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    With the weekend drawing ever closer some of the World's best motocross teams are gearing up for the big pre season showdown. Hawkstone Park, Shropshire will be the setting for one of the most talked about pre season international events and the organisers are anticipating it to be another huge success. Read more.....

    At the end of December, Piaggio finalised its acquisition of the Aprilia group, making it the largest manufacturer of powered two wheelers in Europe. Read more.....

    After leading pre-season testing and most of qualifying, Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki riders Tory Corser and Yukio Kagayama took a race win each, the first time Suzuki pilots have headed both podiums in World Superbike. With a second place and win to his credit, class new boy Kagayama leads the championship with an almost immaculate 45 points, from his team-mate Corser, who secured a win and a third place. Xerox Ducati rider Regis Laconi, with a third and a second place, earned third overall, with 36 points to Corser's 41. Read more.....

    Winston Ten Kate Honda riders Sebastien Charpentier and Katsuaki Fujiwara dominated the race, but in the most peculiar circumstances imaginable. Read more.....

    Xpress Racing Team Principle Nigel Broomhall is proud to announce his plans for the forthcoming 2005 National Superstock Series. After running the popular young Australian rider Dave Johnson at the last round at Donington Park in 2004, Xpress Racing have come to an arrangement to run the Hinkley based rider in 2005. Read more.....

    Carl Fogarty is confident that his Foggy PETRONAS Racing team can build on the foundations laid at the first round of the Superbike World Championship at the Losail circuit in Qatar. Read more.....

    RIZLA SUZUKI has paid tribute to former team member Yukio Kagayama after the popular Japanese rider finished second and first in today's opening races of the World Superbike Championship in Qatar to lead the series. Read more.....

    WSB Qatar - Day Two Superpole Times; Read more.....

    RIZLA SUZUKI racer John Reynolds was sent home from hospital today, exactly one week after breaking his right leg in a testing accident at Valencia in Spain. Read more.....

    The dates for the 2005 Duke Road Race Rankings Series have been confirmed, with a total of twenty-two rounds, commencing at the Cookstown '100' Road Races on 30th April and concluding at the Gold Cup Meeting at Oliver's Mount on 17th/18th September. Read more.....

    Once more Pirelli will be the unique official supplier for the World Superbike Championship, following on from the highly successful co-operation of the previous season. Read more.....

    After two very successful rounds of the Maxxis Motard Masters series, the promoters have reluctantly taken the difficult decision to cancel round 3 of the series. Read more.....

    Rizla Suzuki British Superbike Champion John Reynolds is determined to put his injuries behind him and get back to racing as soon as possible. Read more.....

    Czech star Petr Vorlicek has his sights set on victory in the final round of the Maxxis Masters Winter Supermoto Series at Lydd on March 5 and 6. Read more.....

    A whirlwind promotional tour has been scheduled so that followers and supporters of last year's most talked about two-wheel journey can meet adventurer and celebrity Charley Boorman. The tour will visit a number of BMW Motorrad Great Britain dealerships and attend special events around the country. Read more.....

    World Supersport championship, round one - Losail, Qatar. Thursday - free practice times (wet); Read more.....

    World Superbike championship, round one - Losail, Qatar. Thursday free practice times (RAIN): Read more.....

    More than 250 road safety experts will meet next week to tackle the tough task of reducing the number of deaths on Britain's roads. They will pay particular attention to the rising toll of motorcycle tragedies. Read more.....

    Following on from successful tests in Malaysia earlier in the year, the Kawasaki Racing Team arrived at a cold and cloudy Jerez circuit today to start the European phase of their preparations for the 2005 MotoGP season. Read more.....

    World Superbike heads to the Middle East for the first time in its history as the Losail International Circuit in Qatar plays host to the opening round of the 2005 championship. Last October James Toseland became the youngest-ever WSBK champion when he beat off the attacks from team-mate Régis Laconi to take the 2004 title and the Anglo-French duo will be lining up on the grid again as team-mates on the red 999 machines from Borgo Panigale, this time in the colours of new title sponsor, Xerox. Read more.....

    For seventeen years the World Superbike Championship has provided production-based machinery with a truly global racing series, making it an accurate reflection of trends and advances in high performance sportsbike technology. As the first qualifying sessions of the 2005 season begin at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar on Thursday 24th February, the eighteenth season of World Superbike promises to be a true coming of age for this category of racing. With machines from six manufacturers on the grid, and technical rules and regulations making it easier than ever for both manufacturers and private teams to compete at the highest level, World Superbike has effected a resurgence of impressive proportions. Read more.....

    Next weekend marks a new beginning for both Yamaha and the Superbike World Championship, as the 2005 season opens up with the opening race held at the Losail International Racetrack in Qatar on Saturday (26 February). Read more.....

    Carl Fogarty is hoping to use the first round of the Superbike World Championship season at the Losail circuit in Qatar this weekend as a building block for his new-look Foggy PETRONAS Racing team. Read more.....

    The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) welcomes the Road Safety Minister David Jamieson's announcement of the publication of the first National Motorcycling Strategy (NMS) designed to ensure the "mainstreaming" of motorcycling as a means of transport. Read more.....

    Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama head to Qatar this weekend with their brand-new GSX-R1000 Suzuki's for the first round of the 2005 World Superbike Championship. Read more.....

    British Superbike Champion John Reynolds says `thank you' to the friends of Rizla Suzuki who helped him to return to the UK over the weekend and also to his legions of fans that have inundated the team HQ with well wishes. Read more.....

    Once again Hawkstone Park, Shropshire will stage one of the biggest Pre Season International Motocross meetings on the 6th March. For the seventh year running the event has gained in success and popularity and this year will be no exception. Read more.....

    Winston Ten Kate Honda's two World Supersport championship riders, Sébastien Charpentier and Katsuaki Fujiwara, declared themselves confident for next weekend's (26 Feb) first round after completing a two-day test in Doha, Qatar today. Read more.....

    The flu that dogged Chris Vermeulen on yesterday's first day of the official World Superbike test at Doha, Qatar spread to his team-mate Karl Muggeridge today, as Japanese rider Yukio Kagayama set the pace prior to next Saturday's opening championship round. Read more.....

    The Australian pair of Steve Martin and Garry McCoy completed a valuable second day of testing at Losail circuit in Doha, Qatar, with significant improvements on their fastest laps of yesterday with times of 2:04.483 and 2:05.455 respectively. Read more.....

    Three days of tests in Malaysia followed by another three in Australia - a journey of ten days in total - came to an end in the final session today, with one last big effort from the team and riders. The Camel Honda team have worked hard every day and made the most of all the available track time as they look to find a base set-up for the RC211V 2005. Alex Barros was consistently amongst the top riders at the Malaysian test, working on the set-up of the electronics and tyres tests with optimum results. In Australia he has continued to work closely with the Michelin technicians with excellent feedback whilst a front fork test, which was the main focus of his work today, has left certain room for improvement. Troy Bayliss, who has to adapt not only to new technical staff in 2005 but also to a completely different bike to anything he has ridden up to now, has worked relentlessly to try and find a better feeling with the bike. Next on the agenda for Camel Honda is the Qatar test from 1st to 3rd March and the team presentation in Milan on 16th March. Read more.....

    The Gauloises Yamaha Team closed another stage in its demanding winter test program today in Phillip Island, Australia, with Valentino Rossi taking the unofficial fastest lap time of the three days. In slightly cooler conditions than the previous two days, the Italian rider recorded a best time of 1'29.68, faster than his own circuit best time of 1'30.068 set during the 2003 Phillip Island round. Rossi's new team-mate Colin Edwards also improved on his previous two days with an unofficial 1'30.23, quicker than his 2004 Australian Grand Prix official qualifying time of 1'30.625. Read more.....

    RIZLA SUZUKI finished its test at Valencia in Spain today and is confident the all-new GSX-R1000K5 can live up to its pre-season media hype. Read more.....

    James Toseland and Régis Laconi (Ducati Xerox Team) warmed up for the 2005 World Superbike Championship by setting fourth and ninth quickest times respectively on the first day of the final pre-season test session in Qatar. The two-day test, organized by WSBK promoters FGSport at the Losail circuit in the Arabian peninsula state, is the last opportunity for this year's contenders to prepare for next Saturday's opening round at the brand-new track built in the desert on the outskirts of the capital Doha. Read more.....

    RIZLA SUZUKI British Superbike Champion John Reynolds broke his right leg during testing at Valencia in Spain today while his team mate Scott Smart made a successful debut on the GSX-R1000K5. Read more.....

    FGSPORT has recently signed new and important TV agreements with networks that have never broadcast Superbike World Championship coverage before. Read more.....

    Several of the most promising riders to have taken part in the Manx Grand Prix Races in recent years, will this year be making the step up to the TT for the first time. 2004 Manx Grand Prix winners Davy Morgan and Dean Silvester will be joined by up and coming stars Keith Stewart, Ken Doherty and Hayden Fitzgerald on the 2005 TT entry lists. Read more.....

    Gauloises Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards continued with their pre-season testing program in Phillip Island, Australia today, finishing the day fourth and seventh fastest respectively in the unofficial standings. The riders both completed a long run of the Victoria circuit, as well as continuing with yet more important tyre testing for Michelin and working on small set-up changes. Teams from Honda, Ducati and Suzuki were out on the track alongside the Yamaha Factory Team riders, although Japanese Honda rider Makoto Tamada was unable to continue testing due to minor injuries sustained in a crash yesterday. Read more.....

    Temperatures of 26ºC and low winds at Phillip Island today gave the Camel Honda team riders the opportunity to complete a major part of their preseason testing programme. Troy Bayliss was in calm, concentrated and determined mood as he continued to improve his relationship with the RC211V step by step. At Phillip Island, a track which he likes and which today welcomed a large section of his fans, Troy is working on a base setting which will allow him to approach the season in the best possible way. Alex Barros today did a lot of work on the front fork settings and, although his rhythm on used tyres is improving, he is still not completely satisfied with the front end performance of his bike. The team are already preparing a different fork for him to try tomorrow. Alex also reacted to the breaking news that the Brazilian GP, his home race, has been cancelled. Read more.....

    Today, February 18, the FIM released the following details regarding changes to the 17 round 2005 MotoGP World Championship. Read more.....

    After two testing sessions in the heat of Malaysia, firstly in January and then just four days ago, the MotoGP teams today began a three day session at Phillip Island, Australia, in much fresher temperatures of around 23ºC. The two Camel Honda riders were amongst the first out onto the track and immediately began working on the set-up of their bikes for this technical and demanding circuit. Alex improved on his best time from the Australian Grand Prix here last October whilst Troy felt much more comfortable in comparison with Malaysia. Read more.....

    A new-look Foggy PETRONAS Racing team takes to the track for the first official action of the new season at a two-day World Superbike test in Qatar this weekend. Read more.....

    Gauloises Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards were happy to be out on a different track today, after three consecutive tests in Sepang since November. The riders and their team arrived in Phillip Island, Australia this week for their third three-day test of the year, coming direct from the Malaysian circuit where they finished testing last Sunday. With temperatures somewhat cooler and a sea breeze replacing the humidity of Sepang, both riders made good progress for the first day and were pleased with the performance of their new 2005-spec YZR-M1s at this track. Read more.....

    Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin team battled through difficult weather conditions during a two-day test at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Tuesday and Wednesday. Rains limited track time for Neil Hodgson and Eric Bostrom as they tested at the 2.238 mile (3.6 kilometer) Laguna Seca circuit, but both riders were able to spend most of Wednesday at the controls of their Ducati 999 Superbikes. Read more.....

    Norton is proud to announce that it has closed the order books for the first 100 Norton Commando 952 Signature Series bikes. The first new Commando in almost 30 years is sold out.

    "Given the tremendous support of the project from the industry and media, we couldn't happier to be able to demonstrate in a tangible way that Norton is back!" said Norton president Kenny Dreer.

    While the company is no longer taking deposits for the first 100 bikes, they have begun a wait-list in case there are drop-outs between now and production. Customers interested in being on the wait-list can contact Jeff Springston in the Norton Sales Department at either 503-650-5390 or jeff.springston@nortonmotorcycles.com.

    Shinya Nakano today concluded a successful evaluation of a big bang version of Kawasaki's 990cc, inline four-cylinder Ninja ZX-RR engine during two days of testing at Malaysia's Sepang circuit. Read more.....

    Kenny Roberts Jr. smashed World Champion Valentino Rossi's lap record while testing the new 2005 Suzuki GSV-R race bike at Sepang in Malaysia yesterday. Read more.....

    Gauloises Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi was sufficiently recovered to continue testing in Sepang today, after missing the middle day of this three-day test yesterday due to a throat virus. The reigning World Champion was still not feeling 100% fit, but managed to complete 35 laps, including a long run, before finishing the day early at around 4pm. His team-mate Colin Edwards continued working until a little later and ended the test pleased with the progress made and a satisfactory, if tiring, long run. Read more.....

    Today saw the conclusion of the Malaysia tests, with temperatures a little lower than the previous days, allowing the team to work to its full potential. As such, the Camel Honda team is now looking forward to the next session in their programme in Australia (from 17th to 19th February), where they hope to complete the first phase of work on the 2005 RC211V. Alex Barros finished riding at around one in the afternoon after satisfactorily completing all the scheduled work with his team. Read more.....

    Third and last day of testing at Sepang for the Telefonica Movistar Honda team . Sete Gibernau and Marco Melandri leave Malaysia with very positive results and will continue the pre-season testing in Australia next Thursday. Read more.....

    Max Biaggi and Nicky Hayden ended the three-day test at Sepang in Malaysia today (Sunday) having gone quicker still. The factory riders tested the 2005-spec for the first time this week that sees changes in chassis design and subtle improvements in the engine and electronics of the five-cylinder machine. Read more.....

    Ducati's second winter testing session at the Sepang circuit concluded today in less torrid heat than usual, which allowed riders and engineers to work in better conditions than the previous days (33° air/48° track). The Ducati-Bridgestone Tyre Test Team returns home decidedly satisfied with this first testing session, which helped to bed in the new team and to lay the groundwork for the work ahead in the 2005 season. The Ducati Marlboro Team on the other hand will get very little rest as it heads for Australia, where it will continue development work on the Desmosedici GP5 from 17-19 February. Read more.....

    The Fortuna Yamaha team today completed three days of tests at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia, where perfect weather conditions allowed the majority of MotoGP riders to lap throughout the day. Unfortunately, Fortuna Yamaha rider Rubén Xaus was unable to test alongside his team-mate Toni Elías as he is still suffering from injury and decided not to take his M1 out today. Elías, continuing with his adaptation to the YZR M1 Read more.....

    AdrenalinX supported Bracken KTM Supermoto rider Ady Smith gained some positive results yesterday at the second round of the Maxxis Motard Masters Series at Three Sisters, Wigan. Smith from Burton-On-Trent, Staffs gained a 1st, 3rd and 4th in the gruelling series. Read more.....

    2005 Metzeler National Superstock Championship; Read more.....

    British Superbikes Final Entry List; Read more.....

    2005 British Supersport Championship Incorporating the British Supersport Cup; Read more.....

    World Superbike Final Permanent Entry List 2005; Read more.....

    2005 Virgin Mobile Cup Final Entry List; Read more.....

    2005 British 125cc GP Championship - Incorporating the ACU Academy Cup; Read more.....

    Suzuki all-time great Gaston Rahier passed away on Saturday in Paris after a long illness. He was 58 years old. Read more.....

    Final Permanent Entry List 2005. Read more.....

    BMW Motorrad is back on track in May 2005 and is looking for talented riders to participate in the start of a brand new racing series - the BMW Motorrad Power-Cup - featuring its powerful new 163 bhp K1200 R naked roadster. Read more.....

    Channel 4 has stepped into the world of Superbikes by securing the highlight rights to the 2005 World Superbike Championship. The deal means that terrestrial viewers will get to see 90 minutes of programming from every round of the World Championship, with a regular late night broadcast on each Sunday that an event takes place. Read more.....

    Despite enduring more frustrating Spanish weather conditions during their recent test, GSE Racing have today declared that they remain upbeat and confident that they will be ready for the start of the British Superbike Championship 2005. With the season just under six weeks away, the whole team took part in the test at the Guadix Circuit in Southern Spain on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of this week. Read more.....

    Scott Smart is bursting with excitement about his upcoming first test for Rizla Suzuki and is drawing encouragement from the feedback on the new GSX-R1000K5 from Suzuki's World Superbike and American Superbike teams. Read more.....

    Only few days before the Championship's start and some of the main actors of the new season have met for a two days test session in Valencia, Spain. Read more.....

    The Winston Ten Kate Honda team left the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, Spain early this morning, one day ahead of schedule after heavy rain prevented any further testing of the team's 2005 Honda CBR machines. Read more.....

    Robert Dunlop had just been elected the first member of Irish motor cycling's Hall of Fame at a gala function in the Ramada Hotel in Belfast, and afterwards he told Jimmy Walker: "I hope to return to racing in 2006 and I would like Patsy O'Kane to sponsor me so that I would end up with a last hurrah. Read more.....

    The Ducati Xerox Team, which was presented to the international press at the Ducati factory in Bologna last Thursday, saw its 2005 World Superbike campaign get off to a wet start on the first day of a two-day testing session in Valencia, Spain. Read more.....

    End of January Frankie Chili, Max Neukirchner and Tatu Lauslehto passed with their Klaffi Hondas a four-day-test at Cartagena. Before chasing times they spent the first day with fine tuning of our Klaffi Honda Fireblades and CBR 600 RR. After the basic work Frankie was the fastest rider of the Klaffi Honda Team. For Max Neukirchner it was the first time to ride a Superbike but at the end of the test-days he was only 0.6 second slower than Frankie Chili. Read more.....

    In a recent news release issued by AMA Pro Racing on the combined MotoGP/AMA Superbike event Nicky Hayden was inadvertently left off of the list of returning U.S. MotoGP riders. It was a simple editing error and AMA Pro Racing regrets the mistake. Read more.....

    Foggy PETRONAS Racing memorabilia has gone under the hammer to raise money for the Tsunami Appeal Fund. Read mopre.....

    Team d'Antin MotoGP announced today that it will be using Dunlop tyres in 2005 : the team will be entering Roby Rolfo on a Ducati Desmosedici GP04 with factory support from Ducati in the 2005 MotoGP World Championship which starts in Jerez on April 10. Read more.....

    MotoGP's official safety car supplier BMW have renewed their support to the Best Qualifier of the Year award, which will be won at the end of the season by the rider with the lowest accumulated qualifying times over the course of the 17 races of the 2005 World Championship, including their effort from the upcoming MotoGP Official Test. Read more.....

    Following on from months of negotiations, Paul Bird Motorsport is pleased to announce that Ulsterman Jeremy McWilliams will ride for the Stobart Honda team in the 2005 British Superbike Championship (BSB). Read more.....

    Gauloises Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards swapped the racetrack for the snow today as they took to the slopes of Santa Caterina in the Italian Alps on Yamaha RX1 snowmobiles. The villages of Santa Caterina and Bormio are currently hosting the 2005 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, and Yamaha took the opportunity to bring the two sports together in spectacular style. After three days of testing in the heat of Sepang last week, the sub-zero temperatures on the slopes were something of a shock to the World Champion and his new team-mate, but both enjoyed the chance to show off for the press and the many fans who had gathered. Read more.....

    A Fundraising Gala Evening in aid of Laurie Squirrel is to be held on Friday 4th March 2005, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, National Exhibition Centre. Read more.....

    The final calendar for the 2005 World Endurance Championship has now been confirmed by the FIM. Read more.....

    With the first round of the 2005 World Superbike and Supersport championships just over three weeks away, the Dutch Ten Kate team continues pre-season testing today (1 February) at Almeria, Spain with new colours on its Honda-powered machines. Read more.....

    After 20 years of development, the GSX-R is at the top of the pack with a well known and well respected race heritage. And to celebrate 20 years of race derived development, Suzuki launched very limited edition versions of the GSX-R600 and GSX-R750. Read more.....