2013

Valentino Rossi blasts ‘crazy’ Alvaro Bautista

Valentino Rossi blasts ‘crazy’ Alvaro Bautista

Valentino Rossi has urged MotoGP bosses to speak to Alvaro Bautista after the Italian was almost caught up in a first lap incident with the Gresini Honda rider for the second race in succession in...

Scott Redding content with fourth

Scott Redding content with fourth

Scott Redding kicked into damage limitation mode in Catalunya yesterday after he missed a Moto2 podium for only the second time in the opening six races. Battling in the leading group of four in the...

Suzuki delays MotoGP return until 2015

Suzuki delays MotoGP return until 2015

Suzuki shocked the racing world today by confirming that it will not return to the MotoGP world championship as had been expected in 2014. The Japanese factory has delayed its return until 2015 at...

Catalunya MotoGP: Lorenzo dominates to take victory

Catalunya MotoGP: Lorenzo dominates to take victory

Jorge Lorenzo took a dominating win in his home GP at Catalunya today, beating Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez with ease to make an all-Spanish podium. Lorenzo squeezed aside the pole man Pedrosa off...

Catalunya Moto2: Pons riders 1-2 as Espargaro takes win

Catalunya Moto2: Pons riders 1-2 as Espargaro takes win

Pol Espargaro took his second Moto2 win of the year at his home race today, after a race-long battle with team mate Tito Rabat. Espargaro and Rabat were the only two to lead the race, making an early...

Catalunya Moto3: Salom makes it back to back wins

Catalunya Moto3: Salom makes it back to back wins

Luis Salom has taken back to back wins in the Moto3 class, winning a hard fought race at the Barcelona circuit by only 0.21 seconds from Alex Rins and Maverick Vinales. The battle for the win was at...

Cal Crutchlow facing tyre choice dilemma

Cal Crutchlow facing tyre choice dilemma

Cal Crutchlow is undecided on whether he will run Bridgestone’s hard or soft compound rear tyre in a Catalunya MotoGP clash tomorrow (Sunday) that is expected to take place in searing hot...

No qualifying joy again for Valentino Rossi

No qualifying joy again for Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi’s bid for a second podium finish of 2013 in Catalunya tomorrow will start from the third row of the grid after the Italian’s difficulties in qualifying continued in scorching hot...

Catalunya Moto2: Espargaro takes pole, Redding second

Catalunya Moto2: Espargaro takes pole, Redding second

Pol Espargaro took pole in a largely uneventful Moto2 qualifying session at Catalunya today, 0.619 ahead of British championship leader Scott Redding. Espargaro set the lap around half way through the...

Catalunya Moto3: Late lap gives Salom pole

Catalunya Moto3: Late lap gives Salom pole

Luis Salom took pole today in the Moto3 class in Barcelona with a late fast lap that saw him knock Alex Rins back to second on the Iberian-dominated grid. Portuguese rider Miguel Olivera put his...

Catalunya MotoGP: Pedrosa smashes lap record for pole

Catalunya MotoGP: Pedrosa smashes lap record for pole

Repsol Honda racer Dani Pedrosa will start his 200th Grand Prix from pole position tomorrow in Barcelona after blowing away Casey Stoner's 2008 lap record in Qualifying. Pedrosa set a lap of 1'40.893,...

Suzuki will have to self-fund MotoGP project in 2014

Suzuki will have to self-fund MotoGP project in 2014

Suzuki’s return to the MotoGP world championship is still not confirmed for next season, but what is certain is that the Japanese factory will have to finance its own two-rider works effort in...

Confidence and grip lacking for Bradley Smith

Confidence and grip lacking for Bradley Smith

A lack of confidence and a lack of rear grip is combining to make Bradley Smith’s rookie campaign in the MotoGP world championship a tough and painful experience. After two heavy crashes left him with...

Valentino Rossi boosted by practice pace

Valentino Rossi boosted by practice pace

Valentino Rossi quickly brushed off the crushing disappointment of his first lap exit in his home race in Mugello recently to give himself a huge confidence boost on the opening day of practice in...

Valentino Rossi fastest in Catalunya practice

Valentino Rossi fastest in Catalunya practice

Valentino Rossi’s love affair with the Catalunya track near Barcelona continued today when then Italian topped the practice leaderboard to deny home heroes Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and Marc...

Ducati urged to try radical revamp of Desmosedici

Ducati urged to try radical revamp of Desmosedici

Ducati has been urged to consider a radical revamp of its factory Desmosedici MotoGP contender after Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden were left completely underwhelmed by a latest test on the Bologna...

Bradley Smith happy with hand recovery progress

Bradley Smith happy with hand recovery progress

British rider Bradley Smith is confident a gruesome left hand injury will not be a painful hindrance during this weekend’s Catalunya MotoGP round in Barcelona. Smith has undergone intensive treatment...

Cal Crutchlow aiming for podium hat-trick

Cal Crutchlow aiming for podium hat-trick

Cal Crutchlow admits he faces a massive task to claim a third successive MotoGP rostrum in Catalunya on Sunday, with Spanish trio Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez all gunning for glory on...

Ben Spies vows to repay Ducati faith

Ben Spies vows to repay Ducati faith

Ben Spies has vowed to reward Ducati’s faith in him by returning to the form that at one time seemed destined to see him challenge for the MotoGP world championship. The injury-ravaged Texan is...

Suzuki keen to understand performance against MotoGP opposition

Suzuki keen to understand performance against MotoGP opposition

Suzuki will get a clear understanding of the size of the task it faces to be a competitive force in MotoGP again when it pitches its new 1000cc MotoGP contender against Honda and Yamaha in Spain next...

When Spencer met Marquez

When Spencer met Marquez

For 31 long years, American legend Freddie Spencer held the distinction of being the youngest rider in history ever to win in the MotoGP class. That was until the mercurial Marc Marquez arrived in...

MotoGP grid set to swell to 28 bikes in 2014

MotoGP grid set to swell to 28 bikes in 2014

The MotoGP grid could swell to its largest size in years with the potential for a 28-strong entry in 2014. With Honda, Yamaha and Ducati all contracted to supply four factory prototypes each, there...

Marc Marquez impressed by Scott Redding’s form

Marc Marquez impressed by Scott Redding’s form

Reigning Moto2 world champion Marc Marquez says he has been impressed at how Scott Redding has added consistency to his speed after the British rider’s brilliant start to 2013. Redding arrives in...

Honda happy with new production bike performance

Honda happy with new production bike performance

Honda says the performance of its new production RC213V machine that will be raced in MotoGP next season is better than anticipated after its first shakedown test in Japan recently. The new bike is...

No Rossi and Crutchlow dream team at Suzuka

A Yamaha dream team featuring Valentino Rossi and Cal Crutchlow racing a factory R1 superbike in the prestigious Suzuka 8-hour endurance race is just a dream for 2013. Rossi and Crutchlow spoke briefly earlier this year about competing in the gruelling event on July 28, which the Italian won way back in 2001 with American Colin Edwards when both rode for Honda. But Yamaha said it was too late to...

First pictures: Biaggi tests Pramac Ducati MotoGP bike

First pictures: Biaggi tests Pramac Ducati MotoGP bike

Six time world champion Max Biaggi returned to the track today at Mugello today the Pramac Ducati MotoGP bike. Following his retirement from WSB at the end of last season, the 41 year old Italian has...

Cal Crutchlow: ‘I’d have been happy with fourth’

Cal Crutchlow: ‘I’d have been happy with fourth’

Cal Crutchlow was celebrating an unlikely second successive podium in a row in 2013 after he was the chief benefactor of late drama in Mugello yesterday. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider was doing...

Late crash costs Marc Marquez second

Late crash costs Marc Marquez second

Marc Marquez blew a golden chance to end a painful and punishing Italian MotoGP weekend on the podium when he fell out of second place in the closing stages of yesterday’s Mugello clash. The Repsol...

Valentino Rossi reflects on disastrous first lap exit

Valentino Rossi reflects on disastrous first lap exit

Valentino Rossi was fortunate to escape injury after the Italian’s hopes of claiming a home podium in Mugello were ended by a disastrous first lap collision with Spaniard Alvaro Bautista. The factory...

Scott Redding jubilant after second straight Moto2 win

Scott Redding jubilant after second straight Moto2 win

Marc VDS Racing rider Scott Redding extended his Moto2 world championship lead to a commanding 43-points after he delivered a dominant victory in Mugello to become the first British rider in over four...

Brave Bradley Smith delighted with top 10 finish

Brave Bradley Smith delighted with top 10 finish

Bradley Smith ended the toughest weekend of his MotoGP career with a gutsy ride to ninth place before heading off to fix up his battered and bruised body. Huge high-side crashes on cold tyres in...

Mugello MotoGP: Lorenzo eases to victory

Mugello MotoGP: Lorenzo eases to victory

Reigning champion Jorge Lornzo eased to victory in Mugello today to record his second win in a row. Pole sitter Dani Pedrosa got off to a good start, but a hard move from Lorenzo at the first corner...

Mugello MotoGP: Redding takes second Moto2 win in a row

Mugello MotoGP: Redding takes second Moto2 win in a row

Brit Scott Redding took his second Moto2 victory in a row at Mugello to increase his lead in the championship. The Marc VDS rider won by 2.175 seconds to become the first Brit to to take back-to-back...

Mugello MotoGP: Salom battles to Moto3 victory

Mugello MotoGP: Salom battles to Moto3 victory

Red Bull KTM rider Luis Salom battled through the Moto3 race at Mugello to take victory and close the gap to championship leader Maverick Vinales to just four points. The Spaniard came out on top...

Mugello MotoGP: Marc Marquez recovers confidence after horror crash

Mugello MotoGP: Marc Marquez recovers confidence after horror crash

Marc Marquez bounced back from the fastest and scariest crash of his career in Mugello to claim sixth place on the grid for tomorrow’s Italian MotoGP clash. The Repsol Honda rider miraculously escaped...

Mugello MotoGP: Ben Spies fears long injury lay-off

Mugello MotoGP: Ben Spies fears long injury lay-off

Ben Spies fears he is facing a lengthy injury lay-off after he took the difficult decision to withdraw from this weekend’s Italian MotoGP race in Mugello. The Texan is still not close to being 100%...