MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2015)

  • No major upgrades expected for Suzuki in 2015

    09 October 2015 by Steve English

    No major upgrades expected for Suzuki in 2015

    The progress made early in the season by Suzuki placed somewhat unrealistic expectations on the returning Japanese manufacturer and with both Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales having enjoyed plenty...

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  • McPhee to continue with 2014 chassis

    08 October 2015 by Steve English

    McPhee to continue with 2014 chassis

    John McPhee is hoping that a return to last year's chassis will offer him a similar run of late season form to 12 months ago. At Aragon the Scot changed to running last year's Honda frame and...

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  • No major upgrades expected for Suzuki in 2015

    08 October 2015 by Steve English

    No major upgrades expected for Suzuki in 2015

    The progress made early in the season by Suzuki placed somewhat unrealistic expectations on the returning Japanese manufacturer and with both Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales having enjoyed plenty...

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  • Lorenzo and Marquez downplay injuries

    08 October 2015 by Steve English

    Lorenzo and Marquez downplay injuries

    Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez are both walking wounded in Japan but both rider have said that they expect to be able to compete freely at Motegi. Last week both riders suffered injuries with title...

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  • Crutchlow: We have to push the front so hard

    08 October 2015 by Steve English

    Crutchlow: We have to push the front so hard

    Like the other Honda riders Cal Crutchlow has had a difficult year with the Englishman having strong results when the bike has been able to produce grip but struggling for much of the campaign. Motegi...

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  • West to return to MotoGP grid at Philip Island

    08 October 2015 by Steve English

    West to return to MotoGP grid at Philip Island

    Anthony West will make a return to the MotoGP grid for the first time since 2008 next weekend at Philip Island with the Australian in line to replace Karel Abraham. The Czech rider has elected to skip...

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  • Espargaro looking to build momentum

    07 October 2015 by Steve English

    Espargaro looking to build momentum

    Pol Espargaro has had a disappointing year on the Tech3 Yamaha but with three races over three weekends the momentum of his season could shift rapidly with some strong results on the Asian swing of...

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  • Smith focused on another strong result

    07 October 2015 by Steve English

    Smith focused on another strong result

    With four races remaining in 2015 Bradley Smith is keen to hold onto his place in the top five of the MotoGP world championship. The Tech3 rider heads to Japan excited at the prospect of returning to...

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  • Ducati hopeful of strong weekend

    07 October 2015 by Steve English

    Ducati hopeful of strong weekend

    Andrea Dovizioso has struggled in recent races with a lack of feeling under braking but the Italian is confident that he can improve his fortunes this weekend at Motegi. The GP15 started the season as...

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  • Video: Camping with Bradley Smith

    07 October 2015 by Simon Patterson

    Video: Camping with Bradley Smith

    What happens when you take one of the UK's top motorbike racers (who also happens to currently lie fifth in the MotoGP title chase) up a Scottish mountain, away from home comforts, proper toilets, and...

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  • Lorenzo sprains shoulder in training accident

    04 October 2015 by Simon Patterson

    Lorenzo sprains shoulder in training accident

    Spanish media are reporting that Jorge Lorenzo’s 2015 MotoGP title aspirations may have suffered a major blow, after the Movistar Yamaha rider sprained his left shoulder in a training accident ahead...

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  • Bendsneyder to join Ajo-KTM in 2016

    02 October 2015 by Steve English

    Bendsneyder to join Ajo-KTM in 2016

    Red Bull Rookies champion Bo Bendsneyder has been confirmed with Ajo-KTM for next year. The team also announced that Brad Binder will continue with the Finnish squad for a second year. For Bendneyder...

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  • MotoGP switch confirmed for Rabat

    01 October 2015 by Steve English

    MotoGP switch confirmed for Rabat

    One of the paddock's worst kept secrets was confirmed today by Marc VDS with the team announcing that Tito Rabat will move into the premier class to ride a Honda RC213v. Rabat tested the bike on...

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  • Passion verses perfection

    30 September 2015 by MCN

    Passion verses perfection

    Perfection versus passion. Exactitude versus adaptability. Lorenzo versus Rossi. What a surprising season this last of (almost) full factory bikes has turned out to be.  ast Sunday’s Aragon GP...

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  • Marquez undergoes operation for fractured hand

    30 September 2015 by James Archibald

    Marquez undergoes operation for fractured hand

    Marc Marquez has undergone an operation this morning to treat a fracture to the fifth metacarpal of his left hand. The reigning MotoGP World Champion fractured his hand yesterday while training on his...

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  • Redding: Tough race caps a difficult weekend

    29 September 2015 by Steve English

    Redding: Tough race caps a difficult weekend

    A lack of feel from the rear high tyre temperatures left Scott Redding off the pace at Aragon and only able to finish 12th. The Marc VDS rider had battled with the Pramac Ducati of Yonny Hernandez in...

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  • Gearbox woes cost Espargaro dearly in Aragon

    29 September 2015 by Steve English

    Gearbox woes cost Espargaro dearly in Aragon

    Pol Espargaro may have finished ninth on Sunday but his Aragon Grand Prix was a positive step in the right direction. The Spaniard, who had a strong qualifying session and ran in at the front of the...

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  • Lack of grip holding Crutchlow back

    28 September 2015 by Steve English

    Lack of grip holding Crutchlow back

    A lack of grip left Cal Crutchlow seventh in Aragon and unable to challenge for a top five place after struggling to drive out of corners to be able to attack Andrea Dovizioso and Aleix...

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  • Iannone digs deep for fourth

    28 September 2015 by Steve English

    Iannone digs deep for fourth

    Andrea Iannone had another heroic ride on his Ducati to finish fourth at Aragon despite once again racing with a recently dislocated shoulder. The Italian had to dig deep throughout the race and...

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  • Lorenzo wins ahead of epic duel for second

    27 September 2015 by Simon Patterson

    Lorenzo wins ahead of epic duel for second

    Jorge Lorenzo has closed the gap to Valentino Rossi back to only 14 points in the 2015 MotoGP championship after taking a dominant win in Motorland Aragon, while fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa helped...

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  • Oliveira wins as Kent crashes out

    27 September 2015 by Simon Patterson

    Oliveira wins as Kent crashes out

    Miguel Oliveira has taken his third Moto3 win of the 2015 season, after the Portuguese rider was able to triumph while his championship rivals crashed out of the penultimate European race of the year...

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  • Kent confirmed at Leopard for 2016 in Moto2

    27 September 2015 by Steve English

    Kent confirmed at Leopard for 2016 in Moto2

    Leopard Racing this morning has confirmed that Danny Kent will remain with the team next year and move to the Moto2 class. The Englishman has had a dominant year in Moto3 with the German squad and...

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  • Rossi: Race pace is a concern for tomorrow

    26 September 2015 by Steve English

    Rossi: Race pace is a concern for tomorrow

    Yet again in 2015 Valentino Rossi has left himself plenty of work to do in Sunday's race. The championship leader has done a fantastic job of fighting through the pack this year but with Marc Marquez...

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  • Rabat on pole, Zarco on front row

    26 September 2015 by Steve English

    Rabat on pole, Zarco on front row

    Tito Rabat took the 15th pole position of his career at Aragon with the world champion setting the pace ahead of Alex Rins and Johann Zarco. Sam Lowes will start from fourth on the grid after...

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  • Marquez takes pole despite crash

    26 September 2015 by Steve English

    Marquez takes pole despite crash

    A last minute crash wasn't enough to derail Marc Marquez in qualifying at Aragon with the world champion taking pole position ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and a hugely impressive Andrea Iannone. The...

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  • Pole position for Bastianini

    26 September 2015 by Steve English

    Pole position for Bastianini

    Having claimed his first Grand Prix win last time out in Misano Enea Bastianini was in great form during qualifying to take pole position at Aragon. The Italian comfortably outpaced the field with...

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  • Rabat sets the pace at Aragon

    26 September 2015 by Steve English

    Rabat sets the pace at Aragon

    Tito Rabat hasn't won since Mugello but the Spaniard looks to be in strong form this weekend. Rabat was fastest ahead of final qualifying with Jonas Folger second fastest ahead of Alex Rins. Hafizh...

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  • Marquez shows his potential in FP3

    26 September 2015 by Steve English

    Marquez shows his potential in FP3

    Honda kept their powder dry on the opening day of the Aragon Grand Prix by not using fresh medium tyres in the closing stages of the day but in FP3 the RC213v machines showed their pace with Marc...

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