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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

Valentino Rossi bemoans new Bridgestone tyre direction

Valentino Rossi says he is mystified why a new range of Bridgestone rear tyres will be introduced for the 2014 MotoGP world championship. The Italian spent the majority of the opening day of the second test in Sepang working on the set-up of his factory Yamaha YZR-M1 to work with the new generation Bridgestone tyres. A stiffer construction to help ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 26 February 2014

Forgotten heroes

Honda VTR1000 FirestormHonda’s Firestorm is a bike that has lived its life under the radar, which is a shame because this V-twin is a lovely bike that once tried is not easily forgotten.Using a 996cc 90-degree V-twin engine the Firestorm is not a naked SP-1 (Honda’s homologation special appeared three years after the Firestorm) but instead is a semi-faired sports ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 24 February 2014

Tech 3 confident Yamaha will supply new gearbox

Satellite Yamaha boss Herve Poncharal remains confident that Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith will be racing a new seamless shift gearbox when the 2014 campaign kicks off in Qatar next month. When winter testing resumed at the Sepang track in Malaysia earlier this month, Tech 3 continued with Yamaha’s standard transmission, with Smith eighth and rookie Espargaro ninth on the ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 23 February 2014

WSB Australia: Guintoli takes pole with fastest ever lap

Sylvain Guintoli will start the first round of the 2014 World Superbike campaign from pole position after a blisteringly fast lap of Phillip Island from the Aprilia rider during the first new-look WSB qualifying session. Guintoli set a lap only 0.038 away from breaking the 1:30 barrier two thirds of the way through the new 15-minute second qualifying session to ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 22 February 2014

Yamaha MT-07: What do you think?

MCN's world first test of the MT-07 revealed that the new Yamaha is an incredibly inciting, vibrant and fun bike to ride. And at £5200, it's also stunning value for money. What do you think?

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 20 February 2014

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