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Jorge Lorenzo backed to recover from nightmare start to 2014

Matthew Birt, 18 April 2014 09:23

Jorge Lorenzo’s factory Yamaha boss Wilco Zeelenberg has backed the Spaniard to fight back from a disastrous start in his bid to wrestle the MotoGP crown away from Marc Marquez. Lorenzo won eight races in 2013 but still lost the title to Marquez by just four-points after a nail-biting final round shootout in Valencia. After two truly awful races into ...

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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 not stressed by gap to Aleix Espargaro

Matthew Birt, 07 February 2014 10:06

Colin Edwards played down the big gap between himself and new Forward Racing teammate Aleix Espargaro after a tough start to winter testing in Malaysia. The experienced Texan was 14th fastest on the new Open class FTR-Yamaha, but he was comfortably overshadowed by an eye-catching display from Spaniard Espargaro. Espargaro was the revelation of the Sepang showdown and he finished ...

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Jorge Lorenzo keen on extending Yamaha deal

Matthew Birt, 17 January 2014 15:59

Jorge Lorenzo has quashed rumours that he is already seriously considering quitting Yamaha to join Ducati for 2015 during a special unveiling of this year’s factory YZR-M1 livery in Indonesia. Reports in Spain earlier this week suggested Lorenzo was close to reaching a pre-contract agreement for 2015 to make a shock move to a factory Desmosedici. But the double MotoGP ...

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Redding looking forward to Hayden battle in 2014

Matthew Birt, 23 December 2013 06:00

Scott Redding is relishing the chance to gauge himself against former MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden in the 2014 MotoGP world championship. The Briton will ride the same production Honda RCV1000R that Hayden will campaign next season, which is a win-win scenario for Redding. Until the high-profile Aspar squad inked its late HRC deal, Redding was to be joined on ...

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Michael Laverty: MotoGP or BSB in 2014?

Matthew Birt, 18 November 2013 10:01

Michael Laverty is still unsure whether he will be lining up against Marc Marquez or Shane Byrne in 2014. The Irishman’s racing future remains shrouded in uncertainty while he waits to learn whether current MotoGP boss Paul Bird will continue with his world championship squad next season. Laverty raced Bird’s British designed and built PBM frame for the majority of ...

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Cal Crutchlow makes Ducati debut in Valencia

Matthew Birt, 11 November 2013 13:04

Cal Crutchlow has got his first taste of the factory Ducati Desmosedici that Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso have dismissed as a no-hoper this afternoon at the Ricardo Tormo track in Valencia.The 2014 winter testing schedule kicked off at noon local time, with Crutchlow going out for his first run on the GP13 shortly after 1pm.The British rider ...

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Cal Crutchlow ends Tech 3 spell in gravel

Matthew Birt, 11 November 2013 10:38

Cal Crutchlow’s three-year spell with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad ended in disappointment in Valencia yesterday when the British rider tumbled out of the top six. Crutchlow, who will make his much anticipated factory Ducati debut in Spain later today, was chasing down the leading group of five when he crashed at Turn 4 on the 10th lap. The ...

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Cal Crutchlow excited ahead of Ducati debut

Matthew Birt, 07 November 2013 16:25

Cal Crutchlow will get an idea of the mammoth task he faces to make Ducati’s struggling Desmosedici competitive in 2014 when he makes his debut for the Bologna factory in Valencia on Monday. The 28-year-old told MCN he is excited and optimistic ahead of his switch to a bike that has not won a premier class race since 2010 and ...

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Crutchlow and Smith back Marquez to clinch MotoGP crown

Matthew Birt, 07 November 2013 09:31

British duo Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith have backed rookie sensation Marc Marquez to hold his nerve in Valencia this weekend to capture a record-breaking first MotoGP title. For the first time since 2006, the MotoGP crown will be decided in a nail-biting last race decider, with Repsol Honda Marquez 13-points clear of compatriot Jorge Lorenzo. If Marquez claims the ...

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