MotoGP (March 2013)

  • Nicky Hayden: Ducati in a big hole for Texas race

    01 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden has conceded that Ducati will be in a ‘big hole’ when the inaugural Texas MotoGP race is staged at the spectacular Circuit of the Americas (COTA) next month. Ducati was the only factory team not to travel to the recent private test session at the new COTA track near Austin. Honda duo Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez took part in a three-day test, while Yamaha pair Valentino Rossi and...

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  • Bradley Smith targets top six before end of 2013

    01 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Bradley Smith reckons the initial target in his rookie MotoGP campaign will be to finish ahead of Ducati’s factory Desmosedici. But the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider hopes to be fighting for the top six before the end of his first season taking on the likes of Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez. The British rider finished behind GP13 duo Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden in the last...

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  • Yamaha expects title challenge from Marc Marquez

    31 March 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha expects Honda rookie Marc Marquez to mount a serious title challenge in his first MotoGP world championship campaign in 2013. The Repsol Honda rider has been the talk of winter testing after putting in some impressive performances on the factory RC213V, which included him setting the fastest time at the recent private Honda and Yamaha test in Austin, Texas. Marquez has repeatedly played...

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  • Rossi’s Yamaha return perfect motivation for Lorenzo

    31 March 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi’s return to Yamaha for 2013 will provide perfect motivation to help Jorge Lorenzo successfully defend his crown and try to win the MotoGP world title for a third time. That’s the view of the Spaniard’s factory Yamaha team boss Wilco Zeelenberg, who has been an integral figure in Lorenzo’s two MotoGP titles in 2010 and 2012. Rossi and Lorenzo will renew their rivalry next weekend...

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  • Michael Laverty talks MotoGP life

    28 March 2013 by MCN

    Michael Laverty talks MotoGP life

    FreestyleXtreme recently caught up with sponsored athlete and PBM MotoGP rider Michael Laverty. Michael very kindly takes some time out before the first race at Qatar to talk about his hopes for the...

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  • Andrea Iannone: No big risk joining Ducati

    28 March 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Andrea Iannone: No big risk joining Ducati

    Italian Andrea Iannone doesn’t believe his move to Ducati for his first MotoGP campaign in 2013 is a big risk. The 23-year-old has arrived at Ducati at a time when the Bologna factory is looking to...

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  • Aggressive riding clampdown won't hurt MotoGP

    27 March 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Aggressive riding clampdown won't hurt MotoGP

    A new penalty points system to clampdown on dangerous and aggressive riding across all three classes in the MotoGP world championship in 2013 won’t make the likes of Valentino Rossi or Cal Crutchlow...

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  • Marc VDS poised for fresh MotoGP talks

    27 March 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Marc VDS poised for fresh MotoGP talks

    Scott Redding’s Marc VDS Racing squad is poised to re-visit plans to move to the MotoGP class in 2014. The Belgian-based squad, which currently runs Redding and Mika Kallio in Moto2 and highly-rated...

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  • Bradley Smith: I needed more seat time

    26 March 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Bradley Smith: I needed more seat time

    Bradley Smith admits that his MotoGP debut in Qatar next month will be a daunting experience because bad weather has robbed him of priceless time on track to adapt to Yamaha’s YZR-M1 machine. The...

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  • MotoGP plans to ban private testing

    25 March 2013 by Matthew Birt

    MotoGP plans to ban private testing

    Private MotoGP test sessions like the one Honda and Yamaha recently took part in at the new Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Texas will be banned in the future. HRC arranged a private three-day...

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  • Moto2 to keep Honda engine until end of 2015

    25 March 2013 by Matthew Birt

    The Moto2 world championship will continue to use a Honda engine based on its CBR600RR motor until the end of the 2015 season at least. MCN understands that an additional one-year extension has been agreed to keep the current format after an initial agreement was reached for 2013 and ’14 at the end of last season. Honda’s initial three-year contract to supply the single make 600cc four-stroke...

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  • Valentino Rossi thrilled to be back on top in Jerez

    24 March 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi could barely contain his delight after he put a disastrous two-year stint at Ducati firmly behind him in Jerez today when he set the fastest time on a day of domination by Yamaha. Rossi went some way to showing he will be a title contender in 2013 after he logged a best time of 1.39.525 to edge out factory Yamaha teammate and reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo by just...

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  • Bradley Smith learns from Valentino Rossi in Jerez

    24 March 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Bradley Smith grasped the opportunity to learn from nine-times world champion Valentino Rossi during the second day of MotoGP testing at the Jerez track in Spain. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rookie followed the Italian legend for two laps this afternoon as the MotoGP field got the chance to test on a dry track following yesterday’s torrential rain. Smith ended up 12th on the timesheets today with a...

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  • Cal Crutchlow plays down Jerez speed

    24 March 2013 by Matthew Birt

    British rider Cal Crutchlow played down his eye-catching performance on the second day of testing at the Jerez track in Spain today after he finished third quickest behind factory Yamaha duo Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. After yesterday’s torrential rain the surface didn’t dry out until after 1pm today, but former World Supersport champion Crutchlow was immediately fast and found himself...

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  • Valentino Rossi sets fastest pace in Jerez

    24 March 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi enjoyed his best day in MotoGP for some considerable time in Jerez today when the nine-times world champion set the fastest time on the second day of the final pre-season test. The 34-year-old Italian clocked a best time of 1.39.525 to finish just 0.015s ahead of factory Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo. Conditions on day two were significantly better after torrential rain dominated...

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  • Jorge Lorenzo fastest at cold and wet Jerez

    24 March 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Jorge Lorenzo topped the timesheets at the end of a cool, wet and windy start to the final pre-season MotoGP test in Jerez yesterday. Heavy rain and cold temperatures dominated the action but reigning world champion Lorenzo was able to set a best time of 1.47.423 on his factory Yamaha YZR-M1 to finish 1.051s clear of Repsol Honda rival Dani Pedrosa. Lorenzo completed just 39 laps with each...

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  • Scott Redding fifth in final Moto2 test

    21 March 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Scott Redding fifth in final Moto2 test

    British rider Scott Redding ended the final winter test for the Moto2 world championship in fifth position at the Jerez track in Spain. With his testing schedule already completed at the end of day...

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  • Danny Webb 12th, John McPhee 20th in Jerez test

    21 March 2013 by Matthew Birt

    The Moto3 world championship pre-season ended in gloriously sunny conditions at the Jerez track in Spain this afternoon with British duo Danny Webb and John McPhee both finishing inside the top 20. Kent rider Webb was 12th overall but his best time of 1.47.959 was set on the very first day. Webb didn’t even ride in the final half day of track time available today after he suffered a crash on a...

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