What on earth has happened at Yamaha? Weeks before the first race they were cock-a-hoop. The new M1 was, said both factory riders, better in every respect. Then Edwards won out at the Catalunya tests; Rossi was the man in the dry. Even Carlos Checa was quick, on Dunlops. As Rossi...
Nobody would be happier than me to see Rossi's new team-mate Colin Edwards start teaching him some lessons about fast lap times and how to win championships. Just for fun let's pretend, just as Colin and indeed all the other MotoGP riders have to pretend on a fortnightly basis, t...
MotoGP's 2006 youth revolution has been striking. In two races, callow class rookies Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner claimed rostrums and pole starts; second-year kid Toni Elias has been close behind. Colin Edwards is just one old hand to twice take a bloody nose from the upstarts...
on how to behave lap by lap.He also complained about the paddock atmosphere, having got the cold shoulder from the precious drivers who do so much to make F1 so very, very dull.Their leader Michael Schumacher popped in to the Italian GP for a go
has been delighted to see the back of him. He is plenty fast, but he creates such hostility and frustration around him that teams seem to cease to function properly when he is on strength.Even so, you'll still find senior people in the paddock who
Nobody noticed, but the British GP was actually very dull. Worse still, the way Dani Pedrosa drew steadily away was exceedingly ominous. Even a bit Doohan-like, but because of his incognito personality, and with Rossi providing the fireworks as he came through to a fighting secon...
What happens to ex-World Champions in their dotage? They go to Australia and get into trouble with the police. Happened to Barry Sheene, when he and F1 driver Gerhard Berger were accused of assaulting a teenage girl. That was settled out of court. Now it's happened to Mick Doohan...
Casey Stoner continued a blazing start to his year at Jerez. His fifth place was disappointing after the first-race defeat of Rossi, but it was achieved by charging through after getting mugged in the early laps, running faster than the leaders in the closing stages, and closing ...
It has been rather a novel racing experience to see Rossi on the back foot. He's been that way actually since the last race of the old 990s, at Valencia. In the final stare-down with Nicky Hayden, he blinked, fell off, and lost the title. Very un-Valentino.This year started with ...
Nobody likes being overtaken, especially not Rossi. When the guy passing him is the same guy who knocked him off in the first corner at Jerez last year, and who later beat him by a couple of nano-seconds at Estoril, costing him the five points by which he lost the title, then the...
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