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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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Pol Espargaro suffers injury blow in Qatar

Matthew Birt, 10 March 2014 09:18

Pol Espargaro’s preparation for his rookie MotoGP season suffered a cruel blow in Qatar last night when he broke his left collarbone in a crash in the final hours of a promising pre-season campaign. The reigning Moto2 world champion was entering Turn 6 at around 125mph but instead of downshifting to first, the Spaniard hit neutral. He ran straight on ...

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Suzuki re-thinking MotoGP strategy after Ducati Open move

Matthew Birt, 07 March 2014 10:47

Ducati's decision to move to the new Open class has already forced Suzuki into re-thinking its 2015 MotoGP strategy, and is likely to put pressure on Honda and Yamaha to do the same.Just three weeks after declaring its intention to run as a factory entry to have the capability of developing its own electronics software, Suzuki is not ruling out ...

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Valentino Rossi bemoans new Bridgestone tyre direction

Matthew Birt, 26 February 2014 13:31

Valentino Rossi says he is mystified why a new range of Bridgestone rear tyres will be introduced for the 2014 MotoGP world championship. The Italian spent the majority of the opening day of the second test in Sepang working on the set-up of his factory Yamaha YZR-M1 to work with the new generation Bridgestone tyres. A stiffer construction to help ...

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Tech 3 confident Yamaha will supply new gearbox

Matthew Birt, 23 February 2014 02:30

Satellite Yamaha boss Herve Poncharal remains confident that Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith will be racing a new seamless shift gearbox when the 2014 campaign kicks off in Qatar next month. When winter testing resumed at the Sepang track in Malaysia earlier this month, Tech 3 continued with Yamaha’s standard transmission, with Smith eighth and rookie Espargaro ninth on the ...

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Yamaha rubbishes Ducati swoop for Jorge Lorenzo

Matthew Birt, 17 January 2014 09:19

Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis has strongly denied rumours that double MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo is close to clinching a shock switch to Ducati for 2015. A wheel hasn’t even been turned in anger in 2014 yet, but with every top rider out of contract at the end of the year, speculation is already rife about the future prospects for ...

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Scott Redding: ‘I didn’t expect Marquez to win title’

Matthew Birt, 27 December 2013 09:30

Scott Redding said he expected former Moto2 rival Marc Marquez to win races but not the MotoGP world championship in a stellar rookie premier class campaign for the Spaniard. Marquez stunned the established elite last season by winning six races to become the first rookie since Kenny Roberts in 1978 to win the MotoGP title. The Repsol Honda rider secured ...

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Nicky Hayden: WSB switch was serious option

Matthew Birt, 27 December 2013 08:30

Nicky Hayden says he was seriously tempted to try and become the first rider in racing history to win both the MotoGP and World Superbike titles in 2014. Released by Ducati’s official factory squad after a frustrating five-year stint, the popular American contemplated a WSB switch before extending his MotoGP career with a move to the Spanish-based Aspar squad. Hayden ...

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Bradley Smith thrilled with Yamaha backing

Matthew Birt, 23 December 2013 09:30

British rider Bradley Smith says he is thrilled to be getting identical technical support as new Tech 3 Yamaha teammate Pol Espargaro in 2014. Espargaro is contracted directly to Yamaha but will ride for Herve Poncharal’s satellite squad next year with Smith, who is preparing for his second season in the MotoGP world championship. But reigning Moto2 world champion Espargaro ...

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Scott Redding ready for MotoGP switch

Matthew Birt, 18 December 2013 14:43

Scott Redding is moving to MotoGP at the right time in his career, according to former Moto2 crew chief Pete Benson. The Gloucestershire rider will compete in the premier class next season on a production Honda RCV100R machine for the Italian-based Gresini squad. The 20-year-old came close to becoming Britain’s first GP world champion since late legend Barry Sheene when ...

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