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Electronics main focus for Suzuki in Austin and Argentina tests

Matthew Birt, 10 April 2014 16:04

Suzuki will not have a raft of new parts for Randy de Puniet to assess during forthcoming post race tests in Austin and Argentina, with the Japanese factory concentrating on development of the latest electronics spec. Suzuki has only tested with the standard Dorna-supplied Magneti Marelli hardware twice in Malaysia back in February. The task of getting its own Mitsubishi ...

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Yamaha eager to secure Rossi and Lorenzo deals

Matthew Birt, 04 April 2014 10:35

Yamaha says it is poised to kick off detailed contract renewal discussions with Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. With Honda admitting last month that it plans fresh talks to lure Lorenzo off a YZR-M1 for 2015, Yamaha will act swiftly to ensure its most prized asset in MotoGP commits to a new two-year deal. While Yamaha is also keen to ...

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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 boss: Rossi a title contender in 2014

Matthew Birt, 02 April 2014 10:55

Valentino Rossi’s brilliant victory challenge in the season’s opening MotoGP race in Qatar proves that the Italian is a genuine title contender in 2014, according to Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis. The 35-year-old was a close second to reigning world champion Marc Marquez in an enthralling opening to the 2014 campaign under the Losail International Circuit floodlights in Doha. One of ...

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Factory bike a must for Scott Redding in 2015

Matthew Birt, 02 April 2014 10:19

Scott Redding must be on a prototype Honda RC213V machine in 2015 to show off his full potential in the MotoGP world championship. That’s the view of his personal manager Michael Bartholemy, who came close to guiding the 21-year-old Briton to the 2013 Moto2 world title in the Belgian-based Marc VDS Racing squad. Redding is spending his debut MotoGP season ...

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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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Kevin Schwantz and COTA amicably end dispute

Matthew Birt, 28 March 2014 14:05

Kevin Schwantz thought he would need to face the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in a bitter legal fight over promotional rights to the Austin MotoGP round.But after the row was ended amicably, the 1993 world 500cc champion is now the public face of the spectacular Texas track.A statement released last night said COTA and Suzuki legend Schwantz had ended ...

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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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Sam Lowes shines in Moto2 qualifying

Matthew Birt, 22 March 2014 17:45

Sam Lowes delivered a dazzling performance under the Losail International Circuit floodlights in Qatar tonight to qualify in fifth position for his Moto2 debut. The reigning World Supersport champion was less than 0.1s off the front row and under 0.5s behind pole setter and title favourite Tito Rabat. Speed Up rider Lowes, who missed most of the last pre-season test ...

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Yamaha thrilled with Movistar title sponsor deal

Matthew Birt, 20 March 2014 11:38

Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis has spoken of his delight now the Japanese factory has been able to secure a long-term five-year title sponsorship deal with Spanish communications giant Movistar. Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi showed off the new Movistar livery for the first time in Qatar yesterday, with Yamaha running with a title sponsor for the first time since Fiat ...

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