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Revamp for Qatar night race schedule?

Matthew Birt, 17 April 2014 10:17

Next year’s night race schedule in the big season opening clash in Qatar could be revamped to avoid a spate of crashes that dominated this year’s floodlit race. Jorge Lorenzo, Stefan Bradl, Bradley Smith and Alvaro Bautista all fell out of podium contention in Doha, with the quartet all losing the front-end in cool temperatures. It will prompt official tyre ...

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Bridgestone surprised by COTA front tyre issues

Matthew Birt, 16 April 2014 13:15

Bridgestone has admitted it did not expect to see such major front tyre issues during last Sunday’s Circuit of the Americas MotoGP clash in Texas. Several riders reported excessive wear on the right side of the medium compound front tyre at COTA, with factory Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi one of the worst hit. The Italian looked on course for a ...

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Texas MotoGP: Marquez blitzes opposition on opening day

Simon Patterson, 11 April 2014 21:19

Marc Marquez has blitzed the opposition on the opening day of the Texan MotoGP round, ending the day over a second faster than the Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso, in a ride sure to demoralise his rivals at the track where he took his maiden MotoGP win a year ago. The rookie champion established himself as the clear favourite to repeat ...

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Yamaha: No doubt Lorenzo ‘back on it’ in Austin

Matthew Birt, 10 April 2014 16:19

Yamaha has no doubt that Jorge Lorenzo will be able to bounce back from the bitter disappointment of his early exit from the opening race of the season in Qatar when the world championship continues in Texas this weekend. Lorenzo led the early moments of a pulsating Losail International Circuit opener but crashed out before a lap had even been ...

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Yamaha explain Open M1 test refusal for Jorge Lorenzo

Matthew Birt, 28 March 2014 14:09

Yamaha denied Jorge Lorenzo’s pre-season request to test an Open class spec YZR-M1 because it made no sense in letting the Spaniard evaluate a bike they had no intention of him racing.MCN exclusively revealed earlier this month that the double MotoGP world champion had requested an Open-spec YZR-M1 test because he felt 24 litres and access to softer compound Bridgestone ...

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Qatar MotoGP: Espargaro tops first session of 2014

Simon Patterson, 20 March 2014 18:56

Aleix Espargaro has capitalised on his knowledge of the Qatar circuit gained from last week’s test absent of the factory riders to finish the first day of the 2014 season top of the timesheets, finishing nearly half a second clear of second placed Alvaro Bautista. In fact, the non-factory riders almost filled the whole first two rows, with Dani Pedrosa ...

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Alvaro Bautista hoping for podium return in 2014

Matthew Birt, 20 March 2014 10:22

Gresini Honda rider Alvaro Bautista is hoping for a return to the MotoGP podium in 2014 after his consistent run of form at the end of last season. In the last 11 races of 2013, the Spaniard only finished outside of the top six twice and in three races he finished fourth. Bautista is now hoping he can challenge more ...

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Aleix Espargaro plays down extra soft tyre advantage

Matthew Birt, 20 March 2014 10:21

Forward Racing rider Aleix Espargaro has played down the benefit he could get from the use of an extra soft Bridgestone tyre in the new Open class in 2014. The extra soft tyre has been pivotal in helping Espargaro spring the major surprise of winter testing, with the Spaniard not finishing lower than fourth in three pre-season appearances. He topped ...

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Yamaha deny Jorge Lorenzo Open test request

Matthew Birt, 19 March 2014 16:06

Jorge Lorenzo believes he would have a better chance of winning back the premier class crown on Aleix Espargaro’s Open-spec Yamaha YZR-M1. Lorenzo is adamant that the Forward Racing YZR-M1, which can utilise four more litres of fuel and extra soft Bridgestone tyres, would be more of a title threat than his factory prototype machine. Forward Racing rider Espargaro has ...

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Pedrosa: Open class soft tyre a key advantage

Matthew Birt, 19 March 2014 09:08

Factory Honda rider Dani Pedrosa believes the crucial advantage for the likes of Aleix Espargaro in the new Open category in MotoGP is access to the range of softer compound Bridgestone tyres. Espargaro can use an extra soft tyre in his weekend allocation and many believe at selected tracks that he can make the Bridgestone rear last for race distance, ...

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