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Yamaha explain Open M1 test refusal for Jorge Lorenzo

Matthew Birt, 28 March 2014 14:09

Yamaha denied Jorge Lorenzo’s pre-season request to test an Open class spec YZR-M1 because it made no sense in letting the Spaniard evaluate a bike they had no intention of him racing.MCN exclusively revealed earlier this month that the double MotoGP world champion had requested an Open-spec YZR-M1 test because he felt 24 litres and access to softer compound Bridgestone ...

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GBmoto concludes successful test at Cartagena

Simon Patterson, 25 March 2014 09:03

The GBmoto Kawasaki squad of James Ellison and Chris Walker have concluded their first test of 2014 at Cartagena, with the pair running in the team’s new Kawasaki machines ahead of the official MCE British Superbike test at Almeria that starts today. Despite a few early issues with the new bikes, the team managed to smooth out the problems and ...

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Qatar MotoGP: Rabat battles to Moto2 win

Liam Marsden, 23 March 2014 18:03

Marc VDS Racing rider Esteve Rabat overcame a poor start from pole position to take victory in his first race with the VDS team. In a repeat of last year Takaaki Nakagami took to the front of the pack to lead for most of the race, with Mika Kallio pressuring him. Rabat picked his way through the order to pass ...

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Smith suffers '500 crash'

Simon Patterson, 21 March 2014 23:15

Bradley Smith suffered one of the biggest crashes of his career tonight at the Losail International Circuit, with an old-school 500 era highside spitting him off his Tech 3 Yamaha half way though free practice one. “That was a 500 crash. I’ve watched many classic bike races and that was definitely a 500 crash. I proved that traction control doesn’t ...

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HRC confident Marquez will be close to full fitness in Qatar

Matthew Birt, 17 March 2014 10:07

Honda is confident reigning world champion Marc Marquez will be close to 100% fitness to begin the defence of his MotoGP crown in Qatar this weekend. The 21-year-old has missed pre-season tests in Sepang and Phillip Island after breaking his right leg in a dirt track training accident in Spain last month. The last time the Repsol Honda rider rode ...

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Smith and Espargaro impressed with new Yamaha gearbox

Matthew Birt, 12 March 2014 08:59

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 duo Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro have both hailed the benefits of Yamaha’s seamless shift gearbox ahead of the start of the 2014 MotoGP campaign. Smith and Espargaro tested the new transmission at the second Sepang test and during last weekend’s Qatar night session, and both say it makes their YZR-M1 machinery easier to ride over ...

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Lowes third as Nakagami tops day one at Jerez

Simon Patterson, 12 March 2014 08:54

Takaai Nakagami has topped the timesheets on day one of the final Moto2 and Moto3 pre-season test at Jerez, but the surprise performance of the day was British rookie Sam Lowes, who finished the day in third place. Lowes was only 0.341 behind the Honda Asia Kalex of the Japanese rider, with former 125GP champion Thomas Luthi splitting them on ...

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No new bike for Cal in 2014

Michael Guy, 11 March 2014 10:34

Cal Crutchlow and team-mate Andrea Dovizioso will campaign their existing Desmosedici GP14 throughout the 2014 season with no all new bike expected until the 2015 season. Speaking at the official Ducati MotoGP press conference in Munch Ducati Corse General Manager Gigi Dall’Igna said: “I would like to design a completely new bike, but before we do this it is important ...

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Dall’Igna talks ‘Open’ at 2014 Ducati MotoGP team launch in Munich

Michael Guy, 10 March 2014 22:10

The 2014 Ducati MotoGP squad was officially unveiled to the worlds press in Munich today. Ducati launches historically take place in the mountains of Madonna di Campiglio, but in 2014, Ducati owners Audi made their presence felt with the event taking place at the Audi Forum at Munich Airport.The event saw factory riders Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso joined on ...

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'Unbelievable' race simulation thrills Aleix Espargaro in Qatar

Matthew Birt, 10 March 2014 09:20

Aleix Espargaro continued his outstanding winter testing form in Qatar last night by finishing the final pre-season action of 2014 on top of the timesheets. The Forward Yamaha rider was doubly happy after an impressive best lap of 1.54.874 put him just 0.033s clear of younger brother Pol Espargaro. But it was a fast and consistent race simulation that boosted ...

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