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Aspar open to Suzuki talks for 2014

Matthew Birt, 12 February 2013 09:54

The Spanish-based Aspar squad has said it would welcome the opportunity to speak to Suzuki about the prospect of running the Japanese factory’s new 1000cc MotoGP project in 2014. Suzuki plans to return to MotoGP next year after a two-year absence with a two-rider factory effort, but its return its not without stipulations from Dorna. Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta has ...

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Ben Spies close to shock Gresini Honda deal?

Matthew Birt, 25 August 2012 18:35

Ben Spies is edging closer to committing his future to MotoGP after it emerged in Brno today he is locked in talks over a shock move to the Gresini Honda squad for 2013. The Texan seemed certain to switch to World Superbikes to partner Marco Melandri in a BMW Italia squad next season after he announced he will quit Yamaha’s ...

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Yamaha: Lorenzo wanted Spies and not Rossi as 2013 team-mate

Matthew Birt, 23 August 2012 18:48

Yamaha has admitted that Jorge Lorenzo made it clear his priority was to keep struggling Texan Ben Spies as his factory Yamaha team-mate in 2013 and not bitter rival Valentino Rossi. Lorenzo and Rossi will renew their intense rivalry again next season after the Italian signed a two-year deal to return to Yamaha after a wretched spell with Ducati. Yamaha ...

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Honda to roll out production MotoGP racer in 2014

Matthew Birt, 21 June 2012 15:43

Honda will sell a production version of its current 1000cc prototype RC213V machine for the 2014 MotoGP world championship. The bike is currently under development in Japan and MCN understands it will be sold to non-factory teams for a maximum of 1m Euros (£800,000). The new machine isn't expected to run to current CRT regulations and therefore will be subject ...

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Suzuki confirms MotoGP withdrawal

Matthew Birt, 18 November 2011 10:19

Suzuki has officially announced it has withdrawn from the MotoGP world championship with immediate affect, ending months of speculation about the future of the Japanese factory squad. A short statement issued today said that the impact of the global economic crisis had been a major influence on Suzuki’s decision to suspend its MotoGP effort for 2012 and '13. The Hamamatsu ...

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MotoGP bosses keen to secure Paul Bird entry for 2012

Matthew Birt, 05 October 2011 09:52

MotoGP bosses are hoping that British team owner Paul Bird can finalise plans to enter a new team in the inaugural 1000cc world championship next year. Bird is currently trying to put together a proposal for his own privately-run 1000cc project and he held talks with Aprilia about an RSV4 engine lease deal during the recent Imola WSB round. Bird ...

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72 bikes planned for Moto2 and Moto3 in 2012

Matthew Marsden, 04 August 2011 10:02

Almost 75 bikes are expected to contest the 2012 Moto2 and new Moto3 world championships. Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta has confirmed to MCN that a maximum of 36 bikes will race in the 600cc Moto2 series. And booming interest in the Moto3 class will see 36 bikes compete in the series, which will feature single-cylinder 250cc four-strokes machines. Moto3 replaces ...

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Japanese MotoGP race postponed after earthquake

Matthew Birt, 15 March 2011 10:56

The Twin Ring Motegi MotoGP race, scheduled to take place on April 24, has been postponed following an earthquake and tsunami that caused widespread devastation in Japan last week.MCN understands the race will now take place on October 2, so will not form a triple header with the Phillip Island and Sepang races as was expected.Dorna had the option to ...

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Casey Stoner steps into Phillip Island date debate

Matthew Birt, 15 February 2011 12:03

Casey Stoner has joined the debate raging about the future of the Australian MotoGP race at the Phillip Island circuit.The 2007 world champion, who has won every MotoGP race on home soil since 2007, has given his thoughts on the current clamour to move the Phillip Island date from 2012 onwards.Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta is insisting that the Phillip Island ...

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Danny Webb secures 125GP ride with new Indian manufacturer

Matthew Birt, 01 December 2010 16:00

Danny Webb will contest the last 125GP world championship next season and first ever Moto3 four-stroke series in 2012 for the Indian-based Mahindra and Mahindra squad. The British rider has agreed a a two-year deal and will contest the 2011 125GP campaign on a bike designed and built by Engines Engineering in Italy.  Webb will be partnered by German rider ...

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