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Tech 3 Yamaha thrilled to field all-British MotoGP line-up

Matthew Birt, 25 August 2012 10:08

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 boss Herve Poncharal says he is thrilled to be entering the 2013 MotoGP world championship with an all-British line-up featuring Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith. Crutchlow has penned a new one-year deal to stay with the French squad after his dream move to Ducati’s factory squad collapsed after lengthy discussions. Smith will graduate from Poncharal’s Tech ...

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Rossi Reflects on Disaster

Matthew Birt, 20 August 2012 09:03

Valentino Rossi probably can’t wait for November when he ends his Ducati nightmare after the Italian suffered a humiliating defeat at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway yesterday (Sunday).   Rossi was seventh but it was the manner of his defeat that left the 33-year-old deflated after he finished a massive 57 seconds behind race winner Dani Pedrosa in a race that ...

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Dunlop does Ulster GP double

Gary Pinchin, 13 August 2012 09:19

Michael Dunlop ignored the effects of two slipped discs in his back to chalk up a memorable double win on Saturday in the 90th Anniversary Ulster Grand Prix on the famed Dundrod circuit, near Belfast. Dunlop opened the day with a confident win in the six-lap Superstock race riding the Ard Na Mara/McAdoo Kawasaki, to cross the line 4.037s clear ...

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US MotoGP: No early birthday cheer for Nicky Hayden

Matthew Birt, 30 July 2012 07:49

Nicky Hayden turned 31 today (Monday) but there were no early celebrations after the American ended a tough home race weekend at Laguna Seca in sixth position. Hayden might have equalled his best result of 2012 having claimed sixth for the fourth time in 10 races, but the Kentucky rider was in no mood to celebrate after a heavy defeat ...

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US MotoGP: Swingarm failure floors Ben Spies

Matthew Birt, 30 July 2012 07:46

Ben Spies was fortunate to escape serious injury after a swingarm failure saw him crash out of fourth place in front of his home crowd at the Laguna Seca track in California. Spies looked on course to equal his best result of the season when he lost control of his factory Yamaha YZR-M1 machine as he powered out of the ...

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US MotoGP: Rossi Backs Redding

Matthew Birt, 30 July 2012 07:44

Valentino Rossi backs Scott Redding for Ducati switch Valentino Rossi might be close to ending his dismal spell at Ducati, but the Italian legend has backed rising British star Scott Redding’s potential move to the Bologna factory in 2013. Gloucestershire teenager Redding has been linked with a new Ducati ‘junior’ team for next season that could be run by his ...

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US MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo claims pole with record lap

Matthew Birt, 28 July 2012 23:17

Jorge Lorenzo claimed his third pole position of the season in record-breaking fashion at the spectacular Laguna Seca track in California this afternoon. The Spaniard secured his first pole position since the second round of the 2012 campaign in Jerez with a record lap of 1.20.554, which narrowly beat Casey Stoner’s pole record of 1.20.700 set on a Ducati Desmosedici ...

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US MotoGP: Cal Crutchlow ‘lucky’ after fast practice crash

Matthew Birt, 28 July 2012 06:58

British rider Cal Crutchlow admitted he was lucky to escape a serious leg injury after he suffered a high-speed crash during the second practice session at Laguna Seca yesterday. The 26-year-old was pushing to improve on his sixth position when he lost the front-end of his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YZR-M1 machine at the fast Turn 10. Crutchlow’s YZR-M1 was ...

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Sachsenring MotoGP: Valentino Rossi content with best dry result

Matthew Birt, 09 July 2012 08:56

Valentino Rossi declared himself satisfied with his first dry weather top six finish of 2012 in yesterday’s German Grand Prix, but the Italian was still almost a second a lap slower than race winner Dani Pedrosa. Rossi was content to sit in 10th at the back of a large battle involving Stefan Bradl, Hector Barbera and team-mate Nicky Hayden for ...

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Sachsenring MotoGP: Ben Spies slowed by rear grip issues

Matthew Birt, 09 July 2012 08:39

Ben Spies is still searching for his first MotoGP podium of the season after he lost out in a rostrum battle with Andrea Dovizioso for the second time in eight days. A badly chunked rear tyre cost Spies third to Dovizioso on the final lap in Assen and a lack of rear grip cost the Texan the chance to overhaul ...

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