Lorenzo To Miss Catalunya GP With Concussion, Maybe More

After a truly meteoric start to the season, Jorge Lorenzo is being brought down to earth just as abruptly. And I mean brought to earth in the most literal sense of the phrase. First, there was the massive highside at Shanghai, in which the reigning 250 champion fractured bones in both ankles and feet. He rode anyway, and managed an astonishing 4th. Then, at Le Mans, he did even better, taking 2nd, despite spending the weekend either in a wheelchair, or tumbling through the gravel again.

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Rossi Signs For Two More Years With Yamaha

Valentino Rossi has come a long way over the past year. In the middle of the 2007 season, the 5 time world champion came very close to leaving motorcycle racing altogether. Only after receiving guarantees that he would be have Bridgestone tires for 2008, and that Masao Furusawa, head of Yamaha's racing department, would personally oversee Yamaha's MotoGP project was Rossi persuaded to stay in MotoGP.

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2008 Catalunya FP2 Times Day 1 - Pedrosa Fastest In Crash-Strewn Session

This afternoon's second session of free practice was riddled with incident. After Casey Stoner, Randy de Puniet and Toni Elias had crashed during the morning's practice, the afternoon got much worse. Jorge Lorenzo, John Hopkins, Randy de Puniet (again) and Dani Pedrosa all came off, but unlike this morning, they did not all escape without injury.

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2008 Catalunya Preview- Repeat Performance

There is a distinct element of deja vu to Sunday's Catalunya Grand Prix at Barcelona. Just last week, the MotoGP circus was in a bike-mad country, at a circuit sure to attract some 100,000 fans on race day, all clamoring for their local heroes. Once again, the local boys will be unable to take a step outside their mobile homes without being mobbed, and will face a barrage of media coverage from the moment they enter the country. Expectations will be high, and failing to win will not be looked upon kindly.

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Hayden Won't Race Pneumatic Valve Engine At Barcelona

Apparently, it's still not ready.

There are very few stories about MotoGP where a sentence so obtuse can be so obvious, but almost every MotoGP follower worth their salt will immediately understand that "it" is Honda's pneumatic valve engine, and what it won't be ready for is the upcoming MotoGP race at Barcelona in Catalunya, Spain.

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Kawasaki's Shopping List: Edwards, Vermeulen, Dovizioso

John Hopkins' signing with the Kawasaki MotoGP team last year signaled a shift in emphasis for Team Green. They needed a big name rider to gain interest in the team, and help develop the bike. Hopkins' signing also raised the question of whether the team would go with one big name rider and a support rider, or whether they would try to attract a second big name.

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250 Replacement Class: KTM Proposes 500cc Twins

The plan was relatively simple: Very few manufacturers still make small-capacity two stroke motorcycles, two strokes were under attack from the environmental lobby, and there are only two manufacturers seriously committed to the class. Combine all these facts together, and it was painfully obvious that the 250cc class was doomed. The only question was, what should replace it?

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Kawasaki And Suzuki: No Third Bikes For 2009, And No Kawasaki Wildcards

For several years now, MotoGP grids have looked worryingly empty. The causes are well-known, and have been debated for years, but basically it boils down to the expense of fielding competitive machinery. The situation was exacerbated by the switch to 800cc: Just as all of the factories looked like getting a handle on the formula, the formula changed, requiring another vast sum of money to develop the new bikes.

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2008 Mugello MotoGP Race Report - Great Expectations

Expectations are a double-edged sword. Expectations, the expectations you have of yourself, and the expectations that others have of you, can inspire you to remarkable achievements. But wanting to live up to those expectations can also place an incredible burden upon you, knowing that you if you fall short, you disappoint not only yourself, but also all those around you. The way you handle that burden is a test of character, self-knowledge, and mental strength.

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2008 Mugello Qualifying Report

After yesterday's torrential rain, which even managed to influence this morning's final free practice session, the MotoGP regulars were delighted to be rolling out of the pits onto hot tarmac in warm sunshine. The weather had almost completely cleared up, the clouds hanging back in the Tuscan hills, granting the MotoGP riders a reprieve from the rain - at least for the moment.

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