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Yamaha boss: Rossi riding better than last title win in 2009

Matthew Birt, 25 September 2014 11:58

Valentino Rossi is riding better than he did at Yamaha when winning his last MotoGP world championship in 2009. That’s the view of Yamaha boss Kouichi Tsuji, who was full of admiration for the Italian after he returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion in Misano earlier this month. Tsuji said Rossi’s 2014 form has exceeded his expectations and he ...

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Scott Redding targets factory HRC spot in future

Matthew Birt, 25 September 2014 11:51

Scott Redding has set his sights on an official HRC seat alongside Marc Marquez in the future after the British rider confirmed he will make a dream return to the Marc VDS Racing squad on a factory Honda RC213V in 2015. The 21-year-old’s future has been the subject of intense speculation for a month after it emerged his Gresini squad ...

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Andrea Dovizioso targets podium return before end of season

Matthew Birt, 23 September 2014 13:33

Andrea Dovizioso’s main target in the final five races of 2014 is to add to his two podium finishes on Ducati’s improving Desmosedici. The experienced Italian has finished on the podium in Austin and Assen and in the last two races in Silverstone and Misano has fought right down to the wire for a return to the rostrum. In Silverstone, ...

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Yamaha under pressure to deliver gearbox upgrade

Matthew Birt, 23 September 2014 11:36

Yamaha is under mounting pressure from Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo to upgrade its year-old seamless shift gearbox to help the factory YZR-M1 pair threaten Marc Marquez’s domination of MotoGP. Yamaha has raced a seamless shift gearbox since last September, and while Rossi and Lorenzo have been able to downshift without using the clutch in 2014, the system is only ...

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LCR never eyed Crutchlow/Redding British dream team

Matthew Birt, 23 September 2014 11:30

A British dream team featuring Cal Crutchlow and Scott Redding in next year’s MotoGP world championship never came close to reality. With Redding unexpectedly back on the rider market for a period after Fausto Gresini couldn’t raise the budget to lease a factory Honda RC213V for the Briton next year, it was rumoured that LCR would snap up the vacant ...

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Tech 3 deny making Yamaha MotoGP offer to Alex Rins

Matthew Birt, 22 September 2014 11:00

Tech 3 Yamaha boss Herve Poncharal has rubbished claims by Alex Rins that the Spanish teenager turned down the chance to replace Bradley Smith on a factory-backed YZR-M1 in 2015. Rins confirmed in Misano recently he would be switching to Moto2 next season, having clinched a deal to replace Suzuki-bound Maverick Vinales in the Pons squad. Prior to finalising his ...

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Yamaha delighted Jorge Lorenzo’s crew won't be split up

Matthew Birt, 22 September 2014 10:51

Yamaha management have spoken of their delight that Jorge Lorenzo will continue with long-serving crew chief Ramon Forcada until at least the end of 2016. Having signed a new two-year contract to remain on a factory YZR-M1 for the next two years, rumours emerged that Lorenzo was giving serious consideration to splitting from Forcada, who has been his chief engineer ...

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Yamaha rethinks Open class project for Forward Racing

Matthew Birt, 19 September 2014 12:00

Yamaha will continue to supply the Forward Racing squad with a factory YZR-M1 engine and chassis after a late strategy change for 2015. Yamaha management have always been adamant that its Open class entry with Forward Racing would revert to an engine supply deal only in 2015, as had been the original plan for this season. But Yamaha has confirmed ...

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Danny Kent confident Honda will suit style in Moto3

Matthew Birt, 19 September 2014 10:52

Danny Kent is confident Honda’s Moto3 machine will suit his fast cornering riding style more than the Husqvarna package he has been racing in 2014. As was first reported by MCN in Misano last weekend, the Gloucestershire rider has secured a switch to the Kiefer Racing squad for next season after leaving the Red Bull Ajo squad. The 20-year-old has ...

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Jorge Lorenzo happy to keep crew chief

Matthew Birt, 19 September 2014 10:03

Jorge Lorenzo is to keep faith with long-serving crew chief Ramon Forcada. Speculation has been rife that Lorenzo was contemplating replacing Forcada for 2015 after his failure to seriously threaten for the MotoGP world championship this season. Only five races of the 18-round schedule remain and Lorenzo is still to win in 2014 and he currently trails Movistar Yamaha teammate ...

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