MotoGP (February 2014)

  • Rossi on top as testing concludes

    28 February 2014 by Simon Patterson

    Rossi on top as testing concludes

    Valentino Rossi has left the final official pre-season test of 2014 leading the way, as the Italian confirmed afterwards that he was feeling much more positive than this time last year. Just dipping...

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  • Will Marquez's broken leg slow him down?

    28 February 2014 by MCN

    Will Marquez's broken leg slow him down?

    Afte a flat track training crash, world champion Marc Marquez is currently sitting out the final Sepang test while he recovers from his broken leg. But the rookie champion has proven time and again...

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  • Pedrosa fastest on day two at Sepang

    27 February 2014 by Simon Patterson

    Pedrosa fastest on day two at Sepang

    Dani Pedrosa has finished the second day at the Sepang in his customary position at the Malaysian track, topping the time sheets by 0.2 seconds at the circuit where he is traditionally dominant. ...

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  • Marquez to miss Phillip Island test

    26 February 2014 by Simon Patterson

    Marquez to miss Phillip Island test

    Marc Marquez will sit out next week's planned Phillip Island tyre test, despite initially aiming for a return just twelve days after breaking his fibula in a training accident. However, a medical...

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  • Bautista fastest on Sepang day one

    26 February 2014 by Simon Patterson

    Bautista fastest on Sepang day one

    The first day of the Sepang 2 MotoGP test has thrown a number of surprise packages to the fore, as Alvaro Bautista and the Espargaro brothers took advantage of unusual track conditions to finish the...

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  • Movistar return to MotoGP with Yamaha

    25 February 2014 by Simon Patterson

    Movistar return to MotoGP with Yamaha

    Yamaha’s 2014 livery, unveiled last month in Indonesia, is set to change before the first race at Qatar, as the team brings onboard Spanish mobile phone operator Movistar as title sponsor. The rumours...

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  • No Brazil MotoGP round in 2014

    24 February 2014 by Matthew Birt

    No Brazil MotoGP round in 2014

    The MotoGP world championship will not be returning to Brazil in 2014 after a planned race in late September at a revamped Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet track was dropped off the final...

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  • Pol Espargaro plans style tweaks at Sepang 2

    24 February 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Pol Espargaro plans style tweaks at Sepang 2

    Reigning Moto2 world champion Pol Espargaro will focus on riding style tweaks when he makes his third pre-season testing appearance for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad in Sepang later this week. The...

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  • Suzuki: No plans to join Open class in 2015

    24 February 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Suzuki: No plans to join Open class in 2015

    Suzuki will return to MotoGP in 2015 as a full factory entry, with the Japanese factory rejecting the chance to join the new Open category. It had been rumoured that Suzuki would participate as an...

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  • Ex-Ducati boss understands Open class appeal

    24 February 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Ex-Ducati boss understands Open class appeal

    Former factory Ducati boss Livio Suppo says he fully understands why the Bologna factory is seriously considering entering this year’s MotoGP world championship in the new Open class. It has been...

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  • Colin Edwards pushing for FTR chassis test

    23 February 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Colin Edwards pushing for FTR chassis test

    Colin Edwards is pushing to test a new British-built FTR frame on his new Yamaha-powered Forward Racing MotoGP machine after a tough start to winter testing in Malaysia recently. The experienced Texan...

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  • Breaking news: Marquez breaks leg

    20 February 2014 by Simon Patterson

    Breaking news: Marquez breaks leg

    MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez has suffered a broken fibula in a training crash just weeks before the start of the 2014 season. The 21 year old was flat tracking in in Lleida, west of Barcelona,...

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  • Rea sits out Jerez test with broken foot

    19 February 2014 by Simon Patterson

    Rea sits out Jerez test with broken foot

    British rider Gino Rea has been forced to sit out this week’s three-day official Moto2 test at Jerez, after breaking a bone in his foot at last week’s Valencia test.   The former Moto2 podium...

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  • BT Sport team break cover

    13 February 2014 by Simon Patterson

    BT Sport team break cover

    After months of speculation, BT Sport has finally announced the team that will head their 2014 MotoGP coverage.   The team will be led by one of the most famous commentary teams in biking...

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  • No corner speed gain for factory Honda

    13 February 2014 by Matthew Birt

    No corner speed gain for factory Honda

    Honda has so far failed in its bid to make its factory RC213V machine a match for Yamaha’s YZR-M1 on corner speed. Improved corner speed has been a key target for Honda’s technical staff during the...

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  • Is it too late for Valentino Rossi?

    07 February 2014 by MCN

    Is it too late for Valentino Rossi?

    After three days of testing at Sepang Valentino Rossi managed to finish second fastest. The nine time champion says he’s changed his riding style to suit the new bike, but after an unimpressive 2013...

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  • Bradley Smith focuses on race pace in Sepang

    07 February 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Bradley Smith focuses on race pace in Sepang

    Eighth position on the timesheets and outpaced by Aleix Espargaro’s new Open class FTR-Yamaha suggests this week’s Sepang MotoGP test was a tough affair for British rider Bradley Smith. Nothing could...

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  • HRC unveil full rider line-up in Japan

    07 February 2014 by Michael Guy

    HRC unveil full rider line-up in Japan

    MotoGP, Dakar, MX and Trials get HRC status – but no support for WSB. Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) is the most prestigious name in motor racing with unprecedented success in their chosen fields of...

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  • Honda plan Jorge Lorenzo talks for 2015

    07 February 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Honda plan Jorge Lorenzo talks for 2015

    Honda will approach Jorge Lorenzo about forming a Spanish super team with new MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez in 2015. With all top riders out of contract at the end of this year, speculation on...

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  • Rossi optimistic after first test

    06 February 2014 by Matthew Birt & Simon Patterson

    Rossi optimistic after first test

    Valentino Rossi has finished the first test of 2014 pleased with his pace after ending up second in the timesheets, but the Italian says that there are still problems to fix on his Yamaha. “Today is...

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  • Marquez ends Sepang test on top

    06 February 2014 by Simon Patterson

    Marquez ends Sepang test on top

    Marc Marquez has left the first test of 2014 on top of the time sheets, but is chased by a trio of Yamahas after a blisteringly fast third day of riding in tropical temperatures at the Malaysian...

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  • Marquez 'surprised' by fast times on day two

    05 February 2014 by Matthew Birt & Simon Patterson

    Marquez 'surprised' by fast times on day two

    Marc Marquez has said that he has been ‘surprised’ by the fast times being set at Sepang, not only by himself but by other riders. The reigning champion says that excellent track conditions has meant...

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  • Rossi positive after second day at Sepang

    05 February 2014 by Matthew Birt & Simon Patterson

    Rossi positive after second day at Sepang

    Valentino Rossi has remained positive after the second day of testing in Sepang despite slipping from second to fourth in the timing sheets, saying that there’s still more speed to be found from his...

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  • Marquez remains on top in Sepang

    05 February 2014 by Simon Patterson

    Marquez remains on top in Sepang

    Honda have continued their hold at the top of the Sepang timing sheets, with Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa and Stefan Bradl putting their RCV214 machines one-two-three. However, reigning world champion...

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