LORENZO FRACTURES ANKLE IN SHANGHAI CRASH

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Fiat Yamaha Team rider Jorge Lorenzo has suffered a fractured left ankle and severe trauma and bruising to parts of the right ankle and foot after crashing in this morning’s first free practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix. The 20-year-old joint World Championship leader was thrown from his M1 during a dramatic high-side at the chicane after turn one, mid-way through the session, on just … [Read more...]

SHANGHAI BATTLE ENDS WITH SECOND PLACE FOR ROSSI

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Fiat Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi fought a race-long battle with Casey Stoner during the Grand Prix of China today, the pair providing a thrilling spectacle until the 16th lap when Rossi was forced to concede victory to the Australian after a small mistake. Despite starting from the front row alongside pole-sitter Rossi, Colin Edwards had a less successful day as he suffered tyre problems … [Read more...]

HOPKINS ON TOP IN SHANGHAI

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John Hopkins stormed his Rizla Suzuki GSV-R to the top of the timesheets on the first day of practice for Sunday’s Grand Prix of China. Hopkins (2’01.204, 44 laps) showed his intentions for this weekend’s race during this morning’s first practice session, as the Anglo-American ace was consistently in first place – only being edged into second in the closing moments by Championship … [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...]

TOP TEN FOR DE PUNIET

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Kawasaki''s Randy de Puniet got another opportunity to display his wet weather prowess in Shanghai this afternoon, finishing the day tenth fastest as near constant rain meant that both of today''s hour-long free practice sessions were run in damp conditions. Making his first appearance at the Shanghai International circuit as a MotoGP rider, the 25-year-old Kawasaki ace quickly got to grips … [Read more...]

SHANGHAI SUPRISE?

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This weekend''s Grand Prix of China in Shanghai marks the start of a frantically busy period for the Kawasaki Racing Team, as they prepare for a run of eight races in just eleven weeks. The 5.45 km Shanghai circuit is the most modern motorsport facility in the world and, at some 1200 metres in length, features the longest straight on the MotoGP calendar. The riders hit speeds in excess of 320 … [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...]