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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

Sat 10 May 2003
FYT Spanish GP free practice report

FYT Spanish GP free practice report

Fortuna Yamaha Team have solid start in Spain Today saw the beginning of the European leg of the 2003 MotoGP World Championship where Fortuna Yamaha Team rider Carlos Checa kicked off proceedings with a solid morning free practice performance in...

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...

Thu 09 Oct 2003
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...

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...

Mon 03 Nov 2003
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...

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,...

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 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...

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 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 ...

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 22 Feb 2003
Yamaha teams launch YZR-M1 in Jerez

Yamaha teams launch YZR-M1 in Jerez

Fortuna Yamaha Team and Gauloises Yamaha Team launch 2003 campaign in spanish style. The Fortuna Yamaha and Gauloises Yamaha teams marked the formal beginning of their 2003 MotoGP campaigns with a presentation and dinner attended by 200 media...

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 ...

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...

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...

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 ...

Sun 21 Sep 2003
FYT Rio GP race notes

FYT Rio GP race notes

Today's Rio Grand Prix proved to be one of the most difficult rounds of the 2003 MotoGP World Championship for the Fortuna Yamaha team, with both factory Yamaha riders Carlos Checa and Marco Melandri struggling to finish with a top ten result.

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...

Fri 25 Jul 2003
Fortuna Honda German GP Friday notes

Fortuna Honda German GP Friday notes

Sachsenring -- Germany, July 25: Roberto Rolfo finished the first day of practice at the Sachsenring circuit in Germany, the ninth round of the 16-round series, satisfied with the performance of his Fortuna Honda. Rolfo, who set the second...

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 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 ...

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...

Mon 12 May 2003
FYT Spanish GP race report

FYT Spanish GP race report

Problems for unlucky Checa; gritty return for Melandri Marco Melandri made a gutsy MotoGP race debut aboard the Fortuna Yamaha Team YZR-M1 at the third round of the MotoGP World Championship, held today in Jerez, Spain. The young Italian, who...