MotoGP (June 2014)

  • Assen MotoGP: Rains fails to halt Marquez

    28 June 2014 by Liam Marsden

    Assen MotoGP: Rains fails to halt Marquez

    A wet start failed to dampen Marc Marquez's blistering start to 2014, with the reigning champion taking his eight successive win of the season. After two sighting laps and a chance to change bikes the...

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  • Assen Moto2: West takes victory in wet race

    28 June 2014 by Liam Marsden

    Assen Moto2: West takes victory in wet race

    Anthony West took his first Grand Prix victory in 11 years in a wet Moto2 race at Assen today. Brit Sam Lowes took the lead early in the race before being relegated to second by Simone Corsi. Lowes...

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  • Cal Crutchlow in Suzuki talks

    27 June 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Cal Crutchlow in Suzuki talks

    Suzuki could offer Cal Crutchlow an early escape from his Ducati hell. The British rider’s personal manager Bob Moore met with senior Suzuki management during the recent Catalunya race in Barcelona,...

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  • Andrea Dovizioso nearing future decision

    20 June 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Andrea Dovizioso nearing future decision

    Andrea Dovizioso is confident he will have decided on his 2015 plans by the next race in Assen, with Ducati and Suzuki leading the chase for the Italian’s signature. The dilemma for the former 125GP...

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  • Andrea Iannone targets factory Ducati promotion

    19 June 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Andrea Iannone targets factory Ducati promotion

    Andrea Iannone is desperate to secure a factory Ducati ride in 2015 – despite claiming to have an offer to join Suzuki’s new 1000cc project. The Italian is closely monitoring Ducati’s factory squad to...

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  • Leon Camier remains on Aspar Honda standby

    18 June 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Leon Camier remains on Aspar Honda standby

    Leon Camier will remain on standby for the Aspar Honda squad for the foreseeable future in case Nicky Hayden has any additional problems with a long-running right wrist injury. British rider Camier...

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  • Mixed reaction to F1 corner test in Catalunya

    18 June 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Mixed reaction to F1 corner test in Catalunya

    A special 30-minute test on a revised layout of the Catalunya track divided the MotoGP grid earlier this week. The majority of the premier class field, including reigning world champion Marc Marquez,...

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  • Marc Marquez: Dani was faster than me

    17 June 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Marc Marquez: Dani was faster than me

    Marc Marquez believes that Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa was the faster rider in the closing stages of a memorable Catalunya MotoGP race last Sunday. Marquez had to dig deep to claim a seventh...

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  • 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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