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...]

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...]

BMW MOTORRAD RETURNS TO ROAD RACING

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Factory team to race R 1200 S in Endurance World Championship BMW Motorrad has made the historic announcement that, for the first time in 50 years, the iconic motorcycle manufacturer is to enter a factory team in a world championship motorcycle racing event. Considered the ultimate test of motorcycle endurance, the BMW Motorrad factory team has entered the Le Mans “24 heures moto”, which … [Read more...]

YAMAHA PUT DISAPPOINTMENT BEHIND THEM WITH POSITIVE LE MANS TEST

Camel Yamaha Team Test Le Mans, France Monday 22nd May 2006 YAMAHA PUT DISAPPOINTMENT BEHIND THEM WITH POSITIVE LE MANS TEST   Camel Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards were back on board at Le Mans today, with riders and team alike eager to forget the disappointment of yesterday’s race and start looking forward to the next challenge.  Rossi and … [Read more...]

ROOKIE PEDROSA NOTCHES SECOND POLE IN FRANCE

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Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC211V) put his stamp firmly on the MotoGP category with a scorching 1m 33.990s lap of the Bugatti circuit here at Le Mans to record his second pole position in only his  fifth outing on a 990cc machine. Shinya Nakano (Kawasaki) qualified second and John Hopkins (Suzuki) completes the front row.   In awkward, gusty conditions the pint-sized pilot proved he is … [Read more...]

BAD LUCK STRIKES AGAIN FOR CAMEL YAMAHA TEAM AT LE MANS

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French Grand Prix Le Mans, France Sunday 21st May 2006 BAD LUCK STRIKES AGAIN FOR CAMEL YAMAHA TEAM AT LE MANS   Camel Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi’s unfortunate start to his MotoGP World Championship defence continued today as the Italian rider was hit by another bout of bad luck at Le Mans, where he was forced to retire from the lead with an engine problem. This … [Read more...]

OTHER POINTS FOR ALEX HOFMANN

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ALEX HOFMANN, thirteenth at the arrival with the DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP06 “Sat.”, conquests three points in the General classification of the 2006 MotoGP World Championship. In this way is rewarded the constancy and the big engagement of the whole PRAMAC D’ANTIN MOTOGP Team, that make a very good work during all the weekend despite the considerable difficulties due to the DUNLOP tyres, for … [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...]

NAKANO SALVAGES VALUABLE POINTS AT LE MANS

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Kawasaki's Randy de Puniet and Shinya Nakano were both left frustrated by this afternoon's Grand Prix de France at Le Mans, after de Puniet crashed out of his home race on the opening lap and Nakano was forced to fight back to finish a disappointing twelfth following a ride through penalty imposed for jumping the start. Starting from fourth place on the grid, de Puniet got away with the leading … [Read more...]