoGP in 2002 if development of their new machine goes to plan. The team has not competed in the top class of Grand Prix racing for twenty years, but intend on coming back and showing the world they still have what it takes to win at the top level.

First HRC test of new year interrupted by rain.
01/21/2002 - 00:00

The first official HRC test of 2002 begun today in Malaysia at a rain drenched Sepang Circuit. Riders Tohru Ukawa and Shinichi Itoh took to the track on the RC211V four-stroke bike, but there was no sign of 2001 World Champion Valentino Rossi.

New riders glowing after first Proton tests.
01/21/2002 - 00:00

New Proton Team KR riders Jeremy McWilliams and Nobuatsu Aoki made their first acquaintance with the Proton KR3 machines they will ride in the forthcoming MotoGP season last week.

Suzuki's new challenger hits the track.
01/21/2002 - 00:00

Suzuki is quietly confident following its first full test session on the new factory four-stroke XRE0 machine on Saturday (January 19th).

Alex Criville makes debut with Team D'Antin.
01/21/2002 - 00:00

Alex Criville's debut aboard the Team D'Ant?n Yamaha YZR500 yesterday was limited to just five laps of the Almer?a circuit and a photograph session. A bout of 'flu kept the 1999 500cc World Champion in bed for most of the morning.