MotoGP News

10/05/2002 - 00:00

What had looked like being a Dani Pedrosa dominated weekend suddenly came alive in the dying minutes in Motegi today, as Pedrosa and Poggiali duelled for 125cc pole in Pacific GP final qualifying.

10/04/2002 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi, who wrapped up the MotoGP crown at Rio two weeks ago, is suffering from food poisoning - but that didn't stop him recording the third fastest time in Motegi first qualifying.

10/04/2002 - 00:00

The last two MotoGP races have taken place under wet conditions, and Daijiro Kato has completed just seven laps of them - but today he put his rain misery behind him to slide his RCV to provisonal pole for the Pacific Grand Prix.

10/04/2002 - 00:00

Alex Barros and his brand new Honda RC211V grabbed the limelight today during the first day of Practice for the Pacific Grand Prix, despite an unexpected attack from Max Biaggi...

10/04/2002 - 00:00

Carlos Checa moved up to fourth at the very end of the first qualifying session at Motegi, after focusing on fine-tuning chassis set-up.

10/04/2002 - 00:00

Kenny Roberts was a close seventh-fastest in today's first qualifying session for the Pacific GP, exploiting the latest round of improvements to the GSV-R four-stroke prototype, while by contrast team-mate Sete Gibernau was just 16th and struggling.

10/04/2002 - 00:00

Max Biaggi was bang on the pace at Motegi today, well up to the dramatically faster pace at this stop-and-go track where the four-stroke MotoGP bikes can use their horsepower advantage to good effect.

The Marlboro Yamaha Team man went quickest with six minutes to go, bettering Daijiro Kato by three tenths, but the Japanese hotshot's final lap was just enough to put him back in front...

10/04/2002 - 00:00

Capirossi was the first two-stroke, riding the NSR West Honda Pons machine into fifth place - one ahead of his team-mate Alex Barros on an RCV - despite a last minute tyre problem.

10/04/2002 - 00:00

Jeremy McWilliams was an excellent 2nd fastest two-stroke in today's first qualifying session, putting him ninth on the provisional grid despite suffering from a fractured collar-bone, sustained two weeks ago at Rio.

"I feel pretty second-hand now, but on the bike, though my shoulder feels awkward, it's not slowing me down," revealed the Ulsterman. "I didn't take anything for the pain today, but I'll have to do that tomorrow..."

10/04/2002 - 00:00

Red Bull Yamaha rookie John Hopkins ended his first day at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit full of optimism having finished 12th fastest in today's opening qualifying session.

10/04/2002 - 00:00

Daijiro Kato took overnight pole from Max Biaggi today at Twin Ring Motegi in a session that saw the MotoGP debut of Kawasaki's ZX-RR and Alex Barros on a RCV.

10/04/2002 - 00:00

Full 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP first qualifying times from the Pacific Grand Prix, held at the 4.801km Motegi circuit in Japan.

10/04/2002 - 00:00

Championship leader Marco Melandri stamped his authority firmly on the quarter litre category by taking provisional pole at Motegi by just 0.044secs from Toni Elias.

10/04/2002 - 00:00

Dani Pedrosa set the pace by a considerable 0.6secs from rookie Andrea Dovizioso during 125cc first qualifying at Motegi, on a day when championship contender Manuel Poggiali was left off the front two rows.

10/03/2002 - 00:00

Italian 250 charger Robby Rolfo has had a mixed 2002 season as one of only two full NSR 250 riders in the championship. Occasional set-up quandaries in qualifying have held back some of his race performances, but Rolfo is one of the most combative riders in the whole GP paddock.

The latest of his four second-place finishes this season came at Rio, and the Italain now has his sights set on his debut GP victory.

10/03/2002 - 00:00

Tohru Ukawa, injured at Donington Park earlier in the season, bounced back from that painful experience with a trio of podium places, but the sequence was blotted by a crash in the rain at Rio, demoting him to third in the championship and leaving the Japanese under pressure to regain second from Max Biaggi to give Repsol Honda a 1-2 in 2002.

Meanwhile, countryman Daijiro Kato - who stunned on his RCV debut at Brno - is also under pressure to perform at home...

10/03/2002 - 00:00

Suzuki has agreed terms with Kenny Roberts Jr. that will keep the former world champion racing with the factory team for at least the next two years.

Both Suzuki and Roberts have been keen to continue their successful relationship and the new two-year agreement clears the way for the continuation of the development program of the ever-improving new GSV-R MotoGP four-stroke machine...

10/03/2002 - 00:00

Marco Melandri is the latest rider to be linked to the still vacant seat alongside Carlos Checa at the factory Yamaha squad next year.

Melandri currently rides for the MS Aprilia team, but with the 250cc crown almost in his grasp the Italian teenager is looking to step up to MotoGP next year. Should he chose to stay within the Aprilia banner that would leave him to pilot the unfancied RS Cube that Regis Laconi has been battling with all year.

10/03/2002 - 00:00

The MotoGP paddock turned a shade of green in Japan today, as many riders, mechanics, teams and journalists completed the weary long haul journey east to be greeted with a reminder of the bright new future of Grand Prix racing.

10/03/2002 - 00:00

Newly crowned MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi returns to Japan safe in the knowledge that his current haul of 270 points is already unassailable - and so the Italian is free to fight for victories in the remaining rounds...

10/02/2002 - 00:00

Improving machines and results have given Team Suzuki riders Kenny Roberts and Sete Gibernau a boost as they prepare for the three consecutive racing weekends in three far-flung countries, starting with the Pacific GP this Sunday.

The recent run of form has been apportioned largely to an improved Suzuki-designed "slipper" clutch, which arrived along with a raft of other detail improvements for the Portuguese GP two races ago. The result was striking...

10/02/2002 - 00:00

Having been left to ride an unfancied two-stroke at Motegi this weekend, Loris Capirossi has moved to end rumours that he's simply cruising to the end of the year before upping his efforts when he steps on to a factory Ducati for 2003.

10/02/2002 - 00:00

Kawasaki's long awaited debut in the MotoGP World Championship takes place at the Pacific Grand Prix, Motegi, on Sunday when Akira Yanagawa will ride the 990cc in-line four-cylinder four-stroke machine in the 25-lap race...

10/02/2002 - 00:00

Kawasaki's long awaited debut in the MotoGP World Championship takes place at the Pacific Grand Prix, at the Twin Ring circuit, Japan, on Sunday.