ROSSI GETS NEW CHASSIS FOR LEMANS

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After struggling to solve the YZR-M1's chatter problems at the first four rounds of the 2006 season - reigning MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi will be given a new chassis for this weekend's French Grand Prix at Le Mans. Camel Yamaha has been unable to fix the speed-limiting vibration problem using set-up changes alone, prompting Rossi to initially ask if the proven, vibration-free, 2005 … [Read more...]

ROSSI: LE MANS IS CRITICAL

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Defending MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi has admitted that this weekend's French Grand Prix at Le Mans is 'critical' as he aims to get his title campaign back on track. Yamaha will provide new parts for the M1 in a bid to eradicate the chatter problems that have plagued their season to date. Le Mans is certainly not a favourite for either Rossi or team-mate Colin Edwards due to its … [Read more...]

EDWARDS MAKE PODIUM RETURN IN GRUELLING SHANGHAI AFFAIR

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Camel Yamaha Team rider Colin Edwards charged from the front row of the grid to the podium today with a determined performance in the Grand Prix of China. Whilst his team-mate Valentino Rossi was denied the chance to challenge for a top three spot after pulling in with a tyre problem on the sixteenth lap, Edwards reaped the rewards of a blistering start to the race, when he snatched the hole-shot … [Read more...]

PEDROSA WINS AT SHANGHAI

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Amazing MotoGP rookie Dani Pedrosa has won his first ever premier-class victory - at only his fourth attempt - after defeating team-mate Nicky Hayden in a dramatic Chinese Grand Prix. Fresh from his first MotoGP pole position on Saturday, Pedrosa slipped to fifth through the long 'roundabout' first turn - but then fought his way past Shinya Nakano, Sete Gibernau and John Hopkins before taking … [Read more...]

RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP RACER JOHN HOPKINS SCORES BEST EVER MOTOGP

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Rizla Suzuki MotoGP racer John Hopkins scored his best ever MotoGP finish with fourth place during today's Polini Grand Prix of China in Shanghai. The Anglo-American star got off to a great start from the front row of the grid and ran in second place for over a third of the race. He was passed by eventual winner Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden - both on Honda's - on lap 10 but continued with … [Read more...]

PEDROSA: FIRST EVER MOTOGP POLE!

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Rookie Dani Pedrosa has taken his first ever MotoGP pole position after an exciting, rain-interrupted, qualifying session for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai.   Friday's wet weather had been forecast to continue on Saturday, but cleared overnight; leaving a dry track for final free practice - led by Pedrosa's fellow rookie Casey Stoner, ahead of Nicky Hayden, Loris Capirossi and … [Read more...]

MOTO GP: DUCATI MARLBORO LATEST

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The Ducati Marlboro Team travels east to the booming city of Shanghai for round four of the 2006 MotoGP World Championship: the team is looking forward to China. Both men are particularly keen to get back into action at this unusual racetrack after a challenging Turkish GP on April 30. Capirossi finished sixth at Istanbul but is still a close second in the World Championship, just one point … [Read more...]

KAWASAKI CONFIDENT

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While Shinya Nakano was disappointed to finish today's free practice ahead of Sunday's Grand Prix of Turkey down in 13th position, the Kawasaki rider remains confident that tomorrow will bring a significant improvement in his lap time. The traction problems that plagued Nakano during the Grand Prix of Qatar three weeks ago were again evident during both one-hour free practice sessions today, … [Read more...]