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    With exactly one month to go before the first race of the new MotoGP season, the Camel Yamaha Team today celebrated the start of its 2006 campaign with a Team Presentation in Milan, in front of 300 guests and international media. World Champion Valentino Rossi and his American team-mate Colin Edwards, who was celebrating his 32nd birthday today, were joined on stage by VIP guests from Yamaha and Japan Tobacco International, as well as Italian TV presenter Marco Mazzocchi, who compered the presentation. Read more.....

    Less than seven days separate British race fans from one of the most important moto-x meetings of the 2006 season. Stefan Everts, Joel Smets, Josh Coppins, Seb Tortelli and Mikael Pichon have all confirmed that they are fit and ready to race at Britain's most famous moto-x circuit this coming Sunday - 5th March. Read more.....

    Dougie Lampkin's hopes of another podium finish, following his third place in Menorca last weekend, were put to an end when he could only manage a disappointing fifth place in Lisbon, Portugal late last night. In terms of the overall championship it was a mixed night. With Dougie making some ground on catching Fajardo in the standings, after the young Spanish rider finished in a lowly sixth spot, but on the other hand Lampkin now has his team mate Fujinami breathing down his neck, after his Japanese counterpart scored a solid third position on the night. Read more.....

    Race 1 saw Bayliss inherit the runner-up slot behind James Toseland (Honda) after the two front-runners Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki) and Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) had crashed out on the final lap. In the second race Troy battled hard with his fellow Australian and 2005 champion Troy Corser right to the finish but had to settle for the runner-up slot again. "It was hard work today", declared Troy. Read more.....

    Moto Guzzi's latest creation, the Griso 1100 is here at last, and it more than lives up to the expectations brought on by the historic Italian marque. Read more.....

    Troy Bayliss and Lorenzo Lanzi got the Ducati Xerox Team's 2006 World Superbike Championship campaign off to a fantastic start when they set first and second quickest time in the opening Superpole session of the year at Losail, in Qatar. Read more.....

    The Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCI) has announced that this year's Ride 2 Work Day will take place on Wednesday 19th July 2006. Read more.....

    2001 champion Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) made a sensational return to World Superbikes by powering to the top of the timesheets in the opening qualifying session of 2006 at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. Both the morning's free practice session and afternoon qualifying were held in wet and rainy conditions, but the 36 year-old Australian was in terrific form on his Xerox Ducati 999, and he ended the session a full 1.7 seconds ahead of second-placed Régis Laconi (Kawasaki). Read more.....

    South Africa's Kyalami circuit was the location for Airwaves Ducati's second testing session this year. After the success of the teams' first test in Valencia much expectation surrounded their second outing. Both riders were excited to be back on their new Ducati 999 F'06 bikes feeling more comfortable and confident with the new technology. Read more.....

    Britain's top road safety experts meet next week to try to find the answer to their toughest challenge: improving driver and rider behaviour. Read more.....

    On 7-9 July hundreds of British riders will join over 30,000 motorcyclists from around the world to gather at Garmisch-Partenkirchen for the annual BMW Motorrad Biker Meeting. The Biker Meeting is the ultimate biker festival that celebrates everything to do with BMW motorcycles and much, much more. Read more.....

    The Ducati Xerox Team officially gets its 2006 World Superbike campaign underway this weekend in the Gulf state of Qatar, the venue for the opening round of the championship at the Losail International Circuit on Saturday 25th February. The team will compete in this year's 13-round championship for production-based machines with a totally new rider line-up. Australian Troy Bayliss returns to Ducati to spearhead the squad and he will be flanked by the talented young Italian Lorenzo Lanzi, who earned his place in the team with two late wins at the end of the 2005 season. Read more.....

    BMW Motorrad will be supporting Ireland's biggest biking show next month when more than 22,000 motorcycle enthusiasts are expected to descend upon Dublin's RDS venue for the 2006 Irish Motorbike and Scooter Show. Read more.....

    This year will be Foggy Petronas Racing team's final season in the World Superbike Championship following the end of a five-year sponsorship deal with Petronas. Read more.....

    Trials is coming home again. After the outstanding success of last year's event, World trials will once again be returning to the UK main land. The T+MX (Trials + Motocross News) Grand Prix Great Britain will take place on 29 / 30 July 2006 at the famous Hawkstone Park venue. L+M Events is proud to announce that Britain's leading weekly off road publication T+MX has taken over as title sponsors, and will be a key vehicle in promoting the 2006 event along with its sister magazine DBR (Dirt Bike Rider). Read more.....

    33-year-old Hawk Kawasaki rider Dean Thomas has been offered a huge opportunity to replace Stephane Chambon in the opening round of the World Supersport Championship at Losail in Qatar. Hawk Kawasaki Team Principal Stuart Hicken received a call from Christian Bourgeois, Kawasaki France late last week requiring the assistance of Thomas to fill the shoes of the injured Chambon. Read more.....

    It may be a bold claim, but when the Suzuki Motorcycle Insurance scheme researched quotes for the new GSX-R750, they not only found it competitive to insure, but discovered it to be significantly cheaper to cover than other rival, lower performing 600cc machines. Read more.....

    Dougie Lampkin achieved another podium finish, when he took a well-earned third place in Mahon, Menorca late tonight. The small Spanish island was home to round eight of the scheduled twelve stop tour, and proved to be a happy hunting ground for Lampkin as he took a shock win in the heat ahead of the more favoured riders. Raga and Cabestany joined Dougie in the three man final. Read more.....

    Following a circuit inspection by Max Deubel, four times World Sidecar Champion, representing the FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme), Mick Boddice, nine times TT winner and three times British Champion representing the ACU (Motorcycle sports' UK governing body) and ten times World Champion Steve Webster offering advice on behalf of the teams and riders, the green light has been given for Castle Combe to host its first ever World Championship event. Read more.....

    Ducati Corse is proud to announce that its partnership with Shell Advance will extend until at least 2008. The relationship will ensure the development of tailored Shell Advance lubricant and Shell V-Power fuel for the Ducati Corse racing teams. Shell Advance will also continue as the first fill lubricant of every Ducati bike that leaves the factory. Read more.....

    Six motorcycle charities are to share a £25,000 handout from eBike Insurance and New Law - with bikers able to vote for which gets the lion's share of the cash. Read more.....

    Bad weather again today meant that track time for Yamaha duo Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards was severely limited on their last day of testing in Sepang. The riders were unable to complete their planned long-runs but Rossi, who turned 27 today, made the most of the inactivity and celebrated with a large birthday cake in the team garage. Despite the rain the riders declared the test valuable and now head back to Europe looking forward to the final stages of preparation, before the first race in Jerez on 26th March. Read more.;....

    The test had to be stopped twice in this third day due to the heavy rain showers. Read more.....

    The third and last day of testing was characterized by rain showers that interrupted the work of the Fortuna Honda riders. Read more.....

    Rain may have disrupted the final overseas test at Malaysia's Sepang circuit, but that didn't stop Kawasaki's Shinya Nakano topping the timesheets aboard his Ninja ZX-RR during the second day of the three-day test. Read more.....

    A damp track in the morning and rain in the afternoon ruined today's testing schedule for the Borgo Panigale team, which however concluded its winter tests outside Europe with a positive balance and with the Desmosedici GP6 already on the pace and well-sorted. Read more.....

    The performance of the Konica Minolta Team rider has sensibly improved. Today, Makoto Tamada has started testing some new Michelin race tyres. The day started with the usual hot-humid weather of this region but after 03:00 pm a typical and usual shower stopped the work of all the teams. The Konica Minolta Team, even with the impossibility to carry out all the planned work, has been able to get the first confirmations of what done up to now. Makoto Tamada has lowered the time of yesterday of more than one second continuing in the better way the phase of the best feeling research with his new Honda RC211V. Read more.....

    Plantec has teamed up with Motor Cycle News and its 2006 Fantasy Road Race League to give you the chance to win a new Rizla Suzuki Replica GSX-R1000K6 and many more prizes. Read more.....

    Work ended early for Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards today when day two of the Camel Yamaha Team's Sepang Test was cut short by a mid-afternoon rainstorm. The Team spent the morning working on different settings and testing tyres with Michelin, looking to eliminate the vibration that the riders have been experiencing lately, before the rain came down after lunch. Both riders ventured out in the wet on the 2006-spec M1, the first time they have been able to see the performance of the new bike in these conditions, but the track soon started to dry out in patches and they decided to call it a day after just a few laps. Read more.....

    Dani Pedrosa decided to finish testing as the rain showed up. Nicky Hayden makes use of the rain shower to continue testing. Read more.....

    Rain continues to spoil the third round of pre-season test session. The second day of testing was characterized in fact by very high temperatures in the morning (with the asphalt temperature reaching 53°C ) and heavy rain in the afternoon. A heavy shower that started to fall around 03.00 p.m. local time interrupted the work of the Fortuna Honda riders. Read more.....

    A new website designed to cut the number of crashes among the UK's novice drivers and motorcyclists has been launched by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. Read more.....

    The Italian rider, satisfied with the progress achieved by Bridgestone, continues the development work on bike set-up, engine and tyres. Sete Gibernau sidelined with a stomach complaint. Read more.....

    First day of test for the Konica Minolta Honda Team and its rider Makoto Tamada at the Sepang circuit. The day has been characterized by the typical Malaysian weather; air temperature exceeding the 35°C, track temperature over 50% in the middle of the day and a humidity rate over 70%. In the afternoon, just before 04:00 pm, a light shower has interrupted the team work. The programme of work had normally started at nine in the morning but, unfortunately, the rain interrupted it two hours before the end of the session. Read more.....

    Camal Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards began their last three-day test in Sepang today, where they rejoined the rest of the MotoGP grid at the popular Malaysian venue. Fresh from their test in Qatar last week, Rossi and Edwards completed more valuable development work with the 2006-spec YZR-M1, both finishing the day in the top five on the unofficial time sheets. Read more.....

    Positive first test day for the Repsol Honda Team riders in Sepang, who showed up this morning with the new decoration of their bikes for the 2006 season. Read more.....

    The Fortuna Honda riders are back at work for the third round of test in preparation on the 2006 season. There is no doubt that this three-day test session will be very important to confirm the work done so far. The teams have in fact all the reference data on this track as they tested here with the new bike at the end of January. Read more.....

    A full house of MotoGP riders present in the final winter testing session at the Sepang circuit. Positive day for Loris Capirossi, who continues development work on the Desmosedici GP6, while a minor mechanical problem slows down the work of Sete Gibernau. Read more.....

    After less than two weeks from the test held in Phillip Island, the Konica Minolta Team will be engaged for three days at the Sepang circuit on February 14,15 and 16. Read more.....

    The Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCI) is launching the motorcycle industry's youth education programme, 'LINKS -- Connecting Citizenship and Road User Education' at the Education Show, from 9th-11th March at the NEC. Read more.....

    Dougie Lampkin drew level with his team mate Fujinami in the overall standings, after finishing in fifth place at the event held in St Petersburg earlier today. Whilst unable to match the performance he had produced in Belfast just forty-eight hours ago, Dougie still felt he was riding well enough to record another podium result. However, the sheer scale of the steps in Russia ultimately defeated him. Read more.....

    Dougie Lampkin reconfirmed his position as the World's best ever trials rider, when he bounced back in Belfast last night following the huge disappointment he suffered in Barcelona just five days ago. Looking far more like the champion that he duly is, Lampkin silenced even his strongest critics by taking second place at the Irish event. Read more.....

    Marc Coma, Dani Pedrosa and Laia Sanz received a warm welcome from the Repsol YPF workers at the company headquarters in Madrid with the start of the 2006 season just around the corner, already immersed in the preseason, Repsol riders Marc Coma -2005 Raid World Champion-, Dani Pedrosa -2005 250cc World Champion, and Laia Sanz -Women's Trial World Champion-, received yesterday afternoon a warm and affectionate homage by the staff of the oil company in its headquarters located at the Paseo de la Castellana, the main central avenue of the Spanish capital, Madrid. Read more.....

    Helmet, leathers and gloves, fatigue and stress: the Gatorade Sports Science Institute to investigate correct rider hydration by means of the sweat test. Read more.....

    The Camel Yamaha Team finished their third day of testing at the Losail International Circuit with the track to themselves today, all other teams having begun testing one day earlier and finished yesterday. Alone on the track, Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards were quickly able to complete the remaining Michelin tyre work they needed to do, before concluding the test with long runs in the afternoon. Read more.....

    The Motorcycle Action Group is delighted that the Department of Transport has finally recognised that the thickness of many modern cars' "A" pillars poses a safety issue. Read more.....

    Leon Haslam had an exceptional second day of testing and pushed his bike to a 1m 34.6 second lap, only two tenths of a second behind WSB Ducati rider Troy Bayliss. Read more.....

    Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards continued the good work they began yesterday with a second day at the top of the time sheets at the desert circuit of Losail, Qatar today. Spending the majority of the day testing tyres for Michelin, Rossi and Edwards completed 60 and 76 laps respectively on their 2006-spec YZR-M1s. Read more.....

    The Ducati Xerox Team completed its final pre-season testing programme with more excellent times set by 2001 champion Troy Bayliss and his team-mate Lorenzo Lanzi. The Australian, who returns to Superbike this season for the Italian manufacturer after a three-year spell in MotoGP, continued the superb form he has shown so far in testing since signing for the Ducati Xerox Team at the end of last year and ended the two-day session at the top of the timesheets with a time of 1m34.45s. Read more.....

    In the last test before the start of the 2006 World Superbike season the Winston Ten Kate Superbike and Supersport squads, running in 2006 livery for the first time, made their final on-track preparations for the first round of the championship in Qatar. James Toseland and Karl Muggeridge each improved their times from day one gaining great confidence on their full 2006 spec machines. In Supersport, 2005 World Champion Sebastien Charpentier set class leading times in the good track conditions, with new inductee Kenan Sofuoglu improving with each and every taste of the latest CBR600RR. Read more.....

    Testing for the first time at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar, Camel Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards were pleased to get back in the saddle on their new 2006-specification YZR-M1s today. Both riders made the most of good temperatures to put in some fast laps at a track where both of them enjoy riding. Although they are only joined on the track here by the MotoGP Teams of Suzuki and Tech 3 Yamaha, as well as test riders from Ducati and Kawasaki, Rossi and Edwards were encouraged to finish the day at the top of the time sheets and are looking forward to more improvement over the next two days. Read more.....

    Alex Barros passed a first test with his Klaffi Honda Fireblade on the Italian island. A new race track and dry weather during the first two days - the conditions were nearly perfect. Read more.....

    Having completed only one day of testing in warm and sunny conditions at Valencia all elements of the Winston Ten Kate squad have declared themselves happy with their early progress. Lap times have already been trimmed when compared to 2005 qualifying performances, with both Superbike and Supersport teams working through a host of possible set-ups on the dry track. For 2004 World Champion James Toseland, a break into the 1'35 bracket was a dream start too his latest test session in his new team, and he concentrated on getting to know the 2006 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade. His team-mate Karl Muggeridge working through an extensive list of set-up options, accumulating data on suspension and chassis settings. In the Supersport division, Sebastien Charpentier was on the same kind of sparkling form that gave him the 2005 Championship. His new team-mate, Kenan Sofuoglu, spent his first day focussed on learning his machine fully, having unavoidably lost out on track time in previous tests. Read more.....

    Dougie Lampkin's torrid indoor season continued tonight in Barcelona, when he finished in a lowly sixth place. Lampkin's evening got off to a bad start with a five on the first step of the first section, a theme that was to continue pretty much throughout the remaining hazards to leave him with no chance of making it into the final. Read more.....

    When Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman set off on their fascinating Long Way Round journey, they probably never imagined that it would achieve the success that it has. The television series that was aired on Sky has just won the Broadcaster Award for the Best Multichannel Programme. Read more.....

    Alex Barros signed the contract today. The Brazilian rides a Klaffi Honda Fireblade in World's Superbike Championship 2006. After the signature was done Alex gave his opinion concerning his new team and the season 2006. Read more.....

    Express Insurance and Fast Bikes are key partners to the Rizla Suzuki British Superbike team of Shane Byrne and James Haydon. They've joined forces with Rizla to give you this fantastic opportunity to win a Rizla Suzuki Replica GSX-R1000 worth nearly £12,000. Read more.....

    After yesterday´s washout, that spoiled a whole day of work, the sunny sky and the dry track allowed a far more productive session today, third and last day of this Australian test session. Read more.....

    Today was the last of the three days-winter tests at PHILLIP ISLAND in Australia. The two D'ANTIN PRAMAC TEAM riders both went on with their apprenticeship on the DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP06 and DUNLOP tyres. Read more.....

    Dani Pedrosa continues covering kilometres on the saddle of his new bike. Nicky Hayden, despite suffering a heavy crash today, continues with the development of the new RC211V. Read more.....

    Sete Gibernau and Loris Capirossi confirm Desmosedici GP6's potential on both qualifying and race tyres. Read more.....

    A fantastic sun was shining on the third and last day of tests at the Australian Circuit of Phillip Island. The whether conditions - 25°C air temperature, 55% humidity rate and nearly 40°C on the ground - were perfect to continue working on the new Honda RC211V setting Makoto will use this season in the MotoGP World Championship. Read more.....

    The Kawasaki Racing Team managed to complete their planned test schedule at Phillip Island, as the wet and windy weather of yesterday was replaced with almost perfect conditions for today's third, and final, day of testing. Read more.....

    The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG UK) welcomes the MAG Foundation announcement of the publication of the first A to Z of Secure Bike Parking in Great Britain. Read more.....

    Despite an inconsequential spilll, Dani Pedrosa continues to gain wet-track experience. Nicky Hayden uses the rain for specific training on his 2006 bike. Read more.....

    Phillip Island (Australia), Wednesday, 1st of February 2006 - A heavy rain spoiled the testing schedule of the Fortuna Honda Team during the second day of testing on the Australian track. Read more.....

    After the positive day of yesterday, which marked the beginning of the Konica Minolta Honda Team racing activity to get ready for the 2006 MotoGP World Championship, today the alternation of rain and short sky clearing up did not permit Makoto Tamada and his technicians to continue the setting of the new 2006 Honda RC211V. Read more.....

    The Ducati Marlboro Team riders spent most of the day in the pit garage due to heavy rain at the Australian circuit. Final day of testing tomorrow. Read more.....

    Shinya Nakano and Randy de Puniet were limited to finding a good wet set-up on the new Ninja ZX-RR today, as rain disrupted the Kawasaki Racing Team's second day of testing at the Phillip Island circuit. Read more.....