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Marc Marquez backs Moto3 age limit switch

Reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez has backed an age limit change that will allow highly rated French teenager Fabio Quartararo to start the Moto3 world championship campaign in 2015. Quartararo does not turn 16 until April 20, which would have meant him missing the first two races of the season if Dorna sticks to the same schedule next season. ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 21 August 2014

Rossi and Lorenzo hope to race 2015 Yamaha chassis this season

Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo have said they would both like to race a new 2015-spec Yamaha YZR-M1 chassis in the final phase of the current campaign. Italian Rossi and double MotoGP world champion Lorenzo were both impressed with the new frame when they tested it during a one-day post race session at the Brno track earlier this week. The ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 21 August 2014

Jeremy McWilliams to race in Moto2 – aged 50!!

Jeremy McWilliams is to make a shock world championship comeback in next weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The former 250GP winner is to ride the experimental Brough Superior in the Moto2 race, just four months after celebrating his 50th birthday. Moto2 age limit regulations state: ‘For the Moto2 riders, the limit for the maximum age finishes at the end ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 21 August 2014

Record interest in Moto2 and Moto3 for 2015

Record interest has been already been expressed in the 2015 Moto3 and Moto2 world championships ahead of the initial selection meetings due to take place during the forthcoming British GP at Silverstone. Entries for both the 250cc single-cylinder Moto3 class and popular Moto2 class, which is powered exclusively by a Honda CBR600RR derived motor, are already over subscribed, according to ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 21 August 2014

Marc Marquez denies MotoGP and Moto2 race plan in Valencia

Marc Marquez has written off the prospect of racing in both MotoGP and Moto2 in Valencia’s final round in November. Speculation has been rife that the dominant reigning world champion was seriously contemplating spicing up the season finale with a double race appearance. The 21-year-old is likely to wrap up his second premier class crown well in advance of the ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 21 August 2014

Jorge Lorenzo not surprised by lack of Honda interest

Jorge Lorenzo says he was not shocked to have been completely overlooked by Honda for a spot next to dominant reigning world champion Marc Marquez in 2015. HRC boss Shuhei Nakamoto had vowed to approach the Spaniard during winter testing after a failed attempt to lure Lorenzo away from Yamaha back in 2012. But after recently re-signing long-serving HRC rider ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 20 August 2014

HRC fears MotoGP development costs will soar with tyre switch

Honda fears a switch to Michelin as the new official tyre supplier in MotoGP for 2016 will send its development costs rocketing. All the major factories are facing a costly and complex task to adapt their machinery to a new supplier in 2016 after Bridgestone decided to quit MotoGP at the end of next season. HRC has experience of the ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 20 August 2014

Tech 3: Bradley Smith was always ‘plan A’

Tech 3 Yamaha boss Herve Poncharal has strongly denied offering Bradley Smith a new YZR-M1 deal for 2015 because there was no suitable candidate to replace the British rider. Poncharal is known to have sounded out the likes of Jonas Folger, Alex Rins and Jack Miller about a coveted YZR-M1 ride, but insists that Smith was always at the top ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 20 August 2014

Alvaro Bautista: Aprilia MotoGP move ‘exciting choice’

Alvaro Bautista doesn’t believe he would be taking a big risk if he clinched a deal to partner Marco Melandri in Aprilia’s new factory MotoGP squad in 2015. Aprilia will be back in MotoGP next season after deciding to bring a new factory 1000cc project by forward by one year. And Spaniard Bautista, who has been frozen out of a ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 20 August 2014

Eugene Laverty doubts LCR Honda deal for 2015

Eugene Laverty doesn’t believe he has a serious opportunity to be joining Cal Crutchlow in the LCR Honda MotoGP squad next season. The Crescent Suzuki World Superbike rider has spoken to LCR boss Lucio Cecchinello about a production Honda RCV1000R ride, but that seat is certain to be taken by Moto3 world championship leader Jack Miller. HRC has been conducting ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 20 August 2014

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