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Honda expecting stronger Stefan Bradl in 2014

Matthew Birt, 18 March 2014 08:59

Honda is expecting German rider Stefan Bradl to close the gap to dominant Spanish trio Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa in his third MotoGP campaign this year. The former Moto2 world champion is yet to establish himself as a consistent podium threat in his spell with Lucio Cecchinello’s LCR Honda squad. His solitary premier class podium came during ...

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Forward Racing expect exposure surge in Open class

Matthew Birt, 18 March 2014 08:55

Forward Racing boss Giovanni Cuzari believes the new Open class will present his Italian-based squad with a great opportunity to drastically increase its profile in MotoGP. Ever since it joined MotoGP in 2012 in the CRT class, Forward Racing has struggled to gain exposure while running Suter-BMW and then FTR-Kawasaki machinery. The Open class was devised for 2014 to give ...

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Tito Rabat plays down Moto2 favourite tag

Matthew Birt, 17 March 2014 10:47

Marc VDS Racing’s Tito Rabat has played down suggestions he is the overwhelming pre-season favourite for this year’s Moto2 world championship. With compatriot Pol Espargaro and British rider Scott Redding graduating to MotoGP, Rabat has been installed as big favourite to capture the fifth Moto2 crown. Rabat finished third behind Espargaro and Redding in last year’s title chase with three ...

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Aspar: No shock at Aleix Espargaro’s speed

Matthew Birt, 13 March 2014 09:50

Aleix Espargaro’s impressive performances in winter testing might have surprised a few MotoGP observers, but one of them is not the Spaniard’s ex-Aspar team boss Gino Borsoi. Espargaro has been the revelation of winter testing on the new Open class Forward Yamaha, having finished fourth fastest in the two big Sepang tests in Malaysia. And during last weekend’s final test ...

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Braking stability still a concern for Yamaha

Matthew Birt, 13 March 2014 09:48

Braking stability is still a key area for Yamaha to improve on its factory YZR-M1 once the new MotoGP world championship campaign gets underway in Qatar on March 23. Honda has taken a huge step forward with the braking stability on its factory RC213V and improved corner entry performance was high on Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi’s wish list for ...

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Dall’Igna delighted with Ducati line-up for 2014

Matthew Birt, 12 March 2014 09:36

New Ducati boss Gigi Dall’Igna reckons Ducati could not have better riders than Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow to revive its fortunes in MotoGP. Ducati has endured a torrid recent history in MotoGP and remains winless since the end of 2010, while last season was a disaster with Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden scoring only two top six finishes each. Dovizioso ...

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Colin Edwards: Teaching an old dog new tricks

Matthew Birt, 12 March 2014 09:21

Having just turned 40 and been racing motorcycles for longer than Marc Marquez has been on the planet, you’d think if anybody would find it difficult to embrace a new riding technique it would be Colin Edwards. But the experienced Texan is preparing to break old habits to try and be more competitive on the new Forward Yamaha Open class ...

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Aleix Espargaro: Aspar ride boosted my career

Matthew Birt, 11 March 2014 13:17

Aleix Espargaro says he owes a big debt of gratitude to Spanish legend Jorge Martinez’s Aspar squad for helping him develop into a more competitive MotoGP rider. The 24-year-old has been the major surprise package of winter testing with top four finishes in both Malaysia tests in Sepang last month on the new Forward Racing Yamaha machine. And he rounded ...

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Bradley Smith rebounds from crash to claim top three

Matthew Birt, 10 March 2014 09:25

Bradley Smith experienced an eventful but ultimately very productive final night of MotoGP testing at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider was relieved to emerge unscathed from a high-side crash at turn 8 just when he was poised to start a full 22-lap race simulation. But when he did finally commence his distance stint, ...

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Rear grip concern for Alvaro Bautista in Qatar

Matthew Birt, 10 March 2014 09:14

Alvaro Bautista dropped from being fastest rider on the second night of MotoGP testing in Qatar to finish fifth at the conclusion of the final winter test yesterday evening. Bautista was unable to improve on his best of 1.55.194, as he struggled to make any significant progress with improving rear grip on his Gresini Honda RC213V machine. The Spaniard had ...

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