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Circuit of Wales plans impress MotoGP boss

Matthew Birt, 30 January 2013 09:25

Ambitious plans to build a new state-of-the-art motorsport complex in Wales have impressed MotoGP boss Carmelo Ezpeleta on his first visit to the proposed site of the £250m venture this week. The new Circuit of Wales is currently going through the planning application process with local authorities, but if construction goes ahead on schedule in early July, the facility near ...

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Dorna right to deny Suzuki new entry in 2014

Matthew Birt, 29 January 2013 09:49

MotoGP bosses are right not to give Suzuki an automatic entry to return with a new full factory 1000cc effort in the 2014 world championship. Suzuki has been told by Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta that it won’t be given a new entry to re-join the grid next year, but will have to negotiate a deal to collaborate or buy-out an ...

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MotoGP boss: Valentino Rossi convinced he still competitive

Matthew Birt, 25 January 2013 12:00

Valentino Rossi prolonged his MotoGP career until the end of 2014 at least because he is convinced that he can still be a race winner and world title contender against the likes of Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa. That’s the view of MotoGP boss Carmelo Ezpeleta, who believes the 33-year-old would not have completed a shock return to Yamaha if ...

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No red carpet for Suzuki MotoGP return in 2014

Matthew Birt, 22 January 2013 16:16

Suzuki will not be granted a brand new entry to complete its anticipated return to the MotoGP grid in 2014. Instead the Japanese factory will have to collaborate with an existing team like Aspar, Gresini or BQR, as Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta seeks to gain some stability in the MotoGP world championship. Suzuki intends to be back on the grid ...

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Dorna moves to cap price of World Superbike machinery

Matthew Birt, 18 January 2013 10:19

Dorna’s crusade to drive down costs in MotoGP will be mirrored in World Superbikes, with a price cap on machinery certain to be introduced for 2014. Now that Dorna controls both MotoGP and World Superbikes, CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta is spearheading a cost-cutting drive in both to counter the on-going impact of the global financial crisis. The Spaniard is also keen ...

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Buy a MotoGP bike for under £1m in 2014

Matthew Birt, 17 January 2013 15:08

Details of the alternative options to running a CRT machine in MotoGP are starting to emerge, with Honda committed to selling five of its production RC213V bikes and Yamaha agreeing to an engine supply deal for four bikes in 2014. Honda will sell five of the production RC213V machines at a maximum cost of 1m Euros (£835,000) per rider, while ...

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MotoGP poised for South American double-header in 2014

Matthew Birt, 17 January 2013 12:09

The MotoGP world championship could make two stops in South America in 2014, with Dorna locked in negotiations about a new race in Brazil to join Argentina back on the schedule. Next year’s calendar could be expanded to 19 races with the addition of Argentina and Brazil, as Dorna looks to get a foothold in the South American market for ...

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500cc four-stroke class to join World Superbike schedule?

Matthew Birt, 17 January 2013 11:18

A non-world championship category for 500cc four-stroke machinery could join the World Superbike schedule from 2015 onwards. With MotoGP rights owners Dorna now controlling World Superbikes too, plans to drastically reduce costs and the technical specification of machinery in WSB and World Supersport means the European Superstock 1000 and 600 classes look certain to be cut off the schedule in ...

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Suzuki request MotoGP testing return

Simon Patterson, 11 December 2012 14:23

Suzuki have re-ignited claims of a 2014 MotoGP return as they today requested permission to partake in selected MotoGP official tests in 2013. The Japanese team, who left the championship for financial reasons in 2011, have long insisted they would return eventually. They had orginially hinted at 2013 wildcard rides, but MotoGP boss Carmelo Ezpeleta has announced that instead they ...

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Sepang to host two MotoGP races in future?

Matthew Birt, 30 November 2012 17:10

Sepang could host two MotoGP races in the near future in a bid to cash in on booming interest in South East Asian markets like Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. MCN can reveal that Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis has already spoken to Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta to explore the option of the Sepang circuit featuring twice on the calendar after the ...

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