EDWARDS TAKES WELL FOUGHT FOURTH AT SACHSENRING

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Fiat Yamaha Team rider Colin Edwards rode a strong race in sweltering conditions today to take a best-ever Sachsenring finish of fourth, after starting from thirteenth on the grid for the German Grand Prix. Team-mate Valentino Rossi had a disappointing day as he slid out of the race early on when challenging for sixth position, in a race which was led from start to finish by Dani … [Read more...]

Mc CONNACHIE RACING TEAM UPDATE

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Ben McConnachie furthered his reputation as a young man with a bright future in motorcycle racing with a stirring performance at Oulton Park this weekend (07.07.07). In qualifying he was quickest amongst the ACU Motostar Academy racers and an impressive second fastest overall, behind James Lodge, a top ten runner in the British National Championship. It was a rousing qualifying performance from … [Read more...]

DIARY OF BEN BILLARD: VIRGIN MEDIA R6 CUP RACER

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BRITISH GRAND PRIX, DONINGTON PARK, 22-24 JUNE 2007 As the MotoGP elite thrilled a record 85,000 spectators at Donington at this weekend’s British Grand Prix, Ben Billard, a nineteen year old personal trainer from Chesterfield, was enjoying his first taste of life in the Grand Prix paddock. The opportunity for Ben to race at the British Grand Prix arose because at the beginning of the … [Read more...]

BEN BILLARD MOVES UP A GEAR

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Exclusive to the Biker Cafe! This weekend motorcycle racer Ben Billard, a personal trainer by profession, will be experiencing life in the MotoGP paddock as he races in official support race at the British Grand Prix, the Virgin Media Cup.   Ben was until very recently racing at club level at circuits such as Darley Moor, so the contrast for the affable young man from Chesterfield … [Read more...]

MIXED FORTUNES FOR KAWASAKI AT LE MANS

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The French Grand Prix ended in disappointment for Kawasaki rider, Randy de Puniet, when he crashed out on the eighth lap, having taken his first ever lead in a MotoGP race in front of his home crowd. After a difficult start from eighth on the grid, de Puniet was pushed down the order but soon fought back, ploughing his way through the field in the early laps to take a confident lead, much to … [Read more...]

FIAT YAMAHA TEAM HOPES DASHED IN FRENCH WASHOUT

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Torrential rain in Le Mans today doused the hopes of the Fiat Yamaha Team as Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards struggled in the wet conditions and splashed home to sixth and twelfth respectively. An action-packed race, which saw seven riders crash out, was eventually won by Australian rider Chris Vermeulen, who took his first win in MotoGP. Black clouds gathered ominously over the MotoGP grid … [Read more...]

STONER EXTENDS POINTS LEAD AT SOAKING LE MANS

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Ducati Marlboro Team rider Casey Stoner extended his lead at the top of the MotoGP World Championship with a superbly judged ride to third place in atrocious conditions at Le Mans this afternoon. Team-mate Loris Capirossi had a much more difficult ride to eighth in the soaking wet conditions because of a bike problem. The race started with light drizzle falling at some parts of the tricky … [Read more...]

VERMEULEN WINS AT LE MANS

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Chris Vermeulen raced to his and Rizla Suzuki MotoGP's first Grand Prix win at a rain-soaked Le Mans today. Vermeulen rode an almost faultless race in the wet after heavy rain started to fall over the 4.180km French circuit. He entered pit-lane at the end of lap nine to change to his wet-weather prepared Suzuki GSV-R. Within two laps he hit the front and never looked under threat all the way to … [Read more...]

EDWARDS SCORES FIRST MOTOGP POLE

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Colin Edwards took his debut MotoGP pole and Yamaha's fourth of the season at Le Mans today after a close Qualifying session ahead of tomorrow's French Grand Prix. The 33-year-old Texan's achievement was made all the more impressive as it followed a crash in this morning's practice session, when his M1 high-sided and he fell hard into the gravel trap at turn two. His Fiat Yamaha team-mate … [Read more...]

STRONG SECOND ROW START FOR HOPKINS

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John Hopkins will start from fifth place on the grid for tomorrow’s French Grand Prix, following an impressive practice and qualifying performance today. The Rizla Suzuki racer signalled his intentions in this morning's final free practice session by posting the fastest time. He also led the way with the highest amount of laps, as the hard-working Anglo-American circulated the 4.180km French … [Read more...]