MotoGP News

11/03/2002 - 00:00

Marco Melandri cruised to his ninth 250cc GP victory of the season in his final ride in the quarter litre category today at Valencia, while battle of the race was between Gresini team-mate Rolfo and home hero Alzamora for second.

"Before I came here I wanted to take pole and win to say (goodbye) to the 250cc class," said a smiling Melandri afterwards. "But I was a little lucky because..."

11/02/2002 - 00:00

Tetsuya Harada has announced his retirement from motorcycle racing at a packed press conference this evening at Valencia attended by a whole host of MotoGP manufactures as well as Max Biaggi.

11/02/2002 - 00:00

Max Biaggi took the Marlboro Yamaha Team's last ever pole position, in his final Yamaha ride today at Valencia. The Roman Emperor's pole was not only a fitting goodbye gift, but also the perfect present for his crew chief Fiorenzo Fanali, who celebrated his 51st birthday today.

11/02/2002 - 00:00

Brazilian Alex Barros starts the last round of the MotoGP World Championship from the front row of the grid after qualifying second fastest - despite not improving on his Friday lap time.

11/02/2002 - 00:00

Sete Gibernau has announced that he will join sponsor Telefonica in moving from the factory Suzuki squad to the Gresini team for next years' MotoGP World Championship.

11/02/2002 - 00:00

Red Bull Yamaha rider Garry McCoy earned himself a place in the MotoGP history books in Valencia today with an inspired ride to score the last ever front row start for a two-stroke 500 machine.

McCoy's history making lap came on his penultimate circulation of the session, and saw him jump from ninth place on the third row at a circuit where's he enjoyed some of the finest moments of his career...

11/02/2002 - 00:00

Carlos Checa was right on the pace this afternoon at Valencia, running in the top four, but then falling in the final moments while trying to improve his pace still further.

11/02/2002 - 00:00

New 250cc World Champion Marco Melandri held on to pole position for tomorrow's season ending Valencia Grand Prix, despite not improving on his Friday provisional pole time.

11/02/2002 - 00:00

John Hopkins was left fuming after being deliberately blocked by Regis Laconi in today's final qualifying session of the year at Valencia. "Some riders need to learn to get out of the way," fumed the young American.

11/02/2002 - 00:00

Full 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP final qualifying times from the season ending Valencia Grand Prix, held at the 4.005km Comunitat Valenciana circuit.

11/02/2002 - 00:00

Dani Pedrosa took a popular home pole position for the season ending Valencia Grand Prix, but all eyes today were on the title battle where Manuel Poggiali took the edge over point's leader Arnaud Vincent.

11/02/2002 - 00:00

KTM have officially announced their plans to enter the MotoGP World Championship in 2005, starting with an assault on the 125cc title next season with Red Bull backing.

11/02/2002 - 00:00

Max Biaggi took an emotional final pole position of the 2002 season in his last Grand Prix for the Marlboro Yamaha team today at Valencia, in a session which saw a shock front row start for a soon to be extinct Yamaha two-stroke.

11/01/2002 - 00:00

Alex Barros heads Biaggi, Kato and Rossi in Moto GP; new champion Marco Melandri best in 250, from de Puniet, Alzamora and Debon; Spanish joy in 125 where Pedrosa leads Barbera, Vincent and Ui...

11/01/2002 - 00:00

Alex Barros again proved his prowess on the latest Honda four-stroke by coming out on top of a qualifying battle with the similar Yamaha of Max Biaggi at the Circuito Ricardo Tormo in Valencia.

11/01/2002 - 00:00

Two weeks after securing the 250cc world title in the closest of finishes, Marco Melandri topped the times to secure overnight pole position for the final round at Valencia.

11/01/2002 - 00:00

The Spanish fans packed into the Circuito Ricardo Tormo for the opening day of the final MotoGP meeting of the season were treated to a 'local' one-two as 125cc practice got underway.

11/01/2002 - 00:00

The 2002 MotoGP season draws to a close at this weekend's Gran Premio Marlboro de la Comunitat Valenciana but, as ever, the annual Day of Champions event managed to hold the paddock's attention before the curtain is brought down on another fantastic year's racing.

10/31/2002 - 00:00

The inaugural season of four-stroke based MotoGP racing screeches to a breathless halt at the Circuito Ricardo Tormo this coming weekend, with the majority of the top riders setting out to underline the supremacy of Honda men and machines yet again.

10/31/2002 - 00:00

Team Suzuki will say goodbye and thank-you to its principal sponsor of three years - Telef?nica MoviStar - after this weekend's Valencia GP, bringing to an end a successful association between the Japanese racing factory and the Spanish telecommunications giant.

The partnership that has yielded five grand prix wins, and victory in the 500cc world championship in 2000, but has not been as successful since Kenny Roberts Jr won the title.

10/31/2002 - 00:00

The Valencia Grand Prix brings the 2002 season to a close this weekend, and West Honda Pons rider Alex Barros is determined to again show his ability aboard the awesome Honda RC211V four-stroke.

10/31/2002 - 00:00

Daniel Pedrosa's chances of taking the 125cc crown evaporated during the last three long-haul races, but the young Spaniard is determined to end his season on a home-soil high.

10/31/2002 - 00:00

Fortuna Honda Gresini rider Robby Rolfo may have secured third place in the 250cc series as Honda's highest-placed rider, but a race win is missing from his otherwise fulsome season-long CV.

10/30/2002 - 00:00

The Ricardo Tormo circuit at Valencia will be a fitting venue for the last hurrah for the racing two-strokes, with its towering grandstands and crowded hillsides overlooking a slow and tight track that could favour the 500cc two-strokes against the clumsier 990cc four-strokes...