September

Marc Marquez sorry for unlucky Dani Pedrosa

Marc Marquez sorry for unlucky Dani Pedrosa

Marc Marquez was both ecstatic and remorseful at the Motorland Aragon track yesterday (Sunday) as an incident with factory Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa overshadowed another fantastic MotoGP victory...

Cal Crutchlow: Marquez blameless in Pedrosa crash

Cal Crutchlow: Marquez blameless in Pedrosa crash

British rider Cal Crutchlow jumped to the defence of MotoGP world championship leader Marc Marquez yesterday (Sunday) after the Spaniard’s aggressive riding was thrust under the microscope again at...

Jorge Lorenzo: Marquez ‘taking risks all of the time’

Jorge Lorenzo: Marquez ‘taking risks all of the time’

Jorge Lorenzo has been one of the biggest critics of compatriot Marc Marquez in 2013, but the reigning world champion refused to condemn the rookie sensation after yesterday’s dramatic Motorland...

Valentino Rossi avoids unwanted record with Aragon podium

Valentino Rossi avoids unwanted record with Aragon podium

Valentino Rossi scored a fifth podium of 2013 in yesterday’s Motorland Aragon MotoGP clash in Spain to avoid creating an unwanted slice of history for himself. With dominant Spanish trio Jorge...

Aragon MotoGP: Marquez extends championship lead with win

Aragon MotoGP: Marquez extends championship lead with win

Repsol Honda rookie Marc Marquez has extended his championship lead to 39 points with victory in Aragon ahead of Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo got the jump and tried to stretch out a lead, but was unable to...

Aragon MotoGP: Terol cruises to home win

Aragon MotoGP: Terol cruises to home win

Aspar rider Nicolas Terol eased to his second Moto2 victory of the season from pole position at Aragon today. Terol got a brilliant start and had gapped the rest of the field by the end of the first...

Aragon MotoGP: Rins tops all Spanish podium

Aragon MotoGP: Rins tops all Spanish podium

Estrela Galicia rider Alex Rins got the better of Maverick Vinales to take his fifth race win of the season at Aragon and move to second in the championship. Rins' race-winning move came in the first...

Valentino Rossi finally happy with fourth

Valentino Rossi finally happy with fourth

Having finished fourth in the previous four MotoGP races you’d think that factory Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi would be growing weary of taking fourth spot. But after finishing fourth behind dominant...

Braking style tweak boosts Bradley Smith in Aragon

Braking style tweak boosts Bradley Smith in Aragon

Bradley Smith made a huge riding style breakthrough at the Motorland Aragon track today courtesy of some tough love from his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad in Spain. The 22-year-old was locked in a long...

Cal Crutchlow targets top five after worst qualifying

Cal Crutchlow targets top five after worst qualifying

Cal Crutchlow has targeted a return to the top five in tomorrow’s Motorland Aragon MotoGP clash after he slumped to his worst qualifying of 2013 in Spain this afternoon. A series of mistakes on his...

Aragon MotoGP: Terol starts from pole

Aragon MotoGP: Terol starts from pole

Spaniard Nicolas Terol leads an all Spanish front row at Aragon ahead of team-mates Esteve Rabat and title hopeful Pol Espargaro. Espargaro's main rival and current championship leader Scott Redding...

Aragon MotoGP: Marquez on pole

Aragon MotoGP: Marquez on pole

Repsol Honda rookie Marc Marquez will start tomorrow's Aragon race from pole position after narrowly beating reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo by just 0.010s. Marquez broke Casey Stoner's lap...

Top speed concern for Cal Crutchlow in Aragon

Top speed concern for Cal Crutchlow in Aragon

British rider Cal Crutchlow expressed concern about the top speed of his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YZR-M1 machine after he ended the first day of practice at the Motorland Aragon track in sixth...

Brake and grip issues halt Valentino Rossi’s early charge

Brake and grip issues halt Valentino Rossi’s early charge

A front brake issue and a lack of rear grip conspired to make the start of the Motorland Aragon MotoGP weekend a tough one for nine-times world champion Valentino Rossi. The Italian was optimistic he...

Aleix Espargaro pushing for Aspar exit

Aleix Espargaro pushing for Aspar exit

Spaniard Aleix Espargaro has publicly acknowledged informing his current Aspar MotoGP squad that he wants to quit and ride a new Yamaha YZR-M1 engine and chassis project in the Forward Racing outfit...

Valentino Rossi talks new Moto3 venture

Valentino Rossi talks new Moto3 venture

Valentino Rossi has spoken for the first time about a new Moto3 project he will be heavily involved in next season to develop and nurture young Italian talent in the GP world championship. The...

Andrea Dovizioso critical of Ducati ahead of landmark race

Andrea Dovizioso critical of Ducati ahead of landmark race

Andrea Dovizioso renewed criticism of Ducati’s struggling MotoGP project in Spain today on the eve of the Italian’s 200th world championship appearance at the Motorland Aragon. The former 125GP world...

Michael Laverty seeking to finalise 2014 MotoGP contract

Michael Laverty seeking to finalise 2014 MotoGP contract

Michael Laverty’s future with the PBM MotoGP squad seems secure for 2014, but the British rider is hoping to finalise a deal imminently having not yet put pen to paper on a final contract. Laverty...

Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa urged to start faster

Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa urged to start faster

Honda boss Shuhei Nakamoto doesn’t believe it is only machine tweaks that will boost Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa’s hopes of ending Jorge Lorenzo’s revival in the 2013 MotoGP title chase. Lorenzo is...

Ducati denies approaching Aprilia technical boss

Ducati denies approaching Aprilia technical boss

Ducati has denied approaching current Aprilia technical guru Gigi Dall’Igna to drag the struggling Bologna factory out of its MotoGP slump. Without a clear technical mastermind since long-serving...

Valentino Rossi needs faster starts to strengthen podium bid

Valentino Rossi needs faster starts to strengthen podium bid

Valentino Rossi’s bid to end a frustrating succession of fourth place finishes in MotoGP will be boosted if he can match factory Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo’s electrifying early pace. Lorenzo’s fast...

Tough to turn down MotoGP return, admits Redding's crew chief

Tough to turn down MotoGP return, admits Redding's crew chief

Scott Redding’s long-serving crew chief Pete Benson has admitted turning down the chance to return to MotoGP with the rising British star in 2014 was one of the hardest decisions of his...

Damian Cudlin joins PBM for Aragon

Aussie Damian Cudlin will bring a fresh perspective to the British-built PBM MotoGP frame when he joins Paul Bird’s premier class squad at this weekend’s Motorland Aragon clash in Spain. The 30-year-old, who has previous MotoGP experience as a stand-in rider for Pramac Ducati at the end of 2011, will replace Colombian Yonny Hernandez, who ironically has joined Pramac for the final five races of...

Patience key for Pol Espargaro’s factory Yamaha ambitions

Yamaha newcomer Pol Espargaro will need to be patient to realise his factory Yamaha ambitions with a works YZR-M1 seat potentially unavailable until 2017. The Spanish Moto2 title contender will take Cal Crutchlow’s seat in the satellite Tech 3 operation next season, with his clear intention to secure a switch to the factory squad in 2015. Yamaha though has made it clear that it intends to agree...

Marc Marquez not concerned by fast starting Jorge Lorenzo

Marc Marquez not concerned by fast starting Jorge Lorenzo

MotoGP world championship leader Marc Marquez says he is not overly concerned with Jorge Lorenzo’s fast starting strategy that helped the factory Yamaha rider claim back-to-back wins in Silverstone...

HRC: Top six achievable for new production bike

A top rider on Honda’s new production RCV1000R MotoGP bike will be capable of upsetting the formbook to beat full factory prototype 1000cc machines at some tracks in 2014. Honda’s production bike qualifies for the new non-factory rules, which permits it to run 24 litres of fuel and use Bridgestone’s special soft tyres. That’s four more litres than the factory bikes to be campaigned by the likes...

Yamaha expected more tension between Rossi and Lorenzo

Yamaha expected more tension between Rossi and Lorenzo

When Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo were together in Yamaha’s factory MotoGP squad between 2008 and 2010, you could have cut the atmosphere with a knife. They barely spoke, a wall split them inside...

Cal Crutchlow preparing for winter arm surgery

Cal Crutchlow has revealed he will require end of season surgery on the right arm that he damaged in the first of three fast crashes during a disastrous home round at Silverstone earlier this month. Crutchlow’s right arm swelled to twice its normal size after he suffered a crash at over 180mph in the third practice session at the British Grand Prix. The injury has been slow to heal ever since and...

New riding position boost for Bradley Smith

New riding position boost for Bradley Smith

A revised riding position evaluated by Bradley Smith during a one-day MotoGP test at Misano earlier this week gave the British rookie a timely boost after difficult recent races. Smith was not as...

Marc Marquez tops Misano test on new 2014 Honda

Marc Marquez tops Misano test on new 2014 Honda

MotoGP world championship leader Marc Marquez delivered an eye-catching performance on Honda’s new 2014 factory RC213V machine in Misano yesterday (Monday) to top the timesheets at the end of a...

Cal Crutchlow boosts confidence in Misano test

Cal Crutchlow boosts confidence in Misano test

Cal Crutchlow set the fourth fastest time in a one-day MotoGP test session at Misano yesterday (Monday) to further build-up his confidence for the final phase of the 2013 world championship...

Dani Pedrosa concentrates on present rather than future

Dani Pedrosa concentrates on present rather than future

Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa resisted the temptation to spend too much time giving feedback on the new 2014 RC213V factory prototype in Misano yesterday (Monday). The Spaniard has more pressing...

Valentino Rossi impressed with 2014 YZR-M1

Valentino Rossi impressed with 2014 YZR-M1

Valentino Rossi made a successful debut on Yamaha’s new 2014 factory YZR-M1 in Misano (yesterday) after clocking the third fastest time during a one-day MotoGP test session. Rossi’s best lap of...

New Bridgestone hard rear tyre gets thumbs up

New Bridgestone hard rear tyre gets thumbs up

A new Bridgestone hard compound rear tyre made available during a one-day MotoGP test session at Misano yesterday (Monday) was widely praised by the likes of Valentino Rossi and Cal...

Exclusive: Caterham to back new race and road bike project

Exclusive: Caterham to back new race and road bike project

Iconic British car manufacturer Caterham will back a new team in the Moto2 world championship next season ahead of an ambitious bid to break into the two-wheeled production market. MCN learned during...

Baptism of fire for Valentino Rossi’s half-brother in Misano

Baptism of fire for Valentino Rossi’s half-brother in Misano

Valentino Rossi’s half-brother Luca Marini experienced a baptism of fire on his Moto3 world championship debut in Misano yesterday when he high-sided out of last place at the first corner. The...