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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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Cal Crutchlow happy with bigger brake disc move

Matthew Birt, 23 May 2014 11:13

Cal Crutchlow has supported a move to give all MotoGP riders the option of running bigger brake discs from next weekend’s Italian round in Mugello onwards.The Grand Prix Commission announced yesterday that a 340mm front brake disc will now be available after coming under pressure from several riders in the Safety Commission that the current 320mm disc was struggling to ...

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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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Suzuki: No plans to join Open class in 2015

Matthew Birt, 24 February 2014 11:05

Suzuki will return to MotoGP in 2015 as a full factory entry, with the Japanese factory rejecting the chance to join the new Open category. It had been rumoured that Suzuki would participate as an Open entry next year to take advantage of extra engines, softer tyres, more fuel and more options to test during the season. But an Open ...

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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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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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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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British GP meetings key to Brazil race future

Matthew Birt, 28 August 2013 13:05

A delegation from a proposed new MotoGP project in Brazil will travel to this weekend’s British round at Silverstone for a series of meetings that will be pivotal in deciding whether the South American nation returns to the world championship calendar in 2014. The proposed race at the Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet Brasilia is totally dependent on a huge multi-million ...

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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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