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Ben Spies relishing Ducati challenge

Matthew Birt, 04 April 2013 14:17

A factory Ducati Desmosedici might not seem like the ideal choice of machinery for a rider looking to bounce back from the worst year of his career. Texan Ben Spies though will start that process in Qatar tonight relishing the big challenge he faces ahead to help the Bologna factory bounce back from a difficult 2011 and 2012. Ducati is ...

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Aggressive riding clampdown won't hurt MotoGP

Matthew Birt, 27 March 2013 13:40

A new penalty points system to clampdown on dangerous and aggressive riding across all three classes in the MotoGP world championship in 2013 won’t make the likes of Valentino Rossi or Cal Crutchlow think twice about making risky overtakes. That’s the opinion of Crutchlow’s Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team boss Herve Poncharal ahead of the new season, which will see ...

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Cal Crutchlow: ‘I could have been fastest’

Matthew Birt, 28 February 2013 15:41

Cal Crutchlow believes slower riders cost him the chance to have a shot at topping the timesheets on the final day of the second MotoGP test at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia today. After an early rain interruption the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider was lying in sixth place when the majority of the field went into time ...

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Danny Kent unfazed by Moto2 testing pace

Matthew Birt, 22 February 2013 11:09

Danny Kent says he’s not worried by a difficult start to the 2013 Moto2 pre-season after illness and bad weather hampered his bid to adapt to the Tech 3 Racing Mistral 610 machine. The first test of the year in Valencia last week was practically a write off with the former Red Bull KTM Moto3 rider laid low by a ...

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Michael Laverty makes stunning MotoGP debut in Sepang

Matthew Birt, 08 February 2013 09:25

Few people would have given Michael Laverty a prayer of finishing third fastest CRT rider ahead of this week’s three-day MotoGP test at the long and technical Sepang track. Yet the Irish rider produced one of the big surprises of the first major test of 2013 when he rode the Paul Bird Motorsport Aprilia ART machine to a best lap ...

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Marc Marquez shrugs off crash to star in Sepang

Matthew Birt, 07 February 2013 11:11

Marc Marquez lived up to the pre-season hype in Sepang this week after the Spanish rookie shrugged off a final day crash to set the fourth fastest time. The reigning Moto2 world champion ended with a best time of 2.00.636 that put him just 0.094s behind Valentino Rossi in third and just over 0.5s adrift of teammate and pre-season favourite ...

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Rossi and Lorenzo eager for Yamaha gearbox upgrade

Matthew Birt, 06 February 2013 13:23

Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo have made it clear to Yamaha that a seamless shift gearbox could drastically help improve acceleration issues with the new 2013 factory YZR-M1. A new gearbox was high on reigning world champion Lorenzo’s wish list for 2013, but the seamless shift system already employed by Honda and Ducati is not yet available.And both Rossi and ...

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MotoGP prepares for 2013 testing in Sepang

Matthew Birt, 04 February 2013 09:19

The MotoGP field has arrived in Kuala Lumpur ahead of the opening test of 2013 at the Sepang track, with big attention on how Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez will perform. Rossi’s factory Yamaha YZR-M1 made a brief appearance in pit lane earlier sporting the silver livery he used on his rain-hit return to the Japanese factory back in November ...

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Danny Kent hails James Toseland’s training support

Matthew Birt, 31 January 2013 16:30

Danny Kent reckons he will be physically and mentally better prepared than at any other time in his racing career after he teamed up with former double World Superbike champion James Toseland for an intensive winter testing schedule. The 19-year-old has paid tribute to Toseland for helping his preparations ahead of his rookie season in the ultra-competitive Moto2 class. Kent ...

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Valentino Rossi: ‘My first goal is the podium’

Matthew Birt, 25 January 2013 15:30

Valentino Rossi’s first mission on his return to Yamaha in this year's MotoGP world championship is to score his first podium since the end of 2010.The 33-year-old is making his first official appearance since re-signing for Yamaha during a special promotional tour in Indonesia, where he is helping launch a new logo for one of the factory team’s key sponsors, ...


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