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Revamp for Qatar night race schedule?

Matthew Birt, 17 April 2014 10:17

Next year’s night race schedule in the big season opening clash in Qatar could be revamped to avoid a spate of crashes that dominated this year’s floodlit race. Jorge Lorenzo, Stefan Bradl, Bradley Smith and Alvaro Bautista all fell out of podium contention in Doha, with the quartet all losing the front-end in cool temperatures. It will prompt official tyre ...

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Suzuki boosted by new entry concessions in 2015

Matthew Birt, 17 April 2014 09:34

Suzuki has admitted that special concessions given to new entries for 2015 will be a massive boost to help its bid to threaten Honda and Yamaha’s domination of MotoGP. Suzuk plans to return to MotoGP next year as an official Factory entry, but it won’t have to race under restrictions like a 20-litre fuel tank or be limited to five ...

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Kevin Schwantz rides Suzuki’s MotoGP bike

Matthew Birt, 16 April 2014 15:40

Texan legend Kevin Schwantz has given Suzuki his impressions of the Japanese factory’s new 1000cc MotoGP project at the Circuit of the Americas. The 1993 world 500cc champion took the opportunity to lap on the XRH-1 machine while Suzuki takes part in a special two-day test session at COTA in advance of its full-time return to MotoGP competition in 2015. ...

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Bridgestone surprised by COTA front tyre issues

Matthew Birt, 16 April 2014 13:15

Bridgestone has admitted it did not expect to see such major front tyre issues during last Sunday’s Circuit of the Americas MotoGP clash in Texas. Several riders reported excessive wear on the right side of the medium compound front tyre at COTA, with factory Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi one of the worst hit. The Italian looked on course for a ...

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Yamaha: No chassis support for Forward in 2015

Matthew Birt, 16 April 2014 11:52

Yamaha will insist on Aleix Espargaro’s Forward Racing squad building its own chassis for the 2015 MotoGP world championship.The Italian-based squad has been allowed to start 2014 with a YZR-M1 chassis and swingarm package, while it developed its own frame to race in the future.Yamaha’s foray into the new Open category was only ever meant to include a leasing deal ...

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Nicky Hayden in dark on RCV1000R upgrades

Matthew Birt, 16 April 2014 11:03

Nicky Hayden has admitted he has no idea when his underpowered production Honda RCV1000R machine will be given a performance upgrade in 2014. Hayden’s Spanish-based Aspar squad recently admitted the new Open class project will not be given an upgrade until the first European race at Jerez next month at the earliest. But 2006 world champion Hayden said he has ...

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Valentino Rossi: ‘I’m a big fan of Jack Miller’

Matthew Birt, 16 April 2014 10:59

Valentino Rossi’s Circuit of the Americas race day wasn’t a total disaster after the Italian slumped to a lowly eighth position with severe front tyre issues in the Texas MotoGP clash. The 35-year-old did at least see his new Sky-backed Moto3 squad deliver its first rostrum of the campaign, with Italian rider Romano Fenati claiming a close second behind Jack ...

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Texas MotoGP: Marquez wins, Dovi on the podium, Cal injured in dramatic Texas race

Simon Patterson, 13 April 2014 21:21

Marc Marquez has stormed to victory with ease at the Circuit of the Americas, in a race where he was overshadowed by the action taking place behind him, as drama unfolded across the grid; the reigning world champion rode a flawless race to the win. The first drama of the race happened before the flag even dropped, with a huge ...

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Breaking news: Crutchlow breaks hand in Texan crash

Simon Patterson, 13 April 2014 21:18

Cal Crutchlow has crashed out of the second round of the MotoGP championship, tangling with his machine and suffering a badly broken right hand in the process. The Brit suffered all race with technical problems despite running as high as fourth, pitting for new tyres after chatter issues, and rejoining the race well outside the points. He then suffered a ...

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Texas Moto2: Vinales steps up with first win

Simon Patterson, 13 April 2014 17:59

Reigning Moto3 world champion Maverick Vinales has taken his first victory in the Moto2 class on only his second race in the class, controlling a crash-strewn damp race from the front to take victory by four seconds from Tito Rabat. Dominique Aegerter was the early race leader, leading from the line safely until Vinales was able to pass with ease ...

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