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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,...

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 ...

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,...

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
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
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
Fortuna Honda Australian GP first qualifying notes

Fortuna Honda Australian GP first qualifying notes

Phillip Island -- Australia, October 17, 2003. Fortuna Honda rider Roberto Rolfo is satisfied with the opening qualifying session at the superb Phillip Island circuit, on the Pacific Ocean in spite of finishing in seventh place. However he feels...

FYT Australian GP first qualifying report

FYT Australian GP first qualifying report

Fortuna Yamaha Team riders Carlos Checa and Marco Melandri produced quick and consistent performances today during the hour-long provisional qualifying session for this weekend's Australian Grand Prix. Both factory Yamaha riders used today to...

Tue 14 Oct 2003
Michelin Australian GP preview

Michelin Australian GP preview

Michelin-equipped Aussie hero aims for podium at unique Phillip Island Michelin aims to continue unbeaten run of eight premier-class Island victories Hugely popular MotoGP king Valentino Rossi (Repsol Honda Team RC211V-Michelin) may have...

Fortuna Yamaha Team Australian GP preview

Fortuna Yamaha Team Australian GP preview

Fortuna Yamaha Team men Carlos Checa and Marco Melandri advance to Australia 's picturesque Phillip Island circuit this weekend for the last but one stage of the MotoGP World Championship. The battle for first place is already over, as Italian ...

Sun 12 Oct 2003
Michelin Malaysia GP race notes

Michelin Malaysia GP race notes

Italian rider and French tyre brand win their third joint World Championship success Rossi betters Sepang race record by 20 seconds after beating 2002 pole by 2 seconds Valentino Rossi (Repsol Honda Team RC211V-Michelin) scored his seventh...

FYT's Rossi clinches title with win in Malaysia GP

FYT's Rossi clinches title with win in Malaysia GP

Rossi clinches MotoGP Title; Checa persists to finish fifth Honda rider Valentino Rossi today claimed his third consecutive MotoGP World Championship title after a dominating performance at the Malaysian Grand Prix. The flamboyant Italian was...

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 ...

FYT Malaysia GP final qualifying notes

FYT Malaysia GP final qualifying notes

Fortuna Yamaha rider Carlos Checa overcame an unfortunate final qualifying incident with his team-mate Marco Melandri in today's Sepang action, claiming a second place front row start for tomorrow's Malaysian Grand Prix. The Fortuna Yamaha pair ...

Fri 10 Oct 2003
Fortuna Honda Malaysia GP Friday notes

Fortuna Honda Malaysia GP Friday notes

Sepang -- Malaysia, October 10, 2003: The crash suffered by Roberto Rolfo in the dying minutes of provisional qualifying did not interrupt the progress made by the Fortuna Honda team on machine set up. Rolfo is convinced the team are working...

FYT Malaysia GP Friday notes

FYT Malaysia GP Friday notes

An electrifying pace was set in today's first qualifying session of the Malaysian Grand Prix and it was an incident-filled day for Fortuna Yamaha riders Carlos Checa and Marco Melandri. Track temperatures as high as 46 degrees and a slick surface...

Thu 09 Oct 2003
Michelin Malaysia GP preview

Michelin Malaysia GP preview

Rossi poised for third Michelin Crown Italian ready for third successive premier-class title with French tyre giant With three GPs to go, Michelin monopolise top ten places in MotoGP MotoGP king Valentino Rossi (Repsol Honda Team...

Another almost for Porto at Pacific GP

Another almost for Porto at Pacific GP

Sebastian Porto couldn`t complete a good result at the Pacific Grand Prix, thirteenth round of the 250cc Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MOTOGP) disputed at the Japanesse circuit of Motegi. The factory Honda driver lost control of his...

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