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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

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

Tech 3 deny talks about all-Espargaro line-up in 2015

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 boss Herve Poncharal says he never spoke to Aleix Espargaro about the Spaniard joining his younger brother Pol Espargaro on a factory-backed YZR-M1 in 2015. There have been several reports that Aleix was being considered as a serious option to join the French-based Tech 3 squad as replacement for British rider Bradley Smith. But Poncharal said ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 22 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

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

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

Andrea Dovizioso signs new two-year Ducati deal

Italian Andrea Dovizioso has signed a new two-year deal to stay with Ducati’s official Factory squad until the end of 2016. Dovizioso was the highest ranked Ducati rider in a tough 2013 and the former 125GP world champion has been the standout rider on the finicky Desmosedici in the opening half of this year. He is currently fourth in the ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 19 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

Stefan Bradl admits doubt over LCR Honda future

Stefan Bradl has admitted he is sweating over his factory Honda future, as rumours intensify that his sought after RC213V seat will go to current Moto3 world championship leader Jack Miller in 2015. It is no secret that Bradl’s Monaco-based LCR squad has been under mounting pressure to axe the German. Just one podium in 43 races has not impressed ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 18 July 2014

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