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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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Qatar MotoGP: Marquez clinches pole position

Liam Marsden, 22 March 2014 18:17

Reigning world champion Marc Marquez showed no signs of a broken leg as he set a fastest time of 1'54:507 to take pole position for tomorrow's opening race. Marquez will be joined on the front row tomorrow by fellow Spaniard Alvaro Bautista and Brit Bradley Smith. Aleix Espargaro, who topped all but one of the free practice sessions leading up ...

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McGuinness will ride North West 200 despite wrist injury

Stephen Davison, 21 March 2014 08:45

John McGuinness will definitely be racing at the 2014 North West 200. That is the message the ‘Morecambe Missile’ is sending to his fans as he recovers from injury after crashing his dirt bike this week. The six times North West winner broke his right wrist in a heavy fall that also left him with damaged ribs and two black ...

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Norton sign Cameron Donald to race TT

Stephen Davison, 19 March 2014 06:00

After originally planning to sit out 2014, former Isle of Man TT winner Cameron Donald has instead signed a deal to compete at the event on Norton's Aprilia powered SG2 machine. With a huge amount of development carried out on the V4 machine sinse last year, Donald says new R&D rider Steve plater was a key element of the deal. ...

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Valentino Rossi delighted with new crew chief

Matthew Birt, 18 March 2014 09:16

When Valentino Rossi rocked the MotoGP paddock in Valencia last November by axing long-serving crew chief Jerry Burgess, many questioned the wisdom of his ruthless decision. Burgess had been at Rossi’s side since his MotoGP debut back in 2000 and was the technical architect behind the Italian’s seven premier class titles at Honda and Yamaha. But after struggling to regularly ...

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Was Ducati’s move to the Open Class in MotoGP inspired thinking or lunacy?

Simon Patterson, 12 March 2014 14:22

Last week Ducati made the shock decision that they would be running in the Open Class in MotoGP for 2014. Some have called the move inspired, and less controls on engine development plus sticky tyres and an extra four litres of fuel are worth a lot. But it comes at a cost - the lack of electronics of their own. ...

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Hopper at home on Tyco Suzuki

Simon Patterson, 10 March 2014 16:50

Former MotoGP podium finisher John Hopkins says that he feels at home already on the Tyco Suzuki machine he will compete in the 2014 MCE British Superbike championship on, with the similarities to his former crescent Suzuki helping him to adapt to the new machine. “We took my base setting from what it was on the Crescent bike and haven’t ...

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Pol Espargaro suffers injury blow in Qatar

Matthew Birt, 10 March 2014 09:18

Pol Espargaro’s preparation for his rookie MotoGP season suffered a cruel blow in Qatar last night when he broke his left collarbone in a crash in the final hours of a promising pre-season campaign. The reigning Moto2 world champion was entering Turn 6 at around 125mph but instead of downshifting to first, the Spaniard hit neutral. He ran straight on ...

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Suzuki re-thinking MotoGP strategy after Ducati Open move

Matthew Birt, 07 March 2014 10:47

Ducati's decision to move to the new Open class has already forced Suzuki into re-thinking its 2015 MotoGP strategy, and is likely to put pressure on Honda and Yamaha to do the same.Just three weeks after declaring its intention to run as a factory entry to have the capability of developing its own electronics software, Suzuki is not ruling out ...

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Ducati confirm move from factory to open class

Simon Patterson, 28 February 2014 11:40

Ducati have finally announced that they will make the move from factory to open class in 2014, with the team ditching their own electronics software in return for extra fuel, tyres and engine development. The Bologna factory has been experimenting with the option for a number of months, and rumours are circulating the paddock that it was an open class ...

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