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Tech 3 won’t sacrifice YZR-M1 for Aleix Espargaro

Matthew Birt, 07 July 2014 12:42

Aleix Espargaro’s aspirations of racing younger brother Pol on an identical factory-backed Yamaha in 2015 have been quickly crushed. The Spaniard was hoping his Forward Racing squad could secure the lease of a factory spec YZR-M1 like the version currently raced by reigning Moto2 world champion Pol and British teammate Bradley Smith. With Yamaha only allowed to enter four official ...

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Smith, Bradl and Iannone set for Sachsenring Turn 11 test

Matthew Birt, 07 July 2014 12:40

British rider Bradley Smith, LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl and Italian Andrea Iannone have been selected to take part in a special pre-race test at the Sachsenring on Thursday to assess whether the German venue’s jaw-dropping Turn 11 needs modifying for 2015. The blind entry right-hander is taken flat-out in fourth gear at around 130mph and is regarded as one ...

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Pol Espargaro free to quit Yamaha if Lorenzo stays

Matthew Birt, 07 July 2014 11:41

Pol Espargaro has admitted he is unlikely to quit Yamaha for 2015, despite having an option to leave if the door to a factory YZR-M1 ride is slammed shut in his face for next season. MCN has learned that the Spaniard has a clause in his contract that he becomes a free agent if Yamaha signs new deals with Valentino ...

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Marc VDS Racing clarifies Jack Miller contract situation

Matthew Birt, 04 July 2014 13:12

The contract saga surrounding Moto3 sensation Jack Miller for 2015 is showing no sign of reaching an amicable resolution. The much sought after Aussie teenager signed a pre-contract for 2015 and 2016 to move to Moto2 with the Marc VDS Racing squad. The Belgian-based Marc VDS Racing squad is adamant the pre-contract Miller signed with them last September to move ...

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Honda deny 2015 talks with Cal Crutchlow

Matthew Birt, 04 July 2014 10:29

Honda is not planning to launch a bid to save Cal Crutchlow from his Ducati nightmare. Rumours started to emerge in Assen last weekend that Crutchlow was being considered as a replacement for Alvaro Bautista at Gresini Honda or Stefan Bradl at LCR Honda for 2015. But HRC boss Livio Suppo, who admitted in Holland that Bautista and Bradl’s future ...

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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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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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Yamaha ‘happy’ to keep Valentino Rossi until end of 2016

Matthew Birt, 02 July 2014 14:14

Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis has spoken of his delight at securing nine-times world champion Valentino Rossi on a new two-year contract. Rossi’s deal to remain on a factory YZR-M1 for 2015 and 2016 was confirmed earlier this afternoon after the Italian’s impressive run of five of form in the first eight races of this season. The 35-year-old has scored five ...

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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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