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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

Where would you like to see British MotoGP round in future?

Today's announcement that the Circuit of Wales has signed a five-year contract with Dorna to host the British GP from 2015 onwards is not as clear cut as it seems. Not only does the multi-million pound Circuit of Wales near Ebbw Vale not exist, but there is no chance of plans for a state-of-the-art facility to be ready in time ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 13 August 2014

Bradley Smith signs new Tech 3 Yamaha deal

Bradley Smith will stay at the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad in 2015. The British rider has penned a new one-year deal with Herve Poncharal’s French-based squad to remain as teammate to current Moto2 world champion Pol Espargaro. Smith is currently ninth in the world championship standings and scored only his second top six finish of a difficult second season ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 13 August 2014

Paul Bird planning BSB super team after quitting MotoGP

Millionaire businessman Paul Bird is planning a four-rider super team in the 2015 British Superbike series after detailing plans to close down his PBM MotoGP squad at the end of the season. Bird plans to expand his current two-rider assault in BSB by moving his MotoGP operation back to Britain and he is hoping to persuade Michael Laverty and Broc ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 11 August 2014

HRC boss: No thought to replace Dani Pedrosa

Honda never entertained replacing Dani Pedrosa after the Spaniard recently clinched a new contract to continue as an official HRC rider until the end of 2016.Despite having never won the MotoGP title in eight previous attempts, Honda’s loyalty towards Pedrosa appears to have no limits, with the Spaniard given a new two-year deal that will take him to an 11th ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 24 July 2014

Marc VDS looking at Moto2 expansion for 2015

The high profile Marc VDS Racing squad could expand its involvement in the 2015 Moto2 world championship to a three-rider effort.Current world championship leader Tito Rabat has already confirmed that he is staying in Moto2 with the Belgium-based squad, which recently abandoned plans to move to MotoGP until 2016.Marc VDS is also eager to retain experienced Finnish rider Mika Kallio, ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 24 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

LCR Honda open to Jack Miller deal for 2015

Monaco-based Honda MotoGP team boss Lucio Cecchinello says he is open to a deal that could see Aussie Moto3 sensation Jack Miller fast tracked into his LCR squad in 2015. Speculation is mounting that current Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider Miller, who has won four races in the first half of 2014, has clinched a deal to join Honda ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 18 July 2014

Marc VDS Racing abandon plans for 2015 MotoGP switch

Belgium’s high-profile Marc VDS Racing squad has abandoned plans to switch to MotoGP in 2015.Marc VDS Racing looked seriously at moving to MotoGP at this time last year but a deal never materialised and the dominant Moto2 squad of 2014 has again called off its bid to move to the premier class.Marc VDS boss Michael Bartholemy has been in discussions ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 17 July 2014

Yamaha ‘happy’ to keep Valentino Rossi until end of 2016

Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis has spoken of his delight at securing nine-times world champion Valentino Rossi on a new two-year contract. Rossi’s deal to remain on a factory YZR-M1 for 2015 and 2016 was confirmed earlier this afternoon after the Italian’s impressive run of five of form in the first eight races of this season. The 35-year-old has scored five ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 02 July 2014

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