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Norton sign Cameron Donald to race TT

After originally planning to sit out 2014, former Isle of Man TT winner Cameron Donald has instead signed a deal to compete at the event on Norton's Aprilia powered SG2 machine. With a huge amount of development carried out on the V4 machine sinse last year, Donald says new R&D rider Steve plater was a key element of the deal. ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • TT & road races
  • 19 March 2014

Valentino Rossi delighted with new crew chief

When Valentino Rossi rocked the MotoGP paddock in Valencia last November by axing long-serving crew chief Jerry Burgess, many questioned the wisdom of his ruthless decision. Burgess had been at Rossi’s side since his MotoGP debut back in 2000 and was the technical architect behind the Italian’s seven premier class titles at Honda and Yamaha. But after struggling to regularly ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 18 March 2014

Signed Rossi items up for auction at MCN Live!

Signed Valentino Rossi items are rarer than hen’s teeth, thanks to the Italian’s notorious reluctance to stick an autograph on any old thing, which makes the star items at the Riders for Health auction at MCNLive!, Butlins Skegness even more special. The auction will take place on Sunday March 30th in the Skyline Pavilion, just after the annual rideout returns from Cadwell Park. The auction includes a ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 14 March 2014

Was Ducati’s move to the Open Class in MotoGP inspired thinking or lunacy?

Last week Ducati made the shock decision that they would be running in the Open Class in MotoGP for 2014. Some have called the move inspired, and less controls on engine development plus sticky tyres and an extra four litres of fuel are worth a lot. But it comes at a cost - the lack of electronics of their own. ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 12 March 2014

Hopper at home on Tyco Suzuki

Former MotoGP podium finisher John Hopkins says that he feels at home already on the Tyco Suzuki machine he will compete in the 2014 MCE British Superbike championship on, with the similarities to his former crescent Suzuki helping him to adapt to the new machine. “We took my base setting from what it was on the Crescent bike and haven’t ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • British Superbikes
  • 10 March 2014

Pol Espargaro suffers injury blow in Qatar

Pol Espargaro’s preparation for his rookie MotoGP season suffered a cruel blow in Qatar last night when he broke his left collarbone in a crash in the final hours of a promising pre-season campaign. The reigning Moto2 world champion was entering Turn 6 at around 125mph but instead of downshifting to first, the Spaniard hit neutral. He ran straight on ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 10 March 2014

Suzuki re-thinking MotoGP strategy after Ducati Open move

Ducati's decision to move to the new Open class has already forced Suzuki into re-thinking its 2015 MotoGP strategy, and is likely to put pressure on Honda and Yamaha to do the same.Just three weeks after declaring its intention to run as a factory entry to have the capability of developing its own electronics software, Suzuki is not ruling out ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 07 March 2014

GetGeared offers 'Lidl' discount

Lidl, the German supermarket chain, starts its annual motorcycle kit sale today (February 27), with a selection of cheap helmet and clothing offers including a flipfront helmet for £39.99 and waterproof riding gloves for £16.99. It’s a time-limited offer and Lidl won’t restock their baskets once the inevitable scrums have wiped out their current supply. But its rival German chain ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 28 February 2014

Ducati confirm move from factory to open class

Ducati have finally announced that they will make the move from factory to open class in 2014, with the team ditching their own electronics software in return for extra fuel, tyres and engine development. The Bologna factory has been experimenting with the option for a number of months, and rumours are circulating the paddock that it was an open class ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 28 February 2014

Video: Honda Fireblade SP group test

With a blueprinted engine and snazzy chassis parts, the new Honda Fireblade SP has a price tag to match its European rivals. But does it beat them at their own game? We find out on sunny Spanish roads and around the track, with former WSB champion Neil Hodgson. brightcove.createExperiences();

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 26 February 2014

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