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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 ...

Thu 09 Jan 2003
Fortuna Yamaha - Marco Melandri interview

Fortuna Yamaha - Marco Melandri interview

Questions & Answers with Marco Melandri after Yamaha Factory test in Valencia (December '02). Q: How do you feel having ridden the YZR-M1 for the first time at these tests in Valencia and Jerez? What is your first impression of the bike? A:...

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 ...

Sat 10 May 2003
Fortuna Honda Spanish GP free practice report

Fortuna Honda Spanish GP free practice report

Rolfo makes good progress with bike set up Jerez de la Frontera (Cadix) 9 May -- Roberto Rolfo made good progress setting up his bike during the first day of practice in Jerez and has high hopes for the Spanish GP as his machine continues ...

Wed 05 Nov 2003
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...

Thu 27 Feb 2003
The dream of Sebasti?n Porto became realHeadline

The dream of Sebasti?n Porto became real

The dream of Sebastián Porto became real. The Argentinian completed three days tests in the circuit of Jerez, Spain with his new bike. The Honda 250 RSW of the factory Honda team of Alberto Puig, former driver of the World Championship. In the ...

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 ...

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...

Wed 29 Jan 2003
Fortuna Yamaha Valencia test notes 2003-01-27

Fortuna Yamaha Valencia test notes 2003-01-27

Checa faster than circuit best in Valencia while Melandri makes steady progress. The Fortuna Yamaha Team leaves Valencia this evening after making substantial developments during their three day test. Carlos Checa worked on chassis set-up and...

Wed 22 Jan 2003
Fortuna Yamaha Jerez test report 2002-01-22

Fortuna Yamaha Jerez test report 2002-01-22

Fortuna Yamaha Team leave Jerez disappointed with Spanish weather. The heavy downpours that have plagued the Fortuna Yamaha Team throughout their first test of 2003 continued today. The track in Jerez, Spain was so rain-soaked that there was no...

Fri 21 Feb 2003
Ducati Corse signs sponsor partner

Ducati Corse signs sponsor partner

Oracle and Ducati together on the racing track. Milan, February 20, 2003 - Oracle Italia, a subsidiary of Oracle Corporation (Nasdaq: ORCL), the world's largest enterprise software company, announced today that it has struck a partnership with...

Sun 27 Jul 2003
Fortuna Honda German GP race notes

Fortuna Honda German GP race notes

Roberto Rolfo hans Fortuna Honda first ever GP victory. Sachsenring, July 27: Roberto Rolfo today gave his principle sponsor Fortuna and machine manufacturer Honda, who have helped push in the world championship his first victory of the season,...

Tue 24 Jun 2003
Fortuna Yamaha Team Dutch GP preview

Fortuna Yamaha Team Dutch GP preview

The Fortuna Yamaha Team make their way to the Dutch circuit of Assen hoping that Carlos Checa's fourth place finish two weeks ago will be the turning point of the season for them. After a complicated start to 2003, Checa has stayed motivated and...

Mon 03 Nov 2003
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...

Sun 19 Oct 2003
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...

Sun 25 May 2003
Fortuna Honda French GP Saturday notes

Fortuna Honda French GP Saturday notes

The Le Mans rain restricts Roberto Rolfo's efforts too find a good wet race set up The rain restricted the working plan of Team Fortuna Honda and rider Roberto Rolfo on the second day of practice for the French Grand Prix. The water on the track...

Sat 01 Nov 2003
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 ...

Thu 12 Jun 2003
Fortuna Yamaha Team Catalunya GP preview

Fortuna Yamaha Team Catalunya GP preview

European MotoGP sector passes halfway stage After driving 1200 km in a day-and-a-half since Sunday's Italian Grand Prix in Mugello, the Fortuna Yamaha Team trucks rolled into the Circuit de Catalunya on Tuesday. The track, located at Montmelo...

Sun 08 Jun 2003
Fortuna Honda Italian GP Saturday notes

Fortuna Honda Italian GP Saturday notes

Roberto Rolfo maintains sixth place on with improved performance Mugello, Italy, June 7, 2003: Roberto Rolfo maintained his sixth place grid position at the end of the second day of practice for the Italian Grand Prix. Rolfo improved his time ...

Tue 01 Apr 2003
FYT Suzuka IRTA test combined times

FYT Suzuka IRTA test combined times

<pre> Please find below the official combined MotoGP results from the two day Suzuka IRTA test: 1. Valentino Rossi ITA Repsol Honda 2'04.170 2. Tohru Ukawa JPN Camel Pramac Pons ...

Fri 19 Sep 2003
FYT Rio GP Friday notes

FYT Rio GP Friday notes

Despite set-up changes and determined effort from Fortuna Yamaha's riders and their crews, today's final qualifying pace-setters were fast in the extreme, leaving Carlos Checa and Marco Melandri to start tomorrow's Rio Grand Prix from 10th and...

Mon 26 May 2003
Fortuna Honda French GP race notes

Fortuna Honda French GP race notes

Repeat podium for Roberto Rolfo after hard race at Le Mans. Le Mans France, my 25. Roberto Rolfo again placed his Fortuna Honda on the podium, this time at the French Grand Prix, held at Le Mans. Rolfo was one of the heroes's of the race, after a...

Sun 16 Mar 2003
Fortuna Yamaha IRTA Barcelona test notes 2003-03-15

Fortuna Yamaha IRTA Barcelona test notes 2003-03-15

Slow start for Fortuna Yamaha riders on chilly first day. Fortuna Yamaha Team duo Marco Melandri and Carlos Checa recorded the eighth and ninth fastest times respectively today at the official MotoGP group IRTA test at the Montmelo circuit in ...

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 ...

Mon 14 Jul 2003
FYT British GP revised results

FYT British GP revised results

British Grand Prix Sunday, 13 July 2003 Donington Park, UK BRITISH GRAND PRIX RESULTS CHANGED DUE TO ROSSI OVERTAKE ON YELLOW FLAG The MotoGP Race Direction has chosen to impose a penalty of 10 seconds to Valentino Rossi for overtaking under...

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...

Tue 16 Sep 2003
Michelin Rio GP preview

Michelin Rio GP preview

Last surviving 500 record set to go as Michelin's MotoGP men raise the pace Local hero Alex Barros reveals where he makes time around Jacarepagua This weekend the MotoGP circus commences its round-the-world tour in Rio, where the last remaining...

Fri 28 Feb 2003
Yamaha Team Estoril IRTA test notes 2003-02-27

Yamaha Team Estoril IRTA test notes 2003-02-27

Yamaha riders up rront in Estoril. The MotoGP pre-season IRTA tests in Estoril concluded today with Yamaha riders Alex Barros and Carlos Checa leading the pack. The morning rain started to dry out this afternoon enabling the riders to make the...

Sat 26 Apr 2003
FYT South African GP final qualifying notes

FYT South African GP final qualifying notes

Fortuna Yamaha Team more upbeat after final qualifying. Fortuna Yamaha Team rider Carlos Checa put in a determined effort to improve his grid position for Sunday's 28 lap race in what was one of the most competitive final qualifying sessions so...

Mon 31 Mar 2003
Fortuna Yamaha Team Suzuke IRTA day one test notes

Fortuna Yamaha Team Suzuke IRTA day one test notes

MotoGP riders commence final test before the racing begins. In unexpectedly sunny conditions the Fortuna Yamaha Team completed its first day of a two day test at the Suzuka circuit in Japan today. Riders Marco Melandri and Carlos Checa ...

Tue 11 Feb 2003
Fortuna Yamaha team Barcelona test 2003-02-10

Fortuna Yamaha team Barcelona test 2003-02-10

Unfortunate tumble for Checa, breakthrough for Melandri. Carlos Checa crashed out of today's Fortuna Yamaha Team test in Barcelona, Spain, not long after he took to the track. The Spaniard fell at the second turn and landed heavily on his...

Mon 20 Oct 2003
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 ...

Sat 11 Oct 2003
Fortuna Honda Malaysia GP final qualifying notes

Fortuna Honda Malaysia GP final qualifying notes

Rolfo improves feel for machine without finding all solutions to his problems Sepang -- Malaysia October 11, 2003. Roberto Rolfo slightly improved the performance of his Fortuna Honda overnight but problems still remain. Rolfo is still ...

Tue 07 Oct 2003
FYT Malaysia GP preview

FYT Malaysia GP preview

MALAYSIAN TROPICAL HEAT BECKONS MOTOGP Round fourteen of the MotoGP World Championship carries the Fortuna Yamaha Team straight from Japan to the humid skies of Malaysia this weekend. This is just a fleeting visit, however, for the over a ...

Wed 20 Aug 2003
Porto continues in the fight at Brno

Porto continues in the fight at Brno

The tenth round of the 250cc Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MOTOGP) took place at Brno, Czech Republic with the presence of Sebastian Porto driving the Honda 250 RSW. The Argentinian arrived fifth in the race dominated by Aprilia with...

Tue 10 Jun 2003
Fortuna Honda Italian GP race notes

Fortuna Honda Italian GP race notes

Rolfo closes to second in championship following progressive weekend Mugello Italy, June 8, 2003. Roberto Rolfo finished in a fine fourth place at the Italian Grand Prix, at Mugello, today a result that carried him into second place in the World...