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Pol Espargaro free to quit Yamaha if Lorenzo stays

Matthew Birt, 07 July 2014 11:41

Pol Espargaro has admitted he is unlikely to quit Yamaha for 2015, despite having an option to leave if the door to a factory YZR-M1 ride is slammed shut in his face for next season. MCN has learned that the Spaniard has a clause in his contract that he becomes a free agent if Yamaha signs new deals with Valentino ...

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Marc VDS Racing clarifies Jack Miller contract situation

Matthew Birt, 04 July 2014 13:12

The contract saga surrounding Moto3 sensation Jack Miller for 2015 is showing no sign of reaching an amicable resolution. The much sought after Aussie teenager signed a pre-contract for 2015 and 2016 to move to Moto2 with the Marc VDS Racing squad. The Belgian-based Marc VDS Racing squad is adamant the pre-contract Miller signed with them last September to move ...

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Marc Marquez: Dani was faster than me

Matthew Birt, 17 June 2014 10:03

Marc Marquez believes that Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa was the faster rider in the closing stages of a memorable Catalunya MotoGP race last Sunday. Marquez had to dig deep to claim a seventh straight win in 2014 in a tense and dramatic race that has already been labelled one of the best in the 65-year history of world championship ...

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Rossi and Lorenzo test 2015 Yamaha motor

Matthew Birt, 16 June 2014 20:59

Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo got their first chance to test a 2015-spec factory Yamaha engine during today’s post race test session at the Catalunya track near Barcelona. Next year’s motor was one of a range of test items that the pair evaluated today, including a new Akrapovic exhaust which they could both race at the next race in Assen ...

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Andrea Dovizioso: Difficult to analyse Suzuki performance

Matthew Birt, 16 June 2014 19:12

Andrea Dovizioso says it is too difficult to assess the performance potential of Suzuki’s new 1000cc project after today’s one-day post race test at the Catalunya track in Spain. The Italian has been strongly linked with a switch from Ducati to the Japanese factory for 2015, but said he had not seen test rider Randy de Puniet on track today ...

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Bradley Smith not concerned by recent slump

Matthew Birt, 04 June 2014 10:32

Bradley Smith has denied the pressure is building on the British rider after his early crash out of last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix in Mugello. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider made a brilliant start to his second season in MotoGP when he claimed a maiden front row start in the season’s opening clash in Qatar. He was then battling ...

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Marquez and Rossi to assess Michelin tyres in Valencia’s November test?

Matthew Birt, 03 June 2014 09:34

Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi and the rest of the MotoGP grid are likely to get their first opportunity to evaluate Michelin’s new 2016-spec tyres in Valencia in November. Michelin will take over from Bridgestone as official tyre supplier in 2016, but to ensure the French brand has as much preparation time as possible, much of the traditional post-season test in ...

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Honda happy to keep Dani Pedrosa for 2015

Matthew Birt, 08 May 2014 11:21

Honda has denied giving serious consideration to axing long-serving factory rider Dani Pedrosa at the end of 2014. Pedrosa has already been strongly linked with Suzuki, with the Japanese factory eager to get a rider of the Spaniard’s speed and experience to lead its MotoGP return in 2015. Pedrosa has made it clear though his priority is to remain with ...

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No Honda production bike updates in Jerez

Matthew Birt, 30 April 2014 10:01

Honda has dashed hopes that its new production RCV1000R machine will get an imminent performance upgrade for the likes of Scott Redding and Nicky Hayden. The Japanese factory’s Open class project has been criticised for lacking acceleration and top speed, with the RCV1000R not equipped with factory spec technology like pneumatic valves and a seamless shift gearbox. Briton Redding and ...

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Aspar not expecting imminent RCV1000R upgrade

Matthew Birt, 04 April 2014 09:59

Nicky Hayden’s Aspar squad has conceded that its underpowererd new production Honda RCV1000R is unlikely to receive a motor upgrade until the fourth race of 2014 at the earliest. A lack of acceleration and top speed was quickly identified as a big weakness of the new RCV1000R, which is Honda’s entry in the new Open category, designed specifically to bolster ...

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