Matteo Nugnes

Matteo Nugnes

Matteo Nugnes is the head of the motorcycle section of the Italian edition of Growing up with a passion for motorsports since he was a child, following his father Franco's touring races, he started working as a journalist in 2007. Initially as a weekend contributor for the website of the Italian weekly SportAutoMoto, for which he also covered American races. Later, in 2010, he joined the editorial staff of the website, starting to cover MotoGP in 2015. Since 2016 he has been working for Motorsport Network, continuing to cover mainly two-wheelers.

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Rins: Nakagami "one of the most dangerous" MotoGP riders

Alex Rins says Takaaki Nakagami is "one of the most dangerous" riders in MotoGP after a clash in the Italian Grand Prix took the Suzuki rider out of the race.

Dovizioso has “no regret” turning down Aprilia MotoGP offer

Andrea Dovizioso says he has “no regret” over turning down an offer to race for Aprilia in MotoGP last year following its Argentina triumph.

Rea tops post-season Jerez WSBK test for Kawasaki

Jonathan Rea set the fastest time for Kawasaki across three days of World Superbike post-season testing at Jerez, ending up almost a second ahead of the competition on the final day.

Vinales felt “giant pressure” ahead of Aprilia MotoGP test debut
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Vinales felt “giant pressure” ahead of Aprilia MotoGP test debut

Maverick Vinales admits he was “nervous” ahead of his test debut on the Aprilia MotoGP bike at Misano this week as he felt “giant pressure”.

Vinales apologises to Yamaha following MotoGP suspension Austrian GP
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Vinales apologises to Yamaha following MotoGP suspension

Maverick Vinales has apologised to Yamaha in his first public media appearance since he was suspended from the MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix by the Japanese marque.

Valentino Rossi denies sale of VR46 MotoGP team to Saudis

Valentino Rossi has denied reports that he is selling his VR46 MotoGP team to the Saudi Arabian prince allegedly backing his team from 2022, branding it “made-up news”.

Marquez “cannot imagine” being in Rossi’s current position

Marc Marquez says he “cannot imagine” following in Valentino Rossi’s footsteps and remaining in MotoGP despite not having “options” to fight for podiums, though he appreciates the Italian’s drive.

Bagnaia 'lucky' French MotoGP was wet after bike issue

Erstwhile MotoGP championship leader Francesco Bagnaia admits he was ‘lucky’ Sunday’s French Grand Prix was a flag-to-flag as his main bike developed an issue.

Valentino Rossi questions "respect" of some MotoGP riders

Valentino Rossi has questioned the level of "respect" some riders on the current MotoGP grid have for their rivals, following a clash with Brad Binder in the Qatar Grand Prix.

Rossi: First Petronas SRT MotoGP laps felt “strange”

Valentino Rossi admits his first laps for Petronas SRT on the opening day of the Qatar MotoGP test on Saturday were “strange”.

Rossi criticises MotoGP for allowing Marquez's Jerez return

Valentino Rossi admits he "doesn't understand" why MotoGP promoters Dorna Sports allowed Marc Marquez to stage a return just days after surgery on his broken arm at Jerez last year.

‘No pressure’ to match Marquez’s rookie podiums – Bastianini
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‘No pressure’ to match Marquez’s rookie podiums – Bastianini

Reigning Moto2 world champion Enea Bastianini says there is ‘no pressure’ on him to emulate Alex Marquez’s rookie MotoGP podium success from 2020 this season.

Rossi’s 2022 decision will come after “six, seven” MotoGP races

Valentino Rossi’s right-hand man Uccio Salucci says the nine-time grand prix world champion will evaluate extending his MotoGP career to 2022 after the opening “six, seven GPs” of the upcoming season.

Rossi would have stopped racing without Yamaha MotoGP return

Valentino Rossi admits he would have stopped racing had Yamaha not offered him a deal to return to the factory MotoGP squad in 2013 following his disastrous Ducati stint.

Petrucci rues he “never found a good bike” for Ducati swan song

Danilo Petrucci says he “never found a good bike” across his final race weekends as a Ducati MotoGP rider, ending the Portuguese Grand Prix without a point in 16th.

Rins assumed he’d lost third in standings after Algarve slump

Alex Rins admits he “didn’t even think” he’d finished third in the MotoGP standings after his slump to 15th place in the Portuguese Grand Prix due to an incorrect tyre choice.

Dovizioso “very angry” over final Ducati MotoGP qualifying

Andrea Dovizioso says he is angry with his final qualifying session as a Ducati MotoGP rider after only managing 12th for the Portuguese Grand Prix.

Dovizioso: Aprilia move not “the situation I need for my career”

Andrea Dovizioso explained his decision not to sign for Aprilia as a MotoGP race rider in 2021 was because the marque currently isn’t “the situation I need for my career”.

Off-pace Dovizioso says Ducati “didn’t make any step forward”

Andrea Dovizioso says Ducati “didn’t make any step forward” from the Aragon Grand Prix after ending MotoGP Teruel GP practice 1.458 seconds off the pace in 19th.

Michelin explains Quartararo’s Aragon GP tyre issue

Michelin has explained what caused Fabio Quartararo’s front tyre pressure to go “out of control” during last weekend’s MotoGP Aragon Grand Prix, which left him in 18th.

Dovizioso “paid” for wrong tyre choice in wet French GP

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso says he “paid” for going with the wrong tyres in Sunday’s MotoGP French Grand Prix and “almost crashed 10 times” in the last laps as a result.

Rossi “didn’t understand” why he crashed in French GP

Valentino Rossi “didn’t understand” why he crashed on the opening lap of the MotoGP French Grand Prix and called his third-successive non-finish a “great shame”. 

Rossi expects to sign 2021 MotoGP deal this weekend

Valentino Rossi "thinks" he will sign his 2021 MotoGP contract with Petronas SRT Yamaha during this weekend's Catalan Grand Prix and confirmed who will join him from the factory team.

Rossi says Bagnaia riding Ducati MotoGP bike “in perfect way”

Valentino Rossi says his protege Francesco Bagnaia is riding the Ducati in "the perfect way” at the MotoGP Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Misano.

Dovizioso "99 percent" certain to stay at Ducati

Andrea Dovizioso is "99 percent" certain to reach a deal to remain at Ducati in MotoGP for 2021 according to his manager, despite the protracted nature of his negotiations with the team.

Petrucci and KTM have positive first meeting

Danilo Petrucci and KTM have had a "very positive" first meeting, according to Petrucci's manager, as the outgoing Ducati MotoGP rider eyes a switch to the Austrian marque in 2021.

Petrucci would be "competitive right away" in WSBK

Ousted Ducati MotoGP rider Danilo Petrucci would be "competitive right away" in World Superbike if he chose to switch to the series in 2021, according to his former team boss Francesco Guidotti.

Petrucci confirms exit from Ducati MotoGP fold

Danilo Petrucci has clarified that he will no longer be a Ducati MotoGP rider as of next season, following Jack Miller's promotion to the factory team.

Miller was 'like a rookie' when he first joined Pramac

Newly-promoted factory Ducati rider Jack Miller "looked like he was in his first or second year" of MotoGP when he first joined the Pramac squad in 2018, according to team boss Francesco Guidotti.

Ducati interested in working with Bayliss's son Oli

Ducati Corse sporting director Paolo Ciabatti has expressed an interest in working with Oli Bayliss in future, describing him as a "little clone" of his multi-World Superbike title-winning father Troy.

Suzuki boss advises Ducati against dropping Dovizioso

Suzuki MotoGP team boss Davide Brivio says he feels Ducati should not drop Andrea Dovizioso amid rumours that the Italian veteran is considering a change of scenery for 2021.

Iannone CAS verdict could come before season starts

Andrea Iannone's lawyer has stated he is "confident" that a verdict on the Italian MotoGP rider's appeal against his 18-month doping ban can be achieved by July, when the season is due to begin.

Yamaha had to restrain eager Hamilton during ride swap

Yamaha MotoGP team director Massimo Meregalli has revealed the team had to “stop” an eager Lewis Hamilton from going out on track too early during his ride swap with Valentino Rossi last year.

Marini: Chances of early MotoGP graduation diminished

Moto2 frontrunner Luca Marini, the half-brother of Valentino Rossi, admits that his chances of securing a step up to MotoGP next season have been diminished by the global coronavirus pandemic.

Yamaha holeshot device "super important" for Vinales

Maverick Vinales says the arrival of a holeshot device on Yamaha's MotoGP bike for 2020 is "super important" as he looks to improve his starts, one of his main weaknesses in recent seasons.

Michelin denies new tyre will favour Yamaha, Suzuki

Michelin MotoGP boss Piero Taramasso has denied that its new-for-2020 rear tyre will favour Yamaha and Suzuki despite the early evidence suggesting the inline-four machines stand to gain most.

Ducati chief on Iannone return: "Never say never"

Ducati MotoGP sporting director Paolo Ciabatti says that a return to the Borgo Panigale marque for Andrea Iannone next season cannot be ruled out, after Pramac expressed interest in a reunion.

Vinales felt he lacked Yamaha's "trust" last year

Maverick Vinales admits he felt he was missing Yamaha's "trust" for much of the 2019 MotoGP season, which played a part in him strongly considering a switch to Ducati for 2021.

Lorenzo: I could've challenged Marquez with Ducati

Jorge Lorenzo believes he could have challenged Marc Marquez for 2019 MotoGP title honours had he been retained by Ducati.

Avintia in the "red zone" amid enforced MotoGP hiatus

Avintia Ducati team manager Ruben Xaus admits his squad is in the "red zone" financially owing to the lengthy coronavirus-induced delay to the start of the 2020 MotoGP season.

Suzuki wants to keep Rins, Mir beyond 2022

Suzuki MotoGP boss Davide Brivio says he hopes to keep his team's existing riders Alex Rins and Joan Mir beyond the term of their forthcoming anticipated contract extensions.

Aprilia: Racing 2020 bikes next year "not madness"

Aprilia Racing CEO Massimo Rivola says the idea of MotoGP following in Formula 1’s footsteps and racing with current machinery next year to save costs is “not madness”.

Marquez brothers will be tough to manage - Espargaro

Pol Espargaro believes Honda will find it “difficult” to manage a MotoGP line-up comprising Marc Marquez and his brother Alex in 2020, especially as the pair are “very close” off-track.

Ducati: WSBK needs more characters like Redding

Ducati sporting director Paolo Ciabatti says that World Superbike could benefit from having more top riders like Scott Redding, likening him to the Italian marque's past stars Carl Fogarty and Troy Bayliss.

MotoGP hiatus has "messed up" Rossi's future plans

Valentino Rossi admits the forced hiatus for MotoGP due to the coronavirus pandemic has “messed up the plan” he had for deciding his future beyond the 2020 season.

Rossi: Pedrosa, Lorenzo could race in 2021

Valentino Rossi believes his former MotoGP rivals Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo could both return to the grid in 2021.

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.

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.

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.

Morbidelli: Quartararo is trying to "scare" rivals

Franco Morbidelli believes his Petronas Yamaha teammate Fabio Quartararo is only saying he still has a lot to learn in MotoGP to make his rivals “a little afraid”.

Di Giannantonio hits out at Moto2 stewards' call

Fabio Di Giannantonio has expressed his disillusionment that Moto2 rival Augusto Fernandez was not penalised for his race-winning move in last weekend's Misano race.

Imola, Mugello weighing up bids for F1 race

Imola and Mugello are weighing up potential bids to host Formula 1 in the future, following Monza’s new multi-year deal securing the future of the Italian Grand Prix.

Ducati admits chances of keeping Bautista now minimal

The chances that Alvaro Bautista will remain part of the Ducati World Superbike team past this year have been “reduced to a flicker”, according to the Italian manufacturer’s sporting director Paolo Ciabatti.

Rossi not as good as rivals anymore, reckons Agostini

Motorcycle racing legend Giacomo Agostini believes Valentino Rossi isn't as strong as his main MotoGP rivals anymore, but feels the Yamaha rider deserves praise for still "having fun".

Marini struggling with new Moto2 qualifying format

Valentino Rossi's half-brother Luca Marini admits he has had trouble getting to grips with Moto2's new two-part qualifying format this year.

Dovizioso: Rins, Rossi will fight for title "until the end"

MotoGP championship leader Andrea Dovizioso believes rivals Alex Rins and Valentino Rossi can remain in the MotoGP title hunt “until the end” in 2019.

Dovizioso: Rossi would've "destroyed himself" with old mentality

Andrea Dovizioso says MotoGP rival Valentino Rossi “changed his mentality” in his time in the premier class, and believes the Yamaha rider would've “destroyed himself” otherwise.

Barbera missed Aragon Supersport race due to stolen bike

Former MotoGP rider Hector Barbera had to skip his home round in the World Supersport championship after his Yamaha bike came up missing on race day.

Marini won't risk early MotoGP move to race with Rossi

Moto2 frontrunner Luca Marini has declared he is not prepared to move up to MotoGP prematurely just to give himself the chance to race against half-brother Valentino Rossi.

Dovizioso grants Petrucci access to support staff

New factory Ducati MotoGP signing Danilo Petrucci has revealed he has been granted access to teammate Andrea Dovizioso's support staff ahead of the 2019 season.