May

Struggling Ben Spies to withdraw from Mugello race?

Struggling Ben Spies to withdraw from Mugello race?

Injury-hit Ben Spies has admitted withdrawing from Sunday’s Italian MotoGP race on Sunday is an option under consideration after he endured a tough return to action in Mugello. The Ignite Ducati rider...

Valentino Rossi anticipating Honda charge

Valentino Rossi anticipating Honda charge

Valentino Rossi expects Honda rivals Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez to pose a bigger threat for the remainder of the Italian MotoGP weekend after Yamaha dominated the opening day of practice in...

Bradley Smith: ‘I was lucky to walk away’

Bradley Smith: ‘I was lucky to walk away’

British rider Bradley Smith admitted he was lucky to emerge from a high speed practice crash in Mugello today with only a nasty wound to his left little finger and a small fracture in his left...

Mugello MotoGP: Crutchlow sets third fastest practice time

Mugello MotoGP: Crutchlow sets third fastest practice time

Cal Crutchlow’s brilliant form in the 2013 MotoGP world championship continued in Mugello when he starred in a Yamaha clean sweep of the top three after today’s two opening practice sessions. The...

Cal Crutchlow threatens to quit Tech 3 over Espargaro deal

Cal Crutchlow threatens to quit Tech 3 over Espargaro deal

Cal Crutchlow’s frustration with Yamaha’s long-running pursuit of Spanish Moto2 rider Pol Espargaro could see him quit the satellite Monster-backed Tech 3 squad at the end of 2013. The British rider...

Ben Spies: ‘I hope the problems are over’

Ben Spies: ‘I hope the problems are over’

Ignite Ducati rider Ben Spies will make his return to MotoGP action in Mugello this weekend hoping that his long-standing injury problems are behind him. The Texan missed the last two races in Jerez...

Scott Redding: ‘I need to keep pounding the pressure on’

Scott Redding: ‘I need to keep pounding the pressure on’

Scott Redding says it will be vital for him to keep piling the pressure on his Moto2 rivals when his quest to extend his world championship lead continues at the spectacular Mugello track in Italy...

Exclusive Pics: Randy de Puniet tests Suzuki MotoGP bike

Exclusive Pics: Randy de Puniet tests Suzuki MotoGP bike

These are the first pictures of French rider Randy de Puniet making his debut on Suzuki’s new 1000cc MotoGP project at the Twin Ring Motegi track in Japan this week. The current Aspar Aprilia rider...

Can Valentino Rossi rediscover winning touch in Mugello?

Can Valentino Rossi rediscover winning touch in Mugello?

There was once a time when the MotoGP field would arrive in Mugello wondering who was going to finish second behind home favourite Valentino Rossi. The hugely popular Rossi was unbeatable on home...

Bridgestone: No fault with Jorge Lorenzo’s Le Mans tyre

Bridgestone: No fault with Jorge Lorenzo’s Le Mans tyre

Bridgestone has confirmed that a thorough examination of the rear rain tyre used by reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo in Sunday’s French MotoGP race showed up no defect. Lorenzo suffered a...

Le Mans MotoGP Dashboard

Le Mans MotoGP Dashboard

It was all chance this weekend in Le Mans, with the satellite bike of Cal Crutchlow beating the factories, the Ducatis running at the front, and Jorge Lorenzo slumping to a measly seventh. Here's all...

Cal Crutchlow savours career best second in France

Cal Crutchlow savours career best second in France

Cal Crutchlow’s fantastic start to the 2013 MotoGP world championship continued in Le Mans yesterday when the British rider stormed to a career best second position. Riding with a badly swollen right...

Valentino Rossi rues blowing podium chance in France

Valentino Rossi rues blowing podium chance in France

Valentino Rossi saw his bid for a second rostrum finish of 2013 slip away in a rain-hit Le Mans MotoGP race after the Italian crashed out while lying in fourth position. The 34-year-old was trying to...

Jorge Lorenzo deflated after slump to seventh

Jorge Lorenzo deflated after slump to seventh

Jorge Lorenzo suffered his worst finish in the MotoGP world championship since the final race of his rookie season in 2008 after the reigning world champion slumped from second to seventh in Le Mans. ...

Andrea Dovizioso thrilled with podium challenge

Andrea Dovizioso thrilled with podium challenge

Andrea Dovizioso capitalised on Ducati’s preference for wet conditions to mount a podium challenge until the penultimate lap of a rain-hit French MotoGP race in Le Mans yesterday. The Italian led for...

Scott Redding targets more wins after Le Mans triumph

Scott Redding targets more wins after Le Mans triumph

Scott Redding is hoping his priceless maiden victory in yesterday’s French Moto2 race in Le Mans will inspire him to more success in the 2013 world championship. Winless since his historic victory in...

Le Mans MotoGP: Pedrosa takes wet win, Cal second!

Dani Pedrosa took his second win of 2013 in wet conditions at Le Mans, ahead of Cal Crutchlow taking his best ever MotoGP finish and rookie Marc Marquez, as mechanical problems relegated Jorge Lorenzo to 7th. Andrea Dovisioso was the surprise leader off the line, making the most of his unexpected front row start to lead from Lorenzo and Pedrosa, before he passed his fellow spaniard to take second...

Le Mans Moto2: Redding takes first win!

Scott Redding finally broke his duck to take victory in his first Moto2 race at Le Mans today, 20 years to the day since Alan Carter's win in the same class at the French track. Takaai Nakagami took an early lead after a brilliant start from pole, but soon lost the lead to Pol Espagaro. However, he couldn't get away from the Japanese racer, who soon retook the lead as Esteve Rabat joined the...

Le Mans Moto3: Vinales takes commanding win with return to old form

Maverick Vinales showed his old form today at Le Mans, taking a mid distance lead then making fast lap after fast lap to break his opposition and win easily over Alex Rins and Luis Salom. A good start from the second row allowed Luis Salom and Alex Rins to move forwards to battle with the leaders early on. Johann Folger was initially able to lead, before pole man Vinales took over, leaving Folger...

Le Mans MotoGP: Marquez takes pole as Dovi storms to front row

Le Mans MotoGP: Marquez takes pole as Dovi storms to front row

Marc Marquez stormed to his second pole position of his career, in only his fourth MotoGP race, ahead of Spanish championship rival Jorge Lorenzo. Marquez just pipped the reigning world champion,...

Le Mans Moto3: Vinales continues form to take pole

Le Mans Moto3: Vinales continues form to take pole

Maverick Vinales has continued the run of form that saw him take hisfirst win of the season at Jerez two weeks ago to finish qualifying top of the time sheets at Le Mans. Blitzing the fastest...

Scott Redding dominates Le Mans practice

Scott Redding dominates Le Mans practice

British rider Scott Redding’s stunning start to the 2013 world championship campaign continued in Le Mans today when the Marc VDS Racing rider dominated the opening day of Moto2 practice. Redding had...

Dani Pedrosa takes charge in Le Mans practice

Boosted by his first win of 2013 in Jerez earlier this month, Dani Pedrosa continued his impressive run of form in France today to top the opening day of practice at the historic Le Mans track. A best lap of 1.34.035 put the Repsol Honda rider just 0.134s clear of world championship leader and teammate Marc Marquez in cool but dry conditions ahead of the fourth round of the 2013 campaign. ...

Jorge Lorenzo: “I still believe the action in Jerez was too hard”

Jorge Lorenzo: “I still believe the action in Jerez was too hard”

Time to reflect and analyse his last ditch defeat to Marc Marquez in the recent Spanish MotoGP race has not altered Jorge Lorenzo’s judgement that the last corner move by the Repsol Honda rider...

Why Marc Marquez wasn’t punished in Jerez

Why Marc Marquez wasn’t punished in Jerez

The controversy surrounding Marc Marquez’s last gasp overtake on Jorge Lorenzo in Jerez earlier this month rumbled on in Le Mans today. In the pre-event press conference for this weekend’s French...

Michael Laverty hoping Jerez tweaks carry over to Le Mans

Michael Laverty hoping Jerez tweaks carry over to Le Mans

Michael Laverty is hoping some major set-up tweaks to his British-built PBM chassis will help him fight for a second successive top 15 finish this season in this weekend’s French MotoGP round at the...

Valentino Rossi still not comfortable on YZR-M1

Valentino Rossi still not comfortable on YZR-M1

Valentino Rossi is still not 100% comfortable and confident on Yamaha’s factory YZR-M1 after an up and down return to the Japanese factory in 2013. The Italian made a fairytale return to Yamaha in...

Yamaha boss calls on Race Direction to hold Marquez talks

Yamaha boss calls on Race Direction to hold Marquez talks

Yamaha boss Massimo Meregalli believes MotoGP’s Race Direction should speak to world championship leader Marc Marquez about his riding tactics following the recent controversial Jerez race. But...

BT Sport wins MotoGP from the BBC: What do you think?

BT Sport wins MotoGP from the BBC: What do you think?

BT has signed a five-year deal to exclusively show MotoGP live in the UK from 2014. How will this affect you?

Yamaha reveal details of YZR-M1 lease plan

Yamaha reveal details of YZR-M1 lease plan

Yamaha has exclusively revealed to MCN more details of its plan to lease a YZR-M1 engine package for the 2014 MotoGP world championship. In Texas last month, the Japanese factory confirmed its plan to...

BBC and British Eurosport react to BT Sport’s MotoGP deal

BBC and British Eurosport react to BT Sport’s MotoGP deal

The BBC and British Eurosport have given their reaction to the confirmation today that BT Sport has successfully bid for the exclusive UK TV rights for MotoGP from 2014 onwards. BT Sport’s new...

BT Sport announces five-year UK TV deal for MotoGP

BT Sport announces five-year UK TV deal for MotoGP

BT has signed a five-year deal to show MotoGP exclusively live in the UK from the 2014 world championship campaign onwards. The deal, which MCN revealed would be confirmed today from last weekend’s...

Exclusive Q and A: Ben Spies injury latest

Exclusive Q and A: Ben Spies injury latest

Ben Spies has admitted rushing his return from a serious right shoulder injury after the Ignite Ducati rider missed last weekend’s Jerez race and will also be missing for the forthcoming French round...

Dani Pedrosa: ‘You can’t leave the door open to anybody’

Dani Pedrosa: ‘You can’t leave the door open to anybody’

Dani Pedrosa has given his impressions of the last corner collision between Repsol Honda teammate Marc Marquez and reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo in Jerez last weekend. Pedrosa took his first...

Marc Marquez didn't fear penalty after Jorge Lorenzo collision

Marc Marquez didn't fear penalty after Jorge Lorenzo collision

Marc Marquez says he wasn’t worried that his hard overtake on title rival Jorge Lorenzo at the end of Sunday’s Spanish MotoGP race would result in a penalty from Race Direction. Marquez snatched a...

Maiden top 10 and new frame boost for Bradley Smith in Jerez

Maiden top 10 and new frame boost for Bradley Smith in Jerez

Bradley Smith has good reason to be optimistic heading to the forthcoming French MotoGP round at Le Mans after an encouraging race and test performance in Jerez last weekend. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3...