March

Lowes sits out day two with mystery injury

Lowes sits out day two with mystery injury

Takaai Nakagami was again fastest on day two of Moto2 testing at Jerez, topping the timesheets by a slim 0.015 from Swiss rider Thomas Luthi and former Moto3 world champion Sandro Cortese. However,...

Suzuki: Rossi not a candidate for 2015 ride

Suzuki: Rossi not a candidate for 2015 ride

Suzuki boss Davide Brivio has admitted it will be highly unlikely for the Japanese factory to convince Valentino Rossi to spearhead its MotoGP return in 2015. Suzuki is currently extensively testing...

Aspar: No shock at Aleix Espargaro’s speed

Aspar: No shock at Aleix Espargaro’s speed

Aleix Espargaro’s impressive performances in winter testing might have surprised a few MotoGP observers, but one of them is not the Spaniard’s ex-Aspar team boss Gino Borsoi. Espargaro has been the...

Braking stability still a concern for Yamaha

Braking stability still a concern for Yamaha

Braking stability is still a key area for Yamaha to improve on its factory YZR-M1 once the new MotoGP world championship campaign gets underway in Qatar on March 23. Honda has taken a huge step...

Was Ducati’s move to the Open Class in MotoGP inspired thinking or lunacy?

Was Ducati’s move to the Open Class in MotoGP inspired thinking or lunacy?

Last week Ducati made the shock decision that they would be running in the Open Class in MotoGP for 2014. Some have called the move inspired, and less controls on engine development plus sticky tyres...

Dall’Igna delighted with Ducati line-up for 2014

Dall’Igna delighted with Ducati line-up for 2014

New Ducati boss Gigi Dall’Igna reckons Ducati could not have better riders than Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow to revive its fortunes in MotoGP. Ducati has endured a torrid recent history in...

Colin Edwards: Teaching an old dog new tricks

Colin Edwards: Teaching an old dog new tricks

Having just turned 40 and been racing motorcycles for longer than Marc Marquez has been on the planet, you’d think if anybody would find it difficult to embrace a new riding technique it would be...

Smith and Espargaro impressed with new Yamaha gearbox

Smith and Espargaro impressed with new Yamaha gearbox

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 duo Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro have both hailed the benefits of Yamaha’s seamless shift gearbox ahead of the start of the 2014 MotoGP campaign. Smith and Espargaro tested...

Lowes third as Nakagami tops day one at Jerez

Lowes third as Nakagami tops day one at Jerez

Takaai Nakagami has topped the timesheets on day one of the final Moto2 and Moto3 pre-season test at Jerez, but the surprise performance of the day was British rookie Sam Lowes, who finished the day...

ITV to show MotoGP in 2014

ITV to show MotoGP in 2014

ITV have confirmed to MCN that, contrary to reports that BT Sport would be the exclusive right holders for MotoGP in the UK, they will also be showing a delayed highlights package on ITV Four during...

Schwantz to return to Suzuka

Schwantz to return to Suzuka

Yoshimura Suzuki will run not one but two teams for this year’s Suzuka 8 Hours, as they expand to celebrate the 60th anniversary of racing legend Pop Yoshimura founding the tuning firm back in 1954. A...

Aleix Espargaro: Aspar ride boosted my career

Aleix Espargaro: Aspar ride boosted my career

Aleix Espargaro says he owes a big debt of gratitude to Spanish legend Jorge Martinez’s Aspar squad for helping him develop into a more competitive MotoGP rider. The 24-year-old has been the major...

No new bike for Cal in 2014

No new bike for Cal in 2014

Cal Crutchlow and team-mate Andrea Dovizioso will campaign their existing Desmosedici GP14 throughout the 2014 season with no all new bike expected until the 2015 season. Speaking at the official...

Suzuki keen on MotoGP test for Eugene Laverty

Suzuki keen on MotoGP test for Eugene Laverty

Suzuki is keen to get the input of Eugene Laverty on its new factory 1000cc MotoGP contender during 2014. The Irish rider is locked in talks over selected rides on the new Suzuki and he met new MotoGP...

Dall’Igna talks ‘Open’ at 2014 Ducati MotoGP team launch in Munich

Dall’Igna talks ‘Open’ at 2014 Ducati MotoGP team launch in Munich

The 2014 Ducati MotoGP squad was officially unveiled to the worlds press in Munich today. Ducati launches historically take place in the mountains of Madonna di Campiglio, but in 2014, Ducati owners...

Ducati unveil 2014 Desmosedici

Ducati unveil 2014 Desmosedici

Ducati have unveiled their 2014 MotoGP contender in an impressive ceremony at parent company Audi’s showrooms inside Munich Airport in the presence of a host of top names and vehicles from the German...

Bradley Smith rebounds from crash to claim top three

Bradley Smith rebounds from crash to claim top three

Bradley Smith experienced an eventful but ultimately very productive final night of MotoGP testing at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider was relieved to emerge...

'Unbelievable' race simulation thrills Aleix Espargaro in Qatar

'Unbelievable' race simulation thrills Aleix Espargaro in Qatar

Aleix Espargaro continued his outstanding winter testing form in Qatar last night by finishing the final pre-season action of 2014 on top of the timesheets. The Forward Yamaha rider was doubly happy...

Pol Espargaro suffers injury blow in Qatar

Pol Espargaro suffers injury blow in Qatar

Pol Espargaro’s preparation for his rookie MotoGP season suffered a cruel blow in Qatar last night when he broke his left collarbone in a crash in the final hours of a promising pre-season...

Stefan Bradl ends pre-season with two crashes

Stefan Bradl ends pre-season with two crashes

Stefan Bradl’s winter testing campaign certainly didn’t end on a high after he suffered two crashes on the final night of testing at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. The LCR Honda rider had...

Rear grip concern for Alvaro Bautista in Qatar

Rear grip concern for Alvaro Bautista in Qatar

Alvaro Bautista dropped from being fastest rider on the second night of MotoGP testing in Qatar to finish fifth at the conclusion of the final winter test yesterday evening. Bautista was unable to...

Scott Redding surprised by race run speed

Scott Redding surprised by race run speed

British rider Scott Redding gave himself a morale boost heading into his rookie MotoGP campaign after he delivered an impressive first distance run on the new Honda RCV1000R production bike in Qatar...

Alvaro Bautista struggles on way to fastest time

Alvaro Bautista struggles on way to fastest time

Alvaro Bautista might have been fastest on the second night of MotoGP testing in Qatar, but it was not an easy ride to the summit of the timesheets for the Gresini Honda rider. The former 125GP world...

Alvaro Bautista heads second night in Qatar

Alvaro Bautista heads second night in Qatar

Gresini Honda rider Alvaro Bautista led the way on the second night of MotoGP testing at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. A quickest lap of 1.55.194 saw the Spaniard finish 0.314s clear of...

Hopkins finds pace early on BSB return

Hopkins finds pace early on BSB return

Former MotoGP podium finisher John Hopkins says he’s surprised at how quickly he’s managed to get back into fast lap times, after a year and a half away from competitive riding. Hopkins, who hasn’t...

Aleix Espargaro happy with opening night pace in Qatar

Aleix Espargaro happy with opening night pace in Qatar

Aleix Espargaro continued his pre-season giant-killing act in MotoGP tonight when the Forward Yamaha Open class rider beat a host of factory prototypes in Qatar. Fourth fastest in both Sepang tests...

Scott Redding happy to close gap to Nicky Hayden

Scott Redding happy to close gap to Nicky Hayden

Scott Redding was satisfied with his performance on the opening night of MotoGP testing in Qatar after the Gresini rider finished within 0.4s of Nicky Hayden on the new production Honda RCV1000R...

Bradley Smith not happy to play second fiddle to Aleix Espargaro

Bradley Smith not happy to play second fiddle to Aleix Espargaro

British rider Bradley Smith admitted he was not happy to be outpaced by Aleix Espargaro on the opening night of testing at the floodlit Losail International Circuit in Qatar. Smith led the timesheets...

Ioda Racing: Leon Camier situation ‘very hard’

Ioda Racing: Leon Camier situation ‘very hard’

Ioda Racing boss Giampiero Sacchi has spoken of his disappointment at not being able to go ahead with a 2014 MotoGP deal for British rider Leon Camier. Former British Superbike champion Camier signed...

Suzuki re-thinking MotoGP strategy after Ducati Open move

Suzuki re-thinking MotoGP strategy after Ducati Open move

Ducati's decision to move to the new Open class has already forced Suzuki into re-thinking its 2015 MotoGP strategy, and is likely to put pressure on Honda and Yamaha to do the same. Just three weeks...

Colin Edwards admits doubt over FTR chassis

Colin Edwards admits doubt over FTR chassis

Colin Edwards has admitted it is looking increasingly unlikely that he will get the opportunity to race a British-designed and built FTR frame in the 2014 MotoGP world championship. A revised...

Crutchlow baffled by front tyre issue in Oz race simulation

Crutchlow baffled by front tyre issue in Oz race simulation

British rider Cal Crutchlow was left baffled by a front tyre issue that forced him to abort a planned full race simulation on the final day of Bridgestone’s crucial tyre test at the Phillip Island...

Movistar Yamaha born in five year deal

Movistar Yamaha born in five year deal

Yamaha MotoGP have confirmed recent paddock rumour by confirming that they have been joined by telecoms giant Movistar to become Movistar Yamaha for the next five years. The deal, a massive boost for...

Dovizioso: Expectations ‘not unbelievably high’ for 2014

Dovizioso: Expectations ‘not unbelievably high’ for 2014

Andrea Dovizioso believes there won’t be any big improvement in Ducati’s fortunes in the early part of the 2014 MotoGP campaign, despite a positive pre-season campaign in Malaysia and...

Tito Rabat ‘lucky’ after big crash in Australia

Tito Rabat ‘lucky’ after big crash in Australia

Marc VDS Racing Moto2 rider Tito Rabat admitted he was fortunate to escape injury after his pre-season testing campaign ended with a heavy crash on the final day of tyre testing at Phillip Island. The...

Jorge Lorenzo quickest at end of Phillip Island tyre test

Jorge Lorenzo quickest at end of Phillip Island tyre test

Jorge Lorenzo completed his domination of this week’s Bridgestone tyre test in Australia today by setting the fastest time in cool and windy conditions at Phillip Island this afternoon. The Spaniard...