MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2016)

  • Loi top Moto3 on second day of testing

    12 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Loi top Moto3 on second day of testing

    Belgian rider Livio Loi has topped the second day of testing at Qatar’s Losail International Circuit, making the most of the RW Racing GP Honda’s top speed and his diminutive size to finish the day at...

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  • Luthi tops Moto2 day two at Losail

    12 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Luthi tops Moto2 day two at Losail

    Thomas Luthi has taken the Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex machine to top of the timesheets on the second day of testing at Losail, as one of a quartet of riders able to dip under the 2:00 mark for the...

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  • Crutchlow: I needed an ultrasound on my balls!

    12 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Crutchlow: I needed an ultrasound on my balls!

    Cal Crutchlow was lucky to escape serious injury in a crash in the final moments of the Qatar test, after getting caught out by his LCR Honda – and having to undergo some invasive medical testing...

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  • Rossi admits he plans to stay until 2018

    11 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Rossi admits he plans to stay until 2018

    Valentino Rossi has dropped a bombshell in an exclusive interview today with Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport, admitting that he plans on remaining in MotoGP until he turns 39 in 2018. Admitting in recent...

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  • Michelin show 2016 tyre identifying colours

    10 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Michelin show 2016 tyre identifying colours

    Michelin have announced the identifying colours that their new MotoGP tyres will sport for the coming season. The coloured strips around the edges of the tyres are designed to give spectators an ‘at a...

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  • LCR Honda to run multiple liveries in 2016

    10 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    LCR Honda to run multiple liveries in 2016

    Cal Crutchlow have confirmed that they will continue to be sponsored by a selection of brands in 2016, repeating the actions of 2015 that saw a number of companies all gain their own livery on his...

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  • Iannone pleased with testing times

    07 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Iannone pleased with testing times

    Andrea Iannone has walked away from the final testing days of the 2016 pre-season pleased with his times on the new GP16 Ducati machine, content with the progress he made. Finally lapping the Losail...

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  • Laverty: ‘The bike feels like mine now’

    07 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Laverty: ‘The bike feels like mine now’

    Eugene Laverty says his Apsar Ducati is finally starting to feel like his own bike, as the Northern Irishman comes close to finding a base setting with the GP14.2 machine after missing much of the...

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  • Video: Marquez and Pedrosa go classical

    07 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Video: Marquez and Pedrosa go classical

    Watch Repsol Honda riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have some fun with renowned violinist Ara Malikian, just because they can, in the Japanese manufacturer’s latest video promotion ahead of the...

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  • Smith says 2016 testing ‘very different’

    06 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Smith says 2016 testing ‘very different’

    Bradley Smith has described the 2016 pre-season as ‘very different’ to previous years, as the Yamaha rider undergoes the first major rule changes of his time in MotoGP with new electronics and...

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  • McPhee reveals 2016 Moto3 Peugeot

    05 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    McPhee reveals 2016 Moto3 Peugeot

    Scotsman John McPhee has pulled the covers off the Peugeot Moto3 machine he will hope to take t success in the 2013 Moto3 championship. A re-branded Mahindra machine but with direct support from the...

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  • Viñales takes the top spot on day two

    03 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Viñales takes the top spot on day two

    Maverick Viñales has proved that his ultra-fast pace at Phillip Island two weeks ago was no mere fluke by topping the time sheets at the end of the second day of action at the final MotoGP pre-season...

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  • Stoner’s Qatar test possibly in doubt

    03 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Stoner’s Qatar test possibly in doubt

    Casey Stoner’s planned test this week at Qatar’s Losail International Circuit may be in doubt, as the Ducati Corse team seek clarification on rules banning testing near race weekends. Stoner was due...

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  • FIM scrap penalty point punishments

    03 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    FIM scrap penalty point punishments

    Motorcycling governing body the FIM have scrapped MotoGP’s punishments for amassing penalty points, in a controversial decision that looks to be a continuing part of the aftermath of the Sepang...

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  • Luthi and Lowes on it at Jerez test

    03 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Luthi and Lowes on it at Jerez test

    Former world champions Thomas Luthi and Sam Lowes have topped the time sheets on the opening day of the official pre-season Moto2 test at Jerez, with the Swiss rider finishing the day 0.118 ahead of...

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  • Confident Rossi shrugs off first lap crash

    03 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Confident Rossi shrugs off first lap crash

    Valentino Rossi has shrugged off a crash after only ten corners of the Losail circuit in yesterday’s first day of testing at the Qatari track. The Movistar Yamaha rider got caught out at turn ten on...

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  • Suzi Perry to join BT Sport for 2016?

    03 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Suzi Perry to join BT Sport for 2016?

    Former BBC MotoGP presenter Suzi Perry looks set to make a welcome return to screens in 2016, with MCN’s sources saying that she will be confirmed as part of the broadcaster’s revamped team for the...

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  • Lorenzo clears off on opening day at Losail

    02 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Lorenzo clears off on opening day at Losail

    Reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo has cleared off from the rest of the field on the opening day of the final pre-season test at Qatar’s Losail circuit, topping the day’s session by nearly half a...

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  • Aprilia roll out 2016 RS-GP

    02 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Aprilia roll out 2016 RS-GP

    Aprilia have rolled out the all-new RS-GP MotoGP machine that Stefan Bradl and Alvaro Bautista will contest this season, ahead of it’s debut against it’s rivals at the final Qatar pre-season test. The...

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  • MotoGP bosses hit with multi-million euro fine

    02 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    MotoGP bosses hit with multi-million euro fine

    MotoGP bosses Dorna, as well as CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta and CFO Enrique Aldama personally, have been hit with multi-million euro fines by the Spanish Supreme Court, after a ruling on stock sales dating...

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  • Yamaha and VR46 Academy sign supply deal

    01 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Yamaha and VR46 Academy sign supply deal

    Valentino Rossi’s VR46 Academy, the nine-time world champion’s development and mentoring program, has signed an exclusive deal with Yamaha to supply machines for the youth riders. The deal will see 26...

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  • Lowes reveals Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 machine

    26 February 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Lowes reveals Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 machine

    British Moto2 hopeful Sam Lowes has pulled the covers off the 2016 Kalex machine he will campaign in this year’s world championship. He revealed the bike – in the colours of new Indonesian title...

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  • Baz: Not much grip in the snow!

    26 February 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Baz: Not much grip in the snow!

    Avintia Ducati racer Loris Baz has admitted that there wasn’t much grip form his Michelins yesterday, as he rode across the snow at Andorra’s Grandvilara ski resort for the team’s unusual...

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  • Michelin testing stymied by mystery issue

    26 February 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Michelin testing stymied by mystery issue

    New tyre providers Michelin were left fighting exactly what they didn’t want on the opening days of the Phillip Island test as they continue to work to finalise their race tyres – a mystery quality...

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