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New Bridgestone hard rear tyre gets thumbs up

Matthew Birt, 17 September 2013 09:14

A new Bridgestone hard compound rear tyre made available during a one-day MotoGP test session at Misano yesterday (Monday) was widely praised by the likes of Valentino Rossi and Cal Crutchlow. Throughout 2013 riders have predominantly used the soft rear tyre option, with temperatures and conditions preventing the current hard rear from being a viable option. The new generation hard ...

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Cal Crutchlow upbeat on return to top six in Misano

Matthew Birt, 16 September 2013 08:47

Cal Crutchlow salvaged a hard fought sixth place out of a tough Misano MotoGP weekend to put his recent miserable home race experience at Silverstone behind him.The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider appeared to be suffering a hangover from a crash-strewn British Grand Prix weekend when he laboured outside of the top 10 for most of practice with a lack ...

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Cautious Cal Crutchlow fights back in Misano

Matthew Birt, 14 September 2013 16:15

Cal Crutchlow produced his best form of a tough Misano MotoGP weekend in this afternoon’s final qualifying session to secure a place in the middle of the second row for tomorrow’s 28-lap San Marino clash.Lacking confidence with his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YZR-M1 machine after a crash-strewn home race at Silverstone earlier this month, Crutchlow didn’t make the top 10 ...

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Yamaha backs Pol Espargaro for MotoGP success

Matthew Birt, 05 September 2013 09:29

Yamaha has backed Pol Espargaro to emerge as a top MotoGP rider in the future after signing the Spaniard on a two-year factory contract. Espargaro is currently locked in a battle for the Moto2 world title with Briton Scott Redding and he will join Bradley Smith in Yamaha’s satellite squad next season, which is run by Herve Poncharal’s Monster-backed Tech ...

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Set-up eludes Cal Crutchlow again on Yamaha upgrades

Matthew Birt, 23 August 2013 17:13

All year Cal Crutchlow has wanted the same factory spec fuel tank and seat unit that works Yamaha duo Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo have been racing. But after racing the new parts to fifth in Indianapolis five days ago, Crutchlow was sixth during the opening day of practice in Brno today and now wondering for how much longer he ...

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Cal Crutchlow's Ducati race debut pencilled in for March 23

Matthew Birt, 21 August 2013 09:31

Cal Crutchlow's Ducati race debut in 2014 is expected to be under the Losail International Circuit floodlights in Qatar on March 23. The season’s opening race will follow three pre-season test sessions, which also include a visit to Qatar in early March, with the only European test in Jerez dropped off the winter schedule. The 2014 pre-season will kick off ...

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Stefan Bradl never worried by Cal Crutchlow speculation

Matthew Birt, 21 August 2013 09:20

Stefan Bradl says he never got nervous that his prized LCR Honda seat would go to Cal Crutchlow for 2014. Crutchlow was linked with an 11th hour switch to Lucio Cecchinello’s squad before the British rider agreed a big money two-year switch to Ducati during the recent summer break. Bradl’s new ’14 deal was confirmed last weekend in Indianapolis and ...

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Alex Lowes linked with PBM MotoGP ride

Matthew Birt, 21 August 2013 09:15

Alex Lowes could be set for a MotoGP switch in 2014, with strong rumours in Indianapolis last weekend that the BSB title contender is close to agreeing a deal to move to Paul Bird’s squad. MCN understands the 22-year-old, who has won four races in his BSB career, has reached a pre-contract agreement with Bird, who is keen on bringing ...

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Dani Pedrosa delighted with battling second

Matthew Birt, 19 August 2013 09:41

Less than a week after wondering whether his recovering fractured left collarbone would withstand the physically demanding Brickyard track in Indianapolis, Dani Pedrosa was ecstatic after clinching a hard fought second behind dominant teammate Marc Marquez. The broken left collarbone Pedrosa injured at Germany’s Sachsenring last month is still weak and the Spaniard has not been able to do anything ...

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Tech 3 boss: No doubt Espargaro will be strong in MotoGP

Matthew Birt, 12 August 2013 15:29

Pol Espargaro has the talent and potential to be consistently battling for the top six in his rookie MotoGP world championship campaign in 2014. That’s the view of Monster Yamaha Tech 3 boss Herve Poncharal, who is preparing to work with the Spanish Moto2 world title contender next season, with Cal Crutchlow on his way to Ducati’s factory squad. Espargaro ...

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