MotoGP (December 2013)

  • Nicky Hayden: WSB switch was serious option

    27 December 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden: WSB switch was serious option

    Nicky Hayden says he was seriously tempted to try and become the first rider in racing history to win both the MotoGP and World Superbike titles in 2014. Released by Ducati’s official factory squad...

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  • Bradley Smith thrilled with Yamaha backing

    23 December 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Bradley Smith thrilled with Yamaha backing

    British rider Bradley Smith says he is thrilled to be getting identical technical support as new Tech 3 Yamaha teammate Pol Espargaro in 2014. Espargaro is contracted directly to Yamaha but will ride...

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  • Gino Rea to race Suter frame in 2014

    18 December 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Gino Rea to race Suter frame in 2014

    British rider Gino Rea will race the 2014 Moto2 world championship campaign on a Suter chassis package. The Londoner, who is spearheading the new Texas-based AGT (American Green Technology) squad, was...

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  • Scott Redding ready for MotoGP switch

    18 December 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Scott Redding ready for MotoGP switch

    Scott Redding is moving to MotoGP at the right time in his career, according to former Moto2 crew chief Pete Benson. The Gloucestershire rider will compete in the premier class next season on a...

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  • Marc Marquez maturity impresses HRC

    18 December 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Marc Marquez maturity impresses HRC

    Senior Honda management have praised Marc Marquez’s ice cool temperament after the Spaniard’s record-breaking rookie season in the MotoGP world championship. Marquez became the first rookie to win the...

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  • Gearbox delay not costly for Lorenzo in 2013

    17 December 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha’s failure to roll out a new seamless shift gearbox for Jorge Lorenzo ahead of the final six races of 2013 did not play a key factor in his narrow MotoGP world championship defeat to rookie Marc Marquez. While HRC has been using a seamless shift gearbox since the beginning of the 2011 campaign, Lorenzo and factory Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi had to wait until the Misano round last...

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  • Casey Stoner to remain in HRC testing role

    16 December 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Casey Stoner to remain in HRC testing role

    Honda will continue to call on the blistering speed and technical feedback of double MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner for development of its factory RC213V in 2014. The Australian retired at the end...

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  • Doohan: MotoGP will be poorer without Rossi

    16 December 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Doohan: MotoGP will be poorer without Rossi

    Five-times world champion Mick Doohan believes MotoGP will be a poorer place without Italian legend Valentino Rossi racing. Huge question marks surround Rossi’s future in 2014, with the 34-year-old...

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  • Paul Bird reveals 2014 MotoGP and BSB plans

    11 December 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Paul Bird reveals 2014 MotoGP and BSB plans

    High profile British racing boss Paul Bird has ended weeks of speculation about his future by revealing he will run two-rider efforts in MotoGP and British Superbikes in 2014. The PBM squad will...

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  • Alberto Puig gets new role at HRC

    04 December 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Alberto Puig gets new role at HRC

    Dani Pedrosa’s long serving manager and mentor Alberto Puig will not be working as closely with the Spaniard in 2014 after he took up a new role within HRC. Puig has been a constant presence at...

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  • Corner speed improvement key for HRC in 2014

    03 December 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Corner speed improvement key for HRC in 2014

    Improved corner speed will be a key target for Honda’s technical staff during the off-season. HRC boss Shuhei Nakamoto said it was clear throughout a captivating 2013 season that Yamaha’s factory...

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