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Texas MotoGP: Marquez blitzes opposition on opening day

Simon Patterson, 11 April 2014 21:19

Marc Marquez has blitzed the opposition on the opening day of the Texan MotoGP round, ending the day over a second faster than the Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso, in a ride sure to demoralise his rivals at the track where he took his maiden MotoGP win a year ago. The rookie champion established himself as the clear favourite to repeat ...

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Byrne unconcerned about no contract

Simon Patterson, 02 December 2013 11:30

Triple BSB champion Shane Byrne says he remains unconcerned about still not having signed a contract for 2014, and believes that a return to his PBM Kawasaki team is still on the cards. With team boss Paul Bird still deep in negotiations with Aprilia with regards to MotoGP effort, Byrne says that he hasn’t pushed the Cumbrian chicken magnate until ...

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Michael Laverty: MotoGP or BSB in 2014?

Matthew Birt, 18 November 2013 10:01

Michael Laverty is still unsure whether he will be lining up against Marc Marquez or Shane Byrne in 2014. The Irishman’s racing future remains shrouded in uncertainty while he waits to learn whether current MotoGP boss Paul Bird will continue with his world championship squad next season. Laverty raced Bird’s British designed and built PBM frame for the majority of ...

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Cal Crutchlow makes Ducati debut in Valencia

Matthew Birt, 11 November 2013 13:04

Cal Crutchlow has got his first taste of the factory Ducati Desmosedici that Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso have dismissed as a no-hoper this afternoon at the Ricardo Tormo track in Valencia.The 2014 winter testing schedule kicked off at noon local time, with Crutchlow going out for his first run on the GP13 shortly after 1pm.The British rider ...

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Davies gets first taste of Ducati

Gordon Ritchie, 05 November 2013 16:15

Chaz Davies had his first ride on the latest version Ducati Corse Panigale 1199R at Jerez, with the Welshman making his first steps in understanding the feel of the bike he will ride for the next two seasons. “It was definitely different, so there was a lot of learning and adjustment,” said Davies, a three-time race winner for BMW in ...

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Nicky Hayden shocked at Dall’Igna’s Ducati defection

Matthew Birt, 11 October 2013 14:12

Nicky Hayden admitted in Malaysia today that Gigi Dall’Igna’s shock defection from Aprilia to Ducati for 2014 had caught him completely by surprise. Dall’Igna initially appeared to reject Ducati’s approach to try and lead the Bologna factory out of its current slump, but he had a late change of heart that has thrown Hayden’s 2014 plans up in the air. ...

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Aleix Espargaro pushing for Aspar exit

Matthew Birt, 26 September 2013 20:00

Spaniard Aleix Espargaro has publicly acknowledged informing his current Aspar MotoGP squad that he wants to quit and ride a new Yamaha YZR-M1 engine and chassis project in the Forward Racing outfit next season. It has long been rumoured that Espargaro, older brother of Moto2 title contender Pol Espargaro, was looking to clinch a Forward Racing switch, with the Italian ...

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Michael Laverty seeking to finalise 2014 MotoGP contract

Matthew Birt, 26 September 2013 09:42

Michael Laverty’s future with the PBM MotoGP squad seems secure for 2014, but the British rider is hoping to finalise a deal imminently having not yet put pen to paper on a final contract. Laverty agreed terms with Paul Bird to remain with the multi-millionaire businessman’s British-based squad during the German round at the Sachsenring back in mid-July. The former ...

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Nicky Hayden frustrated at Ducati upgrade snub

Matthew Birt, 16 September 2013 08:45

Nicky Hayden could not disguise his frustration at being denied the chance to test and race an upgraded factory Desmosedici GP13 for the last five races of his Ducati MotoGP career.The American arrived in Misano last week fully expecting to jump on the same spec bike that Italian teammate Andrea Dovizioso has been recently racing.The revised GP13 package features a ...

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Michael Laverty expected better in first British GP

Matthew Birt, 03 September 2013 13:36

Michael Laverty started and finished his first British MotoGP race in 19th position, the PBM rider admitting that he’d anticipated being closer to challenging for a points scoring finish in front of a record crowd at Silverstone. The Irishman did claim the honour of beating teammate Yonny Hernandez for the first time in his rookie season but a lack of ...

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