MotoGP News

06/14/2003 - 00:00

Ducati Marlboro Team rider Troy Bayliss was one of the riders who did manage to surpass his Friday lap times in this afternoon's sweltering conditions. And the Aussie made a crucial improvement - knocking off 0.462 seconds to move himself forward just one place, from 13th to 12th, but also up one row.

06/14/2003 - 00:00

Shinya Nakano continued his recent meteoric rise to the top of the MotoGP field, but setting the pace in morning free practice at Catalunya.

The Japanese lapped in a time of 1min 44.585secs, almost 0.6secs slower than Valentino Rossi's provisional pole time from Friday, but still a welcome boost for the D'Antin outfit and Yamaha in general.

06/14/2003 - 00:00

Full 125, 250 and MotoGP final qualifying times from the Catalan Grand Prix, at Barcelona, round six of the 2003 championship.

06/14/2003 - 00:00

Randy de Puniet withstood a late session charge by championship leader Manuel Poggiali to take pole position for tomorrow's 250cc Catalan Grand Prix.

06/14/2003 - 00:00

Crash.net, the first website to publish the uncompromising reports of Desiree Crossman, girlfriend of Suzuki star John 'Hopper' Hopkins, presents her latest report - from Catalunya final qualifying...

06/14/2003 - 00:00

Team Suzuki rider and former World Champion Kenny Roberts Jr. is to fly home to the US today (Saturday) for treatment to chest injuries that ruled him out of Sunday's Catalunyan GP, in the hope of regaining race fitness for the next round, the Dutch TT at Assen on June 28.

Roberts suffered the injuries early in the Italian GP at Mugello last Sunday, and although no fractures were diagnosed, continuing pain in the sternum (chest bone) has left him unable to ride the Suzuki GSV-R 990cc racing p

06/14/2003 - 00:00

Roosting heat in Catalunya today left the MotoGP field battling with grip problems and allowed Valentino Rossi and Loris Capirossi to keep their provisional one-two on tomorrow's grid - but home hero Sete Gibernau wasn't so fortunate and would be pushed back to fourth by a flying Frenchman...

06/13/2003 - 00:00

Reigning MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi set a scorching pace under the Spanish sunshine in Barcelona today, slashing 0.596secs off Max Biaggi's previous circuit lap record on his way to provisional pole position.

06/13/2003 - 00:00

Ducati Marlboro rider Troy Bayliss is still looking for a front-end set-up that will give him the confidence he needs to really attack turns. The former World Superbike champion believes the secret lies in a small settings change.

06/13/2003 - 00:00

1993 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz is back in the Suzuki pits this weekend in Catalunya, the American having been invited to try and help solve the team's current performance problems with the new GSR-V that have left them on the wrong side of the top ten.

06/13/2003 - 00:00

A rather amusing event occurred in the Suzuki pits today when some team members decided to experiment with a computer programme that reported to predict a person's job description just from their name.

06/13/2003 - 00:00

Crash.net, the first website to publish the uncompromising reports of Desiree Crossman, girlfriend of Suzuki star John 'Hopper' Hopkins, presents her latest report - from Catalunya first qualifying...

06/13/2003 - 00:00

Continuing on from his solid Mugello MotoGP performance, d'Antin Yamaha rider Shinya Nakano arrived in Barcelona for the opening qualifier as a hot Yamaha favourite for today's provisional pole - and the likeable Japanese didn't disappoint.

The Japanese repeatedly challenged for provisional pole, featuring as high as second on a number of occasions, before eventually placing his YZR-M1 fourth on the official time sheets.

06/13/2003 - 00:00

Loris Capirossi led the early stages of this afternoon's qualifier at Catalunya, then began a lengthy contest for provisional pole with Honda riders Valentino Rossi and Sete Gibernau, ending up between the two, 0.406 seconds behind Rossi.

Despite the conditions - with ambient temperatures at 35 degrees and track temperature soaring to 53 degrees - Capirossi battled throughout for provisional pole, recording the fastest top speed in the process - at 325.9kmh202.5mph.

06/13/2003 - 00:00

Proton Team KR riders Jeremy McWilliams and Nobuatsu Aoki are pinning their hopes on new power-up parts, due to arrive in time for tomorrow's final qualifying session, in order to move up the grid in tomorrow's final qualifying session for the Catalan GP.

06/13/2003 - 00:00

The two sides of the Alice Aprilia team experienced vastly different fortunes today at Barcelona, with Colin Edwards putting his RS Cube third in the morning then a promising 7th this afternoon, while team-mate Noriyuki Haga was left 16th after experiencing problems with front end grip.

06/13/2003 - 00:00

Randy De Puniet dominated first 250cc qualifying at Barcelona today, shrugging off an early challenge from home hero Toni Elias to hold an advantage of 0.4secs at the end of the 45-minute session.

06/13/2003 - 00:00

Wild-card Akira Yanagawa continued the excellent form of Fuchs Kawasaki test riders by setting the 15th fastest time on the provisional grid for Sunday's Grand Prix of Catalunya, after another boiling hot MotoGP qualifying session.

As track temperatures went above a baking 50 degrees, Yanagawa posted his fast time on his 23rd and final lap in a highly competitive session - among those in his wake were team-mates Andrew Pitt and Garry McCoy, who both survived off-track excursions to finish 20

06/13/2003 - 00:00

Fortuna Yamaha's difficult season continues as the MotoGP World Championship moves to Barcelona, Spain for the sixth round of the 2003 season.

Both Carlos Checa and Marco Melandri found the going tough during the opening day of qualifying, held in scorching 30-degree temperatures, and were only able to feature 12th and 14th respectively on the provisional time sheets.

06/13/2003 - 00:00

Italian veteran Lucio Cecchinello and San Marinese teenager Alex de Angelis overcame home heroes Dani Pedrosa and Pablo Nieto to steal the top two places in first 125ccc qualifying at Catalunya.

06/13/2003 - 00:00

After being the most consistent rider during the pre-season IRTA test, held in March, Alex Barros featured as high as second today, and looked set to improve even further... before crashing on his next flying lap.

With time limiting any serious comeback the Brazilian was relegated to eight in the final few minutes, while his teammate Olivier Jacque completed the top ten.

06/13/2003 - 00:00

Full 125, 250 and MotoGP first qualifying times from the Catalan Grand Prix, at Barcelona, round six of the 2003 championship.

06/13/2003 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi took a patient provisional pole at Barcelona today, waiting until three-quarters of the way through the session before hitting the front, then setting a record-breaking pace to keep Loris Capirossi and home hero Sete Gibernau at bay.

06/13/2003 - 00:00

Suzuki have announced that Kenny Roberts Jr will not take part in Sunday's GP of Catalunya, due to injuries sustained when he and team-mate John Hopkins collided one week ago at Mugello.

Both fell heavily in the accident, which occurred when KR Jr. 'T-boned' Hopkins at around 90mph. Roberts escaped without any fractures, but was badly knocked about.

Although his injuries have ruled him out of the Catalunyan race, Kenny will still be at the track to support the team.