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MotoGP poised for South American double-header in 2014

Matthew Birt, 17 January 2013 12:09

The MotoGP world championship could make two stops in South America in 2014, with Dorna locked in negotiations about a new race in Brazil to join Argentina back on the schedule. Next year’s calendar could be expanded to 19 races with the addition of Argentina and Brazil, as Dorna looks to get a foothold in the South American market for ...

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500cc four-stroke class to join World Superbike schedule?

Matthew Birt, 17 January 2013 11:18

A non-world championship category for 500cc four-stroke machinery could join the World Superbike schedule from 2015 onwards. With MotoGP rights owners Dorna now controlling World Superbikes too, plans to drastically reduce costs and the technical specification of machinery in WSB and World Supersport means the European Superstock 1000 and 600 classes look certain to be cut off the schedule in ...

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Suzuki request MotoGP testing return

Simon Patterson, 11 December 2012 14:23

Suzuki have re-ignited claims of a 2014 MotoGP return as they today requested permission to partake in selected MotoGP official tests in 2013. The Japanese team, who left the championship for financial reasons in 2011, have long insisted they would return eventually. They had orginially hinted at 2013 wildcard rides, but MotoGP boss Carmelo Ezpeleta has announced that instead they ...

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MotoGP boss wants imminent decision on 2014 rules

Matthew Birt, 17 October 2012 11:14

MotoGP boss Carmelo Ezpeleta says he will push through his controversial plans for a controlled ECU and rev limit unless the factories can propose viable alternative options to help achieve his objectives of cutting costs and making racing more entertaining. Ezpeleta said he is willing to compromise on implementing radical rule changes like a single ECU if Honda, Yamaha and ...

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Dorna to run MotoGP and World Superbikes

Matthew Birt, 03 October 2012 11:41

A major reshuffle of the organisation of MotoGP and World Superbikes will see Dorna manage both championships in the future. Bridgepoint, the private equity firm that invested in Dorna in 2006 and World Superbike owners Infront Sports & Media last year, confirmed the re-organisation yesterday. Dorna will now take full responsibility for MotoGP and World Superbikes, with Infront Motor Sports ...

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Rookie rule set to be axed in MotoGP?

Matthew Birt, 08 June 2012 13:52

Honda could be on the brink of winning its fight to get the rookie rule abolished in MotoGP, paving the way for Spanish starlet Marc Marquez to move straight into its official factory team in 2013. Introduced in 2010, the rookie rule forbids newcomers in MotoGP from being fast tracked into a factory team. The rule was designed to help ...

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Tech 3 halt work on new CRT machine

Matthew Birt, 30 March 2012 12:18

Cal Crutchlow’s Tech 3 squad has suspended work on a proposed new CRT 1000cc MotoGP project. The French-based squad planned to have a new prototype chassis ready for track testing by the middle of 2012, with a view to entering a new project in the MotoGP world championship in 2013 or ’14. But with on-going discussions about sweeping rule changes ...

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Suzuki to enter new 1000cc bike in selected races in 2013?

Matthew Birt, 06 February 2012 10:37

Suzuki could be back on the MotoGP grid with a new factory GSV-R 1000cc machine as early as 2013. Veteran Japanese test rider Nobuatsu Aoki confirmed in Sepang last week that he was testing Suzuki’s new 1000cc project recently at the Ryuyo test track in Japan. He hinted that if testing was successful then Suzuki would possibly consider selected wild ...

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Dorna plans US triple-header, no Abu Dhabi

Matthew Birt, 06 July 2011 09:52

America could have three races on the MotoGP world championship calendar in 2013, while plans to race in Abu Dhabi have been scrapped. The Laguna Seca circuit in California has a contract to host the American Grand Prix until the end of 2014, while Dorna has just signed a ten-year deal with the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, ...

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Phillip Island date change debate drags on

Matthew Birt, 14 January 2011 09:56

Plans to switch the Australian MotoGP race to a much earlier date on the world championship schedule in 2012 are still under discussion. Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta and a host of top riders including Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo are demanding the Phillip Island race move to a slot at the beginning of the season from its current October date. ...

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