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Bradley Smith not concerned by recent slump

Matthew Birt, 04 June 2014 10:32

Bradley Smith has denied the pressure is building on the British rider after his early crash out of last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix in Mugello. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider made a brilliant start to his second season in MotoGP when he claimed a maiden front row start in the season’s opening clash in Qatar. He was then battling ...

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Nicky Hayden has successful wrist surgery

Matthew Birt, 03 June 2014 17:23

Nicky Hayden has undergone successful surgery on the long-running right wrist injury that forced the American to withdraw from last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix in Mugello.Hayden has been plagued with right hand and wrist problems ever since he was caught up in a first corner pile-up involving Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso and Alvaro Bautista in the final round in Valencia ...

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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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