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Honda in no rush to upgrade new RCV1000R

Honda will not be rushed into an overhaul of its new production RCV1000R machine, despite pleas from the likes of Nicky Hayden and Scott Redding for more power. Honda’s new Open class bike doesn’t feature pneumatic valve technology or a seamless shift gearbox like the Factory spec RC213V ridden by Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. But it is the lack ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 27 March 2014

James Toseland releases debut album

He was good at breaking records on his way to two World Superbike title victories, and now James Toseland is hoping to sell a few records in his exciting new music career. Toseland’s debut album ‘Renegade’ was launched earlier this week and features his recently released single ‘Crash Landing’. The 11-track ‘Renegade’ album is packed with hard/classic rock and power ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 26 March 2014

Sam Lowes shines in Moto2 qualifying

Sam Lowes delivered a dazzling performance under the Losail International Circuit floodlights in Qatar tonight to qualify in fifth position for his Moto2 debut. The reigning World Supersport champion was less than 0.1s off the front row and under 0.5s behind pole setter and title favourite Tito Rabat. Speed Up rider Lowes, who missed most of the last pre-season test ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 22 March 2014

Yamaha thrilled with Movistar title sponsor deal

Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis has spoken of his delight now the Japanese factory has been able to secure a long-term five-year title sponsorship deal with Spanish communications giant Movistar. Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi showed off the new Movistar livery for the first time in Qatar yesterday, with Yamaha running with a title sponsor for the first time since Fiat ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 20 March 2014

Alvaro Bautista hoping for podium return in 2014

Gresini Honda rider Alvaro Bautista is hoping for a return to the MotoGP podium in 2014 after his consistent run of form at the end of last season. In the last 11 races of 2013, the Spaniard only finished outside of the top six twice and in three races he finished fourth. Bautista is now hoping he can challenge more ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 20 March 2014

Aleix Espargaro plays down extra soft tyre advantage

Forward Racing rider Aleix Espargaro has played down the benefit he could get from the use of an extra soft Bridgestone tyre in the new Open class in 2014. The extra soft tyre has been pivotal in helping Espargaro spring the major surprise of winter testing, with the Spaniard not finishing lower than fourth in three pre-season appearances. He topped ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 20 March 2014

Yamaha deny Jorge Lorenzo Open test request

Jorge Lorenzo believes he would have a better chance of winning back the premier class crown on Aleix Espargaro’s Open-spec Yamaha YZR-M1. Lorenzo is adamant that the Forward Racing YZR-M1, which can utilise four more litres of fuel and extra soft Bridgestone tyres, would be more of a title threat than his factory prototype machine. Forward Racing rider Espargaro has ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 19 March 2014

Pol Espargaro: Hard to beat Smith in 2014

Spaniard Pol Espargaro has admitted he faces a tough battle to defeat new Monster Yamaha Tech 3 teammate Bradley Smith in the 2014 MotoGP world championship. Reigning Moto2 world champion Espargaro has impressed during his first winter testing campaign on board Yamaha’s YZR-M1 and at the final test in Qatar he just finished ahead of Briton Smith. His pre-season campaign ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 19 March 2014

Pedrosa: Open class soft tyre a key advantage

Factory Honda rider Dani Pedrosa believes the crucial advantage for the likes of Aleix Espargaro in the new Open category in MotoGP is access to the range of softer compound Bridgestone tyres. Espargaro can use an extra soft tyre in his weekend allocation and many believe at selected tracks that he can make the Bridgestone rear last for race distance, ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 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

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