on the GSX-R750.He was lanky, he was blond and we were both testing the last of the square-four Suzuki RG500s and both desperate to get into 500 GPs. I guess that's why we were polite to each other, but wary of one another too. But we both made the grade
’s major hope of a Japanese champion, placed a dark cloud over the 5.807 kilometres of tarmac.Looking back at the circuit’s racing past, there have been some memorable races. Kevin Schwantz’s first 500GP win came at the opening round at Suzuka in 1988, his
KEVIN Schwantz will head up a new Moto2 team at the 2010 Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.The team is backed by American Honda and will field a Honda-powered Moriwaki MD600. The bike is to be ridden by 27-year old Roger Lee Hayden who's currently
Mick Doohan...nothing but respect for RossiFORMER 500cc motorcycle world champion Mick Doohan has heaped praise on Valentino Rossi, by saying the Italian's as good as any rider in history, following Rossi's record-breaking 69th premier class win
feeling clean away.After two laps of Valencia behind Randy Mamola on a factory Yamaha, I now realise with absolute clarity that not I, nor any other road rider, could have any conception of what it is like to race a 500 GP two-stroke.You can spend a
F or many bikers, this is a frightening time of the year. For a start 4pm is now 5pm so the commute home from work is dark and therefore more treacherous. Temperatures are also dropping (I just found out when you can see your breath the ambient temperature is below 7°C) so all th...
generation of first aircooled, then watercooled 500cc two-strokes stood in their place. At any given Grand Prix, 40 enormous men lined up in the hope of winning the race. Factory riders still had an edge, but back then privateer riders had a chance of glory
This fantastic pass around the outside of Mick Doohan and under braking is demonstrated by Luca Cadalora.The eternally smooth Italian stamps his authority on Doohan as he catches the apex perfectly to take second place.Interestingly, the race was won by the Cagiva mounted John Ko...
25 years ago Freddie Spencer managed a magical feat by winning both the 250 and 500 Grand Prix championships in the same year. Freddie Spencer tested his abilities to the upmost from jumping off the 250 to then line-up on the grid for the 500 race
The HistoryThe British Motorcycle Grand Prix has a past more chequered than the flag traditionally waved at the end of the race.From 1949 through to 1976 the ‘Tourist Trophy’ was effectively the British Motorcycle Grand Prix. Held on the 37.73 mile
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