STRONG SHOWING FOR YAMAH IN FIRST SILVERSTONE QUALIFYING

WSB : Strong showing for Yamaha in first Silverstone qualifying Round: 5 - United Kingdom Circuit: Silverstone Date: 26 May 2006 Temp: 17ºC Weather: Dry Yamaha Motor Italia rider Noriyuki Haga shone in first qualifying at a damp and windy Silverstone today, ending the day in fourth place with team-mate Andrew Pitt an equally strong sixth. Morning practice took place in wet conditions … [Read more...]

DUCATI MARLBORO TEAM COMES HOME

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The Ducati Marlboro Team travels to Mugello for its home Grand Prix full of confidence. Indeed the Bologna-based squad has never been in such a position of strength going into the Italian GP, with Loris Capirossi second equal on points after five races. Meanwhile Ducati currently holds second place in the constructors' World Championship and the team itself lies third in the team's contest. At … [Read more...]

Luckless Hopkins crashes out of Le Mans podium fight

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Rizla Suzuki MotoGP racer John Hopkins crashed out of today’s Alice Grand Prix de France, when he looked odds on to collect his first ever podium, but the gutsy Anglo-American remounted and still managed to claim a point. Hopkins made a superb start to the race and led for the first four laps, after which he was passed by Valentino Rossi – who was forced to retire later on – and Dani … [Read more...]

HAT-TRICK OF FRONT ROW STARTS FOR RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP

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Rizla Suzuki MotoGP has secured its third successive front row start thanks to a breathtaking last lap by John Hopkins in Le Mans today.   Hopkins will start in third place for tomorrow’s Alice Grand Prix de France and will be looking to get away to a similar start to last week’s race, where he eventually scored his best ever finish. He qualified only 0.646 seconds behind … [Read more...]

DUCATI MARLBORO TEAM BACK IN ACTION ON EUROPEAN SOIL

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Ducati Marlboro Team riders Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau return to Europe from a run of three ‘flyaway’ races to contest the French GP, the first of a crucial run of six events at classic European racetracks. Both riders travel to Le Mans hoping for some decent weather after ever-changing conditions plagued their progress at the last two GPs, in Turkey and China. But despite a … [Read more...]

ROSSI: TO RED BULL

Valentino Rossi may yet be seen in Formula One next season, even though doors appear to be closing to the MotoGP champion at Ferrari. Paddock rumours are gathering pace that the Yamaha rider may be on his way to Red Bull Racing next season, particularly if Michael Schumacher decides to extend his stay in the top flight and speculation that Kimi Raikkonen has already signed a contract with the … [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...]

RESULTS BELOW EXPECTATIONS FOR DUCATI IN CHINA

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Ducati MotoGP Team riders Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau endured a difficult Chinese GP at Shanghai this afternoon, placing eighth and ninth at the end of a weekend plagued by changeable weather. Both men had to be happy with lower results than they had expected after making poor tyre choices, but they did at least maintain their World Championship positions, Capirossi still holding second … [Read more...]

ROSSI SET THE PACE IN CHINA

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Valentino Rossi dispelled question marks about his ability in wet conditions as he went fastest in practice at the China MotoGP. The seven-time world champion produced an excellent display in the rainy weather in Shanghai to set a quickest lap time of two minutes 9.393 seconds. Loris Capirossi went just 0.355 seconds slower on the 5.3km circuit. John Hopkins was third fastest, with Sete … [Read more...]

MONZA: DOUBLE FOR BAYLISS

Troy Bayliss extended his championship lead even further for Xerox Ducati after a spectacular double win at Monza in Italy at the fourth round of the Corona Extra Superbike World Championship. Second place went to reigning world champion Troy Corser on the Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki with his race one challenger Noriyuki Haga on the Yamaha Italia in third place. Alex Barros missed out on a … [Read more...]