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Dovizioso & Lorenzo, a great future behind them

Ducati is disappointing in MotoGP despite three race wins. The sporting ‘return’ of Jorge has penalised Dovi. Now the pair are to all effect rivals.After the 2017 season and Andrea Dovizioso’s fantastic six race wins, ducatisti the world over expected a real title fight come 2018, but alas it never came. On the contrary, the red bikes’ current season […]

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Jorge Lorenzo on the team switch that shocked MotoGP

Ahead of a mouth-watering inter-team duel in 2019, three-time MotoGP world champion Lorenzo, who boasts 47 top-flight race wins to his name, spoke about his toughest challenge yet two months out from the season start. How excited are you for the 2019 season? I am very excited as everything has changed again. Two years ago, […]

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Questioning Marquez’s ability ‘bullshit’ – Mick Doohan

Five-time 500cc title winner Mick Doohan says it is “bullshit” to claim reigning five-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has to win on a bike other than the Honda to be truly considered a great. Doohan won all five of his premier class crowns for the factory Honda team between 1994 and 1998, with Marquez matching […]

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Rossi can’t accept “his moment is over”, says Honda boss

  Honda MotoGP boss Alberto Puig says Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi is “having a hard time accepting” that he is no longer the benchmark rider of the premier class. Rossi has established himself as a legend of the sport by winning seven MotoGP titles, but has been unable to add to his championship tally since […]

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MotoE: Flat-out from start to finish in 2019

‘We want full power from the first lap to the last, whatever the rider’ – Nicolas Goubert, MotoE. Nicolas Goubert, executive director of the new FIM MotoE World Cup, has pledged that the new electric bike class will be able to race flat-out from start to finish during its inaugural 2019 season.Monitoring battery life is […]

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Rider reaction after MotoE debut

‘We all want close racing where we can battle with each other and that’s what we’ve had from day one here’ – Bradley Smith.A selection of rider quotes from the inaugural test for the electric FIM MotoE World Cup, held at Jerez from Friday to Sunday… Bradley Smith, One Energy Racing (1st): “I’m pleasantly surprised. They’ve […]

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Márquez is the man with no off switch

No motorcycle racer is unbeatable. Mick Doohan ruled the 1990s with an iron fist, dominating five consecutive 500cc world championships and leaving everyone waking up on Sunday mornings wondering who would finish second. Then, in a millisecond, his reign was over when he momentarily strayed onto a damp white line at Jerez in May 1999. […]

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Dovizioso wins two-part Valencia MotoGP finale

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) claimed the final MotoGP victory of 2018 at the Spanish circuit of Valencia, finishing ahead of Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) in a dramatic two-part race. The red flags coming out after 14 laps as heavy rain fell, with several riders crashing out […]

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TURKISH WILDCARD RIDER CAN ÖNCÜ WINS IN VALENCIA TO BECOME YOUNGEST EVER GRAND PRIX WINNER

KTM wildcard rider and 2018 Red Bull Rookies’ Cup champion Can Öncü made his world championship debut at Valencia this weekend, and has today made history by winning the Moto3 race. At just 15 years old he breaks Scott Redding’s record and becomes the youngest ever grand prix winner and is the first Turkish rider to ever […]

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Marquez wins Malaysian MotoGP as Rossi crashes out of lead

World champion Marc Marquez won the Malaysian MotoGP Sunday (Nov 4) despite starting in seventh position after being hit with a grid penalty, surging past Valentino Rossi who crashed out when leading.Suzuki’s Alex Rins came in second after overtaking Yamaha rider Johann Zarco, who finished third, in the final stage of the race at Sepang. […]

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MotoGP Mutterings: 2018 Japanese Grand Prix

WHEN YOU’RE BEATING ROSSI AND HAILWOOD RECORDS… Marc Márquez’s dominance of MotoGP has been nothing short of miraculous since he arrived in 2013. He has won five titles in six years and may have won all six if Honda hadn’t miscalculated its 2015 RC213V engine spec, reducing crankshaft inertia, so the engine shut down too […]

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Marc Márquez – the Messi, Woods, Federer, Bolt and Hendrix of MotoGP

Spaniard’s fifth world title displayed his ability to create a spectacle that leaves everyone, including rival riders, shaking their heads in wonderment  On Sunday at the Motegi circuit in Japan, Marc Márquez pulled off what Lewis Hamilton could not quite manage to achieve 15 hours later and 6,500 miles away in Texas: he won his fifth world championship […]

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MotoGP: Marc Marquez dislocates shoulder after winning fifth title in Japan

Spaniard Marc Marquez won a fifth MotoGP title – his third in a row – then suffered a bizarre shoulder injury when celebrating victory in Japan.Marquez, 25, dislocated his shoulder after enthusiastic hugs from his Honda team and British rider Scott Redding. The victory gave Marquez his eighth win of the season at his team’s […]

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MotoGP: How Marc Marquez can secure the 2018 MotoGP World Championship at the Japanese GP

MARC Marquez could head to next weekend’s Australian Grand Prix as a seven-time world champion. The Honda rider has his first opportunity to clinch the 2018 MotoGP world title this weekend at the Japanese Grand Prix.Marquez heads to Twin Ring Motegi with a 77 point lead over his chief rival, Andrea Dovizioso. If his lead […]

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Brad Binder on Thailand Moto2: “I had several scares and I was able to save them”

The Red Bull KTM Ajo team leave Thailand under a cloud as their riders not only failed to to take home the gold, but also lost serious ground in the championship. Sky VR46 rider Pecco Bagnaia won, despite spirited attempts from both Oliveira and Binder, but more so Bagnaia’s team mate, Luca Marini, slipped past […]

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Marquez outduels Dovizioso for Thailand GP win

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) emerged victorious at the inaugural PTT Thailand Grand Prix to take another giant leap toward the 2018 MotoGP World Championship. The battle in Buriram went down to the wire between the Spaniard and second place Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) with Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Vinales claiming a valiant comeback podium. […]

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As sleepy Thai town gets MotoGP makeover, is F1 next?

 A sleepy Thai town with dreams of reinventing itself as a global sports hub faces its first test this week when it hosts the country’s first MotoGP.Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to flock to Buriram, the main settlement of a steamy rice-farming area playing the unlikely host to the Thailand Grand Prix. Organising […]

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Motorbike racer Ana Carrasco leaves the guys eating her dust to become world champ

Spanish rider Ana Carrasco has become the first female rider to win a motorbike world championship, claiming the title by a single point over countryman Mika Perez.The 21-year-old claimed her title in the World Supersport 300 — a support series for the World Superbike championship. The championship was decided in the most dramatic way possible, […]

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MotoGP, Aragon GP: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Marquez refuses to settle and celebrates. Forgetting that he’s the only one with something to lose, he risks the tyres and overtakes to bring home first prize, as well as insults from Lorenzo. Dovizioso feels the silver medal tight around his neck, but it’s a good sign. Iannone enjoys himself again, pleased to be back on the rostrum […]

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Marquez wins Aragon MotoGP as Lorenzo crashes out on 1st lap

 Marc Marquez won the Aragon Grand Prix to extend his overall lead of the MotoGP championship to 72 points on Sunday, after polesitter Jorge Lorenzo crashed on the opening lap.Lorenzo flew off his Ducati on the race’s first turn and was stretchered off the track and taken to the MotorLand Circuit’s medical center, where medical […]

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Brad Binder on Aragon race: “I am very grateful for the victory”

Yesterday, when we reported on Brad Binder’s sensational pole position in the Moto2 class at Aragon aboard his Red Bull Ajo KTM, we also reported that Binder is traditionally a terrible qualifier, and that a pole position is bad news for his opponents. This pace comes on the back of a successful Valencia test where the team […]

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First MotoE rider signing revealed

The Dynavolt Intact GP team has made the first rider signing for the inaugural five-round MotoE season in 2019.The outfit’s sole entry on the 18-bike grid will be ridden by 22-year-old Swiss rider Jesko Raffin.“Right from the start, when we heard about this championship for the first time, we wanted to hire a top rider […]

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Aragon MotoGP: Marquez: If they gain 5 points every race, no problem

‘He [Dovi] wants to push me to do a mistake!’ – Marc Marquez, Aragon MotoGP. Even if Marc Marquez loses eleven points to Andrea Dovizioso in each of the remaining six rounds, he would still win the 2018 MotoGP title.”Luckily for us Ducati [only] come very, very strong in the second part of the season. So we have 67 […]

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This possibly homicidal MotoGP rider is your sports villain of the week/year/decade

Maybe you don’t remember Road Rash. It’s a little obscure, which doesn’t exactly make for great opening paragraph reference material, but it was a ’90s racing video game franchise that blended open roads, Soundgarden jams, Easy Ridin’ choppers, and PvP combat—including chain-wrapped fists, baseball bats, and more—into a glorious Tipper Gore-triggering whole. At very first blush, […]

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Dovizioso wins San Marino GP; Marquez extends MotoGP lead

Italy’s Andrea Dovizioso and the Ducati team won on home soil in the San Marino Grand Prix on Sunday, while Marc Marquez extended his lead atop the MotoGP standings.Starting fourth, Dovizioso quickly moved up the grid, then passed pole sitter Jorge Lorenzo to take the lead early on and wasn’t challenged the rest of the […]

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Pope praises sport during MotoGP visit

‘A ‘champion in life’ is someone who lives with passion, to the full’ Pope Francis spoke of the importance of sport in shaping the lives of young people, during MotoGP’s private visit to the Vatican on Wednesday. Riders Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Iannone, Danilo Petrucci, Jack Miller, plus Paolo Simoncelli (father of Marco) and Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta were among […]

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MotoGP: Another close fight on the cards at Silverstone

As the dust settles after the incredible duel in Austria, the stage is most definitely set for Silverstone. The venue that first hosted a showdown between then-reigning Champion Jorge Lorenzo and then-rookie challenger Marc Marquez in 2013, it could be another stunner at the British Grand Prix – with both men having incredible records at […]

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BRAD BINDER ON AUSTRIA: “I FELT I COULD FIGHT FOR THE PODIUM”

Brad Binder is probably in the Guinness Book of Records for the most sixth place finishes in any form of competition, and at the Austrian GP Binder once more took his Red Bull Ajo KTM Moto2 machine to sixth place after a strong performance and an unfortunate penalty.   The weekend was tricky, with rain […]

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Dovizioso holds off Lorenzo, Marquez for Brno win

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) has taken his second win of the season in incredible style in the Monster Energy Czech Republic Grand Prix as a three-way fight for the win raged between the 04, his Ducati teammate Jorge Lorenzo and reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). By the flag it was a Lorenzo versus […]

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Brno MotoGP: No title thoughts as Marquez reaches 100

‘I’ll go to Brno not thinking about the advantage in the Championship, as if we were all still at the beginning, on zero points’ – Marc Marquez, Czech Republic MotoGP. Marc Marquez starts the second half of the 2018 MotoGP season at Brno this weekend holding a commanding 46-point lead over nearest rival Valentino Rossi. The Repsol […]

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MotoGP, Ducati and Yamaha “best of enemies” against Marquez

With 250 points still to assign, anything is still possible, but Rossi and Dovizioso need to keep Marc off the podiumHoliday time is over for MotoGP with August set to be a busy month for riders, with three Grand Prix in four weeks as well as a test. With the championship not yet at the half-way mark (9 […]

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MotoGP, “Yamaha and Rossi aim to put pressure on Marquez”

If we look at the numbers alone, Yamaha appears to be the second force in the championship, the only team able to threaten Marquez for the title this season , says Maio Meregalli, team manager. In truth, the men in blue have simply been the most consistent, with many podiums but without that extra something needed […]

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Brad Binder on German win: “It doesn’t seem real to me.”

Brad Binder took his first win in the Moto2 class yesterday at the German MotoGP round, the first win for a South African in the intermediate class since Kork Ballington won, in Germany as it happens, in 1980. The South African started in tenth place, but was up to seventh already by the end of […]

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Dani Pedrosa to Retire From MotoGP at the End of Season

The 31-time MotoGP race winner from Spain has chosen to hang up his leathers in November.Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa announced his retirement from the pinnacle of motorcycle racing, MotoGP, after what’s been a successful but also painful 17-year Grand Prix career. The announcement was made Thursday at a special press conference held at the Sachsenring […]

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MotoGP, Marquez: The Sachsenring? A different story every time

Who will break the spell of the Sachsenring? The German track seems to be tailor made for Marc Marquez who will be after his ninth win in a row in Germany. Since he has raced in MotoGP, the number 93 rider has always dominated the Saxony round, not to mention his previous performances in Moto3 and Moto2. […]

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BRAD BINDER AT ASSEN: “I WAS FINALLY ABLE TO RIDE THE BIKE AS I WANTED”

It’s been a massively up and down weekend at Assen for Brad Binder on board his Red Bull Ajo KTM Moto2 bike. It started very well in FP1 where the South African finished a very promising fourth on the time sheets with the bike feeling good and him feeling confident. The team tried something else […]