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New MCN July 23: Crutchlow - Why I'm not quitting Ducati

In this week's new look MCN paper, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from July 23. - Cal Crutchlow on why he's sticking with Ducati- UK's top 10 bikes rated - by the people who ride them- The new Lotus lives: exclusive spy shots- Triumph America LT vs Harley 1200 PLUS:- Free Yamaha special- 24-page pullout- 60 years of ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 22 July 2014

Ducati to expand to six bike effort in MotoGP

Ducati appear certain to have six bikes on the 2015 MotoGP grid, with the Spanish-based Avintia squad switching allegiance from Kawasaki to the Bologna factory next year. Avintia currently runs Kawasaki ZX-10R machinery for Hector Barbera and Mike di Meglio, but next season it will run Desmosedici bikes from Ducati. The expansion plan by Ducati means it will have its ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 21 July 2014

Tech 3 never contemplated Cal Crutchlow return

Cal Crutchlow’s former Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad boss Herve Poncharal has said it would have been a mistake to try and re-sign the British rider for the 2015 MotoGP world championship. The 28-year-old ended intense speculation about his future when he confirmed he has taken up an option to remain with Ducati next season. Crutchlow had held talks with ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 21 July 2014

250cc special: Make room for a small one

There’s always been something special about quarter-litre sports bikes. A generation of learners grew up riding machines like Yamaha’s RD250LC, while wannabe GP riders could live-out their 250GP fantasies on bikes like Honda’s amazing grey import NSR250SP. And more recently those on the now superseded 33bhp licence restriction were set free on bikes like the CBR250R and Ninja 250. So ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 18 July 2014

Crutchlow to remain with Ducati for 2015

Cal Crutchlow has confounded paddock speculation by confirming in a special event at World Ducati Week in Misano that he will take the option in his contract to remain with the Bologna team for the 2015 MotoGP season. Struggling with the Ducati package since making the move from Tech3 Yamaha, he has been the victim of numerous mechanical and electrical problems. ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 19 July 2014

Cal Crutchlow: I’ve got to improve

Cal Crutchlow has admitted that he needs to make big improvements with his own riding to match the performances of Italian Ducati duo Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone. The British rider committed his future to Ducati last weekend and will stay on a Desmosedici machine, despite lengthy discussions with Suzuki and Honda about a 2015 move. The 28-year-old has found ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 22 July 2014

Ellison to undergo operation for broken femur

James Ellison will undergo surgery today (Monday) to repair a broken femur, following the horror crash on the opening lap of race two at Brands Hatch that almost took championship leader Shane Byrne down too, as Ellison’s GBmoto Kawasaki careened across the track. Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki Team Principal Mark Smith-Halvorsen today said, “After reviewing James’ X-rays, and on the ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • British Superbikes
  • 21 July 2014

Government launches motorcycle safety campaign

A radio campaign aimed at reducing the number of collisions at junctions between cars and motorcycles is launching today across the country. The THINK! radio campaign encourages drivers to take longer to look for motorcyclists after figures revealed that 30 bikers are killed or injured every day at junctions, Road Safety Minister Robert Goodwill has announced.The ‘Didn’t See’ campaign will ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 21 July 2014

Harley-Davidson: ‘LiveWire is just the start'

Harley-Davidson President vows to show the world what the company is capable of. Harley-Davidson stunned the world with the launch of the all-electric LiveWire two weeks ago, and MCN was amongst the very first in the world to test the new bike, but according to Harley president Matt Levatich, this is just the beginning.Levatich explained to MCN how it was ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 18 July 2014

Marc Marquez curious to see Aleix Espargaro on Factory bike

Reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez reckons it would be interesting to see Aleix Espargaro’s performance potential if the Spaniard managed to secure a Factory ride in the future. Espargaro has caught the eye in 2014 with a series of impressive performances for Forward Racing, riding Yamaha’s Open class YZR-M1 project. He has finished in the top six four times ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 21 July 2014

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