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Casey Stoner completes HRC test in Japan

Matthew Birt, 30 October 2014 09:26

Casey Stoner has completed his first MotoGP test in 12 months at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan today after giving HRC staff crucial feedback on the 2015 factory RC213V contender. The Australian tested the bike dominant reigning world champion Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa will race next season on Bridgestone tyres before he gave his impressions of the 2016-spec Michelin ...

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MotoGP return to Brazil unlikely in near future

Matthew Birt, 29 October 2014 16:50

Brazil’s bid to return to the MotoGP calendar for the first time since 2004 appears to have stalled. The South American country was pencilled in on the 2014 schedule for a race at the Brasilia track in late September. But a lack of multi-million pound funding required to completely renovate the Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet never materialised and the race ...

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Ducati confident Michele Pirro will remain Desmosedici test rider

Matthew Birt, 29 October 2014 10:05

Ducati is confident that test and development rider Michele Pirro will sign a new contract, despite interest from Italian rivals Aprilia about a MotoGP racing contract in 2015. Pirro has been Ducati’s test rider since the end of 2012 when he gave up racing after his only full season in the premier class with the Gresini FTR-Honda. But the 28-year-old ...

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McPhee stuns with brilliant Phillip Island performance

Matthew Birt, 21 October 2014 16:14

Flying Scotsman John McPhee came within the width of a front wheel of breaking his podium duck before he ran into an unjust rollicking from hot-headed Efren Vazquez. The RTG Honda rider was just 0.090s off the podium and close to a first top three for the second time in a week after his career best fourth in Japan But ...

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Yamaha thrilled to see Bradley Smith break MotoGP podium duck

Matthew Birt, 20 October 2014 11:27

Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis says he was delighted to see British rider Bradley Smith end his search for a maiden MotoGP podium in an incident-packed Phillip Island race in Australia yesterday. The Oxfordshire rider joined Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo for an all-Yamaha podium for the first time since the Le Mans round in France in 2008 when he finished ...

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Thailand and Chile to host WSB in 2015, MotoGP in ’16?

Matthew Birt, 20 October 2014 11:22

Thailand and Chile could be surprise additions to the 2015 World Superbike calendar ahead of a possible inclusion on the MotoGP schedule the following season, MCN has learned. Javier Alonso, Dorna’s Managing Director of Events, is at the Buriram International circuit around 250 miles north of Bangkok this week for a special visit ahead of this weekend’s Sepang clash in ...

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Casey Stoner to make MotoGP testing return for Honda

Matthew Birt, 16 October 2014 12:05

Casey Stoner will make a surprise return to MotoGP after HRC confirmed to MCN in Australia today that the double world champion will test a factory RC213V in Japan later this month. Stoner will complete a two-day test at Twin Ring Motegi on October 29 and 30 in what will be his first ride on a MotoGP prototype for a ...

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Scott Redding admits contact with Jerry Burgess about crew chief role

Matthew Birt, 15 October 2014 12:20

Scott Redding’s Marc VDS Racing squad contacted Jerry Burgess about a crew chief role with the British rider next season when he switches to a factory Honda RC213V, MCN can exclusively reveal. The Marc VDS Racing squad will run a new premier class project for Redding next season in a two-year deal that was finally officially confirmed in Japan last ...

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Honda confirms new RC213V-RS won't be ready until February

Matthew Birt, 15 October 2014 12:10

Honda has confirmed its all-new production Honda RC213V-RS machine will not be ready for  Jack Miller and Eugene Laverty to debut until the first MotoGP showdown of 2015 in Malaysia. The RC213V-RS will replace the current underpowered RCV1000R next season, but the new production bike will not be ready to test in the traditional post race test session in Valencia ...

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Scott Redding excited to work with Jonathan Rea’s crew chief

Matthew Birt, 14 October 2014 16:37

Scott Redding believes his new crew chief Chris Pike is the right man to help him to challenge MotoGP’s established elite like Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo in the future. Pike is something of a surprise choice to be Redding’s 2015 crew chief given he has no MotoGP experience, but he is highly respected by Honda having worked ...

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