MotoGP Race Reports

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

11/03/2001 - 00:00

Daijiro Katoh was greeted with a can of golden spray paint as he dismounted his bike after completing his eleventh win of the season.

11/03/2001 - 00:00

Manuel Poggiali claimed his first ever World Championship with a measured ride to fifth place in tricky damp conditions in today's Rio Grand Prix.

The race was won by his sole championship rival Youichi Ui, but only after a thrilling last corner duel with Simone Sanna as the two finished over 27secs ahead of the final podium finisher Arnauld Vincent.

10/21/2001 - 00:00

Having claimed the 500cc World Championship last time out at Phillip Island, Valentino Rossi rubbed further salt into the wounds of his fellow competitors by confidently winning the Malaysian Grand Prix, while the three way battle for second raged.

10/21/2001 - 00:00

Daijiro Katoh claimed his first world crown in sensational style at Sepang today when he took victory in the 250cc Malaysian Grand Prix by a massive 15.6secs, to give him an uncatchable 34 point lead with one round to go.

The win caps a virtually faultless season for the Japanese star that has seen his stand on the top step of the podium 10 times - and sets the scene perfectly for his expected move into the newly named MotoGP class next year, with the Gresini team, on a two stroke NSR.

10/21/2001 - 00:00

Youichi Ui won his third Grand Prix in as many races at Sepang today, cruising across the line 5secs ahead of Championship leader Manuel Poggiali and Lucio Cecchinello.

Poggiali's hard earned second place, coupled with main rival Toni Elias finishing just seventh, means that Poggi will take a 23 point lead into the season finale at Rio over Ui - with Elias now out of the running for the championship.

10/14/2001 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi has completed his trilogy of world titles by clinching the 500cc crown in fantastic fashion at Phillip Island today, when he took victory by just 0.013secs over Max Biaggi in the Australian Grand Prix.

The scenic coastal circuit always seems to provide some of the best racing of the year, but the 2001 500cc Grand Prix will go down as one of the best ever, with a seven way fight for the lead seeing Rossi, Biaggi, Capirossi, Barros and Haga all ahead at some stage, while the fan

10/14/2001 - 00:00

Having suffered the first retirement of his short, but illustrious, MotoGP career in Motegi one week ago, after tangling with the tumbling Marco Melandri, Daijiro Katoh returned to the top step of the podium for the ninth time this year at Phillip island today to increase his championship lead to 29 points with two races to go.

10/14/2001 - 00:00

Youichi Ui broke away from the eleven rider lead pack at Phillip Island and never looked back in today's 125cc Australian Grand Prix, while title rivals Manuel Poggiali and Toni Elias battled all the way to the flag in a thrilling duel for the remaining podium places, and vital championship points.

The heat was well and truly on 18-year-old Elias after the Spaniard lost the championship lead when he crashed out at Motegi one week ago, but matters were made much worse when he was left in just

10/07/2001 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi stands on the brink of winning the 2001 500cc World Championship after Max Biaggi crashed out of the lead of today's Pacific Grand Prix, handing victory - and a 67 point lead - to the Honda rider, with three rounds left and a possible 75 points available.

Loris Capirossi had upstaged championship rivals - and fellow countrymen - Rossi and Biaggi to take pole in yesterday's second qualifying session (his third this year) and a new circuit record in the process.

10/07/2001 - 00:00

Early race leader Tetsuya Harada looked like having a fight on his hands to stop Daijiro Katoh carving through the field in today's 250cc Pacific Grand Prix at Motegi, but when second placed man Marco Melandri crashed from his Aprilia, Katoh found himself with no-where to go...

10/07/2001 - 00:00

Youichi Ui won his home GP at Motegi in dominating fashion this afternoon in Japan as the Derbi rider produced a near start to finish victory, while World Championship leader Toni Elias crashed out of contention after an early race error - leaving his young teammate Daniel Pedrosa to fight for second place with his title rival Manual Poggiali.

Pole sitter Ui had made a promising start, but lost the lead to Elias into turn one with Poggiali slotting into third ahead of Azuma as the four front

09/23/2001 - 00:00

In one of the most exiting race seen this, or any other year, Manuel Poggiali went from fourth on entering the final corner to the lead as he edged out Championship rival Toni Elias by a mere 0.022seconds following a race long ten bike scrap for the win at Valencia.

09/23/2001 - 00:00

Sete Gibernau capped off an astounding day's racing at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia by taking his maiden 500c MotoGP victory in a thrilling race that saw many of the top riders starting on slick tyres despite the circuit being very damp and slippery.

Gibernau scored his long first win in front of more than 120,000 frantic and passionate Spaniard's at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia after a superbly skilful ride on slick tyres around the 2.28-mile Spanish circuit.

09/23/2001 - 00:00

Daijiro Katoh once again demoralised the 250cc Grand Prix field with a commanding performance in a rain interrupted race at Valencia beating Tetsuya Harada by almost five seconds despite a typically gritty performance from the Aprilia rider.

Local heroes Fonsi Nieto and Alex Debon may have stolen the 250cc limelight in qualifying at Valencia but once again race day was all about factory Honda star Katoh who took another step towards the title with a dominant performance despite starting a low

09/09/2001 - 00:00

Valentino Rossi absorbed race long pressure from Loris Capirossi to take a sensational seventh win of the year at the Portuguese Grand Prix today,

09/09/2001 - 00:00

Daijiro Katoh worked his way steadily to the front in today's Portuguese 250cc Grand Prix - then never looked back, finishing a massive 16.9secs ah

09/09/2001 - 00:00

Manuel Poggiali beat Youichi Ui to victory in today's Portuguese Grand Prix after a thrilling photo finish saw the San Marian take the flag by just

08/26/2001 - 00:00

The 500cc Czech Grand Prix was shaping up to be another epic duel between Valentino Rossi and Max Biaggi, before Biaggi crashed out of the lead at