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Ben Spies: ‘I’ll never race again’

Matthew Birt, 18 April 2014 09:24

Ben Spies has admitted the serious shoulder injury that forced him into premature retirement last year will never recover sufficiently enough to allow the Texan race again. The triple American superbike champion first damaged his right shoulder at the end of 2012 when he crashed out of a rain-lashed Malaysian round while riding for Yamaha’s factory squad. Spies moved to ...

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Colin Edwards to retire at end of 2014

Matthew Birt, 10 April 2014 19:29

Colin Edwards has announced on the eve of his home MotoGP race in Texas today that 2014 will be his final season in motorcycle racing. The 40-year-old used the pre-event press conference at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) to officially announce his retirement after a career spanning two decades in World Superbikes and MotoGP. Edwards, who has made 187 ...

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Leon Camier Set To Ride For BMW Motorrad Team Italia In Spain

Gordon Ritchie, 28 March 2014 09:34

Leon Camier (27) is getting ready to return to the WSB paddock at the second round of the championship in Aragon on April 13th, as a replacement for BMW Motorrad Team Italia SBK EVO regular rider Sylvain Barrier.Barrier suffered facial injuries in his recent car accident and although he hopes to return to the action as soon as possible, Aragon ...

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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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Hickman to make road racing debut at NW200

Stephen Davison, 21 March 2014 08:51

Peter Hickman is the latest recruit to the Vauxhall International North West 200 from the MCE British Superbike championship paddock. Following in the wheeltracks of superstars like Michael Rutter, Stuart Easton and Josh Brookes, the 26 year old will make his road racing debut at Portstewart on May 17. Hickman, who raced for the GBmoto Honda squad in BSB in ...

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Yamaha deny Jorge Lorenzo Open test request

Matthew Birt, 19 March 2014 16:06

Jorge Lorenzo believes he would have a better chance of winning back the premier class crown on Aleix Espargaro’s Open-spec Yamaha YZR-M1. Lorenzo is adamant that the Forward Racing YZR-M1, which can utilise four more litres of fuel and extra soft Bridgestone tyres, would be more of a title threat than his factory prototype machine. Forward Racing rider Espargaro has ...

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John McGuinness breaks scaphoid in off-road crash

Simon Patterson, 18 March 2014 17:42

20-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness has broken his wrist in an offroad training accident, just eight weeks before the start of his 2014 road racing campaign. McGuinness is a keen offroader who relies on enduro and trials riding in the off season to keep fit as opposed to more traditional training, and often rides the hills and ...

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Milwaukee Yamaha have fun in the sun with five day test

Simon Patterson, 17 March 2014 02:30

Milwaukee Yamaha have completed the first of their pre-season testing, with Tommy Bridewell and Josh Brookes completing three days at Cartagena followed by a further two days at Alcarras to make the most of the Spanish sunshine. Josh Brookes, making his debut on the crossplane Yamaha, initially struggled to find a pace he was happy with, but says that over ...

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Moody joins ITV 4 BSB team

Simon Patterson, 16 March 2014 12:00

ITV Four have announced their commentator line-up for their midweek highlights package, with James Haydon continuing to host the hour-long show that airs on a Wednesday night on the Freeview channel. He’ll be joined in the commentary box by former MotoGP commentator Toby Moody and former British champion Niall Mackenzie. Speaking to MCN, Moody says he’s delighted to be making ...

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ITV to show MotoGP in 2014

Simon Patterson, 11 March 2014 17:45

ITV have confirmed to MCN that, contrary to reports that BT Sport would be the exclusive right holders for MotoGP in the UK, they will also be showing a delayed highlights package on ITV Four during the week after a race. The TV’s press office wouldn’t be drawn on any further details, simply saying that “a deal has in principal ...

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