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Suzuki: No plans to join Open class in 2015

Matthew Birt, 24 February 2014 11:05

Suzuki will return to MotoGP in 2015 as a full factory entry, with the Japanese factory rejecting the chance to join the new Open category. It had been rumoured that Suzuki would participate as an Open entry next year to take advantage of extra engines, softer tyres, more fuel and more options to test during the season. But an Open ...

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Colin Edwards impressed by Aleix Espargaro’s Sepang speed

Matthew Birt, 13 February 2014 12:29

Veteran American Colin Edwards heaped praise of new Forward Racing teammate Aleix Espargaro after the Spaniard’s brilliant start to the 2014 MotoGP testing campaign in Malaysia last week. Making his debut on the new Open category FTR-Yamaha, Espargaro was the revelation of the Sepang test by finishing fourth quickest. The ex-Aspar Aprilia rider was only beaten by Marc Marquez, Valentino ...

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Bradley Smith focuses on race pace in Sepang

Matthew Birt, 07 February 2014 09:21

Eighth position on the timesheets and outpaced by Aleix Espargaro’s new Open class FTR-Yamaha suggests this week’s Sepang MotoGP test was a tough affair for British rider Bradley Smith. Nothing could be further from the truth though, as the 23-year-old dedicated the majority of his time on track to refining race settings rather than chasing an outright fast lap time. ...

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Cal Crutchlow open to Ducati strategy change

Matthew Birt, 03 February 2014 10:36

Cal Crutchlow has backed Ducati’s drastic plans to transform its woefully uncompetitive factory Desmosedici in the 2014 MotoGP world championship. The Bologna factory, now led by former Aprilia technical mastermind Gigi Dall’Igna, is seriously contemplating racing in the new Open class when the 2014 campaign kicks off in Qatar on March 23. That would mean Crutchlow’s 2014 Desmosedici would run ...

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Scott Redding eager to assess new Honda at full strength

Matthew Birt, 31 January 2014 11:28

Scott Redding says he can’t wait to get his first opportunity to evaluate the new Gresini Honda RCV1000R production bike in peak physical condition during the first MotoGP test of 2014 in Malaysia next week. Redding’s debut on the new bike in Valencia last November was a torrid affair, as he struggled to lap close to a competitve pace with ...

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Valentino Rossi aims for consistent podium challenge in 2014

Matthew Birt, 17 January 2014 15:45

Valentino Rossi has targeted a fight for the podium in every race in 2014 after unveiling the new livery of this year’s factory Yamaha YZR-M1 in Indonesia earlier today. Rossi’s much anticipated return to Yamaha last season yielded one victory in Assen but for large parts of the campaign he was in the shadow of dominant Spanish trio Marc Marquez, ...

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Leon Camier added to MotoGP entry list

Matthew Birt, 14 January 2014 16:09

British rider Leon Camier has been added to the 2014 provisional MotoGP entry list. The 27-year-old is down to ride an Aprilia ART 1000cc machine for the Italian-based Ioda Racing squad on an updated entry list unveiled today. Camier was left without a ride for 2014 after being dropped at the last minute by the British-based Crescent Suzuki World Superbike ...

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Ducati cagey on shock MotoGP strategy plans

Matthew Birt, 10 January 2014 09:07

Ducati has refused to confirm speculation that it is seriously contemplating a radical strategy change by racing in the new Open class format in the 2014 MotoGP world championship. It has been widely reported that the Bologna factory, now led by former Aprilia boss Gigi Dall’Igna, is pondering not racing under regulations for factories like Honda and Yamaha when the ...

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Pol Espargaro: Racing Marquez not 2014 target

Matthew Birt, 07 January 2014 10:54

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rookie Pol Espargaro has said battling with former Moto2 adversary Marc Marquez in MotoGP this year is not a realistic ambition. Espargaro was the only rider to consistently challenge Marquez in the 2012 Moto2 world championship and they will lock horns again in the premier class when the new season kicks off under the Losail International ...

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Schwantz backs Lorenzo to bounce back in 2014

Matthew Birt, 06 January 2014 10:52

Kevin Schwantz believes dethroned MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo will bounce back from defeat to rookie Marc Marquez in 2014. Lorenzo surrendered the premier class crown by just four-points to Spanish rival Marquez, who broke records galore on his way to a historic success in a tremendous rookie campaign. Lorenzo won more races and led more laps than any other ...

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