September

Motegi MotoGP: Eighth 'nothing fantastic' admits Valentino Rossi

Motegi MotoGP: Eighth 'nothing fantastic' admits Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi admitted his lowly eighth place finish at the end of opening practice for the Twin Ring Motegi MotoGP race was 'nothing fantastic.' The nine-times world champion clocked a best time of...

Andrea Dovizioso gets LCR Honda offer

Andrea Dovizioso gets LCR Honda offer

Andrea Dovizioso can begin the process of working out where he will ride in the 2012 MotoGP world championship having received a formal offer from the LCR Honda squad in Japan last night. The Italian...

Motegi MotoGP: Casey Stoner satisfied with second

Motegi MotoGP: Casey Stoner satisfied with second

Casey Stoner declared himself satisfied with the start of his preparations for the Japanese Grand Prix today after he finished a close second to Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa in practice. The...

Motegi MotoGP: Food poisoning slows exhausted Ben Spies

Motegi MotoGP: Food poisoning slows exhausted Ben Spies

Factory Yamaha rider Ben Spies had to stop after just five laps of this afternoon’s second MotoGP practice at the Twin Ring Motegi as he continues to struggle with a bout of chronic food...

Motegi MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa sets practice pace

Motegi MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa sets practice pace

Dani Pedrosa cast aside some of his Twin Ring Motegi demons earlier today to clock the best time on the opening day of practice for the Japanese MotoGP round. It was at the Japanese track 12 months...

Riding position crucial to Ducati front-end issue, says Valentino Rossi

Riding position crucial to Ducati front-end issue, says Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi believes his riding position on Ducati’s 2012 Desmosedici could be pivotal to solving some of the vague front-end problems he’s experienced in a nightmare debut season for the Bologna...

Motegi MotoGP: Alvaro Bautista still in dark over Suzuki future

Motegi MotoGP: Alvaro Bautista still in dark over Suzuki future

Alvaro Bautista is hoping to get a clearer indication of Suzuki’s future MotoGP strategy during this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi. The Spaniard confirmed earlier today in...

Motegi MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo concedes title hopes fading

Motegi MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo concedes title hopes fading

Jorge Lorenzo has admitted his MotoGP crown is slipping away as he attempts the tricky mission of trying to claw back a huge 44-point deficit on dominant Repsol Honda rider Casey Stoner with just four...

Marco Simoncelli to test Honda 1000cc bike in Japan

Marco Simoncelli to test Honda 1000cc bike in Japan

Italian rider Marco Simoncelli will make his debut on Honda’s new 1000cc RC213V machine at the Twin Ring Motegi on Monday. The former 250GP world champion, who announced he’d signed a new one-year...

Marco Simoncelli signs new Honda contract

Marco Simoncelli signs new Honda contract

Marco Simoncelli has agreed a new contract with Fausto Gresini's Honda squad and he will retain his factory rider status with HRC in 2012. The controversial Italian, who has scored just one podium...

Jerez back on MotoGP winter testing schedule

Jerez back on MotoGP winter testing schedule

Jerez will be back on the winter testing schedule in 2012, while the night test session leading up to the first race of the season in Qatar has been axed from the pre-season programme. The MotoGP grid...

No rush to get Marc Marquez in MotoGP, says HRC boss

No rush to get Marc Marquez in MotoGP, says HRC boss

Marc Marquez has been warned not to rush coming into MotoGP as speculation mounts the emerging Spanish star will ride a new Honda RC213V machine in 2012. The reigning 125GP world champion's...

John Hopkins lands Sepang wild card ride

John Hopkins lands Sepang wild card ride

John Hopkins will be back on a factory Suzuki MotoGP bike in the Malaysian round next month, MCN can reveal. The American, who is currently leading the British Superbike championship for Paul...

LCR Honda confirm Hopkins and de Puniet talks

LCR Honda confirm Hopkins and de Puniet talks

British superbike championship contender John Hopkins and French rider Randy de Puniet could land an LCR Honda ride in 2012 if Andrea Dovizioso fails to agree a deal with Lucio Cecchinello’s...

Loris Capirossi ruled out of Japanese Grand Prix

Loris Capirossi ruled out of Japanese Grand Prix

Loris Capirossi will miss next weekend’s Japanese MotoGP race at the Twin Ring Motegi after suffering a dislocated right shoulder during Sunday’s Motorland Aragon round in Spain. After initial...

HRC confident Andrea Dovizioso will sign for LCR Honda

HRC confident Andrea Dovizioso will sign for LCR Honda

HRC management are confident satellite team boss Lucio Cecchinello can successfully conclude lengthy negotiations with Andrea Dovizioso to prevent the Italian moving to rivals Yamaha. Speculation is...

Nothing left from GP11.1, concedes Nicky Hayden

Nothing left from GP11.1, concedes Nicky Hayden

Nicky Hayden says Ducati’s factory GP11.1 has already reached the ceiling of its potential, even though he’s only raced the updated Desmosedici three times. Ducati first rolled out the GP11.1 back in...

MotoGP teams warned against food shipments to Japan

MotoGP teams warned against food shipments to Japan

MotoGP teams were warned off packing their own food and water in shipping crates for next week’s Japanese MotoGP race. Several teams had asked whether they could pack provisions for the Twin Ring...

Yamaha ready for team orders to help Jorge Lorenzo

Yamaha ready for team orders to help Jorge Lorenzo

Yamaha will have no hesitation in implementing controversial team orders if required to help Jorge Lorenzo successfully defend the MotoGP world title in 2011. The Spaniard trails Honda rival Casey...

Suter delays Moto3 project

Suter delays Moto3 project

Swiss engineering specialist Suter Racing Technology, designers of the most popular chassis in Moto2, has shelved plans to build a complete machine for the new Moto3 class in 2012. A 250cc...

Casey Stoner: ‘Winning title at Phillip Island would be fantastic’

Casey Stoner: ‘Winning title at Phillip Island would be fantastic’

Casey Stoner says winning his second MotoGP world crown in front of his home fans at Phillip Island next month would be 'fantastic.' The Repsol Honda rider dominated the Motorland Aragon race last...

Valentino Rossi to test deltabox aluminium frame

Valentino Rossi to test deltabox aluminium frame

Valentino Rossi will test a conventional deltabox aluminium chassis on Ducati’s factory GP12 machine in Jerez later this week after the Italian’s woeful 2011 continued at the Motorland Aragon. The new...

Ducati to take radiation experts to Japan

Ducati to take radiation experts to Japan

Ducati will dispatch Italian experts to next week’s Japanese MotoGP to constantly monitor radiation levels in and around the Twin Ring Motegi circuit. MCN obtained a communication issued by the...

Aragon MotoGP: Valentino Rossi baffled by struggling Ducati

Aragon MotoGP: Valentino Rossi baffled by struggling Ducati

Valentino Rossi admitted he is starting to run out of ideas of how to transform Ducati’s fortunes after he slumped to a bitterly disappointing 10th place at the Motorland Aragon track. The Italian was...

Aragon MotoGP: Nicky Hayden vows to fight through Ducati struggles

Aragon MotoGP: Nicky Hayden vows to fight through Ducati struggles

Nicky Hayden said he would not get too disheartened by yet another nightmare MotoGP race for Ducati’s factory squad at the Motorland Aragon track in Spain. The American finished in a lowly seventh...

Aragon MotoGP: Casey Stoner hails Dani Pedrosa’s development skills

Aragon MotoGP: Casey Stoner hails Dani Pedrosa’s development skills

Casey Stoner praised Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa’s development skills after he continued his relentless charge to the 2011 MotoGP world title at the Motorland Aragon track yesterday...

Aragon MotoGP: Rear tyre issue frustrates Ben

Aragon MotoGP: Rear tyre issue frustrates Ben

Rapidly deteriorating rear tyre grip cost Ben Spies the chance to fight for a fourth MotoGP podium of the season at the Motorland Aragon track in Spain yesterday (Sunday). The Texan held third place...

Aragon MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo sees crown slipping away

Aragon MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo sees crown slipping away

Jorge Lorenzo has admitted facing an almost impossible task to prevent Honda rival Casey Stoner from taking his MotoGP crown in 2011. Lorenzo finished third at the end of a tough weekend for Yamaha’s...

Tech 3 thrilled to secure Bradley Smith on long-term

Tech 3 thrilled to secure Bradley Smith on long-term

Tech 3 boss Herve Poncharal has spoken of his delight at securing British rider Bradley Smith on a long-term contract, as was revealed by MCN yesterday. The 20-year-old has signed a three-year deal...

Bradley Smith confirms Yamaha MotoGP deal

Bradley Smith confirms Yamaha MotoGP deal

Bradley Smith has confirmed he will move to the MotoGP world championship in 2013 having signed a long-term deal with the Tech 3 squad, as was first reported by MCN yesterday. Smith inked a...

Bradley Smith close to Yamaha MotoGP deal for 2013

Bradley Smith close to Yamaha MotoGP deal for 2013

Bradley Smith is close to agreeing a deal to join the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 MotoGP squad in 2013, MCN understands. The 20-year-old is understood to be negotiating a three-year deal with the Tech 3...

Aragon MotoGP: Stoner storms to eighth win of season

Aragon MotoGP: Stoner storms to eighth win of season

Repsol Honda's Casey Stoner stormed to his eighth victory of the season at Aragon to extend his championship lead over Jorge Lorenzo to 44 points. Team-mate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha's Ben Spies beat...

Aragon MotoGP: Marquez battles to seventh win of season

Aragon MotoGP: Marquez battles to seventh win of season

Reigning 125GP champion Marc Marquez has moved to within six points of championship leader Stefan Bradl with victory at Aragon after an epic battle. It took Marquez 14 laps to make his way to the...

Aragon MotoGP: Terol wins home race

Aragon MotoGP: Terol wins home race

Championship leader Nicolas Terol has taken his eighth win of the season at the Motorland Aragon circuit. Terol took the lead at the first corner and from then on was unstoppable, as he edged away...

Aragon MotoGP: Valentino Rossi to start from pitlane

Aragon MotoGP: Valentino Rossi to start from pitlane

Valentino Rossi will start tomorrow’s Motorland Aragon MotoGP race from the pitlane having opted to go over his engine allocation after a disastrous qualifying session. Rossi will use a seventh engine...

Aragon MotoGP: Team orders not a factor, says Ben Spies

Aragon MotoGP: Team orders not a factor, says Ben Spies

Ben Spies says he doesn’t expect team orders to come into play during tomorrow’s Motorland Aragon race after he outpaced factory Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo in qualifying. Spies will start...