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Why is Cal Crutchlow struggling so much?

Matthew Birt, 13 July 2014 09:00

No grip, no lean angle, no confidence. That about sums up Crutchlow’s Ducati experience so far. “I’ve been scared to ride the bike because I have no idea what it is going to do from corner to corner,” he told MCN. “I’m having the same problems I’ve had for the whole season and no different to what they complained about ...

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Aleix Espargaro: ‘I want a factory bike next year’

Matthew Birt, 23 June 2014 09:36

Aleix Espargaro wants to take on younger brother Pol on an identical factory-backed Yamaha in 2015, despite the Spaniard emerging as a key target for Suzuki’s returning MotoGP squad. The Spaniard is hoping his Forward Racing squad can secure the lease of a factory spec YZR-M1 like the version raced by Pol and British teammate Bradley Smith this season. Such ...

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Andrea Dovizioso nearing future decision

Matthew Birt, 20 June 2014 10:55

Andrea Dovizioso is confident he will have decided on his 2015 plans by the next race in Assen, with Ducati and Suzuki leading the chase for the Italian’s signature. The dilemma for the former 125GP world champion is which factory he trusts the most to build a competitive bike for next season. Suzuki is returning to MotoGP for the first ...

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Marc Marquez unaware of rival interest for 2015

Matthew Birt, 27 May 2014 11:18

Marc Marquez reckons he knew nothing about potential interest from Yamaha, Ducati and Suzuki for 2015. As was widely expected, the Spaniard penned a new two-year HRC contract just before the recent French MotoGP round at Le Mans. Not surprisingly, enquiries were made about the 21-year-old’s availability from rival factories, but he had zero interest in entertaining a departure from ...

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Michelin clinches MotoGP tyre deal

Matthew Birt, 23 May 2014 11:20

Michelin will take over from Bridgestone as the official tyre supplier for the MotoGP world championship in 2016.The French brand was the only one to submit a tender for the exclusive contract by yesterday’s (May 22) deadline, with Pirelli and Dunlop taking their interest no further after initial talks with Dorna.Michelin hasn’t been involved in MotoGP since 2008 when it ...

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Rossi confident he can take fight to Marquez

Matthew Birt, 15 May 2014 14:52

Valentino Rossi is ready to go toe-to-toe with Marc Marquez – even though the nine-times world champion fears the Spanish sensation is unbeatable on current form. Marquez heads to this weekend’s French Grand Prix in Le Mans seeking to extend an unbeaten record in a stunning 2014 campaign. Marquez has not been defeated in four races so far and he ...

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Marc VDS in Yamaha talks for 2015

Matthew Birt, 30 April 2014 11:12

Scott Redding’s former Moto2 squad has kicked off talks with Yamaha about a switch to MotoGP in 2015. The Marc VDS squad is one of the highest profile teams operating outside of the premier class, with a three-rider effort in Moto2 and Moto3. But after lengthy talks about a MotoGP move ended last season, the Belgium-based squad has again launched ...

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Bridgestone surprised by COTA front tyre issues

Matthew Birt, 16 April 2014 13:15

Bridgestone has admitted it did not expect to see such major front tyre issues during last Sunday’s Circuit of the Americas MotoGP clash in Texas. Several riders reported excessive wear on the right side of the medium compound front tyre at COTA, with factory Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi one of the worst hit. The Italian looked on course for a ...

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Kevin Schwantz and COTA amicably end dispute

Matthew Birt, 28 March 2014 14:05

Kevin Schwantz thought he would need to face the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in a bitter legal fight over promotional rights to the Austin MotoGP round.But after the row was ended amicably, the 1993 world 500cc champion is now the public face of the spectacular Texas track.A statement released last night said COTA and Suzuki legend Schwantz had ended ...

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Cal Crutchlow: FTR-Yamaha speed won’t influence Ducati strategy

Matthew Birt, 23 February 2014 02:27

British rider Cal Crutchlow doesn’t believe Ducati will be influenced to adopt Open class status in MotoGP this year following Aleix Espargaro’s brilliant display in Sepang testing earlier this month. Spaniard Espargaro was the surprise package in the Far East when he clocked the fourth fastest time to easily finish top of the new Open class entries. After Crutchlow finished ...

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