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Poll: How to REALLY spice up MotoGP

Guy Procter, 12 November 2012 16:23

Dorna has announced some concessions to the factories by scrapping CRT bikes in 2014 and ditching the idea of control rider aid software. But what do you think would REALLY spice up the spectacle, and turn MotoGP once again into a guaranteed great view? For today only, you're on the Dorna board and you've got five votes to cast in ...

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No controlled electronics and no in-season engine mods in MotoGP

Matthew Birt, 10 November 2012 18:47

Honda, Yamaha and Ducati will no longer be able to introduce new or upgraded engines during the season, but will still be able to use their own traction control and anti-wheelie strategies as part of a revamp of premier class rules for 2014. After months of deliberations about reducing costs and improving the spectacle in MotoGP, a range of new ...

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Suzuki warned on MotoGP return plans

Matthew Birt, 01 November 2012 11:26

Suzuki has been told to forget plotting a MotoGP return unless it is willing to commit to running a new factory effort until the end of the 2016 world championship at least.The Japanese factory temporarily suspended its MotoGP project at the end of last season, citing the impact of the global economic crisis for its decision to withdraw. Suzuki management ...

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Argentina MotoGP remains in doubt

Matthew Birt, 31 October 2012 11:34

A political storm involving Repsol – one of the most high profile sponsors in the MotoGP paddock – continues to seriously threaten Argentina’s bid to be back on the calendar next season for the first time since 1999. The new Autodromo de Rio Hondo is pencilled in to host round two of the 2013 world championship on April 14, but ...

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MotoGP boss wants imminent decision on 2014 rules

Matthew Birt, 17 October 2012 11:14

MotoGP boss Carmelo Ezpeleta says he will push through his controversial plans for a controlled ECU and rev limit unless the factories can propose viable alternative options to help achieve his objectives of cutting costs and making racing more entertaining. Ezpeleta said he is willing to compromise on implementing radical rule changes like a single ECU if Honda, Yamaha and ...

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Ducati reserve judgement on Dorna's WSB takeover

Matthew Birt, 16 October 2012 18:16

Ducati management believe it is too early to make a serious judgement on the full implications of Dorna’s recent takeover of the World Superbike championship. The Spanish-based rights owners of MotoGP now control World Superbikes having acquired the rival four-stroke series from Infront Motor Sports in a recent deal that sent shockwaves through the racing world. Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta ...

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Valentino Rossi: World Superbikes now too close to MotoGP

Matthew Birt, 16 October 2012 17:52

Valentino Rossi believes World Superbikes needs a major technical revamp to use more production-based machinery in the future. But the nine-times world champion has urged Dorna, which now controls World Superbikes after the recent acquisition of Infront Motor Sports, not to dumb down the technical rules too much to take away the skill and fascination of riding in WSB. Now ...

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America to host three races in 2013 as Texas gets green light

Matthew Birt, 04 October 2012 11:15

Three MotoGP races will be held in America in 2013 after it was confirmed the Circuit of the Americas clash in Texas will definitely go ahead. The race will be staged on April 21 and is likely to be the second round of next year’s world championship with major doubts about whether a scheduled race in Argentina will go ahead ...

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Dorna to run MotoGP and World Superbikes

Matthew Birt, 03 October 2012 11:41

A major reshuffle of the organisation of MotoGP and World Superbikes will see Dorna manage both championships in the future. Bridgepoint, the private equity firm that invested in Dorna in 2006 and World Superbike owners Infront Sports & Media last year, confirmed the re-organisation yesterday. Dorna will now take full responsibility for MotoGP and World Superbikes, with Infront Motor Sports ...

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MotoGP edging closer to controlled ECU

Matthew Birt, 26 September 2012 13:18

Plans for MotoGP to switch to a controlled engine management system in 2014 have taken a big step closer today after it was confirmed that Magneti Marelli will make an ECU available to all teams from next season onwards. Dorna has signed a four-year deal with the Italian-based specialist to supply a highly sophisticated ECU that a Dorna statement said ...

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