MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2013)

  • Dorna right to deny Suzuki new entry in 2014

    29 January 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Dorna right to deny Suzuki new entry in 2014

    MotoGP bosses are right not to give Suzuki an automatic entry to return with a new full factory 1000cc effort in the 2014 world championship. Suzuki has been told by Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta that it...

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  • Karel Abraham shows off 2013 CRT livery

    28 January 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Karel Abraham shows off 2013 CRT livery

    Karel Abraham has shown off the new livery that he will run on the Cardion AB Aprilia CRT machine in this year’s MotoGP world championship. The Czech Republic rider unveiled the new design at a...

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  • Nicky Hayden sorry at Filippo Preziosi exit

    28 January 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden sorry at Filippo Preziosi exit

    Nicky Hayden says he is sorry that technical guru Filippo Preziosi does not form part of Ducati’s future MotoGP plans. But the American also admitted that Ducati’s struggling Desmosedici project was...

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  • Stoner completes four-wheel switch

    28 January 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Stoner completes four-wheel switch

    Casey Stoner has ended months of speculation about his future by finally confirming he will race a V8 Supercar in Australia in 2013. The double MotoGP world champion, who retired after finishing third...

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  • MotoGP boss: Valentino Rossi convinced he still competitive

    25 January 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi prolonged his MotoGP career until the end of 2014 at least because he is convinced that he can still be a race winner and world title contender against the likes of Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa. That’s the view of MotoGP boss Carmelo Ezpeleta, who believes the 33-year-old would not have completed a shock return to Yamaha if he had any doubt about his potential to be competitive...

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  • Repsol Honda unveils 2013 RC213V

    24 January 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Repsol Honda unveils 2013 RC213V

    Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez have unveiled the new 2013 factory Honda RC213V that the Spanish duo hope will help wrestle the MotoGP crown off compatriot and Yamaha rival Jorge Lorenzo. The new bike...

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  • Ben Spies tipped to bounce back in 2013

    21 January 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Ben Spies tipped to bounce back in 2013

    Ben Spies has been backed to bounce back from a nightmare 2012 MotoGP campaign when he jumps on Ducati’s unforgiving Desmosedici this year. The Texan suffered a wretched second season in Yamaha’s...

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  • Nicky Hayden tips Marc Marquez to shine early

    18 January 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden tips Marc Marquez to shine early

    Factory Ducati rider Nicky Hayden says he expects highly rated rookie Marc Marquez to be competitive immediately when the new MotoGP season kicks off in Qatar in early April. Marquez will replace...

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  • Buy a MotoGP bike for under £1m in 2014

    17 January 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Buy a MotoGP bike for under £1m in 2014

    Details of the alternative options to running a CRT machine in MotoGP are starting to emerge, with Honda committed to selling five of its production RC213V bikes and Yamaha agreeing to an engine...

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  • No quick fix to help make Ducati competitive

    16 January 2013 by Matthew Birt

    The journey to return Ducati to winning ways in MotoGP will be a long one, with new race boss Bernhard Gobmeier admitting no miracle cure exists to help the Bologna factory end its winless streak in the premier class world championship. Gobmeier, who replaced ousted Filippo Preziosi as head of Ducati’s MotoGP project in 2013, said the forthcoming season will be dedicated to development of the...

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  • Ducati confident in old bike strategy

    16 January 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Ducati confident in old bike strategy

    Ducati is confident its surprise strategy to kick off preparations for 2013 using an old version of its factory Desmosedici machine is the right approach to help it threaten Honda and Yamaha’s...

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  • Ducati unveils new 2013 MotoGP contender

    15 January 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Ducati unveils new 2013 MotoGP contender

    This is the new Ducati GP13 Desmosedici machine that the Bologna factory hopes will help it bounce back from a nightmare two-year spell with Italian icon Valentino Rossi. The new bike was unveiled by...

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  • No brand new Ducati for Sepang test

    15 January 2013 by Matthew Birt

    No brand new Ducati for Sepang test

    Hopes that Ducati could mount an instant recovery from a disastrous two-year spell with Valentino Rossi have suffered an early blow after Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden confirmed they wouldn’t be...

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  • 10 MotoGP wishes for 2013

    14 January 2013 by Matthew Birt

    10 MotoGP wishes for 2013

    By now you’re probably growing weary of the daily regime of hoovering up millions of fallen Christmas tree needles, so looking forward to the 2013 MotoGP world championship campaign, what can we hope...

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  • Will Cal Crutchlow get a win in 2013?

    07 January 2013 by MCN

    Will Cal Crutchlow get a win in 2013?

    Cal Crutchlow was the first British rider to step on to a MotoGP podium in 12 years when he finished third at Brno in 2012. Can he move up to the top step in 2013? pollcomment

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  • Crutchlow's lows of 2012

    06 January 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Crutchlow's lows of 2012

    2012 was a golden year for British sport. Bradley Wiggins became the first UK winner of the Tour de France and Andy Murray became the first British man to win a tennis Grand Slam for 76 years. And...

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  • Crutchlow's highs of 2012

    05 January 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Crutchlow's highs of 2012

    2012 was a golden year for British sport. Bradley Wiggins became the first UK winner of the Tour de France and Andy Murray became the first British man to win a tennis Grand Slam for 76 years. And...

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