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MotoGP boss: ‘Important’ Valentino Rossi is racing on

Matthew Birt, 10 September 2014 13:35

Never underestimate the power and influence of nine-times world champion Valentino Rossi. Marc Marquez might be rapidly emerging as the new poster boy of MotoGP with a string of record-breaking performances. But racing’s number one box office attraction remains Italian icon Rossi. That’s why MotoGP boss Carmelo Ezpeleta was thrilled recently when the 35-year clinched a new two-year contract to ...

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Donington Park to host British MotoGP round in 2015

Matthew Birt, 02 September 2014 18:18

The 2015 British MotoGP race will be staged at Donington Park. Spanish-based rights owners Dorna and the Circuit of Wales have reached an agreement to take MotoGP back to the Leicestershire venue for the first time since 2009. Promotional rights for the British MotoGP were in the hands of the Circuit of Wales when Dorna recently announced a multi-year with ...

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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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Open class project vital for Ducati future

Matthew Birt, 20 November 2013 09:40

Ducati’s revamped Desmosedici machine that will be raced in the new Open category in MotoGP next season is an essential project geared at preparing the Bologna factory for a potential major rule change in the future. South American Yonny Hernandez will race the new bike as part of the Pramac squad in 2013. The project will essentially be this year’s ...

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Casey Stoner to become MotoGP Legend in Phillip Island

Matthew Birt, 15 October 2013 09:34

Casey Stoner will become the 20th rider to be awarded the prestigious title of MotoGP Legend during his home race at Phillip Island this weekend. The double MotoGP world champion was nominated as a MotoGP Legend immediately after his final premier class appearance in Valencia last November. Stoner retired from MotoGP aged just 27 and he will become the third ...

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Indy secures MotoGP future, Laguna Seca to be axed?

Matthew Birt, 18 August 2013 15:19

The legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) will remain on the MotoGP calendar in 2014, as doubts have emerged about the future of the Laguna Seca round in California. Earlier this year IMS management said a decision on whether to go ahead with the final year of its contract with Dorna next season would be decided following this weekend’s race. That ...

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Dorna in talks with BBC over new MotoGP TV deal

Matthew Birt, 20 February 2013 14:02

Talks that could see live coverage of the MotoGP world championship remain on the BBC beyond 2013 are underway. The Beeb’s current five-year deal expires at the end of the this year and Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta confirmed to MCN that the Spanish-based rights owners are in discussions with other interested parties as well as the BBC. He refused to ...

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Circuit of Wales plans impress MotoGP boss

Matthew Birt, 30 January 2013 09:25

Ambitious plans to build a new state-of-the-art motorsport complex in Wales have impressed MotoGP boss Carmelo Ezpeleta on his first visit to the proposed site of the £250m venture this week. The new Circuit of Wales is currently going through the planning application process with local authorities, but if construction goes ahead on schedule in early July, the facility near ...

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Dorna moves to cap price of World Superbike machinery

Matthew Birt, 18 January 2013 10:19

Dorna’s crusade to drive down costs in MotoGP will be mirrored in World Superbikes, with a price cap on machinery certain to be introduced for 2014. Now that Dorna controls both MotoGP and World Superbikes, CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta is spearheading a cost-cutting drive in both to counter the on-going impact of the global financial crisis. The Spaniard is also keen ...

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Poll: How to REALLY spice up MotoGP

Guy Procter, 12 November 2012 16:23

Dorna has announced some concessions to the factories by scrapping CRT bikes in 2014 and ditching the idea of control rider aid software. But what do you think would REALLY spice up the spectacle, and turn MotoGP once again into a guaranteed great view? For today only, you're on the Dorna board and you've got five votes to cast in ...

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