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Dorna boss: Cal Crutchlow pivotal for MotoGP

Matthew Birt, 04 July 2013 11:55

MotoGP Cal Crutchlow has become such an integral figure in the MotoGP world championship that Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta is working tirelessly behind-the-scenes to ensure the British rider has the best deal possible for 2014 and beyond. Crutchlow’s impressive transformation from struggling rookie in 2011 to consistent podium challenger in less than three years has seen his popularity rocket, particularly ...

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Bradley Smith aiming to stay in Tech 3 Yamaha

Matthew Birt, 26 June 2013 17:23

With a contract for 2014 already signed and sealed, it is no surprise that British rider Bradley Smith spoke of his intention to be part of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad in 2014 on the eve of this weekend’s Dutch TT in Assen today. If only it was that simple. Smith might be only in the first of a ...

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Thailand eyeing MotoGP race for 2015

Matthew Birt, 21 June 2013 10:18

Thailand could be the first country to cash in on MotoGP’s booming popularity in South East Asia by joining the world championship schedule in 2015. Interest in South East Asia has soared in the last few years but the only race on the calendar in that region is the Sepang clash in Malaysia. Representatives of a new track called the ...

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Dorna open to Indianapolis leaving MotoGP schedule early

Matthew Birt, 19 June 2013 10:47

The Indianapolis MotoGP race in August could be the last to be held at the legendary American motorsport venue, with Dorna open to the race ending its agreement one year early. The iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) has been on the MotoGP world championship calendar since 2008 and in 2011 it signed a new three-year contract extension with Dorna until ...

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Bike development behind Suzuki’s delayed MotoGP return

Matthew Birt, 17 June 2013 16:52

Suzuki has confirmed that it has delayed its return to MotoGP action until 2015 to focus on development of its new 1000cc machine.When the Japanese factory suspended its premier class project at the end of 2011, Suzuki announced its intention to be back competing against the likes of Honda and Yamaha in 2014.But speaking during the first European test of ...

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Suzuki will have to self-fund MotoGP project in 2014

Matthew Birt, 15 June 2013 14:51

Suzuki’s return to the MotoGP world championship is still not confirmed for next season, but what is certain is that the Japanese factory will have to finance its own two-rider works effort in 2014. Dorna unveiled new entry guidelines and future financial support for teams during meetings at the Catalunya track near Barcelona yesterday (Friday). And as was revealed by ...

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MotoGP grid set to swell to 28 bikes in 2014

Matthew Birt, 10 June 2013 13:38

The MotoGP grid could swell to its largest size in years with the potential for a 28-strong entry in 2014.With Honda, Yamaha and Ducati all contracted to supply four factory prototypes each, there is the possibility that 16 additional entries will be permitted to compete, including Suzuki with a new two-rider factory effort.Suzuki were to be subject to stringent entry ...

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Ex-Valentino Rossi boss keen on management return

Matthew Birt, 27 March 2013 09:57

Valentino Rossi’s former factory Yamaha team boss Davide Brivio has spoken of his desire to return to MotoGP management, with the Italian locked in talks with Suzuki about leading the Japanese factory’s potential premier class return in 2014. Brivio has worked with Rossi’s VR46 company since the nine-times world champion left Yamaha at the end of 2010 and though there ...

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Dorna in talks with BBC over new MotoGP TV deal

Matthew Birt, 20 February 2013 14:02

Talks that could see live coverage of the MotoGP world championship remain on the BBC beyond 2013 are underway. The Beeb’s current five-year deal expires at the end of the this year and Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta confirmed to MCN that the Spanish-based rights owners are in discussions with other interested parties as well as the BBC. He refused to ...

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Honda and Yamaha prefer no barrier to Suzuki return

Matthew Birt, 19 February 2013 10:44

Senior management at Honda and Yamaha are both in agreement that there should be no barrier preventing the potential return of Suzuki’s factory squad in the 2014 MotoGP world championship. Suzuki is pushing ahead with plans to return to MotoGP next year after going into self-imposed exile at the end of 2011 because of the continuing impact of the global ...

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