MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2016)

  • MotoGP: Hayden back in the points once again

    27 September 2016 by Simon Patterson

    MotoGP: Hayden back in the points once again

    Nicky Hayden has completed his pre-race goal of scoring points in yet another Grand Prix season during his replacement ride at Aragon last weekend. The 2006 champion was deputising for an injured Jack...

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  • MotoGP: Smith set for Japanese return

    27 September 2016 by Simon Patterson

    MotoGP: Smith set for Japanese return

    Bradley Smith will make a return to the 2016 MotoGP season and his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine next month for the Japanese Grand Prix, as he completes a month of gruelling physiotherapy following a...

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  • Moto2: Lowes goes even faster at Aragon test

    27 September 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Moto2: Lowes goes even faster at Aragon test

    Aragon Moto2 race winner Sam Lowes has come away from the Spanish circuit surprised to find even more pace in Monday’s post-race test, going even faster than he did enroute to pole position and an...

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  • MotoGP: Provisional 2017 calendar released

    21 September 2016 by Simon Patterson

    MotoGP: Provisional 2017 calendar released

    MotoGP organisers Dorna have released a provisional calendar for the 2017 MotoGP season, which will as tradition kick off in late March at Qatar’s Losail International Circuit. The calendar then sees...

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  • MotoGP: Are Ducati testing regenerative braking?

    21 September 2016 by Simon Patterson

    MotoGP: Are Ducati testing regenerative braking?

    At the last round of the 2016 MotoGP championship, Ducati test rider and wildcard Michele Pirro drew stares during Saturday morning’s free practice session three when he rolled out onto track sorting...

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  • MotoGP: Baz aiming for Aragon return

    20 September 2016 by Simon Patterson

    MotoGP: Baz aiming for Aragon return

    Frenchman Loris Baz is looking to make a return to MotoGP this weekend at Aragon, as he recovers yet again from another injury in his incident-hit 2016 season. The Avintia Ducati rider was caught up...

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  • MotoGP: Lowes looking for Aragon progress

    20 September 2016 by Simon Patterson

    MotoGP: Lowes looking for Aragon progress

    Alex Lowes is looking to make further progress this weekend at Aragon, as he takes a break from his regular World Superbike schedule for a third outing on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 bike as a...

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  • MotoGP: Hayden to deputise for injured Miller

    19 September 2016 by Simon Patterson

    MotoGP: Hayden to deputise for injured Miller

    2006 MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden will make a stunning return to the series this weekend at Aragon, as he steps in to replace the injured Jack Miller. The Australian sat out last weekend’s race...

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  • Moto2: Lowes has successful Valencia test

    16 September 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Moto2: Lowes has successful Valencia test

    Sam Lowes has attempted to re-find his mojo on the Federal Oil Gresini Kalex, by completing a huge number of laps in a two-day outing with the team at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit, home of the...

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  • MotoGP: Aprilia delighted with home top ten

    16 September 2016 by Simon Patterson

    MotoGP: Aprilia delighted with home top ten

    The Aprilia racing squad of Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl have been left delighted with their home pace, making the most of their experience testing at the Misano circuit to take an impressive...

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  • Moto3: McPhee set for BT Sport Honda team?

    16 September 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Moto3: McPhee set for BT Sport Honda team?

    Rumours in the Moto3 paddock have continued to gather steam that Czech Grand Prix winner John McPhee will link up with British broadcaster BT Sport to ride a Honda under the channel’s colours in the...

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  • MotoGP: Marquez sides with Rossi in Lorenzo row

    15 September 2016 by Simon Patterson

    MotoGP: Marquez sides with Rossi in Lorenzo row

    Marc Marquez has sided with Valentino Rossi in the furious row that broke out between the Italian and his teammate Jorge Lorenzo after Sunday’s San Marine Grand Prix, with Marquez admitting afterwards...

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  • Moto2: Who the hell is Lorenzo Baldassarri?

    15 September 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Moto2: Who the hell is Lorenzo Baldassarri?

    Just before he took his stunning debut victory in the Moto2 class, MCN caught up with Valentino Rossi protégé and Forward Racing rider Lorenzo Baldassarri to find out just who the young Italian is and...

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  • MotoGP: The genius of Michelin’s tyre war

    14 September 2016 by Simon Patterson

    MotoGP: The genius of Michelin’s tyre war

    Since their return to the MotoGP championship at the start of this season, Michelin have come under a lot of flack. Starting with Loris Baz’s high-speed tyre explosion back at the Sepang tests (even...

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  • Moto3: Who the hell is Lorenzo Dalla Porta?

    07 September 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Moto3: Who the hell is Lorenzo Dalla Porta?

    A wildcard appearance at Assen, a factory Mahindra for next season, spending the rest of the year as Romano Fenati's replacement at his idol Valentino Rossi's Team Sky - AND he's leading the Junior...

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  • MotoGP: Nakasuga set for Motegi wildcard

    07 September 2016 by Simon Patterson

    MotoGP: Nakasuga set for Motegi wildcard

    Suzuka 8 Hour winner Katsuyuki Nakasuga will once again make a wildcard appearance at this year’s Japanese Grand Prix, with the factory Yamaha superbike racer riding for the Yamalube Yamaha Factory...

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  • MotoGP: Roberts family feud ends up in court

    31 August 2016 by Simon Patterson

    MotoGP: Roberts family feud ends up in court

    Three-time 500 Grand Prix champion Kenny Roberts and son Kurtis Roberts are set to face off against each other in court this week, after a family feud long brewing between the pair resulted in police...

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  • MotoGP: Smith happy with KTM testing pace

    26 August 2016 by Simon Patterson

    MotoGP: Smith happy with KTM testing pace

    KTM’s 2017 rider Bradley Smith says that he’s delighted with the progress that the Austrian manufacturer seems to be making with their new project, especially after the pace that they displayed when...

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  • MotoGP: Smith calls for open class reform

    24 August 2016 by Simon Patterson

    MotoGP: Smith calls for open class reform

    Bradley Smith is calling for reform of MotoGP's open class system to give satellite bikes a chance of being competitive in normal dry conditions. The British rider claims it's increasingly unlikely...

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  • MotoGP: Alex Lowes completes Tech 3 Yamaha test

    23 August 2016 by Simon Patterson

    MotoGP: Alex Lowes completes Tech 3 Yamaha test

    World Superbike racer Alex Lowes has completed his first outing on MotoGP machinery, after taking to the track on Monday at Brno for a quick run on Suzuka 8 Hour teammate Pol Espargaró’s Monster Tech...

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  • MotoGP: Movistar Yamaha top one-day test

    23 August 2016 by Simon Patterson

    MotoGP: Movistar Yamaha top one-day test

    The Movistar Yamaha pairing of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi have topped MotoGP’s one-day test at Brno following Sunday’s race, taking the top spot after an interrupted day’s running at the Czech...

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  • Valentino Rossi’s first win 20-years on

    18 August 2016 by James Archibald

    Valentino Rossi’s first win 20-years on

    Valentino Rossi started his ascent to his legendary status on this day, August 18 1996. Where 20 years ago at the Czech GP in Brno, he took the first win of many in his colourful racing career aboard...

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  • MotoGP: Aspar Ducati confirm Bautista for 2017

    17 August 2016 by Simon Patterson

    MotoGP: Aspar Ducati confirm Bautista for 2017

    The Aspar Ducati squad have confirmed that Alvaro Bautista will be returning to the team for the 2017 MotoGP season, as he returns to the outfit he claimed his world championship with in the 125GP...

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