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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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Ex-Casey Stoner crew chief to head Jack Miller’s MotoGP switch

Matthew Birt, 01 October 2014 10:16

Casey Stoner’s former factory Ducati and Honda crew chief Cristian Gabbarini will play a key role in Jack Miller’s graduation to the MotoGP world championship in 2015. Aussie Miller is Honda’s new golden boy after he clinched an unprecedented three-year HRC deal, just five years after he starting competing in road racing. The Moto3 world championship contender will ride a ...

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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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Yamaha boss: Rossi riding better than last title win in 2009

Matthew Birt, 25 September 2014 11:58

Valentino Rossi is riding better than he did at Yamaha when winning his last MotoGP world championship in 2009. That’s the view of Yamaha boss Kouichi Tsuji, who was full of admiration for the Italian after he returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion in Misano earlier this month. Tsuji said Rossi’s 2014 form has exceeded his expectations and he ...

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Scott Redding targets factory HRC spot in future

Matthew Birt, 25 September 2014 11:51

Scott Redding has set his sights on an official HRC seat alongside Marc Marquez in the future after the British rider confirmed he will make a dream return to the Marc VDS Racing squad on a factory Honda RC213V in 2015. The 21-year-old’s future has been the subject of intense speculation for a month after it emerged his Gresini squad ...

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Andrea Dovizioso targets podium return before end of season

Matthew Birt, 23 September 2014 13:33

Andrea Dovizioso’s main target in the final five races of 2014 is to add to his two podium finishes on Ducati’s improving Desmosedici. The experienced Italian has finished on the podium in Austin and Assen and in the last two races in Silverstone and Misano has fought right down to the wire for a return to the rostrum. In Silverstone, ...

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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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Tech 3 deny making Yamaha MotoGP offer to Alex Rins

Matthew Birt, 22 September 2014 11:00

Tech 3 Yamaha boss Herve Poncharal has rubbished claims by Alex Rins that the Spanish teenager turned down the chance to replace Bradley Smith on a factory-backed YZR-M1 in 2015. Rins confirmed in Misano recently he would be switching to Moto2 next season, having clinched a deal to replace Suzuki-bound Maverick Vinales in the Pons squad. Prior to finalising his ...

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Yamaha delighted Jorge Lorenzo’s crew won't be split up

Matthew Birt, 22 September 2014 10:51

Yamaha management have spoken of their delight that Jorge Lorenzo will continue with long-serving crew chief Ramon Forcada until at least the end of 2016. Having signed a new two-year contract to remain on a factory YZR-M1 for the next two years, rumours emerged that Lorenzo was giving serious consideration to splitting from Forcada, who has been his chief engineer ...

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