MotoGP News

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.

Aoki takes strong seventh in first Proton GP.
04/07/2002 - 00:00

Proton Team KR rider Nobuatsu Aoki overcame pain and stiffness as well as diabolical conditions to take seventh in today's rain-soaked Japanese GP, in a cool-headed ride around 21 laps of the 5.821km figure-eight Suzuka circuit.

"That was a tough race, and the track conditions were changing lap by lap," said Aoki. "I was seven seconds behind Jeremy, and for a while I tried to catch him.

M1 contributes to surprise four-stroke podium.
04/07/2002 - 00:00

If the 2002 MotoGP World Championship wasn't unpredictable enough, with three tyre manufactures and a wide range of engine configurations, both four-strokes and two-strokes alike, Suzuka added yet another variable - rain. After so much speculation about who would hold all the Aces come race day (April 7) 21-lap event saw three four-stroke machines, from three different manufacturers stand atop the podium - Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha.

Race Result: Japanese GP - 250cc.
04/07/2002 - 00:00

1.89 Osamu Miyazaki JPN Motorex Daytona19 laps
2.50 Daisaku Sakai JPN Endurance+6.941s

Marlboro Yamaha third in Suzuka thriller.
04/07/2002 - 00:00

Marlboro Yamaha Team rider Carlos Checa enjoyed a superb beginning to GP racing's new four-stroke era, taking a hard-charging third place at soaking wet Suzuka this afternoon. Team-mate Max Biaggi had a less lucky day, he was one of many victims of the treacherous conditions, sliding off his YZR M1 unhurt.

Vincent gets better of wet Suzuka.
04/07/2002 - 00:00

Arnaud Vincent lead the 125cc class to a great start of the 2002 season in a race which was troubled by rain and surface water on the track.

Barros and Capirossi battle for points in rain.
04/07/2002 - 00:00

The West Honda Pons duo of Alex Barros and Loris Capirossi both battled through the rain to score vital World Championship points in the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka this afternoon (Sunday).

Yamaha Wild Card upset in wet Suzuka.
04/07/2002 - 00:00

It was a Japanese wildcard upset in a wet 2002 Suzuka MotoGP 250 World Championship race, held April 7, when production TZ250 mounted Osamu Miyazaki (Motorex Daytona Yamaha) dominated the 19-lap event.

Hopkins scores in race debut.
04/07/2002 - 00:00

A day of unbelievably contrasting fortunes for the Red Bull Yamaha squad today at a wet Suzuka - scene of the historic first GP featuring the new 990cc four-strokes and two-stroke 500s.

Race Result: Japanese GP - 125cc.
04/07/2002 - 00:00

1.21 Arnaud Vincent FRA Imola Circuit Exalt Cycle Race18 laps - 46m 22.971s
2.6 Mirko Giansanti ITA Scot Ra

Rossi and RCV triumphant at Suzuka.
04/07/2002 - 00:00

The stunning combination of Valentino Rossi and his all-new Honda V5 four-stroke proved unbeatable in today's historic Japanese GP, the first event of MotoGP racing's new four-stroke era.

Honda wildcard takes podium finish.
04/07/2002 - 00:00

Wild card riders Osamu Miyazaki (Yamaha) and Daisaku Sakai (Endurance Honda) used their intimate wet-track knowledge of the Suzuka circuit to dominate the soaking 250 GP, with the 36-year-old Miyazaki coming out the winner after a spirited challenge by 20-year old Sakai.

Checa's pole attack foiled.
04/06/2002 - 00:00

Carlos Checa was in stunning form at Suzuka this afternoon, fighting for pole position throughout the session, and the Spaniard might have scored pole if he hadn't lost three tenths when he was baulked by a slower rider at the end of a super-quick lap. Checa had already gone to the top of the times earlier

Aoki up again for first race of the new era.
04/06/2002 - 00:00

Proton Team KR riders Nobu Aoki and Jeremy McWilliams each slashed more than a full second off their first-day lap times in today's final timed qualifying session for Sunday's Japanese GP - and Aoki moved up the grid, in an impressive performance in spite of a heavy crash yesterday.

Marlboro Yamaha men on 1st and 2nd rows.
04/06/2002 - 00:00

Marlboro Yamaha Team riders Carlos Checa and Max Biaggi rode a magnificent final qualifying session at Suzuka today, both men involved in the thrilling battle for pole position aboard their YZR-M1 four-strokes.