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Kenny Roberts heads second row
"I surprised myself"
This crucial timed session of MotoGP qualifying provided all the action usually associated with this raw, coastal track.
In sunny 17-degree temperature with the track at a manageable 25-degrees, this final hour got underway with Randy de Puniet (Kawasaki) heading the timesheets.

But it ended with last year's pole-setter Nicky ... [ more ]
Ninth pole for Jorge Lorenzo
Closing in on Anton Mang's record
Jorge Lorenzo continued an impeccable weekend at Phillip Island as he extended his domination of the 250cc Australian Grand Prix throughout all four practice sessions and clinched his ninth pole of the season – the eleventh in total for Fortuna Aprilia this year.

It means the Spaniard now lies just one pole off the current ... [ more ]
Dovizioso remains confident
His race pace should be good
In the Australian GP second day of practice weather conditions have been similar to Friday and so riders could continue their job on the set-up of the bikes.
Fourth in the morning free practice (1'34”316), Andrea Dovizioso finished fourth also in the second qualifying session being able to ride under 1'33” lap time.

Andrea ... [ more ]
Kallio secures pole position
For the GP Down Under
Red Bull KTM GP 125 rider Mika Kallio has confirmed the excellent form of rider and technology by securing yet another pole position in the 14th Grand Prix of the season.
Already in the first qualifying, the 23-year-old Finn had bettered the 2003 lap record by 0.6 seconds at the Phillip Island/Australia circuit previously held by Stefano ... [ more ]
Melandri and Elias improve pace and confidence
And hope for a good race
The Australian Grand Prix, which gets underway at 3 o'clock local time tomorrow, promises to be a demanding race for the Fortuna Honda riders.

Marco Melandri and Toni Elias worked well on the set-up of their bikes today, improve their race setting and general feeling. Unfortunately the Gresini pair were unable to make the most ... [ more ]
Difficult qualifying session for d'Antin
Because of tyre problems
ALEX HOFMANN finished with the 17th fastest laptime at the end of a difficult qualifying session at the Australian Gran Prix.
The German rider, who had problems with all of his qualifying tires, wasn't able to complete a full, fast lap, but is confident in his consistent race pace to score points once again.

His team mate, ... [ more ]
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Stoner set for close race at Phillip Island
“It is going to be a bloody close race”
Honda LCR rider Casey Stoner is predicting a close contest after qualifying eighth fastest for his home race, the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island.

Stoner was in a buoyant mood after a strong run on qualifying tyres for the third row of the grid -- and an impressive performance on race tyres in the morning ... [ more ]
Suzuki looking to move forward at PI
“We certainly have a lot of work to do!”
Rizla Suzuki MotoGP endured a difficult qualifying session at Phillip Island today that left its riders in 15th and 16th place for tomorrow's race.

Hopkins (P15, 1'31.143) will start from the fifth row of the grid with team-mate Chris Vermeulen (1'31.288) at the head of the row behind.

Both riders struggled ... [ more ]
Hayden on pole for Oz Grand Prix
But struggles a bit on race pace
Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden will start tomorrow's Australian Grand Prix from pole position after a brilliant qualifying lap at a sunny Phillip Island circuit today.

It's the second year running that Hayden has taken pole position at one of his favourite circuits.

The straight-talking American admitted there's still ... [ more ]
Grip issues for Tamada
Eleventh on the grid
The second practice day of the Australian Grand Prix took place today at Phillip Island.
The last free practice session was characterized by the low temperature while the afternoon qualifying session was held with ideal weather conditions: 17° in the air and 25° on the ground.

Makoto Tamada's day was characterized by an intense ... [ more ]
Front row for Nakano
Thanks to a good tactic
Kawasaki's Shinya Nakano will start tomorrow's Australian Grand Prix from the front row of the grid, after qualifying his Ninja ZX-RR in second place during this afternoon's hotly contested timed session at the Phillip Island circuit.
Randy de Puniet will start from ninth position, and the third row, as changing conditions meant he ... [ more ]
CYT pair charge up the time sheets
Rossi on front row
Valentino Rossi will start from the front row of the grid in third place with his Camel Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards just two spots behind him in fifth when the Australian Grand Prix gets underway tomorrow, thanks to a much improved performance on the second day of action at Phillip Island.

After initially struggling to find an adequate ... [ more ]
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Ducati men ready to fight back
After disappointing qualifying results
Ducati Marlboro Team riders Sete Gibernau and Loris Capirossi look towards tomorrow's Australian GP with mixed feelings.
The pair ran an impressive race pace at Phillip Island today but struggled to turn that into competitive qualifying laps, ending this afternoon's qualifying session in 12th and 13th positions.

Nevertheless ... [ more ]
Nakano qualifies second for Bridgestone
As Ducati and Suzuki riders struggle
Bridgestone-shod Kawasaki rider Shinya Nakano put in a sensational qualifying lap late in this afternoon's grid-determining session to take second place for tomorrow's Australian GP at Phillip Island.

The result marks Nakano's fourth front row start of the season after a third place grid slot at the season opener in ... [ more ]
Some improvement for Talmacsi
But that's still not enough
Gabor Talmacsi was able to cut off half of a second from yesterday's first qualifying after improving the balance of his 125cc Honda machine and so he could recover a couple of positions on the starting grid.
Gabor will start from third row but he is confident he can do well in tomorrow's Australian GP.

His team-mate Michele ... [ more ]
Hayden takes first pole of 2006, in Australia
Phillip Island : MotoGP - Qualifying
As a number of riders chip away at his championship lead, Nicky Hayden this week emphasised his desire to “stop the bleeding” with a good result in Australia.
The Kentucky Kid came out fighting in the qualifying session at Phillip Island and took his first pole of the season this afternoon, giving him the early advantage ... [ more ]
Gigi Galli predicts Andreucci as winner
Of today's Sanremo Rally
Gigi Galli has finished fourth on the Swedish Rally in a Mitsubishi Lancer WRC, third in Argentina with a Peugeot and fifth in Finland with the same 307 WRC. Despite his part-time campaign on the World Rally Championship this year, Gigi Galli has scored 15 points: enough to put him ninth in the World Championship standings.

The ... [ more ]
Rally Norway adds spectacular winter exploits
To the World Rally Championship
Norway's WRC round, 16-18 February 2007, will contain numerous spectacular Special Stages (SS).

From the start/finish in Hamar, the special stages will run northeast of Oslo, the capital of Norway, from the mountainous region of Lillehammer in the north to the forests of Kongsvinger in the south.

Rally Norway 2007 ... [ more ]
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Special race for Aaron Burkart
Cyprus : OMV CEE / PCWRC - Preview
The OMV CEE World Rally Team will reveal a well known face at the Cyprus Rally (September 21 to 24) – Aaron Burkart.

The 24-year-old industrial engineering student competes this season for OMV in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship. In Cyprus he will take a seat behind the wheel of a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 for the ... [ more ]
BFGoodrich, 22 years after
Cyprus : BFGoodrich - Preview
Prior to the start of the 2006 season, Cyprus was the only conventional European-style rally BFGoodrich tyres had won. That success dates back to 1984 when John Buffum and Fred Gallagher took their BFGoodrich Motorsport-entered Audi Quattro to top spot on the event which, at the time, counted as a qualifying round of the European ... [ more ]
Rally Sanremo is on tomorrow
The storms are dying down
There were still some rain showers today and there could be more tonight, according to the weather forecasters. But the storms that have been affecting the northern Italian coast are dying down and the worst appears to be over.

The local authorities have stated that the safety reasons which caused the cancellation of yesterday's ... [ more ]
Subaru drivers testing in Sardinia
A six-day development test
Subaru drivers Petter Solberg and Chris Atkinson took part to a six-day test in Sardinia to prepare for the tough gravel roads of the Cyprus Rally. The two men also had time for a few activities on top of testing the Impreza WRC.

Petter Solberg stopped in Tokyo en route back to Europe from Rally Japan for further STI PR activities. ... [ more ]
Richard Taylor talks about Cyprus
A tough rally for the cars
Subaru World Rally Team Managing Director Richard Taylor describes the challenge ahead for the 12th round of the World Championship, the 34th edition of the Cyprus Rally.

“Cyprus Rally has a unique character; its tight, twisty roads mean that average speeds will be less than half those experienced at the last European event ... [ more ]
Subaru want both cars in the top six
Cyprus : Subaru World Rally Team - Preview
The FIA World Rally Championship returns to the Mediterranean next week for the Cyprus Rally, round 12 of the 16-event series. The rally is based in the seaside tourist town of Limassol with stages run on rough gravel roads in the Troodos mountains in the centre of the island.

Taking place four months later than ... [ more ]
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Gronholm & Hirvonen testing in Spain
Ford news before Cyprus Rally
The Ford World Rally Team today completes a four-day development test on the gravel roads of northern Spain.
Gronholm drove for the first two days with Hirvonen taking over on Thursday and Friday. The team concentrated on perfecting car set-up for the rallies in Australia and New Zealand later in the season, but heavy rain made ... [ more ]
Matthew Wilson looking forward to Cyprus debut
Cyprus : Stobart M-Sport Ford - Preview
Soaring temperatures, rocks and rough roads are just a few of the difficulties faced by the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally team in next week's Rally Cyprus.

Famed as one of the toughest events on the WRC calendar for both cars and drivers, Rally Cyprus will cover almost 1200 kilometres of the Mediterranean island. ... [ more ]
Stohl - Minor aiming to repeat last year's podium
Cyprus : OMV Peugeot Norway - Preview
The drivers of the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Teams return to the rally of their greatest triumphs so far. Last year Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor finished in sensational second place at the Cyprus Rally.

Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud reached fourth place. In spite of their self-confidence both Stohl and Solberg are ... [ more ]
Patience is crucial - Gronholm about Cypru
Cyprus : Ford World Rally Team - Preview
Endurance and reliability in both man and machine will come to the fore when the BP-Ford World Rally Team heads to the holiday island of Cyprus for what many regard as the toughest round of the FIA World Rally Championship.

Far from enjoying the beaches and sunshine of the eastern Mediterranean, Marcus Grönholm ... [ more ]
Cristiano da Matta continues rehabilitation process
Making excellent progress in his recovery
Champ Car driver Cristiano da Matta continues his rehabilitation process as he recovers from a severe head injury. Da Matta was injured after colliding with a deer that ran onto the track near Turn Six at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin during a Champ Car Open Test on August 3, and has spent the past six weeks ... [ more ]
Williams admits 'humiliating' season
The team is to blame for poor car reliability
Sir Frank Williams has vowed to oversee a boost in reliability next year, after admitting that the team is to blame for a run of dire car reliability.
He said at Monza last Sunday: ''Some of the reasons why we have failed in races is lack of adherence to correct internal process.''

Grove based Williams are ... [ more ]
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