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Last round in Japanese land
Motegi : Pramac d'Antin - Preview
We're now at the last of the three extra-european races of this three weeks. After the intensive warmth in Malaysia and the cold weather in Australia, it's time to fly to Japan before going back to Europe. The 15th race of the season will be on the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit.

The German Alex Hofmann, after the good position ... [ more ]
Tamada and his team feel at home at Motegi
Motegi : Konica Minolta Honda - Preview
The Konica Minolta Honda Team is already at Motegi ready to start the preparations for the Japanese GP which will be held this Sunday; the fifteenth round of the 2006 MotoGP World Championship, the last race of the long intercontinental tour.

Makoto Tamada loves the Japanese track; it is his home circuit, he knows ... [ more ]
Melandri is ready to repeat himself in Japan
Motegi : Fortuna Honda - Preview
After the spectacular victory at Phillip Island where Marco Melandri claimed his third victory of the season, The Fortuna Honda rider arrives in Motegi strong motivated to repeat himself.

With 193 points, the Italian rider is now third in the World Championship, 32 points behind leader Nicky Hayden, the American rider on ... [ more ]
Hayden and Pedrosa set to strike back
Motegi : Repsol Honda - Preview
The Twin Ring at Motegi hosts the next instalment of an enthralling 2006 MotoGP season this weekend. Repsol Honda, fresh from the drama of the Australian Grand Prix last Sunday, has its sights firmly set on a strong result at Honda's home circuit. With just three races to go, the World Championship is moving into its closing stages ... [ more ]
Stoner wants to consolidate 6th place at Motegi
Motegi : Team LCR - Preview
The Honda LCR team and Casey Stoner have arrived in Japan to prepare for their third race in just two weeks – the home event for Honda at Motegi.
The Japanese GP is the final race of a busy flyaway schedule, following visits to Malaysia and Australia. After finishing sixth, just 0.8s off the podium, in his home race at Phillip Island, ... [ more ]
Kawasaki field three rider team in Japan
Motegi : Kawasaki - Preview
The Kawasaki Racing Team will field three riders in this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi, as test and development pilot, Naoki Matsudo, makes his only wild card appearance of the season alongside Kawasaki's regular MotoGP riders, Shinya Nakano and Randy de Puniet.

For Nakano, this weekend at Motegi is one of the most ... [ more ]
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Luthi has to keep the momentum
“We have a really good bike now”
The 125cc title has already gone to Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia), but Honda men will be fighting hard to put their factory machines among the podium places here. Among them, 2005 World Champion Thomas Luthi (Elit Grand Prix Honda RS125R).

He said: "I like Motegi, it's an OK track for me, even though I had a very bad crash ... [ more ]
One of the last opportunities for Dovizioso
"I've always been fast at Motegi"
In the 250cc class Andrea Dovizioso (Humangest Racing Honda RS250RW) trails series points leader Jorge Lorenzo (Aprilia) by 24 points and knows Motegi represents one of the last opportunities to close the gap.

He said: "I like Motegi and I've always been fast here. In 2004 I won the race in front of Lai and Corsi. In 2005, ... [ more ]
Going hard on Honda's home track
Motegi : Team KR - Preview
The ‘Twin Ring' Motegi track, built in 1998, lies 150km north of Tokyo. It is owned by Honda and features an outer ‘Indy” style oval with a regular track in the infield. This features a relatively short 762m main straight, eight right turns, six lefts, with a grippy, smooth and predictable surface.

The largely constant-radius, ... [ more ]
Quiet birthday for Aaron Burkart
Preparing for the Cyprus Rally
The OMV CEE Rally Team will enter the Cyprus Rally with a good feeling but minor expectations. After all, it is the first WRC event in an all-wheel drive car for Aaron Burkart and Tanja Geilhausen.

Prior to that there were only a short test and a one-day-rally in Finland. Which means that Burkart will only get better and ... [ more ]
Stohl fourth quickest in Shakedown
Cyprus : OMV Peugeot Norway - Shakedown
The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team already got a taste of the coming three days of the Rally Cyprus 2006 during the shakedown on Thursday.

The six kilometres long course near Nikosia demanded everything of the drivers. And both OMV teams are aware that things won't get easier from Friday to Sunday. The goal ... [ more ]
Good set-up base for the Xsaras
Cyprus : Kronos Citroen WRT - Shakedown
The Cyprus Rally shakedown took place this morning on exactly the same location as in 2003 and 2004, a sinuous stage dominated by the Stavrovouni Mount and its famous orthodox monastery.

Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena were keen to start quite early their shakedown session just to have an idea of the road conditions ... [ more ]
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Trouble-free session for Red Bull Skoda in Cypru
Cyprus : Red Bull Skoda Team - Shakedown
On a gravel stage, approx. six kilometres in length, exactly 63 kilometres away from Limassol, the Cyprus Rally, the twelfth WRC event of the season, got under way today with the shakedown.
Harri Rovanpera was rather confident about his performance, 24 hours prior to the start: “We worked a little on the ride height ... [ more ]
Baking hot but beware of rocks!
Cyprus : Stobart M-Sport Ford - Shakedown
Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally driver Matthew Wilson gained some invaluable experience about the perils of Rally Cyprus at this morning's Shakedown.
The 19 year old from Cumbria was only half a kilometre into the second run when he hit a rock which broke the steering arm. It was a typical Cypriot stage with high temperatures, ... [ more ]
A busy morning!
Cyprus: Shakedown
The Cyprus Rally Shakedown took place this morning on a 8-km course also used for the same purpose in 2003 and 2004.

Located more than 60 km from the Limassol service park, the teams had to install small temporary work areas to service the cars at the Shakedown site.

The temperature was warm and sunny this morning, although dark ... [ more ]
TV deadlines cause stage cancellation
Cyprus organisers axe SS23
The organisers of the Cyprus Rally have been forced to cancel the final stage of the event - SS23 Lageia - Kalavasos 2 - to enable the official television crews to meet a tight international satellite feed.

The cancellation will not affect the running of SS19 Lageia - Kalavasos 1, which will start as planned at 10.35 hrs on Sunday ... [ more ]
Race Touareg survives acid test in Morocco
VW works team intensified its preparations for the Dakar
Flooded tracks, enormous boulders and muddy water splashes – at the tests in Morocco, the Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 was more than a match for the severest tracks.

Heavy rain fall just before the test started caused unusual conditions around the desert oasis Erfoud and a change in the scheduled test ... [ more ]
Ferrari wrap up test programme
Ferrari - Mugello - Testing
While rivals were busy testing at Silverstone and Jerez, Ferrari concluded their test programme today at Mugello.
Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer joined Michael Schumacher today to work on development of new mechanical components and Bridgestone tyres, for the three final race of the 2006 season.

Schumacher completed a total ... [ more ]
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Team happy with Shanghai and Suzuka preperations
Silverstone - Super Aguri Honda - Testing
Super Aguri Honda concluded its one-car test at the Silverstone Circuit today and clocked up a grand total of 1,055 kilometres over the three-day period. Takuma Sato was at the wheel of ther SA06 today taking over from Salon Yamamoto.

Takuma Sato
“It has been a successful week and it was good to be able ... [ more ]
Button fastest in Michelin test
Jerez - Honda - Testing
The weather conditions remained warm with blustery winds in Spain on Thursday as Jenson Button joined the Honda team at Jerez for the second day of the test.
Taking over in chassis RA106-06 from Anthony Davidson, Button began his running with a short aero evaluation as he worked on finding a good balance in the car.

He then ... [ more ]
Lewis Hamilton happy with his F1 learning curve
Silverstone - McLaren Mercedes - Testing
Lewis Hamilton covered approximately 617KM in testing this week in what was the GP2 Champion's first serious test with McLaren Mercedes. The British racer set the third fastest time today at Silverstone, lapping six-tenths of a second off the ultimate pace set by former GP2 rival Nelson Piquet Jr.

F1 veteran Pedro ... [ more ]
A mixed day for Schumacher and Panis
Silverstone - Toyota - Testing
Today's testing at Silverstone concluded Toyota's preparations for the next two races in China and Japan. Being that the team had to make final decisions for two races at once, this made for a tight agenda. All drivers worked on finding the right set-ups and tyre choices, in addition to other small test items like practicing launches. ... [ more ]
Renault happy Suzuka preparations
Silverstone - Renault - Testing
Renault today completed the week's testing in Silverstone with another busy day at the Northamptonshire circuit
Nelson Piquet concluded his first test with a busy day of set-up work, as he continued to learn about and fine-tune the R26. Piquet once again topped the times after 86 laps in total, with a lap of 1:19.510s.

Across ... [ more ]
Jenson Button tops the timesheets
Jerez - Thursday - Testing
Testing continued today at Jerez with Honda and BMW Sauber in action. Jenson Button led the way for Honda with a best lap of 1:16.971s, just 0.018s ahead of the BMW Sauber of Robert Kubica.
Nick Heidfeld was third fastest in the second F1.06 as the team conclude their test programme with the German working on developments for the ... [ more ]
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Kubica and Heidfeld wrap up tests
Jerez - BMW Sauber - Testing
BMW Sauber were back on track for their final day of testing today at Jerez. The weather conditions were not very favourable today because of gusty winds.
Robert Kubica worked on a major tyre programme for Michelin also in preparation for the race at Interlagos. In addition he tried different set-ups which revealed some promising ... [ more ]
Suzuka admits no GP in 2007
Targets a possible return in 2008
Suzuka has given up hope of appearing on the Formula one calendar for 2007.
The Honda run circuit, traditionally the home of the Japanese Grand Prix, must make way next year to Toyota's refurbished venue at Fuji.

“Obviously we feel it is a great pity,” spokesman Yasuo Sugaya was quoted as saying by the BBC, “but we ... [ more ]
Renault deny Alonso test 'ban'
Sponsorship duties but no testing
A Renault spokesman has dismissed as 'absolute nonsense' reports that Fernando Alonso was this week banned from driving at the final team test of the 2006 Grand Prix season.
It is reported in Germany that Enstone-based Renault sidelined the championship leading Spaniard because of his looming switch to McLaren, and the scheduled ... [ more ]
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