MotoGP

  • Valentino Rossi in the Ferrari 488 Pista

    Multiple MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi took time out from his busy schedule to sample the latest and greatest from Ferrari, the 488 Pista, on Wednesday. The test drive took place at Ferrari's Fiorano test track in Maranello, Italy, where Rossi was able to push the 710-horsepower machine to the limits. Ferrari says the hardcore 488 variant needs 1:21.5 to lap the 1.86-mile track. That compares to the 1:19.70 the flagship LaFerrari needs and the record 55.99 time set by Michael Schumacher in Ferrari's 2004 Formula 1 car. Speaking of F1, Rossi has close ties with Ferrari and there have been...

  • Valentino Rossi-approved Ford VR46 Ranger
    Valentino Rossi signs off on custom Ford Ranger

    What happens when a 9-time world motorcycle champion signs off on a limited edition pickup truck? The Ford VR46 Ranger, that's what. And this is it in the flesh. Rossi himself gave the final approval of the truck's design which includes plenty of off-road goodies and more menacing looks. Of course...

  • Nicky Hayden - courtesy Ducati
    American MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden dead at 35

    Following life-threatening injuries sustained after being struck by a car while bicycling, Nicky Hayden has passed away. Hayden, the last American to win a MotoGP championship, was 35 years old. Hayden's injuries occurred while cycling in Italy. He suffered serious cerebral damage and resided in...

  • BMW M2 official safety car for the 2016 MotoGP season
    BMW M2 transformed into safety car for 2016 MotoGP season

    Following in the footsteps of the M6 and M4 coupes, BMW’s new M2 will serve as official safety car for the 2016 MotoGP season. But before it could be supplied to Dorna Sports, the organizer of MotoGP, the M2 needed a few modifications. The modifications were handled at the BMW M factory and...

  • Valentino Rossi at Goodwood FOS
    MotoGP Icon Valentino Rossi Thrills At Goodwood Festival Of Speed

    On or off a motorcycle, nine-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi is an entertaining character. Rossi arrived at the Goodwood Festival of Speed fresh off a victory in the Dutch Grand Prix. While "The Doctor" had started from pole position, the race came down to heroic last-lap efforts after contact...

  • BMW Safety Moto GP Water Injection
    BMW Brings Water Injection System To Its M4 Safety Car

    Since 1999, BMW has been the official car of the MotoGP motorcycle race series. This new year is more of the same for the automaker, but it's also more of the new. BMW has employed its M4 for safety car duty, and it's fitted the decked-out coupe with a unique injection system under the hood. ALSO...

  • Casey Stoner

    Two-time MotoGP champion Casey Stoner will come out of retirement and hop back on a Honda motorcycle, but only for testing purposes. The Australian retired from MotoGP at the end of the 2012 season to spend more time with family and pursue other endeavors, one of which was driving a Holden Commodore V8 Supercars race car. He has been linked with rumors of a wild card appearance this season but this is now out of the question. Stoner will be testing Honda’s latest RC213V at the Twin Ring Motegi test track in Tochigi, Japan, working together with Honda’s motorsport division to...

  • 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe official safety car for MotoGP
    BMW M6 Gran Coupe Picked As Official Safety Car For 2013 MotoGP Season

    Following the success of the BMW M5 as MotoGP’s official safety car in 2012, the latest bahnstormer from the hallowed M Division, the 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe, has been picked as this year’s safety car. This will be the 15th successive year that a BMW M car has served as the official...

  • 2011 Holden Commodore V8 Supercars race car
    Two-Time MotoGP Champion Casey Stoner To Drive In V8 Supercars

    Less than a year after announcing his retirement from MotoGP, a sport in which he was crowned world champion twice, Casey Stoner has confirmed he will enter the popular Australian touring car series V8 Supercars in 2013. Stoner will initially be competing in the Dunlop V8 Series, a feeder series...

  • Dani Pedrosa photo courtesy MotoGP
    Repsol Honda Names 2013-14 MotoGP Riders; Yamaha Gains New Backing

    Repsol Honda has decided on its two riders for the 2013 MotoGP season. Most recent winner Dani Pedrosa has renewed with the team by signing a two-year contract extension. The Spanish rider, who currently lies second in the championship after gaining his third consecutive victory at Sachsenring in...

  • Pedrosa sprays the bubbly - Bridgestone photo
    Pedrosa Earns First MotoGP Win Of Season At Sachsenring

    Dani Pedrosa earned his first MotoGP win of the 2012 season in the Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland on the surprisingly sunny Sachsenring road course, battling and finally beating Repsol Honda teammate Casey Stoner in a dramatic battle from the start until nearly the finish. It was his third...

  • Casey Stoner conquered rain at Sachsenring - MotoGP photo
    Stoner Earns Wet MotoGP Pole At Sachsenring; Spies Second

    Qualifying for MotoGP's Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland round on the Sachsenring road course was an exercise in tactics--reading the changing conditions of the wet surface as it went from soaked to damp and making the right decisions on when to ride and when to wait was key to success today. It was...

  • Dani Pedrosa was fast in wt and dry conditions - MotoGP photo

    Dani Pedrosatook advantage of morning dry practice for the Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland at Sachsenring, using his 1:22.357 lap to best Repsol Honda teammate Casey Stoner by a minuscule 0.087 seconds. Stoner led early in the going and used his 1:22.444 to head the first session until Pedrosa pipped him at the end. Third place went to Jorge Lorenzo's Yamaha Factory Racing motorcycle at 1:22.647, another 0.290 back of the leader as he nursed an extremely sore ankle after last weekend's collision. Not content to be quickest in the dry, Pedrosa managed fast time in the afternoon wet session as...

  • Stoner sprays Dovizioso on Assen MotoGP podium- Bridgestone photo
    Stoner Wins Crash-Marred Assen MotoGP Race

    Reigning MotoGP champion Casey Stoner received a "gift" from San Carlo Gresini Honda rider Albaro Bautista in the Iveco Assen TT Grand Prix on Saturday. When Bautista lost his braking point--while trying to make his moves up the grid from eighth starting spot--he hit championship leader Jorge...

  • Casey Stoner overcame a spill to earn Assen's pole - MotoGP photo
    Stoner Takes Last-Second MotoGP Pole At Assen

    Thursday's delightful weather changed to intermittent showers for the MotoGP circuit's annual visit to The Netherlands for the Iveco Assen TT Grand Prix. Those difficult shower conditions on Friday caused delays throughout qualifying, but the track dried sufficiently with five minutes remaining to...

  • Ben Spies photo courtesy MotoGP
    Spies Leads Assen MotoGP Practice

    With the game of "musical saddles" already begun in MotoGP, some riders are certainly working to save their seats, including American Ben Spies of Factory Yamaha Racing. The defending winner of the Iveco TT Assen, Spies led all comers in practice on Thursday with second practice time of 1:34.866...

  • Bautista celebrates pole - MotoGP photo
    Bautista Earns First MotoGP Pole At Silverstone

    A Honda took pole position for Sunday's Hertz British Grand Prix MotoGP contest on the historic Silverstone circuit but it was satellite team San Carlo Honda Gresini's Alvaro Bautista atop the time sheets, scoring his first premier-class pole position ahead of Yamaha Factory Racing's Ben Spies and...

  • Casey Stoner - MotoGP photo
    Stoner Tops Silverstone MotoGP Friday Practice

    Morning wind and rain turned to sunshine in the second practice for MotoGP's annual visit to the UK's Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. By the time the second practice was done, Repsol Honda's two-time reigning champion Casey Stoner was quickest on the day with lap of 2:04.791 seconds, leading Yamaha...

  • Jorge Lorenzo en route to victory in Catalunya - MotoGP photo

    Just two days after testing in Catalunya, the MotoGP riders headed to Motorland Aragon for a second Spanish official in-season test. The results weren't terribly different from last weekend's race, as Jorge Lorenzo rode his Yamaha Factory Racing motorcycle to a 1:49.187 late in the day, with the team confirming its findings from the earlier test. He finished ahead of teammate Ben Spies and Monster Tech3 Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow. As Lorenzo worked on engine spec and electronics while also considering setups for this particular track, he beat his teammate Spies by just over two tenths. Crutchlow...

  • Aleix Espargaro - MotoGP photo
    Lorenzo Plays Waiting Game To Win Spanish MotoGP Grand Prix

    Jorge Lorenzo put the kibosh on Casey Stoner's reign in Spain today by winning the Grand Prix of Catalunya by more than five seconds over Stoner's teammate Dani Pedrosa. After starting second on a clean, clear but green track after rain washed the circuit, the Yamaha Factory Racing rider bided his...

  • Casey Stoner photo courtesy Bridgestone
    Stoner Storms To MotoGP Catalunya Pole

    Repsol Honda rider Casey Stoner continues to conquer Spain, earning pole position for Sunday's Grand Prix of Catalunya, round No. 5 in the MotoGP championship. Reigning (and soon to be retiring) world champ Stoner has won every Spanish race over the past 12 months and secured his second pole of the...

  • Jorge Lorenzo photo courtesy Bridgestone
    Lorenzo Leads MotoGP Circuit De Catalunya Friday Practice

    The MotoGP circuit makes a visit close to Yamaha Factory Racing's Jorge Lorenzo's home--and in his home country of Spain this weekend--for the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya, so it's appropriate the point leader would set the fastest time of the day after two practice sessions were completed...

  • Valentino Rossi image courtesy Ducati Team
    Ducati Team Completes Two-Day Mugello Test

    The Ducati MotoGP team intended to test earlier in the month of May but were foiled by rain. Undertaking a two-day scheduled session on the Mugello circuit, Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden were met at the Italian track by--you guessed it, wet conditions on the first attempt. Fortunately sunshine...

  • Rossi and Lorenzo celebrate on the Le Mans podium - Bridgestone photo
    Lorenzo Beats Le Mans Weather To Win MotoGP Race

    Weather conditions deteriorated at Le Mans Sunday afternoon, placing the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France MotoGP race on the Bugatti circuit at Le Mans strictly in the hands of rain-master Jorge Lorenzo on the Factory Yamaha Racing motorcycle. The Spaniard charged past pole man Dani Pedrosa and...

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