MotoGP (July 2013)

  • Honda unlikely to sell all production machines for 2014

    26 July 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Honda has admitted as many of two of its new production RC213V racers could go unsold for the 2014 MotoGP world championship. The Japanese factory had made available five production versions of its factory RC213V prototypes at a cost of between £800,000 and £1m for next season but presently only one order has been placed by Fausto Gresini’s Italian-based squad. That bike has been strongly linked...

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  • Ducati: No time to replace Andrea Iannone at Laguna Seca

    26 July 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Ducati has explained why it knocked back the chance to give John Hopkins a shock chance to return to MotoGP action during last weekend’s US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca. Former BSB runner-up Hopkins was one of numerous candidates considered by the Pramac Ducati squad to replace injured Italian rookie Andrea Iannone, who was forced to withdraw from the American round after dislocating his right...

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  • Title thoughts creeping in for Marc Marquez

    22 July 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Title thoughts creeping in for Marc Marquez

    Laguna Seca MotoGP winner Marc Marquez has admitted he has started to think about the prospect of becoming the first rookie to win the premier class title since American legend Kenny Roberts in...

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  • WSBK/WSS: Remainder of Moscow races cancelled due to accident.

    21 July 2013 by Steve Hunt

    The remaining races for the weekend at the Moscow Raceway have been cancelled due to a tragic accident involving Go Elevent Supersport rider, Andrea Antonelli. The Italian rider fell on the final straight of the first lap of the World Supersport race - ran in severely wet conditions - and was unavoidably struck by Lorenzo Zanetti as he fell. Although there has been - as of yet - no...

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  • Ben Spies ready to return in Indianapolis

    20 July 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Ben Spies ready to return in Indianapolis

    Ben Spies has confirmed he will attempt to put a nightmare 10-month injury spell behind him when he returns to MotoGP action at the legendary Indianapolis track in mid-August. Spies has only raced...

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  • Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa focus on damage limitation

    20 July 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa both admitted that their primary focus for tomorrow’s US MotoGP round at Laguna Seca is to avoid crashing to collect as many vital world championship points as possible. Factory Yamaha rider Lorenzo was an impressive sixth quickest in practice yesterday and only 0.427s off the best pace on his surprise return from injury. Lorenzo emerged in California from a...

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  • Nicky Hayden: Marquez favourite for Laguna win

    20 July 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden: Marquez favourite for Laguna win

    Nobody knows better than Nicky Hayden what it takes to win at Laguna Seca and the American has already installed track newcomer Marc Marquez as favourite for Sunday’s US MotoGP victory. The Spaniard...

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  • Laguna MotoGP practice

    20 July 2013 by reestyboy

    I just spent the afternoon of Friday practice at Laguna Seca on the pit wall. Igot chatting to Dec Crutchlow - what a true gent, and it was really good of him to explain to us how the timing screens work - all whilst he was doing Cal's pit board. We were also taken into the Ducati garage by Paulo Ciabatti - another genuinely nice guy! Thanks for making our day guys - I just can't wait to get back...

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  • Colin Edwards unsure of MotoGP future

    19 July 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Colin Edwards unsure of MotoGP future

    American veteran Colin Edwards admits he is unsure if he will still be racing in MotoGP in 2014. The Texan’s Forward Racing squad will lease Yamaha YZR-M1 engines for next season but there has been...

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  • Cal Crutchlow nearing future decision

    19 July 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Cal Crutchlow nearing future decision

    Cal Crutchlow is nearing making a final decision on his 2014 MotoGP plans, with the British rider’s future dominating paddock gossip once again in Laguna Seca. The 27-year-old is likely to make a...

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  • German MotoGP dashboard

    17 July 2013 by MCN

    German MotoGP dashboard

    With major title contenders Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa highsiding themselves out of contention it was left to the rookie, the King and the satelitte rider to make ground at the top of the...

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  • Lorenzo heads to Laguna

    17 July 2013 by Simon Patterson

    Lorenzo heads to Laguna

    Jorge Lorenzo has confirmed on twitter that he will travel to Laguna Seca for the next round of the MotoGP world championship. The reigning world champion was in doubt after two operations in two...

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  • Forward Racing sign Yamaha engine deal?

    15 July 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Forward Racing sign Yamaha engine deal?

    The Italian-based Forward Racing squad is understood to have clinched a deal to lease YZR-M1 engines from Yamaha for the 2014 MotoGP world championship. The final deadline for confirming orders with...

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  • Jorge Lorenzo to race in Laguna Seca?

    15 July 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Jorge Lorenzo to race in Laguna Seca?

    Injury-ravaged Jorge Lorenzo might have ruled himself out of competing in this weekend’s Laguna Seca MotoGP round, but Yamaha has left the door open for the reigning world champion to return in...

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  • German MotoGP: Marquez scorches to win

    14 July 2013 by Simon Patterson

    German MotoGP: Marquez scorches to win

    Marc Marquez has scorched to victory in Germany, taking the win easily despite a late challenge from Cal Crutchlow. Valentino Rossi led off the line, although Stefan Bradl was able to squeeze past on...

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  • German Moto2: Torres takes surprise victory

    14 July 2013 by Simon Patterson

    German Moto2: Torres takes surprise victory

    Jordi Torres was the unexpected winner of today's Moto2 race at the Saschenring, in a race that was unhelpful to the fortunes of the leading championship contenders. Torres was part of an early four...

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  • Dani Pedrosa ruled out of German MotoGP race

    14 July 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Dani Pedrosa ruled out of German MotoGP race

    A vicious high-side crash in yesterday morning’s third practice session at the Sachsenring has ruled Dani Pedrosa out of this afternoon’s German MotoGP round. The Spaniard suffered a small fracture in...

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