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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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