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Both Ducati Xerox Team riders
James Toseland and Régis Laconi were right on the pace in an exciting Friday
first qualifying session at Imola. Title contenders Troy Corser (Suzuki) and
Chris Vermeulen (Honda) were the only riders to dip under 1m50s and they
were followed by Lausitz winner Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati SC Caracchi) who is
running a third factory Ducati 999F05 bike with additional Xerox logos. Read more.....
Gauloises Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards will both start from the right end of the MotoGP grid at the Losail International Circuit on Saturday after setting the third and fourth fastest times respectively in this afternoon's single qualifying practice for the Grand Prix of Qatar. Rossi secured his first front row start in five races after lapping almost 1.7 seconds inside the previous pole record time here, his best lap falling just short of the pole time of 1'56.917 set by Loris Capirossi (Ducati), who will start from the front of the grid for the third successive race. Read more.....
Kawasaki's Olivier Jacque will take no further part in this weekend's Grand Prix of Qatar, after sustaining an injury to his lower back in a crash during yesterday's opening free practice session. Read more.....
Newly-crowned World Champion Valentino Rossi returned to the MotoGP paddock in dominant fashion today as he clocked a record lap of the Losail International Circuit to top the time sheets on the opening day of action at the Grand Prix of Qatar. Rossi arrived in the country last night but shook off any trace of jetlag with 19 laps of the 5.380km circuit in the first free practice, with temperatures already touching 34ºC during the morning session. Read more.....
Following the German Round at
the Eurospeedway, the Ducati Xerox Team will return to its regular line-up
for this weekend's upcoming eleventh round of the World Superbike
Championship at Imola. Régis Laconi takes his place alongside James Toseland
after recovering from the arm injury he suffered at Assen. Read more.....
In light of an announcement from Europe that there are plans to reduce
the excessive levels of European legislation, the MCI is urging the
European Commission and the UK Government, which currently holds the
Presidency of the EU, to review the motorcycle licence proposals in the
proposed Third EU Driving Licence Directive. These proposals will make
it much more difficult for people to take up motorcycling by raising
ages of access to bikes and forcing novice riders to take two motorcycle
tests - the measures do not appear to offer significant road safety
gains for the UK and would not apply to new car drivers. Read more.....
Valentino Rossi's race started the inaugural Qatar MotoGP race from dead last, after being relegated to the last grid position due to a protest made by the competition after his crew cleaned the surface of his original starting position (8th position). After one lap Rossi had scythed through the field to eighth position and continued his scintillating progress until he caught the wrong edge of the track with his rear wheel coming out of the second last turn on lap six and was thrown from his bike, he walked away from the crash unhurt.
While Rossi had his worst 2004 race, his current teammate Colin Edwards had his best. Edwards celebrated his MotoGP career best result with a second place, setting the lap record along the way. Read more.....
In round 13 of the MotoGP world championship held today at Malaysia's Sepang Circuit, Valentino Rossi rode his YZR-M1 to second place and clinched the world title with four rounds remaining. This is the second consecutive world title for Yamaha and Rossi and the 12th time that Yamaha has won the riders' championship in the premier class of Grand Prix motorcycle road racing. This race ran over 21 laps with Rossi starting from the 3rd row of the grid, setting the seventh fastest time in yesterday's qualifying with a lap of 2'02.412. By mid-race Rossi had fought his way up to take the lead for a while but eventually finished the race in 2nd place. Read more.....
Airwaves Ducati rider Gregorio Lavilla
stormed into the Championship lead with a sensational double race victory at
the penultimate round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at
Donington. The Spaniard thwarted the challenge from Kiyonari to take his
first double header of the season at the 2.5-mile Leicestershire circuit and
now goes into the final round in two weeks time with a 13 point lead in the
Championship. Gregorio's teammate Leon Haslam, played a full part in the
team's success and provided excellent support for the Spaniard. Leon claimed
a podium finish in race one and followed Gregorio home for the team's fourth
one-two of the season in the second 20-lapper on a fantastic day for the
Airwaves Ducati team. Read more.....
Gauloises Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi clinched the MotoGP World Championship for the fifth successive season after taking second place in the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang today. Rossi became only the third rider in history to win the premier-class title on five occasions, emulating the achievements of Mick Doohan and Giacomo Agostini and adding to his championships in the 125cc and 250cc classes. Now a seven-time World Champion, Rossi marked the achievement by wearing a t-shirt bearing the famous number 7 worn by the legendary Barry Sheene and launching into a riotous celebration with his fan club, dressed as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to commemorate the occasion. Read more.....
HM Plant Honda Racing's Michael Rutter and Ryuichi Kiyonari will start
tomorrow's two 20-lap races from third and fourth positions respectively
at Donington Park. The front row grid positions are vital for the two
riders as they enter the penultimate round of the 13-event Bennetts
British Superbike Championship. Read more.....
Gauloises Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi will launch his second attempt to seal the 2005 MotoGP World Championship in Malaysia tomorrow from the third row of the grid after setting the seventh fastest time in this afternoon's single qualifying session. Rossi was the third fastest Michelin rider around the Sepang circuit, lapping almost 0.6 seconds short of the pole position record he set here last year as the team once again battled to overcome set-up difficulties. Read more.....
High temperatures, intense humidity and an inopportune spell of afternoon rain gave an ominous sign of things to come at the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix as Gauloises Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards prepared themselves for a weekend of unpredictable weather at Sepang. The day started brightly for the pair as they reacquainted themselves with their principal test venue and built on the settings they had found here during extensive winter development of the YZR-M1 machines. Read more.....
Ducati riders Gregorio Lavilla
and Leon Haslam made good progress during the two free practice sessions as
the twelfth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship got
underway today. With heavy rain throughout the morning session, both riders
were keen to fine tune their Airwaves Ducatis as soon as the conditions
cleared and were pleased with the progress they made. Having tested here in
June, the riders were quickly into their groove and are hopeful for good
qualifying times tomorrow. Gregorio finished the day in fourth with a time
of 1.34.468s and Leon clocked a best lap time of 1.35.276s to finish tenth. Read more.....
Airwaves Ducati head to Donington Park
this weekend, ready for a dramatic double header in the twelfth and
penultimate round in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship. With rider
Gregorio Lavilla trailing in the title race by a solitary point, the team
will be eager to claim race wins in preparation for the season finale. The
Spaniard's teammate, Leon Haslam, will also be looking for victories at his
'home' track. Read more.....
National Motorcycle Week and Ride to Work Day 2005 was widely supported
by a fascinating mix of companies and individuals. Read more.....
Italian World Superbike Favourite Frankie Chili has announced he will line
up at Mallory Park in October to compete in the 2005 Dunlop Moto 1
Challenge. Read more.....
Honest and development rider, Olivier Jacque, will replace the injured Alex Hofmann in the Kawasaki Racing Team for this Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix. Read more.....
The MCI is challenging policymakers and transport experts who claim that
allowing motorcycles to use bus lanes will lead to safety problems for
motorcycle riders and other users of bus lanes. Read more.....
Ryuichi Kiyonari has taken on the mantle of title challenger and championship leader for HM Plant Honda Racing at the penultimate round of the Bennetts British Superbike series at Donington Park. He has assumed the leading position on the factory CBR1000RR Fireblade after team-mate Michael Rutter lost the initiative over the past three rounds at Silverstone, Cadwell Park and Oulton Park. Read more.....
The Motorcycle Action Group and the British Motorcyclists Federation are co-operating with Motor Cycle News in the organisation of a protest gathering and ride in Brussels on Saturday 1st October in response to the EU proposals on motorcycle licensing. Read more.....
Valentino Rossi arrived in Sepang in very determined mood, wanting to forget about his Qatar DNF. Aided by the extensive preseason tests on the Malaysian circuit the YZR-M1 was in very good shape to give Rossi the performance he needed to get his revenge. He dominated qualifying, setting the fastest lap ever, and come Sunday he slipped straight into second place on the first lap behind Alex Barros (Honda). Read more.....
Just over a month after CCM announced its brave move to launch an all new model in the form of the FT35 flat tracker styled machine, the original concept drawings have now become reality. With everything on schedule for the FT35 to make its public debut at the International Motorcycle show at the NEC during late October, the Bolton based company is now putting the finishing touches to the first pre production machines. Read more.....
Matt Llewellyn returns to the British Superbike paddock aboard the AIM
Racing Yamaha. The Leicester based rider who currently rides in the Metabo
British Supersport championship has been drafted into the team to replace
the injured AIM regular Chris Burns. Read more.....
Ducati Marlboro Team riders Loris Capirossi and Carlos Checa gave Ducati
its best ever overall MotoGP result after Loris won the 24-lap Motegi
race and Carlos finished fourth. Capirossi added his win to his pole
position and took a new lap record at the Japanese circuit. Read more.....
The 28 year-old British rider, Shane Byrne will ride Troy Bayliss's yellow Honda in the next two rounds of the World Championship, at Sepang and Doha. Read more.....
Tim & Tristan Reeves took their 8th victory of the 2005 Superside FIM World Championship season in the Saturday Sprint Race at Sachsenring. Read more.....
Gauloises Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi faces a difficult task at Motegi tomorrow and he aims for his twelfth consecutive podium finish this season. The Italian starts from his worst grid position since the start of the year after setting the eleventh fastest time in this afternoon's single qualifying session, whilst his team-mate Colin Edwards is also expecting a tough race as he lines up two places behind the reigning World Champion in thirteenth. Read more.....
The rain continued relentlessly over the Sachsenring throughout both qualifying session for the final event in the 2005 Superside FIM Sidecar World Championship. Read more.....
Gauloises Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards tackled the opening day of action at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit today as high temperatures and bright sunshine provided ideal track conditions for the first free practice sessions of the Grand Prix of Japan. Rossi was the fastest Michelin rider on a day otherwise dominated by local tyre manufacturer Bridgestone, the Italian just 0.054 seconds off lap record pace in the afternoon despite suffering from a gearbox problem in the morning session. Read more.....
British Supermoto Championships Limited, the organisers of the 2005 British
Supermoto Championships are pleased to announce that agreement has been
reached between the ACU and the AMCA to back the Official British
Championship during 2006. Read more.....
Carl Fogarty has re-signed Steve Martin for his Foggy PETRONAS Racing team for the 2006 Superbike World Championship campaign. Read more.....
Les Shand scored his first ever National Superstock win at Oulton Park after
completing a demanding Sunday race schedule. The AIM rider competed in both
Superbike and National Superstock races. Read more.....
After his fantastic win at Cadwell Park two weeks ago 19-year-old Cal
Crutchlow got a taste for the Champagne as he took his second win on the
trot at Oulton Park at the weekend with the strong Northpoint Honda Racing
Team. Crutchlow was dominant throughout the weekend and was looking the hot
favourite for the win leaving his nearest rivals in the distance. Read more.....
The summer season came into its own in August. More good riding days
meant that motorcycle sales were up by six percent compared to August
2004 and the year to date figure caught up. Read more.....
- Round 12: Twin Ring Motegi, Japan. Read more.....
Lorenzo Lanzi completed a
sensational weekend for the Ducati Xerox Team as he stormed to the win in
race 2 after being penalized with a ride-through in the first race. The
23-year-old Italian rider, making his debut for the factory team in place of
the injured Régis Laconi, might even had a double win today, but was given
the penalty for a mistake on the opening lap. Read more.....
Ryuichi Kiyonari raced to a magnificent double victory for HM Plant
Honda Racing at Oulton Park to take the lead in the 2005 Bennetts
British Superbike Championship. Third in the points table at the start
of the day, Kiyo took a maximum 50 points at round 11 after two
race-long battles with Gregorio Lavilla. Read more.....
Italian Lorenzo Lanzi caused
a major sensation in World Superbike this afternoon as he stormed to pole
position on the Xerox-backed Ducati 999F05. 23-year-old Lanzi, who was
called in this week by Ducati Corse from Scuderia Caracchi to sub for the
injured Régis Laconi, has been in terrific form ever since he sat on the
bike for the first time on Friday morning. Lanzi's time of 1m39.019s was the
quickest lap ever recorded around the 4.265 km Eurospeedway Lausitz circuit
and his pole position was the first by an Italian in factory Ducati colours
since Pierfrancesco Chili at Assen in 1998. Read more.....
With nine points separating the top three riders in the 2005 Bennetts
British Superbike Championship, much depended on their qualifying
performances in preparation for the 11th round of the series at Oulton
Park. Championship leader Gregorio Lavilla had the edge over the HM
Plant Honda Racing team-mates of Ryuichi Kiyonari and Michael Rutter
with all still to play for in tomorrow's two 18-lap Superbike races. Read more.....
Steve Hislop Commemorative Statue Unveiling - Hawick - Saturday 1st October 2005. Read more.....
Airwaves Ducati riders Leon Haslam and
Gregorio Lavilla spent today re-acquainting themselves with the circuit
during two free practice sessions at Oulton Park today in preparation for
the eleventh round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship. With
track conditions not ideal for fast lap times, both riders made a steady
start to the weekend and will be looking to progress during qualifying
tomorrow. Leon improved throughout the day and topped the time sheets in the
afternoon with a time of 1.37.344s, just over a tenth of a second off the
lap record. Gregorio made more measured gains and eventually finished
thirteenth with a time of 1.39.169s, hopeful of faster times tomorrow. Read more.....
Lorenzo Lanzi made a 'supersub'
debut for the injured Régis Laconi in the Ducati Xerox Team at the
Lausitzring as he powered to a provisional front row grid position in first
qualifying. The 23-year-old was right on the pace from the morning free
practice session and finished the day with fourth quickest time of
1m40.144s, just a fraction away from provisional poleman Chris Vermeulen
(Honda). James Toseland was just two-tenths of a second off the front row in
seventh place with a time of 1m40.276s, set on race tyres, as the British
rider was unable to make the best use of his qualifiers in the final few
minutes. Read more.....
Just seven days on from a
splendid Assen World Superbike race weekend, the championship roars back
into action in the former East Germany, the venue for the tenth round being
the spectacular Eurospeedway tri-oval close to Dresden. Read more.....
Airwaves Ducati return to Oulton Park this
weekend for the second time this season as the eleventh round of the
Bennetts British Superbike Championship takes place at the 2.69-mile
Cheshire circuit. With riders Gregorio Lavilla and Leon Haslam triumphing in
6 of the last 7 rounds and turning the BSB series on its head last time out
at Cadwell Park, the Airwaves Ducati team will be in confident mood. Read more.....
Italian Lorenzo Lanzi will
step in to the factory Ducati Xerox World Superbike team this weekend at the
Eurospeedway Lausitz alongside James Toseland, as a replacement for the
injured Régis Laconi. Read more.....
Following another difficult outing at Cadwell Park last week Jon Kirkham and
Dienza Performance have decided to go their separate ways and pursue other
options for the remainder of the 2005 season. Read more.....
With just three rounds remaining and both HM Plant Honda Racing riders
among the only three realistic contenders for the title, the team is
heading to Oulton Park with intentions of a double victory. However,
both Michael Rutter and team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari are aiming for the
two race wins. Read more.....
Team Castrol Suzuki's sidecar racing legend Steve Webster M.B.E.
announced his immediate retirement from the sport. Amid emotional scenes
at the Circuit van Drenthe at Assen, Holland on Sunday, the ten time
World Champion announced he was going to hang up his leathers and helmet
for good. Read more.....
Maria Costello became the first woman solo racer to finish on the podium in the history of the TT and Manx GP. Read more.....
Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin's Neil
Hodgson and Eric Bostrom both finished in the top five in the Saturday race
at Road Atlanta. Neil brought his Ducati 999 Superbike home in fourth
position in the red-flagged race and Eric Bostrom followed him to the line. Read more.....
James Toseland produced some
aggressive racing on the Xerox-backed factory Ducati 999 to take two podiums
in front of a massive 80,000 crowd at Assen as Chris Vermeulen (Honda)
scored maximum points with the two wins. Read more.....
The Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin team
began practice and qualifying at Road Atlanta on Friday with Neil Hodgson
and the Ducati 999 in the mix for a front row starting position. Teammate
Eric Bostrom was eighth in qualifying despite missing an opportunity to set
a quick lap at the end of his session. Read more.....
James Toseland continued
his positive run of form this weekend at Assen as the 24-year-old Ducati
Xerox Team rider clinched second place in Superpole for round 9 of the World
Superbike Championship. Toseland will line up on a stellar front row of the
grid, made up of four different manufacturers, behind poleman Chris
Vermeulen (Honda), seven-tenths quicker than the rest of the field, but
ahead of Troy Corser (Suzuki) and Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha). Read more.....
After a delay of an hour for an oil spillage at Parkfield to be attended to, the four-lap Senior was led away by Kenneth McCrea (Suzuki). Next were the Jackson brothers and it was Alan (Kawasaki) who took the early lead. Read more.....
Two races running concurrently made for plenty of action at the start of the final day's racing. First away were the two-stroke Lightweight 250cc machines, led off by Barry Davidson from Ballymena. Read more.....
The Manx Motor Cycle Club, organisers of the Manx Grand Prix in the Isle of Man, regret to announce that a rider in today's Ultra Lightweight race sustained fatal injuries. Reda more.....
BSB continues its 13-round series next year visiting the same circuits although Mallory Park is subject to venue improvements. The schedule is as follows; Read more.....
Friday's first qualifying
session at Assen produced mixed fortunes for the Ducati Xerox Team pairing
of James Toseland and Régis Laconi as they line up for the ninth round of
the World Superbike Championship. On great form throughout the one-hour
session, Toseland produced a superb last-minute effort on his Xerox-backed
Ducati 999 to grab the overnight pole from points leader Corser (Suzuki) and
the Honda duo of Muggeridge and Vermeulen. Read more.....
The Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin team
will wrap up their 2005 racing season in the Superbike doubleheader at Road
Atlanta this weekend. Riders Neil Hodgson and Eric Bostrom will attempt to
add to their four wins and nine podium finishes aboard their 999 Superbikes
this season. Read more.....
The legendary Van Drenthe
Circuit Assen TT is the venue for the final run-in as the 2005 World
Superbike Championship enters its conclusive phase, with four rounds to be
held in the space of six weeks. The Assen track has always been favourable
for the Italian manufacturer, which has won 18 of the 26 races held there
since 1991 and the Ducati Xerox Team pairing of James Toseland and Régis
Laconi aim to add to that impressive total this weekend. Read more.....
Team Castrol Suzuki duo Steve Webster MBE and Paul Woodhead make a very welcome return to track action this weekend, when they will be competing in the penultimate round of the 2005 FIM Sidecar World Championship at Assen in Holland. Read more.....