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Rossi and Crutchlow praise ‘fantastic’ Jorge Lorenzo

Matthew Birt, 16 September 2013 08:50

Valentino Rossi and Cal Crutchlow could do nothing more than stand back and admire a magnificent Misano victory from reigning world champion and fellow Yamaha YZR-M1 rider Jorge Lorenzo.A mesmerising first three laps from the Spaniard meant he pulled over a two second lead on the rest of the field and from that early stage he delivered an exhibition in ...

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Nicky Hayden frustrated at Ducati upgrade snub

Matthew Birt, 16 September 2013 08:45

Nicky Hayden could not disguise his frustration at being denied the chance to test and race an upgraded factory Desmosedici GP13 for the last five races of his Ducati MotoGP career.The American arrived in Misano last week fully expecting to jump on the same spec bike that Italian teammate Andrea Dovizioso has been recently racing.The revised GP13 package features a ...

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Mistakes cost impatient Marc Marquez

Matthew Birt, 16 September 2013 08:43

Marc Marquez was delighted to collect 20 valuable world championship points with a hard fought second place behind dominant factory Yamaha rival Jorge Lorenzo in yesterday’s Misano MotoGP clash.But the world championship leader was left to reflect on two mistakes in the early stage of the 28-lap encounter that prevented him from mounting a more serious threat to an unflappable ...

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Ben Spies ruled out for rest of 2013

Matthew Birt, 13 September 2013 10:26

Injury-ravaged Texan Ben Spies will not return to MotoGP action for the Ignite Ducati squad in the final five races of 2013. The left shoulder he dislocated in a practice crash for last month’s Indianapolis clash in America will keep Spies out for the remainder of a nightmare 2013 campaign for the former World Superbike champion. Spies only raced in ...

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Yamaha: Essential to keep Jorge Lorenzo beyond 2014

Matthew Birt, 09 September 2013 13:07

Re-signing Jorge Lorenzo will be Yamaha’s number one future priority, with the Japanese factory fearing rivals Honda will try and tempt the reigning world champion into a Spanish super team with Marc Marquez in 2015.The double MotoGP world champion has been the only rider on a YZR-M1 to consistently challenge Honda recently and although Valentino Rossi is back at Yamaha, ...

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Michael Laverty expected better in first British GP

Matthew Birt, 03 September 2013 13:36

Michael Laverty started and finished his first British MotoGP race in 19th position, the PBM rider admitting that he’d anticipated being closer to challenging for a points scoring finish in front of a record crowd at Silverstone. The Irishman did claim the honour of beating teammate Yonny Hernandez for the first time in his rookie season but a lack of ...

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Valentino Rossi bemoans early speed at Silverstone

Matthew Birt, 02 September 2013 09:33

It was a case of too little, too late again for nine-times world champion Valentino Rossi at Silverstone yesterday (Sunday) after the Italian finished in fourth position for the third consecutive race. The 34-year-old was once again unable to challenge dominant Spanish trio Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa after struggling for pace on fresh tyres in the early ...

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Cal Crutchlow stung into action at Silverstone

Matthew Birt, 30 August 2013 18:22

Cal Crutchlow’s bid for success in Sunday’s British Grand Prix got off to a difficult start at Silverstone today. The 27-year-old is bidding to become the first British rider to score a premier class podium on home soil since Jeremy McWilliams in 2000. But he could only finish practice in sixth position. Crutchlow had come out of the traps flying ...

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Jorge Lorenzo: ‘Pray and be patient’ at Silverstone

Matthew Birt, 27 August 2013 11:12

Jorge Lorenzo’s grip on the MotoGP world title slipped further in Brno yesterday (Sunday) when the factory Yamaha rider was overpowered by Honda duo Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. The reigning world champion led for the opening 15 laps before he came under attack from rookie sensation Marquez. He briefly seized the advantage back on lap 18 but Marquez immediately ...

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Valentino Rossi unhappy with gap to podium

Matthew Birt, 27 August 2013 10:42

Valentino Rossi admitted improvements must come from himself and Yamaha after he was unable to pose a serious podium threat in yesterday’s Czech Republic MotoGP clash. The Italian finished a distant fourth behind dominant Spanish trio Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo after getting the better of Gresini Honda Alvaro Bautista. Worringly for the 34-year-old was the big gap ...

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