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Honda in no rush to upgrade new RCV1000R

Matthew Birt, 27 March 2014 10:17

Honda will not be rushed into an overhaul of its new production RCV1000R machine, despite pleas from the likes of Nicky Hayden and Scott Redding for more power. Honda’s new Open class bike doesn’t feature pneumatic valve technology or a seamless shift gearbox like the Factory spec RC213V ridden by Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. But it is the lack ...

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Sam Lowes shines in Moto2 qualifying

Matthew Birt, 22 March 2014 17:45

Sam Lowes delivered a dazzling performance under the Losail International Circuit floodlights in Qatar tonight to qualify in fifth position for his Moto2 debut. The reigning World Supersport champion was less than 0.1s off the front row and under 0.5s behind pole setter and title favourite Tito Rabat. Speed Up rider Lowes, who missed most of the last pre-season test ...

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Yamaha thrilled with Movistar title sponsor deal

Matthew Birt, 20 March 2014 11:38

Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis has spoken of his delight now the Japanese factory has been able to secure a long-term five-year title sponsorship deal with Spanish communications giant Movistar. Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi showed off the new Movistar livery for the first time in Qatar yesterday, with Yamaha running with a title sponsor for the first time since Fiat ...

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Alvaro Bautista hoping for podium return in 2014

Matthew Birt, 20 March 2014 10:22

Gresini Honda rider Alvaro Bautista is hoping for a return to the MotoGP podium in 2014 after his consistent run of form at the end of last season. In the last 11 races of 2013, the Spaniard only finished outside of the top six twice and in three races he finished fourth. Bautista is now hoping he can challenge more ...

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Aleix Espargaro plays down extra soft tyre advantage

Matthew Birt, 20 March 2014 10:21

Forward Racing rider Aleix Espargaro has played down the benefit he could get from the use of an extra soft Bridgestone tyre in the new Open class in 2014. The extra soft tyre has been pivotal in helping Espargaro spring the major surprise of winter testing, with the Spaniard not finishing lower than fourth in three pre-season appearances. He topped ...

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Yamaha deny Jorge Lorenzo Open test request

Matthew Birt, 19 March 2014 16:06

Jorge Lorenzo believes he would have a better chance of winning back the premier class crown on Aleix Espargaro’s Open-spec Yamaha YZR-M1. Lorenzo is adamant that the Forward Racing YZR-M1, which can utilise four more litres of fuel and extra soft Bridgestone tyres, would be more of a title threat than his factory prototype machine. Forward Racing rider Espargaro has ...

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Pol Espargaro: Hard to beat Smith in 2014

Matthew Birt, 19 March 2014 09:16

Spaniard Pol Espargaro has admitted he faces a tough battle to defeat new Monster Yamaha Tech 3 teammate Bradley Smith in the 2014 MotoGP world championship. Reigning Moto2 world champion Espargaro has impressed during his first winter testing campaign on board Yamaha’s YZR-M1 and at the final test in Qatar he just finished ahead of Briton Smith. His pre-season campaign ...

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Pedrosa: Open class soft tyre a key advantage

Matthew Birt, 19 March 2014 09:08

Factory Honda rider Dani Pedrosa believes the crucial advantage for the likes of Aleix Espargaro in the new Open category in MotoGP is access to the range of softer compound Bridgestone tyres. Espargaro can use an extra soft tyre in his weekend allocation and many believe at selected tracks that he can make the Bridgestone rear last for race distance, ...

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Valentino Rossi delighted with new crew chief

Matthew Birt, 18 March 2014 09:16

When Valentino Rossi rocked the MotoGP paddock in Valencia last November by axing long-serving crew chief Jerry Burgess, many questioned the wisdom of his ruthless decision. Burgess had been at Rossi’s side since his MotoGP debut back in 2000 and was the technical architect behind the Italian’s seven premier class titles at Honda and Yamaha. But after struggling to regularly ...

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Aleix Espargaro aims for ‘dream’ top five in 2014

Matthew Birt, 18 March 2014 09:01

Aleix Espargaro has set his sights on a ‘dream’ top five finish in the MotoGP world championship this season after the Spaniard was the major surprise package of winter testing. Riding the new Forward Yamaha YZR-M1 Open class machine, the Spaniard has been the revelation in the off-season with top four finishes in both Sepang tests last month. And he ...


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