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Mon 22 Nov 2004
Win the championship and get a bikeHeadline

Win the championship and get a bike

For long-time followers of motorcycle racing the notion of winning a championship and keeping the bike would come as no surprise. In the earlier days of motorcycle racing this was a common gift given to the victor. Valentino...

Fri 19 Nov 2004
Ducati ends Michelin MotoGP relationshipHeadline

Ducati ends Michelin MotoGP relationship

Ducati has confirmed the rumors of the Italian MotoGP outfit running on Japanese tires in 2005. In its maiden year, Ducati shocked the MotoGP paddock by taking its first-ever MotoGP win in only its sixth appearance. By its second year, though, ...

Xaus a blue-rider?Headline

Xaus a blue-rider?

Ruben Xaus. Photo by Fabrice Crosnier. According to Spanish publications, Spaniard Ruben Xaus and his manager have managed to sever their contract with the D'Antin MotoGP team. With all the Honda seats taken, the MotoGP rookie of the...

Fri 12 Nov 2004
Melandri off to Honda in 2005Headline

Melandri off to Honda in 2005

Marco Melandri has been confirmed as the seventh Honda rider for 2005. The young Italian and former 250cc World Champion will ride alongside Sete Gibernau under the Telefonica-MovieStar garage. Marco Melandri on the starting grid. Photo...

Wed 10 Nov 2004
Hodgson to AMA SuperBikeHeadline

Hodgson to AMA SuperBike

After a few weeks in the rumor mill and a dismissal maiden season in MotoGP, Neil Hodgson has finally been officially named the second Ducati Austin rider. The Brit will ride alongside Eric Bostrom. Bostrom campaigned the Ducati Austin ...

McCoy to FP1 in 2005Headline

McCoy to FP1 in 2005

Foggy-Petronas racing has announced its 2005 WSBK rider line-up and one of them is three-time GP winner Garry McCoy. Garry McCoy. Photo by Bob Heathcote. The lanky Australian said: "I am really looking forward to it. It is still only...

Biaggi injured in SuperMoto accidentHeadline

Biaggi injured in SuperMoto accident

Max Biaggi celebrates. Photo by Camel Honda. Max Biaggi has injured his foot/leg (depending on your source) in a SuperMoto training session as the Roman Emperor prepared himself to compete in an FIM SuperMoto round in Italy. According...

Tue 02 Nov 2004
Rossi takes ninth victory of the season in ValenciaHeadline

Rossi takes ninth victory of the season in Valencia

Valentino Rossi's appetite for wins is insatiable. Just two weeks ago, the Italian living-legend won his eighth win of the season and retained the MotoGP world championship crown. The feat was so huge, Rossi is being hailed as the greatest-ever ...

Sat 30 Oct 2004
Gibernau on provisional pole for final roundHeadline

Gibernau on provisional pole for final round

MotoGP championship runner-up, Sete Gibernau, claimed pole position from World Champion, Valentino Rossi in the dramatic final minute of the of today's qualifying in Valencia. Sete Gibernau. Photo by Richard Sloop. Though Rossi led...

Wed 20 Oct 2004
Rossi writes history in AustraliaHeadline

Rossi writes history in Australia

About a year ago, any MotoGP observer would have said you were insane if you even thought of suggesting Valentino Rossi could retain the championship aboard the Yamaha M1. “Sure he’ll win a couple of races here and there, but the...

Sat 16 Oct 2004
Rossi heads Australian GP qualifyingHeadline

Rossi heads Australian GP qualifying

Valentino Rossi faces the real possibility of being able to wrap up his MotoGP title defense at this weekend's Australian GP at the Phillip Island circuit. Valentino Rossi. Photo by Gauloises Racing. After suffering a dismissal...

Thu 07 Oct 2004
Gibernau wins vital Qatar GPHeadline

Gibernau wins vital Qatar GP

Sete Gibernau crawled himself back into the championship hunt of his first MotoGP World Championship title at the Losail circuit in Qatar. The Spaniard not only won Saturday's GP, but also cut 2/3 of his championship-points deficit to Valentino ...

Sat 02 Oct 2004
Checa takes first-ever Qatar GP pole positionHeadline

Checa takes first-ever Qatar GP pole position

After a two-year drought, Spaniard Carlos Checa took pole position from provisional pole-sitter, Ruben Xaus. Checa's pole position lap was the only lap in the 58 second range, quite an achievement on such a dirty and slippery track. Another...

Fri 01 Oct 2004
Xaus takes historic provisional pole in QatarHeadline

Xaus takes historic provisional pole in Qatar

Ruben Xaus not only took his first-ever MotoGP provisional pole position, but the Spaniard also grabbed the first-ever provisional pole position at the newly-built Middle East Losail circuit in Qatar. Ruben Xaus. Photo by Fabrice ...

Wed 22 Sep 2004
Tamada wins Japanese GPHeadline

Tamada wins Japanese GP

Makoto Tamada backed up his pre-race talk with a dominant win at the Japanese GP in Motegi. After setting a blistering lap to take pole position on Saturday, Tamada rode a faultless race in front of 67,000 screaming Japanese fans. Makoto...

Sun 19 Sep 2004
Tamada steals pole position for home GPHeadline

Tamada steals pole position for home GP

Makoto Tamada will start tomorrow's Japanese GP at Motegi in pole position. The Japanese Honda rider stole pole position from fellow Bridgestone-shod rider, John Hopkins, in the last minutes of the second and last qualifying session by setting a...

Sat 18 Sep 2004
Hopkins on provisional pole for Japanese GPHeadline

Hopkins on provisional pole for Japanese GP

American John Hopkins took his first-ever provisional pole position for Sunday's Japanese GP at Motegi. John Hopkins. Photo by Richard Sloop. In anticipation of what will be the "David vs. Goliath" battle between world champion ...

Thu 09 Sep 2004
Rossi regains control of World Championship titleHeadline

Rossi regains control of World Championship title

The 25 year-old living legend, Valentino Rossi, stamped his authority at today's Portuguese GP at the Estoril circuit, by taking his sixth GP victory of the 2004 season and 65th of his career. Valentino Rossi. Photo by Gauloises ...

Mon 19 Jul 2004
Biaggi wins German GP at the SachsenringHeadline

Biaggi wins German GP at the Sachsenring

After setting a blistering lap time to take pole position for the German GP, Max Biaggi rode the wheels off his Camel Honda to take his first victory of 2004 at the tight and twisty Sachsenring course. Valentino Rossi and Sete Gibernau had the...

Wed 09 Jun 2004
Rossi wins action-packed Italian GPHeadline

Rossi wins action-packed Italian GP

I remember reading a quote from Wayne Rainey about Valentino Rossi signing with Yamaha. "The Yamaha is about 10 km/h slower than the other bikes," Rainey is reputed to have said. "Your job is finding the extra speed somewhere else". Rossi must...

Wed 19 May 2004
Gibernau maintains control of the French GPHeadline

Gibernau maintains control of the French GP

With Sete Giberneau on pole position, bright sunny skies and a temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit, the weather could not have been better at the Le Mans circuit in France. Le Mans, in the Bugatti configuration, is not a very technical track;...

Tue 18 May 2004
Gibernau takes French GP pole positionHeadline

Gibernau takes French GP pole position

The Spaniard and championship points-leader, Sete Gibernau, will start from pole position at the French Grand Prix at Le Mans. Friday saw America leading the time sheets, but on Saturday, this honor was bestowed upon Spain. Sete ...

Americans lead French GP attackHeadline

Americans lead French GP attack

Like many predicted at the beginning of the year, it looks like the 2004 MotoGP season is going to be one of the most competitive of all time. And to make it even more interesting, Americans, Colin Edwards and Nicky Hayden are leading the...