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Honda in no rush to upgrade new RCV1000R

Matthew Birt, 27 March 2014 10:17

Honda will not be rushed into an overhaul of its new production RCV1000R machine, despite pleas from the likes of Nicky Hayden and Scott Redding for more power. Honda’s new Open class bike doesn’t feature pneumatic valve technology or a seamless shift gearbox like the Factory spec RC213V ridden by Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. But it is the lack ...

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Hickman to make road racing debut at NW200

Stephen Davison, 21 March 2014 08:51

Peter Hickman is the latest recruit to the Vauxhall International North West 200 from the MCE British Superbike championship paddock. Following in the wheeltracks of superstars like Michael Rutter, Stuart Easton and Josh Brookes, the 26 year old will make his road racing debut at Portstewart on May 17. Hickman, who raced for the GBmoto Honda squad in BSB in ...

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Yamaha deny Jorge Lorenzo Open test request

Matthew Birt, 19 March 2014 16:06

Jorge Lorenzo believes he would have a better chance of winning back the premier class crown on Aleix Espargaro’s Open-spec Yamaha YZR-M1. Lorenzo is adamant that the Forward Racing YZR-M1, which can utilise four more litres of fuel and extra soft Bridgestone tyres, would be more of a title threat than his factory prototype machine. Forward Racing rider Espargaro has ...

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John McGuinness breaks scaphoid in off-road crash

Simon Patterson, 18 March 2014 17:42

20-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness has broken his wrist in an offroad training accident, just eight weeks before the start of his 2014 road racing campaign. McGuinness is a keen offroader who relies on enduro and trials riding in the off season to keep fit as opposed to more traditional training, and often rides the hills and ...

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Milwaukee Yamaha have fun in the sun with five day test

Simon Patterson, 17 March 2014 02:30

Milwaukee Yamaha have completed the first of their pre-season testing, with Tommy Bridewell and Josh Brookes completing three days at Cartagena followed by a further two days at Alcarras to make the most of the Spanish sunshine. Josh Brookes, making his debut on the crossplane Yamaha, initially struggled to find a pace he was happy with, but says that over ...

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Moody joins ITV 4 BSB team

Simon Patterson, 16 March 2014 12:00

ITV Four have announced their commentator line-up for their midweek highlights package, with James Haydon continuing to host the hour-long show that airs on a Wednesday night on the Freeview channel. He’ll be joined in the commentary box by former MotoGP commentator Toby Moody and former British champion Niall Mackenzie. Speaking to MCN, Moody says he’s delighted to be making ...

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Honda announce 2014 British plans

Simon Patterson, 11 March 2014 11:58

Honda Racing UK have finalised their 2014 British championship racing plans, with three machines in the National Superstock 1000 series alongside their already confirmed wildcard appearances in the main MCE British Superbike class. Former Australian champion Jason O’Halloran will remain with the team but make the move from 600cc to 1000cc, and is joined by World Endurance rider Freddy Foray ...

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Suzuki keen on MotoGP test for Eugene Laverty

Matthew Birt, 11 March 2014 10:30

Suzuki is keen to get the input of Eugene Laverty on its new factory 1000cc MotoGP contender during 2014. The Irish rider is locked in talks over selected rides on the new Suzuki and he met new MotoGP boss Davide Brivio recently during the second Sepang test in Malaysia to try and confirm appearance dates. Laverty, who won on his ...

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Philip Neil: “Waters has that big smile back”

Simon Patterson, 10 March 2014 16:47

Former Australian Superbike champion Josh Waters has left Cartagena having made positive steps forwards on his Suzuki return, after a woeful 2013 season on the Milwaukee Yamaha, finishing the test with lap times comparable to that of his new teammate John Hopkins. The Aussie, who has enjoyed considerable successes in the past with Suzuki, was able to lower his lap ...

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Valentino Rossi happy with new tyre endurance

Matthew Birt, 03 March 2014 08:50

Valentino Rossi declared himself happy with improved endurance from a range of new Bridgestone tyres he evaluated on the first day of testing at the Phillip Island track in Australia today. Rossi is one of a five-strong MotoGP line-up in Australia on a special tyre testing mission for Bridgestone to find a solution to the tyre disaster that struck last ...

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