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Ducati starts work on 2015 Desmosedici

Matthew Birt, 03 June 2014 17:18

Ducati has started working on the radical revamp of its Desmosedici machine it hopes will finally end a winless run stretching back to the end of 2010.That’s the good news for British rider Cal Crutchlow. The bad news is the complete re-design of the bike will definitely not be ready until 2015 and Crutchlow will have to race for the ...

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Marquez and Rossi to assess Michelin tyres in Valencia’s November test?

Matthew Birt, 03 June 2014 09:34

Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi and the rest of the MotoGP grid are likely to get their first opportunity to evaluate Michelin’s new 2016-spec tyres in Valencia in November. Michelin will take over from Bridgestone as official tyre supplier in 2016, but to ensure the French brand has as much preparation time as possible, much of the traditional post-season test in ...

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Michelin contact Colin Edwards about testing role

Matthew Birt, 03 June 2014 09:20

Colin Edwards has moved a step closer to playing a pivotal role in development of Michelin’s new MotoGP tyres in 2016. Michelin bosses made initial contact with the American last Friday in Mugello and in-depth discussions will follow about the 40-year-old landing a test rider role ahead of the French manufacturer taking over from Bridgestone as official MotoGP tyre supplier. ...

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Marco Simoncelli honoured as MotoGP legend

Matthew Birt, 30 May 2014 12:42

Marco Simoncelli, the rising star of MotoGP who tragically lost his life in a racing accident at Sepang in 2011, has been inducted as a MotoGP Legend on the opening day of this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix in Mugello. Simoncelli’s emotional father Paolo accepted a special medal on behalf of his son, who was known to millions of fans around ...

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Marc Marquez unaware of rival interest for 2015

Matthew Birt, 27 May 2014 11:18

Marc Marquez reckons he knew nothing about potential interest from Yamaha, Ducati and Suzuki for 2015. As was widely expected, the Spaniard penned a new two-year HRC contract just before the recent French MotoGP round at Le Mans. Not surprisingly, enquiries were made about the 21-year-old’s availability from rival factories, but he had zero interest in entertaining a departure from ...

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Extra soft tyres unlikely in MotoGP in 2016

Matthew Birt, 27 May 2014 11:16

Special tyres like the extra soft rear option currently available to Open class riders are likely to be binned when Michelin takes over from Bridgestone as official tyre supplier in MotoGP in 2016. In a bid to help the Open class teams be more competitive against expensive and gadget laden Factory machinery, an extra soft rear was made available for ...

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Michelin clinches MotoGP tyre deal

Matthew Birt, 23 May 2014 11:20

Michelin will take over from Bridgestone as the official tyre supplier for the MotoGP world championship in 2016.The French brand was the only one to submit a tender for the exclusive contract by yesterday’s (May 22) deadline, with Pirelli and Dunlop taking their interest no further after initial talks with Dorna.Michelin hasn’t been involved in MotoGP since 2008 when it ...

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Cal Crutchlow happy with bigger brake disc move

Matthew Birt, 23 May 2014 11:13

Cal Crutchlow has supported a move to give all MotoGP riders the option of running bigger brake discs from next weekend’s Italian round in Mugello onwards.The Grand Prix Commission announced yesterday that a 340mm front brake disc will now be available after coming under pressure from several riders in the Safety Commission that the current 320mm disc was struggling to ...

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Honda contemplating RCV1000R revamp for 2015

Matthew Birt, 23 May 2014 09:00

Honda has conceded it might have to radically change its new production Honda RCV1000R package to make it appealing for potential customers in 2015.The RCV1000R is Honda’s Open class project, designed to be a cheaper but competitive alternative to the Factory prototype RC213V.Costing around £1m to purchase outright, the production bike doesn’t feature technology like a seamless shift gearbox or ...

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Suzuki insist Randy de Puniet still candidate for 2015 ride

Matthew Birt, 23 May 2014 09:00

Randy de Puniet is still a leading candidate for one of the two sought after factory Suzuki seats in 2015.The Frenchman has been Suzuki’s permanent test rider for more than a year and he quit full-time racing at the end of 2013 to try and earn a Suzuki place when the Japanese factory ends its three-year self-imposed exile to return ...

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