MotoGP Race Reports

07/13/2003 - 00:00

Spanish youngster Hector Barbera scored what should be the first of many World Championship victories on Sunday at Donington Park, fending off a three-pronged challenge in an incident-packed 125cc race.

07/13/2003 - 00:00

Fonsi Nieto kept current Championship leader Manual Poggiali at bay through a thrilling final few laps as the Spanish rider finally scored his first win of the year aboard the Team Repsol Telefonica Movistar Aprilia.

06/28/2003 - 00:00

Steve Jenkner capitalised on race day rain at Assen to pull away from the 125cc field at the rate of over 3secs a lap in the early stages, before holding a firm 10-second advantage over his nearest opposition to claim a long overdue first GP victory - at perhaps the most famous circuit of all.

06/28/2003 - 00:00

Sete Gibernau launched from his second row start to take the lead through the fast kink that is turn one in today's Dutch TT, before he and Biaggi broke the opposition and were left elbowing each other for the lead - but the Roman ultimately couldn't stop Sete escaping to victory.

06/28/2003 - 00:00

Having stepped onto the podium for the first time just two weeks ago, Aussie privateer Ant West won his first ever GP in a wet 250cc Dutch TT today, literally muscling his way past the likes of Elias, Nieto, Battaini, Rolfo and Poggiali to lead at the end of the first lap - before facing a late race onslaught from Franco Battaini.

06/15/2003 - 00:00

Loris Capirossi took Ducati's first ever MotoGP victory today in a nail biting Catalan Grand Prix, which came to life when the tyres of then leaders Rossi, Capirossi, Biaggi and Gibernau began to slide in the scorching heat.

06/15/2003 - 00:00

Randy de Puniet finally took his first ever GP victory, after nearly 40 starts, in today's 250cc Catalan Grand Prix, the flying Frenchman emerging on top after a race long battle with Fonsi Nieto - while Catalan Toni Elias made up an amazing 21 places after being left second to last into turn one.

Qualifying had seen De Puniet hold on to pole position despite failing to improve on his provisional Friday time.

06/15/2003 - 00:00

Dani Pedrosa absorbed the huge pressure on his shoulders to finally win his home 125cc Catalan Grand Prix.

The Telefonica sponsored teenager sliced past a young Swiss - yes Swiss! - star on the last lap, after established front runners Cecchinello, Dovizioso, Stoner, Nieto, Barbera and Ui had all crashed out.

06/08/2003 - 00:00

It was the race the capacity Mugello crowd came from all over Italy to see - their heroes Valentino Rossi, Loris Capirossi and Max Biaggi battling relentlessly for 23 laps around the stunning 5.2km circuit for the honour of a home victory.

The trio didn't disappoint, with the reigning World Champion forced to fight right to the flag as Capirossi rode the wheels off his bucking, sliding and wheel-spinning Ducati as he chased the marques first ever GP victory.

06/08/2003 - 00:00

33-year-old 125cc GP veteran Lucio Cecchinello finally won his first ever home Grand Prix at a sell out Mugello today, the emotional LCR team owner emerging victorious after 20laps of frantic action.

Yesterday, Australian teenager Casey Stoner took his maiden pole position in a sweltering final qualifying session...

06/08/2003 - 00:00

250cc rookie Manuel Poggiali got his season back on track in style today at Mugello, taking a dominating victory after his only rival Randy de Puniet crashed out after losing the front of his Aprilia - twice.

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

05/25/2003 - 00:00

Toni Elias followed up his Spanish GP victory with a repeat performance in today's French Grand Prix at Le Mans, holding off home hero Randy de Puniet while the battle for the final podium position went right to the flag.

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.

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...

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.

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 skill.to

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.