MotoGP News

Barros & Capirossi look to S.A GP with high hopes.
04/17/2002 - 00:00

At Welkom this weekend the West Honda Pons riders want to get over the storm at Suzuka, where the rain prevented them from being among the top positions in the inaugural race of the World Championship.

Rossi leads the way to Welkom.
04/16/2002 - 00:00

This weekend the awesome new sound of four-stroke MotoGP racing arrives for the first time in South Africa, where Valentino Rossi aims to continue his genius form.

Yamaha Welkom MotoGP set-up report.
04/15/2002 - 00:00

In the 2001 race at Welkom, South Africa, Shinya Nakano (Gauloises Yamaha Tech 3) continued to impress the MotoGP 500 World Championship paddock in his second outing aboard the YZR500 with a sensational fourth place.

New-look series, new-look Checa!
04/15/2002 - 00:00

Four-stroke fan Carlos Checa had a superb start to the new MotoGP series at Suzuka, running close to the leaders and finishing a superb third. And the Marlboro Yamaha Team man is convinced he could've done better if the weather hadn't conspired against him.

Marlboro Yamaha embrace new age of GP racing.
04/15/2002 - 00:00

The new-look MotoGP World Championship takes South Africa by storm this weekend, a fortnight after a stunning start to its new four-stroke era at a rain-lashed Japanese Grand Prix.

All smiles at Honda.
04/15/2002 - 00:00

Even the most conservative Japanese allowed themselves a little smile after the race at Suzuka and none more so than Honda Racing Corporation President Suguru Kanazawa.

Proton's omen's good after strong start in Japan.
04/15/2002 - 00:00

Both new Proton riders Jeremy McWilliams and Nobuatsu Aoki made a strong start to the all-new two-stroke versus four-stroke MotoGP class at the season-opening Japanese GP at Suzuka. Race-day rain helped both to far exceed expectations after troubled qualifying sessions.

Biaggi aims for M1 result.
04/15/2002 - 00:00

The result may not have been what he was looking for but Max Biaggi's speed at Suzuka proved that he will be a force to reckon with in four-stroke MotoGP racing.

All smiles at Honda after Suzuka.
04/13/2002 - 00:00

Even the most conservative of Japanese allowed themselves a little smile after the race at Suzuka - and none more so than Honda Racing Corporation President Suguru Kanazawa.

All smiles at Honda after Suzuka.
04/13/2002 - 00:00

Even the most conservative of Japanese allowed themselves a little smile after the race at Suzuka - and none more so than Honda Racing Corporation President Suguru Kanazawa.

Correos and West Honda Pons join forces.
04/12/2002 - 00:00

The Spanish Postal service and the Motorcycling Grand Prix Team West Honda Pons announce a collaboration for the 2002 MotoGP season which began last weekend in Japan.

Rossi loses bet with friends.
04/10/2002 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi's mum got the World Champion to have his hair cut and trim his beard before riding in the opening grand prix of the season.

Rossi's friends bet him he would not have his hair cut until after the Suzuka race after he won the title in Australia last year. However, Mum would have nothing of it.

Seven World Champions in MotoGP class.
04/10/2002 - 00:00

No less than seven World Champions are in the new MotoGP class this season.

Those seven riders have won a total of 14 world titles between them. The class also contains 17 grand prix winners, who have won an incredible 175 grands prix between them. Also every winner of the 250cc World Championship since 1993 is now riding in MotoGP.

New boots for Katoh turned out unlucky!
04/10/2002 - 00:00

The World 250cc Champion Daijiro Katoh put on a new pair of boots to make his MotoGP debut at Suzuka, riding the NSR two-stroke Honda.

Birthday honours for West Honda Pons stars.
04/10/2002 - 00:00

Both West Honda Pons stars Loris Capirossi and Ulsterman Jeremy McWilliams celebrated their birthdays on the day before qualifying at Suzuka.

Champions fall at Suzuka.
04/10/2002 - 00:00

It was a crashing weekend for the new World Champions at Suzuka. In addition to 250cc Champion Katoh crashing early in the race weekend, both the 500cc Champion Valentino Rossi and 125cc champion Manuel Poggiali fell.

Burgess' chainsaw massacre.
04/10/2002 - 00:00

Australian Gerry Burgess,Valentino Rossi's Honda crew chief, was limping round the Suzuka paddock after having a very lucky escape with a chainsaw back home in Australia.

West still waiting for race opportunity.
04/09/2002 - 00:00

Anthony West hopes to emulate fellow Australian Garry McCoy's career upswing in 1999 and secure a competitive ride in this year's Moto GP world championship - even though the season has begun.

Giansanti benefits to take second.
04/07/2002 - 00:00

The rain-lashed 125 GP featured the largest number of tumbles of the Japanese GP weekend, with Arnaud Vincent (Aprilia) emerging from the chaos the winner.

GSV-R on podium at first race.
04/07/2002 - 00:00

Team Telefonica Movistar Suzuki wild-card rider Akira Ryo put the all-new 990cc V-4 GSV-R four-stroke on the podium at its first race at Suzuka today.

The reigning Japanese Superbike Champion led from the start for most of the rain-hit race. It was only in the dying laps that reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi on a Honda was able to pass and hold him off for the victory.

Ryo and Rossi traded fastest laps as they battled for the top spot on the rostrom. But Rossi just edged it on the l

Race Result: Japanese GP - MotoGP.
04/07/2002 - 00:00

Full finishing order in the opening MotoGP event of the season at Suzuka, Japan.

Rossi wins first MotoGP race.
04/07/2002 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi today won the first MotoGP race of the season at Suzuka, Japan. The course of the race saw many riders fall due to the wet track that had experienced a great amount of rain.

Rossi's reign continues at wet Suzuka.
04/07/2002 - 00:00

Reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi became only the second rider to have won a Grand Prix race on both two-stroke and four-stroke machinery, after he took a great victory in the MotoGP race at the SKYY VODKA Grand Prix of Japan.

Miyazaki wins 250cc race for Yamaha.
04/07/2002 - 00:00

Home boy Miyazaki won his local grand prix as a wildcard entry for the Motorex Daytona Yamaha team. The Japanese rider started from eighth place on the grid and rode a brilliant race to finish almost ten seconds ahead of his nearest competitor.

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