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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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Tech 3 boss: Colin Edwards ‘perfect’ for Yamaha/Michelin development role

Matthew Birt, 08 October 2014 14:28

Colin Edwards is the perfect choice to spearhead Yamaha’s intensive preparations for the switch to Michelin tyres in 2016. That’s the view of the American’s former Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team boss Herve Poncharal, who worked with Edwards between 2008 and 2011. The double World Superbike champion has been signed by Yamaha to be its official test rider, with his ...

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Suzuki never launched strong bid to sign Dani Pedrosa

Matthew Birt, 08 October 2014 14:23

Suzuki has denied talks to end Dani Pedrosa’s career long association with Honda ever got serious. Reports had suggested that Suzuki, who will return to MotoGP full-time in 2015 after being in self-imposed exile for three years, had held serious talks with Pedrosa earlier this season. But the Spaniard signed a new two-year deal to stay with HRC in July, ...

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Forward Racing plan to continue developing own chassis

Matthew Birt, 07 October 2014 17:14

Forward Racing will continue to develop its own chassis for 2015, despite admitting it is unlikely to race any frame other than the factory-spec version supplied by Yamaha next season. The Italian-based squad signed a new contract to run Yamaha’s Open class YZR-M1 again in 2015 at the Motorland Aragon recently. And after a major strategic change first revealed by ...

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Aspar Honda confirms MotoGP deal for Eugene Laverty

Matthew Birt, 02 October 2014 14:30

Spain’s high-profile Aspar Honda squad has confirmed the signing of Irish rider Eugene Laverty for the 2015 MotoGP world championship. Laverty’s premier class switch, which was first revealed by MCN last month, will see him ride a production Honda RC213V-RS alongside Nicky Hayden in 2015. Laverty’s current Voltcom Suzuki World Superbike squad recently put out a statement confirming he will ...

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Ex-Casey Stoner crew chief to head Jack Miller’s MotoGP switch

Matthew Birt, 01 October 2014 10:16

Casey Stoner’s former factory Ducati and Honda crew chief Cristian Gabbarini will play a key role in Jack Miller’s graduation to the MotoGP world championship in 2015. Aussie Miller is Honda’s new golden boy after he clinched an unprecedented three-year HRC deal, just five years after he starting competing in road racing. The Moto3 world championship contender will ride a ...

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Scott Redding targets factory HRC spot in future

Matthew Birt, 25 September 2014 11:51

Scott Redding has set his sights on an official HRC seat alongside Marc Marquez in the future after the British rider confirmed he will make a dream return to the Marc VDS Racing squad on a factory Honda RC213V in 2015. The 21-year-old’s future has been the subject of intense speculation for a month after it emerged his Gresini squad ...

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Eugene Laverty confirms MotoGP switch in 2015

Matthew Birt, 16 September 2014 10:28

Eugene Laverty will switch to MotoGP in 2015 after confirming he will leave the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki World Superbike squad at the end of the season. As was first revealed by MCN, the Irish rider will ride a production Honda RCV1000R machine for the Spanish-based Aspar squad, ending his long pursuit of a MotoGP ride. Laverty was linked to an ...

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Eugene Laverty lands Aspar Honda deal?

Matthew Birt, 15 September 2014 15:11

Eugene Laverty is understood to have clinched a MotoGP move for 2015 with the high profile Aspar Honda squad. MCN sources understand Laverty has agreed a deal to ride a production RCV1000R next season after Scott Redding ruled himself out of a possible deal to partner Nicky Hayden in 2015. Redding has signed a dream deal to ride a factory ...

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Colin Edwards set to begin Yamaha testing role

Matthew Birt, 03 September 2014 10:53

Colin Edwards won’t have long to get used to life as a retired racer, with the American poised to kick off his new role as Yamaha’s official MotoGP test rider in a few days. The Texan had planned to retire at the end of 2014, but his final season was ended prematurely after the recent Indianapolis round when his Forward ...

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