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Honda reveals 2020 World Superbike challenger

Honda has unveiled its bike colours for the 2020 World Superbike season, showcasing the liveries of both the factory HRC team and Althea Racing.

Redding: Bautista cost himself 2019 WSBK crown

Scott Redding says that his Ducati predecessor Alvaro Bautista's failure to take the World Superbike title last year was primarily down to the Spanish rider himself.

Espargaro: Aprilia showed podium pace at Sepang

Aleix Espargaro says that his new Aprilia showed podium-contending pace during MotoGP’s Sepang pre-season test, but also warned the bike's reliability is not yet up to par.

Quartararo not yet "100% comfortable" with 2020 Yamaha

Fabio Quartararo said that he can still get better with this year's Yamaha as he is not yet "100 percent comfortable" with it, even though he ended the Sepang MotoGP test fastest.

Casale seals dominant third Dakar quad title

Ignacio Casale took his third Dakar Rally title in the quad class on his return to the category as rookie Arkadiusz Lindner took his maiden stage win.

Brabec wins Dakar 2020 as Honda ends KTM's streak Dakar
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Brabec wins Dakar 2020 as Honda ends KTM's streak

Ricky Brabec has taken Honda's first Dakar Rally title since 1989, ending KTM's streak of 18 consecutive wins in the bike category.

Dakar 2020, Stage 10: Barreda tops shortened day Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 10: Barreda tops shortened day

Honda rider Joan Barreda led Ricky Brabec in Stage 10 of the Dakar Rally, which was shortened due to weather conditions.

Dakar 2020, Stage 9: Quintanilla quickest from Price Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 9: Quintanilla quickest from Price

Pablo Quintanilla took his and Husqvarna's first stage win of the 2020 Dakar Rally as overall leader Ricky Brabec gave up fewer than four minutes of his advantage.

Dakar 2020, Stage 6: Brabec extends lead, Price drops back Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 6: Brabec extends lead, Price drops back

Honda rider Ricky Brabec completed the first half of the 2020 Dakar Rally with a second stage win and an advantage of more than 20 minutes overall, as Toby Price hit trouble.

Dakar 2020, Stage 5: Price fastest, Sunderland crashes out Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 5: Price fastest, Sunderland crashes out

Toby Price became the first double stage winner of the bike class in the 2020 Dakar Rally as his KTM teammate Sam Sunderland crashed out of the event.

Sunderland penalty gifts Cornejo maiden stage win

Sam Sunderland lost his Stage 4 victory of the Dakar Rally as a result of a five-minute penalty he received for exceeding speed limits.

Dakar 2020, Stage 4: Sunderland beats Cornejo to win Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 4: Sunderland beats Cornejo to win

KTM's Sam Sunderland took his first stage win of the 2020 Dakar Rally by 11 seconds as Honda's Ricky Brabec maintained a slender lead overall.

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KTM boosted as Dakar revises stage results

Results in the bike category of Stage 3 of the Dakar Rally were altered due to a technical problem with the GPS system, with KTM duo Matthias Walkner and Toby Price the two biggest name to benefit from the decision.

Dakar 2020, Stage 3: Brabec flies on dismal day for KTM Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 3: Brabec flies on dismal day for KTM

Ricky Brabec leads an all-Honda top four after Stage 3 of the Dakar Rally, in which KTM struggled and Yamaha's Adrien van Beveren crashed out.

Dakar 2020, Stage 1: Price beats Brabec in bikes opener Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 1: Price beats Brabec in bikes opener

Defending champion Toby Price kicked off the 2020 Dakar Rally in the lead in the bike category after taking first place from Ricky Brabec halfway into the opening stage.

Top Stories of 2019, #15: Zarco's never-ending rollercoaster

At number 15 on Motorsport.com's top stories countdown, we look back at an eventful year for Johann Zarco, who after leaving KTM nearly joined MotoGP's best team but instead ended up with its worst team.

Dovizioso wants more from "very interesting" new Ducati chassis

Andrea Dovizioso says he is happy with the early signs from Ducati's "very interesting" 2020 prototype chassis - but warns the gains are "not as big as we want".

Mir: Suzuki needs just one fix to fight for wins everywhere

Joan Mir reckons that a substantial improvement to either Suzuki's qualifying pace or its top speed can make it a victory contender in all the MotoGP races in 2020.

Espargaro 'shocked' to match Marquez with new KTM

Pol Espargaro was 'shocked' when he was able to match Marc Marquez's top time after just three laps with KTM's new chassis in MotoGP's post-season test in Valencia.

Zarco feared broken ankle after "shock" Lecuona hit

Johann Zarco was afraid that his horror accident with Iker Lecuona's bike during MotoGP's Valencia GP fractured his left ankle, but the Frenchman escaped the hit without any broken bones.

Espargaro: Zarco doesn't deserve Repsol Honda seat

Aleix Espargaro says that Johann Zarco doesn't deserve the Repsol Honda ride he's been linked to and would rather welcome seeing Alex Marquez join his brother Marc at the team.

Valencia Moto2: Binder seals runner-up spot with win

KTM rider Brad Binder wrapped up the 2019 Moto2 season with a third consecutive victory in Valencia, and beat Tom Luthi to the runner-up spot in the championship.

Valencia Moto3: Garcia wins madcap red-flagged finale by 0.005s

EG0,0 rider Sergio Garcia took his maiden Moto3 victory in a chaotic season finale in Valencia, which was both delayed and red-flagged, as debutant Xavier Artigas starred.

Dovizioso amazed by Yamaha speed given power deficit

Andrea Dovizioso has claimed that the difference between his MotoGP engine and the Yamaha is the "biggest since I've been at Ducati", as he kept Valentino Rossi at bay during the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Zarco: I'm "back to the reality of top riding" with Honda

Johann Zarco says that he made "huge steps" in his second outing with the LCR Honda team as he was able to match the pace of the "good guys" in MotoGP.

Rossi "lost the podium" in Malaysia at Turn 1

Valentino Rossi feels that he lost his chance to finish MotoGP's Malaysian Grand Prix on the podium at the very beginning of the race, when "all the Ducatis passed me".

Mir calls out race direction for "unfair" penalty

Suzuki rider Joan Mir criticised MotoGP race direction for giving him a penalty after his clash with Johann Zarco during the Malaysian GP, even though the Frenchman later went to apologise to him.

Granado misses out on MotoGP debut as Rabat stand-in

Brazilian rider Eric Granado has missed out on making his MotoGP debut in the Malaysian Grand Prix after Avintia planned to draft him in to replace the injured Tito Rabat.

Marquez's Phillip Island win was "slow-cooked"

Marc Marquez said he "slow-cooked" his 11th victory of the MotoGP season at Phillip Island after he closely followed Maverick Vinales for a long time before passing him on the last lap.

Rossi: Lack of top speed caused me to fade at Phillip Island

Valentino Rossi said Yamaha's straightline speed deficit cost him a lot during MotoGP's Australian Grand Prix and was a big reason for why he finished only eighth.

Vinales would "rather end up on the ground than second"

Maverick Vinales said that he was not going to settle for second place in MotoGP's Australian Grand Prix and that he would have rather crashed - which he ended up doing.

Australia MotoGP: Marquez wins after last-lap Vinales crash

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez was victorious in the Australian Grand Prix as long-time race leader Maverick Vinales crashed out on the last lap.

Australia Moto2: Binder scores win, Marquez struggles

Brad Binder took a lights-to-flag win at Phillip Island ahead of Ajo KTM teammate Jorge Martin as Moto2 championship leader Alex Marquez struggled and finished only eighth.

Oliveira explains massive FP4 crash at Phillip Island

Tech 3 KTM rookie Miguel Oliveira revealed that he was caught out by a change in the direction of heavy wind gusts, which caused his huge crash in MotoGP's FP4 session.

Zarco "was like a rookie" on first day with Honda

Johann Zarco admitted he "was like a rookie" in FP1 at Phillip Island, his first MotoGP session on a Honda, but then had "huge improvements" in the dry FP2.

Australia MotoGP: Vinales dominates dry FP2

Maverick Vinales dominated the Friday afternoon MotoGP session at Phillip Island as Marc Marquez hit teammate Jorge Lorenzo on his last lap.

Redding seals British Superbike crown in season finale

Ex-MotoGP rider Scott Redding has become British Superbike champion at his first attempt, sealing the 2019 crown in the Brands Hatch triple-header finale.

Motegi Moto3: Dalla Porta wins as title rivals crash

Lorenzo Dalla Porta made a huge step towards the 2019 Moto3 title by taking victory at Motegi, while his two nearest rivals in the points, Aron Canet and Tony Arbolino, crashed.

Lorenzo: Motegi FP2 "best session" since Assen injury

Jorge Lorenzo said that FP2 for MotoGP's Japanese Grand Prix has been his best session since he got injured at Assen, as he reverted to a chassis he used back in May.

Motegi MotoGP: Quartararo beats Vinales in FP2

Petronas Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo set the pace in the Friday afternoon MotoGP practice session at Motegi, the Frenchman going fastest by over three tenths.

Argentina WSBK: Rea dominates despite mistake

World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea took a second consecutive victory at Villicum in confident fashion, even though a mistake from him briefly gifted the lead to Alvaro Bautista.

Argentina WSBK: Bautista wins as several riders refuse to race

Alvaro Bautista won a controversial first World Superbike race at Villicum as six riders opted against racing due to poor track conditions.

Marquez: This title even better than 2014 crown

Newly-crowned six-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez said that his 2019 title campaign was even better than his run to the championship in 2014 - when he won the first 10 races of the season.

Thailand Moto3: Arenas beats Dalla Porta, Canet taken out

Angel Nieto rider Albert Arenas beat Lorenzo Dalla Porta to win a thrilling Moto3 race in Thailand as Aron Canet had a drama for the third time in four races.

Marquez "couldn't breathe" for five seconds after crash

MotoGP champion Marc Marquez says he "couldn't breathe" for five seconds after his massive and "strange" practice crash in Thailand, which he admitted was at least in part his mistake.

Thailand MotoGP: Quartararo leads Yamaha 1-2-3 in FP2

Petronas Yamaha rookie Fabio Quartararo topped the second MotoGP practice session at Buriram as Marc Marquez returned from hospital to take sixth place.

KTM's Espargaro declared fit for Thailand GP

KTM rider Pol Espargaro was declared fit for MotoGP's Thailand Grand Prix, after he missed Aragon with a left wrist injury.

Lorenzo: Honda won't disregard my needs in 2020

Jorge Lorenzo is confident that Honda will still take his input into account when developing its bike for the 2020 MotoGP season, despite recent friction between team and rider.

Kremers takes FIA Karting World Championship title

Birel ART driver Marijn Kremers won the FIA Karting World Championship in the KZ category, beating Adrien Renaudin at the Lonato circuit.

Aragon Moto3: Canet fights back with dominant win

Aron Canet took a dominant Moto3 victory on home soil at Aragon as his championship rivals Lorenzo Dalla Porta and Tony Arbolino both struggled.

Aragon MotoGP: Rins leads Vinales, Kallio in damp FP3

Suzuki's Alex Rins topped a damp third MotoGP practice at Aragon, having been one of only three riders to use slick tyres during the session.

Marquez's Aragon pace "hurts" MotoGP rivals

Several MotoGP riders say they were demoralised by Marc Marquez being by far the strongest rider on Friday at Aragon, with Jack Miller saying it "hurts" to see the points leader so far ahead.

Aragon MotoGP: Vinales leads Rossi in FP2

Yamaha's Maverick Vinales led Valentino Rossi in the second MotoGP practice at Aragon as Marc Marquez took fourth place despite forgoing a qualifying simulation in the end.

Zarco 'would've struggled worse' on Honda - Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow reckons that Johann Zarco would have struggled just as much, if not more, with Honda, should he have joined the Japanese manufacturer last year instead of KTM.

MotoGP riders baffled by "strange" Misano crashes

Several MotoGP riders, including Cal Crutchlow, were at a loss to explain their crashes during the San Marino Grand Prix.

Misano Moto3: Suzuki takes maiden win, drama for Canet

SIC58 rider Tatsuki Suzuki scored his maiden victory in Moto3 in a thrilling race at Misano as title contender Aron Canet suffered a bike failure.

Misano MotoGP: Marquez leads Vinales in warm-up

Marc Marquez topped Sunday morning's MotoGP warm-up session at Misano from pole-sitter Maverick Vinales and home hero Andrea Dovizioso.

Rossi: Marquez knew he was ruining my lap

Valentino Rossi accused MotoGP rival Marc Marquez of overtaking him at the end of qualifying at Misano knowing that the Italian's lap would be ruined in the process.

Marquez, Rossi summoned over qualifying clash

Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi were both summoned by MotoGP Race Direction after they came close to colliding on their last laps in qualifying at Misano.

Rossi "surprised" to see all Yamahas fast in Misano

Valentino Rossi says he was "surprised" that all four Yamaha MotoGP riders ended Friday practice at Misano strongly, despite them using several different configurations.