MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2013)

  • Cal Crutchlow preparing for winter arm surgery

    18 September 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Cal Crutchlow has revealed he will require end of season surgery on the right arm that he damaged in the first of three fast crashes during a disastrous home round at Silverstone earlier this month. Crutchlow’s right arm swelled to twice its normal size after he suffered a crash at over 180mph in the third practice session at the British Grand Prix. The injury has been slow to heal ever since and...

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  • New riding position boost for Bradley Smith

    18 September 2013 by Matthew Birt

    New riding position boost for Bradley Smith

    A revised riding position evaluated by Bradley Smith during a one-day MotoGP test at Misano earlier this week gave the British rookie a timely boost after difficult recent races. Smith was not as...

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  • Valentino Rossi impressed with 2014 YZR-M1

    17 September 2013

    Valentino Rossi impressed with 2014 YZR-M1

    Valentino Rossi made a successful debut on Yamaha’s new 2014 factory YZR-M1 in Misano (yesterday) after clocking the third fastest time during a one-day MotoGP test session. Rossi’s best lap of...

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  • Mistakes cost impatient Marc Marquez

    16 September 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Mistakes cost impatient Marc Marquez

    Marc Marquez was delighted to collect 20 valuable world championship points with a hard fought second place behind dominant factory Yamaha rival Jorge Lorenzo in yesterday’s Misano MotoGP clash. But...

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  • Jorge Lorenzo rues mid-season mistakes

    16 September 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Jorge Lorenzo fears his painful crashes in Holland and Germany earlier this season will prove crucial in his bid to capture a third MotoGP world title in 2013. The Spaniard produced yet another stunning display at Misano yesterday to romp to a start-to-finish victory that cut the gap in the title chase to Marc Marquez to 34-points with five races left to run. Lorenzo has been in sparkling form...

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  • Cautious Cal Crutchlow fights back in Misano

    14 September 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Cal Crutchlow produced his best form of a tough Misano MotoGP weekend in this afternoon’s final qualifying session to secure a place in the middle of the second row for tomorrow’s 28-lap San Marino clash. Lacking confidence with his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YZR-M1 machine after a crash-strewn home race at Silverstone earlier this month, Crutchlow didn’t make the top 10 cut for QP2 for the first time...

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  • Bradley Smith slumps to worst qualifying of 2013

    14 September 2013 by Matthew Birt

    British rookie Bradley Smith will start from the lowest grid position of his impressive rookie MotoGP campaign in Misano tomorrow after the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider struggled to a lowly 13th in qualifying. A run of six consecutive top 10 starts came to an abrupt end as a lap of 1.34.869 meant Smith failed to advance from the opening QP1 15-minute session for the first time this season. The...

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  • San Marino: Marquez in Pole, Crutchlow Fifth

    14 September 2013 by Steve Hunt

    Marc Marquez continued his assault on the MotoGP World Championship in this, his rookie year with another pole position in qualifying at San Marino. Cal Crutchlow, starting for the first time in the earlier Q1 session claimed a second row start behind a measured Lorenzo, a jubilant Rossi, and an increasingly quiet Pedrosa. In the earlier qualifying session, Crutchlow's teammate and compatriot...

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  • Cal Crutchlow: ‘I am riding s**t’

    13 September 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Cal Crutchlow: ‘I am riding s**t’

    Cal Crutchlow pulled no punches after the British rider endured one of the worst days of an excellent 2013 MotoGP campaign at the Misano track today. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider was left...

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  • Ben Spies ruled out for rest of 2013

    13 September 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Ben Spies ruled out for rest of 2013

    Injury-ravaged Texan Ben Spies will not return to MotoGP action for the Ignite Ducati squad in the final five races of 2013. The left shoulder he dislocated in a practice crash for last month’s...

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  • Nicky Hayden still weighing up 2014 options

    13 September 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden still weighing up 2014 options

    Nicky Hayden might have tested Ducati’s factory Panigale World Superbike machine and visited Aprilia’s Italian HQ recently, but the popular American is still to decide whether his future lies in...

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  • Slow healing arm troubles Cal Crutchlow

    13 September 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Slow healing arm troubles Cal Crutchlow

    British rider Cal Crutchlow’s bid to get his 2013 MotoGP campaign back on track in Misano will not be helped by a slow healing right arm injury he suffered in the first of three bruising crashes at...

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  • Yamaha to race new gearbox in Misano

    13 September 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha to race new gearbox in Misano

    Reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi’s long wait to race Yamaha’s new seamless shift gearbox will come to an end this weekend in Misano. Yamaha has finally confirmed after months...

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  • Cal Crutchlow seeks to regroup in Misano

    11 September 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Cal Crutchlow seeks to regroup in Misano

    Cal Crutchlow insists he and his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad will need to regroup in Misano this weekend after a tough recent spell in the MotoGP world championship. After coming within two seconds of...

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  • Scott Redding ripping up history books in 2013

    11 September 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Scott Redding ripping up history books in 2013

    Scott Redding’s surge to the top of the Moto2 world championship in 2013 has seen the MotoGP-bound British star break numerous long-standing records. Three wins has moved Redding into a comfortable...

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  • Suzuki not committed to wild card races in 2014

    09 September 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Suzuki has no plans to thrust its new 1000cc factory prototype into direct competition against Honda and Yamaha in 2014. It was thought that Suzuki would make selected wild card appearances next season to ensure its new 1000cc contender returns race ready and competitive in 2015. By throwing itself into direct competition against dominant Japanese rivals Honda and Yamaha, Suzuki would at least...

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  • Colin Edwards excited at 2014 MotoGP prospects

    06 September 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Colin Edwards excited at 2014 MotoGP prospects

    Colin Edwards is convinced Yamaha’s new production YZR-M1 racer will re-establish the Texan as a regular top 10 challenger in MotoGP next year. The double World Superbike champion is hotly-tipped to...

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  • Aspar fears Aleix Espargaro departure

    06 September 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Aspar fears Aleix Espargaro departure

    Aprilia’s radical upgrade of its 1000cc ART machine doesn’t appear to have convinced number one rider Aleix Espargaro to commit his future to the high-profile Aspar squad. Espargaro dominated the new...

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