MotoGP (April 2016)

  • ‘Marked increase in performance’ for KTM

    30 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    ‘Marked increase in performance’ for KTM

    KTM have seen a ‘marked increase in performance’ for their new RC16 MotoGP machine at this week’s test at Brno, according to project head Mike Leitner. The rain-hit two-day test saw Mika Kallio and...

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  • Circuit of Wales submits revised funding plan

    30 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Circuit of Wales submits revised funding plan

    The Circuit of Wales have submitted a revised funding plan to the Welsh government. The new plan reduces the amount of financial guarantee required from the regional assembly by half, covering 50% of...

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  • Pedrosa has ‘strange day’ at Jerez test

    29 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Pedrosa has ‘strange day’ at Jerez test

    Dani Pedrosa says that the one-day test at Jerez following last weekend’s race at the Spanish circuit was a ‘strange day’ for him, with improved track conditions not brining the improvement in grip...

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  • Suzuki winglets ‘not a huge improvement’

    29 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Suzuki winglets ‘not a huge improvement’

    Suzuki rider Aleix Espargaró has admitted that the GSX-RR’s new front winglets do not make a huge improvement to the handling of his bike – but that with every advantage necessary at the minute in...

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  • Moto3 front-runner Bastianini breaks wrist

    29 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Moto3 front-runner Bastianini breaks wrist

    Moto3 front-runner Enea Bastianini has broken his wrist in a training accident, falling on Wednesday while riding off-road. The training crash saw him suffer a fracture to his right wrist. Following...

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  • Suzuki the key in GP contract talks

    28 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Suzuki the key in GP contract talks

    Suzuki and Maverick Viñales have become the focal point of 2016’s contract negotiations, as the young Spaniard considers offers not only to join Valentino Rossi at the Movistar Yamaha squad but also...

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  • GP Commission changes rules on jump-starts

    28 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    GP Commission changes rules on jump-starts

    MotoGP rulemaking body the Grand Prix Commission has restructured the system for penalising riders for jump starts following the aftermath of the debacle at the opening Moto2 round at Qatar. There was...

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  • Dovi stakes claim for remaining Ducati seat

    20 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Dovi stakes claim for remaining Ducati seat

    Andrea Dovizioso has staked his claim for the remaining seat at Ducati next season alongside new signing Jorge Lorenzo, hitting out at teammate (and rival for the spot) Andrea Iannone. Iannone is...

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  • Lorenzo: My focus remains with Yamaha

    19 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Lorenzo: My focus remains with Yamaha

    Jorge Lorenzo has spoken publically for the first time since his new Ducati deal for the 2017 and 2018 season was announced yesterday, posting a short video message to social media to thank his fans...

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  • Marquez: Rivals will be strong at Jerez

    19 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Marquez: Rivals will be strong at Jerez

    Marc Marquez says it’s more important than ever that him and the Repsol Honda squad make a strong start this weekend at Jerez, a track he expects title rivals Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo to be...

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  • What next for Yamaha?

    18 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    What next for Yamaha?

    With the news that reigning MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo will move to Ducati for the 2017 season, one big question mark that remains to be answered in the aftermath of the move is who exactly...

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  • Yamaha and Lorenzo part ways for 2017

    18 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Yamaha and Lorenzo part ways for 2017

    Movistar Yamaha have announced that they will part ways with Jorge Lorenzo for the 2017 season, partly confirming that, as reported by MCN weeks ago, that the reigning world champion will switch to...

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  • Crutchlow left struggling with gout in Austin

    15 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Crutchlow left struggling with gout in Austin

    Cal Crutchlow’s difficult start to the 2016 MotoGP season – failing to score points in the opening three races of the year – was left even worse last weekend in Austin when travel chaos from Argentina...

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  • Dorna pledge support to British Grand Prix

    15 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Dorna pledge support to British Grand Prix

    Dorna events director Javier Alonso has pledged support to the British Grand prix, regardless of what happens in the future with the beleaguered Circuit of Wales project. Currently the rights holders...

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  • Ten more years of racing at Phillip Island

    11 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Ten more years of racing at Phillip Island

    MotoGP and World Superbike rights holders Dorna have signed a ten-year extension to both deals that will see both series return to Australia’s iconic Phillip Island track until at least 2026. The...

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  • Lorenzo to make Ducati switch

    06 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Lorenzo to make Ducati switch

    Reigning MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo looks odds on to become a Ducati rider for the 2017 and 2018 MotoGP seasons, ending a long and lucrative partnership with Yamaha. MCN understands that the...

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  • Crunch time for Circuit of Wales

    06 April 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Crunch time for Circuit of Wales

    The Circuit of Wales project has reached a critical point, with the next 24 hours being key to whether the ambitious project in South Wales will go ahead or not. The crunch comes from the imminent...

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