MotoGP News

06/01/2001 - 00:00

Spanish teenager Toni Elias (left on pic) stole the limelight from the usual suspects today in Mugello, by taking provisional pole from Manuel Poggiali by just 0.014secs.

05/31/2001 - 00:00

Italy may never forget this weekend. The nation's top three 500cc Grand Prix riders are set to do battle at Mugello on Sunday, exactly a year after

05/31/2001 - 00:00

Italy may never forget this weekend. The nation's top three 500cc Grand Prix riders are set to do battle at Mugello on Sunday, exactly a year after they first went head to head at the 2000 Italian GP.

Italy's triumvirate of 500 gladiators are Marlboro Yamaha's Max Biaggi, masterful winner of the French GP two weeks ago, World Championship leader Valentino Rossi and West Honda Pons pilot Loris Capirossi - the man who won last year's thrilling three-way Mugello battle.

05/31/2001 - 00:00

Battered and bruised teenage Australian racer Ant West will ride in this weekend's Italian Grand Prix at Mugello after arranging to have the plaster cast removed from his injured left wrist.

The 19-year-old 500cc rookie travelled from his European base in Belgium to Italy yesterday, where the cast will be cut free by the grand prix medical team.

05/30/2001 - 00:00

When Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone visited a MotoGP paddock around ten years ago he was alleged to have commented it looked more like the site of a car boot sale than an international motorsport event.

05/30/2001 - 00:00

When Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone visited a MotoGP paddock around ten years ago he was alleged to have commented it looked more like the s

05/29/2001 - 00:00

The French GP two weeks ago signalled the renaissance of Max Biaggi. The Marlboro Yamaha Team ace dominated Le Mans, winning his first GP of 2001 and lifting himself to third in the World Championship.

Following difficult races in South Africa and Spain, Biaggi was in masterful form following crucial tests at Mugello, where his technicians changed direction on bike settings. Both the Roman and his crew believe they have turned the corner on set-up and intend to use their recently gained knowl

05/29/2001 - 00:00

Recent speculation that the MotoGP and World Superbike Championships are thinking of merging in the future have been firmly denied by the organisers of the World Superbike Championship during the British round of their Championship, at Donington Park last weekend.

05/29/2001 - 00:00

Two weeks ago at Le Mans Carlos Checa proved once again that he is the hard man of 500 racing. Just a fortnight after a big tumble at his home Grand Prix, the Spaniard led the French GP, eventually taking second behind Marlboro Yamaha Team-mate Max Biaggi after resisting a determined challenge from Valentino Rossi.

05/29/2001 - 00:00

Team Telefonica MoviStar Suzuki is looking for a change of fortunes in Italy. So far this year, neither defending champion Kenny Roberts Jr nor team rookie Sete Gibernau have achieved the results they feel they deserve. In Italy, they hope to take that small but vital step forward towards the rostrum.

05/27/2001 - 00:00

Australian Garry McCoy has had a successful operation on the injured wrist he sustained when he crashed in the Saturday morning practice session for the French Grand Prix at Le Mans.

05/24/2001 - 00:00

The 1993 World 500cc Champion Kevin Schwantz will make a welcome return to racing when he competes in the BMW BoxerCup race at the Italian Grand Prix, on Saturday June 2.

05/24/2001 - 00:00

There could be two new riders - or perhaps old ones coming out of retirement - at Mugello, following the crash crazy French Grand Prix.

05/23/2001 - 00:00

Motorcycle racing at the top level got just what it needed in France, with some fresh faces on the podium at either end of the spectrum. Daijiro Katoh, though, continues to be immovable!

05/23/2001 - 00:00

Honda hero Valentino Rossi believes that his French GP was ruined by tyre choice, but admitted that he would not have been able to match race-winner Max Biaggi anyway.

05/23/2001 - 00:00

If Rossi's unbeaten record ended in France, the remarkable Daijiro Katoh extended his own run of wins and broke a few other records.

For example, he is the first man to win the first four rounds of a 250 World Championship since Mike Hailwood won the first four events of the 1966 series aboard Honda's legendary 250 six.

Once again, Katoh qualified on pole position and once again he spent the race fending off the determined Tetsuya Harada...

05/23/2001 - 00:00

Proton Team KR rider Jurgen van den Goorbergh and the independent England-based team are looking forward to the Italian GP with special interest. Held at the fast and flowing circuit of Mugello, the circuit should bring out the best in the lightweight alternative racer.

05/23/2001 - 00:00

Motorcycle racing at the top level got just what it needed in France, with some fresh faces on the podium at either end of the spectrum. Daijiro Ka

05/23/2001 - 00:00

A difficult weekend for the TSR team at Le Mans ended with Nobby Ueda finishing in seventh place, after engine problems hampered his progress.

05/23/2001 - 00:00

TSR's 250cc pilot, Stuart Edwards, started the French Grand Prix with a terrible get-away, as the machine bogged down; leaving the Englishman last away from the grid - but a determined first lap saw him pass five riders.

05/21/2001 - 00:00

San Marian teenager, Manuel Poggiali, took his first ever Grand Prix win in France after a hard-fought battle with Mirko Giansanti and Tony Elias.

05/21/2001 - 00:00

Italian Valentino Rossi met Phil Read, the last rider to win the 125,250 and 500cc World Championships, in Le Mans at the weekend.

British rider Read, who won his 125cc title in 1968 and his last 250 in 1971 and 500 in 1974, was riding a 1961 500cc Norton in the Vintage race at Le Mans.

05/21/2001 - 00:00

Injured Ant West has mapped out a comprehensive program of treatment over the next two weeks to ensure he is fully recovered in time to race in the 500cc Italian Grand Prix at Mugello on June 3.

05/20/2001 - 00:00

Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa dominated this afternoon's sun-blessed French Grand Prix to give the Marlboro Yamaha Team its first-ever 500 one-two.

The pair left the rest of the pack trailing as they swapped places up front, Biaggi finally ruling over his team-mate to score his first win of 2001 and re-ignite his bid for the World Championship.