MotoGP News

01/18/2003 - 00:00

Suzuki claims the first test of the all-new 2003 MotoGP prototypes has left riders Kenny Roberts Jr. and Jphn Hopkins raring to go, after setting fast lap times on the machine's first outing in the hands of the full-time GP riders in Malaysia last week.

Kenny Roberts Jr, champion on a Suzuki in 2000, described the new machine as "the biggest jump forward since I joined the factory in 1999," and his comments were echoed by a team infused with enthusiasm.

01/18/2003 - 00:00

Chris Burns will be at the North Yorkshire Road Racing Supporters Club Chat Show to be held at Northallerton Football Club this forthcoming Tuesday evening [21st January].

01/17/2003 - 00:00

Kawasaki Racing Team's Andrew Pitt concluded three days of testing in Sepang on a high, setting a personal best time of 2min 06.3secs - more than four seconds faster than on his MotoGP premiere at the Malaysian Grand Prix on October last year.

01/16/2003 - 00:00 has uploaded some pictures from the ongoing Kawasaki tests at Sepang, Malaysia, which are due to end this week.

01/16/2003 - 00:00

With his Marlboro Yamaha contract having expired at the end of 2002, Max Biaggi has been able to give his first impression of the Honda RCV - a machine that dominated all but three races in 2002, and that Biaggi will be riding this season.

01/14/2003 - 00:00

On their first two days of testing at Sepang, Malaysia, Kawasaki Racing Team stars Garry McCoy and Andrew Pitt slashed their previous best times on the Malaysian circuit by almost a full second - but they're still 1.5secs off Max Biaggi's fastest lap in last year's Malaysian Grand Prix.

Nevertheless, small improvements in the chassis and suspension settings on the Ninja ZX-RR racer seemed to have made all the difference in the bike's handling on the exit of the turns, with further improvement

01/13/2003 - 00:00

Team Suzuki opens the 2003 testing season this week, with five days at the Malaysian Grand Prix circuit of Sepang, where MotoGP riders Kenny Roberts Jr. and John Hopkins will have plenty of company - with the announcement that they'll be joined by a full house of Suzuki four-stroke racers from around the world.

For the GP team, the first tests of the new year start an intensive programme in the run up to the first race of the 2003 season...

01/13/2003 - 00:00

The 2003 MotoGP season will see 22 year old Chris Burns make his premier class debut for the Harris-WCM team, alongside Ralf Waldmann, and thus mean the Newcastle based Brit will make the massive jump from British Superstock to World Grand Prix.

For those who may not know much about Burns and his impressive - if underfunded - Motorcycling career so far, which includes a brief stint in 125cc GP's, here's a quick profile...

01/13/2003 - 00:00

The 2003 MotoGP grid is now complete with the news that former 250cc ace Ralf Waldmann has come out of retirement to ride alongside Chris Burns for the Harris-WCM team in this year's premier class World Championship.

01/13/2003 - 00:00

Dorna Sports have signed an agreement of collaboration with transport and logistics company Tempora for the management of freight for the 2003 MotoGP World Championship.

01/11/2003 - 00:00

Loris Capirossi finally appeared in Ducati colours yesterday as he made his first official visit to the Italian manufacturer's factory in Borgo Panigale, Bologna.

Capirossi and Australian Troy Bayliss will spearhead Team Ducati Marlboro in the 2003 MotoGP championship with the Desmosedici as they bring the famous Italian name back to the elite class of motorcycle racing for the first time in over thirty years.

01/09/2003 - 00:00

Twenty-two-year-old Chris Burns, a regular frontrunner in the British Superstock series last season, will step straight onto the world stage alongside Valentino Rossi, Marco Melandri and Colin Edwards after signing to ride for the all new Harris WCM team.

Burns' machine will be a much modified R1 Yamaha, and his race seat was confirmed late last week by Team Manager Peter Clifford.

The news means there is now just one full time seat still available for this year's MotoGP championship...

01/09/2003 - 00:00

Fifteen-year-old Welsh Schoolboy Chaz Davies had some good news before he flies off to Spain next week to start testing the 250cc Aprilia he will ride for the German based team in this year's World Championship.

01/08/2003 - 00:00

The FIM Grand Prix Commission has issued a set of revised regulations ahead of the new bike racing season, primarily setting out the procedures for dealing with races interrupted by rain.

01/08/2003 - 00:00

The Camier family are selling their family home in order to finance 16-year-old Leon Camier's 125cc grand prix campaign this year.

01/07/2003 - 00:00

MotoGP independent Team Roberts has made a surprise announcement confirming former Formula One design wizard John Barnard among its staff for 2003, the Englishman having joined as technical director.

"Bringing John into our organisation is another step in our quest to achieve a higher level of engineering, overall expertise, and competitiveness" - Kenny Roberts

01/04/2003 - 00:00

Katja Poensgen, the first women to ever race in the 250cc World Championship, has confirmed that after sitting out the 2002 season due to a lack of finance, she'll be back on the GP scene for the 2003 season.

Poensgen turned heads by her credible performances during the 2001 season, in which she started on a Dark Dog sponsored Aprilia, but then clinched backing from Shell Advance for a Honda ride after a mid-season money drought...

01/03/2003 - 00:00 has uploaded a new batch of Kawasaki pics from their last test of 2002, at Sepang. Present were 2003 race riders Garry McCoy and Andrew Pitt, plus official test rider Alex Hofmann.

The pictures show McCoy getting to grips with his new ride, and also chatting with countryman Pitt in the humid Sepang pits. Both McCoy and Pitt are riding unmarked development bikes, while Hofmann is on Akira Yanagawa's older spec ZX-RR...

12/31/2002 - 00:00

British MotoGP privateer entry WCM Harris GP team will look forward to a difficult, but exciting, season in 2003 according to team boss Peter Clifford.

12/30/2002 - 00:00

British teenager Chaz Davies, the youngest-ever grand prix entrant, has appeared in the December 29 edition of The Times magazine, under its 'Next Big Thing' feature.

12/27/2002 - 00:00

Eddie Lawson was one of the greatest motorcycle racers of modern times, claiming four 500cc world titles and 31 GP victories in a nine-year career.

Lawson bridged the gap: At the start of his 500cc career he lined up as Kenny Roberts' team-mate and in his final season was competing against Alex Criville.

In between he beat the likes of Spencer, Gardner, Rainey, Schwantz and Doohan showing the cool head and consistency that earned him his 'Steady Eddie' nickname.

12/27/2002 - 00:00

Eddie Lawson was undoubtedly one of the greatest motorcycle racers of modern times, claiming four 500cc world titles and 31 Grand Prix victories while racing for three different manufacturers.

Lawson bridged the gap: At the start of his 500cc career he lined up as Kenny Roberts' team-mate and in his final season was racing with Alex Barros and future world champion Alex Criville.

12/26/2002 - 00:00

Motorcycle grand prix legend Barry Sheene refuses to be beaten by the throat and stomach cancer with which he was diagnosed earlier in the year, despite having had to admit defeat with his original course of treatment.

"Half the battle is being alive - and I'm still very much alive!" he insisted...

12/23/2002 - 00:00

BBC bike presenter Suzi Perry, who fronted the station's coverage of World Superbikes in 2002, will be following Troy Bayliss and Colin Edwards to MotoGP next year.