MotoGP News

04/04/2003 - 00:00

Team Proton riders Nobuatsu Aoki and Jeremy McWilliams might have thought the spasmodic Suzuka drizzle would work in their favour, but the only competitors still on comparatively underpowered two-strokes were only able to run a handful of laps.

04/04/2003 - 00:00

21-year old Nicky Hayden was lucky not to be joining fellow rookie Marco Melandri in hospital after an 'eventful' days preparation for his maiden grand prix.

04/04/2003 - 00:00

Ducati riders Troy Bayliss and Loris Capirossi were victims of Suzuka's predictably unpredictable weather this afternoon, ending the first qualifying session of the 2003 season 13th and 15th quickest respectively.

But that result didn't do them justice, a point proved earlier in the day when Capirossi set the pace in morning free practice, before losing out in the afternoon lottery.

04/04/2003 - 00:00

Marco Melandri's 2003 season got off to a terrible start at Suzuka today when he broke his leg in two places, during a heavy crash in the first practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix.

The Italian was fully conscious after the accident and explained that the bike had made contact with him in the fall...

04/04/2003 - 00:00

Kawasaki were one of the many victims of the intermittent light rain at Suzuka today, with Akira Yanagawa, Garry McCoy and Andrew Pitt left down in 18th, 20th and 24th positions by the end of the first qualifying session of 2003.

04/04/2003 - 00:00

Alex Barros kicked off the 2003 season by repeatedly setting the fastest laps during the first half of a damp Suzuka opening qualifier, only to end the day on the second row when rain prematurely ended any hope of regaining the initiative.

04/04/2003 - 00:00

Full 125, 250 and MotoGP first qualifying times from the season opening Japanese Grand Prix, at Suzuka.

04/04/2003 - 00:00

Telef?nica Movistar Honda rider Sete Gibernau clocked the sixth fastest time of this afternoon's first qualifying session at Suzuka, once again outpacing his highly regarded team-mate Daijiro Kato, who was unhurt after a crash this morning and forced to settle for eleventh.

04/04/2003 - 00:00

Team Suzuki riders Kenny Roberts Jr. and John Hopkins placed seventh and 12th in today's first timed practice session for Sunday's Japanese GP - the opening round of the 2003 season.

The weather took a hand in proceedings at the slightly revised Suzuka circuit, with intermittent drizzle and damp patches keeping the riders on their toes.

04/04/2003 - 00:00

Desiree Crossman, girlfriend of Suzuki star John 'Hopper' Hopkins, reports from today's first qualifying at Suzuka, venue for the opening grand prix of the 2003 season, on Sunday.

"Well... Let's start off by saying the weather sucks. Today we had a few tumbles, one quite severe. Marco Melandri crashed heavely in the back section of the track in the first practice.

04/04/2003 - 00:00

Defending World Champion Valentino Rossi edged out old rival Max Biaggi to take provisional pole in today's first qualifying session of 2003 at Suzuka.

However, the order was largely dictated by unpredictably damp track conditions, which meant few riders were able to show their true form.

Of the top eight, five were on Hondas, two Yamahas and one Suzuki, with the top class rookie qualifying fifth...

04/04/2003 - 00:00

Local riders dominated the opening 250cc qualifying session at Suzuka, with Hiroshi Aoyama edging out Katsuyuki Nakasuga in tricky conditions.

04/04/2003 - 00:00

Alex de Angelis took a somewhat easy provisional pole position for the 125cc Japanese Grand Prix, after moisture cut short the first qualifying session of 2003.

04/03/2003 - 00:00

It's the showdown everybody's been waiting for - MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi versus World Superbike Champion Colin Edwards in the opening Grand Prix of the 16 round series, at Suzuka, on Sunday.

04/03/2003 - 00:00

On the eve of the Suzuka season opener, reigning MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi has admitted he fears losing the speed and motivation that has taken him to four world titles at the age of 24.

Rossi explained that despite all the dangers he faces on track, one thing really scares him - a future where he isn't as fast as he is now.

04/03/2003 - 00:00

The finishing touches to meticulous preparations for the SKYY Vodka Grand Prix of Japan were being completed today as the MotoGP teams and riders assembled at Suzuka amidst an air of optimism and expectancy.

04/03/2003 - 00:00

Austrian manufacturer KTM has officially unveiled the machine with which reigning 125cc World Champion Arnaud Vincent will defend his title in 2003.

04/03/2003 - 00:00

Speaking ahead his home F1 GP at Sao Paulo this Sunday, Brazilian Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello has sent his support to countryman Alex Barros for the MotoGP season opener at Suzuka, held on the same day.

32-year-old Barros is one of the pre-season favourites to challenge reigning champ Valentino Rossi after switching from the semi-works Honda Pons outfit, with whom he won two races last year, to the full factory Gauloises Yamaha team.

04/03/2003 - 00:00

The wild-card riders for the 125, 250 and MotoGP classes at this Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix are the following:

04/03/2003 - 00:00

Despite a long winter of intensive testing on the Kawasaki ZX-RR, Team Green faces the season opener with a mountain to climb if they're to threaten the sharp end of the MotoGP grid.

04/03/2003 - 00:00

After a long winter break, the Camel Pramac Pons team are Suzuka eagerly awaiting the starting gun that signifies the beginning of the 2003 MotoGP World Championship.

Recent practice sessions have given much cause for optimism in the Camel camp, with both Max Biaggi and Tohru Ukawa regularly among the quickest in pre-season testing.

04/03/2003 - 00:00

Desiree Crossman, girlfriend of Suzuki star John 'Hopper' Hopkins, has been busy experiencing some Japanese - and some not so Japanese - culture in the calm before the storm that will be the opening grand prix of the 2003 season, at Suzuka, on Sunday.

"Our guys [Hopkins and Roberts] are doing steady progress. Emphasise the word "steady!" Compare it to the Honda riders and the rest of field, and it's coming along. I do think however that Suzuki will develop throughout the season, rather than j

04/03/2003 - 00:00

Spanish hopeful Sete Gibernau ran out fifth fastest in the recent Suzuka tests, having been quickest for much of the session, underlining his return to form since his assimilation back into the Honda ranks from Suzuki.

04/03/2003 - 00:00

Yamaha is now entering the 2003 season with its latest generation YZR-M1, which will make its competitive debut at the opening round of the 2003 championship in Suzuka, Japan, April 6.