MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2016)

  • Smith still has work to do at Qatar

    24 February 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Smith still has work to do at Qatar

    Monster Energy Tech 3 Yamaha racer Bradley Smith says it’s clear that there’s still work to be done for the squad ahead of the opening round of the 2016 MotoGP championship late next month. Finishing...

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  • Ducati boss Dall’Igna: We have to win

    24 February 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Ducati boss Dall’Igna: We have to win

    Ducati Corse Racing Manager Gigi Dall’Igna has firmly set out his targets for the 2016 season – winning races. The Italian manufacturer, which Dall’Igna has been heralded as playing a key role in...

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  • Dovizioso aiming big for new season

    23 February 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Dovizioso aiming big for new season

    Factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso says it’s time for him and the Italian manufacturer to start aiming big for the upcoming season, after a strong winter of development and testing. Working to...

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  • 2016 Aprilia RS-GP on track in Qatar

    23 February 2016 by Simon Patterson

    2016 Aprilia RS-GP on track in Qatar

    The 2016 Aprilia RS-GP MotoGP machine has broken cover at Qatar’s Losail International Circuit, with Stefan Bradl and Alvaro Bautista completing a three-day test ahead of next month’s final official...

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  • Ducati roll out painted wings on new GP16

    23 February 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Ducati roll out painted wings on new GP16

    Ducati have rolled out their new 2016 MotoGP machine in the colours it'll sport for the 2016 season, live streaming the event from the firm's Italian firm's headquarters in Borgo Panigale,...

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  • Watch: Ducati to unveil 2016 MotoGP machines

    23 February 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Watch: Ducati to unveil 2016 MotoGP machines

    Ducati are set to pull the covers off their 2016 MotoGP machines later this morning at the Ducati Auditorium in their Borgo Panigale factory in Italy. The entire event will be live-streamed thanks to...

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  • Petrucci to undergo surgery for broken hand

    20 February 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Petrucci to undergo surgery for broken hand

    Octo Pramac Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci will undergo surgery on Monday to plate the second, third and fourth metacarpals he broke in his right hand after a high-speed fall at Phillip Island’s turn...

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  • Lorenzo downplays testing crash

    20 February 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Lorenzo downplays testing crash

    Jorge Lorenzo has played down his crash in the closing stages of this week’s second pre-season test at Phillip Island. The Movistar Yamaha racer was one of a number of racers to fall in the closing...

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  • Viñales tops day two at Phillip Island

    18 February 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Viñales tops day two at Phillip Island

    Maverick Viñales has further reinforced the credentials of the changes made to the Suzuki GSX-RR machine for 2016 by finishing the second day of testing at Phillip Island top of the time...

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  • Smith confident after advances in wet and dry

    17 February 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Smith confident after advances in wet and dry

    Bradley Smith was left one of the few riders pleased with his progress on the opening day of the Phillip Island test, after making the most of damp conditions that hampered many of his rivals. Working...

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  • Video: Repsol Honda launch 2016 bike at Sentul

    17 February 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Video: Repsol Honda launch 2016 bike at Sentul

    Repsol Honda have unveiled their 2016 livery in front of huge crowds, travelling to Sentul, the circuit set to host the new Indonesian MotoGP round from 2016. Pulling the covers off the bike in front...

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  • FIM mandate MotoGP tyre pressure sensors

    06 February 2016 by Simon Patterson

    FIM mandate MotoGP tyre pressure sensors

    The FIM have, in the wake of Loris Baz’s high-speed crash earlier this week at Sepang, mandaded the compulsory use of tyre pressure sensors for the forthcoming MotoGP season. With a sensor supplier...

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  • Alpinestars release Baz crash data

    05 February 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Alpinestars release Baz crash data

    Alpinestars have released the data recorded by Avintia Ducati racer Loris Baz’s Tech-Air suit during his ultra-high-speed fall at Sepang on Tuesday. Baz was thrown form his bike when his rear tyre...

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  • Lorenzo: ‘I'm very happy with Michelin'

    04 February 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Lorenzo: ‘I'm very happy with Michelin'

    Rather unsurprisingly, reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo says he’s delighted with the performances so far of the Michelin tyres, as he leaves the opening test of 2016 the fastest man on the grid...

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  • Crutchlow pleased with updated-spec Honda engine

    04 February 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Crutchlow pleased with updated-spec Honda engine

    LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow says he’s left Sepang content, especially after getting the opportunity to try one of the latest spec of engines for his Honda RCV213, as the Japanese manufacturer continues...

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  • Watch Loris Baz's 180mph Sepang smash

    03 February 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Watch Loris Baz's 180mph Sepang smash

    Avintia Ducati rider Loris Baz was fired down the start-finish straight at Sepang yesterday at over 180mph, when a problem caused his rear Michelin to explode. Luckily, however, the Frenchman was able...

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  • KTM reveal plans for Moto2 entry

    01 February 2016 by Simon Patterson

    KTM reveal plans for Moto2 entry

    KTM have revealed shock plans to make their debut in the Moto2 class, unveiling a finished bike using Honda’s standardised CBR600 engine. The move has been long rumoured, but it has always been...

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  • Stoner to join official MotoGP test tomorrow

    01 February 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Stoner to join official MotoGP test tomorrow

    After the success of his MotoGP return with Ducati over the weekend, Casey Stoner will join the official MotoGP test tomorrow (Tuesday), taking to track with former rivals like Valentino Rossi, Jorge...

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  • Stoner makes Ducati return

    30 January 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Stoner makes Ducati return

    Casey Stoner has made his official return to the Ducati MotoGP team as he took to the track this morning at Sepang for his first test on the new GP16 machine. The Australian will complete two days of...

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  • Sepang tests all about learning for Redding

    27 January 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Sepang tests all about learning for Redding

    Scott Redding says that the opening MotoGP test of 2016 – which gets underway on Monday in Sepang – will be all about continuing to learn on the Pramac Ducati. Coming from a difficult year on the...

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  • Redding sets sights on factory ride for 2017

    27 January 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Redding sets sights on factory ride for 2017

    New Pramac Ducati rider Scott Redding has firmly set his sights on his target for 2017 before the 2016 seaosn even kicks off proper – securing a factory seat on the Borgo Panigale firm’s MotoGP...

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  • Smith tips KTM for MotoGP success

    23 January 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Smith tips KTM for MotoGP success

    Top British racer of 2015 Bradley Smith has tipped KTM for MotoGP success when the Austrian manufacturer joins the series in 2017. Speaking to MCN ahead of the first test of the season next weekend,...

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