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Honda happy to keep Dani Pedrosa for 2015

Matthew Birt, 08 May 2014 11:21

Honda has denied giving serious consideration to axing long-serving factory rider Dani Pedrosa at the end of 2014. Pedrosa has already been strongly linked with Suzuki, with the Japanese factory eager to get a rider of the Spaniard’s speed and experience to lead its MotoGP return in 2015. Pedrosa has made it clear though his priority is to remain with ...

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No Honda production bike updates in Jerez

Matthew Birt, 30 April 2014 10:01

Honda has dashed hopes that its new production RCV1000R machine will get an imminent performance upgrade for the likes of Scott Redding and Nicky Hayden. The Japanese factory’s Open class project has been criticised for lacking acceleration and top speed, with the RCV1000R not equipped with factory spec technology like pneumatic valves and a seamless shift gearbox. Briton Redding and ...

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Moto3 Argentina: Fenati bashes his way to the win

Simon Patterson, 27 April 2014 16:03

Romano Fenati has broken Jack Miller’s win streak, bumping the Australian out of the way on the penultimate corner of the first ever Argentinian Moto3 race to take the first win for Valentino Rossi’s KTM team. "I am happy, because the last win was in 2012. Today the bike was very good and my team worked very hard. I wasn’t ...

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MotoGP Argentina: Marquez blitzes opposition to dominate qualifying

Simon Patterson, 26 April 2014 19:05

Marc Marquez has once again demolished the opposition at the brand new Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, taking pole position by three quarters of a second from Jorge Lorenzo. Marquez was able to set a 1:37.683, faster even than pre-race predictions of best lap times, while Lorenzo was only able to manage 1:38.425. However, the rookie champion still not ...

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Aspar not expecting imminent RCV1000R upgrade

Matthew Birt, 04 April 2014 09:59

Nicky Hayden’s Aspar squad has conceded that its underpowererd new production Honda RCV1000R is unlikely to receive a motor upgrade until the fourth race of 2014 at the earliest. A lack of acceleration and top speed was quickly identified as a big weakness of the new RCV1000R, which is Honda’s entry in the new Open category, designed specifically to bolster ...

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Yamaha explain Open M1 test refusal for Jorge Lorenzo

Matthew Birt, 28 March 2014 14:09

Yamaha denied Jorge Lorenzo’s pre-season request to test an Open class spec YZR-M1 because it made no sense in letting the Spaniard evaluate a bike they had no intention of him racing.MCN exclusively revealed earlier this month that the double MotoGP world champion had requested an Open-spec YZR-M1 test because he felt 24 litres and access to softer compound Bridgestone ...

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GBmoto concludes successful test at Cartagena

Simon Patterson, 25 March 2014 09:03

The GBmoto Kawasaki squad of James Ellison and Chris Walker have concluded their first test of 2014 at Cartagena, with the pair running in the team’s new Kawasaki machines ahead of the official MCE British Superbike test at Almeria that starts today. Despite a few early issues with the new bikes, the team managed to smooth out the problems and ...

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Qatar MotoGP: Rabat battles to Moto2 win

Liam Marsden, 23 March 2014 18:03

Marc VDS Racing rider Esteve Rabat overcame a poor start from pole position to take victory in his first race with the VDS team. In a repeat of last year Takaaki Nakagami took to the front of the pack to lead for most of the race, with Mika Kallio pressuring him. Rabat picked his way through the order to pass ...

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Smith suffers '500 crash'

Simon Patterson, 21 March 2014 23:15

Bradley Smith suffered one of the biggest crashes of his career tonight at the Losail International Circuit, with an old-school 500 era highside spitting him off his Tech 3 Yamaha half way though free practice one. “That was a 500 crash. I’ve watched many classic bike races and that was definitely a 500 crash. I proved that traction control doesn’t ...

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HRC confident Marquez will be close to full fitness in Qatar

Matthew Birt, 17 March 2014 10:07

Honda is confident reigning world champion Marc Marquez will be close to 100% fitness to begin the defence of his MotoGP crown in Qatar this weekend. The 21-year-old has missed pre-season tests in Sepang and Phillip Island after breaking his right leg in a dirt track training accident in Spain last month. The last time the Repsol Honda rider rode ...

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