MotoGP (January 2012)

  • Valentino Rossi thrilled with new Ducati GP12

    31 January 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi thrilled with new Ducati GP12

    Valentino Rossi praised Ducati after he made a hugely encouraging debut on the all-new factory GP12 at the Sepang track in Malaysia today. Rossi’s first ride on the radical new bike, which has been...

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  • Casey Stoner misses first day in Sepang

    31 January 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner misses first day in Sepang

    Reigning world champion Casey Stoner didn’t complete a lap on the opening day of 2012 MotoGP testing at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia today after he was sidelined by a back injury. The Australian was...

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  • Cal Crutchlow makes flying start to 2012

    31 January 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Cal Crutchlow makes flying start to 2012

    Cal Crutchlow kicked off preparations for the new 1000cc MotoGP world championship in 2012 in brilliant fashion today at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider ended the...

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  • Valentino Rossi unveils new Ducati GP12

    30 January 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi unveils new Ducati GP12

    One of the most eagerly anticipated new bikes in recent MotoGP history finally broke cover today when Valentino Rossi tweeted a picture of the new Ducati GP12 1000cc MotoGP bike being prepared...

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  • 1000cc switch to help Ben Spies

    26 January 2012 by Matthew Birt

    1000cc switch to help Ben Spies

    Yamaha expects the introduction of the new 1000cc MotoGP class to help American rider Ben Spies mount a challenge for more victories in 2012. The Texan’s factory Yamaha team boss Massimo Meregalli...

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  • Qatar to keep four-night format for 2012

    25 January 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Qatar to keep four-night format for 2012

    The opening round of the 2012 world championship, which will include the first race of the new 1000cc MotoGP era and the debut of the new Moto3 class, will be run over four nights again in early...

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  • Grab your discounted Silverstone MotoGP tickets

    24 January 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Grab your discounted Silverstone MotoGP tickets

    MotoGP fans still have a few days left to take advantage of the special ‘Early Bird’ ticket discounts for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on June 17. You could save yourself up to 20% on ticket...

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  • 250bhp from new Ducati GP12

    20 January 2012 by Matthew Birt

    250bhp from new Ducati GP12

    The new Ducati GP12 that Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden will give a public debut to in Sepang on January 31 is producing around 250bhp. The power figure was released by Karel Abraham’s Cardion AB...

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  • Ducati open-minded on future MotoGP rules

    19 January 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Ducati open-minded on future MotoGP rules

    Ducati insist they are open to any solutions that will help the MotoGP world championship prosper in the future. MotoGP boss Carmelo Ezpeleta is currently putting Ducati, Honda and Yamaha under...

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  • Marc Marquez has successful eye op

    16 January 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Marc Marquez has successful eye op

    Marc Marquez has undergone successful surgery on his right eye to cure a double vision issue that ended his hopes of capturing the Moto2 world title at the first attempt last season. The Spaniard...

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  • Estoril MotoGP remains in doubt

    16 January 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Estoril MotoGP remains in doubt

    The Portuguese MotoGP round at the Estoril circuit, scheduled to take place on May 6, remains in doubt with no current agreement in place with rights owners Dorna. Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta...

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  • 2012 MotoGP line-up unveiled

    13 January 2012 by Matthew Birt

    2012 MotoGP line-up unveiled

    The 2012 MotoGP world championship line-up has been unveiled with 21 bikes starting the new 1000cc campaign in Qatar on April 8. The grid will be split between a mixture of 12 factory prototype...

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  • Three Brits to do battle in 2012 Moto2 series

    13 January 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Three Brits to do battle in 2012 Moto2 series

    Scott Redding, Bradley Smith and Gino Rea will lead the British challenge in the 2012 Moto2 world championship. Redding is poised for his third attack on the 600cc four-stroke class and remains with...

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  • 32 bikes on inaugural Moto3 grid

    13 January 2012 by Matthew Birt

    32 bikes on inaugural Moto3 grid

    A 32-strong field, including British duo Danny Kent and Danny Webb, will contest the inaugural Moto3 world championship in 2012. The 250cc four-stroke single-cylinder class replaces the 125cc...

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  • Ducati coy on FTR link with new GP12

    12 January 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Ducati coy on FTR link with new GP12

    Ducati technical boss Filippo Preziosi has again refused to confirm whether British chassis specialists FTR are heavily involved in the conventional twin spar aluminium frame that Valentino Rossi and...

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  • Jorge Lorenzo backs India MotoGP bid

    12 January 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Jorge Lorenzo backs India MotoGP bid

    Former world champion Jorge Lorenzo has thrown his support behind plans to stage a MotoGP race in India in the future after he visited the Buddh International Circuit. The Spaniard was in India to...

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  • Ducati cagey on GP12 changes

    11 January 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Ducati cagey on GP12 changes

    Ducati technical guru Filippo Preziosi did a great job of revealing very little about the radical new GP12 Desmosedici that Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden will debut when winter testing kicks off at...

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  • Valentino Rossi cautious on Ducati future

    10 January 2012 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi cautious on Ducati future

    Valentino Rossi has no plans to quit MotoGP at the end of 2012, but insists it is too early to say whether he will commit his future to Ducati after this season. Rossi endured a nightmare debut...

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