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Rossi, Lorenzo and Pedrosa against MotoGP stops

Matthew Birt, 21 October 2013 09:16

Phillip Island podium finishers Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi have said pits stops in MotoGP should not become a regular event, despite the intrigue and excitement created in an incident-packed Australian Grand Prix.Major issues with tyre wear on a new track surface meant for the first time ever, Race Direction implemented a mandatory pit stop in a shortened ...

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MotoGP and Moto2 races hit by tyre issues in Australia

Matthew Birt, 19 October 2013 13:59

This weekend’s Australian Grand Prix has turned into a PR nightmare for Bridgestone and Dunlop after tomorrow’s MotoGP and Moto2 races will run under a revised format to counter fears of major tyre issues. A multi-million pound re-surface of the spectacular Phillip Island track last December has received rave reviews from all riders and seen lap record-breaking performances in all ...

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Valentino Rossi: ‘I need to be faster for the podium’

Matthew Birt, 18 October 2013 09:32

Valentino Rossi might have been happy to have finished fifth quickest in today’s opening MotoGP practice at Phillip Island, but the Italian admits he needs to improve his pace to claim a 14th podium finish in Australia. The Italian set a best time of 1.29.537 to finish just over 0.5s behind factory Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo, as the MotoGP field ...

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Nicky Hayden shocked at Dall’Igna’s Ducati defection

Matthew Birt, 11 October 2013 14:12

Nicky Hayden admitted in Malaysia today that Gigi Dall’Igna’s shock defection from Aprilia to Ducati for 2014 had caught him completely by surprise. Dall’Igna initially appeared to reject Ducati’s approach to try and lead the Bologna factory out of its current slump, but he had a late change of heart that has thrown Hayden’s 2014 plans up in the air. ...

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Aleix Espargaro pushing for Aspar exit

Matthew Birt, 26 September 2013 20:00

Spaniard Aleix Espargaro has publicly acknowledged informing his current Aspar MotoGP squad that he wants to quit and ride a new Yamaha YZR-M1 engine and chassis project in the Forward Racing outfit next season. It has long been rumoured that Espargaro, older brother of Moto2 title contender Pol Espargaro, was looking to clinch a Forward Racing switch, with the Italian ...

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Michael Laverty seeking to finalise 2014 MotoGP contract

Matthew Birt, 26 September 2013 09:42

Michael Laverty’s future with the PBM MotoGP squad seems secure for 2014, but the British rider is hoping to finalise a deal imminently having not yet put pen to paper on a final contract. Laverty agreed terms with Paul Bird to remain with the multi-millionaire businessman’s British-based squad during the German round at the Sachsenring back in mid-July. The former ...

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Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa urged to start faster

Matthew Birt, 25 September 2013 10:57

Honda boss Shuhei Nakamoto doesn’t believe it is only machine tweaks that will boost Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa’s hopes of ending Jorge Lorenzo’s revival in the 2013 MotoGP title chase. Lorenzo is renowned for his lightning starts on Yamaha’s factory YZR-M1 and his latest triumph in Misano earlier this month came courtesy of a stunning first three-lap charge. The ...

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Patience key for Pol Espargaro’s factory Yamaha ambitions

Matthew Birt, 23 September 2013 11:56

Yamaha newcomer Pol Espargaro will need to be patient to realise his factory Yamaha ambitions with a works YZR-M1 seat potentially unavailable until 2017.The Spanish Moto2 title contender will take Cal Crutchlow’s seat in the satellite Tech 3 operation next season, with his clear intention to secure a switch to the factory squad in 2015.Yamaha though has made it clear ...

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