MotoGP News

07/18/2001 - 00:00

With his five wins and seven podium finishes in the first eight races of the year Valentino Rossi is clearly on his way to becoming one of the all-time greats. But how does his 500cc record so far compare with those before him?

Firstly, comparing his win record with other riders of the modern era (since 1975) it can be seen that "The Doctor" has already won a greater percentage of his starts than three times World Champion Wayne Rainey...

07/18/2001 - 00:00

Youichi Ui's win at Donington was the 34th for the Derbi factory in the 125 class, taking them to the same number of wins in the class as the famous Italian manufacturer MV-Agusta.

Derbi need just one more win to take them equal to Suzuki who are the fifth most successful manufacturer of all time in terms of wins in the 125 class:

07/18/2001 - 00:00

Of the eight races held in the 500 class this year only the Italian Grand Prix has been won by a rider who has not previously won a 250cc Grand Prix, in a reversal of the pattern seen in the early 90's.

07/18/2001 - 00:00

The tight and twisty nature of the Sachsenring lends itself to close racing, partially because it's rather short length - while the spaghetti layout itself has the reputation of making it difficult to pass on. However, this may change to some extent after the German venue underwent its second re-design in as many years.

Increasing in length by 275m the new circuit will remain unchanged between turn one and the following ten corners, but from this point three straight sections of tarmac will c

07/18/2001 - 00:00

In 1937, a Scotsman was killed while plying his dangerous trade a long way from home on a stretch of road deep in the heart of a German forest near the border with Czechoslovakia - the people of Stollberg and the surrounding villages have never forgotten that Scotsman.

Sixty four years after he lost his life, they still place flowers on a small memorial in a forest clearing next to the old Sachsenring road circuit.

07/18/2001 - 00:00

The tight and twisty nature of the Sachsenring lends itself to close racing, partially because it's rather short length - only just scraping in on

07/18/2001 - 00:00

Birthday boy Ant West is confident he can continue his series of point-scoring results in this year's 500cc motorcycle world championship when the series resumes at the revised Sachsenring circuit in Germany on Sunday.

West, who celebrated his 20th birthday yesterday [Tuesday 17 July], believes his Dee Cee Racing Honda V-Twin will be more competitive against the fleet of 16 four-cylinder works machines on the tight German Grand Prix track than on most other championship venues.

07/18/2001 - 00:00

Following consultation with Dorna Sports, FIM President Francesco Zerbi has announced the pre-calendar for the 2002 Road Racing World Championship.

On making the announcement President Zerbi stated: "I am delighted that we are once more able to propose a well-balanced pre-calendar, combining traditional and more recent events, both in and outside Europe."

07/18/2001 - 00:00

In 1937, a Scotsman was killed while plying his dangerous trade a long way from home on a stretch of road deep in the heart of a German forest near

07/18/2001 - 00:00

Following consultation with Dorna Sports, FIM President Francesco Zerbi has announced the pre-calendar for the 2002 Road Racing World Championship.

07/17/2001 - 00:00

The MotoGP riders face the German Grand Prix at the tight and demanding Sachsenring circuit this Sunday before enjoying their summer break, just over half way through the 16-round title chase that began in April.

07/17/2001 - 00:00

The MotoGP riders face the German Grand Prix at the tight and demanding Sachsenring circuit this Sunday before enjoying their summer break, just ov

07/16/2001 - 00:00

The 2001 World Championship moves into its second half this weekend at the Sachsenring in Germany, where anticipation of the battle for the last-ever 500 crown is so high that all 165,000 tickets have been sold in advance.

07/16/2001 - 00:00

While team-mate Max Biaggi digs into his ongoing title contest with Valentino Rossi this weekend, Carlos Checa looks forward to the German GP as another opportunity for getting back on track after a difficult few events.

07/16/2001 - 00:00

The wild-card riders who will race in this Sunday's German Grand Prix, at the Sachsenring, are as follows:

07/13/2001 - 00:00

Dutch star Jurgen van den Goorbergh will get more bang from his bike in Germany. A new engine configuration to be used for the first time at the Sachsenring circuit should help him get the best out of his lightweight three-cylinder racer - at the track where the bike has achieved its best results.

07/10/2001 - 00:00

Fortune did not smile on the British-based TSR Honda team in its home grand prix at Donington Park, as GP125 frontrunner Nobby Ueda crashed and remounted to finish in 23rd place.

07/10/2001 - 00:00

Full 125, 250 and 500cc championship standings after round eight, the British Grand Prix.

07/10/2001 - 00:00

Stuart Edwards achieved his best finish to date in front of his home crowd at Donington Park, capping a fine ride with 19th place overall.

07/09/2001 - 00:00

Alex Barros rode a tremendous race to finish third at the British Grand Prix, having fought off a tremendous challenge from the Yamaha of Noriyuki Haga to hang onto the final position on the podium behind Italian Max Biaggi, and winner Valentino Rossi.

07/09/2001 - 00:00

The man who caught everybody napping in Sunday's 500cc British grand Prix, was Red Bull Yamaha's Noriyuki Haga the former Superbike star riding like the 'Samurai of Slide' of old.

"I'm 80-percent happy with that, I think that I could have possibly gone one better at this track," commented Haga, who thrilled the Donington crowd with an array of Burn-outs and Wheelies on his slow down lap.

07/09/2001 - 00:00

Yamaha rider Norick Abe was passed fit to ride at Donington after his huge crash in Assen, which enabled him to attend the big party to celebrate his 100th grand prix appearance, however his race would end early after he saw "fluid everywhere" when he looked down at his injured knee.

07/09/2001 - 00:00

Pole sitter Tetsuya Harada's challenge for victory in Sunday's 250cc Grand Prix ended with a broken spark plug.

The ceramic part of the 'plug' in Harada's v-twin Aprilia was damaged, robbing the Japanese star of vital revs, horsepower and any chance of victory.

07/09/2001 - 00:00

Wonder boy Valentino Rossi wrote his name into the history books once again at Donington Park yesterday, scoring Honda's 150th victory in the premier 500cc class in a race he called "my best and most difficult."

Max Biaggi had qualified on pole position, but nothing could stop Rossi as he powered through from the third row of the grid to take the lead from Biaggi shortly before two-thirds distance. From there he was never seriously challenged and he went on to beat his rival by 1.794 seconds.