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Scott Redding gutted to miss out on preferred crew chief

Matthew Birt, 18 September 2014 12:11

Scott Redding has admitted he had a lump in his throat when he realised that his number one crew chief option for 2015 was not available. The 21-year-old was hoping to work with Casey Stoner’s ex-Ducati and Repsol Honda crew chief Cristian Gabbarini next season when he will ride a factory RC213V in the Marc VDS Racing squad. Redding was ...

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Alex Lowes keen on future Moto2 switch

Matthew Birt, 05 September 2014 08:33

Reigning British Superbike champion Alex Lowes has set his sights on a future Moto2 showdown with twin brother Sam Lowes. The Voltcom Crescent Suzuki World Superbike rider was at Silverstone last weekend, exploring potential options in Moto2 for 2015 while cheering on Speed Up rider Sam, who finished seventh. Lowes told MCN: “Racing against Sam would be mega. Perhaps not ...

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Alex Marquez signs Moto2 deal with Marc VDS

Matthew Birt, 01 September 2014 09:05

Alex Marquez has signed a two-year deal to join the Marc VDS Racing squad in the Moto2 world championship. The Spaniard, who is the younger brother of dominant MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez, will step up from Moto3 next season to partner compatriot Tito Rabat on a Kalex machine. Marquez missed out on a third Moto3 win of the season ...

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Marc Marquez denies MotoGP and Moto2 race plan in Valencia

Matthew Birt, 21 August 2014 09:35

Marc Marquez has written off the prospect of racing in both MotoGP and Moto2 in Valencia’s final round in November. Speculation has been rife that the dominant reigning world champion was seriously contemplating spicing up the season finale with a double race appearance. The 21-year-old is likely to wrap up his second premier class crown well in advance of the ...

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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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Marquez tops one-day Brno test

Simon Patterson, 18 August 2014 17:26

Marc Marquez has topped a one-day official MotoGP test at Brno, only 24hrs after failing to win the Czech Grand prix at the same track, taking the top spot from Jorge Lorenzo as the factory Honda and Yamaha riders tested their new 2015 machines. Lorenzo was the early leader, and mid-afternoon rain meant it looked like he would finish on ...

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Crutchlow U-turn creates headache for Pramac Ducati

Matthew Birt, 13 August 2014 09:40

Pramac Ducati bosses have admitted Cal Crutchlow’s shock Desmosedici departure threw the Italian team's 2015 plans into disarray. Paolo Campinoti’s satellite squad believed it would keep hold of number one asset Andrea Iannone for next season. The Italian was unable to secure a switch to join Andrea Dovizioso once Crutchlow announced he was staying with the Bologna factory during the ...

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Aleix Espargaro admits Suzuki move a gamble

Matthew Birt, 12 August 2014 13:07

Aleix Espargaro has admitted taking a big gamble by pushing to lead Suzuki’s much anticipated MotoGP return in 2015. The Spaniard will quit the Forward Racing Yamaha Open class project after just one season to partner fellow Spaniard Maverick Vinales on Suzuki’s new 1000cc project. On the eve of last weekend’s Indianapolis MotoGP round, the 24-year-old said his priority is ...

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Oulton BSB: Byrne takes pole in drama-filled qualifying

Simon Patterson, 09 August 2014 14:10

Shane Byrne will start the first of the weekend’s three races at Oulton Park from pole position, after a qualifying session full ofdrama at the Cheshire track. Ryuichi Kiyonari looked set to be the fastest man of the day, but a crash for the Japanese rider in Q2 means that he gifted the front row to his opponents, and will now ...

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BSB veterans Smart and Richards return for Oulton

Simon Patterson, 05 August 2014 15:08

BSB veterans and former British champions Scott Smart and Glen Richards will be reunited this weekend as teammates, as the pair rejoin the MCE British Superbike series to deputise for the injured Richard Cooper and Mitchell Carr at Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki. The duo, who were last teammates for Hawk Kawasaki a decade ago in the series, bring five titles ...

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