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Was Ducati’s move to the Open Class in MotoGP inspired thinking or lunacy?

Simon Patterson, 12 March 2014 14:22

Last week Ducati made the shock decision that they would be running in the Open Class in MotoGP for 2014. Some have called the move inspired, and less controls on engine development plus sticky tyres and an extra four litres of fuel are worth a lot. But it comes at a cost - the lack of electronics of their own. ...

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Pol Espargaro suffers injury blow in Qatar

Matthew Birt, 10 March 2014 09:18

Pol Espargaro’s preparation for his rookie MotoGP season suffered a cruel blow in Qatar last night when he broke his left collarbone in a crash in the final hours of a promising pre-season campaign. The reigning Moto2 world champion was entering Turn 6 at around 125mph but instead of downshifting to first, the Spaniard hit neutral. He ran straight on ...

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Suzuki re-thinking MotoGP strategy after Ducati Open move

Matthew Birt, 07 March 2014 10:47

Ducati's decision to move to the new Open class has already forced Suzuki into re-thinking its 2015 MotoGP strategy, and is likely to put pressure on Honda and Yamaha to do the same.Just three weeks after declaring its intention to run as a factory entry to have the capability of developing its own electronics software, Suzuki is not ruling out ...

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Ducati confirm move from factory to open class

Simon Patterson, 28 February 2014 11:40

Ducati have finally announced that they will make the move from factory to open class in 2014, with the team ditching their own electronics software in return for extra fuel, tyres and engine development. The Bologna factory has been experimenting with the option for a number of months, and rumours are circulating the paddock that it was an open class ...

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Valentino Rossi bemoans new Bridgestone tyre direction

Matthew Birt, 26 February 2014 13:31

Valentino Rossi says he is mystified why a new range of Bridgestone rear tyres will be introduced for the 2014 MotoGP world championship. The Italian spent the majority of the opening day of the second test in Sepang working on the set-up of his factory Yamaha YZR-M1 to work with the new generation Bridgestone tyres. A stiffer construction to help ...

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Tech 3 confident Yamaha will supply new gearbox

Matthew Birt, 23 February 2014 02:30

Satellite Yamaha boss Herve Poncharal remains confident that Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith will be racing a new seamless shift gearbox when the 2014 campaign kicks off in Qatar next month. When winter testing resumed at the Sepang track in Malaysia earlier this month, Tech 3 continued with Yamaha’s standard transmission, with Smith eighth and rookie Espargaro ninth on the ...

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Is it too late for Valentino Rossi?

MCN, 07 February 2014 10:29

After three days of testing at Sepang Valentino Rossi managed to finish second fastest. The nine time champion says he’s changed his riding style to suit the new bike, but after an unimpressive 2013 season, is it too little too late for the Italian?

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Rossi positive after second day at Sepang

Matthew Birt & Simon Patterson, 05 February 2014 13:23

Valentino Rossi has remained positive after the second day of testing in Sepang despite slipping from second to fourth in the timing sheets, saying that there’s still more speed to be found from his Yamaha M1 package. “Today is positive because I did 2.00.4 and I improve from yesterday by close to 0.5s. I stay 0.5s from Marquez and he ...

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Yamaha rubbishes Ducati swoop for Jorge Lorenzo

Matthew Birt, 17 January 2014 09:19

Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis has strongly denied rumours that double MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo is close to clinching a shock switch to Ducati for 2015. A wheel hasn’t even been turned in anger in 2014 yet, but with every top rider out of contract at the end of the year, speculation is already rife about the future prospects for ...

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No BT Sport commentary deal for Toby Moody

MCN, 16 January 2014 14:33

Popular MotoGP commentator Toby Moody has confirmed he will not be part of the new BT Sport coverage in 2014. Moody has been a regular behind the microphone in MotoGP with British Eurosport since 1996. But as constant rumours surrounding the identity of the commentary team for BT Sport’s 2014 world championship coverage continue, Moody took to his personal Twitter ...

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