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Tech 3: Bradley Smith was always ‘plan A’

Matthew Birt, 20 August 2014 11:21

Tech 3 Yamaha boss Herve Poncharal has strongly denied offering Bradley Smith a new YZR-M1 deal for 2015 because there was no suitable candidate to replace the British rider. Poncharal is known to have sounded out the likes of Jonas Folger, Alex Rins and Jack Miller about a coveted YZR-M1 ride, but insists that Smith was always at the top ...

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Brno MotoGP: Pedrosa ends Marquez streak

Liam Marsden, 17 August 2014 13:43

Marc Marquez' 2014 winning streak came to an end at Brno as team-mate Dani Pedrosa took the top honours. Marquez started from pole position but got a lack lustre start and was pushed down the field as factory Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo stretched out a lead. Pedrosa was quick to move in to second place and reel in Lorenzo, before ...

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Bradley Smith signs new Tech 3 Yamaha deal

Matthew Birt, 13 August 2014 16:23

Bradley Smith will stay at the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad in 2015. The British rider has penned a new one-year deal with Herve Poncharal’s French-based squad to remain as teammate to current Moto2 world champion Pol Espargaro. Smith is currently ninth in the world championship standings and scored only his second top six finish of a difficult second season ...

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Paul Bird planning BSB super team after quitting MotoGP

Matthew Birt, 11 August 2014 16:57

Millionaire businessman Paul Bird is planning a four-rider super team in the 2015 British Superbike series after detailing plans to close down his PBM MotoGP squad at the end of the season. Bird plans to expand his current two-rider assault in BSB by moving his MotoGP operation back to Britain and he is hoping to persuade Michael Laverty and Broc ...

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LCR Honda confirms Crutchlow for 2015

Simon Patterson, 02 August 2014 19:10

Lucio Cecchinello’s LCR Honda squad have confirmed that Brit Cal Crutchlow will replace Stefan Bradl for 2015, closing the circle of speculation opened this afternoon when Ducati announced the 29 year old would not be remaining with the Italian team for next season, contrary to what was announced last month. Crutchlow, who had initially confirmed that he would remain at Ducati ...

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HRC boss: No thought to replace Dani Pedrosa

Matthew Birt, 24 July 2014 10:19

Honda never entertained replacing Dani Pedrosa after the Spaniard recently clinched a new contract to continue as an official HRC rider until the end of 2016.Despite having never won the MotoGP title in eight previous attempts, Honda’s loyalty towards Pedrosa appears to have no limits, with the Spaniard given a new two-year deal that will take him to an 11th ...

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Marc VDS looking at Moto2 expansion for 2015

Matthew Birt, 24 July 2014 09:37

The high profile Marc VDS Racing squad could expand its involvement in the 2015 Moto2 world championship to a three-rider effort.Current world championship leader Tito Rabat has already confirmed that he is staying in Moto2 with the Belgium-based squad, which recently abandoned plans to move to MotoGP until 2016.Marc VDS is also eager to retain experienced Finnish rider Mika Kallio, ...

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Ducati to expand to six bike effort in MotoGP

Matthew Birt, 21 July 2014 11:59

Ducati appear certain to have six bikes on the 2015 MotoGP grid, with the Spanish-based Avintia squad switching allegiance from Kawasaki to the Bologna factory next year. Avintia currently runs Kawasaki ZX-10R machinery for Hector Barbera and Mike di Meglio, but next season it will run Desmosedici bikes from Ducati. The expansion plan by Ducati means it will have its ...

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LCR Honda open to Jack Miller deal for 2015

Matthew Birt, 18 July 2014 09:39

Monaco-based Honda MotoGP team boss Lucio Cecchinello says he is open to a deal that could see Aussie Moto3 sensation Jack Miller fast tracked into his LCR squad in 2015. Speculation is mounting that current Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider Miller, who has won four races in the first half of 2014, has clinched a deal to join Honda ...

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Marc VDS Racing abandon plans for 2015 MotoGP switch

Matthew Birt, 17 July 2014 09:59

Belgium’s high-profile Marc VDS Racing squad has abandoned plans to switch to MotoGP in 2015.Marc VDS Racing looked seriously at moving to MotoGP at this time last year but a deal never materialised and the dominant Moto2 squad of 2014 has again called off its bid to move to the premier class.Marc VDS boss Michael Bartholemy has been in discussions ...

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