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Valentino Rossi avoids unwanted record with Aragon podium

Matthew Birt, 30 September 2013 09:25

Valentino Rossi scored a fifth podium of 2013 in yesterday’s Motorland Aragon MotoGP clash in Spain to avoid creating an unwanted slice of history for himself. With dominant Spanish trio Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez streaking away in the early stages of the 23-lap race, Rossi was once again stuck in fourth and locked in a battle with ...

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Brake and grip issues halt Valentino Rossi’s early charge

Matthew Birt, 27 September 2013 17:31

A front brake issue and a lack of rear grip conspired to make the start of the Motorland Aragon MotoGP weekend a tough one for nine-times world champion Valentino Rossi. The Italian was optimistic he would be challenging for the top three in today’s opening two practice sessions after a successful test at the Spanish track back in June. Rossi ...

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Andrea Dovizioso critical of Ducati ahead of landmark race

Matthew Birt, 26 September 2013 18:30

Andrea Dovizioso renewed criticism of Ducati’s struggling MotoGP project in Spain today on the eve of the Italian’s 200th world championship appearance at the Motorland Aragon. The former 125GP world champion has failed to stop Ducati’s slide into mid-pack mediocrity in 2013 and in 13 appearances on the factory Desmosedici he has only finished inside the top six twice. Constant ...

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Cal Crutchlow preparing for winter arm surgery

Matthew Birt, 18 September 2013 11:45

Cal Crutchlow has revealed he will require end of season surgery on the right arm that he damaged in the first of three fast crashes during a disastrous home round at Silverstone earlier this month.Crutchlow’s right arm swelled to twice its normal size after he suffered a crash at over 180mph in the third practice session at the British Grand ...

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Scott Redding ripping up history books in 2013

Matthew Birt, 11 September 2013 10:38

Scott Redding’s surge to the top of the Moto2 world championship in 2013 has seen the MotoGP-bound British star break numerous long-standing records. Three wins has moved Redding into a comfortable 38-point lead over Spanish rival Pol Espargaro and his latest triumph in front of a crowd of almost 74,000 fans at Silverstone earlier this month saw him continue to ...

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Colin Edwards excited at 2014 MotoGP prospects

Matthew Birt, 06 September 2013 12:46

Colin Edwards is convinced Yamaha’s new production YZR-M1 racer will re-establish the Texan as a regular top 10 challenger in MotoGP next year.The double World Superbike champion is hotly-tipped to keep his place in the Forward Racing squad next season and will ride a 2012-spec YZR-M1 that will run 24 litres and the standard Magnetti Marelli electronics for non-factory bikes.Edwards ...

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Aspar fears Aleix Espargaro departure

Matthew Birt, 06 September 2013 09:43

Aprilia’s radical upgrade of its 1000cc ART machine doesn’t appear to have convinced number one rider Aleix Espargaro to commit his future to the high-profile Aspar squad.Espargaro dominated the new CRT category in 2012 and has been unstoppable again this season, the Spaniard frequently out-qualifying and racing factory prototypes.The 24-year-old is under contract to Jorge Martinez’s Aspar outfit for 2014, ...

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Tech 3: Equal treatment for Smith and Espargaro in 2014

Matthew Birt, 06 September 2013 09:40

Pol Espargaro will not get any preferential treatment over Bradley Smith at Yamaha in 2014.The Spanish Moto2 world title contender will replace Cal Crutchlow in the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad next year but he will be contracted directly with Yamaha in Japan.That will not get him a higher spec YZR-M1 1000cc machine than Smith though and his bike won't ...

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HRC: Less pressure on Redding racing new production bike

Matthew Birt, 04 September 2013 10:12

Honda believes Scott Redding’s deal to race the Japanese factory’s new production RCV1000R in 2014 will put the rising British star under much less pressure and scrutiny in his rookie MotoGP campaign. Redding’s MotoGP move to ride a production version of Honda’s prototype RC213V with Fausto Gresini’s squad was officially announced in Silverstone last weekend. Without the pressure of having ...

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Yamaha full of admiration for ‘extraordinary’ Marc Marquez

Matthew Birt, 04 September 2013 10:08

Yamaha has hailed the stunning performances of rookie sensation and new Honda foe Marc Marquez as ‘extraordinary’ in 2013. Many expected the reigning Moto2 world champion to spend as much time in the gravel as he has on the podium. But aside from a bodywork bashing weekend in Mugello, the Repsol Honda rider has fallen out of just one race ...

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