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WSB Aragon: Rea leads them all on day one

Gordon Ritchie, 11 April 2014 15:48

Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) was the leader of a British 1-2-3 in the first day combined practice times in the WSB class at Motorland Aragon in Spain, with Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Chaz Davies (Ducati World Superbike Team) second and third respectively. Rea has taken part in two very recent tests in Spain before this weekend, ...

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Movistar return to MotoGP with Yamaha

Simon Patterson, 25 February 2014 10:39

Yamaha’s 2014 livery, unveiled last month in Indonesia, is set to change before the first race at Qatar, as the team brings onboard Spanish mobile phone operator Movistar as title sponsor. The rumours of the link-up have been circulating the MotoGP paddock for months, and remain to be officially confirmed by Yamaha, but Spanish magazine Solomoto reports that a slip ...

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Eugene Laverty explains why MotoGP plans fell through

Matthew Birt, 20 November 2013 09:35

Eugene Laverty reckons the process of sorting out his 2014 racing plans was arguably the most stressful period of his career. The Irishman will ride for the British-based Crescent Suzuki WSB squad after potential deals with Aspar and Pramac Ducati to switch to MotoGP fell through.MCN caught up with the ex-factory Aprilia WSB rider recently to see how he ended ...

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Yamaha confirm replacement for axed Jerry Burgess

Matthew Birt, 11 November 2013 09:35

Valentino Rossi’s new factory Yamaha MotoGP crew chief will be Silvano Galbusera, who will take over from the Italian’s trusted chief engineer Jerry Burgess from today’s test session in Valencia. Burgess was unceremoniously dumped on the eve of the final race in Valencia  after a 14-year stint with Rossi that saw them win seven world titles and 80 races together ...

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Valentino Rossi: Right time to replace Jerry Burgess

Matthew Birt, 08 November 2013 17:10

Valentino Rossi believes now is the right time to part company with legendary Australian chief engineer Jerry Burgess, as the news of their shock split continues to dominate the headlines at the final race in Valencia. Rossi informed Burgess yesterday (Thursday) that he would be replacing him as crew chief for the 2014 season after the story leaked in the ...

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Eugene Laverty not ruling out MotoGP switch in 2014

Matthew Birt, 28 August 2013 12:48

WSB title contender Eugene Laverty has joined a queue almost as long as the Boxing Day sales in Oxford Street for one of two sought after rides on a Yamaha YZR-M1 engine and chassis package in 2014. Unsure of Aprilia’s future in World Superbikes, the Irishman held talks with the Italian-based Forward Racing squad in the Czech Republic last weekend. ...

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Big interest in Forward Racing Yamaha seats

Matthew Birt, 20 August 2013 14:27

Forward Racing’s recent deal to lease a Yamaha YZR-M1 engine and chassis package for 2014 has sparked a huge surge in interest from riders keen to secure one of two spots up for grabs. Current riders Colin Edwards and Claudio Corti are in the frame but could face stiff competition, with a star-studded queue of talent speaking to the Italian ...

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Colin Edwards confident of new Forward Racing deal

Matthew Birt, 08 August 2013 11:04

American veteran Colin Edwards is confident he will be re-united with a Yamaha YZR-M1 machine in 2014. The Texan’s Forward Racing squad has verbally agreed a deal with Yamaha to lease YZR-M1 engines for next season. Yamaha will also sell a standard chassis package to the Italian-based squad if required, so the new project is expected to be very competitive ...

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Valentino Rossi undone by Ducati DNA

Matthew Birt, 29 January 2013 15:15

Valentino Rossi was unable to master Ducati’s fearsome Desmosedici machine because the bike behaved in a way that was totally alien to the riding style the nine-times world champion honed for almost two decades MotoGP paddock. That’s the view of new Ducati boss Bernhard Gobmeier, who has been charged with spearheading Ducati’s recovery after the Bologna factory endured a miserable ...

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Andrea Dovizioso confident he can make Ducati competitive

Matthew Birt, 15 January 2013 14:54

Andrea Dovizioso has backed himself to succeed where fellow Italian’s Valentino Rossi and Marco Melandri failed by making Ducati’s factory Desmosedici contender a consistent front-runner in MotoGP. Dovizioso made his first official appearance as a factory Ducati rider at the Bologna factory’s annual team launch at the Madonna di Campiglio ski resort in Italy this morning. Ducati hasn’t won a ...


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