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    The last MotoGP test of the season got underway at the Andalucian circuit of Jerez today, with unexpectedly cold temperatures delaying the start of activity until late morning for the Yamaha duo of Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards. Unfortunately, it then began to rain soon after track temperatures had risen to suitable level and Rossi and Edwards, testing Yamaha's new prototype 800cc motorcycle side-by-side for the first time, were only able to complete a few laps in the dry. Read more.....

    The Jerez de la Frontera circuit, the venue for a fantastic opening round win for Loris Capirossi in the MotoGP championship eight months ago, was also the scene for the final testing session of the year which concluded today. Read more.....

    Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Racers Chris Vermeulen and John Hopkins recorded the fastest times on race tyres during the final day of the Jerez test in Spain today, Vermeulen setting a time marginally outside the current lap record, with team-mate Hopkins narrowly behind him. Read more.....

    Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa set the fastest time of the three-day test at Jerez on Thursday as the extraordinary 2006 MotoGP season drew to a close. Pedrosa, 21, completed another full day's development work aboard the Honda RC212V, before setting an impressive laptime of 1m 39.910s with a qualifying tyre to end the day ahead of former World Champion Valentino Rossi. Read more.....

    Under ideal weather conditions at the Jerez circuit in Spain, Alex Barros had a positive debut on his brand new Ducati GP7 800cc, equipped with Bridgesatone tyres. The Pramac D'antin Brazilian rider, who didn't ride the first day of the test due to rain and poor track conditions, got his first taste of the new machine and began working diligently on the testing program that the Team had prepared. Barros ultimately clocked 63 laps, with the best time of 1'43.187, and was feeling very good about the initial sensations of the bike. Read more.....

    Today the motoGP riders busy at Jerez de la Frontera for the last test session of the year could profit of the sunshine to carry on the programme scheduled for today. Read more.....

    Yesterday's weather forecast proved to be right and conditions were much improved on the second day of testing at Jerez. After waiting for the track to become completely dry, Ducati Marlboro Team riders Loris Capirossi and Casey Stoner went out after noon to get testing with their Desmosedici GP7 machines underway. Read more.....

    In a rain-interrupted day at the Jerez circuit, Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa was back in the saddle on the first day of the final MotoGP test of 2006. Though cold track temperatures in the morning and rain from lunchtime onwards made lap-times largely irrelevant today, Pedrosa completed a valuable 44 laps as he eased himself back into riding the 800cc Honda RC212V he will campaign next year. Read more.....

    The 2007 MotoGP season marks a new era for Kawasaki. Not only will the Japanese manufacturer debut their all-new 800cc Ninja ZX-RR at the opening race of the season in Qatar, but also, for the first time since Kawasaki returned to the premier class of motorcycle racing, it will be with a complete 'in house' factory team. Read more.....

    The Honda Gresini Team can count on the support of a very important partner in the challenge of the 2007 MotoGP World Championship, HANNspree, a Taiwanese Company, Market Leader, producer of TVs and LCD Monitors. Read more.....

    Loris Capirossi and Casey Stoner were only able to manage a few laps today with the 800cc Ducati Desmosedici GP7. Read more.....

    World Champion Nicky Hayden will sit out this week's MotoGP test at Jerez on November 28-30 in order to receive medical treatment to his injured right shoulder. The Repsol Honda rider will have further MRI and CT scans on November 29 at the Freemont Clinic in California, prior to an operation scheduled for the following day. Read more.....

    This coming Sunday will see the official UK launch of the 2006 Montesa Cota 4RT, with British importers James Sandiford Motorcycles marking the occasion with a test day at The Coniston Hotel, Coniston Cold near Skipton. Read more.....

    Alex Barros will ride the Ducati GP7, equipped with Bridgestone tires, for the first time later this week, during the three day test that will take place at the Spanish circuit of Jerez de la Frontera. The Brazilian pilot will continue his work with the Pramac D'Antin Team, this time using the latest machinery, the Ducati GP7. Read more.....

    Two-thirds of riders revealed in a new survey that they have undertaken post-test training or assessments and those that have not cite lack of time as the main reason. Read more.....

    Dougie Lampkin returned to winning ways once again, with a convincing victory at a French invitation indoor event held last night, this coming just after his recent win at the famous Scott time and observation trial. Lampkin finished a massive ten marks clear of his Repsol Montesa team mate Takahisa Fujinami, as the four stroke mounted duo made it a 1 - 2 for the Spanish based squad. Read more.....

    Rizla Suzuki MotoGP travels back to Europe for its final test of 2006, determined to continue with the promising start shown by the new Suzuki GSV-R800 at recent tests. Read more.....

    In an amicable parting of the ways, Simon Wilkinson-Blake, Chief Executive Officer of the British Motorcyclists Federation, has resigned from the BMF in order to find a position that will offer him fresh opportunities and challenges. Read more.....

    Christmas is coming and the Motor Cycle Industry (MCI) is warning 'buyer beware' and encouraging extra vigilance when buying mini bikes. Read more.....

    Third and last day of testing for the Motogp riders at Sepang. The Spaniard Toni Elias worked hard the whole day completing 67 laps, including 18 on wet conditions. Read more.....

    Last day of Malaysian test session at Sepang track for the MotoGP riders. Today the ambient temperature reached the 30 and the track temperature was nearly 43 so the LCR Team rider Carlos Checa kept on developing the new RC212V together with the staff managed by Ramon Forcada. Read more.....

    Rizla Suzuki MotoGP racers John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen finished the Sepang test at the top of the timesheets for the second day in succession, as the new Suzuki GSV-R800 continued its impressive introduction into MotoGP. Read more.....

    The British Motorcyclists Federation has welcomed measures in the Queen's Speech designed to tackle road congestion by recognising the role that the motorcycle can play. Read more.....

    Colin Edwards completed his first test of the 800cc era with another good morning's work at Sepang today, making more progress on the development of Yamaha's new prototype machine and finishing the day with the 3rd fastest time in the process. Edwards once again spent the time working on general set-up with his team, especially chassis and suspension, as well as testing some new tyres for Michelin. Read more.....

    Every year the Thundersprint attracts top class riders from all over the world but for 2007 the event moves up a gear as it plays host to the HM Plant Honda factory team with riders Ryuichi Kiyonari and Jonathan Rea. Read more.....

    Ten Kate Honda Racing wants to thanks Winston for these two successful seasons which saw the conquer of two Supersport World Championship with French rider Sebastien Charpentier. The partnership has surely also helped the Team and the Superbike World Championship to grow his level of professionalism and for this we really appreciated Winston and JTI. Read more.....

    After yesterday's torrential downpour, the rain stayed away today and the sun came out at Sepang for the second day of MotoGP testing at the Malaysian track. Yamaha pilot Colin Edwards, who is riding Yamaha's new 800cc motorcycle for the first time this week, was able to complete 48 laps and make significant improvements to the setting of his bike, despite suffering a small slide into the gravel in turn one at one stage. Edwards was luckily unhurt and was able to continue working on the same bike after a short time. Read more.....

    Honda RC212V riders profit of the ideal track conditions at Sepang (Malaysia) to carry on the test programme spoiled yesterday by torrential rain. Read more.....

    New Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Max Biaggi set the fastest time at this week's two-day World Superbike test at Valencia in Spain with a time of 1:33.9, as team mate Yukio Kagayama was close behind in third. Read more.....

    The second day of the planned three-day MotoGP test session at Sepang circuit started as soon as the damp track had been dried off by the burning sun. With ambient temperatures of 34 degrees combined with high humidity and the track surface eventually reaching 45 degrees the MotoGP riders returned to testing the new 800cc bikes including Carlos Checa on the new RC212V which will be involved in the 18-round world championship of 2007. Read more.....

    Positive first outing for Haga and Corser on the All-New R1 After working hard to make the first race version of the 2007 YZF-R1 ready for a two day Pirelli Development Teams' test at Valencia, the Yamaha Motor Italia team enjoyed two positive days of work under clear Spanish skies. Troy Corser set a best of 1'34.9 with a race set-up, with Noriyuki Haga on a 1'35.1, on qualifying tyres. Read more.....

    Total new moped and motorcycle registrations across almost all engine sizes and styles showed general improvements in October 2006, a total of 9,889 bikes were registered- an overall increase of 9% compared to the same month in 2005. Read more.....

    Colin Edwards got his first chance to try out Yamaha's brand-new 800cc MotoGP bike today, but his debut on the bike was cut short due to bad weather at Sepang. Torrential rain fell on the Malaysian circuit from 1pm, flooding parts of the track and bringing about scenes reminiscent of September's Grand Prix, when a similar storm led to the cancellation of Qualifying. The rain did begin to ease up as the afternoon wore on but parts of the track remained underwater and Edwards, along with all other MotoGP riders present, chose to stay in his garage. Read more.....

    The first day of tests at Malaysian track of Sepang ended today and most of the Teams were focused on the new 800cc bikes development. The intense humidity and high temperature were broken today by a storm at lunchtime. Carlos Checa and the LCR Team joined the first day of practices together with Rizla Suzuki, Kawasaki Racing, Fortuna Honda, Repsol Honda, Yamaha Tech 3 and Camel Yamaha. Read more.....

    Toni Elias got his first chance to ride the new Honda RC212V today at Sepang but the test session was interrupted by heavy rain that fell on the Malaysian circuit from 1.00 p.m. Read more.....

    Geoff Sherley, MCI's Chief Executive, has been honoured by the Queen for his work on a ground-breaking project helping young people in High Wycombe. Geoff will be attending Buckingham Palace on 14th November to receive his award. Read more.....

    The presence of Winston on the Hondas of Team Ten Kate in the World Superbike and Supersport championships has been an undeniable success: two Supersport world titles (2005/06), with French ace Sebastien Charpentier, and two Superbike titles with world vice-champions Chris Vermeulen in 2005 and James Toseland this year. Read more.....

    Rizla Suzuki MotoGP travels to Sepang in Malaysia for its second off-season test in preparation for next year's assault on the MotoGP World Championship. Read more.....

    BMW Motorrad's first ever appearance at the UK's biggest off-road motorcycle show will be supported by special guest Charley Boorman. The Dirt Bike Show will take place from 16-19 November at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire and Charley will be on the BMW stand (C06, Hall 1) over the weekend to sign autographs and chat to fans. Read more.....

    Alex Barros will ride the brand new Ducati GP7, equipped with Bridgestone tyres, for the first time this year at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit from the 28th to 30th of November. The Pramac D'Antin Brasilian rider will begin working with his technicians to gather important data before the mandatory Winter test ban to develop his machine for the 2007 MotoGP World Championship challenge. Read more.....

    As he had announced after the last race in Valencia, Marco Melandri underwent today a surgery on a niggling injury in his left arm. Around noon the Honda Gresini rider was operated by Doctor Gondolini at Villa Serena in Forli (Italy). The surgery run smoothly and Marco tomorrow will leave the hospital. Read more.....

    You've seen Foggy pull a wheelie at 200mph - but this is your chance to see him go from 0-120mph in four seconds . without a bike! Read more.....

    Chris 'Stalker' Walker, Cal Crutchlow and John Reynolds will officially launch the Crescent Xmas sale on Saturday, December 2nd, at the Crescent Performance Centre in Verwood, Dorset. Read more.....

    World Superbike rider Yukio Kagayama raced to victory in the final round of the Japanese Superbike Championship at Suzuka on Sunday as Suzuki clinched the series Manufacturer Championship. Read more.....

    Matt Winstanley secured the first ever Grand Prix win for a British rider at the Supermoto World Championship final in the port town of Piraeus in Greece on the weekend having gone tantalisingly close to a double victory but for a fall in the last few laps of the second race. Read more.....

    Just a couple of days after the dramatic finale to his rollercoaster season, Valentino Rossi was back out on track in Valencia yesterday and today, already thinking about next season's revenge as he got to grips with Yamaha's new 800cc motorcycle. After the final race of the 990cc era on Sunday, most of his MotoGP rivals were also out on their new bikes as the teams began the long winter of testing in the build-up to the first race next March. Read more.....

    Leon Haslam, the runner up in the 2006 Bennetts British Superbike Championship, and Gregorio Lavilla, the 2005 British Superbike Champion, have both re-signed with GSE Racing and will compete in the British Superbike Championship for a third successive year in 2007. Read more.....

    Rizla Suzuki's Chris Walker is delighted with the performance of the new GSX-R1000K7 after completing a two-day test at Valencia in Spain. Read more.....

    Despite the weather forecasts announcing rain for today, the dark clouds over the Valencia track finally did not release their load and all riders were able to make use of the track until five o'clock in the afternoon to finish the scheduled tests. Read more.....

    Today, the second and last day of practice of the Pramac D'Antin MotoGP Team with Alex Barros took place on the Ricardo Tormo circuit of Valencia. The Brazilian rider went on making kilometres on the Ducati 990cc and taking confidence with the Bridgestone tyres. The final balance from Valencia is positive and the work that has been done will allow the Team to begin the test in January with a good base. Today, Alex made 1'33.2 as a best laptime, with a rhythm of 1'33. The next test will be in January, on the circulexit of Sepang, Malaysia. Read more.....

    Rizla Suzuki's Chris Walker is delighted with the performance of the new GSX-R1000K7 after completing a two-day test at Valencia in Spain. Read more.....

    Dr Stephen Ladyman, Minister for Transport opened the International Motorcycle Show at the NEC with praise for the safety initiatives of the Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCIA) and joined a host of other motorcycling guests at the opening ceremony. Read more.....

    The Pramac D'Antin MotoGP Team is pleased to announce the confirmation of Alex Hofmann for the 2007 season. The German rider will be the Team mate of Alex Barros and will have at his disposal the Ducati Desmosedici GP7, with tyres Bridgestone. His experience, with the Italian bike and the new tyres, will surely be useful for the whole Team, especially with the arrival of the new 800cc. Read more.....

    The two Ducati Marlboro Team riders set quick times again today to positively conclude the final day of testing for the Italian manufacturer's new MotoGP line-up. Read more.....

    Rizla Suzuki MotoGP concluded its first ever test on the new Suzuki 800cc MotoGP machine at Valencia in Spain, with yet more encouraging results. Read more.....

    World Champion Nicky Hayden and team mate Dani Pedrosa had their first contact with the Honda RC212V machine at the Ricardo Tormo circuit today. Read more.....

    Rizla Suzuki MotoGP began using its brand new 800cc MotoGP engine for the first time today and was quickly on the pace, as both racers posted times faster than their best from Sunday's final 990cc race. Read more.....

    Just a couple of days after the final round of the 2006 season, which ended with a first historic 1-2 win for Ducati in MotoGP, all eyes are now focussing on the future. Read more.....

    After the announcement of the agreement between Gresini Racing and Bridgestone Corporation last Monday, today Marco Melandri and Toni Elias tested their RC211V on Bridgestone tyres at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia. Read more.....

    Today, the first test of the Pramac D'Antin MotoGP Team took place on the Ricardo Tormo circuit of Valencia. The rider Alex Barros, on the DUCATI GP6 "Sat" with Bridgestone tyres, began to take confidence with the bike and had the occasion to know better the whole Team and its technicians. There are many news for the Italian-Spanish Team. Between the Brazilian rider and the new motorcycle-tyres package, there already seems to be a good feeling. Alex made 61 laps with 1'33.626 as a best time and a rhythm of 1'33.800. Read more.....

    The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) is pleased to announce that it has employed David Short, the former Chief Superintendent of Police for North Yorkshire to head up the group's political campaigns in the UK. Read more.....

    Suzuki World Champion Kevin Schwantz and Grand Prix legend Randy Mamola took to the track yesterday on a pair of Rizla Suzuki GSV-Rs, and the years rolled back as the two stars of yesterday completed some high-speed demonstration laps. Read more.....

    The BMF has welcomed the call by the House of Commons Transport Select Committee for more road policing, but says that the assumptions made over speed cameras are mistaken and the call for automatic vehicle speed control is unacceptable. Read more.....