October

Danny Kent: ‘I need to fight for Moto3 title in 2014’

Danny Kent: ‘I need to fight for Moto3 title in 2014’

Danny Kent has admitted he must fight for the Moto3 world title in 2014 or risk losing his place in the GP paddock. The 19-year-old dropped a bombshell earlier this month when it was revealed he would...

Ellison and Walker join GBmoto for switch to Kawasaki

Ellison and Walker join GBmoto for switch to Kawasaki

James Ellison and Chris Walker will join the GBmoto Racing team for the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship, as the team look to expand their efforts and challenge for the title.   Ellison...

Aragon MotoGP race poised for date switch if Brazil not ready for 2014

Aragon MotoGP race poised for date switch if Brazil not ready for 2014

If you’re planning on making a trip to the Motorland Aragon MotoGP round in 2014, you might want to delay making firm plans until the start of next season. MCN learned during last weekend’s Japanese...

Suzuki to participate in Sepang winter tests in 2014

Suzuki to participate in Sepang winter tests in 2014

Suzuki will ramp up its preparations for a 2015 MotoGP return by attending the first two major winter test sessions ahead of next season in Sepang. The Japanese factory will kick off an intensive 2014...

Northern Irish dream team as Seeley joins Martrain

Northern Irish dream team as Seeley joins Martrain

'Wee Wizard' Alastair Seeley will join the Martrain Yamaha team for 2014, as he looks to regain his British Supersport crown as well as add to his tally of North West 200 wins. Seeley will replace...

Hopkins to return to BSB with Tyco

Hopkins to return to BSB with Tyco

John Hopkins will return to the MCE British Superbike Championship for 2014, after signing a deal with the Tyco Suzuki team to replace Josh Brookes for next season. Hopkins, who has sat out 2013...

Forward boss regrets missing Sam Lowes Moto2 deal

Forward boss regrets missing Sam Lowes Moto2 deal

Forward Racing boss Giovanni Cuzari has spoken of his regret at missing out on the opportunity to sign new World Supersport champion Sam Lowes for his Italian-based squad in 2014. Lowes was the number...

Dani Pedrosa rues second half form as title hopes vanish

Dani Pedrosa rues second half form as title hopes vanish

Dani Pedrosa has admitted his form in the second half of 2013 simply wasn’t good enough to help him capture an elusive MotoGP crown in his eighth attempt. A third place in last Sunday’s Japanese Grand...

Chaz Davies to factory Ducati WSB with Giugliano

Chaz Davies to factory Ducati WSB with Giugliano

Ducati have announced their 2014 WSB plans, with Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano joining the to-be-confirmed team in an attempt to return to winning ways. Ducati, who announced last week their split...

Motegi MotoGP: Lorenzo charges to victory on Honda home turf

Motegi MotoGP: Lorenzo charges to victory on Honda home turf

Jorge Lorenzo has kept the title fight alive to the last round of 2013, as he took a dominating win from the Repsol Honda duo of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa on Honda’s home territory at Motegi. With...

Motegi Moto2: Espargaro takes win and title as Redding wiped out

Motegi Moto2: Espargaro takes win and title as Redding wiped out

Pol Espargaro has romped to victory in a red-flagged Moto2 race at Motegi, lifting the world championship in the process as Scott Redding, already riding injured, was wiped out in a first lap...

Motegi Moto3: Marquez wins as title fight turned upside down

Motegi Moto3: Marquez wins as title fight turned upside down

Alex Marquez has taken his debut Grand prix win at Motegi, beating Maverick Vinales on the last lap for his maiden victory, while title rivals Luis Salom and Alex Rins both crashed out of the race. A...

Drying track thwarts Rossi’s front row bid in Japan

Drying track thwarts Rossi’s front row bid in Japan

Valentino Rossi’s hopes of securing a fourth front row start in the last five races ahead of tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix were thwarted by a drying track at the Twin Ring Motegi. After heavy rain...

Crutchlow and Smith explain qualifying slump

Crutchlow and Smith explain qualifying slump

British duo Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith have given themselves a mountain to climb in tomorrow’s Japanese MotoGP race after they failed to qualify inside the top 10. Crutchlow had only qualified...

Rare front row brings mixed emotions for Nicky Hayden

Rare front row brings mixed emotions for Nicky Hayden

Nicky Hayden might have been happy to score a first MotoGP front row for 18 months in Japan today after he finished third fastest in a rain-hit qualifying session at the Twin Ring Motegi. But the...

Ben Spies announces racing retirement

Ben Spies announces racing retirement

Former MotoGP racer winner and WSB World Champion Ben Spies has announced his immediate retirement from racing, as the American struggles to overcome a number of injuries that have sidelined him for...

Motegi Moto2: Kallio takes pole as Redding 15th

Motegi Moto2: Kallio takes pole as Redding 15th

Mika Kallio will start tomorrow's Japanese Moto2 race from pole position, the Finn's first ever in the class, while his teammate Scott Redding will start in 15th as he struggles to win the title while...

Motegi MotoGP: Lorenzo takes pole position in the rain

Motegi MotoGP: Lorenzo takes pole position in the rain

Jorge Lorenzo has taken his fourth pole position of the year at a weather struck Motegi, as rain saw the normal qualifying structure abandoned in place of a 75 minute session as the fog finally lifted...

Motegi Moto3: Rins takes Japanese pole in the rain

Motegi Moto3: Rins takes Japanese pole in the rain

Alex Rins, fresh from his victory in Philip Island, has taken pole position in the wet at Motegi, continuing his dominance of the class to take his seventh of the season in the first track action of...

Ducati part ways with Alstare

Ducati part ways with Alstare

Ducati, as expected, have terminated their partnership with the Alstare team of Francis Batta after talks following the final round of the 2013 World Superbike season that has saw Ducati finish bottom...

Race Direction backed on cancelled practice in Japan

Race Direction backed on cancelled practice in Japan

The decision to cancel all practice sessions at the Twin Ring Motegi today on safety grounds has been unanimously backed by top riders in Japan. Mist that failed to clear for the majority of the...

MotoGP bosses determined Japanese Grand Prix will go ahead

MotoGP bosses determined Japanese Grand Prix will go ahead

MotoGP bosses are determined to ensure Sunday’s pivotal Japanese Grand Prix goes ahead after the first day of practice was wiped out by adverse weather conditions. Morning mist remained for the...

Fog wipes out first day of Japanese Grand Prix

Fog wipes out first day of Japanese Grand Prix

Foggy conditions forced the entire first day of practice to be cancelled at the Twin Ring Motegi track in Japan today. Early morning mist created low visibility that prevented an essential medical...

Bridgestone responds to Phillip Island tyre disaster

Bridgestone responds to Phillip Island tyre disaster

The fallout from last weekend’s tyre fiasco in Phillip Island is still being felt in Japan this week, with senior Bridgestone management staging a specially convened press conference to explain what...

Hillier sticks with Quattro Plant Kawasaki for 2014 TT

Hillier sticks with Quattro Plant Kawasaki for 2014 TT

TT winner James Hillier will remain with his Quattro Plant Kawasaki team for 2014, as the Hampshire rider looks set to challenge for big bike wins with factory support from Kawasaki. Staying with the...

Marc Marquez ready to bounce back in Japan

Marc Marquez ready to bounce back in Japan

Marc Marquez is confident he can quickly erase the memory of his disastrous Phillip Island MotoGP experience just five days ago to challenge for a crucial victory in Japan this weekend. The Spaniard...

Lorenzo and Rossi want brake upgrade for 2014

Lorenzo and Rossi want brake upgrade for 2014

Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi believe bigger Brembo carbon brake discs that will be used for the brutal braking points at the Twin Ring Motegi track in Japan this weekend should be standard...

Cal Crutchlow expecting tough weekend in Japan

Cal Crutchlow expecting tough weekend in Japan

Bad weather and the brutal braking and hard acceleration characteristics of the Twin Ring Motegi track will make it a tough task for Cal Crutchlow to be in podium contention in Japan again this...

Bradley Smith: ‘I don’t want season to end’

Bradley Smith: ‘I don’t want season to end’

Bradley Smith is wishing his promising rookie MotoGP campaign wasn’t drawing to a conclusion, as the British rider looks to clinch a fourth straight top seven finish in this weekend’s Twin Ring Motegi...

Typhoon not expected to disrupt Japanese MotoGP race

Typhoon not expected to disrupt Japanese MotoGP race

Fears that Typhoon Francisco could cause severe disruption to this weekend’s Japanese MotoGP clash at the Twin Ring Motegi appear to be diminishing. Strong winds and heavy rain are still anticipated...

Scott Redding passed fit to start practice in Japan

Scott Redding passed fit to start practice in Japan

Scott Redding has been declared fit to start practice for this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix tomorrow after coming through a painful medical examination at the Twin Ring Motegi earlier. The...

Martrain Yamaha sign Dean Harrison for 2014 roads campaign

Martrain Yamaha sign Dean Harrison for 2014 roads campaign

2013 British Supersport champions Martrain Yamaha, who took the title last weekend at Brands Hatch with Stuart Easton, have announced the signing of Dean Harrison for 2014 as the team look set to...

Marc Marquez remains upbeat after disaster Down Under

Marc Marquez remains upbeat after disaster Down Under

Spaniard Marc Marquez refused to be too downbeat after he saw his commanding MotoGP world championship lead slashed in half after a disastrous Phillip Island race. Marquez knew going into the...

Bradley Smith buoyed by return to top six in Australia

Bradley Smith buoyed by return to top six in Australia

Bradley Smith scored his first top six finish in eight races in an incident-packed Australian MotoGP clash at Phillip Island yesterday (Sunday). The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider made a stunning start...

Jorge Lorenzo gets surprise title lifeline in Australia

Jorge Lorenzo gets surprise title lifeline in Australia

Jorge Lorenzo punished an incredible blunder by Repsol Honda and Marc Marquez in Australia yesterday (Sunday) to give his hopes of retaining the MotoGP crown a massive boost. The Spaniard claimed a...

Rossi, Lorenzo and Pedrosa against MotoGP stops

Rossi, Lorenzo and Pedrosa against MotoGP stops

Phillip Island podium finishers Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi have said pits stops in MotoGP should not become a regular event, despite the intrigue and excitement created in an...