MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2014)

  • Rossi and Lorenzo test 2015 Yamaha motor

    16 June 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Rossi and Lorenzo test 2015 Yamaha motor

    Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo got their first chance to test a 2015-spec factory Yamaha engine during today’s post race test session at the Catalunya track near Barcelona. Next year’s motor was...

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  • Cal Crutchlow: 'I'm still motivated'

    16 June 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Cal Crutchlow: 'I'm still motivated'

    Cal Crutchlow reckons his motivation has not suffered a massive jolt after a nightmare start to his Ducati career. The British rider retired with an electronics issue in yesterday’s thrilling...

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  • Catalunya Moto2: Rabat cruises to victory

    15 June 2014 by Liam Marsden

    Catalunya Moto2: Rabat cruises to victory

    Rabat extended his Moto2 championship lead with a dominant victory at Catalunya today. The Spaniard started from pole position and after early challenges from team-mate Mika Kallio and Maverick...

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  • Catalunya Moto3: Marquez eases to victory

    15 June 2014 by Liam Marsden

    Catalunya Moto3: Marquez eases to victory

    Spaniard Alex Marquez secured his second Moto3 victory in dominant fashion after his team-mate was forced to retire. Alex Rins led the early stages of the race by a comfortable margin before he was...

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  • Catalunya Moto2: Rabat takes home pole

    14 June 2014 by Liam Marsden

    Catalunya Moto2: Rabat takes home pole

    Moto2 championship leader Esteve Rabat will start from pole position at his home race ahead of team-mate Mika Kallio and Moto2 rookie Maverick Vinales. 2012 Moto3 champion Sandro Cortese will head the...

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  • Catalunya MotoGP: Pedrosa takes surprise pole

    14 June 2014 by Liam Marsden

    Catalunya MotoGP: Pedrosa takes surprise pole

    Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa claimed a surprise pole position ahead of tomorrow's MotoGP race at the Catalunya circuit. Pedrosa's pole position breaks team-mate Marc Marquez's run of six previous...

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  • Catalunya MotoGP: Marquez takes pole

    14 June 2014 by Liam Marsden

    Catalunya MotoGP: Marquez takes pole

    Estrella Galicia Honda rider Alex Marquez will start tomorrow's Moto3 race at the Catalunya circuit from pole position after setting a best time of 1:50.232. The Spaniard will be joined on the front...

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  • Tech 3 hoping to keep Pol Espargaro in 2015

    10 June 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Tech 3 hoping to keep Pol Espargaro in 2015

    Tech 3 Yamaha boss Herve Poncharal is hoping Jorge Lorenzo inks a new factory Yamaha deal, so he can keep reigning Moto2 world champion Pol Espargaro in 2015. Should a shock switch to Ducati or Suzuki...

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  • Jack Miller set for Moto2 move with Marc VDS?

    10 June 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Jack Miller set for Moto2 move with Marc VDS?

    Rising Aussie star Jack Miller is on the brink of clinching a Moto2 move to the high profile Marc VDS Racing squad for 2015. MCN understands the current Moto3 world championship leader, who crashed...

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  • MotoGP decision looming for Marc VDS Racing

    09 June 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Marc VDS Racing– one of the highest profile teams outside of MotoGP – could be thwarted in its bid to move to the premier class in 2015. The Belgian-based squad, which has dominated Moto2 this season with Tito Rabat and Mika Kallio, has again launched ambitious plans to move into MotoGP after a failed attempt last season. Marc VDS boss Michael Bartholemy has already entered lengthy negotiations...

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  • Honda: No regrets losing Jack Miller to KTM

    09 June 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Honda has denied it was a major mistake not keeping Aussie sensation Jack Miller in its Moto3 stable for 2014. Miller impressed on an underpowered FTR-Honda last season but moved to join the high profile Red Bull KTM squad before HRC confirmed it was upping its effort in Moto3 with a completely revamped machine. Miller has already established himself as one of the brightest future prospects in...

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  • Freddie Spencer marvels at Marquez talent

    04 June 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Freddie Spencer marvels at Marquez talent

    American legend Freddie Spencer says he is not surprised to see Marc Marquez continue his record-breaking exploits in MotoGP, with the Spaniard unbeaten so far in six races in 2014. Marquez smashed...

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  • Bradley Smith not concerned by recent slump

    04 June 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Bradley Smith not concerned by recent slump

    Bradley Smith has denied the pressure is building on the British rider after his early crash out of last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix in Mugello. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider made a brilliant...

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  • Nicky Hayden has successful wrist surgery

    03 June 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden has successful wrist surgery

    Nicky Hayden has undergone successful surgery on the long-running right wrist injury that forced the American to withdraw from last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix in Mugello. Hayden has been plagued...

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  • Ducati starts work on 2015 Desmosedici

    03 June 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Ducati starts work on 2015 Desmosedici

    Ducati has started working on the radical revamp of its Desmosedici machine it hopes will finally end a winless run stretching back to the end of 2010. That’s the good news for British rider Cal...

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  • Mugello Moto2: Rabat victorious

    01 June 2014 by Liam Marsden

    Mugello Moto2: Rabat victorious

    After a slow start Marc VDS rider Esteve Rabat fought back to extend his championship lead with his third victory of the season at Mugello. German Jonas Folger, who led for most of the race was unable...

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  • Mugello Moto3: Fenati battles to home win

    01 June 2014 by Liam Marsden

    Mugello Moto3: Fenati battles to home win

    Italian Romano Fenati has taken victory in the Moto3 race at his home circuit after a breath taking race long scrap which saw just one tenth of a second cover the top three across the line. The Sky...

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  • Mugello Moto2: Rabat on pole, Lowes second

    31 May 2014 by Liam Marsden

    Mugello Moto2: Rabat on pole, Lowes second

    Championship leader Esteve Rabat will start from pole position in tomorrow's Moto2 race, ahead of Moto2 rookie Sam Lowes. The Brit was less than two tenths slower than Espargaro as he set a time of...

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  • Mugello MotoGP: Marquez romps to pole

    31 May 2014 by Liam Marsden

    Mugello MotoGP: Marquez romps to pole

    Marc Marquez continues to break records, setting the fastest time in Qualifying 1 at Mugello to take his sixth pole position from six races in 2014. The reigning champion set a best time of...

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  • Melanie Sykes leaves BTSport

    30 May 2014 by Liam Marsden

    Melanie Sykes leaves BTSport

    BTSport has officially announced that presenter Mel Sykes is no longer part of the MotoGP team. Craig Doyle, presenter for ITV4's Isle of Man TT coverage and BTSport's MotoGP Tonight programme, will...

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  • Marco Simoncelli honoured as MotoGP legend

    30 May 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Marco Simoncelli honoured as MotoGP legend

    Marco Simoncelli, the rising star of MotoGP who tragically lost his life in a racing accident at Sepang in 2011, has been inducted as a MotoGP Legend on the opening day of this weekend’s Italian Grand...

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  • Extra soft tyres unlikely in MotoGP in 2016

    27 May 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Extra soft tyres unlikely in MotoGP in 2016

    Special tyres like the extra soft rear option currently available to Open class riders are likely to be binned when Michelin takes over from Bridgestone as official tyre supplier in MotoGP in 2016. In...

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  • Michelin clinches MotoGP tyre deal

    23 May 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Michelin clinches MotoGP tyre deal

    Michelin will take over from Bridgestone as the official tyre supplier for the MotoGP world championship in 2016. The French brand was the only one to submit a tender for the exclusive contract by...

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  • Honda contemplating RCV1000R revamp for 2015

    23 May 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Honda contemplating RCV1000R revamp for 2015

    Honda has conceded it might have to radically change its new production Honda RCV1000R package to make it appealing for potential customers in 2015. The RCV1000R is Honda’s Open class project,...

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