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Kevin Schwantz plays down 2014 Suzuki MotoGP link

Matthew Birt, 21 September 2012 11:22

Kevin Schwantz has played down rumours that he will spearhead Suzuki’s planned return to the MotoGP world championship in 2014. Rumours linking the Texan legend with running Suzuki’s new 1000cc project in 2014 surfaced again last month, though the 1993 world champion has played down any potential management role. Suzuki is planning to race its new GSV-R 1000cc bike in ...

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Ben Spies close to shock Gresini Honda deal?

Matthew Birt, 25 August 2012 18:35

Ben Spies is edging closer to committing his future to MotoGP after it emerged in Brno today he is locked in talks over a shock move to the Gresini Honda squad for 2013. The Texan seemed certain to switch to World Superbikes to partner Marco Melandri in a BMW Italia squad next season after he announced he will quit Yamaha’s ...

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Yamaha: Lorenzo wanted Spies and not Rossi as 2013 team-mate

Matthew Birt, 23 August 2012 18:48

Yamaha has admitted that Jorge Lorenzo made it clear his priority was to keep struggling Texan Ben Spies as his factory Yamaha team-mate in 2013 and not bitter rival Valentino Rossi. Lorenzo and Rossi will renew their intense rivalry again next season after the Italian signed a two-year deal to return to Yamaha after a wretched spell with Ducati. Yamaha ...

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Valentino Rossi: ‘I hope I can race next year with a competitive bike’

Matthew Birt, 27 June 2012 17:54

Valentino Rossi has again insisted his prime focus is on making Ducati’s struggling Desmosedici a race-winning package. Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta was quoted in a recent interview saying that the 33-year-old will be riding competitive machinery in 2013, but refused to say with which manufacturer. Rossi is understood to have held talks with both Yamaha and Honda but the nine-times ...

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Four flyaway races to kick off 2013 MotoGP campaign?

Matthew Birt, 26 June 2012 18:02

The European phase of the 2013 MotoGP world championship might not get underway until round five, with flyaway double headers in Qatar and India and then Argentina and Texas potentially kicking off next season. Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta has confirmed to MCN that Qatar’s night race is likely to remain the traditional season opener, quickly followed by a first visit ...

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Honda to roll out production MotoGP racer in 2014

Matthew Birt, 21 June 2012 15:43

Honda will sell a production version of its current 1000cc prototype RC213V machine for the 2014 MotoGP world championship. The bike is currently under development in Japan and MCN understands it will be sold to non-factory teams for a maximum of 1m Euros (£800,000). The new machine isn't expected to run to current CRT regulations and therefore will be subject ...

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Rookie rule set to be axed in MotoGP?

Matthew Birt, 08 June 2012 13:52

Honda could be on the brink of winning its fight to get the rookie rule abolished in MotoGP, paving the way for Spanish starlet Marc Marquez to move straight into its official factory team in 2013. Introduced in 2010, the rookie rule forbids newcomers in MotoGP from being fast tracked into a factory team. The rule was designed to help ...

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Tech 3 halt work on new CRT machine

Matthew Birt, 30 March 2012 12:18

Cal Crutchlow’s Tech 3 squad has suspended work on a proposed new CRT 1000cc MotoGP project. The French-based squad planned to have a new prototype chassis ready for track testing by the middle of 2012, with a view to entering a new project in the MotoGP world championship in 2013 or ’14. But with on-going discussions about sweeping rule changes ...

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Colin Edwards: ‘Aprilia gives us hope’

Matthew Birt, 29 March 2012 17:10

Colin Edwards says the performance of Aprilia’s new CRT MotoGP machine gives other new 1000cc projects hope for the future as he attempts to make the new Suter-BMW package more competitive in 2012. Randy de Puniet has been comfortably the quickest CRT rider throughout winter testing on the new Aprilia ART machine and he was 13th quickest at last weekend’s ...

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Dorna not at war with factories over radical rule changes

Matthew Birt, 27 March 2012 14:14

MotoGP rights owners Dorna is not at war with Honda, Yamaha and Ducati over a range of cost-cutting rule changes under discussion to ensure the long-term future of the premier class world championship. Tech 3 Yamaha boss and International Race Teams Association President Herve Poncharal says there is common ground between Dorna and the Motorcycle Sport Manufacturers Association over the ...

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