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Sat 13 Dec 2003
Team Ducati Valencia test notes 2003-12-12

Team Ducati Valencia test notes 2003-12-12

Italian Lorenzo Lanzi has concluded the latest test for the factory Ducati 749R, the bike that will mark Ducati Corse's return to the World Supersport arena in the 2004 championship, with a major improvement on the time he recorded in ...

Wed 03 Dec 2003
Fortuna Yamaha Sepang test final notes

Fortuna Yamaha Sepang test final notes

The Fortuna Yamaha Team concluded their three-day test in Sepang today satisfied with the progress made by Spanish rider Carlos Checa. Bad weather interrupted Friday's testing at the Malaysian circuit but conditions improved yesterday and today,...

Bologna Motor Show preview

Bologna Motor Show preview

The World Superbike and Supersport Championship Paddock at The Bologna Motor Show Superbike and Supersport are on their way to the 2003 Motor Show and they are treating the occasion like another Grand Prix. In Hall 19, a 1200 m2 replica of...

Sun 30 Nov 2003
Fortuna Yamaha Team Sepang test, day one

Fortuna Yamaha Team Sepang test, day one

Bad weather marred an otherwise positive day of testing for the Fortuna Yamaha Team on the first of their three-day test in Sepang today. Factory Team rider Carlos Checa completed three beneficial hours of testing on his YZR-M1 before the heavens...

Wed 26 Nov 2003
FYT interview with Yamaha Racing representatives

FYT interview with Yamaha Racing representatives

Q&A with Lin Jarvis, Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing B.V. 1. Having announced the news about signing Valentino Rossi, there must have been a lot of excitement in the past couple of weeks, not only from the media but also within ...

Thu 20 Nov 2003
Eric Bostrom named by Ducati for AMA title challenge
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Eric Bostrom named by Ducati for AMA title challenge

Bologna (Italy), Wednesday, 19 November 2003: Eric Bostrom is set to spearhead the Ducati attack on the 2004 AMA Superbike championship in one of the most exciting challenges seen in North America's premier motorcycle racing series for many ...

Sat 15 Nov 2003
Team Ducati Valencia test notes 2003-11-13

Team Ducati Valencia test notes 2003-11-13

Valencia (Spain), 13 November 2003: The Ducati Fila 2004 World Superbike championship pairing of Regis Laconi and James Toseland made their first appearance for the team this week as they completed a three-day testing session at the Valencia...

Tue 11 Nov 2003
Rossi joins Yamaha in 2004

Rossi joins Yamaha in 2004

Yamaha confirms Valentino Rossi. Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. has concluded an agreement with 2003 World Champion Valentino Rossi to head its MotoGP line-up in 2004 and 2005. Rossi will join Yamaha's wholly-owned factory racing team from 1st January...

Sat 08 Nov 2003
Michelin plans to continue success

Michelin plans to continue success

LAS VEGAS - Vehicle manufacturers and technology developers often claim that their motorsports programs provide a proving ground for new technologies. When pressed, they can sometimes point to an electronics package, transmission or an engine ...

Fri 07 Nov 2003
Fortuna Yamaha Valencia test notes

Fortuna Yamaha Valencia test notes

The Fortuna Yamaha Team completed the second of a two-day test today in Valencia, Spain, and take with them crucial data on the new evolution of Yamaha's Deltabox frame. The frame was first introduced on Saturday during the MotoGP race weekend in...

Wed 05 Nov 2003
Porto - bye Honda, welcome Aprilia

Porto - bye Honda, welcome Aprilia

Finally what Sebastián Porto was wanting so much arrived. The 250cc Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MOTOGP) disputed its season close round at the Valencia circuit. Is the end for a terrible year for the only Argentinian ryder that ...

Fortuna Yamaha Team Valencia test, day one

Fortuna Yamaha Team Valencia test, day one

The Fortuna Yamaha Team stayed on at the Valencia circuit in Spain to complete the first of a two-day test today. Carlos Checa and Norick Abe took advantage of the clement weather to continue to test the new evolution of Yamaha's Deltabox frame...

Mon 03 Nov 2003
Fortuna Yamaha team statement

Fortuna Yamaha team statement

The following is a statement issued on behalf of Fortuna Yamaha Team director Davide Brivio. "We welcome this evening's news that the Honda - Valentino Rossi relationship has drawn to a close. As many people know, when it became clear that ...

Michelin Valencia GP race notes

Michelin Valencia GP race notes

Rossi breaks more records to score his ninth victory of 2003, Michelin's 16 from 16 Michelin riders fill top nine places today, top ten positions in the World Championship Valentino Rossi (Repsol Honda Team RC211V-Michelin) ended his...

FYT Valencia GP race notes

FYT Valencia GP race notes

Fortuna Yamaha riders Carlos Checa and Norick Abe rode home to fifth and ninth place respectively in today's Valencia Grand Prix, the final race of the 2003 season. Racing with a new evolution of Yamaha's Deltabox frame on his YZR-M1, Checa...

Fortuna Honda Valencia GP final qualifying notes

Fortuna Honda Valencia GP final qualifying notes

Rolfo progresses even with some set up problems Valencia -- Spain, November 1, 2003. Roberto Rolfo continued his search for solutions to some of the niggling set up problems he has experienced in qualifying, basically with the front end...

FYT Valencia GP final qualifying notes

FYT Valencia GP final qualifying notes

Fortuna Yamaha riders Carlos Checa and Norick Abe rode a steady final qualifying session this afternoon to keep their respective fifth and eleventh positions on the starting grid for tomorrow's Valencia Grand Prix. The Spanish round marks the last...

Sat 01 Nov 2003
Fortuna Honda Valencia GP first qualifying notes

Fortuna Honda Valencia GP first qualifying notes

Rolfo maintains optimism and confidence with Valencia development progress Valencia -- Spain, October 31, 2003. At the conclusion of the first qualifying session for the Community of Valencia GP Roberto Rolfo was both optimistic and...

FTT Valencia GP first qualifying notes

FTT Valencia GP first qualifying notes

The final round of the 2003 MotoGP season commenced today in Valencia, Spain, and Fortuna Yamaha riders Carlos Checa and Norick Abe braved cold and windy conditions to secure fifth and eleventh positions on the provisional starting grid. Abe ...

Wed 29 Oct 2003
Melandri on the road to recovery

Melandri on the road to recovery

Twenty-one-year old MotoGP rider Marco Melandri is back on the road to recovery after a two-and-a-half-hour operation to his right shoulder yesterday. The surgery, performed by Dr. Giuseppe Porcellini at the "Villa Serena" surgery in Forli,...

TKH names 2004 riders

TKH names 2004 riders

Karl Muggeridge and Broc Parkes will ride for World Champions, Ten Kate Honda in the 2004 World Supersport championship aboard the all-conquering CBR600RR machine. The exciting pairing will aim to clinch a third consecutive World Supersport...

Sat 25 Oct 2003
FYT Valencia preview

FYT Valencia preview

CHECA TO BE JOINED BY ABE IN 2003 SEASON FINALE Exactly 30 weeks since the 2003 MotoGP season kicked off at the Japanese Grand Prix in April, a bizarre twist of fate now brings the Fortuna Yamaha Team back to a similar situation to the one it ...

Michelin Valencia preview

Michelin Valencia preview

French tyre giant aims for 16th victory from 2003 season's 16 races; Michelin man Sete Gibernau reveals his Valencia track secrets. Michelin aims to complete a full house of 2003 MotoGP victories at Valencia this weekend. The French tyre brand...

Fri 24 Oct 2003
Abe to replace Melandri at Valencia

Abe to replace Melandri at Valencia

The Fortuna Yamaha Team has announced today that Norick Abe will ride as a replacement for Marco Melandri at the season-closing Valencia Grand Prix in Spain on Sunday 2nd November. Melandri will undergo an operation to his right shoulder on...

Mon 20 Oct 2003
Magny Cours: Michelin season finale report

Magny Cours: Michelin season finale report

Two wins for Ducati Fila-Michelin. Neil Hodgson (Ducati Fila-Michelin) won race 1 and Ruben Xaus (Ducati Fila-Michelin) followed suit in race 2 at the 2003 World Superbike championship finale, in France. Troy Corser (Foggy Petronas ...

Magny Cours: Ducati season finale race report

Magny Cours: Ducati season finale race report

Hodgson and Xaus (Ducati Fila) share the wins in Magny-Cours finale. Magny-Cours (France), 19 October 2003: Ducati Fila riders Neil Hodgson and Ruben Xaus finished off the season in fine style with a win apiece in the final round of the World ...

Magny Cours: Ten Kate Honda race report

Magny Cours: Ten Kate Honda race report

Muggeridge hits 'fever' pitch at Magny-Cours. Ten Kate Honda's Karl Muggeridge notched up his third consecutive win of the year in the 11th and final round of the World Supersport championship at Magny-Cours in France. The 29-year-old ...

Michelin Australian GP race report

Michelin Australian GP race report

Rossi beats rivals & penalty for 8th win. Even a ten-second penalty for riding offence can't beat dazzling world champ; Michelin riders dominate fastest-ever Australian GP, filling top nine positions Valentino Rossi (Repsol Honda Team ...

Fortuna Yamaha Australian GP race notes

Fortuna Yamaha Australian GP race notes

Brave effort from Melandri; persistent ride from Checa. Today's Australian Grand Prix proved to be one of the closest and most hard fought races of the season, and Fortuna Yamaha rider Marco Melandri stole the limelight by leading much of the...

Fortuna Honda Australian GP race report

Fortuna Honda Australian GP race report

Phillip Island -- Australia, October 1, 2003. Roberto Rolfo scored a clear and very convincing victory in the 250cc Australian Grand Prix and in the process took a very important step towards the 250cc world title. Rolfo is now just seven points...

Sun 19 Oct 2003
Magny Cours: Ducati final qualifying report

Magny Cours: Ducati final qualifying report

Front row starts for Hodgson and Xaus (Ducati Fila) in Superbike finale at Magny-Cours. Magny-Cours (France), 18 October 2003: Ducati Fila riders Neil Hodgson and Ruben Xaus both improved on their Friday qualifying times to end up with front-row...

Magny Cours: Ten Kate Honda qualifying report

Magny Cours: Ten Kate Honda qualifying report

Ten Kate Honda's recently crowned World Supersport champion, Chris Vermeulen snatched pole position with a red-hot final lap in qualifying on Saturday at Magny-Cours in France. "I made a silly mistake on my last lap but I am very pleased with...

Fortuna Honda Australian GP final qualifying notes

Fortuna Honda Australian GP final qualifying notes

Roberto Rolfo more satisfied with the development of his Fortuna Honda Phillip Island -- Australia, October 18, 2003. Roberto Rolfo finished final qualifying for the Australian 250cc Grand Prix more satisfied with the progress on the development...

FYT Australian GP final qualifying notes

FYT Australian GP final qualifying notes

Fortuna Yamaha Team pair Marco Melandri and Carlos Checa substantially improved their Friday provisional qualifying times in virtually perfect conditions during this afternoon's final qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix. Both Melandri and ...

Sat 18 Oct 2003
Magny Cours: TKH Friday qualifying notes

Magny Cours: TKH Friday qualifying notes

Ten Kate Honda's recently crowned World Supersport champion, Chris Vermeulen posted the second fastest time in Friday's first qualifying session at Magny-Cours in France. The young Australian set a time of 1m 44.143s and concluded the ...

Magny Cours: Ducati qualifying notes

Magny Cours: Ducati qualifying notes

Xaus sixth and Hodgson ninth in Magny-Cours Friday qualifying Magny-Cours (France), 17 October 2003: Ducati Fila riders Ruben Xaus and Neil Hodgson could only manage sixth and ninth quickest times respectively in Magny-Cours first qualifying as...

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