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Bridgestone responds to Phillip Island tyre disaster

The fallout from last weekend’s tyre fiasco in Phillip Island is still being felt in Japan this week, with senior Bridgestone management staging a specially convened press conference to explain what went so badly wrong in Australia. A new surface at Phillip Island created a nightmare for Bridgestone and Dunlop, with both MotoGP and Moto2 races shortened well below the ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 25 October 2013

Typhoon not expected to disrupt Japanese MotoGP race

Fears that Typhoon Francisco could cause severe disruption to this weekend’s Japanese MotoGP clash at the Twin Ring Motegi appear to be diminishing. Strong winds and heavy rain are still anticipated for the penultimate race of the season, but nothing that could severely disrupt this weekend’s proceedings, with Typhoon Francisco rapidly losing strength as this week has drawn on. The ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 24 October 2013

Rossi, Lorenzo and Pedrosa against MotoGP stops

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 ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 21 October 2013

MotoGP and Moto2 races hit by tyre issues in Australia

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 ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 19 October 2013

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

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 ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 18 October 2013

Nicky Hayden shocked at Dall’Igna’s Ducati defection

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. ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 11 October 2013

Aleix Espargaro pushing for Aspar exit

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 ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 26 September 2013

Michael Laverty seeking to finalise 2014 MotoGP contract

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 ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 26 September 2013

Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa urged to start faster

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 ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 25 September 2013

Patience key for Pol Espargaro’s factory Yamaha ambitions

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 ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 23 September 2013

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