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Was Ducati’s move to the Open Class in MotoGP inspired thinking or lunacy?

Simon Patterson, 12 March 2014 14:22

Last week Ducati made the shock decision that they would be running in the Open Class in MotoGP for 2014. Some have called the move inspired, and less controls on engine development plus sticky tyres and an extra four litres of fuel are worth a lot. But it comes at a cost - the lack of electronics of their own. ...

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Hopper at home on Tyco Suzuki

Simon Patterson, 10 March 2014 16:50

Former MotoGP podium finisher John Hopkins says that he feels at home already on the Tyco Suzuki machine he will compete in the 2014 MCE British Superbike championship on, with the similarities to his former crescent Suzuki helping him to adapt to the new machine. “We took my base setting from what it was on the Crescent bike and haven’t ...

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Pol Espargaro suffers injury blow in Qatar

Matthew Birt, 10 March 2014 09:18

Pol Espargaro’s preparation for his rookie MotoGP season suffered a cruel blow in Qatar last night when he broke his left collarbone in a crash in the final hours of a promising pre-season campaign. The reigning Moto2 world champion was entering Turn 6 at around 125mph but instead of downshifting to first, the Spaniard hit neutral. He ran straight on ...

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Suzuki re-thinking MotoGP strategy after Ducati Open move

Matthew Birt, 07 March 2014 10:47

Ducati's decision to move to the new Open class has already forced Suzuki into re-thinking its 2015 MotoGP strategy, and is likely to put pressure on Honda and Yamaha to do the same.Just three weeks after declaring its intention to run as a factory entry to have the capability of developing its own electronics software, Suzuki is not ruling out ...

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Ducati confirm move from factory to open class

Simon Patterson, 28 February 2014 11:40

Ducati have finally announced that they will make the move from factory to open class in 2014, with the team ditching their own electronics software in return for extra fuel, tyres and engine development. The Bologna factory has been experimenting with the option for a number of months, and rumours are circulating the paddock that it was an open class ...

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Valentino Rossi bemoans new Bridgestone tyre direction

Matthew Birt, 26 February 2014 13:31

Valentino Rossi says he is mystified why a new range of Bridgestone rear tyres will be introduced for the 2014 MotoGP world championship. The Italian spent the majority of the opening day of the second test in Sepang working on the set-up of his factory Yamaha YZR-M1 to work with the new generation Bridgestone tyres. A stiffer construction to help ...

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Tech 3 confident Yamaha will supply new gearbox

Matthew Birt, 23 February 2014 02:30

Satellite Yamaha boss Herve Poncharal remains confident that Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith will be racing a new seamless shift gearbox when the 2014 campaign kicks off in Qatar next month. When winter testing resumed at the Sepang track in Malaysia earlier this month, Tech 3 continued with Yamaha’s standard transmission, with Smith eighth and rookie Espargaro ninth on the ...

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WSB Australia: Guintoli takes pole with fastest ever lap

Simon Patterson, 22 February 2014 05:01

Sylvain Guintoli will start the first round of the 2014 World Superbike campaign from pole position after a blisteringly fast lap of Phillip Island from the Aprilia rider during the first new-look WSB qualifying session. Guintoli set a lap only 0.038 away from breaking the 1:30 barrier two thirds of the way through the new 15-minute second qualifying session to ...

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Voltcom Crescent Suzuki ‘couldn’t be happier’ with Philip Island test

Simon Patterson, 19 February 2014 10:48

Crescent Suzuki team boss Paul Denning says he ‘couldn’t be happier’ with his team’s performance at the last WSB test before the 2014 season kicks off, with his all-British team of Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes finishing off the two-day test in second and third. “The last two days have given us the opportunity to assess where we are against ...

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Phillip Island WSB test: Sykes on top and on circuit record pace

Gordon Ritchie, 18 February 2014 11:16

The two days of warm and dry official track time at Phillip Island were unfettered in terms of weather conditions but it was the high attrition rate of crashing riders and some technical issues that cut short the available track time from the first session to the last. The fastest rider on show proved to be Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing ...

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