2012

Aragon MotoGP: Valentino Rossi not worried by slow start

Aragon MotoGP: Valentino Rossi not worried by slow start

Valentino Rossi was surprisingly off the pace in wet conditions at the Motorland Aragon track in Spain today after he finished a rain-hit opening day of practice in eighth place. Rossi and Ducati’s...

Aragon MotoGP: Misano crash damage slows Cal Crutchlow

Aragon MotoGP: Misano crash damage slows Cal Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow believes he could have finished inside the top three at the end of a rain-hit opening practice day at the Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider sat out this...

Aragon MotoGP: Rain a pain for Jonathan Rea

Aragon MotoGP: Rain a pain for Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea encountered more cruel luck in Aragon today as bad weather once again severely disrupted preparations for his second MotoGP appearance for Repsol Honda. The British rider didn’t complete...

Aragon MotoGP: Spies ends wet first day on top

Aragon MotoGP: Spies ends wet first day on top

Ben Spies topped the timesheets during a wet free practice two at Aragaon today, after the first session was run in part-wet conditions. Spies set a fastest time of 2'00.219 to knock Factory Honda...

MotoGP edging closer to controlled ECU

MotoGP edging closer to controlled ECU

Plans for MotoGP to switch to a controlled engine management system in 2014 have taken a big step closer today after it was confirmed that Magneti Marelli will make an ECU available to all teams from...

Jerry Burgess: Aragon better test of Ducati progress

Jerry Burgess: Aragon better test of Ducati progress

Ducati will be able to get a clearer understanding of whether recent chassis and swingarm improvements to its factory Desmosedici machine are a big step forward after this weekend’s Motorland Aragon...

Ben Spies right to delay World Superbike return

Ben Spies right to delay World Superbike return

Ben Spies was right to shun the opportunity to move back to World Superbikes to try and fulfil his potential in the MotoGP world championship. The Texan seemed certain to be leaving MotoGP after he...

Bradley Smith urged to study Stefan Bradl’s MotoGP switch

Bradley Smith urged to study Stefan Bradl’s MotoGP switch

Bradley Smith should closely study the approach taken by German Stefan Bradl in 2012 to help him become an instant success in MotoGP next season. Bradl has been the revelation of this season having...

John McPhee gets big Moto3 chance

John McPhee gets big Moto3 chance

Scottish rider John McPhee has been handed a dream chance to showcase his potential on the world stage after landing a Moto3 ride for the final five races of the 2012 world championship. McPhee will...

Kevin Schwantz plays down 2014 Suzuki MotoGP link

Kevin Schwantz plays down 2014 Suzuki MotoGP link

Kevin Schwantz has played down rumours that he will spearhead Suzuki’s planned return to the MotoGP world championship in 2014. Rumours linking the Texan legend with running Suzuki’s new 1000cc...

Silverstone gets September date on 2013 MotoGP calendar

Silverstone gets September date on 2013 MotoGP calendar

The 2013 British Grand Prix will feature much later on the schedule after the Silverstone race was moved to a September date on the provisional calendar. Next year’s race is due to take place on...

Byrne, Hill and Lowes in contention for Paul Bird MotoGP ride

Byrne, Hill and Lowes in contention for Paul Bird MotoGP ride

British superbike title contenders Shane Byrne and Tommy Hill and rising World Supersport star Sam Lowes are all leading candidates to move to MotoGP in Paul Bird’s all-British squad next...

Nicky Hayden backs Ducati’s 2013 strategy

Nicky Hayden backs Ducati’s 2013 strategy

American Nicky Hayden has backed Ducati’s signing of compatriot Ben Spies to add experience to the Bologna factory’s 2013 MotoGP line-up. Current factory Yamaha rider Spies will partner Italian rookie...

Haven’t we heard Hector Barbera’s apology before?

Haven’t we heard Hector Barbera’s apology before?

When Hector Barbera slammed into the back of Dani Pedrosa’s factory Honda RC213V machine on the first lap of last Sunday’s Misano MotoGP race, it was expected he would be full of remorse and...

Jerry Burgess: Lorenzo now overwhelming title favourite

Jerry Burgess: Lorenzo now overwhelming title favourite

Jorge Lorenzo is now the overwhelming favourite to lift his second MotoGP world title in 2012 after main rival Dani Pedrosa suffered a disastrous race in Misano last weekend. That’s the view of...

Karel Abraham’s Ducati squad explain Misano start drama

Karel Abraham’s Ducati squad explain Misano start drama

Karel Abraham’s Cardion AB Ducati has issued a statement explaining a how a technical fault seconds before the start of Sunday’s Misano MotoGP triggered a series of events that led to Dani Pedrosa...

Valentino Rossi continues development work for Ducati

Valentino Rossi continues development work for Ducati

Valentino Rossi might be heading back to Yamaha in less than two months, but the Italian is still playing a pivotal role in trying to make Ducati a more competitive force in 2013. The Italian raced a...

Danny Kent poised for Moto2 switch

Danny Kent poised for Moto2 switch

Danny Kent is poised to add his name to a long line of British talent that’s raced for the French-based Tech 3 squad in 2013. The 18-year-old is close to finalising a move to Herve Poncharal’s Tech 3...

Pedrosa: ‘I am going to fight to the final corner on the final lap’

Pedrosa: ‘I am going to fight to the final corner on the final lap’

Dani Pedrosa insists he can still capture an elusive first MotoGP world crown in 2012 after vowing to fight to the final corner on the final lap. The Spaniard’s world title hopes suffered a crushing...

Misano MotoGP: Pedrosa and Lorenzo reflect after title twist

Misano MotoGP: Pedrosa and Lorenzo reflect after title twist

Jorge Lorenzo took a giant step towards claiming a second MotoGP world title in Misano after main rival Dani Pedrosa’s championship hopes suffered a huge blow. Lorenzo cruised to a priceless sixth...

Misano MotoGP: Jonathan Rea encouraged by HRC debut

Misano MotoGP: Jonathan Rea encouraged by HRC debut

Jonathan Rea took heart from an encouraging debut MotoGP weekend in Misano after he qualified and finished inside the top 10 on Casey Stoner’s factory Honda RC213V. The wealth of experience gained,...

Misano MotoGP: Rossi and Bautista dedicate podium to Marco Simoncelli

Misano MotoGP: Rossi and Bautista dedicate podium to Marco Simoncelli

Valentino Rossi and Alvaro Bautista dedicated their brilliant podium finishes in yesterday’s Misano MotoGP to late Italian star Marco Simoncelli. Italian Rossi claimed his best ever dry result for...

Misano MotoGP: Cal Crutchlow blows golden podium chance

Misano MotoGP: Cal Crutchlow blows golden podium chance

Cal Crutchlow blew a great chance to claim a second successive MotoGP rostrum after he crashed out of contention on lap five in Misano. The British rider was lining up an attack on Monster Yamaha Tech...

Misano MotoGP: Front tyre issue halts Stefan Bradl’s podium challenge

Misano MotoGP: Front tyre issue halts Stefan Bradl’s podium challenge

Stefan Bradl was left to rue a front tyre issue that cost him a golden opportunity to claim a career first MotoGP podium in his 100th world championship appearance in Misano. The German held third...

Misano MotoGP: Ben Spies relieved with top five

Misano MotoGP: Ben Spies relieved with top five

Ben Spies was relieved to make a welcome return to the top five in the 2012 MotoGP campaign after a tough race in Misano yesterday. The Texan saw the chequered flag for the first time since the...

Misano MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo wins after Dani Pedrosa crashes

Misano MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo wins after Dani Pedrosa crashes

The 2012 MotoGP world championship took another dramatic twist in Misano this afternoon, with Jorge Lorenzo claiming a priceless victory after main rival Dani Pedrosa crashed out of a dramatic race. ...

Misano MotoGP: Marc Marquez wins Moto2 thriller

Misano MotoGP: Marc Marquez wins Moto2 thriller

Marc Marquez showed his ruthless streak once again with an incredible final lap to claim a thrilling Moto2 victory at a sun drenched Misano today. The Spaniard won a restarted race that was shortened...

Misano MotoGP: Sandro Cortese takes vital Moto3 win

Misano MotoGP: Sandro Cortese takes vital Moto3 win

Sandro Cortese’s grip on the 2012 Moto3 world title hunt tightened today after he claimed a third win of the season in an exciting Misano battle. The Red Bull KTM rider survived intense late pressure...

Misano MotoGP: Cal Crutchlow targets swift podium return

Misano MotoGP: Cal Crutchlow targets swift podium return

Cal Crutchlow gave himself a great opportunity to score a second successive MotoGP podium after claiming a place on the front row of the grid for the fifth time in 2012 at Misano today. The Coventry...

Misano MotoGP: Valentino Rossi targets positive result with new chassis

Misano MotoGP: Valentino Rossi targets positive result with new chassis

Valentino Rossi is hoping a new Ducati GP12 chassis and swingarm will help him claim only a fourth top six finish of the season in front of his home crowd at Misano tomorrow. The Italian, who will...

Misano MotoGP: Jonathan Rea keeping lid on expectations

Misano MotoGP: Jonathan Rea keeping lid on expectations

Jonathan Rea has said having no expectations of the result he can achieve in his MotoGP debut at Misano has helped take the pressure off him after the British rider impressively qualified inside the...

Misano MotoGP: Danny Kent just misses Moto3 front row

Misano MotoGP: Danny Kent just misses Moto3 front row

British rider Danny Kent came close to clinching a fourth front row start in 2012 after he qualified fourth on the grid for tomorrow’s Moto3 clash at Misano. The Red Bull KTM rider, who is being...

Misano MotoGP: Cal Crutchlow storms to fifth front row

Misano MotoGP: Cal Crutchlow storms to fifth front row

Cal Crutchlow stormed to his fifth front row start of the 2012 MotoGP world championship in Misano this afternoon. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider set a best time of 1.34.001 that had put him on...

Ben Spies explains Ducati switch

Ben Spies explains Ducati switch

Ben Spies has given his reasons for abandoning plans to return to World Superbikes in 2013 to sign a deal to race a factory-backed Ducati in MotoGP. The Texan looked certain to be heading to World...

Rain wrecks Jonathan Rea’s Repsol Honda debut

Rain wrecks Jonathan Rea’s Repsol Honda debut

Jonathan Rea’s competitive debut on Casey Stoner’s factory Honda RC213V machine was ruined today by intermittent rain at the Misano circuit. The British rider didn’t even venture out of pit lane in...

Misano MotoGP: Abraham fastest after damp free practice

Misano MotoGP: Abraham fastest after damp free practice

Cardion AB rider Karel Abraham has ended the first day at Misano on top after the second pratice session was held in tricky conditions. Only 13 riders ventured out on to the 2.5 mile circuit as...