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Suzuki satisfied with testing progress

Matthew Birt, 03 March 2014 08:44

Suzuki boss Davide Brivio is confident preparations for the Japanese factory’s full-time MotoGP return in 2015 are progressing well after a positive performance from Randy de Puniet in Malaysia last week. The Frenchman was a lowly 17th at Sepang 1 early last month when he finished almost three seconds off the pace of reigning world champion Marc Marquez. It was ...

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Ducati: Dovizioso and Crutchlow happy with Open strategy

Matthew Birt, 03 March 2014 08:42

Ducati boss Gigi Dall’Igna says he had the unanimous backing of Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow when steering the Bologna factory into the new MotoGP class in 2014. Ducati’s desperate need to develop its factory Desmosedici has seen Dall’Igna implement the huge strategy change, with Ducati announcing it would race in the Open category last Friday. A key factor in ...

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Jorge Lorenzo disgruntled with new Bridgestone rear tyre

Matthew Birt, 26 February 2014 12:40

Jorge Lorenzo’s frustration with the performance of a new 2014- spec Bridgestone rear tyre continued in Sepang today, with the double MotoGP world champion clearly disgruntled to be down in fifth on the timesheets. The factory Yamaha rider set a best time of 2.01.158 on a low grip surface today to finish 0.310s behind compatriot Alvaro Bautista. Lorenzo has been ...

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New shock boost for Sepang pacesetter Alvaro Bautista

Matthew Birt, 26 February 2014 12:30

A new Showa rear shock helped Alvaro Bautista claim a surprise spot at the top of the opening day timesheets at the second Sepang MotoGP test in Malaysia today. The Gresini Honda rider led an unlikely leading foursome with a best time of 2.00.848 set in the final stages of the day putting him just 0.052s clear of winter testing ...

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HRC: No plans to test with Casey Stoner at Phillip Island

Matthew Birt, 26 February 2014 09:22

Honda has said it has no plans to draft in Casey Stoner to test at next week’s Bridgestone tyre test in Phillip Island, with Marc Marquez likely to be ruled out with a broken leg. Reigning world champion Marquez broke his right leg in training accident last week and is not riding at the second Sepang test in Malaysia, which ...

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No Brazil MotoGP round in 2014

Matthew Birt, 24 February 2014 15:54

The MotoGP world championship will not be returning to Brazil in 2014 after a planned race in late September at a revamped Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet track was dropped off the final calendar. A multi-million pound overhaul of the track has been beset by funding issues and Dorna today confirmed that the race, which was scheduled for September 28, will ...

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Ex-Ducati boss understands Open class appeal

Matthew Birt, 24 February 2014 10:24

Former factory Ducati boss Livio Suppo says he fully understands why the Bologna factory is seriously considering entering this year’s MotoGP world championship in the new Open class. It has been widely expected for weeks now that Ducati will enter Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso as an Open entry, which will allow new technical boss Gigi Dall’Igna more freedom to ...

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Suzuki planning new parts assessment at Sepang 2

Matthew Birt, 24 February 2014 09:59

Suzuki is expected to try new upgrades on its new 1000cc MotoGP project when the MotoGP winter testing campaign resumes at the Sepang track in Malaysia this week. The recent opening test in Malaysia saw Suzuki test rider Randy de Puniet focus exclusively on trying to set the Japanese factory’s Mitsubishi electronics software with the new standard Magneti Marelli ECU. ...

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Colin Edwards pushing for FTR chassis test

Matthew Birt, 23 February 2014 02:20

Colin Edwards is pushing to test a new British-built FTR frame on his new Yamaha-powered Forward Racing MotoGP machine after a tough start to winter testing in Malaysia recently. The experienced Texan could only finish 14th fastest on the FTR-Yamaha, which runs an engine, chassis and swingarm package identical to the YZR-M1 that Cal Crutchlow rode at the end of ...

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No corner speed gain for factory Honda

Matthew Birt, 13 February 2014 12:23

Honda has so far failed in its bid to make its factory RC213V machine a match for Yamaha’s YZR-M1 on corner speed. Improved corner speed has been a key target for Honda’s technical staff during the off-season. But after giving reigning world champion Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa a new 2014-spec chassis to test during last week’s three-day MotoGP test ...

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