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Marquez and Rossi to assess Michelin tyres in Valencia’s November test?

Matthew Birt, 03 June 2014 09:34

Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi and the rest of the MotoGP grid are likely to get their first opportunity to evaluate Michelin’s new 2016-spec tyres in Valencia in November. Michelin will take over from Bridgestone as official tyre supplier in 2016, but to ensure the French brand has as much preparation time as possible, much of the traditional post-season test in ...

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Honda happy to keep Dani Pedrosa for 2015

Matthew Birt, 08 May 2014 11:21

Honda has denied giving serious consideration to axing long-serving factory rider Dani Pedrosa at the end of 2014. Pedrosa has already been strongly linked with Suzuki, with the Japanese factory eager to get a rider of the Spaniard’s speed and experience to lead its MotoGP return in 2015. Pedrosa has made it clear though his priority is to remain with ...

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No Honda production bike updates in Jerez

Matthew Birt, 30 April 2014 10:01

Honda has dashed hopes that its new production RCV1000R machine will get an imminent performance upgrade for the likes of Scott Redding and Nicky Hayden. The Japanese factory’s Open class project has been criticised for lacking acceleration and top speed, with the RCV1000R not equipped with factory spec technology like pneumatic valves and a seamless shift gearbox. Briton Redding and ...

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Aspar not expecting imminent RCV1000R upgrade

Matthew Birt, 04 April 2014 09:59

Nicky Hayden’s Aspar squad has conceded that its underpowererd new production Honda RCV1000R is unlikely to receive a motor upgrade until the fourth race of 2014 at the earliest. A lack of acceleration and top speed was quickly identified as a big weakness of the new RCV1000R, which is Honda’s entry in the new Open category, designed specifically to bolster ...

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Yamaha explain Open M1 test refusal for Jorge Lorenzo

Matthew Birt, 28 March 2014 14:09

Yamaha denied Jorge Lorenzo’s pre-season request to test an Open class spec YZR-M1 because it made no sense in letting the Spaniard evaluate a bike they had no intention of him racing.MCN exclusively revealed earlier this month that the double MotoGP world champion had requested an Open-spec YZR-M1 test because he felt 24 litres and access to softer compound Bridgestone ...

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HRC confident Marquez will be close to full fitness in Qatar

Matthew Birt, 17 March 2014 10:07

Honda is confident reigning world champion Marc Marquez will be close to 100% fitness to begin the defence of his MotoGP crown in Qatar this weekend. The 21-year-old has missed pre-season tests in Sepang and Phillip Island after breaking his right leg in a dirt track training accident in Spain last month. The last time the Repsol Honda rider rode ...

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Smith and Espargaro impressed with new Yamaha gearbox

Matthew Birt, 12 March 2014 08:59

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 duo Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro have both hailed the benefits of Yamaha’s seamless shift gearbox ahead of the start of the 2014 MotoGP campaign. Smith and Espargaro tested the new transmission at the second Sepang test and during last weekend’s Qatar night session, and both say it makes their YZR-M1 machinery easier to ride over ...

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'Unbelievable' race simulation thrills Aleix Espargaro in Qatar

Matthew Birt, 10 March 2014 09:20

Aleix Espargaro continued his outstanding winter testing form in Qatar last night by finishing the final pre-season action of 2014 on top of the timesheets. The Forward Yamaha rider was doubly happy after an impressive best lap of 1.54.874 put him just 0.033s clear of younger brother Pol Espargaro. But it was a fast and consistent race simulation that boosted ...

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Stefan Bradl ends pre-season with two crashes

Matthew Birt, 10 March 2014 09:16

Stefan Bradl’s winter testing campaign certainly didn’t end on a high after he suffered two crashes on the final night of testing at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. The LCR Honda rider had already walked away unhurt from a spill at Turn 6 when he fell again while on the seventh lap of a planned full race simulation. The ...

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Scott Redding surprised by race run speed

Matthew Birt, 10 March 2014 09:11

British rider Scott Redding gave himself a morale boost heading into his rookie MotoGP campaign after he delivered an impressive first distance run on the new Honda RCV1000R production bike in Qatar last night. The 2013 Moto2 runner-up set his best time at the three-night Qatar test on the second flying lap of his 20-lap long run, which was two ...

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