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Bridgestone responds to Phillip Island tyre disaster

Matthew Birt, 25 October 2013 09:27

The fallout from last weekend’s tyre fiasco in Phillip Island is still being felt in Japan this week, with senior Bridgestone management staging a specially convened press conference to explain what went so badly wrong in Australia. A new surface at Phillip Island created a nightmare for Bridgestone and Dunlop, with both MotoGP and Moto2 races shortened well below the ...

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MotoGP boss: Valentino Rossi convinced he still competitive

Matthew Birt, 25 January 2013 12:00

Valentino Rossi prolonged his MotoGP career until the end of 2014 at least because he is convinced that he can still be a race winner and world title contender against the likes of Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa. That’s the view of MotoGP boss Carmelo Ezpeleta, who believes the 33-year-old would not have completed a shock return to Yamaha if ...

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No red carpet for Suzuki MotoGP return in 2014

Matthew Birt, 22 January 2013 16:16

Suzuki will not be granted a brand new entry to complete its anticipated return to the MotoGP grid in 2014. Instead the Japanese factory will have to collaborate with an existing team like Aspar, Gresini or BQR, as Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta seeks to gain some stability in the MotoGP world championship. Suzuki intends to be back on the grid ...

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Sepang to host two MotoGP races in future?

Matthew Birt, 30 November 2012 17:10

Sepang could host two MotoGP races in the near future in a bid to cash in on booming interest in South East Asian markets like Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. MCN can reveal that Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis has already spoken to Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta to explore the option of the Sepang circuit featuring twice on the calendar after the ...

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Argentina MotoGP remains in doubt

Matthew Birt, 31 October 2012 11:34

A political storm involving Repsol – one of the most high profile sponsors in the MotoGP paddock – continues to seriously threaten Argentina’s bid to be back on the calendar next season for the first time since 1999. The new Autodromo de Rio Hondo is pencilled in to host round two of the 2013 world championship on April 14, but ...

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Valentino Rossi: World Superbikes now too close to MotoGP

Matthew Birt, 16 October 2012 17:52

Valentino Rossi believes World Superbikes needs a major technical revamp to use more production-based machinery in the future. But the nine-times world champion has urged Dorna, which now controls World Superbikes after the recent acquisition of Infront Motor Sports, not to dumb down the technical rules too much to take away the skill and fascination of riding in WSB. Now ...

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Suzuki poised to officially confirm MotoGP withdrawal

Matthew Birt, 14 November 2011 11:49

Suzuki is expected to officially confirm it will withdraw from the MotoGP world championship before the end of this week. The Japanese factory was set a deadline by Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta to commit to the new 1000cc MotoGP class by last Friday (November 11), as was first reported by MCN. There was no public confirmation from Suzuki that it ...

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Suzuki set Friday deadline to commit to MotoGP in 2012

Matthew Birt, 08 November 2011 16:24

Suzuki has until Friday to commit to the 2012 MotoGP world championship, MCN can reveal. Suzuki team boss Paul Denning and Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta met in Valencia yesterday (Monday) to discuss the future of the British-based squad. Ezpeleta said that he would wait until Friday for a final decision, with his ultimatum demanding an assurance from Suzuki that if ...

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Japanese MotoGP date change confirmed

Matthew Birt, 15 March 2011 15:00

The 2011 Japanese MotoGP race, originally scheduled to take place on April 24, has been moved to October 2.The FIM has just confirmed the switch, which follows a devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan last week.A short statement said the move was the result of a direct request from Twin Ring Motegi management to re-schedule the date as Japan ...

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Loris Capirossi: Phillip Island must move in 2012

Matthew Birt, 01 March 2011 10:03

Italian veteran Loris Capirossi is adamant there will be no climb down from the powerful MotoGP Safety Commission over demands to move the date of the Phillip Island race in Australia next year.A debate over when the 2012 Australian Grand Prix has raged for weeks with Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta exerting intense pressure on the Australian Grand Prix Corporation to ...

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