MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2012)

  • Dani Pedrosa in seventh heaven in Valencia

    12 November 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Dani Pedrosa in seventh heaven in Valencia

    Dani Pedrosa might not have won an elusive first MotoGP world title in 2012, but the Spaniard did at least take the honour of winning the most races after he took a seventh win in Valencia...

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  • Cal Crutchlow targets more podiums in 2013

    12 November 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Cal Crutchlow targets more podiums in 2013

    British rider Cal Crutchlow believes he can be battling for the podium in every race in 2013 after his impressive second season in MotoGP ended in painful and frustrating fashion in Valencia...

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  • Nicky Hayden loses proud podium record

    12 November 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden loses proud podium record

    Nicky Hayden saw his proud record of scoring at least one podium in every season of his MotoGP career disappear in a disappointing conclusion to 2012 in Valencia yesterday. Ever since he joined the...

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  • Gino Rea reflects on missed podium chance

    12 November 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Gino Rea reflects on missed podium chance

    British rider Gino Rea saw a golden chance to claim his second Moto2 podium in the last three races slip away in a rain-hit Valencia race. Rea, who scored a sensational third in a storm-lashed Sepang...

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  • Valencia MotoGP: Folger takes Moto3 pole

    10 November 2012 by Liam Marsden

    Valencia MotoGP: Folger takes Moto3 pole

    Aspar KTM rider Jonas Folger has taken the second pole position of his career at Valencia today for the final race of the 2012 season. Folger will start ahead of Spaniard Miguel Oliveira and Frenchman...

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  • Valentino Rossi critical of Marc Marquez

    09 November 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi critical of Marc Marquez

    Valentino Rossi criticised new Moto2 world champion Marc Marquez after the hard riding Spaniard was involved in more controversy on the opening day of practice for the final round of 2012 in Valencia...

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  • Andrea Dovizioso curious to test Ducati

    09 November 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Andrea Dovizioso curious to test Ducati

    Andrea Dovizioso says he is curious to understand the size of the task he faces to make Ducati a serious podium challenger in MotoGP when he makes his Desmosedici debut in Valencia next Tuesday. The...

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  • Marquez on record pace in Moto2

    09 November 2012 by MCN

    Marquez on record pace in Moto2

    Marc Marquez blitzed the Valencia Moto2 lap record to finish day one on top of the time sheets, at the end of the opening two free practice sessions. Pol Espargaro put in a flying lap to take the top...

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  • McPhee fastest in Moto3

    09 November 2012 by MCN

    McPhee fastest in Moto3

    Scottish rider John McPhee finished the first day of the final round of the season fastest, after a late-session swap to slicks on a drying track saw him shoot up the leaderboard. McPhee, who was a...

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  • Valencia MotoGP: CRTs top free practice

    09 November 2012 by MCN

    Valencia MotoGP: CRTs top free practice

    A wet first and drying second session at Valencia saw a surprise CRT one-two in MotoGP today, with Randy De Puniet the fastest of the day on his Aspar ART, with Michele Pirro second on the Gresini...

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  • Casey Stoner braced for MotoGP farewell

    08 November 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner braced for MotoGP farewell

    Aussie Casey Stoner has played down hopes he can end his Grand Prix career on a high with a victory in Sunday’s season finale at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia. The Repsol Honda rider arrives...

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  • Valentino Rossi excited ahead of Yamaha return

    08 November 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi excited ahead of Yamaha return

    Sunday’s final MotoGP round in Valencia is almost a sideshow as the world awaits Valentino Rossi’s much anticipated return to Yamaha in next week’s traditional two-day test session. Rossi will end his...

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  • Jerry Burgess talks Yamaha return

    06 November 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Jerry Burgess talks Yamaha return

    Valentino Rossi will end his Ducati nightmare by jumping back on a factory Yamaha YZR-M1 machine during next week’s MotoGP test at the Valencia circuit in Spain. The Italian’s move back to Yamaha will...

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  • John McPhee lands 2013 Moto3 ride

    06 November 2012 by Matthew Birt

    John McPhee lands 2013 Moto3 ride

    British rider John McPhee has secured a permanent slot on the 2013 Moto3 world championship grid after signing a deal to ride for the Racing Team Germany squad. The 18-year-old will replace departing...

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  • No more CRT in MotoGP by 2014?

    05 November 2012 by Matthew Birt

    No more CRT in MotoGP by 2014?

    A grid of full-blown prototypes could contest the 2014 MotoGP world championship, ending the headache of how to slash the gulf in performance between factory bikes and production-derived CRT...

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  • Suzuki warned on MotoGP return plans

    01 November 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Suzuki warned on MotoGP return plans

    Suzuki has been told to forget plotting a MotoGP return unless it is willing to commit to running a new factory effort until the end of the 2016 world championship at least. The Japanese factory...

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  • Anthony West fails drug test

    31 October 2012

    Anthony West fails drug test

    Moto2 rider Anthony West has been stripped of his Le Mans seventh place from earlier in the season and banned from competition for one month after a drugs sample he gave after the French round was...

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  • Marc Marquez gets crew boost at HRC

    31 October 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Marc Marquez gets crew boost at HRC

    New Moto2 world champion Marc Marquez has been given a major boost after it was confirmed all but one of Casey Stoner’s current factory Honda crew will oversee his much anticipated move to MotoGP in...

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  • Argentina MotoGP remains in doubt

    31 October 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Argentina MotoGP remains in doubt

    A political storm involving Repsol – one of the most high profile sponsors in the MotoGP paddock – continues to seriously threaten Argentina’s bid to be back on the calendar next season for the first...

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