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Kevin Schwantz rides Suzuki’s MotoGP bike

Matthew Birt, 16 April 2014 15:40

Texan legend Kevin Schwantz has given Suzuki his impressions of the Japanese factory’s new 1000cc MotoGP project at the Circuit of the Americas. The 1993 world 500cc champion took the opportunity to lap on the XRH-1 machine while Suzuki takes part in a special two-day test session at COTA in advance of its full-time return to MotoGP competition in 2015. ...

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Bridgestone surprised by COTA front tyre issues

Matthew Birt, 16 April 2014 13:15

Bridgestone has admitted it did not expect to see such major front tyre issues during last Sunday’s Circuit of the Americas MotoGP clash in Texas. Several riders reported excessive wear on the right side of the medium compound front tyre at COTA, with factory Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi one of the worst hit. The Italian looked on course for a ...

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Yamaha: No chassis support for Forward in 2015

Matthew Birt, 16 April 2014 11:52

Yamaha will insist on Aleix Espargaro’s Forward Racing squad building its own chassis for the 2015 MotoGP world championship.The Italian-based squad has been allowed to start 2014 with a YZR-M1 chassis and swingarm package, while it developed its own frame to race in the future.Yamaha’s foray into the new Open category was only ever meant to include a leasing deal ...

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Nicky Hayden in dark on RCV1000R upgrades

Matthew Birt, 16 April 2014 11:03

Nicky Hayden has admitted he has no idea when his underpowered production Honda RCV1000R machine will be given a performance upgrade in 2014. Hayden’s Spanish-based Aspar squad recently admitted the new Open class project will not be given an upgrade until the first European race at Jerez next month at the earliest. But 2006 world champion Hayden said he has ...

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Valentino Rossi: ‘I’m a big fan of Jack Miller’

Matthew Birt, 16 April 2014 10:59

Valentino Rossi’s Circuit of the Americas race day wasn’t a total disaster after the Italian slumped to a lowly eighth position with severe front tyre issues in the Texas MotoGP clash. The 35-year-old did at least see his new Sky-backed Moto3 squad deliver its first rostrum of the campaign, with Italian rider Romano Fenati claiming a close second behind Jack ...

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Jorge Lorenzo starts Yamaha contract talks

Matthew Birt, 11 April 2014 08:41

Double MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo has confirmed in Texas today (Thursday) that he has started talks with Yamaha over a new contract. The Spaniard has spent his entire six-year MotoGP career with Yamaha and intends to ink a new two-year deal, with talks already underway with senior management. HRC boss Shuhei Nakamoto said during the pre-season that he intended ...

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Colin Edwards to retire at end of 2014

Matthew Birt, 10 April 2014 19:29

Colin Edwards has announced on the eve of his home MotoGP race in Texas today that 2014 will be his final season in motorcycle racing. The 40-year-old used the pre-event press conference at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) to officially announce his retirement after a career spanning two decades in World Superbikes and MotoGP. Edwards, who has made 187 ...

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Yamaha: No doubt Lorenzo ‘back on it’ in Austin

Matthew Birt, 10 April 2014 16:19

Yamaha has no doubt that Jorge Lorenzo will be able to bounce back from the bitter disappointment of his early exit from the opening race of the season in Qatar when the world championship continues in Texas this weekend. Lorenzo led the early moments of a pulsating Losail International Circuit opener but crashed out before a lap had even been ...

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Electronics main focus for Suzuki in Austin and Argentina tests

Matthew Birt, 10 April 2014 16:04

Suzuki will not have a raft of new parts for Randy de Puniet to assess during forthcoming post race tests in Austin and Argentina, with the Japanese factory concentrating on development of the latest electronics spec. Suzuki has only tested with the standard Dorna-supplied Magneti Marelli hardware twice in Malaysia back in February. The task of getting its own Mitsubishi ...

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Yamaha eager to secure Rossi and Lorenzo deals

Matthew Birt, 04 April 2014 10:35

Yamaha says it is poised to kick off detailed contract renewal discussions with Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. With Honda admitting last month that it plans fresh talks to lure Lorenzo off a YZR-M1 for 2015, Yamaha will act swiftly to ensure its most prized asset in MotoGP commits to a new two-year deal. While Yamaha is also keen to ...

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