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Eugene Laverty confirms MotoGP switch in 2015

Matthew Birt, 16 September 2014 10:28

Eugene Laverty will switch to MotoGP in 2015 after confirming he will leave the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki World Superbike squad at the end of the season. As was first revealed by MCN, the Irish rider will ride a production Honda RCV1000R machine for the Spanish-based Aspar squad, ending his long pursuit of a MotoGP ride. Laverty was linked to an ...

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Eugene Laverty lands Aspar Honda deal?

Matthew Birt, 15 September 2014 15:11

Eugene Laverty is understood to have clinched a MotoGP move for 2015 with the high profile Aspar Honda squad. MCN sources understand Laverty has agreed a deal to ride a production RCV1000R next season after Scott Redding ruled himself out of a possible deal to partner Nicky Hayden in 2015. Redding has signed a dream deal to ride a factory ...

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MotoGP boss: ‘Important’ Valentino Rossi is racing on

Matthew Birt, 10 September 2014 13:35

Never underestimate the power and influence of nine-times world champion Valentino Rossi. Marc Marquez might be rapidly emerging as the new poster boy of MotoGP with a string of record-breaking performances. But racing’s number one box office attraction remains Italian icon Rossi. That’s why MotoGP boss Carmelo Ezpeleta was thrilled recently when the 35-year clinched a new two-year contract to ...

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Colin Edwards set to begin Yamaha testing role

Matthew Birt, 03 September 2014 10:53

Colin Edwards won’t have long to get used to life as a retired racer, with the American poised to kick off his new role as Yamaha’s official MotoGP test rider in a few days. The Texan had planned to retire at the end of 2014, but his final season was ended prematurely after the recent Indianapolis round when his Forward ...

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Silverstone Moto3: Kent on top on opening day

Simon Patterson, 29 August 2014 14:34

This weekend’s British Grand Prix couldn’t have got off to a better start for the home riders, with Danny Kent taking his Husqvarna to provisional pole ahead of tomorrow’s Moto3 race qualifying. With the session being interrupted at times by light rain on parts of the Northamptonshire circuit, the lead remained with Alex Marquez for most of the session, but it ...

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Ducati preparing ‘significant’ Desmosedici revamp for Aragon

Matthew Birt, 27 August 2014 14:37

Ducati is planning to debut a ‘significant’ upgraded version of its Desmosedici machine in the forthcoming Motorland Aragon MotoGP race, MCN can reveal. The revamp will be the biggest since Gigi Dall’Igna took over as technical guru last November and is the first sign of the Italian’s influence in designing a Desmosedici that he hopes will challenge Honda and Yamaha’s ...

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Leon Camier relishing British MotoGP chance

Matthew Birt, 27 August 2014 09:34

Leon Camier says his chance to race in the British MotoGP race at Silverstone this weekend is a ‘dream come true’. Camier will continue to deputise for injured Nicky Hayden on the Aspar production Honda RCV1000R, with the American still not recovered from major right wrist surgery he underwent during the recent summer break. Hayden’s injury woes opened the door ...

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Jeremy McWilliams to race in Moto2 – aged 50!!

Matthew Birt, 21 August 2014 12:17

Jeremy McWilliams is to make a shock world championship comeback in next weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The former 250GP winner is to ride the experimental Brough Superior in the Moto2 race, just four months after celebrating his 50th birthday. Moto2 age limit regulations state: ‘For the Moto2 riders, the limit for the maximum age finishes at the end ...

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HRC fears MotoGP development costs will soar with tyre switch

Matthew Birt, 20 August 2014 11:56

Honda fears a switch to Michelin as the new official tyre supplier in MotoGP for 2016 will send its development costs rocketing. All the major factories are facing a costly and complex task to adapt their machinery to a new supplier in 2016 after Bridgestone decided to quit MotoGP at the end of next season. HRC has experience of the ...

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