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No more testing, the 2016 MotoGP championship finally gets underway at the 3.3 mile floodlit Losail circuit, with all signs pointing towards reigning champ Jorge Lorenzo as the man to beat.

The factory Yamaha rider set an incredible 11 laps under the lap records over the winter, while his team-mate and rival Valentino Rossi only managed one.

Will Marquez finally click with the new Honda, control ECU and Michelin tyres, or will he just be an occasional annoyance for the title contenders? And let's not forget th surprise of winter testing - wunderkid Maverick Vinales, who pushed Lorenzo all the way in testing in just his second year on the Suzuki.

MotoGP: Team changes rumoured for 2020?

MotoGP: Team changes rumoured for 2020?

MCN’s sources in the MotoGP paddock have hinted that there could be big changes coming to the 2020 grid, with the Stop and Go Moto2 team reportedly vying to take over Avintia Ducati’s grid spot and...

MotoGP: Rossi isn't ready to quit

MotoGP: Rossi isn't ready to quit

Valentino Rossi has told MCN that there’s no need to worry about his future in the premiere class just yet, despite suffering possibly the worst weekend of his 23-year career at his home race in...

MotoGP: Rossi unveils tricolore helmet for Mugello

MotoGP: Rossi unveils tricolore helmet for Mugello

Valentino Rossi has unveiled his Italian tricolore flag inspired helmet for this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, wearing the one-off AGV in Saturdya’s free practice sessions ahead of...

MotoGP: Marquez masterclass for Mugello pole position

MotoGP: Marquez masterclass for Mugello pole position

Marc Marquez played qualifying to perfection in the Italian Grand Prix as the reigning champion struck late to take his second pole position at Mugello and reassert some authority over ever-impressive...

Moto2: Schrotter and Luthi make it a Dynavolt one-two

Moto2: Schrotter and Luthi make it a Dynavolt one-two

Marcel Schrotter heads up the Moto2 grid at the Italian Grand Prix after another record-breaking day, with the German taking his third career pole position by an infinitesimal 0.040 ahead of teammate...

Moto3: Arbolino converts pole into his debut win

Moto3: Arbolino converts pole into his debut win

Tony Arbolino has converted pole position at his home Italian Grand Prix into his debut race victory, leading Lorenzo Dalla Porta and Jaume Masia. The Italian was one of a handful of riders to remain...

MotoGP: Rossi writes off 2019 title race

MotoGP: Rossi writes off 2019 title race

Valentino Rossi has dramatically written off his 2019 title hopes despite finishing a battling fifth at Le Mans last weekend, saying that MotoGP’s fixed engine development means Yamaha cannot now coax...

MotoE: Energica's ambitious plans for growth after Jerez blaze

MotoE: Energica's ambitious plans for growth after Jerez blaze

The top brass at Italian company Energica have vowed to remain at the forefront of electric motorcycles despite the massive setback of the fire which consumed the MotoE paddock in March. The fire,...

British Talent Cup set for radical shakeup

British Talent Cup set for radical shakeup

The British Talent Cup series will undergo a radical shakeup for the 2020 season, as it effectively merges with the British Superbike Motostar class to remain as a one-make series for developing young...

Moto3: McPhee 'desperate' for Moto2 move in 2020

Moto3: McPhee 'desperate' for Moto2 move in 2020

Scottish star John McPhee says he’s desperate for a move up to Moto2 for 2020, after ending a winless drough that stretches back to Brno in 2016 by taking a stunning victory at last weekend’s French...

MotoGP: Dovizioso adamant that title fight far from over

MotoGP: Dovizioso adamant that title fight far from over

Andrea Dovizioso is adamant that the MotoGP title race is far from over despite Marc Marquez’s romp to victory in last Sunday’s French Grand Prix. The Repsol Honda rider pulled clear from the field in...

MotoGP: Alex Marquez in talks with Pramac Ducati for 2020

MotoGP: Alex Marquez in talks with Pramac Ducati for 2020

French Grand Prix winner Alex Marquez is eyeing up a move out of Moto2 and into the premier class for 2020, and manager Emilio Alzamora has admitted that they are already in talks with the Pramac...

MotoGP: Marquez takes third win of the year in France

MotoGP: Marquez takes third win of the year in France

Marc Marquez has taken a stunning victory in the French Grand Prix, leaving his opponents in his dust despite an early challenge from Jack Miller. Breaking the Australian at Le Mans, he was able to...

Moto3: McPhee takes first win since 2016

Moto3: McPhee takes first win since 2016

John McPhee has doubled down on his French Grand Prix to take his first win since Brno in 2016, managing the race at Le Mans to perfection to leave him clear of Lorenzo Dalla Porta and Aron Canet at...

Moto2: Marquez ends drought with Le Mans victory

Moto2: Marquez ends drought with Le Mans victory

Alex Marquez has ended his win drought in the Moto2 class by taking a textbook victory at the French Grand Prix, leading almost from start to finish at Le Mans to take the chequered flag from a close...

MotoGP: Title fight heating up

MotoGP: Title fight heating up

The fight to lead the 2019 MotoGP championship standings reached a new level of intensity in Jerez when Marc Marquez took a stunning win to go from fourth in the standings to first after four rounds...

MotoGP: Rossi and Viñales get a grip

MotoGP: Rossi and Viñales get a grip

Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi are at long last hopeful that they are making progress with the Yamaha’s ongoing grip issues after securing strong results at Jerez, a circuit where they’ve...

MotoGP: Zeelenberg proud of protégé Quartararo

MotoGP: Zeelenberg proud of protégé Quartararo

In only his fourth race in the premier class, French MotoGP newboy Fabio Quartararo had a rollercoaster weekend at Jerez last weekend. Showing off his talent to take pole he spent 13 laps battling...

MotoGP: Dovizioso to trade two wheels for four in DTM

MotoGP: Dovizioso to trade two wheels for four in DTM

Andrea Dovizioso will trade two wheels for four next month, when the Ducati MotoGP racer makes his debut in the ultra-competitive DTM touring car race series. Filling in for Audi Sport Team WRT racer...

MotoGP: Quartararo leaves Jerez on top after one-day test

MotoGP: Quartararo leaves Jerez on top after one-day test

Fabio Quartararo has bounced back from the disappointment of Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix by leaving the Jerez circuit fasrest in testing, blitzing his own lap record by ending up a stunning half...

Moto2: Baldassarri extends title lead with Jerez win

Moto2: Baldassarri extends title lead with Jerez win

Lorenzo Baldassarri has laid further serious groundwork for his assault on the 2019 Moto2 crown in Jerez, winning a shortened race ahead of COTA podium finisher and form man Jorge Navarro.

Moto3: Antonelli takes debut victory for Simoncelli team

Moto3: Antonelli takes debut victory for Simoncelli team

Niccolo Antonelli has handed the Simoncelli racing team their first ever win in Grand Prix racing, with a perfect day for the squad set up in tribute of the late Marco Simoncelli as teammate Tetsuki...

MotoGP: Marquez dominates as Quartararo cruelly denied

MotoGP: Marquez dominates as Quartararo cruelly denied

Marc Marquez has taken a home win in the Spanish Grand Prix, putting in a flawless performance to make some amends for his crash out the lead in Texas – and taking back the Championship lead. Alex...

MotoGP update: Marquez takes blame for Austin crash

MotoGP update: Marquez takes blame for Austin crash

Update 0700 Friday: Marquez has taken to social media to clarify his comments in yesterday’s press conference, tweeting to MCN’s MotoGP reporter Simon Patterson to say that he didn’t mean that a...

MotoGP: Brno in doubt after government subsidy cuts?

MotoGP: Brno in doubt after government subsidy cuts?

The future of the Czech Grand Prix could be in doubt, after reports in local media that the regional government will not commit to fully subsidising the race for next year and beyond. Pledging only...

Moto2: Pasini to replace Dixon in Jerez

Moto2: Pasini to replace Dixon in Jerez

Angel Nieto KTM rider Jake Dixon will miss this weekend’s action at the Spanish circuit that shares a namesake with his team, as the Moto2 rookie continues to recover from injuries sustained last time...

MotoGP: Aprilia boss says 'clearly the rules don't work'

MotoGP: Aprilia boss says 'clearly the rules don't work'

New Aprilia boss Massimo Rivola insists the team’s protest against Ducati’s swing arm spoiler at the opening race of 2019 was important for the sport, despite having their appeal rejected by the FIM...

MotoGP: Miller eyeing Petrucci's factory seat

MotoGP: Miller eyeing Petrucci's factory seat

Ducati’s MotoGP bosses have told MCN that Jack Miller is in line for Danilo Petrucci’s factory seat next season and that the time when they need to make a decision on who will partner Andrea Dovizioso...

MotoGP: Why Rossi is a true title contender

MotoGP: Why Rossi is a true title contender

Valentino Rossi says he’s confident that he can fight for the 2019 MotoGP title on consistency alone, building on the form in recent seasons where he took second in the championship in 2014, 2015 and...

MotoGP: What will the calendar look like in the future?

MotoGP: What will the calendar look like in the future?

More successful than it’s ever been with rising viewing figures and profits through the roof, there’s more and more countries and circuits clamouring to be a part of the MotoGP circus than ever...

MotoGP: Rins beats Rossi for debut victory

MotoGP: Rins beats Rossi for debut victory

Alex Rins has taken his debut victory in the premiere class at the Circuit of the Americas, with Marc Marquez’s unbeaten streak coming to an end after he joined fellow Hond arider Cal Crutchlow in...

Moto2: Luthi returns to winning form

Moto2: Luthi returns to winning form

Tom Luthi has returned to winning form after a difficult season in MotoGP, bouncing back on his third race back in Moto2 to take victory in Texas. Pulling clear and then easing away of the chasing...

Moto3: Canet takes first win for Max Biaggi's team

Moto3: Canet takes first win for Max Biaggi's team

Aron Canet has taken the first win for Max Biaggi’s new Moto3 team in the Grand Prix of the Americas, delivering a knockout blow in the closing laps to take the win from a late-charging Jaume Masia...

MotoE: Energica's electric revolution

MotoE: Energica's electric revolution

This year sees the introduction of the electric MotoE series within selected rounds of the MotoGP calendar – and providing they can get through the rest of the year without burning the paddock to the...

MotoGP: Honda highlight rule loopholes with spoiler device

MotoGP: Honda highlight rule loopholes with spoiler device

Honda have apparently succeeded in their goal of highlighting the loopholes in MotoGP’s rule books by submitting their own version of Ducati’s spoiler for approval by technical control – having the...

MotoGP: Marquez cruises to Argentina victory

MotoGP: Marquez cruises to Argentina victory

Marc Marquez has cruised to victory in the Argentine Grand Prix, converting his blistering practice pace into race pace and taking the win at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit by well over ten seconds.