Toseland To Make Announcement On Thursday

Italian racing site GPOne.com is reporting that James Toseland is to hold a press conference on Thursday, at the Day of Champions. GPOne.com quotes Toseland's manager as saying the purpose of the press conference is to announce a tie with a sponsor, and not to talk about his future. But any talk of a personal sponsor is likely to open doors in MotoGP, if Toseland can bring money to a team. The press conference is expected at 1:30 pm.

Finally, Half Of The Official Confirmation: West Leaves Yamaha

At last, confirmation has been forthcoming of something the world has known for the past week or so: Yamaha Motor Europe have finally confirmed that they have released Ant West from his contract to ride for them in World Supersport for the rest of 2007. The press release makes no mention of which team West will be joining, but there really is only one viable option open: The Kawasaki Racing Team. After all, no one else is in desperate need of a rider.

West To Replace Jacque At Kawasaki

After what seems like weeks of speculation, even though it's only been a few days, the deal has finally been done: Anthony West will ride the works Kawasaki in MotoGP for the rest of the season, according to Motorcyclenews.com. West is to replace Frenchman Olivier Jacque, who has suffered a nightmare season with injury so far this year.

Yet More Confirmation That Lorenzo Will Ride For Yamaha Next Year

Although widely regarded as a done deal, official news on a potential link up between reigning 250 world champion and the Fiat Yamaha team remains conspicuous by its absence.

Kenny Roberts Jr To Skip Donington

Team KR have announced that Kenny Roberts Jr is to take a rest, and miss the Donington race. The former 500cc world champion feels he has reached the end of what he can do with the current equipment, and cannot provide the team with any more input, until the new chassis which the team is working on for the KR212V turns up after Assen.

More Ant West - Wild Card At Donington With Kawasaki

There seems to be no end of news coming out of the West household today. Dutch racing site Racesport.nl is reporting that Ant West is on the entry list as a wildcard on the Kawasaki for the British Grand Prix at Donington on Sunday. What's more, as we speculated here before, Racesport is saying that West will take Jacque's place for the rest of the year.

It's Off Again - Jonny Rea Out Of Donington GP

Jonathon Rea, the young Irish rider due to make his MotoGP debut at Donington as a wild card on the Team KR bike, has been withdrawn from the British GP by Honda Racing, according to Motorcycle News. The reasons given were his extremely full riding schedule over the next few weeks, with both BSB rounds and the Suzuka Eight Hours race to compete in.

Jacque Doubtful For Donington - Nieto Or West Could Substitute

Olivier Jacque's fitness problems continue apace. After injuring his neck during a crash during practice at Catalunya, chances are high that OJ will not be fit to compete at Donington. A spokesperson for Kawasaki told Eurosport that the team is awaiting the results of fitness tests on the French veteran, before making a final decision on whether he will race in the British Grand Prix or not.

West And Kawasaki, Or How Not To Negotiate A Contract - Updated

Yesterday, I wrote about rumors from the World Supersport paddock that Anthony West is going to join Kawasaki. And today, those rumors look like being confirmed: A kind reader ("Windsok") posted a link to Ant West's MySpace page, which now bears the following message:
YEEEEEEEEEEE HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA lean mean and green HI ALL LOOK OUT TEAM GREEN ANTWEST THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR COMENTS I DONT HAVE TIME TO MSG ANY OF YOU IM STILL ON THE ROAD OK GOTA GO SEE YA antwest

West And Kawasaki, Or How Not To Negotiate A Contract - Updated

Yesterday, I wrote about rumors from the World Supersport paddock that Anthony West is going to join Kawasaki. And today, those rumors look like being confirmed: A kind reader ("Windsok") posted a link to Ant West's MySpace page, which now bears the following message:
YEEEEEEEEEEE HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA lean mean and green HI ALL LOOK OUT TEAM GREEN ANTWEST THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR COMENTS I DONT HAVE TIME TO MSG ANY OF YOU IM STILL ON THE ROAD OK GOTA GO SEE YA antwest

Rumors From Supersport Paddock Say West To Join MotoGP Team

Anthony West is a remarkable rider. He inspires extraordinary devotion amongst his fans (some even going so far as to offer to sell their kidneys to help fund competitive machinery), and equal parts admiration and misgiving among team owners and sponsors. West's talent goes without question, as whenever the circumstances have allowed the Australian to compete on his usually outclassed equipment, he has been a genuine factor to contend with, finishing well, and even winning, wet races.

Casey Stoner Extends With Ducati For 2008, And Possibly Beyond

Italian MotoGP news site GPOne.com is reporting that Casey Stoner has prolonged his contract with Ducati for 2008. The Australian, and current world championship leader, had an option in his contract to sign for another year with Ducati, and after Stoner's outstanding performance so far this year, Ducati were keen to tie him down for 2008. The contract is said to contain further options, which could lead to a very long term relationship between the Australian and the Bologna factory.

Catalunya Post-Race Testing - Day 2

Testing continued today, but with most of the paddock packed up and gone home. Only six riders were out testing today, Nicky Hayden on the Honda, Casey Stoner, Loris Capirossi and test rider Shinichi Itoh on the Ducatis, and Chris Vermeulen and Nobuatsu Aoki on the Suzukis.

Catalunya Post-Race Testing - Pitt And West Join The Fray

After Sunday's spectacular race, the teams were back to work on Monday, testing new parts and tires. The test at Catalunya is important, as it's the last chance for pure testing until after the Brno race in mid-August. Any other testing the teams want to do, they'll have to do during the free practice sessions during races, which is not the best time to be developing a bike.

2007 Catalunya MotoGP Race Report - Signs And Wonders

Human beings are extraordinary creatures. Where the birds of the air and the beasts of the field simply take note of everything that takes place around them, accept it, and move on, we humans are always looking for symbols and signs. The one thing that marks us out more than anything is the need to attach significance to events, to impose a pattern upon them to make them easier to comprehend. We do this in many ways: Sometimes, by attributing causes to certain occurrences, saying that a wallet was lost because we walked under a ladder, or cracked a mirror.

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