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Rossi positive after second day at Sepang

Matthew Birt & Simon Patterson, 05 February 2014 13:23

Valentino Rossi has remained positive after the second day of testing in Sepang despite slipping from second to fourth in the timing sheets, saying that there’s still more speed to be found from his Yamaha M1 package. “Today is positive because I did 2.00.4 and I improve from yesterday by close to 0.5s. I stay 0.5s from Marquez and he ...

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Yamaha rubbishes Ducati swoop for Jorge Lorenzo

Matthew Birt, 17 January 2014 09:19

Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis has strongly denied rumours that double MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo is close to clinching a shock switch to Ducati for 2015. A wheel hasn’t even been turned in anger in 2014 yet, but with every top rider out of contract at the end of the year, speculation is already rife about the future prospects for ...

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No BT Sport commentary deal for Toby Moody

MCN, 16 January 2014 14:33

Popular MotoGP commentator Toby Moody has confirmed he will not be part of the new BT Sport coverage in 2014. Moody has been a regular behind the microphone in MotoGP with British Eurosport since 1996. But as constant rumours surrounding the identity of the commentary team for BT Sport’s 2014 world championship coverage continue, Moody took to his personal Twitter ...

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Scott Redding: ‘I didn’t expect Marquez to win title’

Matthew Birt, 27 December 2013 09:30

Scott Redding said he expected former Moto2 rival Marc Marquez to win races but not the MotoGP world championship in a stellar rookie premier class campaign for the Spaniard. Marquez stunned the established elite last season by winning six races to become the first rookie since Kenny Roberts in 1978 to win the MotoGP title. The Repsol Honda rider secured ...

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Nicky Hayden: WSB switch was serious option

Matthew Birt, 27 December 2013 08:30

Nicky Hayden says he was seriously tempted to try and become the first rider in racing history to win both the MotoGP and World Superbike titles in 2014. Released by Ducati’s official factory squad after a frustrating five-year stint, the popular American contemplated a WSB switch before extending his MotoGP career with a move to the Spanish-based Aspar squad. Hayden ...

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Bradley Smith thrilled with Yamaha backing

Matthew Birt, 23 December 2013 09:30

British rider Bradley Smith says he is thrilled to be getting identical technical support as new Tech 3 Yamaha teammate Pol Espargaro in 2014. Espargaro is contracted directly to Yamaha but will ride for Herve Poncharal’s satellite squad next year with Smith, who is preparing for his second season in the MotoGP world championship. But reigning Moto2 world champion Espargaro ...

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Scott Redding ready for MotoGP switch

Matthew Birt, 18 December 2013 14:43

Scott Redding is moving to MotoGP at the right time in his career, according to former Moto2 crew chief Pete Benson. The Gloucestershire rider will compete in the premier class next season on a production Honda RCV100R machine for the Italian-based Gresini squad. The 20-year-old came close to becoming Britain’s first GP world champion since late legend Barry Sheene when ...

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Casey Stoner to remain in HRC testing role

Matthew Birt, 16 December 2013 10:39

Honda will continue to call on the blistering speed and technical feedback of double MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner for development of its factory RC213V in 2014. The Australian retired at the end of 2012 but he made numerous testing appearances in the latter stages of this year’s campaign at the Twin Ring Motegi track in Japan. Stoner, who won ...

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Paul Bird reveals 2014 MotoGP and BSB plans

Matthew Birt, 11 December 2013 16:38

High profile British racing boss Paul Bird has ended weeks of speculation about his future by revealing he will run two-rider efforts in MotoGP and British Superbikes in 2014. The PBM squad will continue to run Irishman Michael Laverty in MotoGP and he will be joined by former World Supersport runner-up Broc Parkes. Aussie Parkes raced a Kawasaki for PBM ...

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Cal Crutchlow backs Dall’Igna to lead Ducati revival

Matthew Birt, 06 December 2013 09:20

British rider Cal Crutchlow has backed new Ducati boss Gigi Dall’Igna to lead the Bologna factory out of its current slump. Crutchlow and Dall’Igna got their first opportunity to size up the task of making the woeful Desmosedici competitive again in 2014 when they began their new Ducati adventure together in Valencia last month. Crutchlow found the going tough on ...

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