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Riders express concerns about precarious MotoGP contracts

MotoGP riders expressed concerns to Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta on Friday about the low-cost contracts being put in place by teams now.  

Marquez “not here to fight for the title” in 2022 MotoGP season

Marc Marquez admits he is “not here to fight for the title” in the 2022 MotoGP season and has seen that become clear over the past three races.

Bastianini "not inferior" to works Ducati riders despite old bike

Erstwhile championship leader Enea Bastianini says he “does not feel inferior” to Ducati’s factory riders despite using a 2021-spec MotoGP bike at Gresini this season.

Overtaking in modern MotoGP now “so hard” - Miller

Ducati’s Jack Miller says it’s “so hard to pass now” in modern MotoGP due to the competitive nature of the series and feels this has put more pressure on riders.

Ducati affected by MotoGP cargo plane breakdown in Kenya

Ducati and two of its satellite squads have been affected by a MotoGP cargo plane breaking down in Kenya on its way to this weekend’s Argentine Grand Prix.

Factory Ducati riders switch to year-old MotoGP engines for 2022

Francesco Bagnaia has elected to run a 2021 engine in his factory Ducati for the 2022 MotoGP season, forcing team-mate Jack Miller into the same move due to the regulations.

Sepang officials issue MotoGP warning after Espargaro bubble breach

Officials at the Sepang circuit have issued a warning to MotoGP governing body the FIM after Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro breached COVID bubble protocols in the country.

The salary hit MotoGP riders face in 2022 Prime

The salary hit MotoGP riders face in 2022

Rider salaries in MotoGP have dropped significantly in the last four years, mainly due to the effects of the pandemic. But it has also changed due to a change in contractual models followed by manufacturers. German Garcia Casanova investigates.

Guidotti to replace Leitner as KTM technical director

KTM MotoGP technical director Mike Leitner will depart the team, with Pramac's Francesco Guidotti set to take his place in the role. 

Puig: Honda “far from ready” with 2022 MotoGP bike

Honda team boss Alberto Puig says the marque is “still far from being ready” with its 2022 bike following the Jerez test, but noted the “conclusions are positive”.

"Moral champion" Fernandez feels team hindered Moto2 title bid

MotoGP rookie Raul Fernandez believes he is “morally champion” of the 2021 Moto2 season and suggests the Ajo KTM squad stood in his way during his title tilt.

Mir’s year without MotoGP win “difficult to digest”

Suzuki’s Joan Mir says going a full calendar year without a victory in MotoGP has been “difficult to digest”, and the 2020 world champion is “not having a good time”.

What's really fuelling junior bike racing's dangerous aggression Prime

What's really fuelling junior bike racing's dangerous aggression

The pressure shouldered by young riders is at the root of the increased on-track aggression seen in lower categories of late, which motorcycling's governing bodies want to curb with new rules. But will stopping under-18s from racing in the world championship and capping grid sizes prevent the often desperate acts of youths pursuing their MotoGP dreams?

Honda announces Lecuona, Vierge for 2022 WSBK season
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Honda announces Lecuona, Vierge for 2022 WSBK season

Honda has announced it has signed Spanish rookies Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge for the 2022 World Superbike season.

Marquez: Rossi’s appeal “something unrepeatable” in MotoGP

Marc Marquez says Valentino Rossi’s appeal bringing MotoGP to a mainstream audience is “something unrepeatable”, as the Italian prepares for his final race on home soil. 

MotoGP set for longest season ever as 2022 calendar finalised
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MotoGP set for longest season ever as 2022 calendar finalised

The 2022 MotoGP season is set to be the longest in the series’ history, as 21 races have been drafted into a provisional calendar.

Martin critical of ‘senseless’ COTA MotoGP penalty

Pramac rookie Jorge Martin has taken aim at MotoGP’s Race Direction following a penalty in the Grand Prix of the Americas that “makes no sense”.

Lecuona ‘pissed off’ to be benched at MotoGP test for rookies

Iker Lecuona says KTM benching him for the second day of the Misano MotoGP test to give his bike to 2022 rookie Raul Fernandez “really pisses me off”.

KTM MotoGP outcast Lecuona set for 2022 Honda WSBK switch
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KTM MotoGP outcast Lecuona set for 2022 Honda WSBK switch

Tech 3 KTM MotoGP outcast Iker Lecuona has reached a deal to join Honda’s factory World Superbike effort for the 2022 season, Motorsport.com has learned.

Rins has lost fear of falling after Silverstone MotoGP podium

Alex Rins admits he has been “afraid of crashing” in recent MotoGP races but has pushed this aside now after making his podium return at the British Grand Prix.

Moto3 star rookie Acosta set for 2024 MotoGP promotion

Star Moto3 rookie Pedro Acosta will make his MotoGP debut in 2024 after agreeing a new three-year KTM deal that will begin with two seasons in Moto2 starting in 2022.

Crutchlow in for Vinales at Silverstone MotoGP, Dixon joins SRT Austrian GP
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Crutchlow in for Vinales at Silverstone MotoGP, Dixon joins SRT

Cal Crutchlow will replace the ousted Maverick Vinales at the Yamaha factory team for the British Grand Prix, while Jake Dixon will make his MotoGP debut with Petronas SRT.

Marquez had to take painkiller injections ahead of Austrian MotoGP

Honda’s Marc Marquez revealed he had to take some painkilling injections prior to the MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix owing to pain in his recovering right arm.

Mir: Vinales/Yamaha MotoGP situation like Messi’s at Barcelona

Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir has likened the situation between Maverick Vinales and Yamaha to that of football legend Lionel Messi quitting Barcelona, in that “nobody knows the truth”.

Yamaha suggests Vinales tried to blow up engine in Styria MotoGP

Yamaha MotoGP rider Maverick Vinales was suspended and withdrawn from this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix for trying to deliberately damage his bike's engine in the Styrian GP, the team suggests.

Aprilia’s Savadori has surgery after fiery Styrian MotoGP crash Styrian GP
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Aprilia’s Savadori has surgery after fiery Styrian MotoGP crash

Aprilia MotoGP rider Lorenzo Savadori has undergone a successful operation on a broken ankle following his fiery crash in Sunday’s Styrian Grand Prix.

Marquez admits arm condition worse than expected in Styria MotoGP

Honda’s Marc Marquez admits his physical condition on Friday at the MotoGP Styrian Grand Prix is worse than expected, which he says was “a blow”.

Vinales’ MotoGP future “at a standstill” following Yamaha exit
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Vinales’ MotoGP future “at a standstill” following Yamaha exit

Maverick Vinales says his 2022 MotoGP future is currently “at a standstill” following his shock decision to quit Yamaha at the end of the current season. 

Vinales says leaving Yamaha "an option" but denies Aprilia links Dutch GP
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Vinales says leaving Yamaha "an option" but denies Aprilia links

Maverick Vinales has denied links to Aprilia for the 2022 MotoGP season, but admits leaving Yamaha “is an option”.

Marquez: Assen FP2 crash “affected me a lot” on Saturday

Honda’s Marc Marquez admits the heavy FP2 crash he suffered on Friday of the Dutch Grand Prix “affected me a lot” on Saturday after qualifying down in 20th. 

Suzuki MotoGP rivals “better than us” in recent races – Mir

Reigning world champion Joan Mir admits Suzuki’s MotoGP rivals “are being better than us” in recent races having finished last weekend’s German Grand Prix an off-colour ninth.

Germany MotoGP win "makes up for the suffering" - Marquez German GP
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Germany MotoGP win "makes up for the suffering" - Marquez

Marc Marquez says his emotional comeback victory at the MotoGP German Grand Prix "makes up for the suffering" he endured with injury over the past year.

Marquez "can't think about" continuing German win streak German GP
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Marquez "can't think about" continuing German win streak

Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez is certain his 10-year German Grand Prix victory streak will end on Sunday as he’s “not here to win”, but hasn’t ruled out a podium.

Suzuki: Rins doing "what we asked of him" amid crash run

Suzuki boss Shinichi Sahara says Alex Rins is doing “what we asked of him” in response to his spate of recent MotoGP crashes, claiming “we are not worried or angry”.

Brembo developing bigger MotoGP brake discs after Barcelona test Catalan GP
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Brembo developing bigger MotoGP brake discs after Barcelona test

Following productive running at the post-Barcelona MotoGP test, Brembo’s new and bigger brake discs will be used at this year’s Austria double-header to avoid a repeat of Maverick Vinales’s crash last year.

Mir "pissed off" at Catalunya MotoGP strategy blunder

MotoGP world champion Joan Mir laments his decision to race the medium rear tyre in Sunday’s Catalan Grand Prix and is “pissed off” as he feels it cost him victory.

Mir: Quartararo endangered other MotoGP riders in Catalan GP

MotoGP world champion Joan Mir believes Fabio Quartararo throwing his chest protector away during the Catalan Grand Prix “is punishable” because “it puts other riders in danger”. 

Vinales critical of agenda behind out-of-context future quotes

Maverick Vinales has criticised the way comments he made about his MotoGP future were taken out of context, claiming "people always try to put me in conflict with my team".

Honda could gain MotoGP concessions for 2022

If Honda fails to score a podium in 2021 it will become a concession manufacturer for the first time from the 2022 MotoGP season, Motorsport.com can confirm.

Rins’ Barcelona MotoGP absence “hurts” - Mir

Reigning champion Joan Mir says Suzuki teammate Alex Rins’ absence from the MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix “hurts” him as he now “lacks information” he can use this weekend.

Mir: MotoGP track limits need ‘human touch’ after Mugello farce

MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says the series’ track limits rules need a ‘human touch’ after he was farcically awarded and then stripped of second in the Italian Grand Prix.

Marc Marquez's recovery "stuck" since his MotoGP return Italian GP
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Marc Marquez's recovery "stuck" since his MotoGP return

Honda’s Marc Marquez admitted after finishing 12th in Friday’s Italian Grand Prix practices that his recovery since his MotoGP comeback in Portugal has been “stuck”.

Marquez: No Honda rider close to victory in MotoGP French GP
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Marquez: No Honda rider close to victory in MotoGP

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez admits "I don't see any Honda rider close to victory" right now, following the opening day of the French Grand Prix.

Mir doubtful on French GP chances amid Suzuki struggles

Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says “I don’t think I can win” the French Grand Prix as Suzuki is “struggling” at Le Mans this weekend.

Gresini becoming Aprilia MotoGP satellite would be "romantic"

Aleix Espargaro believes the Gresini Racing MotoGP team becoming Aprilia's official satellite squad in 2022 would be "romantic" following the death of Fausto Gresini in February.

Mir “not worried” by winless start to MotoGP title defence
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Mir “not worried” by winless start to MotoGP title defence

Suzuki’s Joan Mir says he’s “not worried” about the winless start to his MotoGP title defence and admits he “expected” not to have an easy start to 2021.

Injured Martin to be replaced by Rabat at Jerez MotoGP

Former MotoGP rider and 2014 Moto2 champion Tito Rabat will stand in for the injured Jorge Martin at Pramac for the Spanish Grand Prix following a violent crash at Portimao.

Martin's surgery postponed, Jerez return in doubt

Pramac Ducati MotoGP rider Jorge Martin’s surgery on fractures suffered in a violent crash during the Portuguese Grand Prix has been postponed and a Jerez return is now in doubt.

Ducati's Miller feared Doha FP2 time would be cancelled

Ducati’s Jack Miller thought his MotoGP FP2 pacesetting lap would be scrapped when LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami crashed in front of him.

Morbidelli forced to open new engine for Doha MotoGP round

Petronas SRT rider Franco Morbidelli will have to unseal a third engine from his allocation for the 2021 MotoGP season after encountering issues in FP1 for the Doha Grand Prix.

Marquez “worried” about Honda’s MotoGP qualifying pace

Alex Marquez admits he is “a bit worried” about the potential of his Honda MotoGP bike in qualifying ahead of this weekend’s Doha Grand Prix.

Marquez "doesn’t trust Qatar" to show MotoGP grid form

LCR’s Alex Marquez admits he "doesn’t trust" the Qatar circuit to show the true form of the 2021 Honda or its MotoGP rivals following pre-season testing.

MotoGP updates Qatar COVID-19 measures

The MotoGP paddock will be subject to a strict lockdown protocol for the Qatar test and double-header to ensure the 2021 season can get underway safely.

Lorenzo "never imagined" Rossi's Petronas move

Three-time MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo says he “would never have imagined” Valentino Rossi moving to the satellite Petronas SRT Yamaha squad in 2021.

Bradl better than Dovizioso as stand-in - Hernandez

Marc Marquez’s crew chief Santi Hernandez says Stefan Bradl “would make much more sense” to stand-in for the injured six-time MotoGP world champion again in 2021 than Andrea Dovizioso.

MotoGP teams to discuss new date for Qatar Grand Prix

MotoGP teams will meet online with Dorna Sports and the FIM on Thursday to discuss the possibility of moving the date of the 2021 season-opening Qatar Grand Prix.

Rins thought Brivio Suzuki exit was a joke

MotoGP race winner Alex Rins admits he initially thought team boss Davide Brivio’s exit from Suzuki “was a joke” when the Italian told him of his decision.

MotoGP cancels Sepang pre-season test due to COVID-19

MotoGP’s opening pre-season test of 2021 due to take place in Malaysia next month has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Suzuki MotoGP team won’t replace F1-bound Brivio

The Suzuki MotoGP squad will not sign anyone to the role of team manager to replace Formula 1-bound Davide Brivio in 2021, Motorsport.com understands.

MotoGP exile Rabat set for WSBK switch with Barni Ducati

Tito Rabat is poised to switch to the World Superbike Championship with the Barni Ducati team in 2021 after being left without a seat in MotoGP.