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Suzuki: No plans to join Open class in 2015

Matthew Birt, 24 February 2014 11:05

Suzuki will return to MotoGP in 2015 as a full factory entry, with the Japanese factory rejecting the chance to join the new Open category. It had been rumoured that Suzuki would participate as an Open entry next year to take advantage of extra engines, softer tyres, more fuel and more options to test during the season. But an Open ...

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British GP meetings key to Brazil race future

Matthew Birt, 28 August 2013 13:05

A delegation from a proposed new MotoGP project in Brazil will travel to this weekend’s British round at Silverstone for a series of meetings that will be pivotal in deciding whether the South American nation returns to the world championship calendar in 2014. The proposed race at the Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet Brasilia is totally dependent on a huge multi-million ...

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Dorna boss: Cal Crutchlow pivotal for MotoGP

Matthew Birt, 04 July 2013 11:55

MotoGP Cal Crutchlow has become such an integral figure in the MotoGP world championship that Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta is working tirelessly behind-the-scenes to ensure the British rider has the best deal possible for 2014 and beyond. Crutchlow’s impressive transformation from struggling rookie in 2011 to consistent podium challenger in less than three years has seen his popularity rocket, particularly ...

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Honda and Yamaha prefer no barrier to Suzuki return

Matthew Birt, 19 February 2013 10:44

Senior management at Honda and Yamaha are both in agreement that there should be no barrier preventing the potential return of Suzuki’s factory squad in the 2014 MotoGP world championship. Suzuki is pushing ahead with plans to return to MotoGP next year after going into self-imposed exile at the end of 2011 because of the continuing impact of the global ...

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Silverstone switches paddock for British MotoGP round

Matthew Birt, 15 February 2013 12:35

Silverstone’s multi-million pound The Wing pit and paddock complex will not be used for this year’s British MotoGP round in early September. After consulting with MotoGP management and taking on board feedback from fans, Silverstone has decided to move MotoGP back to the National Paddock. In a statement released by the Northamptonshire track, it said bike racing fans preferred to ...

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Kevin Schwantz plays down 2014 Suzuki MotoGP link

Matthew Birt, 21 September 2012 11:22

Kevin Schwantz has played down rumours that he will spearhead Suzuki’s planned return to the MotoGP world championship in 2014. Rumours linking the Texan legend with running Suzuki’s new 1000cc project in 2014 surfaced again last month, though the 1993 world champion has played down any potential management role. Suzuki is planning to race its new GSV-R 1000cc bike in ...

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Estoril MotoGP remains in doubt

Matthew Birt, 16 January 2012 14:38

The Portuguese MotoGP round at the Estoril circuit, scheduled to take place on May 6, remains in doubt with no current agreement in place with rights owners Dorna. Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta confirmed to MCN in Italy last week during an appearance at Ducati’s 2012 MotoGP team launch that talks were on-going with Estoril management. But the Spaniard confirmed no ...

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Dorna to commission independent Motegi inspection

Matthew Birt, 21 June 2011 08:56

MotoGP bosses are to commission an independent inspection of radiation levels surrounding the Twin Ring Motegi circuit before a final decision on whether the rescheduled Japanese Grand Prix will go ahead. The race was postponed until October 2 after Japan was struck by a devastating earthquake and tsunami back in March. But extensive damage suffered to the Fukushima nuclear plant ...

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Suzuki poised to confirm one-bike plan

Matthew Birt, 06 November 2010 17:40

Suzuki will officially confirm it will reduce its involvement in the 2011 MotoGP world championship to just one bike after tomorrow’s final race in Valencia. A statement is expected to be released from Japan either late tomorrow (Sunday) or early Monday morning with Suzuki planning to field only one factory GSV-R next season. Suzuki first informed the Spanish rights holders ...

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Suzuki silent on one-bike plan

Matthew Birt, 04 November 2010 11:19

Suzuki has so far ignored requests from Dorna to clarify its position on the number of bikes it will field in the 2011 MotoGP world championship. The Japanese factory first informed the Spanish rights holders of its intention to reduce its involvement to one bike in 2011 back in June. Suzuki boss Shinichi Sahara then confirmed the plan in an ...

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