MotoGP (August 2012)

  • Nicky Hayden confident for Misano return

    30 August 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden confident for Misano return

    Nicky Hayden is confident he will be back in action at the next MotoGP race in Misano having made good progress from injuries that kept him out of the recent Brno round in the Czech Republic. Hayden...

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  • Poll: Will Rossi succeed on a Yamaha?

    29 August 2012

    Poll: Will Rossi succeed on a Yamaha?

    The Doctor's back on a bike capable of winning next year, but does it still have what it takes? Not only is he back on a Yamaha, with whom he has already won world titles, but Jorge Lorenzo has...

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  • Jorge Lorenzo: No number one at Yamaha in 2013

    29 August 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Jorge Lorenzo: No number one at Yamaha in 2013

    Jorge Lorenzo has denied he will be Yamaha’s clear number one rider in 2013 with preferred treatment over rival Valentino Rossi. The Spaniard will renew hostilities with Rossi from inside Yamaha’s...

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  • Jorge Lorenzo tests 2013 Yamaha YZR-M1 in Brno

    27 August 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Jorge Lorenzo tests 2013 Yamaha YZR-M1 in Brno

    Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo has made his debut on Yamaha’s factory 2013 YZR-M1 prototype machine at the Brno circuit today. Lorenzo started the one-day test lapping on his current YZR-M1 1000cc machine...

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  • Cal Crutchlow elated with maiden MotoGP podium

    27 August 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Cal Crutchlow could barely contain his delight after he became the first British rider in 12 years to stand on a MotoGP rostrum in yesterday’s Czech Republic clash in Brno. A stunning third place behind dominant Spanish duo Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo saw the 26-year-old become the first British rider on a MotoGP podium since Jeremy McWilliams took third at Donington Park in 2000. Starting...

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  • Brno MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa hails ‘unbelievable’ victory

    27 August 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Dani Pedrosa hailed his stunning last gasp Brno MotoGP victory as ‘unbelievable’ as he piled the pressure on fellow Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo in the 2012 title hunt. Barely split by more than two or three-tenths for the entire 22-lap race, Pedrosa came out on top of a thrilling final lap duel to claim his third win of the season. The pair exchanged the lead four times on the final lap and Pedrosa...

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  • Brno MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo reflects on last corner defeat

    27 August 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Jorge Lorenzo admitted he got his tactics wrong in the closing stages of a thrilling Brno MotoGP yesterday (Sunday) after he suffered a last lap defeat to title rival Dani Pedrosa. Lorenzo had seized the lead from his Repsol Honda rival with a daring move at Turn 7, but he was undone at the final chicane after running wide and letting Pedrosa snatch a stunning last gasp win. Lorenzo, who now...

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  • Valentino Rossi: Lorenzo still title favourite

    27 August 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi believes Jorge Lorenzo is still the favourite to clinch his second MotoGP world title in 2012, despite a last lap defeat in Brno to Spanish rival Dani Pedrosa reducing his advantage to just 13-points. Lorenzo led the 22-lap race going into the final chicane but he ran wide at the left-hander and Pedrosa pounced to snatch the victory powering through the right-hander. Pedrosa won...

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  • Marc Marquez tightens grip on Moto2 title chase

    26 August 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Marc Marquez tightens grip on Moto2 title chase

    A fourth win in the last five Moto2 races increased Marc Marquez’s commanding world championship lead to 48-points at the Brno circuit today. The Spaniard brilliantly held off the challenge from Swiss...

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  • Jonas Folger wins Brno Moto3 race

    26 August 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Jonas Folger wins Brno Moto3 race

    German Jonas Folger superbly mastered tricky conditions at the Brno circuit earlier today to collect his first Moto3 victory. Heavy rain that fell earlier in the day had stopped in the build-up to...

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  • Ben Spies close to shock Gresini Honda deal?

    25 August 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Ben Spies close to shock Gresini Honda deal?

    Ben Spies is edging closer to committing his future to MotoGP after it emerged in Brno today he is locked in talks over a shock move to the Gresini Honda squad for 2013. The Texan seemed certain to...

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  • Jonathan Rea set to test for Repsol Honda in Brno

    25 August 2012 by Matthew Birt

    British rider Jonathan Rea is expected to be given a golden chance to show Honda that he is worthy of a full-time MotoGP ride in 2013 after being handed the opportunity to test Casey Stoner’s factory RC213V machine in Brno on Monday. Rea, who is currently in Moscow with his Ten Kate Honda squad for round 11 of the World Superbike championship, is being lined up to fly to the Czech Republic to link...

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  • Cal Crutchlow storms to front row in Brno

    25 August 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Cal Crutchlow storms to front row in Brno

    Cal Crutchlow celebrated his new Monster Yamaha Tech 3 contract in superb style today to claim his fourth front row start of the 2012 MotoGP world championship in the Czech Republic. The British...

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  • Cal Crutchlow to stay with Tech 3 Yamaha for 2013

    25 August 2012 by Matthew Birt

    British rider Cal Crutchlow has signed a new one-year deal with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad for the 2013 MotoGP world championship. The 26-year-old will stay on board a satellite YZR-M1 machine next season and be joined by compatriot Bradley Smith, who moves up from the Tech 3 Moto2 squad on a two-year deal for 2013 and 2014. Crutchlow had looked certain at one stage to leave Herve Poncharal’s...

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  • Tech 3 Yamaha confirms Bradley Smith’s MotoGP switch

    25 August 2012 by Matthew Birt

    The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad has confirmed in Brno today (Saturday) that Bradley Smith will definitely move to MotoGP to partner fellow British rider Cal Crutchlow in 2013. The Oxfordshire rider, who currently rides for the Tech 3 Racing Moto2 squad, signed a three-year deal with Herve Poncharal’s French-based squad last September. The deal included a two-year contract to ride a YZR-M1 1000cc...

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  • Tech 3 Yamaha thrilled to field all-British MotoGP line-up

    25 August 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Monster Yamaha Tech 3 boss Herve Poncharal says he is thrilled to be entering the 2013 MotoGP world championship with an all-British line-up featuring Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith. Crutchlow has penned a new one-year deal to stay with the French squad after his dream move to Ducati’s factory squad collapsed after lengthy discussions. Smith will graduate from Poncharal’s Tech 3 Racing Moto2...

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  • Rossi expects close title fight between Pedrosa and Lorenzo

    24 August 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi believes the 2012 MotoGP title fight between Spanish duo Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa could go all the way to the last race in Valencia. Just 18-points split series leader Lorenzo and Repsol Honda rider Pedrosa with seven races remaining and the 2012 title scrap is now between the two after Casey Stoner’s bid was wrecked by injury. The reigning world champion is currently heading...

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  • Valentino Rossi encouraged by Brno practice pace

    24 August 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi took encouragement from one of his best days of the 2012 MotoGP campaign today after he finished the opening day of practice in Brno in sixth place. After disastrous appearances in Laguna Seca and Indianapolis, the 33-year-old was only 0.457s behind Dani Pedrosa’s best pace today in the Czech Republic. And Rossi, who will re-join Yamaha next season after deciding to quit Ducati,...

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  • Dani Pedrosa leads Brno practice

    24 August 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Dani Pedrosa leads Brno practice

    Dani Pedrosa edged out MotoGP world title rival Jorge Lorenzo by just 0.053s today to finish on the top of the practice timesheets at the Brno circuit. Pedrosa, who won last Sunday’s Indianapolis...

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  • Andrea Dovizioso excited by Ducati challenge

    23 August 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Andrea Dovizioso excited by Ducati challenge

    Andrea Dovizioso says he is excited to be part of Ducati’s MotoGP effort and confident he can achieve top results on the struggling Desmosedici having spoken publicly about his two-year deal in Brno...

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  • Yamaha: Lorenzo wanted Spies and not Rossi as 2013 team-mate

    23 August 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha has admitted that Jorge Lorenzo made it clear his priority was to keep struggling Texan Ben Spies as his factory Yamaha team-mate in 2013 and not bitter rival Valentino Rossi. Lorenzo and Rossi will renew their intense rivalry again next season after the Italian signed a two-year deal to return to Yamaha after a wretched spell with Ducati. Yamaha management spoke publicly on Rossi’s return...

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  • Casey Stoner out of Brno MotoGP

    23 August 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner out of Brno MotoGP

    Casey Stoner’s hopes of retiring from MotoGP at the end of 2012 as world champion have suffered a crushing blow today after the Australian was forced to withdraw from this weekend’s Czech Republic...

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  • Yamaha to rally round luckless Ben Spies

    23 August 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha to rally round luckless Ben Spies

    Yamaha is confident Ben Spies can bounce back from recent disasters in Laguna Seca and Indianapolis with a strong performance in this weekend’s Czech Republic MotoGP clash in Brno.~ The Texan was on...

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  • Andrea Dovizioso signs two-year Ducati deal

    22 August 2012 by Mattew Birt

    Andrea Dovizioso signs two-year Ducati deal

    Andrea Dovizioso is the latest high profile MotoGP rider to stake his reputation on turning around Ducati’s fortunes in MotoGP after the Italian signed a two-year deal to join the Bologna factory. ...

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  • Stoner shares pictures of injuries

    22 August 2012

    Stoner shares pictures of injuries

    Casey Stoner has shared pictures of the right leg and ankle he injured during qualiyfing practice for the Indianapolis Grand Prix. The Australian managed fourth place in the race despite confirmation...

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  • Nicky Hayden ruled out of Brno MotoGP

    21 August 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden ruled out of Brno MotoGP

    Nicky Hayden will miss this weekend’s Czech Republic MotoGP race as a result of injuries he sustained in a high speed qualifying crash during his home round at Indianapolis last Saturday. The 2006...

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