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MotoGP on MCN (Jan - Dec 2013)

  • Marc Marquez storms to debut MotoGP rostrum

    08 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Marc Marquez storms to debut MotoGP rostrum

    Marc Marquez played a starring role in the opening MotoGP race of 2013 in Qatar last night, the Spanish rookie claiming a stunning top three finish on his premier class debut. Seventh on lap one after...

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  • Ben Spies: “I thought about pulling in”

    08 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Ben Spies: “I thought about pulling in”

    Six months after badly injuring his right shoulder in a Malaysian Grand Prix crash, Ben Spies gritted his teeth to get through a gruelling Ducati debut inside the top 10 in Qatar last night. Tenth is...

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  • Qatar MotoGP: Lorenzo dominates season opener

    07 April 2013 by Liam Marsden

    Qatar MotoGP: Lorenzo dominates season opener

    Double world champion Jorge Lorenzo dominated the opening race of the 2013 season to take victory by almost six seconds. Lorenzo got a great start and eased ahead of the field quickly. Dani Pedrosa...

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  • Qatar MotoGP: Salom takes Moto3 win

    07 April 2013 by Liam Marsden

    Qatar MotoGP: Salom takes Moto3 win

    Red Bull KTM ride Luis Salom has taken victory in the first Moto3 race of he 2013 season at the Losail circuit, Qatar. Salom held on to ros the line first in a race that could have easily been won by...

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  • Andrea Dovizioso surprised at Ducati speed

    06 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Andrea Dovizioso surprised at Ducati speed

    Italian Andrea Dovizioso threatened to pull of the first major shock of the 2013 MotoGP world championship in Qatar last night when he battled for a top three position in free practice. The former...

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  • Marc Marquez surprised to lead Qatar practice

    06 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Marc Marquez surprised to lead Qatar practice

    Rookie sensation Marc Marquez said he was surprised to top the timesheets after the opening three practice sessions ahead of his much-hyped MotoGP debut in Qatar tomorrow night (Sunday). The Repsol...

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  • Bradley Smith ninth after eye-opening practice

    06 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Bradley Smith ninth after eye-opening practice

    British rookie Bradley Smith admitted his brilliant ride into the top 10 in practice in Qatar last night was a massive eye-opener into the challenge he faces to push Yamaha’s YZR-M1 1000cc machine at...

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  • Cal Crutchlow plays down early Qatar speed

    04 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Cal Crutchlow plays down early Qatar speed

    Cal Crutchlow’s expectation management skills went into overdrive again in Qatar tonight after the British rider finished second in the opening MotoGP practice session under the Losail International...

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  • Ben Spies relishing Ducati challenge

    04 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Ben Spies relishing Ducati challenge

    A factory Ducati Desmosedici might not seem like the ideal choice of machinery for a rider looking to bounce back from the worst year of his career. Texan Ben Spies though will start that process in...

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  • Patience the key for Marc Marquez

    03 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Patience the key for Marc Marquez

    Rookie sensation Marc Marquez insists he won’t get swept away on a wave of expectation as the Spaniard's MotoGP debut moves ever closer in Qatar. Speaking during the pre-event press conference for the...

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  • Nicky Hayden: No doubt Ducati can deliver

    03 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden: No doubt Ducati can deliver

    Throughout a turbulent recent history at Ducati, one thing that has not been shaken is Nicky Hayden’s unrivalled optimism. The popular Kentucky rider's optimisim certainly showed no sign of fading...

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  • Yamaha boss predicts ‘exciting' season

    03 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha boss predicts ‘exciting' season

    Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis believes the 2013 MotoGP campaign, which kicks off in Qatar on Sunday night, will be provide more exciting and entertaining racing than last season. Excitement and anticipation...

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  • Cal Crutchlow targets faster early race speed

    02 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Cal Crutchlow targets faster early race speed

    British rider Cal Crutchlow believes he will have to be much faster in the opening three laps of MotoGP races in 2013 to help him become a consistent podium threat. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider...

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  • Nicky Hayden: Ducati in a big hole for Texas race

    01 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Nicky Hayden has conceded that Ducati will be in a ‘big hole’ when the inaugural Texas MotoGP race is staged at the spectacular Circuit of the Americas (COTA) next month. Ducati was the only factory team not to travel to the recent private test session at the new COTA track near Austin. Honda duo Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez took part in a three-day test, while Yamaha pair Valentino Rossi and...

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  • Bradley Smith targets top six before end of 2013

    01 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Bradley Smith reckons the initial target in his rookie MotoGP campaign will be to finish ahead of Ducati’s factory Desmosedici. But the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider hopes to be fighting for the top six before the end of his first season taking on the likes of Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez. The British rider finished behind GP13 duo Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden in the last...

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  • Yamaha expects title challenge from Marc Marquez

    31 March 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Yamaha expects Honda rookie Marc Marquez to mount a serious title challenge in his first MotoGP world championship campaign in 2013. The Repsol Honda rider has been the talk of winter testing after putting in some impressive performances on the factory RC213V, which included him setting the fastest time at the recent private Honda and Yamaha test in Austin, Texas. Marquez has repeatedly played...

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  • Rossi’s Yamaha return perfect motivation for Lorenzo

    31 March 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi’s return to Yamaha for 2013 will provide perfect motivation to help Jorge Lorenzo successfully defend his crown and try to win the MotoGP world title for a third time. That’s the view of the Spaniard’s factory Yamaha team boss Wilco Zeelenberg, who has been an integral figure in Lorenzo’s two MotoGP titles in 2010 and 2012. Rossi and Lorenzo will renew their rivalry next weekend...

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  • Michael Laverty talks MotoGP life

    28 March 2013 by MCN

    Michael Laverty talks MotoGP life

    FreestyleXtreme recently caught up with sponsored athlete and PBM MotoGP rider Michael Laverty. Michael very kindly takes some time out before the first race at Qatar to talk about his hopes for the...

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