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April 10, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Veteran motorcycle racer Colin Edwards said Thursday he plans to retire from the MotoGP series at the end of this season. Edwards, 40, made the surprise announcement during a news conference for riders competing this weekend in the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas MotoGP race at the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas. "I don't know exactly how to say it -- even though I've rehearsed it I don't know how many times -- 2014 will be my last of racing MotoGP," the track quoted Edwards as saying.
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April 10, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Veteran motorcycle racer Colin Edwards said Thursday he plans to retire from the MotoGP series at the end of this season. Edwards, 40, made the surprise announcement during a news conference for riders competing this weekend in the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas MotoGP race at the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas. "I don't know exactly how to say it -- even though I've rehearsed it I don't know how many times -- 2014 will be my last of racing MotoGP," the track quoted Edwards as saying.
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July 3, 2005 | Shav Glick, Times Staff Writer
The name Valentino Rossi sounds more like that of an opera singer than a motorcycle racer, but it is fitting because the fun-loving Italian is a virtuoso. On two wheels. Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson and Wayne Rainey, three Californians in the Motorcycle Hall of Fame with 10 world road racing championships among them, all say there has never been anyone better -- maybe as good, but none better.
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April 4, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Valentino Rossi, the Italian many consider to be the greatest motorcycle racer in history, will be seeking his eighth world title as the MotoGP series opens its season Sunday in Qatar. Rossi, who has won seven championships, is back with the Yamaha race team after two years with the Ducati team. He rejoins Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo of Spain, the two-time and reigning MotoGP champion. The two had frosty relations when they previously were teammates but claim that's all behind them.
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July 9, 2005 | Shav Glick, Times Staff Writer
World championship motorcycle road racing returned to Laguna Seca on Friday, luring a crowd estimated at 38,000 for practice for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, but bringing some criticism from the top rider in the field. Valentino Rossi, the magnet drawing most of those fans to Round 8 of the MotoGP championship series, expressed concern about the safety of the track.
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April 4, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Valentino Rossi, the Italian many consider to be the greatest motorcycle racer in history, will be seeking his eighth world title as the MotoGP series opens its season Sunday in Qatar. Rossi, who has won seven championships, is back with the Yamaha race team after two years with the Ducati team. He rejoins Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo of Spain, the two-time and reigning MotoGP champion. The two had frosty relations when they previously were teammates but claim that's all behind them.
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July 3, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Sam Hornish Jr. threw himself a birthday party in Victory Lane. The icing on his cake: Hornish now leads the Indy Racing League season points race after his second straight win. "It's a great day to celebrate my birthday," said Hornish, who turned 27 on Sunday -- and got a cream pie in the face from Marlboro Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves before the race at Kansas City, Kan. "We're just so happy right now."
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October 30, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Jason Line lost to Richie Stevens Jr. in the pro-stock final in the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals on Sunday but picked up enough points in the preliminary rounds to clinch the season championship. Line topped teammate Greg Anderson in the semifinals to clinch. Anderson trailed by 119 points before the race and had to win in Las Vegas and at the series-ending event in Pomona in two weeks to take the title. Stevens won the final with a 6.789-second run at 202.85 mph.
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September 14, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Ron Hornaday Jr. took the lead on a restart with 42 laps to go and was out front most of the way en route to a victory Saturday in the Craftsman Truck Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Hornaday raced to his series-high fifth victory of the season, holding off a late charge by points leader Johnny Benson to win his second straight race. Hornaday had the truck to beat all day in the 200-lap race, never faltered on his restarts and cruised to victory even as the race was marred late by cautions.
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September 15, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Sebastian Vettel became the youngest driver to win a Formula One race Sunday when the 21-year-old German took the Italian Grand Prix on a wet Monza course that made for difficult driving. Vettel was on the pole and edged Heikki Kovalainen of McLaren by 12.5 seconds to give Torro Rosso its first victory. "For sure the best day of my life," Vettel said. "These pictures, these emotions I will never forget." Fernando Alonso, a two-time world champion, had been the youngest winner at 22 when he took the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix.
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July 9, 2005 | Shav Glick, Times Staff Writer
World championship motorcycle road racing returned to Laguna Seca on Friday, luring a crowd estimated at 38,000 for practice for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, but bringing some criticism from the top rider in the field. Valentino Rossi, the magnet drawing most of those fans to Round 8 of the MotoGP championship series, expressed concern about the safety of the track.
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July 3, 2005 | Shav Glick, Times Staff Writer
The name Valentino Rossi sounds more like that of an opera singer than a motorcycle racer, but it is fitting because the fun-loving Italian is a virtuoso. On two wheels. Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson and Wayne Rainey, three Californians in the Motorcycle Hall of Fame with 10 world road racing championships among them, all say there has never been anyone better -- maybe as good, but none better.
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November 12, 2012 | By Charles Fleming
Mamas, lock up your children. Honda Motor Co. wants the boys and girls of America to start riding. The company this week has taken the wraps off a batch of 2013 motorcycles, going after new riders with some old-school styling. Leading the pack are a blacked-out version of the Gold Wing cruiser, a line of low-priced, lightweight CB500 sport bikes, and a timely iteration of the timeless CB1100. The CB500s represent the company's desire to grow its U.S. market share by attracting new riders -- "beginner bikes that don't look like beginning bikes," one Honda executive said.
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July 21, 2006 | JIM PELTZ
In becoming the first black driver to win an NHRA top-fuel event, rookie J.R. Todd had to earn every bit of his victory. Todd first had to defeat Larry Dixon, a two-time NHRA top-fuel champion, in the semifinal round at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway near Denver last weekend. Then, with Todd traveling nearly 300 mph at the finish line, his parachute didn't open. Luckily he steered on to the drag-strip's long, uphill "shut-down" area that's filled with sand.
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