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Colin Edwards: ‘Awesome’ to renew Yamaha link

Veteran American Colin Edwards has spoken of his excitement at renewing his association with Yamaha for the 2014 MotoGP world championship. Edwards will ride the FTR-Yamaha in the Forward Racing squad next season and will be back on a Yamaha for the first time since he left the Monster-backed Tech 3 squad at the end of 2011. Edwards has also ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 21 November 2013

Tech 3 impressed with Pol Espargaro’s MotoGP debut

Reigning Moto2 world champion Pol Espargaro’s eye-catching MotoGP debut in Valencia last week impressed his new Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad. The Spaniard finished eighth fastest overall during the three-day test and his best time of 1.31.533 was only just over 1.2.s behind former bitter Moto2 rival Marc Marquez. His first appearance on the Yamaha YZR-M1 he will race with ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 18 November 2013

Eugene Laverty rubbishes Suzuki MotoGP link

Eugene Laverty has rubbished suggestions that his new World Superbike deal with Suzuki comes with a guarantee that he will switch to the Japanese factory’s MotoGP project in 2015. The Irishman ended a turbulent few weeks surrounding his future when he inked a deal to join the British-based Crescent Suzuki effort earlier this week. Laverty had been linked with Aspar ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 14 November 2013

Bradley Smith takes shock second in Valencia test

British rider Bradley Smith delivered the final shock of 2013 in Valencia today when the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider finished a three-day MotoGP test with the second fastest time. Running a soft tyre and low fuel load experiment on new Yamaha YZR-M1 upgrades that included a 2013-factory spec chassis, seat unit and fuel tank, Smith clocked a personal ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 13 November 2013

Paul Bird waiting for improved Aprilia deal

British team boss Paul Bird says he will have no hesitation to quit MotoGP unless he can get increased support from Italian factory Aprilia. Bird met with Aprilia boss Ramono Albesiano last Saturday in Valencia to try and secure a 2014 deal that included significantly increased factory support for a two-rider squad. With Aprilia’s number one squad - the Spanish-based ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 12 November 2013

Jerry Burgess stunned to be dropped by Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi’s legendary Australian crew chief Jerry Burgess has spoken of his shock and surprise at being dropped by the Italian star for the 2014 MotoGP world championship. Nine-times world champion Rossi dropped a bombshell in the Valencia paddock yesterday (Thursday) when he informed Burgess that he would be replacing him immediately after this weekend’s final race in Spain. The ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 08 November 2013

Nicky Hayden ‘can’t wait’ for Honda return

American Nicky Hayden has spoken of his excitement and anticipation at returning to Honda when preparations for the 2014 MotoGP world championship commence in Valencia next week. The 2006 world champion will make his debut on the new production Honda RCV1000R machine during next week’s three-day test session in Spain after he ended a miserable five-year stint at Ducati by ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 07 November 2013

Rare front row brings mixed emotions for Nicky Hayden

Nicky Hayden might have been happy to score a first MotoGP front row for 18 months in Japan today after he finished third fastest in a rain-hit qualifying session at the Twin Ring Motegi. But the American had mixed emotions, as he felt at one stage in an extended 75-minute session that he could battle for his first pole position ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 26 October 2013

Crutchlow and Dovizioso eager to work with new Ducati boss

Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso have spoke of their excitement and anticipation at the prospect of working with new Ducati MotoGP boss Gigi Dall’Igna in 2014. The Italian’s appointment as the new Ducati Corse supremo was confirmed yesterday (Thursday) and after agreeing to quit Aprilia, Dall’Igna is replacing current chief Bernhard Gobmeier immediately after the final race in Valencia next ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 11 October 2013

Nicky Hayden: Ducati slipping further behind Honda and Yamaha

Nicky Hayden fears the gulf in performance between Ducati’s struggling Desmosedici and Japanese rivals Honda and Yamaha is increasing. The American, who will leave Ducati after a difficult five-year stint at the end of the season, says a failure to improve the woeful Desmosedici and a clear lack of technical leadership is behind the Bologna factory’s continuing nightmare sequence of ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 03 October 2013

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