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HRC fears MotoGP development costs will soar with tyre switch

Matthew Birt, 20 August 2014 11:56

Honda fears a switch to Michelin as the new official tyre supplier in MotoGP for 2016 will send its development costs rocketing. All the major factories are facing a costly and complex task to adapt their machinery to a new supplier in 2016 after Bridgestone decided to quit MotoGP at the end of next season. HRC has experience of the ...

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Factory Honda talks continue for Scott Redding

Matthew Birt, 11 August 2014 17:13

Negotiations to get Scott Redding on the factory Honda RC213V in Fausto Gresini’s Italian squad in 2015 have still to be concluded. Lengthy discussions between Redding’s management, HRC and Gresini continued again during last weekend’s Indianapolis MotoGP race, which saw the 2013 Moto2 runner-up finish in a brilliant ninth position. The 21-year-old is desperate to secure the factory RC213V that ...

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Tech 3 never contemplated Cal Crutchlow return

Matthew Birt, 21 July 2014 12:01

Cal Crutchlow’s former Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad boss Herve Poncharal has said it would have been a mistake to try and re-sign the British rider for the 2015 MotoGP world championship. The 28-year-old ended intense speculation about his future when he confirmed he has taken up an option to remain with Ducati next season. Crutchlow had held talks with ...

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Marc Marquez curious to see Aleix Espargaro on Factory bike

Matthew Birt, 21 July 2014 10:44

Reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez reckons it would be interesting to see Aleix Espargaro’s performance potential if the Spaniard managed to secure a Factory ride in the future. Espargaro has caught the eye in 2014 with a series of impressive performances for Forward Racing, riding Yamaha’s Open class YZR-M1 project. He has finished in the top six four times ...

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Sponsor talks key to LCR expansion plans

Matthew Birt, 15 July 2014 09:35

LCR Honda boss Lucio Cecchinello is expected to find out within the next few days whether his Monaco-based MotoGP squad has the budget to expand to a two-rider effort in 2015. Cecchinello has had long ambitions to run a two-rider premier class project with Honda, having always entered with a one-rider effort ever since joining MotoGP back in 2006 with ...

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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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