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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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Suzuki: Rossi not a candidate for 2015 ride

Matthew Birt, 13 March 2014 09:51

Suzuki boss Davide Brivio has admitted it will be highly unlikely for the Japanese factory to convince Valentino Rossi to spearhead its MotoGP return in 2015. Suzuki is currently extensively testing its new 1000cc machine ahead of a full-time return to MotoGP competition in 2015. With two sought after factory seats available, it has long been speculated that Rossi’s close ...

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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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Marco Simoncelli to become MotoGP legend

Matthew Birt, 03 February 2014 14:30

Marco Simoncelli, the rising star of MotoGP who tragically lost his life in a racing accident at Sepang in 2011, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame later this year. The former 250GP world champion will become the 21st rider to be given MotoGP Legend status, joining iconic names like Giacomo Agostini, Mike Hailwood, Kenny Roberts, Barry Sheene, John ...

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Tech 3 Yamaha workshop damaged by floods

Matthew Birt, 21 January 2014 14:14

The French base of Bradley Smith’s Monster Yamaha Tech 3 MotoGP squad has suffered extensive flood damage after torrential rain battered southern France. The workshop in Bormes les Mimosas was under water on Sunday after a nearby river burst its banks and caused close to an estimated £100,000 in damage. Herve Poncharal’s squad had been preparing for the forthcoming first ...

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MotoGP revival priority over WSB, says new Ducati boss

Matthew Birt, 19 November 2013 10:24

New Ducati race boss Gigi Dall’Igna has admitted the Bologna factory’s attempt to be more competitive in MotoGP will take priority over its struggling World Superbike project. Former Aprilia chief Dall’Igna has taken charge of Ducati Corse and he will oversee both MotoGP and WSB in 2014. But while the struggling Panigale project won’t be neglected in next year’s World ...

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Valentino Rossi: Right time to replace Jerry Burgess

Matthew Birt, 08 November 2013 17:10

Valentino Rossi believes now is the right time to part company with legendary Australian chief engineer Jerry Burgess, as the news of their shock split continues to dominate the headlines at the final race in Valencia. Rossi informed Burgess yesterday (Thursday) that he would be replacing him as crew chief for the 2014 season after the story leaked in the ...

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Scott Redding passed fit to start practice in Japan

Matthew Birt, 24 October 2013 08:41

Scott Redding has been declared fit to start practice for this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix tomorrow after coming through a painful medical examination at the Twin Ring Motegi earlier. The 20-year-old is fighting to keep his Moto2 world title hopes alive after he suffered a broken left wrist in a qualifying crash five days ago during the Australian round at ...

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Marc Marquez unhurt in practice crash

Matthew Birt, 18 October 2013 09:52

Marc Marquez suffered a scare on the opening day of practice for the Phillip Island MotoGP clash in Australia earlier today when he walked away unhurt from a tumble at the famous Lukey Heights section. The Spaniard, who could clinch an historic first premier class world title on Sunday, fell on only his third lap in this afternoon’s FP2, but ...

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