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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.

Zarco's 2020 move to Avintia finally announced

Johann Zarco's place at the Avintia Ducati squad for the 2020 MotoGP season has been officially confirmed, after he revealed last week that the deal was signed.

Autosport Awards: Norris voted British Competition Driver

McLaren Formula 1 star Lando Norris has been named the British Competition Driver of the Year at the 2019 Autosport Awards.

Autosport Awards: Albon crowned Rookie of the Year

Red Bull star Alex Albon has won the Richard Mille Rookie of the Year at the 2019 Autosport Awards following a stellar debut campaign in Formula 1.

Autosport Awards: Toyota named Rally Car of the Year

The Toyota Yaris WRC, which Ott Tanak took to the 2019 championship, has been named as Rally Car of the Year in the 2019 Autosport Awards.

Zarco reveals Avintia Ducati deal is signed

Ousted KTM MotoGP rider Johann Zarco has revealed he has signed a deal with Ducati to race for the satellite Avintia squad in 2020.

Espargaro wants to replicate Dovizioso at Aprilia

Aleix Espargaro says his objective with Aprilia in MotoGP is to replicate what Andrea Dovizioso has done at Ducati, describing what the Italian has done this year as “unbelievable”.

Rea leads Yamahas in World Superbike test at Jerez

Reigning champion Jonathan Rea concluded the second post-season World Superbike test at Jerez fastest of all, having topped both days on his Kawasaki.

Marquez won't be fully fit for start of testing in 2020

The doctor who operated on MotoGP champion Marc Marquez’s shoulder says the Honda man will not be fully fit for the start of testing in 2020.

Honda says Marquez shoulder surgery "successful"

MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez had surgery on Wednesday on a recurring right shoulder dislocation he initially suffered during qualifying at Sepang.

Why Lorenzo could have tamed the Honda Prime

Why Lorenzo could have tamed the Honda

Jorge Lorenzo called time on his MotoGP career after a torrid 15 months at Honda. But he left unanswered questions over a results recovery. Cal Crutchlow, who rode two of the same factory bikes as Lorenzo, believes there were signs of a turnaround

Worried Rossi insists “we need more” from Yamaha engine

Valentino Rossi insists that Yamaha “needs more” from its MotoGP engine after sampling the latest motor this week during Jerez post-season testing.

Marquez quickest as rain cuts testing short for 2019

Marc Marquez topped the final testing timesheets of 2019 in a day where inclement weather meant running at Jerez was extremely limited.

Marquez dislocated shoulder after crashing on damp patch

Marc Marquez says a damp patch caused his crash early in Monday’s MotoGP test at Jerez and led to a partial dislocation of his right shoulder.

Vinales dominates crash-filled first day of Jerez test

Maverick Vinales opened up the final MotoGP post-season test of 2019 at Jerez fastest in a session which was red-flagged three times, as Marc Marquez also crashed in the afternoon.

Binder was "lost" on KTM before following Pedrosa

New factory KTM MotoGP rider Brad Binder admits he “felt completely lost” at one stage during the Valencia post-season test and asked the team for test rider Dani Pedrosa to help.

Honda's 2020 bike no easier to ride, says Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow admits the 2020 prototype Honda MotoGP bike he tried in the post-Valencia test this week is no easier to ride than its much-criticised predecessor.

Aprilia's "extreme" gearbox solution to blame for fire

Andrea Iannone says his Aprilia MotoGP bike caught fire during the post-Valencia test because the Italian manufacturer was trying an “extreme” gearbox solution.

Vinales ends Valencia MotoGP test on top

Maverick Vinales topped the final day of MotoGP testing at Valencia by 0.164s from fellow Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo.

Crutchlow: No disappointment over Repsol Honda snub

LCR’s Cal Crutchlow says he is not disappointed to have been passed over for the Repsol Honda MotoGP ride vacated by Jorge Lorenzo in favour of Alex Marquez.

Marquez puzzled by “strange” Valencia test crash

Marc Marquez admits the crash which wrecked his 2020 MotoGP Honda prototype on the first day of the Valencia test was “strange”, but doesn’t believe there was a mechanical issue.

Quartararo leads Yamaha 1-2-3 in test, as Marquez brothers crash

Fabio Quartararo topped the first day MotoGP testing in Valencia despite a crash, while new Honda line-up Marc and Alex Marquez wrecked their bikes in falls during the session.

Espargaro: No ’20 Aprilia for test “not at all” acceptable

Aleix Espargaro says Aprilia not having a prototype 2020 MotoGP bike to test in this week’s two-day post-Valencia Grand Prix test is “not at all” acceptable for a “big factory”.

Honda: Alex Marquez MotoGP deal depended on Moto2 success

Honda MotoGP team boss Alberto Puig says Alex Marquez would not have been offered a works HRC ride for 2020 had he not won the ’19 Moto2 title.

Alex Marquez replaces Lorenzo at Honda, joins brother Marc

Marc Marquez's Moto2 title-winning brother Alex will make his MotoGP debut in 2020 as his teammate at the works Honda team in place of the retired Jorge Lorenzo.

Avintia gets improved Ducati MotoGP contract

Avintia has announced the renewal of its contract with Ducati and will receive boosted support, paving the way for Johann Zarco to join the team in MotoGP next year.

Vinales "never got a chance to be fast" in Valencia

Maverick Vinales says a lack of grip from the off meant he “never got a chance to be fast” in the MotoGP Valencia Grand Prix finale on Sunday.

Valencia MotoGP: Marquez wins to seal teams' title for Honda

Marc Marquez capped of his sixth title-winning MotoGP season with a dominant victory in the Valencia Grand Prix to secure the teams’ title for the Repsol Honda squad.

Marquez won't change approach if brother gets HRC seat

MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez says he won’t change his approach should younger brother Alex become his Honda teammate in 2020, as has been strongly suggested.

Valencia MotoGP: Marquez brushes off crash to top warm-up

Marc Marquez brushed off a crash at Turn 14 to top the MotoGP warm-up session ahead of this afternoon’s Valencia Grand Prix season finale.

Zarco: Joining Avintia would be "same mistake" as KTM move

Johann Zarco would rather return to Moto2 than join Avintia Ducati in MotoGP, as he believes the latter option would be the "same mistake" as his 2019 move to KTM.

Valencia MotoGP: Quartararo takes sixth pole by 0.032s Valencia GP
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Valencia MotoGP: Quartararo takes sixth pole by 0.032s

Fabio Quartararo snatched the final pole of the 2019 MotoGP season by 0.032 seconds from Marc Marquez in a close Valencia Grand Prix qualifying.

Macau GP: Rutter declared motorcycle race winner

Macau Grand Prix organisers have declared a result for the abandoned 53rd motorcycle race, with Michael Rutter securing his ninth win ahead of Bathams teammate Peter Hickman.

Valencia MotoGP: Quartararo stays on top in third practice

Fabio Quartararo did not relent his stranglehold of the MotoGP Valencia Grand Prix practice timesheets, after topping FP3 by 0.224 seconds from Marc Marquez.

Valencia MotoGP: Quartararo tops FP2 as Rossi crashes again

Fabio Quartararo topped FP2 to end Friday’s MotoGP practice for the Valencia Grand Prix fastest of all, while Yamaha stablemate Valentino Rossi crashed again.

Marquez: Lorenzo exit timing shows he's "a real champion"

Marc Marquez says the timing of Honda MotoGP teammate Jorge Lorenzo's decision to retire from the sport shows he is a "real champion".

Valencia MotoGP: Quartararo tops FP1 by 0.057s

Petronas Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo led a tight opening practice for the MotoGP Valencia Grand Prix by 0.057 seconds from fellow satellite rider Jack Miller.

Lorenzo's retirement a "sad day" for MotoGP - Crutchlow

LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow says Jorge Lorenzo's retirement is a "sad day" for MotoGP, after the five-time world champion decided to call time on his career on Thursday in Valencia.

Lorenzo: From unsettling Rossi to back of the grid ignominy Prime

Lorenzo: From unsettling Rossi to back of the grid ignominy

Jorge Lorenzo will be leaving MotoGP at the end of a terrible season - one that does his achievements no justice. Here is the story of his career decline, and why he should be remembered for his highs.

Three-time champion Lorenzo announces MotoGP retirement

Three-time MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo has called time on his glittering career at the end of his worst season in grand prix racing.

Lorenzo’s plight continuing “unimaginable" - Marquez

Marc Marquez believes it is “unimaginable” for his Honda MotoGP teammate Jorge Lorenzo’s current poor form to continue into the 2020 season.

MotoGP could return to Hungary in 2022

MotoGP promoters Dorna Sports has announced a preliminary agreement to bring Hungary to the calendar from 2022 has been reached, nine years after the country's last GP hopes collapsed.

Honda just wants "clean, fair" F1 engine battle

Honda's Formula 1 technical director Toyoharu Tanabe says he only wants a "fair" battle with rival engine manufacturers in the wake of suspicions over the legality of Ferrari's design.

Podcast: Did Vinales’ Sepang win signal Yamaha’s true return?

Last weekend’s Malaysian MotoGP served up a significant statistic for Yamaha, as Maverick Vinales’s dominant win marked its first brace of victories in a season since 2017.

How Alex Marquez stepped out of his brother’s shadow Prime

How Alex Marquez stepped out of his brother’s shadow

Both Marquez brothers enjoyed title success in 2019 - with Marc triumphing again in MotoGP and Alex winning Moto2. But for the latter, it has been a painful journey back to glory, riding in the shadow of his brother's success

Marquez outlines requests for 2020 Honda

Reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez has outlined what changes he wants made to the 2020 Honda in a bid to find more performance.

Vinales: Recent form down to avoiding Yamaha updates

Maverick Vinales says his improved form in the second half of the 2019 MotoGP season is down to avoiding new parts and focusing on extracting the “maximum” from his Yamaha.

How Quartararo won the first fight for 2020 supremacy

Marc Marquez has already singled out Fabio Quartararo as a main rival he will have to beat to win the MotoGP title again in 2020. There was a moment at last weekend's race in Malaysia that stood out as the opening salvo in that fight.

Miller unhappy with "strange" Sepang 'suicide moves'

Jack Miller was critical of riders “suicide-moving” on the inside of Sepang’s final corner in the MotoGP Malaysian Grand Prix, after receiving a heavy hit from Alex Rins.

Marquez inspired by Italy 2015 start at Sepang

Marc Marquez says he watched his start from the 2015 Mugello MotoGP race to inspire his launch from 13th to second on the opening lap of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Sepang Moto2: Marquez crowned champion as Binder wins

Alex Marquez sealed the 2019 Moto2 world championship, after finishing second to main rivals Brad Binder and beating Tom Luthi in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Dovizioso: Marquez "very aggressive" in following Quartararo

Andrea Dovizioso says Marc Marquez shadowing of MotoGP Malaysian Grand Prix poleman Fabio Quartararo prior to his qualifying crash was “very aggressive”, but praised the Honda rider’s relentlessness.

Asia Talent Cup rider Munandar killed in Sepang crash

MotoGP support series Asia Talent Cup has confirmed that Indonesian rider Afridza Munandar has passed away from injuries sustained in a crash during a race in Malaysia on Saturday.

Marquez admits crash result of "copying" Quartararo

Marc Marquez says his massive crash in MotoGP Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying was the result of him trying to “copy” poleman Fabio Quartararo’s Turn 2 approach.

Quartararo "deserved" factory Yamaha upgrade

Fabio Quartararo believes he and his Petronas SRT MotoGP team “deserve” the factory-spec Yamaha he will ride in the 2020 season.

Oliveira faces surgery dilemma after pulling out of Sepang

Tech 3 MotoGP rider Miguel Oliveira faces a dilemma over whether to have surgery on his shoulder or not, after it forced him to pull out of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Dovizioso: Difficult to close “ridiculous” gap to Marquez

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso admits it is “really difficult” to know how to close the “ridiculous” gap to reigning world champion Marc Marquez.

Rossi: 2019 only a "little better" than Ducati nadir

Valentino Rossi admits his current worst season as a Yamaha MotoGP rider is only “a little bit better” than his two difficult seasons with Ducati.

Zarco needs Sepang top seven to prove he can be frontrunner

LCR Honda’s Johann Zarco admits his target of a top seven for this weekend’s MotoGP Malaysian Grand Prix is a must to show “I can be with the top guys”.

Fores returns to WSBK with Puccetti Kawasaki

Xavi Fores will return to World Superbikes in 2020 with the Puccetti Kawasaki team after a year in the British Superbike Championship.