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Valentino Rossi signs new two-year Yamaha deal

Matthew Birt, 02 July 2014 13:35

Valentino Rossi has penned a new two-year deal with Yamaha’s factory MotoGP squad. The Italian made it clear right from pre-season testing in February that he wished to clinch a new two-year contract to remain on a YZR-M1 for 2015 and ’16. And a brilliant opening half to the current campaign has got the 35-year-old the new contract he was seeking ...

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Yamaha delighted with Valentino Rossi’s resurgence

Matthew Birt, 19 June 2014 10:37

Senior Yamaha management have admitted being delighted and surprised by Valentino Rossi’s resurgent form in the 2014 MotoGP world championship. The Italian’s brilliant second place in Sunday’s thrilling Catalunya race was the fifth time in seven races that the nine-times world champion has finished on the podium this season. That is only one rostrum less than the 35-year-old managed in ...

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MotoGP decision looming for Marc VDS Racing

Matthew Birt, 09 June 2014 14:43

Marc VDS Racing– one of the highest profile teams outside of MotoGP – could be thwarted in its bid to move to the premier class in 2015.The Belgian-based squad, which has dominated Moto2 this season with Tito Rabat and Mika Kallio, has again launched ambitious plans to move into MotoGP after a failed attempt last season.Marc VDS boss Michael Bartholemy ...

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Marquez: Rossi hard to beat in Mugello

Matthew Birt, 19 May 2014 13:28

Marc Marquez may have won all five races so far in a dominant 2014 MotoGP campaign, but the Spaniard fears it could be tough to defeat Valentino Rossi in Mugello next time out. Rossi has been the only rider to seriously challenge Repsol Honda rival Marquez this season, with the 35-year-old finishing runner-up three times in the opening five races, ...

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Suzuki switch appealing for Andrea Dovizioso

Matthew Birt, 08 May 2014 10:31

Andrea Dovizioso is emerging as an early favourite to clinch a switch to Suzuki’s factory MotoGP squad in 2015. Tentative talks between the Italian’s manager Simone Battistella and Suzuki senior management have already taken place. Suzuki has long admired the ex-125GP world champion, and MCN learned recently in Argentina that key members of the Japanese factory’s test and development team ...

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Ben Spies: ‘I’ll never race again’

Matthew Birt, 18 April 2014 09:24

Ben Spies has admitted the serious shoulder injury that forced him into premature retirement last year will never recover sufficiently enough to allow the Texan race again. The triple American superbike champion first damaged his right shoulder at the end of 2012 when he crashed out of a rain-lashed Malaysian round while riding for Yamaha’s factory squad. Spies moved to ...

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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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Honda in no rush to upgrade new RCV1000R

Matthew Birt, 27 March 2014 10:17

Honda will not be rushed into an overhaul of its new production RCV1000R machine, despite pleas from the likes of Nicky Hayden and Scott Redding for more power. Honda’s new Open class bike doesn’t feature pneumatic valve technology or a seamless shift gearbox like the Factory spec RC213V ridden by Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. But it is the lack ...

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Yamaha deny Jorge Lorenzo Open test request

Matthew Birt, 19 March 2014 16:06

Jorge Lorenzo believes he would have a better chance of winning back the premier class crown on Aleix Espargaro’s Open-spec Yamaha YZR-M1. Lorenzo is adamant that the Forward Racing YZR-M1, which can utilise four more litres of fuel and extra soft Bridgestone tyres, would be more of a title threat than his factory prototype machine. Forward Racing rider Espargaro has ...

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Suzuki keen on MotoGP test for Eugene Laverty

Matthew Birt, 11 March 2014 10:30

Suzuki is keen to get the input of Eugene Laverty on its new factory 1000cc MotoGP contender during 2014. The Irish rider is locked in talks over selected rides on the new Suzuki and he met new MotoGP boss Davide Brivio recently during the second Sepang test in Malaysia to try and confirm appearance dates. Laverty, who won on his ...

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