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Suzuki re-thinking MotoGP strategy after Ducati Open move

Matthew Birt, 07 March 2014 10:47

Ducati's decision to move to the new Open class has already forced Suzuki into re-thinking its 2015 MotoGP strategy, and is likely to put pressure on Honda and Yamaha to do the same.Just three weeks after declaring its intention to run as a factory entry to have the capability of developing its own electronics software, Suzuki is not ruling out ...

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Suzuki: No plans to join Open class in 2015

Matthew Birt, 24 February 2014 11:05

Suzuki will return to MotoGP in 2015 as a full factory entry, with the Japanese factory rejecting the chance to join the new Open category. It had been rumoured that Suzuki would participate as an Open entry next year to take advantage of extra engines, softer tyres, more fuel and more options to test during the season. But an Open ...

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Open class project vital for Ducati future

Matthew Birt, 20 November 2013 09:40

Ducati’s revamped Desmosedici machine that will be raced in the new Open category in MotoGP next season is an essential project geared at preparing the Bologna factory for a potential major rule change in the future. South American Yonny Hernandez will race the new bike as part of the Pramac squad in 2013. The project will essentially be this year’s ...

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Bridgestone responds to Phillip Island tyre disaster

Matthew Birt, 25 October 2013 09:27

The fallout from last weekend’s tyre fiasco in Phillip Island is still being felt in Japan this week, with senior Bridgestone management staging a specially convened press conference to explain what went so badly wrong in Australia. A new surface at Phillip Island created a nightmare for Bridgestone and Dunlop, with both MotoGP and Moto2 races shortened well below the ...

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Casey Stoner to become MotoGP Legend in Phillip Island

Matthew Birt, 15 October 2013 09:34

Casey Stoner will become the 20th rider to be awarded the prestigious title of MotoGP Legend during his home race at Phillip Island this weekend. The double MotoGP world champion was nominated as a MotoGP Legend immediately after his final premier class appearance in Valencia last November. Stoner retired from MotoGP aged just 27 and he will become the third ...

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British GP meetings key to Brazil race future

Matthew Birt, 28 August 2013 13:05

A delegation from a proposed new MotoGP project in Brazil will travel to this weekend’s British round at Silverstone for a series of meetings that will be pivotal in deciding whether the South American nation returns to the world championship calendar in 2014. The proposed race at the Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet Brasilia is totally dependent on a huge multi-million ...

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Indy secures MotoGP future, Laguna Seca to be axed?

Matthew Birt, 18 August 2013 15:19

The legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) will remain on the MotoGP calendar in 2014, as doubts have emerged about the future of the Laguna Seca round in California. Earlier this year IMS management said a decision on whether to go ahead with the final year of its contract with Dorna next season would be decided following this weekend’s race. That ...

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Dorna boss: Cal Crutchlow pivotal for MotoGP

Matthew Birt, 04 July 2013 11:55

MotoGP Cal Crutchlow has become such an integral figure in the MotoGP world championship that Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta is working tirelessly behind-the-scenes to ensure the British rider has the best deal possible for 2014 and beyond. Crutchlow’s impressive transformation from struggling rookie in 2011 to consistent podium challenger in less than three years has seen his popularity rocket, particularly ...

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Bradley Smith aiming to stay in Tech 3 Yamaha

Matthew Birt, 26 June 2013 17:23

With a contract for 2014 already signed and sealed, it is no surprise that British rider Bradley Smith spoke of his intention to be part of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad in 2014 on the eve of this weekend’s Dutch TT in Assen today. If only it was that simple. Smith might be only in the first of a ...

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Thailand eyeing MotoGP race for 2015

Matthew Birt, 21 June 2013 10:18

Thailand could be the first country to cash in on MotoGP’s booming popularity in South East Asia by joining the world championship schedule in 2015. Interest in South East Asia has soared in the last few years but the only race on the calendar in that region is the Sepang clash in Malaysia. Representatives of a new track called the ...

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