FIRST LOOK: 2008 HONDA CBR1000RR FIREBLADE

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Sharper looks, stronger performance and astoundingly responsive control. From its compact new proportions to its breathtaking response to every rider input, everything about the new 2008 CBR1000RR Fireblade stakes out a new standard in motorcycle performance and design aesthetics that will stand as a milestone in the history of litre-class Super Sports development, much as the original CBR900RR … [Read more...]

STRONG SIXTH FOR HOPKINS AT ESTORIL

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Rizla Suzuki MotoGP racer John Hopkins battled his way to sixth place at a pulsating Portuguese Grand Prix in Estoril today.   Starting from the fourth row and back in 10th place, Hopkins got another fantastic start and was up into sixth by the first corner. He hung on to the pack in front but was unable to find a way past fifth placed man Marco Melandri as the leading four began to … [Read more...]

STONER TAKES THIRD FOR DUCATI MARLBORO TEAM

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Ducati Marlboro Team rider Casey Stoner scored a hard-fought third-place finish in today's thrilling Portuguese Grand Prix. Team-mate Loris Capirossi completed a difficult weekend in ninth position. The result gives Stoner a 76 point lead in the World Championship with four races to go, keeps Ducati well ahead in the constructors' points chase and maintains the Ducati Marlboro Team's advantage in … [Read more...]

ROSSI TAKES BRILLIANT FIRST IN PORTUGAL

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Valentino Rossi made a triumphant return to the top step of the podium in Estoril today, sealing his fourth victory of the season with a masterful ride to victory in front of Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner. Rossi's eighth consecutive podium finish at this circuit was his first in six races, since his last victory at Assen back in June. Colin Edwards was unable to match his team-mate's pace today … [Read more...]

DOUBLE PODIUM FOR RIZLA SUZUKI

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Chris Vermeulen and John Hopkins raced their Rizla Suzuki GSV-R’s to second and third places respectively, to give Suzuki its first double podium in the MotoGP era, at Misano in Italy today. Starting from the middle of the third row Vermeulen got a great start and was in fourth place by the first corner. He made up a further place during the first lap as he passed seven-time World Champion … [Read more...]

EDWARDS NINTH AND ROSSI FORCED TO RETIRE

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Valentino Rossi's hopes of a glorious homecoming to Misano ended after just five laps today, when an engine problem forced the Fiat Yamaha Team rider to retire when running strongly in fourth position. Rossi's team-mate Colin Edwards meanwhile struggled with rear grip in the later stages and was only able to bring his YZR-M1 home in his starting position of ninth. With thousands of … [Read more...]

WEST IN THE POINTS AS DE PUNIET CRASHES OUT

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The first world championship motorcycle Grand Prix for 14 years took place at Misano today and it was a race of very mixed fortunes. Kawasaki Racing Team pilot, Anthony West, managed a well-deserved eighth place while Randy de Puniet crashed soon after the start and was unable to continue. After flying off from tenth on the grid, West initially battled with Marco Melandri but when the Italian … [Read more...]

STONER SCORES DUCATI MARLBORO TEAMS FIRST HOME WIN

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Ducati Marlboro Team rider Casey Stoner continued his relentlessly magnificent form at Misano today, taking the factory's first-ever MotoGP victory on home tarmac. Loris Capirossi also rode a strong race, fighting through to fifth place from 13th on the grid. Stoner's eighth success of the year was also his second consecutive start-to-finish victory and completes a hat-trick of wins, as well as … [Read more...]