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Dovizioso to test Aprilia MotoGP bike as talks intensify

The Aprilia MotoGP squad will undertake a three-day private test at Jerez next month with 15-time race winner Andrea Dovizioso, as talks between both parties ramp up.

Pramac Ducati team to carry F1 logo on 2021 MotoGP bikes

The Pramac Ducati squad will carry the Formula 1 logo on its 2021 MotoGP bikes following a request from F1 boss Stefano Domenicali.

The tyre trick that helped Yamaha dominate at Jerez

Yamaha's domination in the MotoGP Andalusian Grand Prix was helped by a tyre preparation technique Michelin advised all the teams to do.

Why Espargaro signing isn't a disaster for Alex Marquez Prime

Why Espargaro signing isn't a disaster for Alex Marquez

Honda has reached an agreement with Pol Espargaro for 2021, in a move that appears to have left Alex Marquez in the cold even before he has turned a wheel as an HRC rider, as well as undermining KTM's project in MotoGP. But the reality is less clear cut

Espargaro "really close" to new Aprilia contract

Aleix Espargaro has revealed he is "really close" to finalising a deal to remain with the Aprilia MotoGP team in 2021 and beyond, admitting that such a contract would likely be his last before retirement.

KTM resumes testing with Espargaro, Pedrosa

KTM has resumed testing for the delayed MotoGP season, with Pol Espargaro and Dani Pedrosa set to undertake two days of running at the Red Bull Ring.

Pirro thinks Honda may be behind wildcard ban

Ducati test rider Michele Pirro says the ban on MotoGP wildcards this season is unfair, and suspects the decision could be related to Honda not wanting Jorge Lorenzo to race a Yamaha.

What's behind rumours Dovizioso could leave Ducati?

Ducati is alone among MotoGP's 'big' manufacturers in not having firmed up either of its 2021 riders so far - so is there any truth in rumours that Andrea Dovizioso is being courted for a KTM move?

Jerez in talks to host first two 2020 MotoGP races

Jerez is in discussions to hold the first two rounds of the delayed 2020 MotoGP season on consecutive weekends at the end of July.

Ezpeleta expects MotoGP riders to take pay cuts

Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta says he expects MotoGP riders to take pay cuts in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic, including those that have already signed contract renewals for 2021.

Quartararo could be the next champion, says Espargaro

Fabio Quartararo has been tipped to become MotoGP's next champion, perhaps as soon as this year, by rival Pol Espargaro.

Ducati still plans private test despite Italy lockdown

The Ducati MotoGP team is planning to conduct a two-day private test in Valencia at the end of March despite the entirety of Italy being under coronavirus quarantine.

Ex-Rossi protege Baldassarri now training with Ducati duo

Moto2 frontrunner Lorenzo Baldassarri has revealed he is training with Ducati MotoGP pair Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci after leaving Valentino Rossi's VR46 Academy last year.

Private MotoGP test arranged in absence of racing

Several MotoGP manufacturers are set to carry out a private test at Jerez later in March in the absence of racing this month as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Has Ducati made another MotoGP tech breakthrough?

Ahead of the start of official MotoGP pre-season testing, rumours are rife that Ducati may have made another big step forward with the design of its 2020 machine. German Garcia Casanova investigates.

Marquez set for extra Sepang MotoGP test mileage

New factory Honda MotoGP rider Alex Marquez is set to take part in the shakedown test at Sepang that precedes the first official pre-season test of 2020 at the same venue.

Ducati aims to convince Zarco over Avintia ride

Ducati has held talks with Johann Zarco at Valencia on Monday ostensibly aimed at convincing the French rider to take up an offer to join the Avintia MotoGP squad in 2020.

Marquez's secret weapon for taming the Honda Prime

Marquez's secret weapon for taming the Honda

There's no simple explanation to why Marc Marquez has been able to leave his MotoGP rivals firmly in the shade - but the world champion's affinity for motocross may be a major part of the puzzle.

Why Honda must now split with Lorenzo Prime

Why Honda must now split with Lorenzo

Even though Jorge Lorenzo and Honda both insist on seeing out the contract that ties them together through 2020, prolonging the current situation for another year makes no sense for either party when it seems to be getting even worse

Marquez, Honda in advanced talks over new contract

Honda and six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez are already in advanced talks over a contract extension to the end of 2022.

Rossi set to split with crew chief Galbusera

Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi has confirmed he will part ways with his crew chief Silvano Galbusera at the conclusion of the 2019 MotoGP season.

Injured Lorenzo set for another surgery

Three-time MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo will undergo his second surgery in just over a month on Monday to address discomfort in his right foot, having injured it in the Aragon race in September.

Ducati won't stop Lorenzo testing for Honda in November

Ducati will not prevent Jorge Lorenzo from testing for Honda in the official sessions that follow the MotoGP season finale in November, has learned.

Lorenzo: Rossi copied me when he returned to Yamaha

Jorge Lorenzo has accused former MotoGP teammate Valentino Rossi of copying him when the Italian returned to Yamaha in 2013 in his latest book.

Analysis: Yamaha set to end worst MotoGP season in 10 years

This weekend's Valencia season finale will mark the end of Yamaha's worst season for a decade, the first in which it has failed to get one of its riders into the top two of the standings since 2007.

How Morbidelli overcame tragedy to become Moto2 champion

Franco Morbidelli was crowned Moto2 champion last weekend at Sepang, the culmination of a long and difficult journey for the Italian - who had to face the tragedy of losing his father four years ago.

Angel Nieto succumbs to injuries sustained in traffic accident

Grand Prix motorcycling legend Angel Nieto passed away on Thursday in Ibiza following the traffic accident he was involved in last week. He was 70.

Honda MotoGP riders try new chassis in Brno test

Factory Honda MotoGP riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have been given a new chassis to try during a private test at Brno this week.

Yamaha's 2017 bike not a radical shift in philosophy

Yamaha's 2017 MotoGP bike will not herald a radical shift in philosophy, according to a high-level source within the team, despite suggestions the new YZR-M1 would be a "revolution".

Vinales doesn't need my advice, says Lorenzo

Maverick Vinales will make his debut as a works Yamaha rider next year alongside Valentino Rossi, taking the slot left open by Jorge Lorenzo, who believes his replacement will be capable of fighting for the title.