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Nicky Hayden: WSB switch was serious option

Matthew Birt, 27 December 2013 08:30

Nicky Hayden says he was seriously tempted to try and become the first rider in racing history to win both the MotoGP and World Superbike titles in 2014. Released by Ducati’s official factory squad after a frustrating five-year stint, the popular American contemplated a WSB switch before extending his MotoGP career with a move to the Spanish-based Aspar squad. Hayden ...

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Bradley Smith thrilled with Yamaha backing

Matthew Birt, 23 December 2013 09:30

British rider Bradley Smith says he is thrilled to be getting identical technical support as new Tech 3 Yamaha teammate Pol Espargaro in 2014. Espargaro is contracted directly to Yamaha but will ride for Herve Poncharal’s satellite squad next year with Smith, who is preparing for his second season in the MotoGP world championship. But reigning Moto2 world champion Espargaro ...

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Scott Redding ready for MotoGP switch

Matthew Birt, 18 December 2013 14:43

Scott Redding is moving to MotoGP at the right time in his career, according to former Moto2 crew chief Pete Benson. The Gloucestershire rider will compete in the premier class next season on a production Honda RCV100R machine for the Italian-based Gresini squad. The 20-year-old came close to becoming Britain’s first GP world champion since late legend Barry Sheene when ...

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Casey Stoner to remain in HRC testing role

Matthew Birt, 16 December 2013 10:39

Honda will continue to call on the blistering speed and technical feedback of double MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner for development of its factory RC213V in 2014. The Australian retired at the end of 2012 but he made numerous testing appearances in the latter stages of this year’s campaign at the Twin Ring Motegi track in Japan. Stoner, who won ...

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Paul Bird reveals 2014 MotoGP and BSB plans

Matthew Birt, 11 December 2013 16:38

High profile British racing boss Paul Bird has ended weeks of speculation about his future by revealing he will run two-rider efforts in MotoGP and British Superbikes in 2014. The PBM squad will continue to run Irishman Michael Laverty in MotoGP and he will be joined by former World Supersport runner-up Broc Parkes. Aussie Parkes raced a Kawasaki for PBM ...

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Cal Crutchlow backs Dall’Igna to lead Ducati revival

Matthew Birt, 06 December 2013 09:20

British rider Cal Crutchlow has backed new Ducati boss Gigi Dall’Igna to lead the Bologna factory out of its current slump. Crutchlow and Dall’Igna got their first opportunity to size up the task of making the woeful Desmosedici competitive again in 2014 when they began their new Ducati adventure together in Valencia last month. Crutchlow found the going tough on ...

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Scott Redding excited to work with ex-Stoner crew chief

Matthew Birt, 27 November 2013 10:51

Scott Redding believes Casey Stoner’s former crew chief Cristian Gabbarini could prove to be a key ally in his rookie MotoGP world championship campaign in 2014. Gabbarini is now heading up Honda’s new RCV1000R production racer project after the Italian quit Ducati with Stoner to move to HRC in 2011. Gabbarini was a key influence in the Australian’s successful career ...

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Andrea Dovizioso: Crutchlow won’t be too down after Ducati debut

Matthew Birt, 22 November 2013 10:37

Andrea Dovizioso doesn’t believe that new factory Ducati teammate Cal Crutchlow will be too disheartened after the British rider’s first ride on the struggling Desmosedici in Spain last week. Crutchlow finished a three-day Valencia test down in 12th on the timesheets and he was a massive 1.5s behind new world champion Marc Marquez. Dovizioso was only 0.2s faster than Crutchlow ...

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Open class project vital for Ducati future

Matthew Birt, 20 November 2013 09:40

Ducati’s revamped Desmosedici machine that will be raced in the new Open category in MotoGP next season is an essential project geared at preparing the Bologna factory for a potential major rule change in the future. South American Yonny Hernandez will race the new bike as part of the Pramac squad in 2013. The project will essentially be this year’s ...

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Eugene Laverty explains why MotoGP plans fell through

Matthew Birt, 20 November 2013 09:35

Eugene Laverty reckons the process of sorting out his 2014 racing plans was arguably the most stressful period of his career. The Irishman will ride for the British-based Crescent Suzuki WSB squad after potential deals with Aspar and Pramac Ducati to switch to MotoGP fell through.MCN caught up with the ex-factory Aprilia WSB rider recently to see how he ended ...

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