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Yamaha backs Pol Espargaro for MotoGP success

Yamaha has backed Pol Espargaro to emerge as a top MotoGP rider in the future after signing the Spaniard on a two-year factory contract. Espargaro is currently locked in a battle for the Moto2 world title with Briton Scott Redding and he will join Bradley Smith in Yamaha’s satellite squad next season, which is run by Herve Poncharal’s Monster-backed Tech ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 05 September 2013

Set-up eludes Cal Crutchlow again on Yamaha upgrades

All year Cal Crutchlow has wanted the same factory spec fuel tank and seat unit that works Yamaha duo Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo have been racing. But after racing the new parts to fifth in Indianapolis five days ago, Crutchlow was sixth during the opening day of practice in Brno today and now wondering for how much longer he ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 23 August 2013

Cal Crutchlow's Ducati race debut pencilled in for March 23

Cal Crutchlow's Ducati race debut in 2014 is expected to be under the Losail International Circuit floodlights in Qatar on March 23. The season’s opening race will follow three pre-season test sessions, which also include a visit to Qatar in early March, with the only European test in Jerez dropped off the winter schedule. The 2014 pre-season will kick off ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 21 August 2013

Stefan Bradl never worried by Cal Crutchlow speculation

Stefan Bradl says he never got nervous that his prized LCR Honda seat would go to Cal Crutchlow for 2014. Crutchlow was linked with an 11th hour switch to Lucio Cecchinello’s squad before the British rider agreed a big money two-year switch to Ducati during the recent summer break. Bradl’s new ’14 deal was confirmed last weekend in Indianapolis and ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 21 August 2013

Alex Lowes linked with PBM MotoGP ride

Alex Lowes could be set for a MotoGP switch in 2014, with strong rumours in Indianapolis last weekend that the BSB title contender is close to agreeing a deal to move to Paul Bird’s squad. MCN understands the 22-year-old, who has won four races in his BSB career, has reached a pre-contract agreement with Bird, who is keen on bringing ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 21 August 2013

Dani Pedrosa delighted with battling second

Less than a week after wondering whether his recovering fractured left collarbone would withstand the physically demanding Brickyard track in Indianapolis, Dani Pedrosa was ecstatic after clinching a hard fought second behind dominant teammate Marc Marquez. The broken left collarbone Pedrosa injured at Germany’s Sachsenring last month is still weak and the Spaniard has not been able to do anything ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 19 August 2013

Tech 3 boss: No doubt Espargaro will be strong in MotoGP

Pol Espargaro has the talent and potential to be consistently battling for the top six in his rookie MotoGP world championship campaign in 2014. That’s the view of Monster Yamaha Tech 3 boss Herve Poncharal, who is preparing to work with the Spanish Moto2 world title contender next season, with Cal Crutchlow on his way to Ducati’s factory squad. Espargaro ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 12 August 2013

Rossi expected more errors from rookie Marquez

Valentino Rossi believed 2013 MotoGP rookie sensation Marc Marquez would have made more mistakes at the start of his premier class career after the Spaniard claimed a stunning victory on his Laguna Seca debut. The Repsol Honda rider heads into the summer break with a healthy 16-point lead in the championship having only failed to the finish on the podium ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 22 July 2013

Mixed feelings for Cal Crutchlow after Assen podium

Delighted to have secured a third MotoGP podium of 2013 but disappointed not to have pushed Valentino Rossi for the win in yesterday’s Dutch TT, Cal Crutchlow left Assen with mixed feelings. Starting from pole position for the first time in his career, a slow getaway and a familiar problem of turning his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YZR-M1 on a ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 30 June 2013

No qualifying joy again for Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi’s bid for a second podium finish of 2013 in Catalunya tomorrow will start from the third row of the grid after the Italian’s difficulties in qualifying continued in scorching hot conditions today. Rossi’s hopes of boosting his rostrum hopes with a vastly improved qualifying performance ended when a lap of 1.41.959 left him only seventh on the grid. ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 15 June 2013

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