December

Dakar Red Bull Preview 2014: Ruben Faria

Dakar Red Bull Preview 2014: Ruben Faria

The 2014 Dakar begins on January 5 in Rosario, Argentina and will see the competitors complete a brutal race covering 8734km over 14 days. In the fifth and final Red Bull preview we look at Dakar...

Dakar Red Bull Preview 2014: Sam Sunderland

Dakar Red Bull Preview 2014: Sam Sunderland

The 2014 Dakar begins on January 5 in Rosario, Argentina and will see the competitors complete a brutal race covering 8734km over 14 days. In the fourth of our Red Bull previews we look at Brit...

Dakar Red Bull Preview 2014: Cyril Despres

Dakar Red Bull Preview 2014: Cyril Despres

The 2014 Dakar begins on January 5 in Rosario, Argentina and will see the competitors complete a brutal race covering 8734km over 14 days. In the third of our Red Bull previews we look at...

Dakar Red Bull Preview 2014: Marc Coma

Dakar Red Bull Preview 2014: Marc Coma

The 2014 Dakar begins on January 5 in Rosario, Argentina and will see the competitors complete a brutal race covering 8734km over 14 days. In the second of our Red Bull previews we look at...

Dakar Red Bull Preview 2014: Helder Rodrigues

Dakar Red Bull Preview 2014: Helder Rodrigues

The 2014 Dakar begins on January 5 in Rosario, Argentina and will see the competitors complete a brutal race covering 8734km over 14 days. In the first of our Red Bull previews we look at factory...

Scott Redding: ‘I didn’t expect Marquez to win title’

Scott Redding: ‘I didn’t expect Marquez to win title’

Scott Redding said he expected former Moto2 rival Marc Marquez to win races but not the MotoGP world championship in a stellar rookie premier class campaign for the Spaniard. Marquez stunned the...

Nicky Hayden: WSB switch was serious option

Nicky Hayden: WSB switch was serious option

Nicky Hayden says he was seriously tempted to try and become the first rider in racing history to win both the MotoGP and World Superbike titles in 2014. Released by Ducati’s official factory squad...

Bradley Smith thrilled with Yamaha backing

Bradley Smith thrilled with Yamaha backing

British rider Bradley Smith says he is thrilled to be getting identical technical support as new Tech 3 Yamaha teammate Pol Espargaro in 2014. Espargaro is contracted directly to Yamaha but will ride...

Redding looking forward to Hayden battle in 2014

Redding looking forward to Hayden battle in 2014

Scott Redding is relishing the chance to gauge himself against former MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden in the 2014 MotoGP world championship. The Briton will ride the same production Honda RCV1000R...

Gino Rea to race Suter frame in 2014

Gino Rea to race Suter frame in 2014

British rider Gino Rea will race the 2014 Moto2 world championship campaign on a Suter chassis package. The Londoner, who is spearheading the new Texas-based AGT (American Green Technology) squad, was...

Scott Redding ready for MotoGP switch

Scott Redding ready for MotoGP switch

Scott Redding is moving to MotoGP at the right time in his career, according to former Moto2 crew chief Pete Benson. The Gloucestershire rider will compete in the premier class next season on a...

Marc Marquez maturity impresses HRC

Marc Marquez maturity impresses HRC

Senior Honda management have praised Marc Marquez’s ice cool temperament after the Spaniard’s record-breaking rookie season in the MotoGP world championship. Marquez became the first rookie to win the...

Gearbox delay not costly for Lorenzo in 2013

Yamaha’s failure to roll out a new seamless shift gearbox for Jorge Lorenzo ahead of the final six races of 2013 did not play a key factor in his narrow MotoGP world championship defeat to rookie Marc Marquez. While HRC has been using a seamless shift gearbox since the beginning of the 2011 campaign, Lorenzo and factory Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi had to wait until the Misano round last...

WSB race day schedule given overhaul

On-going tweaking by rule makers in WSB will see a change to the weekend schedule for 2014. The most significant difference is the fact that the two WSB races will now be run earlier in the day. Since the championship begun back in 1988, race times were 12noon for race one and 15.30 for race two. In 2014 race one will now start at 10.30am with race two getting underway and 13.10. The motivation...

Casey Stoner to remain in HRC testing role

Casey Stoner to remain in HRC testing role

Honda will continue to call on the blistering speed and technical feedback of double MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner for development of its factory RC213V in 2014. The Australian retired at the end...

Doohan: MotoGP will be poorer without Rossi

Doohan: MotoGP will be poorer without Rossi

Five-times world champion Mick Doohan believes MotoGP will be a poorer place without Italian legend Valentino Rossi racing. Huge question marks surround Rossi’s future in 2014, with the 34-year-old...

Knight takes SuperEnduro Poland win

Knight takes SuperEnduro Poland win

Manxman David Knight has taken victory in the second round of the FIM Maxxis SuperEnduro World Championship, beating off round one winner Taddy Blazusiak at his home round in Łódź, Poland. In the...

Kiyonari in shock move to Buildbase BMW

Kiyonari in shock move to Buildbase BMW

MCE British Superbike Championship triple winner Ryuichi Kiyonari will dramatically leave Honda for the first time in his career as the Japanese star makes the switch ti Buildbase BMW for 2014 as he...

Flyaway races reordered in new MotoGP provisional calendar

Flyaway races reordered in new MotoGP provisional calendar

MotoGP have issued a slightly amended provisional calendar for the 2014 season, with the flyaway races of Malaysia, Australia and Japan reorganised to mean that Sepang will now host the penultimate...

Samsung Honda withdraw from BSB

Samsung Honda withdraw from BSB

As reported in this Wednesday’s Motorcycle News, it is looking increasingly likely that there won’t be an official Honda team on the grid for the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship. MCN have been...

Paul Bird reveals 2014 MotoGP and BSB plans

Paul Bird reveals 2014 MotoGP and BSB plans

High profile British racing boss Paul Bird has ended weeks of speculation about his future by revealing he will run two-rider efforts in MotoGP and British Superbikes in 2014. The PBM squad will...

Road closing laws amended to prevent rained off NW200 & UGP

Road closing laws amended to prevent rained off NW200 & UGP

An amendment to Northern Irish law has been passed that will see roadracing clubs gain the power to adjust road closing orders to suit weather conditions, in an attempt to prevent a repeat of recent...

Kenny Roberts: Marquez can dominate MotoGP for years

Kenny Roberts: Marquez can dominate MotoGP for years

American legend Kenny Roberts believes Marc Marquez can dominate MotoGP for years after the Repsol Honda revelation clinched a historic maiden MotoGP world title in 2013. Marquez became the first...

Cal Crutchlow backs Dall’Igna to lead Ducati revival

Cal Crutchlow backs Dall’Igna to lead Ducati revival

British rider Cal Crutchlow has backed new Ducati boss Gigi Dall’Igna to lead the Bologna factory out of its current slump. Crutchlow and Dall’Igna got their first opportunity to size up the task of...

Alberto Puig gets new role at HRC

Alberto Puig gets new role at HRC

Dani Pedrosa’s long serving manager and mentor Alberto Puig will not be working as closely with the Spaniard in 2014 after he took up a new role within HRC. Puig has been a constant presence at...

Jorge Lorenzo boss: Title defeat tough to swallow

Jorge Lorenzo boss: Title defeat tough to swallow

Jorge Lorenzo’s factory Yamaha boss Wilco Zeelenberg has admitted the Spaniard’s close defeat to compatriot Marc Marquez in 2013 was tough to swallow. Lorenzo led more laps than any other rider and...

Gino Rea aiming for consistent points challenge in 2014

Gino Rea aiming for consistent points challenge in 2014

Gino Rea is hoping he can establish himself as a consistent points scoring finisher in 2014 after securing a full-time return to the Moto2 world championship last month. Rea will ride for the new...

Firestarter Flint launches BSS and roads effort

Firestarter Flint launches BSS and roads effort

Keith Flint, of Prodigy fame, is set to expand his Traction Control race team for 2014, moving into British Supersport as well as launching a road racing campaign. American James Rispoli, who wild...

Scott Redding supporting young British racing talent

Scott Redding supporting young British racing talent

Scott Redding’s commitment to supporting young British racing talent will move up a gear in 2014. This year’s Moto2 world championship runner-up, who will move to MotoGP next season, has joined forces...

Corner speed improvement key for HRC in 2014

Corner speed improvement key for HRC in 2014

Improved corner speed will be a key target for Honda’s technical staff during the off-season. HRC boss Shuhei Nakamoto said it was clear throughout a captivating 2013 season that Yamaha’s factory...

Byrne unconcerned about no contract

Byrne unconcerned about no contract

Triple BSB champion Shane Byrne says he remains unconcerned about still not having signed a contract for 2014, and believes that a return to his PBM Kawasaki team is still on the cards. With team boss...

Doriano Romboni loses life at Simoncelli tribute race

Doriano Romboni loses life at Simoncelli tribute race

Six time 125 and 250 GP race winner Doriano Romboni has passed away, after suffering fatal injuries at the Sic Supermoto Day, the supermoto race held at the Latina circuit in memory of Marco...

Tsingtao Kawasaki sign Kirkham for 2014 BSB

Tsingtao Kawasaki sign Kirkham for 2014 BSB

Tsingtao kawasaki have secured the services of Jon Kirkham for the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship, as the former race winner shifts from BMW to Kawasaki machinery. Two-time race winner...