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Yamaha: No chassis support for Forward in 2015

Yamaha will insist on Aleix Espargaro’s Forward Racing squad building its own chassis for the 2015 MotoGP world championship.The Italian-based squad has been allowed to start 2014 with a YZR-M1 chassis and swingarm package, while it developed its own frame to race in the future.Yamaha’s foray into the new Open category was only ever meant to include a leasing deal ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 16 April 2014

Nicky Hayden in dark on RCV1000R upgrades

Nicky Hayden has admitted he has no idea when his underpowered production Honda RCV1000R machine will be given a performance upgrade in 2014. Hayden’s Spanish-based Aspar squad recently admitted the new Open class project will not be given an upgrade until the first European race at Jerez next month at the earliest. But 2006 world champion Hayden said he has ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 16 April 2014

Valentino Rossi: ‘I’m a big fan of Jack Miller’

Valentino Rossi’s Circuit of the Americas race day wasn’t a total disaster after the Italian slumped to a lowly eighth position with severe front tyre issues in the Texas MotoGP clash. The 35-year-old did at least see his new Sky-backed Moto3 squad deliver its first rostrum of the campaign, with Italian rider Romano Fenati claiming a close second behind Jack ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 16 April 2014

Jorge Lorenzo starts Yamaha contract talks

Double MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo has confirmed in Texas today (Thursday) that he has started talks with Yamaha over a new contract. The Spaniard has spent his entire six-year MotoGP career with Yamaha and intends to ink a new two-year deal, with talks already underway with senior management. HRC boss Shuhei Nakamoto said during the pre-season that he intended ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 11 April 2014

Colin Edwards to retire at end of 2014

Colin Edwards has announced on the eve of his home MotoGP race in Texas today that 2014 will be his final season in motorcycle racing. The 40-year-old used the pre-event press conference at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) to officially announce his retirement after a career spanning two decades in World Superbikes and MotoGP. Edwards, who has made 187 ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 10 April 2014

Yamaha: No doubt Lorenzo ‘back on it’ in Austin

Yamaha has no doubt that Jorge Lorenzo will be able to bounce back from the bitter disappointment of his early exit from the opening race of the season in Qatar when the world championship continues in Texas this weekend. Lorenzo led the early moments of a pulsating Losail International Circuit opener but crashed out before a lap had even been ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 10 April 2014

Electronics main focus for Suzuki in Austin and Argentina tests

Suzuki will not have a raft of new parts for Randy de Puniet to assess during forthcoming post race tests in Austin and Argentina, with the Japanese factory concentrating on development of the latest electronics spec. Suzuki has only tested with the standard Dorna-supplied Magneti Marelli hardware twice in Malaysia back in February. The task of getting its own Mitsubishi ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 10 April 2014

Yamaha eager to secure Rossi and Lorenzo deals

Yamaha says it is poised to kick off detailed contract renewal discussions with Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. With Honda admitting last month that it plans fresh talks to lure Lorenzo off a YZR-M1 for 2015, Yamaha will act swiftly to ensure its most prized asset in MotoGP commits to a new two-year deal. While Yamaha is also keen to ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 04 April 2014

Aspar not expecting imminent RCV1000R upgrade

Nicky Hayden’s Aspar squad has conceded that its underpowererd new production Honda RCV1000R is unlikely to receive a motor upgrade until the fourth race of 2014 at the earliest. A lack of acceleration and top speed was quickly identified as a big weakness of the new RCV1000R, which is Honda’s entry in the new Open category, designed specifically to bolster ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 04 April 2014

Yamaha boss: Rossi a title contender in 2014

Valentino Rossi’s brilliant victory challenge in the season’s opening MotoGP race in Qatar proves that the Italian is a genuine title contender in 2014, according to Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis. The 35-year-old was a close second to reigning world champion Marc Marquez in an enthralling opening to the 2014 campaign under the Losail International Circuit floodlights in Doha. One of ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 02 April 2014

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