MotoGP News

09/22/2002 - 00:00

Team Telef?nica MoviStar Suzuki rider team-mate Sete Gibernau had a dramatic afternoon, but finished eighth to make a double top-ten for the team, putting in a brave ride after being involved in a first-corner incident that meant he finished the first lap last but one.

09/22/2002 - 00:00

Jurgen van den Goorbergh left Rio de Janeiro a disappointed man after seeing his good qualifying performance go to waste as soon as the rain arrived for the latest MotoGP race.

09/22/2002 - 00:00

A wet but rapidly drying track didn't just affect the premier MotoGP class in Rio, but was also a challenge to all in the smallest category, altering the pre-race 125cc qualifying formbook considerably as the 21-lap event began.

09/22/2002 - 00:00

Twenty-three-year old Valentino Rossi clinched the very first MotoGP World Championship with his tenth grand prix victory of the season in the Rio Grand Prix, but Alex Barros gave the home crowd something to cheer by racing through the field to snatch two-stroke glory behind the leading four-stroke runners.

09/21/2002 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi missed out on pole by just 0.259secs yesterday, but his front row start will be an almost perfect launch-pad for his attempt to win the inaugural four-stroke MotoGP championship before leaving Rio.

09/21/2002 - 00:00

Jeremy McWilliams claimed his first front-row start of the season yesterday in Rio, by sensationally setting the fastest ever two-stroke lap of the Nelson Piquet circuit to slot in barely a quarter of a second behind the factory four strokes of pole sitter Max Biaggi and, just three hundredths behind, second fastest Valentino Rossi.

McWilliams's time - a full six tenths faster than last year's pole, set by a V4 Honda - came after a storming session, and with a breathtaking lap following Biagg

09/21/2002 - 00:00

Carlos Checa was in stunning form at Jacarepagua yesterday afternoon, storming ahead of Max Biaggi with 15 minutes to go, but the Spaniard was denied a chance of reacting to his team-mate's successful counter attack when his number-one bike broke an engine.

Undeterred, the Marlboro Yamaha Team man returned to the pits to continue with his second bike, fitted with the older M1 chassis, but wasn't comfortable enough with this machine to improve his times. At the end of the session he had slipp

09/21/2002 - 00:00

Full 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP results from today's Rio Grand Prix, held at the 4.933km Nelson Piquet circuit.

09/21/2002 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi claimed victory in today's incident packed Rio Grand Prix - and with it the 2002 MotoGP World Championship, after nearest rival Tohru Ukawa crashed out on a day when Carlos Checa looked to have completed a fantastic last to first recovery - only for disaster to strike as soon as he hit the front.

09/21/2002 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi retained his MotoGP World Championship crown with another display of masterful wet riding in the Brazilian rain, winning today's Rio Grand Prix by a comfortable margin from countryman Max Biaggi.

09/21/2002 - 00:00

Slide master Garry McCoy produced a rousing display to slot his Red Bull Yamaha on to the front row of the grid for the second time this season in a thrilling final qualifying session at the Jacarepagua circuit in Brazil yesterday.

09/21/2002 - 00:00

The top three 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP World Championship standings after today's Rio Grand Prix, held at the 4.933km Nelson Piquet circuit.

09/21/2002 - 00:00

The West Honda Pons pair of Loris Capirossi and Alex Barros found it hard work on the bumps during the final one hour qualifying session for the Rio Grand Prix in Brazil.

09/21/2002 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi claimed victory in today's incident packed Rio Grand Prix - and with it the 2002 MotoGP World Championship. But the day could also have belonged to Carlos Checa, who completed a fantastic last to first recovery - only for disaster to strike.

09/21/2002 - 00:00

Sebastian Porto had what could only be described as a perfect Rio Grand Prix - dominating from start to finish on his underpowered Yamaha despite tricky wet-dry conditions to take his debut Grand Prix victory after 104 starts.

09/21/2002 - 00:00

Suzuki riders Kenny Roberts Jr. and Sete Gibernau will start today's Rio GP from the fourth and fifth rows of the grid, after a hectic final qualifying session in which both improved their lap times, but lost places.

09/21/2002 - 00:00

Masao Azuma sensationally won a wet/dry/wet 125cc Rio Grand Prix - from just eighteenth on the grid - as the veteran used all his experience to catch and overtake Poggiali and Vincent in the very final stages of the race, while the two championship contenders would battle to the flag.

09/21/2002 - 00:00

Sebastian Porto had what could only be described as a perfect Rio Grand Prix - dominating from start to finish on his underpowered Yamaha, despite tricky wet-dry conditions, to take his debut Grand Prix victory after 104 starts and seven years of trying.

09/21/2002 - 00:00

Masao Azuma sensationally won the 125cc Rio Grand Prix - from just 18th on the grid - as the veteran used all his experience to catch and overtake Poggiali and Vincent in the final stages of the wet race, while the championship contenders fought to the flag.

09/21/2002 - 00:00

It'll be rain masters to the fore this afternoon for the Rio Grand Prix with the suspicions of rain that have lurked in the background all weekend finally coming to fruition - just in time for race day.

Although not as soaking as last time out at Estoril, the wet and windy weather at the Nelson Piquet circuit was nevertheless enough to reduce lap times by around 15 seconds, but the races could be run with a slight dry line - arguably worse than 'full' wet conditions - but as the session finis

09/21/2002 - 00:00

Fastest on Thursday, Max Biaggi was once again in formidable form yesterday afternoon, improving his lap times on no less than five occasions to take Marlboro Yamaha's third consecutive pole in sultry, overcast conditions on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.

09/20/2002 - 00:00

Max Biaggi retains pole after fight with team-mate Checa; Rossi falls short in chase for top sport; McWilliams and McCoy complete row one; Ukawa 9th; Pons team P12 and P15....

09/20/2002 - 00:00

Max Biaggi fought off all comers to hang on to pole position for tomorrow's Rio Grand Prix, edging out world champion elect Valentino Rossi by a couple of tenths in the final reckoning.

09/20/2002 - 00:00

After having been so close on several occasions earlier in the season, Randy de Puniet finally took his first career pole position in the 250 category this afternoon in Rio.

de Puniet snatched the top spot from the grasp of Sebastian Porto in the dying moments of the session and was visibly stunned yet delighted by his performance.