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Tech 3 boss: Colin Edwards ‘perfect’ for Yamaha/Michelin development role

Matthew Birt, 08 October 2014 14:28

Colin Edwards is the perfect choice to spearhead Yamaha’s intensive preparations for the switch to Michelin tyres in 2016. That’s the view of the American’s former Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team boss Herve Poncharal, who worked with Edwards between 2008 and 2011. The double World Superbike champion has been signed by Yamaha to be its official test rider, with his ...

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No MotoGP reunion for Scott Redding and ex-Marc VDS crew chief

Matthew Birt, 08 October 2014 14:25

Scott Redding’s former crew chief Pete Benson has confirmed he will honour his two-year deal with Moto2 world title favourite Tito Rabat and not complete a fairytale return with the British rider now he has clinched a factory Honda RC213V deal with the Marc VDS Racing squad in 2015. With Marc VDS Racing signing an agreement with HRC for the ...

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Suzuki never launched strong bid to sign Dani Pedrosa

Matthew Birt, 08 October 2014 14:23

Suzuki has denied talks to end Dani Pedrosa’s career long association with Honda ever got serious. Reports had suggested that Suzuki, who will return to MotoGP full-time in 2015 after being in self-imposed exile for three years, had held serious talks with Pedrosa earlier this season. But the Spaniard signed a new two-year deal to stay with HRC in July, ...

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Forward Racing plan to continue developing own chassis

Matthew Birt, 07 October 2014 17:14

Forward Racing will continue to develop its own chassis for 2015, despite admitting it is unlikely to race any frame other than the factory-spec version supplied by Yamaha next season. The Italian-based squad signed a new contract to run Yamaha’s Open class YZR-M1 again in 2015 at the Motorland Aragon recently. And after a major strategic change first revealed by ...

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Honda thrilled to land Enea Bastianini for Moto3 challenge

Matthew Birt, 06 October 2014 11:06

Honda management say it was vital to secure the services of teenage Italian sensation Enea Bastiainini for its 2015 Moto3 world championship assault. With leading Honda Moto3 duo Alex Marquez and Alex Rins moving up to Moto2 in 2015, HRC was desperate to secure a deal with highly rated Bastianini, who has been the big surprise performer in the 250cc ...

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Mika Kallio misses Forward Yamaha chance

Matthew Birt, 06 October 2014 10:03

Mika Kallio missed out on a last minute chance to return to the MotoGP world championship in 2015. The Finnish rider was made an 11th hour proposal to join ex-Moto2 world champion Stefan Bradl in the Forward Racing squad in Misano last month. But he knocked back the chance to race the Yamaha YZR-M1 Open class project having already agreed ...

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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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Aspar Honda confirms MotoGP deal for Eugene Laverty

Matthew Birt, 02 October 2014 14:30

Spain’s high-profile Aspar Honda squad has confirmed the signing of Irish rider Eugene Laverty for the 2015 MotoGP world championship. Laverty’s premier class switch, which was first revealed by MCN last month, will see him ride a production Honda RC213V-RS alongside Nicky Hayden in 2015. Laverty’s current Voltcom Suzuki World Superbike squad recently put out a statement confirming he will ...

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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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