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Andrea Dovizioso targets podium return before end of season

Matthew Birt, 23 September 2014 13:33

Andrea Dovizioso’s main target in the final five races of 2014 is to add to his two podium finishes on Ducati’s improving Desmosedici. The experienced Italian has finished on the podium in Austin and Assen and in the last two races in Silverstone and Misano has fought right down to the wire for a return to the rostrum. In Silverstone, ...

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Yamaha under pressure to deliver gearbox upgrade

Matthew Birt, 23 September 2014 11:36

Yamaha is under mounting pressure from Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo to upgrade its year-old seamless shift gearbox to help the factory YZR-M1 pair threaten Marc Marquez’s domination of MotoGP. Yamaha has raced a seamless shift gearbox since last September, and while Rossi and Lorenzo have been able to downshift without using the clutch in 2014, the system is only ...

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LCR never eyed Crutchlow/Redding British dream team

Matthew Birt, 23 September 2014 11:30

A British dream team featuring Cal Crutchlow and Scott Redding in next year’s MotoGP world championship never came close to reality. With Redding unexpectedly back on the rider market for a period after Fausto Gresini couldn’t raise the budget to lease a factory Honda RC213V for the Briton next year, it was rumoured that LCR would snap up the vacant ...

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Tech 3 deny making Yamaha MotoGP offer to Alex Rins

Matthew Birt, 22 September 2014 11:00

Tech 3 Yamaha boss Herve Poncharal has rubbished claims by Alex Rins that the Spanish teenager turned down the chance to replace Bradley Smith on a factory-backed YZR-M1 in 2015. Rins confirmed in Misano recently he would be switching to Moto2 next season, having clinched a deal to replace Suzuki-bound Maverick Vinales in the Pons squad. Prior to finalising his ...

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Yamaha delighted Jorge Lorenzo’s crew won't be split up

Matthew Birt, 22 September 2014 10:51

Yamaha management have spoken of their delight that Jorge Lorenzo will continue with long-serving crew chief Ramon Forcada until at least the end of 2016. Having signed a new two-year contract to remain on a factory YZR-M1 for the next two years, rumours emerged that Lorenzo was giving serious consideration to splitting from Forcada, who has been his chief engineer ...

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Assen BSB: Shakey snatches last corner victory

MCN, 21 September 2014 20:00

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne ended his winning drought by snatching victory from the grasp of his 'War for Four' rival Ryuichi Kiyonari with a last corner move in the second MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race at Assen. On the opening lap John Hopkins held the lead initially from Kiyonari and Stuart Easton, but again the drama started early for the ...

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Assen BSB: Wildman Waters holds off Kiyo for wet win

MCN, 21 September 2014 14:30

Assen again produced a dramatic MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship Showdown opening race with Tyco Suzuki's Josh Waters claiming the victory, but Title Fighters Shane 'Shakey' Byrne and Josh Brookes both crashed out of contention to throw the standings wide open. The tension started before the riders even reached the grid as Milwaukee Yamaha's Josh Brookes failed to leave pitlane ...

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Assen BSB: Iddon takes surprise pole

Simon Patterson, 20 September 2014 18:23

The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship Showdown continued dramatically at Assen as Title Fighters Shane 'Shakey' Byrne and Ryuichi Kiyonari crashed out of Datatag Extreme Qualifying, but it was delight for the Alstare Bimota Junior team who claimed a historic first pole position with Christian Iddon. Kiyonari had led the dry track sessions, but as conditions began to change Byrne high-sided ...

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Le Mans 24hr: Honda take second ahead of strong British field

Simon Patterson, 19 September 2014 15:23

The Honda Racing team of MCE BSB racers Julien Da Costa, Freddy Foray and Jason O’Halloran, joined by former world champion Sebastian Gimbert, will start tomorrow’s Le Mans 24hr race from second place. The Lincolnshire based team formerly known as TT Legends suffered with a damp track after overnight rain for the first two riders, but improving times from Foray and ...

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Yamaha rethinks Open class project for Forward Racing

Matthew Birt, 19 September 2014 12:00

Yamaha will continue to supply the Forward Racing squad with a factory YZR-M1 engine and chassis after a late strategy change for 2015. Yamaha management have always been adamant that its Open class entry with Forward Racing would revert to an engine supply deal only in 2015, as had been the original plan for this season. But Yamaha has confirmed ...

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