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Yamaha eager to secure Rossi and Lorenzo deals

Matthew Birt, 04 April 2014 10:35

Yamaha says it is poised to kick off detailed contract renewal discussions with Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. With Honda admitting last month that it plans fresh talks to lure Lorenzo off a YZR-M1 for 2015, Yamaha will act swiftly to ensure its most prized asset in MotoGP commits to a new two-year deal. While Yamaha is also keen to ...

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HRC: No plans to test with Casey Stoner at Phillip Island

Matthew Birt, 26 February 2014 09:22

Honda has said it has no plans to draft in Casey Stoner to test at next week’s Bridgestone tyre test in Phillip Island, with Marc Marquez likely to be ruled out with a broken leg. Reigning world champion Marquez broke his right leg in training accident last week and is not riding at the second Sepang test in Malaysia, which ...

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Casey Stoner unlikely to take up HRC test role again

Matthew Birt, 13 February 2014 12:34

Double MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner is looking increasingly unlikely to continue as test and development rider for Honda in 2014. HRC had intended to keep the Australian developing its factory RC213V throughout 2014 after he made numerous testing appearances in Japan at the end of last season. Stoner, who retired from MotoGP at the end of 2012, is taking ...

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Marquez 'surprised' by fast times on day two

Matthew Birt & Simon Patterson, 05 February 2014 13:25

Marc Marquez has said that he has been ‘surprised’ by the fast times being set at Sepang, not only by himself but by other riders. The reigning champion says that excellent track conditions has meant that times have tumbled, although he’s not sure it’s enough to let him match Casey Stoner’s outright lap record. "If you want to do a ...

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Doohan: No doubt Stoner would return at top

Matthew Birt, 24 January 2014 10:16

Five-time MotoGP world champion Mick Doohan reckons Casey Stoner would have slipped seamlessly back into winning contention had the Australian been returning to racing action in 2014. Stoner retired at the end of 2012 after winning two premier class titles, but he has constantly been linked with a future return. Stoner won’t be racing in MotoGP in 2014, but there ...

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Honda not planning Dani Pedrosa axe

Matthew Birt, 22 January 2014 10:20

Honda has denied 2014 will be Dani Pedrosa’s farewell season as a factory HRC rider after rookie teammate Marc Marquez wrapped up a historic MotoGP world title last season. Last year was Pedrosa’s eighth in the Repsol Honda squad and with Casey Stoner retiring at the end of 2012, HRC expected the Spaniard to end his long pursuit of an ...

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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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Casey Stoner to remain in HRC testing role

Matthew Birt, 16 December 2013 10:39

Honda will continue to call on the blistering speed and technical feedback of double MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner for development of its factory RC213V in 2014. The Australian retired at the end of 2012 but he made numerous testing appearances in the latter stages of this year’s campaign at the Twin Ring Motegi track in Japan. Stoner, who won ...

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Alberto Puig gets new role at HRC

Matthew Birt, 04 December 2013 10:22

Dani Pedrosa’s long serving manager and mentor Alberto Puig will not be working as closely with the Spaniard in 2014 after he took up a new role within HRC. Puig has been a constant presence at Pedrosa’s side since he moved to the Repsol Honda squad back in 2006. But he will undertake a new role as a supervisor for ...

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Scott Redding excited to work with ex-Stoner crew chief

Matthew Birt, 27 November 2013 10:51

Scott Redding believes Casey Stoner’s former crew chief Cristian Gabbarini could prove to be a key ally in his rookie MotoGP world championship campaign in 2014. Gabbarini is now heading up Honda’s new RCV1000R production racer project after the Italian quit Ducati with Stoner to move to HRC in 2011. Gabbarini was a key influence in the Australian’s successful career ...

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