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29 January 2009, 19:50
The Racer will take part in the 250cc category of the world championships, as official racer for the Aspar Martinez team. He will be wearing one of the NKP number 19 suits, and accessories from the company in Arzignano firm, members of Mastrotto Group. Alvaro Bautista, born in Talavera della Reina 1984, has been a revelation in 125cc world championship racing. Back in 2004 he stepped up on the podium for coming second at Donington Park. He also found himself on the podium once at Qatar and once at Malesia.
24 October 2008, 00:00
After six years of successful partnership that yielded 12 race victories and 33 podium finishes, KTM rider Mika Kallio and his team will say good-bye at the end of this racing season. But even though the 25-year-old Finn is joining another manufacturer as he moves to the MotoGP class, it is a farewell between good friends. "Mika has been under our wings from the beginnings of his Grand Prix career. We've moved up through the ranks as a team and celebrated our first victories together. We fought for the world titles in both the 125 cc and 250 cc class and it was a great and exciting time," says KTM CEO Stefan Pierer. "Mika is an outstanding talent in this sport and we always said that we would support him all the way, not only with our bikes but also once he found a good opportunity to move to the MotoGP category. The time has now come. It will be exciting to watch him racing in the future and we all wish him the best of luck."
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23 October 2008, 22:20
The World of MotoGP draws to an end on Sunday October 26th at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit where the final Grand Prix of Valencia will be held. For JiR Team Scot this is the closure of a very intensive season, which has confirmed the competitiveness of both their riders. Andrea Dovizioso, 125cc World Champion, twice runner-up in the 250cc class, has acquitted himself well in MotoGP, with a memorable fourth-place finish in the first race of the year in the night race in the desert of Qatar. From then a memorable series of finishes resulted last Sunday in Malaysia with Andrea’s first podium in the colours of JiR Team Scot.
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23 October 2008, 22:10
During the extremely torrid Malaysian GP weekend, Spidi equipped all its riders with ICENECK neck band, a device able to keep their body cool when waiting in the starting grid or during practice breaks. Spidi riders who used ICENECK during Malaysian GP week-end were: Marco Melandri, Colin Edwards and Shinya Nakano in MotoGP class, Mattia Pasini in 250 class and Sandro Cortese in 125 class. ICENECK is an anatomical neck band with a unique jelly bag that, when frozen, maintains its temperature for a long time.
17 October 2008, 20:31
American Colin Edwards endorsed his picture on the official poster for the Polini Grand Prix of Malaysia by leading the first day of practice for this penultimate round of the MotoGP World Championship at a sweltering Sepang this afternoon. The former World Superbike Champion has had a tough time recently but bounced back round the 3.447 mile Sepang circuit in sweltering conditions riding the Tech 3 Yamaha. He set the fastest time with drizzle in the air during the second qualifying session to lead the way by just 0.26th of a second from World Champion Valentino Rossi who set his fastest time in the morning session riding the Fiat Yamaha.
15 October 2008, 16:38
James Toseland arrives at Sepang for the Polini Grand Prix of Malaysia on Sunday determined to repeat his superb ride in the previous round of the MotoGP World Championship in Australia. The Yorkshireman celebrated his 28th birthday with a hard fought sixth place at Phillip Island riding the Tech 3 Yamaha and has been working flat on his stamina to produce a repeat performance or better in very different circumstances at the penultimate round of the Championship.
01 September 2008, 11:46
Seventeen year old Bradley Smith bounced back to form and almost secured that first grand prix victory in the 23 lap 125 cc at Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera of Rimini at Misano this afternoon. At the finish Smith had to settle for second place after a tremendous battle with World Champion Gabor Talmacsi but was delighted to secure his first podium finish since the French Grand Prix in May.
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01 September 2008, 10:16
The weekend of the Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera di Rimini ended with second place for Yuki Takahashi after a race full of action and emotion. The JiR Team Scot rider was fast from the first-row and took command immediately, before falling back, holding on to the lead group as he waited to make his move. Then, with two riders clashing and running wide Yuki was able to move into second place, which he held to the flag: his second podium of the season. This result sees him move up a position in the championship to seventh overall.
29 August 2008, 17:34
After three moral sapping races James Toseland got his season back on track in the first day of practice for the Cinzano Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera of Rimini in Misano this afternoon. The 27 year old Yorkshireman has been beset by tyre problems in those last three races but after the two one hour sessions today round the 2.626 mile circuit he was tenth fastest. Riding the Tech 3 Yamaha for the first time at the Misano MotoGP circuit Toseland was just over one second behind World Champion Casey Stoner who led the way.
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19 August 2008, 22:21
Red Bull KTM 250 star Mika Kallio finished fifth in Sunday's Czech Grand Prix but remains in the title hunt after his rival and world championship leader Marco Simoncelli finished third. Kallio now trails the Italian by 16 points with six more races to go to complete the season. Simoncelli dropped back from first to third in the final corners of the race to cut back his points tally for the race on the traditional Brno circuit.
17 August 2008, 01:49
When the likes of MotoGP winner Jorge Lorenzo and World Superbike Champion James Toseland fail to qualify for the Cardion AB Grand Prix of the Czech Republic it shows just how appalling the weather must have been in the one hour qualifying session for the 12th round of the MotoGP World Championship. The heavy rain just got heavier and heavier as the session progressed round the 3.357 mile Brno circuit. Toseland fell from the Tech 3 Yamaha at the bottom of the hill in the spray and mist. He was uninjured and despite not producing a qualifying time will be allowed to start the 22 lap race. The 27 year old Yorkshireman finished first and second in the World Superbike Championship races at Brno last year.
16 August 2008, 15:56
James Toseland put his recent training with Marines to good use in a difficult first day of practice for the Cardion AB Grand Prix of the Czech Republic in Brno this afternoon. The 27 year old Yorkshireman finally finished 13th fastest riding the Tec 3 Yamaha at the circuit where he scored first and second place in the World Superbike Championship last year. He slid off at low speed late in the afternoon session but neither Toseland or the Yamaha were damaged. The only problem he had was re-starting the machine but that recent Marines training paid off and he was able to re-start the Yamaha with a good old fashioned shove.
12 August 2008, 16:33
James Toseland heads the refreshed British riders returning from the summer break to face the last seven grands prix of the season, starting with the Cardion ab Grand Prix of the Czech Republic at Brno on Sunday. The twenty seven year old Yorkshireman returns after a tremendous first part of his MotoGP debut season and has every reason to be confident in the 22 lap on Sunday. Last year he really tuned his season round with first and second places in the two World Superbike Championship races at the superb 3.357 mile Brno circuit. He currently lies ninth in the World Championship riding the Tech 3 Yamaha but good results in the final seven races could lift him as high as the top six.
12 August 2008, 16:13
Many fans will still be enjoying their Summer holidays when – on Sunday, August 17 – the Brno race circuit plays host to the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic: the twelfth round of the MotoGP World Championship. Andrea Dovizioso, after yet another good performance in Laguna Seca, intends to continue the excellent run of form that now sees him in fifth position overall in the standings, just 11 points from Jorge Lorenzo. Over the past two seasons at the Czech circuit, the Italian and the Majorcan have been on the top of the podium. With fourth place in the standings up for grabs, you can expect the JiR Team Scot rider to put in 100% to try and elevate himself in the standings. Back from the extra break thanks to the 250cc class not attending the US event, Yuki Takahashi is ready to go all-out for more important points in the 250cc World Championship.
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14 July 2008, 14:32
Red Bull KTM 250 star Mika Kallio fought against wet conditions in the German Grand Prix to finish in fourth place while Julian Simon of the Repsol KTM 250 team put in his best race result since joining the KTM line-up on the grid. Kallio, the 25-year-old Finn held onto second place for 12 laps but was forced to let some of the opposition overtake when heavy rain started to fall. Instead he adjusted his calculating style of riding to suit the prevailing difficult conditions and still achieved the best possible result. Kallio, who had held the lead in the world championship standings, is now in second place, eleven points behind Sunday's winner Marco Simoncelli.
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14 July 2008, 13:13
After two days of dry practice, but constantly under the threat of rain, the Sachsenring circuit finally saw the rain arrive on race day. Today Yuki Takahashi improved the front-end feel of his Honda in the morning warm-up, but the rain began to fall shortly before the race, forcing the JiR Team Scot engineers to prepare the bike for a wet race despite having no wet time around the German track. Yuki, starting from the tenth position, attempted a fast blast through the pack, but in the fast corners was soon slowed by a lack of grip at the rear wheel, which then began to slide. The Japanese rider did not surrender and was able to maintain ninth position at the chequered flag.
14 July 2008, 10:55
Casey Stoner ‘s third successive grand prix victory came in dramatic circumstances in the pouring rain at the Alice Grand Prix of Germany at the Sachsenring this afternoon. Championship leader Dani Pedrosa raced away at the start of the 30 lap race round the tight twisty 2.281 mile circuit to build up a seven second advantage in the spray and looked likely to repeat his success of last year. However the pace he was setting in the spray on the Repsol Honda was too hot and down he went at turn one with the opposition well out of sight. Stoner, who started from pole for the fourth successive race on the Marlboro Ducati, needed no second chance and took full advantage at the circuit where he had never won previously.
11 July 2008, 21:57
It was a day of crashing for the MotoGP stars in the first two practice sessions for the Alice Grand Prix of Germany at the Sachsenring this afternoon. Among the fallers in the afternoon session were Championship leader Dani Pedrosa and World Champion Casey Stoner while in the morning British star James Toseland crashed without injury on just the second lap. Although the weather was dry despite a few spots of rain in the morning round the tight 2.281 mile circuit, the pressure really told on those top men who all escaped injury. Anthony West on the sole Kawasaki crashed in the morning and bruised his back while in the afternoon Andre Dovizioso and Colin Edwards also fell without injury.
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07 July 2008, 23:51
After a one week break following the British and Dutch GP ‘double header’ last month, the 2008 MotoGP season resumes at the Sachsenring. The German event will provide the stage for the tenth round of the championship. The circuit winds its way through the edge of a forest, where the riders face a series of tight corners, with a series of seven left-handers, before opening the throttle on the short straight. The JiR Team Scot squad looks to gain significant results in both categories. Andrea Dovizioso, riding the Honda RC212V, has returned from three positive races in which he obtained fourth and two fifth-place finishes and he wants to improve still further. Meanwhile Yuki Takahashi has a good feeling with the German track, as back in 2006 he took one of his two victories of the season at the track and now he wants to repeat that feat this weekend.
07 July 2008, 22:38
After disappointments at two circuits he knows well, James Toseland returns to his journey into the unknown at the Alice Grand Prix of Germany at the tight twisty Sachsenring on Sunday. The 27 year old Yorkshireman has shown already in his MotoGP debut season how quickly he can learn new circuits on the Tech 3 Yamaha and the tenth round of the MotoGP World Championship should be no exception. Toseland crashed in Donington and struggled with the set-up in Assen to eventually finish in ninth place but still holds eighth place in the Championship, just ten points behind former World Champion Nicky Hayden.