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Portimao WSB: Sykes and Rea come close but Melandri leads day one

Gordon Ritchie, 04 July 2014 17:08

Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) made a strong push in second practice session on Friday at Portimao but Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing) edged them out thanks to his first session time set earlier in the day. Melandri was only 0.047 seconds up on Sykes and 0.059 seconds up on Rea as the British duo ...

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Aspar to continue with Honda in MotoGP in 2015

Matthew Birt, 04 July 2014 09:52

Spain’s high-profile Aspar squad will continue its MotoGP relationship with Honda in 2015 after confirming it will race a pair of production RCV1000R machines again in a two-rider outfit. Aspar boss Gino Borsoi said the team will continue with Honda, despite a tough 2014, with the new production RCV1000R not as competitive as had been anticipated. Former MotoGP world champion ...

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O'Halloran continues Honda BSB testing

Simon Patterson, 03 July 2014 14:36

Following on from their recent highly successful wildcard appearance in the MCE British Superbike Championship, the reigning Honda Racing team have completed another test as they make plans to return to the series in 2015. However, instead of Julien Da Costa, who took the bike to a highly credible fifth place finish at Snetterton, it was the team’s National Superstock ...

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Westmoreland facing surgery after Knockhill crash

Simon Patterson, 03 July 2014 14:29

Buildbase BMW racer James Westmoreland is facing a battle for fitness ahead of the next round of the MCE British Superbike Championship in just over two weeks’ time, after the 26 year old sustained damage to his hand in a crash last time out at Knockhill. Falling from his BMW S1000RR on the opening lap, Westie sustained damage to the ...

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Triple engines for TT sidecars in 2015

Simon Patterson, 03 July 2014 14:05

Isle of Man TT organisers have announced a major change to regulations for the sidecar class for 2015, with rules being extended to allow the addition of 675cc triple machines into the 600cc class. The move mirrors the Supersport class, where Gary Johnson won the opening race of TT 2014 on a triple engine Smiths’ Triumph. Coming as an additional ...

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Anstey to ride 500GP Yamaha for Classic TT

Simon Patterson, 03 July 2014 13:45

Kiwi Bruce Anstey will line up on the starting grid for this year’s Classic TT on a Yamaha YZR500, as his Valvoline Padgett’s team bring one of the most exotic machines every to tackle the Mountain Course out of retirement for the event. The 500GP machine, raced by the likes of Wayne Rainey, Eddie Lawson, John Kocinski, Niall Mackenzie, and ...

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HRC: No extra RCV1000R bikes on 2015 MotoGP grid

Matthew Birt, 03 July 2014 11:17

Honda will not expand the number of production RCV1000R machines it has on the MotoGP grid for 2015. HRC has confirmed that it will enter a maximum of four RCV1000R machines next season, despite big interest in the Open class bike because of a Honda vow to massively upgrade the bike for 2015. The RCV1000R was introduced as a more ...

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Suzuki preparing for Valencia wild card appearance

Matthew Birt, 03 July 2014 11:10

Suzuki’s new 1000cc MotoGP contender is set to make its much anticipated race debut in the final round of the 2014 world championship in Valencia in November. Plans for one or more wild card appearances for the new bike have been kicked around for months, but it seems Valencia will be the first time Suzuki will go up against Honda, ...

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Valentino Rossi ‘proud’ to clinch new Yamaha contract

Matthew Birt, 02 July 2014 14:03

Valentino Rossi says he is ‘proud' to have clinched a new two-year contract to stay with Yamaha’s factory MotoGP squad until the end of 2016. Five podium finishes in the first eight races have proved that Rossi is still fast enough and competitive enough to threaten Spanish trio Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa. Rossi has always maintained that ...

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Dominique Aegerter aiming for MotoGP move in 2015

Matthew Birt, 02 July 2014 11:26

Moto2 front-runner Dominique Aegerter is hoping he can secure a full-time switch to MotoGP in 2015. The Swiss rider made his MotoGP debut recently when he tested the Avintia Kawasaki Open class machine at the one-day post race session in Catalunya. Aegerter, who has finished on the Moto2 podium twice in 2014, is now hoping he can clinch switch to ...

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