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Why Ducati’s new part has enraged its MotoGP rivals

While the protest against Ducati at the Qatar Grand Prix was quickly dimissed, it’s easy to see why its MotoGP rivals are appealing the decision. The case centres around a winglet on the bottom of the Ducati, in front of the rear tyre, that was trialled by factory rider Danilo Petrucci and then used by […]

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Qatar MotoGP: Dovizioso edges Marquez by 0.023s

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso beat Marc Marquez to win the opening round of the 2019 MotoGP season by just 0.023 seconds at the end of a typically frantic affair in Qatar. In a repeat of last year’s Qatar race, Dovizioso fended off a last-corner lunge from Honda man Marquez for victory, having been at the […]

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Marc Marquez offers WORRYING news to the MotoGP grid ahead of Qatar opener

But Marquez today delivered the news none of his MotoGP competitors wanted to hear – he is going to be almost 100 per cent ready for Qatar. The current world champion has been battling to be fully fit for the season’s curtain raiser. Throughout testing his injury has clearly been holding him back, with the rival Yamahas particularly […]

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Valentino Rossi: MotoGP star reveals BIG career regret – ‘I deserved it’

MOTOGP legend Valentino Rossi has revealed he regrets not winning a 10th world championship after a number of near-misses in recent years.The Italian has won nine championships throughout his illustrious career and is deemed one of the greatest in MotoGP history. But Rossi is without a title in 10 years after watching the likes of […]

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Valentino Rossi: MotoGP star’s MUM reveals advice to son over retirement

VALENTINO ROSSI’S mother has offered her son a few words of advice about his future. The nine-time world champion has a year remaining on his current Yamaha contract heading into the 2019 season.Last year he failed to win a race for the first time since returning to the Japanese team in 2013.Despite that Rossi’s mother […]

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Honda won’t change approach for ‘true champion’ Lorenzo

HRC boss Tetsuhiro Kuwata sees new signing Jorge Lorenzo as a ‘true champion’ for joining Repsol Honda but doesn’t expect any changes inside the team HRC director Tetsuhiro Kuwata sees new signing Jorge Lorenzo as a ‘true champion’ for taking on the challenge by joining Repsol Honda but doesn’t expect working processes within the team to alter at the reigning MotoGP […]

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Marquez rides again

The 2019 pre-season has been different to any other before it for reigning MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez after a substantial shoulder operation in early December. Surgery was performed by Dr. Xavier Mir, Dr. Victor Marlet and Dr. Teresa Marlet at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus in order to resolve a recurring dislocation of Marc Marquez’s left […]

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Valentino Rossi Extends Yamaha MotoGP Contract Through 2020

At 39-years old, Valentino Rossi has once again hushed any rumors of retirement from MotoGP. The nine-time World Champion extended his contract with the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team for another two years, Rossi remaining on the factory YZR-M1 through 2020 MotoGP. Upon successful completion of MotoGP racing through 2020, the Italian will compete in a record 24 seasons of […]

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MotoGP’s strongest-ever team is here

by Mat Oxley on 23rd January 2019 Márquez and Lorenzo make the most successful team in premier-class history… shame they’re unlikely to be fully fit for the first raceMost team launches are a bit, well, meh, because the future is like looking for Eldorado: it’s easy to promise all kinds of gold and glory before the journey […]

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MotoGP: Lorenzo to miss Sepang after wrist surgery

New Repsol Honda MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo ruled out of opening 2019 test after surgery for scaphoid fracture. Jorge Lorenzo‘s Repsol Honda preparations have been dealt a blow after it was confirmed that the triple MotoGP champion will miss the opening 2019 test at Sepang due to his recent left-wrist injury. Lorenzo broke the small but notoriously slow-to-heal scaphoid […]

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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 […]