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Ben Spies: ‘I’ll never race again’

Matthew Birt, 18 April 2014 09:24

Ben Spies has admitted the serious shoulder injury that forced him into premature retirement last year will never recover sufficiently enough to allow the Texan race again. The triple American superbike champion first damaged his right shoulder at the end of 2012 when he crashed out of a rain-lashed Malaysian round while riding for Yamaha’s factory squad. Spies moved to ...

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Tech 3 impressed with Pol Espargaro’s MotoGP debut

Matthew Birt, 18 November 2013 11:01

Reigning Moto2 world champion Pol Espargaro’s eye-catching MotoGP debut in Valencia last week impressed his new Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad. The Spaniard finished eighth fastest overall during the three-day test and his best time of 1.31.533 was only just over 1.2.s behind former bitter Moto2 rival Marc Marquez. His first appearance on the Yamaha YZR-M1 he will race with ...

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Michael Laverty: MotoGP or BSB in 2014?

Matthew Birt, 18 November 2013 10:01

Michael Laverty is still unsure whether he will be lining up against Marc Marquez or Shane Byrne in 2014. The Irishman’s racing future remains shrouded in uncertainty while he waits to learn whether current MotoGP boss Paul Bird will continue with his world championship squad next season. Laverty raced Bird’s British designed and built PBM frame for the majority of ...

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Yamaha confirm replacement for axed Jerry Burgess

Matthew Birt, 11 November 2013 09:35

Valentino Rossi’s new factory Yamaha MotoGP crew chief will be Silvano Galbusera, who will take over from the Italian’s trusted chief engineer Jerry Burgess from today’s test session in Valencia. Burgess was unceremoniously dumped on the eve of the final race in Valencia  after a 14-year stint with Rossi that saw them win seven world titles and 80 races together ...

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Ben Spies announces racing retirement

Simon Patterson, 26 October 2013 11:52

Former MotoGP racer winner and WSB World Champion Ben Spies has announced his immediate retirement from racing, as the American struggles to overcome a number of injuries that have sidelined him for much of the 2013 season. Spies, winner of the 2009 WSB title as well as three AMA titles, damaged his shoulder initially while riding for Yamaha at the ...

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Lorenzo and Rossi want brake upgrade for 2014

Matthew Birt, 24 October 2013 11:14

Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi believe bigger Brembo carbon brake discs that will be used for the brutal braking points at the Twin Ring Motegi track in Japan this weekend should be standard equipment at every race in the future. The Twin Ring Motegi is the hardest braking track on the 18-round schedule and after several riders encountered stopping issues ...

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Jonathan Rea rejects Pramac Ducati to stay in WSB

Matthew Birt, 01 October 2013 11:39

Jonathan Rea turned down an 11th hour bid to join Cal Crutchlow on a Ducati Desmosedici in MotoGP next season to clinch an extended deal with the Pata Honda squad in World Superbikes. MCN revealed last weekend during the Motorland Aragon MotoGP round that Rea was locked in talks with Ducati about a switch to join its satellite Pramac-backed squad. ...

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Michael Laverty seeking to finalise 2014 MotoGP contract

Matthew Birt, 26 September 2013 09:42

Michael Laverty’s future with the PBM MotoGP squad seems secure for 2014, but the British rider is hoping to finalise a deal imminently having not yet put pen to paper on a final contract. Laverty agreed terms with Paul Bird to remain with the multi-millionaire businessman’s British-based squad during the German round at the Sachsenring back in mid-July. The former ...

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Damian Cudlin joins PBM for Aragon

Matthew Birt, 23 September 2013 16:49

Aussie Damian Cudlin will bring a fresh perspective to the British-built PBM MotoGP frame when he joins Paul Bird’s premier class squad at this weekend’s Motorland Aragon clash in Spain.The 30-year-old, who has previous MotoGP experience as a stand-in rider for Pramac Ducati at the end of 2011, will replace Colombian Yonny Hernandez, who ironically has joined Pramac for the ...

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Ben Spies ruled out for rest of 2013

Matthew Birt, 13 September 2013 10:26

Injury-ravaged Texan Ben Spies will not return to MotoGP action for the Ignite Ducati squad in the final five races of 2013. The left shoulder he dislocated in a practice crash for last month’s Indianapolis clash in America will keep Spies out for the remainder of a nightmare 2013 campaign for the former World Superbike champion. Spies only raced in ...

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