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Bradley Smith boosted by engine braking improvements

Matthew Birt, 16 June 2014 21:04

Bradley Smith put a tough Catalunya GP weekend behind him today when the British rider set the second fastest time during a post race test session in Spain. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider raised his spirits after a deflating 10th position in yesterday’s 25-lap race with a lap of 1.41.224 that left him just 0.040s behind Marc Marquez. Smith ...

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Tech 3 hoping to keep Pol Espargaro in 2015

Matthew Birt, 10 June 2014 13:39

Tech 3 Yamaha boss Herve Poncharal is hoping Jorge Lorenzo inks a new factory Yamaha deal, so he can keep reigning Moto2 world champion Pol Espargaro in 2015. Should a shock switch to Ducati or Suzuki tempt Lorenzo, then Spaniard Espargaro would be promoted to a coveted YZR-M1 slot alongside nine-times world champion Valentino Rossi. Espargaro is contracted directly to ...

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Jack Miller set for Moto2 move with Marc VDS?

Matthew Birt, 10 June 2014 12:56

Rising Aussie star Jack Miller is on the brink of clinching a Moto2 move to the high profile Marc VDS Racing squad for 2015. MCN understands the current Moto3 world championship leader, who crashed out of podium contention on the final lap in Mugello earlier this month, has a pre-contract agreement in place with the Belgium squad, which currently fields ...

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Freddie Spencer marvels at Marquez talent

Matthew Birt, 04 June 2014 13:44

American legend Freddie Spencer says he is not surprised to see Marc Marquez continue his record-breaking exploits in MotoGP, with the Spaniard unbeaten so far in six races in 2014. Marquez smashed many records held by Spencer on his way to capturing a historic maiden premier class world title in 2013, including becoming the youngest rider ever to win the ...

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Nicky Hayden has successful wrist surgery

Matthew Birt, 03 June 2014 17:23

Nicky Hayden has undergone successful surgery on the long-running right wrist injury that forced the American to withdraw from last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix in Mugello.Hayden has been plagued with right hand and wrist problems ever since he was caught up in a first corner pile-up involving Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso and Alvaro Bautista in the final round in Valencia ...

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Michelin contact Colin Edwards about testing role

Matthew Birt, 03 June 2014 09:20

Colin Edwards has moved a step closer to playing a pivotal role in development of Michelin’s new MotoGP tyres in 2016. Michelin bosses made initial contact with the American last Friday in Mugello and in-depth discussions will follow about the 40-year-old landing a test rider role ahead of the French manufacturer taking over from Bridgestone as official MotoGP tyre supplier. ...

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Extra soft tyres unlikely in MotoGP in 2016

Matthew Birt, 27 May 2014 11:16

Special tyres like the extra soft rear option currently available to Open class riders are likely to be binned when Michelin takes over from Bridgestone as official tyre supplier in MotoGP in 2016. In a bid to help the Open class teams be more competitive against expensive and gadget laden Factory machinery, an extra soft rear was made available for ...

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Cal Crutchlow happy with bigger brake disc move

Matthew Birt, 23 May 2014 11:13

Cal Crutchlow has supported a move to give all MotoGP riders the option of running bigger brake discs from next weekend’s Italian round in Mugello onwards.The Grand Prix Commission announced yesterday that a 340mm front brake disc will now be available after coming under pressure from several riders in the Safety Commission that the current 320mm disc was struggling to ...

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Suzuki insist Randy de Puniet still candidate for 2015 ride

Matthew Birt, 23 May 2014 09:00

Randy de Puniet is still a leading candidate for one of the two sought after factory Suzuki seats in 2015.The Frenchman has been Suzuki’s permanent test rider for more than a year and he quit full-time racing at the end of 2013 to try and earn a Suzuki place when the Japanese factory ends its three-year self-imposed exile to return ...

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Honda contemplating RCV1000R revamp for 2015

Matthew Birt, 23 May 2014 09:00

Honda has conceded it might have to radically change its new production Honda RCV1000R package to make it appealing for potential customers in 2015.The RCV1000R is Honda’s Open class project, designed to be a cheaper but competitive alternative to the Factory prototype RC213V.Costing around £1m to purchase outright, the production bike doesn’t feature technology like a seamless shift gearbox or ...

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