MotoGP

  • Softer soft from Michelin at home race

    Today 16:46 by Simon Patterson

    Softer soft from Michelin at home race

    Michelin will bring a brand-new softer construction front tyre this weekend to their home round of the MotoGP championship, in an attempt to cope with the colder conditions expected at the Le Mans...

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  • Crutchlow looking forward to French fans

    Today 09:02 by Simon Patterson

    Crutchlow looking forward to French fans

    Cal Crutchlow is relishing the opportunity of returning to Le Mans, a track where he’s enjoyed success in the past – and where he has the support of the sometimes-rabid French fans! Building a fan...

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  • Laverty sets sights on factory ride

    Yesterday 11:07 by Simon Patterson

    Laverty sets sights on factory ride

    Eugene Laverty has firmly set his sights on a factory ride for 2017 after yet another impressive performance at Jerez this weekend. Capitalising on 14th on the grid, the Apsar Ducati rider was able to...

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  • Smith set for second home round at Le Mans

    Yesterday 11:03 by Simon Patterson

    Smith set for second home round at Le Mans

    Bradley Smith says he’s all set for his second home round of the MotoGP season this weekend at Le Mans, after a difficult start to the 2016 season so far for the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha racer. And...

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  • Extra GP grid space withdrawn

    02 May 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Extra GP grid space withdrawn

    The 24th MotoGP grid space set to be made available for the 2017 season has been withdrawn after objections from the manufacturers, despite organisers admitting that there were a number of strong...

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  • Marquez wants to see MotoGP winglets banned

    01 May 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Marquez wants to see MotoGP winglets banned

    Marc Marquez has gone on the record to admit that he would like to see the multitude of wings currently in use in MotoGP banned in the future – but won’t stop taking any advantage he can form them...

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  • Successful private test for Lowes

    01 May 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Successful private test for Lowes

    Sam Lowes has had a successful one-day test of the Federal Oil Gresini Kalex machine at Barcelona’s Montmelò, home of June’s Catalan round of the 2016 Moto2 championship that the Lincolnshire racer...

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  • ‘Marked increase in performance’ for KTM

    30 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    ‘Marked increase in performance’ for KTM

    KTM have seen a ‘marked increase in performance’ for their new RC16 MotoGP machine at this week’s test at Brno, according to project head Mike Leitner. The rain-hit two-day test saw Mika Kallio and...

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  • Circuit of Wales submits revised funding plan

    30 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Circuit of Wales submits revised funding plan

    The Circuit of Wales have submitted a revised funding plan to the Welsh government. The new plan reduces the amount of financial guarantee required from the regional assembly by half, covering 50% of...

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  • Pedrosa has ‘strange day’ at Jerez test

    29 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Pedrosa has ‘strange day’ at Jerez test

    Dani Pedrosa says that the one-day test at Jerez following last weekend’s race at the Spanish circuit was a ‘strange day’ for him, with improved track conditions not brining the improvement in grip...

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  • Suzuki winglets ‘not a huge improvement’

    29 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Suzuki winglets ‘not a huge improvement’

    Suzuki rider Aleix Espargaró has admitted that the GSX-RR’s new front winglets do not make a huge improvement to the handling of his bike – but that with every advantage necessary at the minute in...

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  • Moto3 front-runner Bastianini breaks wrist

    29 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Moto3 front-runner Bastianini breaks wrist

    Moto3 front-runner Enea Bastianini has broken his wrist in a training accident, falling on Wednesday while riding off-road. The training crash saw him suffer a fracture to his right wrist. Following...

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  • Suzuki the key in GP contract talks

    28 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Suzuki the key in GP contract talks

    Suzuki and Maverick Viñales have become the focal point of 2016’s contract negotiations, as the young Spaniard considers offers not only to join Valentino Rossi at the Movistar Yamaha squad but also...

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  • GP Commission changes rules on jump-starts

    28 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    GP Commission changes rules on jump-starts

    MotoGP rulemaking body the Grand Prix Commission has restructured the system for penalising riders for jump starts following the aftermath of the debacle at the opening Moto2 round at Qatar. There was...

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  • Fresh Dovi disaster as Ducati struggle

    25 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Fresh Dovi disaster as Ducati struggle

    They may have been hogging the headlines following the confirmation that they have signed Jorge Lorenzo for 2017, but Ducati had nothing to write home about at Jerez. Unable to extract the most from...

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  • Rossi takes stunning win in Jerez

    24 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Rossi takes stunning win in Jerez

    Valentino Rossi has taken a stunning victory over Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez in Jerez, controlling the entire race from start to finish to eventually take the win by five seconds, in one of his...

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  • Lowes dominates for Jerez win

    24 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Lowes dominates for Jerez win

    Sam Lowes has converted his second Moto2 pole position of the year into his first victory, taking the win in Jerez from Jonas Folger in dominating form. Leading from the opening stages, when a mistake...

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  • Binder takes incredible last-to-first victory

    24 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Binder takes incredible last-to-first victory

    Brad Binder has taken an incredible debut win in Jerez from back of the grid, after a penalty from qualifying for an illegal ECU map demoted him from pole position to the very last spot – but didn´t...

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  • Lowes makes it two poles from four races

    23 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Lowes makes it two poles from four races

    Sam Lowes has made it two pole positions from four races – and maintained his record of a clean sweep of front row starts in 2016 – by making the most of the softer option Michelin tyres he used to...

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  • Surprise late lap hands Rossi pole

    23 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Surprise late lap hands Rossi pole

    Valentino Rossi has taken a surprise pole position at Jerez, setting a lap in the dying seconds of the Q2 session at the Spanish track to demote teammate Jorge Lorenzo to second place. The lap demoted...

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  • Bulega takes maiden pole in Jerez

    23 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Bulega takes maiden pole in Jerez

    Nicolo Bulega has taken his debut Moto3 pole position in Jerez, winning at the track where he took victory in 2015 en route to the junior world title. He controlled the entire session at the southern...

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  • Nakagami tops day one in slippery conditions

    22 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Nakagami tops day one in slippery conditions

    Takaaki Nakagami has topped the opening day of Moto2 action at Jerez, as high track temperatures brought about a slippery track at the notoriously low-grip Spanish circuit.  The Japanese rider...

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  • Laverty supports NI Air Ambulance at Jerez

    22 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Laverty supports NI Air Ambulance at Jerez

    Northern Irish MotoGP racer Eugene Laverty will lend support to the province’s fledgling air ambulance charity this weekend in Jerez, running their logo on his leathers as part of the campaign to get...

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  • Lorenzo takes control as MotoGP goes European

    22 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Lorenzo takes control as MotoGP goes European

    Jorge Lorenzo has taken control of the opening day of the European core of the 2016 MotoGP season, finishing Friday 0.3 clear of Marc Marquez as well as topping both of the day’s two sessions. The duo...

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  • Michelin explain Redding tyre issue

    22 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Michelin explain Redding tyre issue

    Michelin have explained the causes of Scott Redding’s tyre issue in Argentina, with the unusual combination of factors at the Termas track leading to the delamination that almost caused the Pramac...

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  • Binder tops opening day in Jerez

    22 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Binder tops opening day in Jerez

    Brad Binder has taken the Red Bull Ajo KTM to the top spot in the Moto3 class on the opening day of action at Jerez, ending the day 0.1 ahead of the Honda of Jorge Navarro. They headed a Team Sky VR46...

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  • Dovi stakes claim for remaining Ducati seat

    20 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Dovi stakes claim for remaining Ducati seat

    Andrea Dovizioso has staked his claim for the remaining seat at Ducati next season alongside new signing Jorge Lorenzo, hitting out at teammate (and rival for the spot) Andrea Iannone. Iannone is...

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  • Lorenzo: My focus remains with Yamaha

    19 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Lorenzo: My focus remains with Yamaha

    Jorge Lorenzo has spoken publically for the first time since his new Ducati deal for the 2017 and 2018 season was announced yesterday, posting a short video message to social media to thank his fans...

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