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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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Bradley Smith aiming to stay in Tech 3 Yamaha

Matthew Birt, 26 June 2013 17:23

With a contract for 2014 already signed and sealed, it is no surprise that British rider Bradley Smith spoke of his intention to be part of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad in 2014 on the eve of this weekend’s Dutch TT in Assen today. If only it was that simple. Smith might be only in the first of a ...

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Thailand eyeing MotoGP race for 2015

Matthew Birt, 21 June 2013 10:18

Thailand could be the first country to cash in on MotoGP’s booming popularity in South East Asia by joining the world championship schedule in 2015. Interest in South East Asia has soared in the last few years but the only race on the calendar in that region is the Sepang clash in Malaysia. Representatives of a new track called the ...

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Dorna open to Indianapolis leaving MotoGP schedule early

Matthew Birt, 19 June 2013 10:47

The Indianapolis MotoGP race in August could be the last to be held at the legendary American motorsport venue, with Dorna open to the race ending its agreement one year early. The iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) has been on the MotoGP world championship calendar since 2008 and in 2011 it signed a new three-year contract extension with Dorna until ...

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Bike development behind Suzuki’s delayed MotoGP return

Matthew Birt, 17 June 2013 16:52

Suzuki has confirmed that it has delayed its return to MotoGP action until 2015 to focus on development of its new 1000cc machine.When the Japanese factory suspended its premier class project at the end of 2011, Suzuki announced its intention to be back competing against the likes of Honda and Yamaha in 2014.But speaking during the first European test of ...

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Suzuki will have to self-fund MotoGP project in 2014

Matthew Birt, 15 June 2013 14:51

Suzuki’s return to the MotoGP world championship is still not confirmed for next season, but what is certain is that the Japanese factory will have to finance its own two-rider works effort in 2014. Dorna unveiled new entry guidelines and future financial support for teams during meetings at the Catalunya track near Barcelona yesterday (Friday). And as was revealed by ...

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MotoGP grid set to swell to 28 bikes in 2014

Matthew Birt, 10 June 2013 13:38

The MotoGP grid could swell to its largest size in years with the potential for a 28-strong entry in 2014.With Honda, Yamaha and Ducati all contracted to supply four factory prototypes each, there is the possibility that 16 additional entries will be permitted to compete, including Suzuki with a new two-rider factory effort.Suzuki were to be subject to stringent entry ...

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Ex-Valentino Rossi boss keen on management return

Matthew Birt, 27 March 2013 09:57

Valentino Rossi’s former factory Yamaha team boss Davide Brivio has spoken of his desire to return to MotoGP management, with the Italian locked in talks with Suzuki about leading the Japanese factory’s potential premier class return in 2014. Brivio has worked with Rossi’s VR46 company since the nine-times world champion left Yamaha at the end of 2010 and though there ...

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Dorna right to deny Suzuki new entry in 2014

Matthew Birt, 29 January 2013 09:49

MotoGP bosses are right not to give Suzuki an automatic entry to return with a new full factory 1000cc effort in the 2014 world championship. Suzuki has been told by Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta that it won’t be given a new entry to re-join the grid next year, but will have to negotiate a deal to collaborate or buy-out an ...

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Buy a MotoGP bike for under £1m in 2014

Matthew Birt, 17 January 2013 15:08

Details of the alternative options to running a CRT machine in MotoGP are starting to emerge, with Honda committed to selling five of its production RC213V bikes and Yamaha agreeing to an engine supply deal for four bikes in 2014. Honda will sell five of the production RC213V machines at a maximum cost of 1m Euros (£835,000) per rider, while ...

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