MotoGP Race Reports

Pedrosa destroys 125 opposition at Le Mans.
05/25/2003 - 00:00

Dani Pedrosa broke any opposition with a stunning early pace at Le Mans today, quickly build a 6secs lead before backing off for an unusually 'safe' victory, while behind him the four-way fight for second would end with one rider high siding out of contention at the penultimate turn.

Sete storms two-part thriller.
05/25/2003 - 00:00

Sete Gibernau entered the last 4kms of a rain interrupted French Grand Prix right behind reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi, to signal the beginning of a knife-edge last lap battle which would go to the final turn.

''It was a really tough race, but I think myself, Valentino and Alex put on a good show. There was no dirty riding, and I would like to thank them for a great race. Today I won, but for sure on another day it could have been either of them'' - Sete Gibernau

Rossi wins slide spectacular!
05/11/2003 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi took a dominating victory in today's Spanish Grand Prix, surviving some early race mayhem to carve through the field from as low as eighth to eventually ease away from nearest rival Max Biaggi, while WSBK star Troy Bayliss took his first ever GP podium.

Racing aside, the 128,000 Jerez fans were also treated to a spectacular display of high speed sliding, with Rossi and Loris Capirossi leaving clouds of tyre smoke out of almost every turn, in an intimidating display of

Elias sends Spain wild with 250 thriller.
05/11/2003 - 00:00

An injured Toni Elias sent the home fans wild in Jerez today, by winning the 250cc Spanish Grand Prix in a thrilling finale that saw countless lead changes on the last lap before Elias achieved the impossible and held off a hard charging Roby Rolfo.

Elias punched the air with delight - and disbelief - as he crossed the line, triggering celebrations that only happen when a Spaniard wins in Spain...

Cecchinello wins bar-banging 125 race.
05/11/2003 - 00:00

Lucio Cecchinello won a thrilling 125cc Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez today, holding off Steve Jenkner and Alex de Angelis for two Jerez wins in two years.

Gibernau takes dream win!
04/27/2003 - 00:00

Sete Gibernau rode a faultless race at South Africa today, passing early leader Troy Bayliss and holding off Valentino Rossi in a fabulous final five lap showdown, that resulted in the Spaniard taking his second ever premier class victory, and a perfect tribute to his late team-mate Daijiro Kato.

In a drama filled afternoon the delayed start (after Kenny Roberts' Suzuki dropped oil on the warm-up lap) began with a frightening start-line crash involving Colin Edwards, who lost control of his A

Poggiali keeps perfect 250cc record.
04/27/2003 - 00:00

Class rookie Manuel Poggiali kept his perfect 250cc record by taking his second win on his second start today in South Africa, after climbing through the pack and defending himself from a determined Alex de Angelis for the majority of the race.

Pedrosa third to first on final lap.
04/27/2003 - 00:00

Dani Pedrosa opened his 2003 account in style today in South Africa, putting in a pair of precise passes on Andrea Dovizioso and race leader Youichi Ui on the very last lap to take 125cc victory.

Barros wins after breathtaking season finale.
11/03/2002 - 00:00

Alex Barros took victory in an epic season ending Valencia Grand Prix, which began with a horrific startline crash involving a stalled Carlos Checa being hit by Jose-Luis Cardoso, and ended with Barros and Valentino Rossi riding over the edge on their RCV's as they duelled to the final corner of the 2002 season.

Yesterday, Max Biaggi had taken an emotional final pole position of the 2002 season in his last ride for the Marlboro Yamaha team, ahead of non improvers Barros (looking for his fourt

Magic Melandri makes it nine out of sixteen.
11/03/2002 - 00:00

Marco Melandri cruised to his ninth 250cc GP victory of the season in his final ride in the quarter litre category today at Valencia, while battle of the race was between Gresini team-mate Rolfo and home hero Alzamora for second.

First Frenchman Vincent seals 125cc crown.
11/03/2002 - 00:00

Arnaud Vincent has become the first Frenchman to win the 125cc World Championship after finishing runner-up to home hero Dani Pedrosa in today's Valencia Grand Prix.

Yesterday, Pedrosa took a popular home pole position for the season ending Valencia Grand Prix, but all eyes were on the title battle where Poggiali took the early advantage Poggiali over point's leader Arnaud Vincent - whom he needed to beat by more than 8 points today to take the title.

Fantastic fiftieth for Island winner Rossi.
10/20/2002 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi took his 50th GP victory at the spectacular seaside circuit of Phillip Island today, after the World Champion withstood an epic race-long duel with hard racer Alex Barros - that only ended when the Brazilian ran off track on the last lap while trying to outbrake Vale at the aptly named Honda hairpin.

Melandri wins 250 title - by 0.007secs!
10/20/2002 - 00:00

Marco Melandri finally wrapped up the 250cc World Championship today at Phillip Island to become the youngest ever quarter litre champion, but it was far from easy for the Italian who clinched the crown by just 0.007secs after 23 hard laps.

Yesterday, Fonsi Nieto had taken his ninth 250cc pole position of the year, but his title charge looks like coming too late with Marco Melandri lining up second on the grid and in line to take the world crown denied to him one week ago due to engine proble

Poggiali cuts points lead with Island victory.
10/20/2002 - 00:00

Manuel Poggiali produced just what he needed today at Phillip Island as the reigning world champion won the 125cc Australian Grand Prix, and so cut Arnaud Vincent's 20 point lead to just 8 in a battle that will now go to the final round in Valencia.

Magnificent Max defeats RCV's at Malaysia.
10/13/2002 - 00:00

Max Biaggi took a magnificent second Grand Prix victory of the year today at Sepang, as the Roman Emperor out-rode the RCV's of Rossi, Barros and Ukawa - who almost needed to swap insurance details after their epic battle.

Fonsi and Toni formation finish in Sepang.
10/13/2002 - 00:00

A mysterious mechanical failure on the very first lap meant that Marco Melandri's planned World Championship party was put on hold, leaving Telefonica team-mates Fonsi Nieto and Toni Elias to cruise to a formation finish in the 250cc Malaysian Grand Prix.

Vincent takes 125 victory as Poggiali cracks.
10/13/2002 - 00:00

Arnaud Vincent produced a tremendously cool ride in the Sepang heat to win today's Malaysian Grand Prix - and take a 26 point championship lead - after title rival Manuel Poggiali fell following a desperate last turn late breaking attempt

Barros wins battle of the Pacific!
10/06/2002 - 00:00

Alex Barros produced a stunning ride on his RCV debut to defeat World Champion Valentino Rossi by 1.6secs in a straight all-out fight, on equal machinery, that went right to the flag in today's Pacific Grand Prix.

Completing a great day for the privateer West Honda Pons team was Barros' team-mate Loris Capirossi, who delivered yet another heroic ride to take third on his underpowered NSR500, in an incident filled race littered by mechanical failures for some of the pre-race favourites - resul

Pedrosa all the way as Championship's blown apart.
10/06/2002 - 00:00

A broken exhaust three laps from the end for championship leader Arnaud Vincent - coupled with a dominating victory for Dani Pedrosa, with Manuel Poggiali second, means that the 125cc championship is now on a knife edge after today's Pacific Grand Prix.

Hollywood ending hands Azuma victory.
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.

Rossi rides the storm to fourth world title.
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.

Debut victory for dominating Porto.
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.

Sete suffers, Rossi sings in Estoril rain.
09/08/2002 - 00:00

Long time race leader Sete Gibernau came agonisingly close to claiming his - and Suzuki's - first MotoGP victory today in atrocious conditions at Estoril.

Crestfallen Checa robbed by Rossi in Rio.
11/03/2001 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi will go down in history as the last rider to win a 500cc GP after a thrilling two part Rio Grand Prix, which saw the race stopped due to rain after four laps, before the remaining 20 were run.

The second part decider saw Carlos Checa carve his way through the field to take the lead from new World Champion Rossi, with Max Biaggi also left in the Spaniard's wake. Despite Vale's best efforts Checa looked to have the race sewn up - until the very final corner and a backmarker...