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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Phillip Island MotoGP: Espargaro takes win and championship lead

Phillip Island MotoGP: Espargaro takes win and championship lead

Pol Espargaro took full advantage of Scott Redding's absence from the Phillip Island Moto2 race by taking a full 25 points to retake the championship lead by 16 points. The podium was completed by...

Phillip Island MotoGP: Rins takes Moto3 win

Phillip Island MotoGP: Rins takes Moto3 win

Spaniard Alex Rins won the Phillip Island Moto3 race by just three thousandths of a second from fellow Spaniard Maverick Vinales. Championship leader Luis Salom completed the podium in third place.

Phillip Island MotoGP: Lorenzo wins with masterclass

Phillip Island MotoGP: Lorenzo wins with masterclass

Jorge Lornezo put on a riding masterclass to take victory at Phillip Island and keep his hopes of a third MotoGP title alive. The race was shortened to 21 laps, with the riders forced to pit no later...

MotoGP and Moto2 races hit by tyre issues in Australia

MotoGP and Moto2 races hit by tyre issues in Australia

This weekend’s Australian Grand Prix has turned into a PR nightmare for Bridgestone and Dunlop after tomorrow’s MotoGP and Moto2 races will run under a revised format to counter fears of major tyre...

Phillip Island MotoGP: Lorenzo clinches pole

Phillip Island MotoGP: Lorenzo clinches pole

Reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo will look to deny Marc Marquez his first MotoGP championship tomorrow and the factory Yamaha rider will start from pole after setting a fastest time of...

Phillip Island MotoGP: Espargaro on pole

Phillip Island MotoGP: Espargaro on pole

Moto2 championship hopeful Pol Espargaro will start from pole position in Phillip Island with championship rivals Esteve Rabat and Scott Redding both crashing out. Redding has been ruled out of the...

Scott Redding breaks wrist in Phillip Island

Scott Redding breaks wrist in Phillip Island

Scott Redding’s hopes of becoming Britain’s first world champion since late legend Barry Sheene in 1977 suffered a crushing and painful blow in Australia today. The Marc VDS Racing rider broke his...

Phillip Island MotoGP: Salom takes Moto3 pole

Phillip Island MotoGP: Salom takes Moto3 pole

Moto3 championship leader Luis Salom will start from pole position at Phillip Island after setting a best time of 1'36.890 in qualifying. Salom's championship rivals Maverick Vinales and Alex Rins...

Marc Marquez unhurt in practice crash

Marc Marquez unhurt in practice crash

Marc Marquez suffered a scare on the opening day of practice for the Phillip Island MotoGP clash in Australia earlier today when he walked away unhurt from a tumble at the famous Lukey Heights...

Stefan Bradl withdraws from Phillip Island race

Stefan Bradl withdraws from Phillip Island race

German Stefan Bradl has withdrawn from the Australian MotoGP race after being forced to abort a brave return to action just six days after he broke his right ankle in a Sepang practice crash. Bradl...