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Bridgestone surprised by COTA front tyre issues

Bridgestone has admitted it did not expect to see such major front tyre issues during last Sunday%X92s Circuit of the Americas MotoGP clash in Texas. Several riders reported excessive wear on the right side of the medium compound front tyre at COTA, with factory Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi one of the worst hit. The Italian looked on course for a second successive...

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Suzuki boosted by new entry concessions in 2015

Suzuki has admitted that special concessions given to new entries for 2015 will be a massive boost to help its bid to threaten Honda and Yamaha%X92s domination of MotoGP. Suzuk plans to return to MotoGP next year as an official Factory entry, but it won%X92t have to race under restrictions like a 20-litre fuel tank or be limited to five engines...

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Jorge Lorenzo backed to recover from nightmare start to 2014

Jorge Lorenzo%X92s factory Yamaha boss Wilco Zeelenberg has backed the Spaniard to fight back from a disastrous start in his bid to wrestle the MotoGP crown away from Marc Marquez. Lorenzo won eight races in 2013 but still lost the title to Marquez by just four-points after a nail-biting final round shootout in Valencia. After two truly awful races into 2014, Lorenzo...

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Cal Crutchlow braced for tough Argentina after double surgery

Cal Crutchlow has undergone double surgery to his right hand and arm after his heavy crash during last weekend%X92s Circuit of the Americas MotoGP round in Texas. The British rider underwent a double procedure in San Diego on Wednesday after the learning the right little finger he dislocated at COTA was also broken. He has a pin inserted in the digit...

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Kevin Schwantz rides Suzuki%X92s MotoGP bike

Texan legend Kevin Schwantz has given Suzuki his impressions of the Japanese factory%X92s new 1000cc MotoGP project at the Circuit of the Americas. The 1993 world 500cc champion took the opportunity to lap on the XRH-1 machine while Suzuki takes part in a special two-day test session at COTA in advance of its full-time return to MotoGP competition in 2015. Unofficial lap...

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Ben Spies: %X91I%X92ll never race again%X92

Ben Spies has admitted the serious shoulder injury that forced him into premature retirement last year will never recover sufficiently enough to allow the Texan race again. The triple American superbike champion first damaged his right shoulder at the end of 2012 when he crashed out of a rain-lashed Malaysian round while riding for Yamaha%X92s factory squad. Spies moved to the Ignite...

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Breaking news: Crutchlow breaks hand in Texan crash

Cal Crutchlow has crashed out of the second round of the MotoGP championship, tangling with his machine and suffering a badly broken right hand in the process. The Brit suffered all race with technical problems despite running as high as fourth, pitting for new tyres after chatter issues, and rejoining the race well outside the points. He then suffered a high speed...

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Texas MotoGP: Marquez wins, Dovi on the podium, Cal injured in dramatic Texas race

Marc Marquez has stormed to victory with ease at the Circuit of the Americas, in a race where he was overshadowed by the action taking place behind him, as drama unfolded across the grid; the reigning world champion rode a flawless race to the win. The first drama of the race happened before the flag even dropped, with a huge jump...

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Revamp for Qatar night race schedule?

Next year%X92s night race schedule in the big season opening clash in Qatar could be revamped to avoid a spate of crashes that dominated this year%X92s floodlit race. Jorge Lorenzo, Stefan Bradl, Bradley Smith and Alvaro Bautista all fell out of podium contention in Doha, with the quartet all losing the front-end in cool temperatures. It will prompt official tyre supplier Bridgestone,...

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Nicky Hayden in dark on RCV1000R upgrades

Nicky Hayden has admitted he has no idea when his underpowered production Honda RCV1000R machine will be given a performance upgrade in 2014. Hayden%X92s Spanish-based Aspar squad recently admitted the new Open class project will not be given an upgrade until the first European race at Jerez next month at the earliest. But 2006 world champion Hayden said he has no idea...

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