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Braking stability still a concern for Yamaha

Matthew Birt, 13 March 2014 09:48

Braking stability is still a key area for Yamaha to improve on its factory YZR-M1 once the new MotoGP world championship campaign gets underway in Qatar on March 23. Honda has taken a huge step forward with the braking stability on its factory RC213V and improved corner entry performance was high on Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi’s wish list for ...

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Dall’Igna delighted with Ducati line-up for 2014

Matthew Birt, 12 March 2014 09:36

New Ducati boss Gigi Dall’Igna reckons Ducati could not have better riders than Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow to revive its fortunes in MotoGP. Ducati has endured a torrid recent history in MotoGP and remains winless since the end of 2010, while last season was a disaster with Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden scoring only two top six finishes each. Dovizioso ...

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Colin Edwards: Teaching an old dog new tricks

Matthew Birt, 12 March 2014 09:21

Having just turned 40 and been racing motorcycles for longer than Marc Marquez has been on the planet, you’d think if anybody would find it difficult to embrace a new riding technique it would be Colin Edwards. But the experienced Texan is preparing to break old habits to try and be more competitive on the new Forward Yamaha Open class ...

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Aleix Espargaro: Aspar ride boosted my career

Matthew Birt, 11 March 2014 13:17

Aleix Espargaro says he owes a big debt of gratitude to Spanish legend Jorge Martinez’s Aspar squad for helping him develop into a more competitive MotoGP rider. The 24-year-old has been the major surprise package of winter testing with top four finishes in both Malaysia tests in Sepang last month on the new Forward Racing Yamaha machine. And he rounded ...

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Bradley Smith rebounds from crash to claim top three

Matthew Birt, 10 March 2014 09:25

Bradley Smith experienced an eventful but ultimately very productive final night of MotoGP testing at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider was relieved to emerge unscathed from a high-side crash at turn 8 just when he was poised to start a full 22-lap race simulation. But when he did finally commence his distance stint, ...

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Rear grip concern for Alvaro Bautista in Qatar

Matthew Birt, 10 March 2014 09:14

Alvaro Bautista dropped from being fastest rider on the second night of MotoGP testing in Qatar to finish fifth at the conclusion of the final winter test yesterday evening. Bautista was unable to improve on his best of 1.55.194, as he struggled to make any significant progress with improving rear grip on his Gresini Honda RC213V machine. The Spaniard had ...

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Alvaro Bautista struggles on way to fastest time

Matthew Birt, 09 March 2014 06:56

Alvaro Bautista might have been fastest on the second night of MotoGP testing in Qatar, but it was not an easy ride to the summit of the timesheets for the Gresini Honda rider. The former 125GP world champion set a best time of 1.55.194 to knock almost a second off his pace from the opening night. The Spaniard was satisfied ...

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Alvaro Bautista heads second night in Qatar

Matthew Birt, 09 March 2014 06:51

Gresini Honda rider Alvaro Bautista led the way on the second night of MotoGP testing at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. A quickest lap of 1.55.194 saw the Spaniard finish 0.314s clear of fellow factory Honda RC213V rider Stefan Bradl, with Forward Yamaha rider Aleix Espargaro completing the top three. Lap times were closer than on the opening night, ...

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Aleix Espargaro happy with opening night pace in Qatar

Matthew Birt, 08 March 2014 06:52

Aleix Espargaro continued his pre-season giant-killing act in MotoGP tonight when the Forward Yamaha Open class rider beat a host of factory prototypes in Qatar. Fourth fastest in both Sepang tests last month, Espargaro headed the timesheets at the Losail International Circuit in Doha. A best lap of 1.55.386 put the 24-year-old 0.253s clear of Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider ...

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Scott Redding happy to close gap to Nicky Hayden

Matthew Birt, 08 March 2014 06:51

Scott Redding was satisfied with his performance on the opening night of MotoGP testing in Qatar after the Gresini rider finished within 0.4s of Nicky Hayden on the new production Honda RCV1000R machine. The 21-year-old was 10th fastest under the Losail International Circuit floodlights and a personal best time of 1.58.503 that was only 0.348s behind 2006 world champion Hayden. ...

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