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Valentino - shaping up to become the best motorcycle rider in history.

The MotoGP season starts again next weekend with Valentino Rossi and his Yamaha YZR M1 a raging hot favourite to take the title again. Rossi appears likely to face increased competition this year though, with at least ten riders looking capable of taking a race win during the season and with his most likely rival, Honda-mounted Sete Gibernau, already in fine form. Read our extensive 2005 season preview with in-dpeth coverage of the pre-season testing, bookies odds, links and background.  Read More

BMW K1200R for MotoGP Power-Cup

March 24, 2005 BMW Motorrad hasn't wasted any time in getting its performance-oriented K1200R at the forefront of motorcycle competition, and is replacing the popular BMW BoxerCup that is run in conjunction with each European MotoGP round with a series based on K1200R racers. Powering the new one-make championship is a race honed version of the K 1200 R with some added carbon fibre aerodynamic enahncements and an even warmer version of the bike producing 175 bhp (129 kW).  Read More

Ducati set to unveil MotoGP-based Roadster?

Ducati is rumoured to be preparing to unveil a V4 roadster based on it MotoGP-winning V4 Desmosedici, promising the strongest line-up of 1000cc Supersport motorcycles on the showroom floor in years.  Read More

The Desmosedici GP5

21 January, 2005 Ducati’s MotoGP season got under yesterday on the Grostè glacier (at an altitude of 2470 metres) as the Desmosedici GP5 appeared in its 2005 livery for the first time amidst the spectacular Dolomite mountains in northern Italy. “The bike that Loris Capirossi and Carlos Checa will race this season is the result of an evolution, not a revolution of the GP4” explained Ducati Corse CEO Claudio Domenicali yesterday during the press conference. "We learnt from the mistakes we made last year, when we arrived at the first Sepang tests with a completely different bike from the previous version and with no chance of turning back.  Read More

Aprilia didn't enter racing until the late eighties, winning its first GP in 1987, its fir...

It's the closest thing you'll find to a genuine Grand Prix racing machine on the road, be it two wheels or four. The Aprilia RS250's 250cc two-stroke motor produces in excess of 60 brake horses, giving it a specific output of 240 bhp per litre - more than the fastest MotoGP bikes and on a par with F1 engines. And it's the last one - the fire-breathing two-stroke racer-roadster is about to become extinct. The next batch of Aprilia RS250 road bikes will be the last. Ever!!!!  Read More

MotoGP 2002 promises motorcycling's rennaissance

An intriguing technological battle will unfold in MotoGP this year as exotic 4-strokes challenge 2-stroke dominance. Fans will enjoy this technological feast due to rule changes allowing 990cc 4-strokes to compete against 500cc 2-strokes hence encouraging a rich variety of machinery to join the grid: Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Aprilia and MZ have committed 4-stroke teams and Kawasaki and Ducati will race in later rounds to prepare for next year.  Read More

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