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Pramac Ducati miss out on Eugene Laverty signing

Matthew Birt, 03 October 2014 10:40

Pramac Ducati management have admitted Aspar Honda just beat them to Eugene Laverty’s signature for 2015. Laverty has been locked in lengthy negotiations with Pramac Ducati for weeks, as the Italian squad sought a replacement for departing number one rider Andrea Iannone. Pramac had kept the seat next to Colombian Yonny Hernandez free for Scott Redding while the Briton’s future ...

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Andrea Dovizioso: ‘I was close to Suzuki’

Matthew Birt, 02 October 2014 12:29

Andrea Dovizioso says he came close to joining Suzuki for 2015 before agreeing a two-year contract extension with Ducati. The Italian was believed to be a top target for Suzuki, who were keen to benefit from his speed and experience to help advance development of the Japanese factory’s new 1000cc machine when it returns from self-imposed exile next year. The ...

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Cal Crutchlow resigned to losing crew chief for 2015

Matthew Birt, 02 October 2014 10:28

Cal Crutchlow has confirmed he will reluctantly split from crew chief Daniele Romagnoli when he ends his disappointing one-season career at Ducati next month. The British rider had wanted to take Italian Romagnoli with him to the factory-spec RC213V he will ride in Lucio Cecchinello’s satellite Honda squad in 2015. But Cecchinello’s current crew have been together since the 2008 ...

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Danny Kent backs Jack Miller to bounce back from Aragon crash

Matthew Birt, 02 October 2014 10:12

British rider Danny Kent has backed Moto3 title contender Jack Miller to bounce back from losing the world championship lead for the first time in 2014 last weekend. An early crash at the Motorland Aragon after contact with Spanish title rival Alex Marquez saw Aussie Miller lose a nine-point advantage and the championship lead he had held since the opening ...

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Danilo Petrucci joins Pramac Ducati

Matthew Birt, 02 October 2014 10:03

Pramac Ducati has confirmed it will replace Andrea Iannone with current Ioda Racing rider Danilo Petrucci in the 2015 MotoGP world championship. Petrucci has signed a two-year deal with the Italian-based squad and he will partner South American Yonny Hernandez next season. Pramac Ducati had kept Iannone’s seat vacant for a month while it waited to see if Scott Redding ...

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Loris Baz keen on Forward Yamaha move

Matthew Birt, 02 October 2014 09:44

Loris Baz is hoping Forward Yamaha can save his MotoGP dream after the shock collapse of a proposed move to Aspar Honda in 2015. Aspar Honda rejected Baz for a production RC213V-RS alongside Nicky Hayden because of his 6ft 3in frame, even though he had signed an agreement during last month's WSB clash in Jerez. The Frenchman, who is currently ...

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Suzuki never considered delaying MotoGP return until 2016

Matthew Birt, 01 October 2014 10:12

Suzuki had no intention of further delaying its MotoGP return to 2016, despite major technical rule changes in advance of the Japanese factory’s much-hyped comeback. Suzuki has spent months of pain-staking and expensive work preparing to return to MotoGP next season on Bridgestone tyres, while also using their own developed Mitsubishi electronics software. But Suzuki’s engineering staff will then have ...

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2015 provisional calendar released

Liam Marsden, 26 September 2014 11:09

The first MotoGP round at Donington Park in five years will take place on 30 August as the FIM released their provisional calendar for the 2015 season. Donington's inclusion comes as the Circuit of Wales won't be ready in time. The full calendar can be seen below.  Date Grand Prix Circuit 29 March Qatar* Doha/Losail 12 April Americas Austin 19 ...

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Yamaha under pressure to deliver gearbox upgrade

Matthew Birt, 23 September 2014 11:36

Yamaha is under mounting pressure from Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo to upgrade its year-old seamless shift gearbox to help the factory YZR-M1 pair threaten Marc Marquez’s domination of MotoGP. Yamaha has raced a seamless shift gearbox since last September, and while Rossi and Lorenzo have been able to downshift without using the clutch in 2014, the system is only ...

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LCR never eyed Crutchlow/Redding British dream team

Matthew Birt, 23 September 2014 11:30

A British dream team featuring Cal Crutchlow and Scott Redding in next year’s MotoGP world championship never came close to reality. With Redding unexpectedly back on the rider market for a period after Fausto Gresini couldn’t raise the budget to lease a factory Honda RC213V for the Briton next year, it was rumoured that LCR would snap up the vacant ...

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