The BEST MOTOGP RACERS EVER:

2 08 2007

Michael Doohan:

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The Australian is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racing World Champion, who won five consecutive 500cc World Championships, second only to Giacomo Agostini (though Doohan’s feat was basically equaled by Valentino Rossi, who won the final 500cc GP championship, and the following 4 MotoGP championships, as MotoGP replaced 500cc GP as the top championship on the world scene). He is considered to be one of the best motorcycle racers in the history of the sport.

Although pure riding skill clearly played a large part in his success, his ability to perfect the suspension and geometry of a racing motorcycle gave him an enormous advantage over his rivals, even though other Honda riders (particularly Doohan’s teammates) benefited somewhat from his ability to perfect the bike’s handling. It is generally accepted that his development of the Honda throughout the 1990s helped the company to dominate racing for many years. At the time of Doohan’s retirement, the Honda had developed into a much better handling machine than it had ever been previously.

MOTOGP championships : 5 (1994-1998)

JoHN Surtees:

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He is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and Formula One driver from England. He remains the only person to have won World Championships on both two and four wheels.

He won aboard the Italian motorcycle MV Agusta and remained the rider to beat in the 50 s !

MOTOGP championships : 4 ( 1956,1958-1960)

Mike Hailwood:

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He was known as “Mike The Bike” because of his natural riding ability. Later in his career he went on to compete in Formula One auto racing, becoming one of the few men to compete at the Grand Prix level on motorcycles and in auto racing.

In 1962, Hailwood signed with MV Agusta and went on to become the first rider to win four consecutive 500cc World Championships. After his success with MV Agusta, Hailwood went back to Honda and won four more world titles in 1966 and 1967 in the 250cc and 350cc categories. Hailwood is perhaps best known for his accomplishments at the renowned Isle of Man TT. By 1967, he had won 12 times on the infamous island mountain course. He won what many historians consider to be the most dramatic Isle of Man race of all time, the 1967 Senior TT against his great rival, Giacomo Agostini.

MOTOGP Championships : 4(1962-1965)

Giacomo Agostini:

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Agostini is an Italian multi-time world champion Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. Nicknamed Ago, he is the all-time leader in victories in motorcycle Grand Prix history.

He won the championship 7 times with MV Agusta and once with Yamaha !In 17 years he won a record 15 Grand Prix World Championship titles and 122 Grand Prix victories. In 2000, the FIM named him a Grand Prix “Legend”. He still remains the most successful racer ever in the premier class .

MOTOGP championships : 7 (1967-1972,1975)

Barry Sheene:

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He was a perfect all-rounder doing everything a man wanted to do . He was a successful and brillant motorcycle racer,actor, TV star , commentator , commercial star ! and lots more .He combined insight into the skills of riding, and the vagaries of the professional circuit, with a penchant for the occasional double entendre delivered with a trademark grin.

MOTOGP Championships : 2(1976-1977)

Kenny Roberts:

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Kenny was the first American to win the 500cc Road Racing World Championship.Roberts is regarded as being one of the first riders to use his knee to balance the bike on the track in corners, and the first to use engine power to spin the rear tire exiting bends to help steer the bike (a technique known as “throttle steering”). These techniques are used everywhere in the top levels of motorcycle road racing, though they are much less exaggerated with today’s improvements in tire technology.

He is the father of the 2000 500cc World Champion, Kenny Roberts, Jr., the only father and son duo to have won the title.He now owns a racing team “TEAM ROBERTS” which employs a HONDA engine and the other parts around built by his team !

MOTOGP championships: 3(1978-1980)

Eddie lawson:

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His penchant for consistently finishing in the points earned him the nickname “Steady Eddie”

Lawson accepted an offer from Yamaha to contest the 500cc World Championship as Kenny Roberts‘ team-mate for the 1983 season. Lawson spent the 1983 season learning the ropes of the Grand Prix circuit. In 1984 , Lawson began winning regularly and won the 1984 world championship. It would mark the first of four world titles Lawson would go on to win. After winning two more titles for Yamaha in 1986 and 1988, Lawson shocked the racing world by announcing he would be leaving Yamaha to sign with their arch-rivals Honda. He went on to win the 1989 title for Honda, becoming the first rider to win back-to-back championships on machines from different manufacturers.

MOTOGP championships: 4(1984,1986,1988-89)

Kevin schwantz:

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He was hugely popular for his aggressive, all-or-nothing riding style.The late 80’s and early 90’s are remembered as one of the most competitive eras of Grand Prix racing with a field rich in talent that included Rainey, Wayne Gardner, Mick Doohan, Eddie Lawson and Randy Mamola. He was often at a disadvantage in that his Suzukis never seemed to be as fast as those of his Yamaha and Honda mounted rivals. His sheer determination to win at all cost meant that he seemed to crash as often as he won. This trait made him a popular favorite among race fans the world over. His last lap pass of Rainey to win the 1991 German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring, with his rear tire fish-tailing on the verge of control, will forever typify Schwantz’ do or die riding style.He culminated his career in 1993 by winning his first and only 500cc World Championship. After suffering through a crash infested 1994 season, the injuries he had incurred over the years began to take their toll on him, as did the career ending injuries suffered by his rival .

MOTOGP championships: 1(1993)

Wayne Rainey:

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He was characterized by his smooth, calculating riding style that belied a fierce determination to win. From 1990 to 1992 , he hit his stride earning three consecutive 500cc crowns for Yamaha. Rainey was well on his way to his fourth-consecutive title in 1993. He was leading the championship points and leading the GP when he suffered his career-ending crash at Misano, Italy, in which he slid into the gravel trap at high speed, breaking his spine against the raked surface designed as a safety feature for car racing. The injury handed the title over to his great rival, Schwantz. Rainey’s injuries would render him permanently paralyzed from the chest down.Rainey was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999. the FIM named him a Grand Prix “Legend” in 2000. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2007.

MOTOGP championships:1990-1992

VALENTINO ROSSI :

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He is an Italian professional motorcycle racer and multiple MotoGP World Champion. He is one of the most successful motorcycle racers of all time, with 7 Grand Prix World Championships to his name (only Giacomo Agostini has more with 15 GP World Championships), and he is considered one of the greatest motorcycle racers of all time. In 2006, he narrowly missed an 8th title by scoring a second place in the Championship, and now continues in the 2007 season as one of the title favourites. According to Sports Illustrated, Rossi is the 7th highest earning sports personality in the world, earning an estimated $30 million a year.

He won the 500 cc World Championship with Honda in 2001, the MotoGP World Championships (also with Honda) in 2002 and 2003, and continued his streak of back-to-back championships by winning the 2004 and 2005 MotoGP World Championship after leaving Honda to join Yamaha.Rossi’s move to Yamaha would be a baptism of fire. His fiercest critics claimed that on an inferior machine (the Yamaha YZR-M1), Rossi would not be able to recreate his World Championship wins of the previous years, especially with increased development of the RC211V and the likes of Max Biaggi and Sete Gibernau on Hondas. The RC211V was a superior machine in almost every aspect although it was guaranteed that the gap would shrink with the defection of Rossi and Jeremy Burgess (chief mechanic for Rossi at Honda, whom Rossi had also convinced to join). The 2004 season would give Rossi the ability to show everyone, especially his critics what he was made of and provide him with an opportunity to prove that it was his talent rather than his bike that won him his championships.

MOTOGP championships : 5(2001-2005)

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German gp : Rossi crashes, Dani wins!

15 07 2007
  1. Dani Pedrosa
  2. Loris Capirossi
  3. Nicky Hayden

The first race where the michelin tires proved to be better than the bridgestone this season.Dani pedrosa won the race with a perfect start to finish ride with very little competition from others ,Rossi starting 6 th on the grid looked all set to go to the top ! but a mistake by rossi saw him slide out in front of Randy De Puniet musch to the wory of his fans ! the yamaha seemed to work very well and it was just that he had pushed very hard in the initial part of the race !

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The veterans are coming back ! Loris Capirossi took the second spot riding a clean race ! and this is his podium for the second time this season !Nicky hayden rode a wonderful race …and he rode all the way from 14 th to third !The championship leader Stoner s bridegestone was nt working that well as his team mate ! and he ended 5 th in the race , and all said the day belonged to REPSOL HONDA TEAM!

Now Stoner has a 32 point advantage over Rossi ! and we are just a week away from the US gp …so lets wait and see how the DOCTOR   bounces back !

the rest of the results :

1. Dani PEDROSA SPA HONDA 41:53.196
2. Loris CAPIROSSI ITA DUCATI + 13.166
3. Nicky HAYDEN USA HONDA + 16.771
4. Colin EDWARDS USA YAMAHA + 18.299
5. Casey STONER AUS DUCATI + 31.426
6. Marco MELANDRI ITA HONDA + 31.917
7. John HOPKINS USA SUZUKI + 33.395
8. Anthony WEST AUS KAWASAKI + 41.194
9. Alex HOFMANN GER DUCATI + 43.214
10. Michel FABRIZIO ITA HONDA + 44.459
11. Chris VERMEULEN AUS SUZUKI + 1:01.894
12. Kurtis ROBERTS USA KR212V + 1:10.721
13. Makoto TAMADA JPN YAMAHA 2 laps
14. Carlos CHECA SPA HONDA 3 laps

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John Hopkins moves to KAWASAKI fr 2008 :

10 07 2007

John Hopkins the suzuki rider currently in the fourth position in the motogp championship standings has made the first big transfer for the next season ! it is heard that the rizla suzuki rider has been paid a whooping amount to put his leg over the ever improving kawasaki zx rr for next season ! keep watching this space for more updates .

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click on this to read the complete article : MCN 

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MOTOGP :A-style TT Assen Deutch GP RESULTS

30 06 2007

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ROSSI is back and back with a bang ….the doctor is back to winning ways with a stunning performance from being 12 th at one point of the race to come back and win the race ..he was absolutely fantabulous today !He was the fastest man on the track lap after lap, gliding through the field to get to the front.He took third from Nicky Hayden on lap nine before also grinding down Rizla Suzuki’s John Hopkins for second with his next target in the form of Casey Stoner.Valentino Rossi pulled Casey Stoner to within 0.008 and made a few attempts to pass before eventually getting through on lap 22 to take the lead and then immediately build a 1.27sec gap on the way to victory.

and Rossi added: “It was a good race. Starting from 11th I was quite worried but I know in this condition we are quiet fast.

“I have some advantage in my lap so when I arrived behind him (Casey Stoner) my tyre was sliding but in the last three laps I was very fast and managed to win.”

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The results :

1 25 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team YAMAHA 42’37.149
2 20 27 Casey STONER AUS Ducati Marlboro Team DUCATI 42’39.058
3 16 1 Nicky HAYDEN USA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 42’43.226
4 13 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 42’47.614
5 11 21 John HOPKINS USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP SUZUKI 42’50.287
6 10 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Fiat Yamaha Team YAMAHA 42’52.288
7 9 4 Alex BARROS BRA Pramac d’Antin DUCATI 43’13.224
8 8 66 Alex HOFMANN GER Pramac d’Antin DUCATI 43’18.917
9 7 13 Anthony WEST AUS Kawasaki Racing Team KAWASAKI 43’20.754
10 6 33 Marco MELANDRI ITA Honda Gresini HONDA 43’20.945
11 5 7 Carlos CHECA SPA Honda LCR HONDA 43’20.975
12 4 56 Shinya NAKANO JPN Konica Minolta Honda HONDA 43’25.045
13 3 6 Makoto TAMADA JPN Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 43’31.217
14 2 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 43’34.867
15 1 80 Kurtis ROBERTS USA Team Roberts KR212V 44’05.786
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65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Ducati Marlboro Team DUCATI 9 laps
14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Kawasaki Racing Team KAWASAKI 15 laps

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MOTOGP :A-style TT Assen Deutch GP qualifying results

30 06 2007

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Well it was raining yet again ,and chris vermulen proved he s one of the best riders in rain taking the pole position . The ducati – stoner combo working very well yet again grabbed the second with a surprise third place grabbed by Randy de puniet !

  1. Chris Vermulen
  2. Casey Stoner
  3. Randy De Puniet

Rossi unable to find the best setup and tire combo was 11 th fastest almost 2 seconds behind chris !

Rossi commented: “For sure today in the wet we had some problems and the fourth row is not great! Of course in order to fight for the victory here I would prefer to be nearer the front, as to win from the fourth row is quite hard! We’ve given ourselves a difficult job to do and now I will need to have a perfect race, with no mistakes from start to finish, in order to come back towards the front.” “I’m quite sad about the weather because I think from the front row I would definitely have been in a position to try to win tomorrow. We need to make the right tyre choice and we need to make a good start, because it’s not so easy to pass people here.”

For the rest of the qualifying results check THIS:

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MOTOGP Donington park results :

25 06 2007
  1. Casey Stoner(DUCATI marlboro )
  2. Colin Edwards(Fiat YAMAHA)
  3. Chris Vermulen(Rizla SUZUKI)

british.jpg It was declared a wet race , and colin edwards who took a wonderful start soon lost it to dani pedrosa , and managed to get it back after a few laps !, casey stoner inspite of a bad start was fighting through the traffic and was riding like a champion . Valentino inspit of a descent start fought his way hard and managed to move to 3 rd place and to lost it to vermulen and finished fourth ,it looked like valentino s tire was losing traction – reports yet to come !,while stoner overtook colin and retained the first place !..colin never looked in the fight and ended the race in second !…the way in which Stoner rides proves he might become the champion this year !

Antony West the rider replacing Olivous jacque rode a very good race before crashing and ending the race at 12 th . Loris and NIcky rode very well ( for the first time this season ) and eventually crashing-hard luck !

Now Casey Stoner is at a comfortable lead of 26 points  in the championship ! and its goin to be hard time for VALENTINO this year !

For the rest of the results click THIS:

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MOTOGP : BRITISH GP qualifying results

23 06 2007

Colin Edwards - The TEXAN TORNADO

Colind edwards(1st ) and Nicky Hayden( 4 th) who were struggling for form looks like they ve found it at last , this race should sure be interesting .Rossi( 2nd) qualifying second fastest would surely be tryint to win and take a lead in the championship, Stoner(5th ) AGAIN having a top speed advantage arnd 5 kmph more than the rest for this circuit(Edwards – 266 kmph SToner-273kmph) should nt been such a threat like the other race tracks with longer strghts ! the longest straight here is just 564 mts !

so guys sit back relax with ur beer bottles ,we ve got a hot race tmrw !

For the rest of the qualifying details click THIS :

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