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Qatar Moto3: Arenas takes KTM's 100th win by 0.053s

Albert Arenas clinched the first Moto3 win of the new decade and KTM’s 100th after beating John McPhee by 0.053 seconds in a thrilling Qatar Grand Prix.

Qatar Moto2: Roberts ends pole drought for American riders

Joe Roberts became the first American to qualify on pole in Moto2 since 2010, after beating Luca Marini in qualifying for the Qatar Grand Prix – with both setting identical laptimes.

Qatar Moto3: Suzuki takes first pole of 2020 by 0.008s

Tatsuki Suzuki clinched the first Moto3 pole of the new decade, after beating Raul Fernandez by 0.008 seconds in Qatar Grand Prix qualifying.

Qatar Moto2: Roberts breaks lap record in practice

American Racing Team rider Joe Roberts usurped the Losail lap record to end Moto2 Friday practice for the Qatar Grand Prix fastest.

Qatar Moto3: Fernandez fastest in Friday practice

KTM Ajo’s Raul Fernandez led the opening day of running for the 2020 Moto3 season, after surging to top spot late on in FP2 for the Qatar Grand Prix.

MotoGP not ruling out behind-closed doors races

Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta admits running MotoGP races behind closed doors is a consideration to minimise disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

MotoGP issues new calendar amid coronavirus disruption

MotoGP has issued an updated 2020 calendar in wake of the coronavirus-induced disruption to the Qatar and Thailand races, with Austin now confirmed as the first round of the season.

Lorenzo to make wildcard outing at Barcelona

Retired triple MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo will return to racing in June’s Catalan Grand Prix in a wildcard outing with Yamaha.

How cancelled races stand to impact MotoGP's 2020 title fight Prime

How cancelled races stand to impact MotoGP's 2020 title fight

The global threat of coronavirus has put the 2020 MotoGP season opener in Qatar on ice, owing to the country's travel restrictions. With at least a month before the season gets going, some of the championship's contenders might be afforded more time to iron out their new machinery

Ezpeleta: There absolutely will be a MotoGP season

CEO of Dorna Sports Carmelo Ezpeleta insists "there will absolutely be a 2020 MotoGP season" in a statement responding to the cancellation of the first two races due to coronavirus.

Qatar MotoGP opener cancelled due to coronavirus fears

The FIM and MotoGP have announced the 2020 season opener in Qatar will not go ahead due to travel restrictions brought about by the coronavirus outbreak.

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Rea blasts Sykes over Phillip Island contact

World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea has blasted Tom Sykes after the BMW rider forced him off track on the opening lap of the first race of the season at Phillip Island.

Ricciardo tops final morning of testing from Leclerc

Daniel Ricciardo topped the morning session of the final Formula 1 pre-season test in Barcelona, marking the first time Renault power has been fastest this winter.

Rossi “worried” about 2020 Yamaha’s race pace

Valentino Rossi admits he is “worried” about the 2020 Yamaha’s race pace ahead of the first race of the new MotoGP season, as he is still ‘suffering’ with tyre wear.

Marquez claims Honda “found the problem” on final test day

MotoGP champion Marc Marquez says Honda has “found the way” with its troubled 2020 RC213V, following a pre-season testing phase which had the injured Spaniard “worried”.

Vinales tops final test day, Marquez back on 2019 bike

Maverick Vinales concluded MotoGP pre-season testing in Qatar fastest of all, as Honda appeared to hit a crisis point after Marc Marquez reverted to a 2019-spec bike.

Why Iannone is not worth the trouble for Aprilia Prime

Why Iannone is not worth the trouble for Aprilia

Andrea Iannone's recent spat with Aprilia teammate Aleix Espargaro is only the latest episode in a catalogue of controversy that has dogged the one-time MotoGP winner in recent times. Regardless of the outcome of his drugs test, Aprilia stands to lose more than it gains by keeping him

Miller opens up on Ducati ride-height adjuster

Pramac Ducati MotoGP rider Jack Miller has revealed he has been using Ducati’s new ride height adjustment device since last year’s Thailand Grand Prix.

Quartararo leads second day of test, heavy crash for Marquez

Fabio Quartararo put Yamaha on top of the timesheets on day two of the Qatar MotoGP pre-season test, as the injured Marc Marquez destroyed his Honda in a heavy crash.

Rossi needs "two-three tenths" to fight for win

Valentino Rossi believes he needs to find “two or three tenths” to be able to battle for victory on the 2020 Yamaha following day one of the Qatar MotoGP test.

Crutchlow having to ride "amateur" to stay on 2020 Honda

LCR’s Cal Cructhlow admits he is having to ride the 2020 Honda MotoGP bike “quite amateur” just to “stay on” it and feels worse on it in Qatar than in Malaysia.

Marquez struggling with shoulder more at Qatar

MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez admits the nature of the Qatar circuit means he is struggling with his injured right shoulder more than he was at the Sepang test.

Espargaro slams "super disrespectful" Iannone

Aleix Espargaro has branded comments Aprilia MotoGP teammate Andrea Iannone made about the level of input he had in the bike’s development “super disrespectful”.

Rins leads Suzuki 1-2 on first day of Qatar testing

Alex Rins led a Suzuki 1-2 on the first day of the final MotoGP pre-season test in Qatar, while Honda rookie Alex Marquez crashed twice during the session.

Aprilia reveals 2020 MotoGP livery

The Aprilia Racing Gresini team became the final MotoGP manufacturer to unveil the colours its bikes will sport during the 2020 season.

What "unique" Marquez deal says about his ambition Prime

What "unique" Marquez deal says about his ambition

A four-year contract extension is unheard of in MotoGP - but that's exactly what Marc Marquez has in his back pocket from Honda. Even if the deal doesn't appease his detractors, its still the option most likely to guarantee Marquez what he craves most

Thailand GP to go ahead despite coronavirus threat

This year’s Thailand Grand Prix, the second round of the 2020 MotoGP season, will go ahead despite uncertainty over the coronavirus outbreak in the region. 

Marquez signs four-year extension with Honda

The factory Honda MotoGP team has announced it has re-signed six-time world champion Marc Marquez for four more years, until 2024.

Suzuki is "where I wanted it to be", says Rins

Double MotoGP race winner Alex Rins says Suzuki is “where I wanted to be” with its new bike after the first pre-season test of 2020 in Malaysia.

Marquez "more worried" by bike than by fitness

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez admits he is “more worried about the bike” than his physical condition following the first pre-season test of 2020 in Malaysia.

Why Aprilia now belongs in MotoGP's elite class Prime

Why Aprilia now belongs in MotoGP's elite class

Aleix Espargaro's frustrated media debriefs became a common theme in 2019, but an encouraging showing in the Sepang test with the latest evolution of its RS-GP points to a positive future

Rookie Marquez surpassed Honda's expectations at Sepang

Honda boss Alberto Puig admits rookie signing Alex Marquez went “better than expected” during the three-day Sepang MotoGP pre-season test.

Quartararo sweeps Sepang test as Marquez crashes again

Fabio Quartararo completed a clean sweep of the MotoGP Sepang pre-season test after topping the third day of running on Sunday, while Marc Marquez crashed again.

Crutchlow: New Honda is 'maybe worse' at turning

Cal Crutchlow says the 2020-spec Honda MotoGP bike is “maybe even a little worse than last year” at turning after the second day of pre-season testing in Malaysia.

Quartararo fastest again in Sepang, Marquez crashes

Fabio Quartararo led the second day of pre-season MotoGP testing in Malaysia, while reigning world champion Marc Marquez crashed late in the session.

"Unbelievable" new Aprilia like 2014 Forward Yamaha

Aleix Espargaro says his 2020 Aprilia RS-GP MotoGP bike reminds him of the Forward Yamaha he rode to a podium in 2014, owing to its “unbelievable” smoothness.

Quartararo tops first day of Sepang MotoGP test

Petronas SRT rider Fabio Quartararo topped the first day of pre-season testing in Malaysia ahead of the 2020 MotoGP season, while Yamaha stablemate Maverick Vinales crashed.

Yamaha, Petronas SRT unveil their 2020 MotoGP bikes

The factory Yamaha team has become the latest MotoGP squad to reveal the colours it will race in the 2020 season at its official launch event in Malaysia.

Suzuki unveils new MotoGP livery ahead of testing

The Suzuki MotoGP team has unveiled a new livery for its 2020 campaign ahead of the first pre-season test of the year at the Sepang International Circuit.

"Strange" Barni Ducati needs to be changed "a lot"

Leon Camier says the Barni Racing World Superbike team has got the Ducati V4 Panigale in a “strange” area for him at present and the bike needs changing “a lot”.

Aprilia shows first images of 2020 MotoGP bike

Aprilia has revealed the first pictures of its 2020 MotoGP challenger ahead of the shakedown test at Sepang beginning on Sunday.

Honda still working on "fundamentals" of new bike

Leon Haslam says Honda has "not even got to the stage" of fine-tuning its new World Superbike challenger as testing has so far been about “fundamental parts”.

Razgatlioglu feeling "incredible" aboard Yamaha

World Superbike race winner Toprak Razgatlioglu says he is “feeling incredible” on the Yamaha he’ll race in 2020 following this week's Portimao pre-season test.

Marquez rides bike for first time since surgery

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has ridden a motorcycle for the first time since surgery on a right shoulder injury to evaluate his fitness ahead of the Sepang test.

Lorenzo returns to Yamaha as test rider

Retired MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo will return to Yamaha in 2020 after agreeing a deal to become its official test rider.

Rossi explains why he didn't commit to early Yamaha deal

Valentino Rossi says his decision not to commit to extending his MotoGP career with Yamaha until later in the season was because he 'needed answers' on his own form.

Vinales signs surprise new Yamaha MotoGP works deal

Yamaha has announced it has retained the services of Maverick Vinales for two more years, marking the completion of the first major deal of the 2020 MotoGP silly season.

Razgatlioglu edges Redding in Portimao WSBK test

Yamaha World Superbike rider Toprak Razgatlioglu topped the two-day Portimao pre-season test outright after beating Scott Redding by 0.079 seconds in Monday’s session.

Petrucci reveals late-2019 crisis of confidence

Ducati MotoGP rider Danilo Petrucci admits that a crisis of confidence stemming from an ambition of finishing second in the 2019 standings was partly to blame for his dramatic slump in form late last year.

Zarco: Lorenzo's Ducati wins "very positive for me"

Johann Zarco says Jorge Lorenzo’s ability to win on the Ducati MotoGP bike is a "positive example" for him ahead of his first season on a Desmosedici in Avintia colours.

Ducati unveils livery for 2020 MotoGP campaign

Ducati has become the first MotoGP team to unveil the colours its factory team GP20s will run this season at its official launch event in Bologna on Thursday.

Rea ends Jerez test fastest as Lowes crashes

Reigning World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea topped the final day of pre-season testing at Jerez, while Kawasaki teammate Alex Lowes crashed.

Iannone's doping appeal hearing date set

Andrea Iannone’s appeal hearing to have his FIM doping ban overturned has been set for February 4, which means he will miss the first running of the MotoGP pre-season.

Retired Lorenzo to get MotoGP ‘Legend’ status

Retired triple premier class world champion Jorge Lorenzo will be made an official MotoGP ‘Legend’ during this year’s Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez.

Russell: "Big sacrifices" felt normal for F1 rookies

Williams driver George Russell says the "big sacrifices" made by the current crop of Formula 1 rookies during their ascent to the series felt normal to them.

Miller: 2019 "definitely" better than Moto3 runner-up season

Pramac Ducati rider believes the 2019 MotoGP season was “definitely” his most complete season in grand prix racing, even more so than ’14 when he fought for the Moto3 title.

How Sepang 2015 stained Rossi, Marquez and Lorenzo

In the next feature in our series looking back on motorsport in the 2010s, we revisit the '15 Malaysian MotoGP race and the famous feud involving the championship's biggest personalities and how it shaped their subsequent achievements.

Mir had breathing problems following Brno crash

Suzuki’s Joan Mir admits he had problems with breathing in some MotoGP races late in the 2019 season, a legacy of his monster Brno test crash in August.

Top Stories of 2019, #18: Marquez's new nemesis arrives

Next up in our list of the biggest motorsport stories of the year is the arrival of the man widely regarded in MotoGP as the biggest threat to Marc Marquez's dominance: Fabio Quartararo.

Honda team boss hits back over rivals' Marc Marquez claims

Honda MotoGP team boss Alberto Puig says that claims that the marque's bikes are built solely for Marc Marquez is just an "idea" and has no basis in fact.