MotoGP News

08/23/2002 - 00:00

Red Bull Yamaha's John Hopkins left hand now bears the scar from his recent surgery in the United States. Today, in first qualifying, Hopkins managed fourteenth fastest time under the eye of his surgeon as he continues his recovery.

08/23/2002 - 00:00

Loris Capirossi returned to the track after missing the last two races with a broken wrist. The tough Italian put in a typical gritty performance for the West Honda Pons team and was tenth fastest despite problems with his wrist, less than one second behind Rossi.

08/23/2002 - 00:00

Motorcycling legend Barry Sheene (pictured with Jeremy McWilliams) has vowed to do everything in this power to beat cancer of the oesophagus and stomach, which he has revealed was first diagnosed last month.

"On July 22nd I was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus and upper stomach," said Sheene from his Gold Coast home this morning. "Although this is a complete 'pain in the arse' it happens to a lot of people and a lot of people get over it. I will do everything within my power to beat th

08/23/2002 - 00:00

Pablo Nieto outshone championship contenders, Manuel Poggiali and Daniel Pedrosa - the long time pace setter, to take provisional pole for Sunday's 125cc Czech Republic Grand Prix.

08/23/2002 - 00:00

Kenny Roberts' 15th position today at Brno was the result of a minor tumble at the end of the session, preventing him from joining the final scramble for lap times. But he believes that many will struggle to keep their qualifying pace up in the race itself anyway.

08/23/2002 - 00:00

Jeremy McWilliams was the second-fastest two-stroke in today's first qualifying session for Sunday's Czech Republic GP, claiming sixth-fastest time to confirm the Proton Team KR hopes that the fast and sweeping Brno circuit will once again bring out the best in the sweet-handling KR3 lightweight triple.

"It's better than I expected," smiled the Ulsterman. "Being second-fastest two-stroke is like being second on the road to us. This is a good track for our bike - it hates the straights, but lo

08/23/2002 - 00:00

Double world motorcycle champion Barry Sheene has been diagnosed with throat and stomach cancer, according to sources in his adopted Australian homeland.

According to news.com.au, Sheene discovered he was suffering from the disease a month ago, after visiting doctors following a trip to England to appear at the British Grand Prix. The 51-year old Briton reported difficulty in swallowing and was diagnosed following a series of tests.

08/23/2002 - 00:00

Carlos Checa took a little longer to adjust to his YZR-M1's modified chassis than teammate Max Biaggi; the Spaniard ended the session ninth quickest and is confident of better tomorrow.

08/23/2002 - 00:00

Garry McCoy recorded a promising seventh fastest time today at Brno, the Australian having been surprised by how quick his two-stroke Yamaha was as he continues his recovery from injury.

08/23/2002 - 00:00

Reigning All-Japan Superbike Champion Akira Ryo continued his MotoGP wild-card test schedule today at Brno, taking his time to learn the twisting, hillside circuit on the development Suzuki GSV-R machine.

08/22/2002 - 00:00

This weekend sees the return of MotoGP action at Czech Republic, where, during the three days of the meeting, each of the 22 riders in the MotoGP class will be flying the flag for one of the towns and communities worst affected by the recent severe floodings.

08/21/2002 - 00:00

The 2002 MotoGP World Championship gets back into action with the arrival of the Czech Grand Prix at Brno this weekend.

Runaway points leader Valentino Rossi has enjoyed the break from racing, saying: "The Batteries have been recharged," but also warned that the competition will increase as firstly Kato, and then the West Honda Pons team, acquire one of the all conquering Honda RC211V machines.

08/21/2002 - 00:00

The all-conquering RCV V5 four-stroke is undoubtedly the bike to have in the new MotoGP World Championship, with points leader Valentino Rossi claiming a tremendous eight out of nine race victories.

But from Brno onwards there's be another RCV rider with whom Rossi and teammate Tohru Ukawa must contend. Brilliant MotoGP rookie Daijiro Kato has been promoted from the NSR500s he's used so far and will be equipped with RCVs for the remainder of the season.

08/21/2002 - 00:00

Tohru Ukawa is currently second in the MotoGP title chase, 96 points down on his team-mate. Badly battered from a crash at the British GP, the Japanese ace bravely rode to a 3rd place finish in Germany the following weekend, then headed home to Japan to recover.

08/21/2002 - 00:00

The tenth round of the 2002 GP season takes place at the sweeping Brno circuit - and represents one of the last circuits that favours the lightweight three-cylinder KR3's high corner speed, and its riders Jeremy McWilliams and Nobuatsu Aoki.

Proof of the machine's potential came last year, when lone rider Jurgen van den Goorbergh qualified on the front row of the grid. A freak problem struck early in the race to spoil the weekend - but the point had been made.

"I'll be risking everything,

08/21/2002 - 00:00

The MotoGP World Championship is back on centre stage this weekend for the Czech Grand Prix. The summer break has served to recharge the batteries for everyone, but none more so than West Honda Pons rider, Loris Capirossi, who has used the time to recover from the fracture of the cubit and radius of his right arm sustained at Assen.

"When you are used to being out on the track, right in the thick of the action, watching two Grand Prix on television from your home is very tough," said Capiros

08/21/2002 - 00:00

Alex Barros had less holiday than most of his MotoGP rivals. The veteran GP star was part of the Honda line-up that totally dominated the Suzuka Eight Hours on August 4. The Brazilian started the race from pole, set the fastest lap and finished third, partnering Yuichi Takeda on a Honda VTR SP-2.

"I always enjoy the Eight Hours and think it's good for your riding," said Barros, currently fourth overall behind Max Biaggi in the points standings. "I've got to readapt to the 500, so I'm not expe

08/21/2002 - 00:00

At the Banbury headquarters of Proton Team KR, work is proceeding on schedule for the new V5 four-stroke machine that the team will race in next season's MotoGP World Championship.

08/20/2002 - 00:00

The summer holidays are over and the refreshed MotoGP stars return to the fray and the remaining seven Grands Prix, starting at the Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske Republiky at Brno on Sunday.

They last competed at the German Grand Prix five weeks ago where 23 year-old Italian Valentino Rossi secured his eighth MotoGP victory of the season, riding the RC211V 990cc five cylinder four-stroke Honda. Rossi holds a massive 96-point championship lead over his team-mate Tohru Ukawa in the 16-roun

08/20/2002 - 00:00

Ryo gets another chance on the four stroke Suzuki in MotoGP; German veteran Ralf Waldmann makes a return to the 250cc class aboard an Aprilia...

08/20/2002 - 00:00

The summer holidays are over and the refreshed MotoGP stars return to the fray and the remaining seven Grands Prix, starting at the Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske Republiky at Brno on Sunday.

They last competed at the German Grand Prix five weeks ago where 23 year-old Italian Valentino Rossi secured his eighth MotoGP victory of the season, riding the RC211V 990cc five cylinder four-stroke Honda.

08/20/2002 - 00:00

As MotoGP races into the 21st century, many famous road circuits have disappeared while others, such as Brno, have flourished after realising that a new era was approaching. For ex-GP stars Randy Mamola and Sito Pons, strong memories of the old track have become complimented by the 'fantastic' new Czech circuit.

08/20/2002 - 00:00

As MotoGP races into the 21st century, many famous road circuits have disappeared. But others, such as Brno, have flourished after realising that a new era was approaching. For ex-GP stars Randy Mamola and Sito Pons, strong memories of the old track have become complimented by the 'fantastic' new Czech circuit.

08/19/2002 - 00:00

On a blisteringly hot summers day in Spain two passionate sportsmen met to compare notes and have some fun. Two men consumed by the same desire for perfection in their chosen dangerous professions and the tools of their trade, two very different motorcycles.

The meeting between West Honda Pons MotoGP star Loris Capirossi and French Motocross and Extreme Sports perfectionist Manu Troux ended in a spectacular cross over that even had their respective battle weary technicians on their feet, chee