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    Customers who purchase one of nine selected new Suzuki motorcycles from any authorized Suzuki dealer in the UK between 1st April and 30th June 2006 will be able to ride away by paying a deposit of just £1 with 0% finance over 3 years. Read more.....

    The Ducati Marlboro Team travels to the Middle-East leading the 2006 MotoGP World Championship after a sensational start to the season in Spain, where Loris Capirossi took his Desmosedici GP06 to a brilliant win in front of 131,000 fans. Read more.....

    The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) has condemned the latest EU decision on motorcycle licensing which has shown the bureaucrats in their true colours. MAG says, "This is total war!" Read more.....

    Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox Team) smashed the unofficial Superbike lap record at Valencia today to complete his total domination of the three-day FGSport official test. The Australian' s time of 1m33.758s, set on qualifying tyres in the morning, was almost one second quicker than the rest of the 28-strong field of riders and was six-tenths of a second under the time he set during February testing at the same circuit. Troy's performance on race tyres was also impressive, his time of 1m34.60s a fraction under 2003 Ducati champion Neil Hodgson's mark. Read more.....

    The 2006 FIM Trial World Championship will begin this weekend, with Spain having the honour of opening the new outdoor season. From now until the end of September the championship will visit ten different countries as the World's best riders fight it out for the right to be crowned King. Read more.....

    Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox Team) kept up the pressure on his championship rivals with quickest time on the second day of the three-day test session organized by FG Sport at Valencia. Read more.....

    The Camel Yamaha Team remained in Jerez yesterday for an intense afternoon of testing in an effort to find some answers to the problems they faced over the course of the season's opening weekend. Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards completed 72 and 76 laps respectively and made some positive steps towards understanding the cause of the vibration that kept their lap times down during the weekend's practice sessions and forced them to start from the fourth row of the grid for sunday's race. Read more.....

    Just 24 hours after the celebrations over the victory of Loris Capirossi in the opening round of the 2006 MotoGP season, the Italian team was back at work today at Jerez for a one-day scheduled test on the Andalusian circuit. Read more.....

    Troy Bayliss continued his superb run of form in this early part of the season when he set quickest time for the Ducati Xerox Team on the opening day of a three-day test in Valencia, Spain. Read more.....

    Loris Capirossi won today's season-opening Spanish GP in brilliant style to put the Ducati Marlboro Team at the top of the MotoGP points table for the first time in history. But it was a day of mixed emotions for the team with Sete Gibernau withdrawing due to a gear sensor problem which affected his bike's electronics. Read more.....

    After Round One at Brands Hatch Airwaves Ducati rider Gregorio Lavilla leads the Championship having won the first race and finishing third in the second. Leon Haslam had a mixed weekend, crashing out of race one and finishing second in race two. Read more.....

    Confirming himself as a real contender for the 2006 British trials championship, James Dabill opened his campaign with a solid second place after having come within touching distance of taking the win. Just three marks separated Dabill from eventual winner Jarvis at the first round of the series held in South Wales earlier today. Read more.....

    After the first two rounds at Qatar and Phillip Island the European phase of World's Superbike Championship starts at Valencia on April 23rd. But first of all we are excitedly awaiting the results of the forthcoming official test at Valencia. The members of our team are already on their way to Spain. Read more.....

    Dougie Lampkin competed in his first outdoor event of 2006 earlier today, using the opening round of the Spanish domestic series as a final shakedown prior to the start of the World outdoor series next weekend. Whilst Lampkin could only manage fourth place on the day, he was "generally happy" with the way things had gone, as he made his debut on the 2006 spec factory Repsol Montesa Cota 4RT. Read more.....

    Ducati Marlboro Team riders Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau stormed to a brilliant one-two qualifying performance at Jerez this afternoon, putting them in the best possible position for tomorrow's season-opening Spanish GP. The pair dominated the session, using the speed of their Desmosedici GP6s and the grip of their Bridgestone tyres to ride the fastest two laps ever recorded at Jerez. Capirossi upped his pace time and again during the outing to end the session on pole just ahead of Gibernau, whose last and fastest lap brought him to within 0.221 seconds of his team-mate. Today's result is a carbon copy of the Ducati Marlboro Team's first Spanish GP in 2003 when Capirossi was on pole and team-mate Troy Bayliss second. Read more.....

    Rizla Suzuki's Shane 'Shakey' Byrne will start from eighth on the second row of the grid for tomorrow's opening two races of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch Indy circuit in Kent. Read more.....

    Camel Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi kicked off his MotoGP World Championship defence in fine style today, setting the fastest lap time in the first free practice sessions for the opening round of the 2006 season at Jerez. After light rain showers hit the track this morning, when Rossi decided not to ride and his team-mate Colin Edwards put in just two laps, both riders were able to work without interruption in the afternoon as they aimed to iron out set-up difficulties encountered in recent pre-season tests at this circuit. Read more.....

    Rizla Suzuki's James Haydon was ninth and Shane 'Shakey' Byrne 10th after the opening day of practice for the 2006 British Superbike season, held in variable weather conditions at Brands Hatch Indy circuit in Kent. Read more.....

    After a long but successful winter test programme spanning four months and three continents, the Kawasaki Racing Team return to the Jerez circuit in Andalusia, Southern Spain this weekend for the opening race of the 2006 MotoGP World Championship season. Read more.....

    RoSPA is urging the House of Lords to support a three-year time trial which will bring lighter evenings all-year-round and save around 450 deaths and serious injuries on the country's road each year. Read more.....

    The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI) has today criticised the Chancellor's Budget changes to Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) - the road tax -- for ignoring the environmental credentials of motorcycle use. Read more.....

    Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa in MotoGP; Sebastián Porto and Shuhei Aoyama in the 250cc, and Bradley Smith in the 125cc will defend the Repsol colours in the 2006 World Championship. Read more.....

    The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG UK) slams Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) rises for bikes. Read more.....


    Airwaves Ducati return to racing action this weekend for the 2006 Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch. After being so successful in 2005, the team will be aiming for victory at the 1.2 mile Indy circuit. Read more.....

    Moto Guzzi is back to its winning ways with two brilliant victories at Daytona! Gianfranco Guareschi rode the stunning Moto Guzzi MGS-01 to two race wins during the annual Bike Week held at the International Speedway, Daytona Beach, in Florida, one of the most spectacular and legendary motor races in the US, and a crucial event in the AHRMA Modern Road Race Classes championship calendar. Read more.....

    The waiting is over. After an intense winter of preparation that has seen the Team Fortuna Honda riders visit circuits in Malaysia, Australia and Spain, the battle for the 2006 world title is finally underway. Read more.....

    The annual National BikeSafe event, supported by the major motorcycle manufacturers, is taking place on April 1st and 2nd at Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire. The event will run from 10am - 5pm on both days, entry nad assessments are FREE. Read more.....

    After a very successful pre season test at Snetterton at the weekend (19th March), Stuart Hicken and his Hawk Kawasaki Team are in high spirits as they head for the first round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch this weekend (24th - 26th March). In the extremely cold conditions the three Hawk riders, Dean Thomas, Craig Coxhell and Peter Hickman managed a number of consistent lap times at the Norfolk based circuit. Riding on board the Dunlop shod Kawasaki ZX10's each are feeling confident as they head to the opening round. Read more.....

    Rizla Suzuki racers Shane 'Shakey' Byrne and James Haydon will start their 2006 British Superbike Championship challenges at Brands Hatch Indy circuit this weekend. Read more.....

    The Camel Yamaha Team returns to southern Spain next weekend to begin the defence of its MotoGP World Championship titles. With Valentino Rossi taking the riders' crown for the fifth successive season, adding to both the team and manufacturers' titles in the year of Yamaha's 50th Anniversary, the factory outfit faces a tough challenge to live up to its 2005 success but the team is approaching the new campaign with optimism and fresh motivation. Read more.....

    Rizla Suzuki's James Haydon finished the official MCRCB two-day test at Snetterton in good spirits and pleased with the performance of his 2006 GSX-R1000 Superbike. Read more.....

    Dougie Lampkin rounded out the indoor World series with a fifth place at the final event held in Madrid, Spain late last night. Lampkin missed out on playing a part in the three man final and guaranteeing himself a podium finish by a mere three marks. Lampkin was understandably disappointed after having incurred two of these marks by running over the ten minute time limit and despite having only dropped marks in four out of the seven sections. Read more.....

    The SR Off-Road Aprilia team and rider Sam Warren took delivery of the first Aprilia Supermoto SXV to arrive in the country yesterday which comes as part of a factory supported assault on the Supermoto World Championship and selected British rounds. Read more.....
    As the countdown to a brand new Grand Prix motorcycle racing season fast approaches, it has been announced that BMW is to continue its support for this exciting sport by confirming its status as official safety car supplier for the MotoGP World Championship series until 2009. Read more.....
    The Airwaves Ducati team are in confident mood after their final test in Albacete, Spain. The team will now return home to focus on Round One at Brands Hatch in a week's time. Read more.....

    The Ducati Marlboro Team finally gets to go racing on March 26 following a long and fruitful winter of testing and development in Europe, Australia and the Far East. Riders Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau are looking forward to the season-opening Spanish Grand Prix with cautious optimism, thanks to their impressive pace at the final preseason tests at Jerez on March 10/11/12. Read more.....

    Spring is fast approaching, the nights are getting lighter and the BMW Motorrad UK dealership network is preparing to welcome yet another busy motorcycling season. Read more.....

    The sun was shining again for the Airwaves Ducati team's third test in Almeria, Spain. With an average air temperature of 23º C and a track temperature of 30º Leon Haslam improved on his previous fastest lap of the Almeria circuit by 0.8 seconds whilst Gregorio Lavilla reduced his best by 0.5 seconds. Read more.....

    Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards completed their final pre-season test in Jerez today in front of hordes of Spanish fans, after riding thousands of kilometres during a total of fifteen days' testing since January. Following a strong showing at the Barcelona Test last week, the Camel Yamaha Team's preparations have suffered something of a set back here and both riders have been hampered by vibration problems throughout the three days of this test. Despite not making as many improvements as they had hoped today, important information has been gathered over the three days which will hopefully enable the Yamaha engineers and Michelin to come up with a solution for the impending race. Read more.....

    Dougie Lampkin returned to some kind of form when he netted fifth place at the penultimate round of the World indoor series held in Argentina late last night. Recovering from the disaster he experienced in Brazil just seven days earlier, Lampkin was unlucky not to qualify for the final and to earn a rostrum finish. However Dougie was quick to acknowledge that he was totally responsible for the mistakes that ultimately prevented him recording a result in the higher order. Read more.....

    The IRTA tests ended today in Jerez de la Frontera, the last appointment for the MotoGP before the beginning of the 2006 season. A warm spring weather welcomed the teams this morning. In the middle of the day, temperatures reached 25°C in the air and 38°C on the ground. Read more.....

    Fortuna Honda riders Toni Elias and Marco Melandri today completed their pre-season testing schedule ahead of the 2006 MotoGP World Championship. The riders made the most of excellent conditions and spent the entire day lapping at the final IRTA session of the pre-season. The Fortuna duo both spent the day working on a set-up for the first GP of the season to be held at this same track in a couple of weeks time. Toni Elias ended a very positive day by testing different Michelin compound tyres which performed well, although the Spaniard's main aim was once again to improve his own rhythm. In general terms things went very well for Elias who got through 100 laps and posted the eighth quickest lap of the day with a time of 1'40.753. Read more.....

    Dani Pedrosa sets the fourth fastest time today and team mate Nicky Hayden is sixth on the last test day before the first Grand Prix of the 2006 season. Read more.....

    Shinya Nakano again proved the competitiveness of Kawasaki's all-new Ninja ZX-RR, by finishing with the third fastest time overall, as the final day of the IRTA test at Jerez saw a dramatic increase in pace by the frontrunners. Read more.....

    Capirossi and Gibernau ahead of everyone both on race and qualifying tyres in the last of the three MotoGP test days. Read more.....

    Parts Unlimited Ducati's Neil Hodgson battled for a podium spot in Saturday's Daytona Superbike race before finishing a close fourth. Hodgson, who rebounded from a touchy moment in the chicane during the opening laps of the race, used his Ducati 999 to pass several riders and make a strong charge toward the front in the 15-lap race. Read more.....

    Camel Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards both improved considerably on yesterday's lap times in Jerez today, but are still hard working hard with Michelin to find a way to rid the M1 of the vibration problems that they are both experiencing here. A new batch of Michelin tyres and some set-up changes brought some improvements to the package today, but the riders are still not able to use the M1 at its full capacity and are still further down the time sheets than in Barcelona last weekend, when they were both consistently fast. Read more.....

    Dani Pedrosa sets the fifth fastest time of the day. Team mate Nicky Hayden continues immerse in the evolution of the new bike. Read more.....

    The Konica Minolta Honda Team has concluded the second day of test at the circuit of Jerez de la Frontera. Makoto Tamada covered a total of 87 laps improving of one second the best lap time of yesterday fixing his best today's time in 1.41'561. The team has spent most of the day in a long rear tyres test starting the research of the best solution to be used for the race. Read more.....

    Kawasaki's Shinya Nakano blitzed his way to the top of the timesheet at Jerez today, in front of Spanish race fans who'd turned out in their thousands to get a sneak preview of the MotoGP riders ahead of the opening race of the season at Jerez in three weeks time. Read more.....

    Another hard day for the Fortuna Honda Team at the Jerez de la Frontera for the second day of the last pre-season test. Read more.....

    Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau were able to make the most of the warmest hours of the day and continue the development work on their Desmosedici GP6s and Bridgestone tyres. The Borgo Panigale manufacturer's factory riders exclusively used race tyres today, with a view to preparing for the 2006 season opener. Read more.....

    Camel Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards began their final three days of pre-season testing at Jerez de la Frontera in Southern Spain today. The 4.423 km Jerez circuit, which will play host to the season-opening Grand Prix in two weeks time, provides the last chance for the World Champion and his team-mate to perfect the set-up of their YZR-M1s before the curtain goes up on the new MotoGP season. Read more.....

    MotoGP action resumes at Jerez de la Frontera, Spain for the last pre-season testing session before the first race the Championship that will start on this track on March the 26th. Read more.....

    The Kawasaki Racing Team were back in action at Jerez today, just four days after the race transporter carrying their Ninja ZX-RR MotoGP bikes was completely destroyed in a road traffic accident on the way from Barcelona. Read more.....

    The cold and rain that characterised most of last weekend's test in Barcelona now remains only a distant memory as clear skies and favourable temperatures welcomed the Ducati Marlboro Team on the first day of the second official IRTA test session at the Spanish circuit of Jerez. Read more.....

    Ben Bostrom of the Parts Unlimited Ducati Team will start on the front row for Saturday's Daytona Superbike race aboard his factory Ducati 999. Bostrom was third in Thursday's session with a time of 1:38.012, held in sunny, cool Florida weather. Teammate Neil Hodgson qualified sixth with a time of 1:38.491 and showed a consistent pace throughout qualifying that he hopes to maintain for race distance. Read more.....

    The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG UK) in collaboration with motorcycle trainer, Duncan MacKillop, has investigated the cause of accidents involving cars and motorcycles at T junctions: the 'Sorry Mate I Didn't See You' accidents or SMIDSYs. Read more.....

    The Kawasaki Racing Team's preparations for the coming MotoGP season suffered a setback on Monday, when the team's race transporter was involved in a road traffic accident while travelling from Barcelona to Jerez. Read more.....

    BMW Motorrad's 2006 model line-up is once again ready for more show action as it ventures north of the border for the annual Motor Cycle News Scottish Motorcycle Show, taking place at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh this weekend. Read more.....

    Figures released by the Motor Cycle Industry Association today show that 4,814 new motorcycles were registered for the road during February 2006, 6.3% fewer than in February 2005. This brings the year-to-date total for 2006 to 11,380 new bike registrations, 2.4% higher than in 2005. The February car registrations were down 1.4% on January, but 9.75% year to date. Read more.....

    Parts Unlimited Ducati's Ben Bostrom and Neil Hodgson kicked off the 2006 AMA season today with two practice sessions at the famed Daytona International Speedway on their Ducati 999 Superbikes. Hodgson set his personal best time on the day of 1:38.834 during the morning practice, good for the second quickest overall time in that session. Ben Bostrom's best on the day was 1:39.728 in the morning, around one tenth quicker than he did in the afternoon session. Read more.....

    The Parts Unlimited Ducati Team's 2006 AMA Superbike season begins this week with the traditional Daytona opener. Racers Ben Bostrom and Neil Hodgson will race Ducati 999 Superbikes for the fabled Italian company's US racing effort this year, with Saturday's 15-lap race kicking off the 30th season of Superbike racing in America. Read more.....

    THE track temperature was barely above freezing but that didn't stop Rizla Suzuki's Shane Byrne and James Haydon from completing nearly 200-laps in a private test at Snetterton in Norfolk today. Read more.....

    Dougie Lampkin's torrid indoor campaign dropped to its lowest level last night when he finished in seventh place at the latest round held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Disaster struck in the very first section as Lampkin crashed heavily as his bike spun on the wet hazard caused by the leaking arena roof. Dougie was lucky to escape injury, but his bike faired far worse and was totally wrecked as it smashed it way down the centre of the large tube. Read more.....

    Camel Yamaha Team rider Colin Edwards clinched the first MotoGP accolade of 2006 as he charged through treacherously wet conditions at the Catalunya Circuit to the fastest time of the 40-minute MotoGP Official Practice and the prize of a brand new car. After a brief appearance in this morning's dry free practice, Edwards emerged with a string of fast laps at the end of the afternoon session to usurp his otherwise dominant team-mate Valentino Rossi, who was unable to respond with a late effort of his own after a falling whilst leading the time sheets on his twelfth lap. Read more.....

    Violent downpour over the Circuit de Catalunya during an eventful third day. Nicky Hayden shows his competitiveness on the wet setting the second fastest time. Read more.....

    The rain, forecasted from the beginning of the week, have characterized the third and last day of the IRTA test. Since the arrival on track this morning, the stormy clouds in the Barcelona sky forced the Konica Minolta Honda Team technicians to change their working plan to define how to carry out the possible wet session. Read more.....

    Kawasaki's Randy de Puniet and Shinya Nakano faced difficult conditions in today's annual qualifying shootout, after torrential rain hit the Catalunya circuit just one hour before the start of the 45-minute timed session. Read more.....

    The final day of official IRTA tests at the Circuit de Catalunya was watched by 35,000 fans today although they and the MotoGP riders were forced to endure bitter weather conditions that made life difficult on the track and in the grandstand. Read more.....

    Ducati Marlboro Team rider Sete Gibernau recorded the fastest wet lap at Catalunya today, Loris Capirossi ending the day with the eighth fastest wet lap. Gibernau's performance was particularly impressive considering that this was his first wet-weather outing with his Desmosedici GP6 and Bridgestone tyres, though it came too late for the official timed session at 2pm. Gibernau and Capirossi ended that 40-minute outing 16th and 14th quickest but continued working on set-up afterwards, obtaining good results. Read more.....

    Camel Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi clocked the fastest time once again on the second day of MotoGP Official Test at the Catalunya Circuit in Spain, after another encouraging session for Yamaha. With Rossi again setting the pace for much of the day, closely followed by his team-mate Colin Edwards, the pair took advantage of the warm afternoon conditions to continue to run through their pre-season testing programme at an impressive rate. Read more.....

    Nicky Hayden keeps on progressing; a light crash does not hinder Dani Pedrosa from improving his fastest time of yesterday by more than half a second. Read more.....

    Fortuna Honda riders Marco Melandri and Toni Elías completed their second day of official testing duties at the Circuit de Catalunya in cold weather conditions today. The two riders worked hard throughout the day although at the end they were forced to settle for twelfth and seventeenth position respectively. Read more.....

    Kawasaki's Shinya Nakano mastered difficult conditions today, at a cold and windy Catalunya, to finish the second day of the annual IRTA test with the third fastest time overall. Read more.....

    Ducati Marlboro Team riders Sete Gibernau and Loris Capirossi had very different days at Catalunya today. While Gibernau was able to ride 82 laps and improve on his Friday best by 0.772s, Capirossi spent most of the day recuperating from a nasty stomach virus. Read more.....

    Troy Bayliss smashed Phillip Island's seven-year-old record lap time to take a second successive pole position of the year on the Xerox-backed factory Ducati 999 machine. In scintillating form throughout the weekend, the 36-year-old Australian was quickest in every practice and qualifying session and clinched pole with a time of 1m32.159s, a full second faster than Troy Corser's 1999 mark. Bayliss's Superpole lap also made it three world champions in the top three positions as he lines up with Corser (Suzuki) and James Toseland (Honda) alongside him, while Steve Martin completed the front row for the Petronas team. Read more.....

    Camel Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards made their first formal track appearances of the year today as the MotoGP Official Tests got underway at the Montmelo circuit in Catalunya. The traditional pre-season curtain raiser runs for three days, with a timed 40-minute session determining the winner of a new car in an exciting climax to the action on Sunday afternoon at 1405h. Read more.....

    The Fortuna Honda Team is back on track for the first official appointment of the 2006 season: the Irta test on the Spanish track of Montmelò. Read more.....

    Kawasaki's Shinya Nakano ended the opening day of the Catalunya IRTA test sixth fastest, as the all-new Ninja ZX-RR made it's European debut after a winter of development and testing overseas. Read more.....

    Ducati Marlboro Team riders Sete Gibernau and Loris Capirossi gave the Desmosedici GP6 its first European outing at Catalunya today, continuing the good work so far completed in Australia and Malaysia. Read more.....

    The HP2 Enduro is without question the most extreme BMW off-road bike ever made and is the first in a new 'high performance' range of motorcycles from BMW Motorrad. Putting a tuned 105 hp Boxer engine in a stripped-down, purpose-built chassis has brought big-bore thrills to many dirt bike riders. However, the big advantage that the HP2 enjoys over its competitors is that it is 100 per cent road legal. Read more.....

    Troy Bayliss continues to make the headlines for the Ducati Xerox Team on his return to World Superbikes. The Australian former world champion set a time of 1m33.387s in glorious conditions at the spectacular Phillip Island track to take the provisional pole today. Ducati Xerox team-mate Lorenzo Lanzi was fifth quickest in the cooler morning free practice session, but was outside the top 16 in qualifying. Brazil's Alex Barros took advantage of a Bayliss slipstream to record second-quickest time while former Ducati Xerox rider James Toseland (Honda) and Troy Corser (Suzuki) make up the provisional front row. Read more.....

    The Motorcycle Action Group is generating opposition to the government's effort to undermine parliament. Read more.....