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Tue 17 May 2005
Rossi wins action-packed French GP

Rossi wins action-packed French GP

Valentino Rossi proved once again why he's a four-time MotoGP World Champion, and is leading the championship standings by 37 points with only four races in the books, by taking victory in an action-packed race from Spaniard, Sete Gibernau, at Le...

Sun 15 May 2005
World Champion grabs French pole position

World Champion grabs French pole position

Four-time and reigning World Champion, Valentino Rossi, took pole position for tomorrow's French GP at Le Mans. And with the help of Colin Edwards, the Gauloises Yamaha team qualified 1-2 for the first time this season. On Friday, during the...

Wed 11 May 2005
Will the

Will the "car guys" return the favor?

Today was the second time this year a Formula One race was shown on national television. Yes, you read correctly, not another NASCAR race, but a race where drivers must also know how to turn right… and use the brakes. Now, before you begin ...

Wed 04 May 2005
Rossi wins torrential Chinese GPHeadline

Rossi wins torrential Chinese GP

Valentino Rossi has brought the YZR-M1 full-circle by winning the third round of the 2005 season in Shanghai, China under torrential conditions. Race winner Valentino Rossi celebrates with Oliver Jacque. Photo by Gauloises Fortuna...

Sun 01 May 2005
Gibernau takes historic pole in ChinaHeadline

Gibernau takes historic pole in China

Spaniard Sete Gibernau went on to take the first-ever pole-position for a motorcycle in Shanghai, China. This year is the first time the MotoGP paddock visited the futuristic and newly-built Chinese racetrack. The F1 boys got a chance to sample it...

Sat 30 Apr 2005
Hayden and Roberts fastest in China

Hayden and Roberts fastest in China

For the first time in the history of the premier class of motorcycle racing, Shanghai, China played host to the MotoGP paddock. The Shanghai circuit was built last year and hosted the first-ever Chinese F1 round. Like Sepang, Shanghai is ...

Tue 19 Apr 2005
Barros wins first-ever flag-to-flag race in Portugal

Barros wins first-ever flag-to-flag race in Portugal

Alex Barros proved there is justice in the cruel world of MotoGP by winning the second round of the 2005 MotoGP season in Estoril, Portugal. Having qualified on pole, Barros was set to take the lead into turn one. However, Sete Gibernau, who had...

Sun 17 Apr 2005
Barros on pole position for Portuguese GP

Barros on pole position for Portuguese GP

Barros maintained his control over the rest of the MotoGP riders by proving he was the man to beat during morning practice and taking pole position this afternoon at Estoril, Portugal. The last few minutes of qualifying saw Carlos Checa, Sete ...

Sat 16 Apr 2005
Barros leads Portuguese GP practice

Barros leads Portuguese GP practice

The Portuguese GP is here, a few months ahead of its initial date but who is counting. After one of the most controversial GPs in recent history, the MotoGP boys are back to work. The MotoGP circus made a quick trip over the border, from Jerez, ...

Tue 12 Apr 2005
Rossi wins controversial GP at Jerez

Rossi wins controversial GP at Jerez

Valentino Rossi won the opening round of the 2005 season at Jerez. The Italian set pole position on Saturday, almost a half-second faster than second place and bitter rival, Sete Gibernau. Third-fastest went to former 250cc World Champion, Marco...

Sun 10 Apr 2005
Rossi on pole for opening-round at Jerez

Rossi on pole for opening-round at Jerez

Current 4-time MotoGP World Champion, Valentino Rossi, sent a clear message to his rivals by setting pole position for tomorrow's opening-round in Jerez, Spain. The message was loud and clear; almost a full half-second faster than his bitter ...

Sat 09 Apr 2005
Gibernau leads Friday in Spain

Gibernau leads Friday in Spain

2005 brings several new rule changes to MotoGP. The most important today is that in 2005, qualifying will only happen on Saturday. In the past, MotoGP riders would be given two free-practice sessions Friday and Saturday morning and...

Tue 29 Mar 2005
Hayden finishes final pre-season test on a high

Hayden finishes final pre-season test on a high

After three days of testing at Jerez, the opening venue of the 2005 season, the MotoGP boys are ready to take on each other April 10. With all pre-season testing in the books, the opening round will be a screamer. Three of the sport's youngest...

Mon 28 Mar 2005
Hopkins leads final pre-season test

Hopkins leads final pre-season test

The MotoGP boys may still have two more days in which to topple Suzuki rider, John Hopkins from the top of the timing sheets, but with rain forecasted for tomorrow and likely for Sunday, Hopkins may leave the final pre-season test at the ...

Tue 22 Mar 2005
Sete Gibernau gets the BMW car in Catalunya

Sete Gibernau gets the BMW car in Catalunya

After two days of testing at the Catalunya circuit, Sete Gibernau proved the most prepared for the 40-minute timed "win-a-car" session. "I'm happy to have taken the pole, especially for all the people here who have given me such superb backing....

Sat 19 Mar 2005
Catalunya IRTA tests: Day One

Catalunya IRTA tests: Day One

The beginning of the 2005 MotoGP season is set to start April 10th. However, as a warm-up, MotoGP fans are given the first official tests of the season; the Catalunya IRTA tests. All other tests are unofficial, meaning lap times are provided by...

Tue 15 Mar 2005
The Road to my first GP, part one

The Road to my first GP, part one

What is GP racing to me? Those close will say an obsession, but I like to call it a passion. You see, in my eyes, there is no other sport in the world that requires so much from an individual. From courage, to skill, to fitness, you name it. If...

Mon 14 Mar 2005
Rap and MotoGP

Rap and MotoGP

Last week it was announced by crash.net, that hip-hop artist Ludacris and his label DTP, would get involved in the world of motorcycles, specifically the ill-sponsored WCM team. I have to say that I’m on the fence on this and here is why.

Fri 04 Mar 2005
Qatar pre-season test: Day One

Qatar pre-season test: Day One

The Honda and Ducati boys went back to work today as the MotoGP paddock gets ready for the opening round of the season at Jerez in early April. Last year, during their first visit to the Losail facility, many of the GP riders struggled with grip.

Qatar pre-season test: Day Two

Qatar pre-season test: Day Two

Makoto Tamada and Loris Capirossi shared the top of the timesheets as the two finished their second day of testing with a fastest time of 1:57.69. Their times were almost a second faster than Nicky Hayden's time from the first day, quite an ...

Fri 25 Feb 2005
Phillip Island pre-season test: The other side

Phillip Island pre-season test: The other side

The Phillip Island pre-season test has come and gone. We know that Rossi set the fastest lap of the test, a 1:29.68. We also know Nicky Hayden was the fastest Honda at the test and that Sete Gibernau left one day early. Let us now look at the ...

Mon 21 Feb 2005
Phillip Island pre-season test: Final Day

Phillip Island pre-season test: Final Day

On Friday, Sete Gibernau set the fastest time of the test when he became the first rider ever to dip below the 1:30 mark. Satisfied, Gibernau ended the test early and headed back home. This is a move Valentino Rossi and Mick Doohan were famous...

Sat 19 Feb 2005
Phillip Island pre-season test: Day Two

Phillip Island pre-season test: Day Two

Sete Gibernau topped the time sheets for the second day in a row. And in the process, the number 15 broke the lap record by two tenths of a second. "Here we have worked on the set up of the bike, chassis and tires and found the best combination...

It's official, the Brazilian GP is cancelled.

It's official, the Brazilian GP is cancelled.

Yesterday, the Spanish media was reporting rumors of a possible cancellation of the Brazilian round of the MotoGP season. According to as.com, the same source that first reported Rossi's departure from Honda back in 2003, the reason for the ...

Fri 18 Feb 2005
Phillip Island pre-season test: Day One

Phillip Island pre-season test: Day One

Spaniard Sete Gibernau led the MotoGP pack on the first day of pre-season testing at Phillip Island, Australia. "Today we were looking for the confirmation of the work done at Sepang and I'm very satisfied because we lapped fast from the very ...

Thu 17 Feb 2005
Sepang II: The other side

Sepang II: The other side

Sepang II is done now. Gone are the thumping four strokes from the Malaysian shore. So what do we do between now and the next test in Australia? We take a look at the other side of the lap-time sheets. For instance, today, crash.net reported ...

Wed 16 Feb 2005
Sepang II pre-season test: Final Day

Sepang II pre-season test: Final Day

Makoto Tamada may have only a few months of experience using Michelin tires, but you would not be able to know this by looking at his times on the final day of testing at Sepang. The Japanese SBK champion was the only rider to dip below the 2:01...

Mon 14 Feb 2005
Sepang II pre-season test: Second Day

Sepang II pre-season test: Second Day

Yesterday, it was a Honda 1-2-3 uppercut, today… a Honda 1-2-3-4-5 body blow. Max Biaggi, HRC's number one rider, fired back today by being the fastest rider of the test. Biaggi's time of 2:01.501 was just 1.5 tenths of a second faster than ...

Sun 13 Feb 2005
Sepang II pre-season test: First Day

Sepang II pre-season test: First Day

Sete Gibernau placed his RC211V 2005 Honda at the top of the time-sheets during the second Sepang test of 2005. Gibernau did not break any lap records, nor set the world ablaze like Loris Capirossi did at the last test, but at this first day of ...

Fri 11 Feb 2005
Biaggi: You won't hear any more excuses from me

Biaggi: You won't hear any more excuses from me

As the MotoGP teams return to Sepang for another pre-season test, MotoGP.com sat down with HRC's main hope, Max Biaggi, and discussed his place at HRC, his relationship with his teammate and Erv Kanemoto, his perception of a 'whiner" in certain ...

Thu 03 Feb 2005
Confirmed: Byrne to KR

Confirmed: Byrne to KR

It was confirmed today, by MCN, that Shane Byrne will remain in MotoGP. As we posted yesterday, the rumor was true and Byrne will ride for the KTM KR team. According to MCN, team principal, Kenny Roberts, will seal the deal with KTM later this...

McWilliams to BSB, Byrne to KR?

McWilliams to BSB, Byrne to KR?

Yesterday it was reported by Toby Hirst that Shane Byrne would trade job opportunities with Jeremy McWilliams, both former teammates with the Aprilia MotoGP team. Byrne had been offered a respectable BSB ride late last year, but the British ...

Tue 01 Feb 2005
Suzuki unveils 2005 GSV-R

Suzuki unveils 2005 GSV-R

Today Suzuki unveiled its 2005 MotoGP racer. The unveiling happened at Bridgestone's Japanese headquarters. The naked eye will find an updated front fairing, with a new ram-air setup. The new GSV-R will also showcase all of Suzuki's corporate ...

Fri 28 Jan 2005
HRC: We would welcome Burgess back

HRC: We would welcome Burgess back

After announcing HRC and Mick Doohan would no longer work together, Satoru Horiike, managing director of HRC stated Jerry Burgess would be welcomed back at HRC. Horiike was the engineer that designed the NSR500 V4 that was raced by Freddie ...

Thu 27 Jan 2005
Doohan and HRC are no more

Doohan and HRC are no more

According to MotoGP reporter, Toby Hirst, HRC has severed its ties with five-time World Champion, Mick Doohan. Doohan's title between 2000 and 2004 was of HRC Manager. Doohan's main duty was that of advisor to the Respsol-HRC riders. Under his...

Sepang pre-season test: Final Day

Sepang pre-season test: Final Day

The Red Machine and Loris Capirossi completed their domination of the pre-season test at Sepang. Capirossi not only lowered his lap time, but he shaved almost a second and a half off his day-two time. "These were three positive days, especially...