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Where does Espargaro sit ahead of Marquez's return?

Pol Espargaro’s first results as a Honda MotoGP rider may not appear special. But dig a little deeper and a clearer picture of his performance emerges. And, as Lewis Duncan writes, it’s cause for celebration at Honda with the return of Marc Marquez set to provide Espargaro with the reference he has been missing so far this year

Mir has to ride MotoGP qualifying laps in 'unnatural' way

Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says he is having ride qualifying laps on his Suzuki in a style “not really natural” to him.

Lorenzo: Rossi “disappointed” me, his fans in Doha MotoGP

Triple MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo says ex-Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi’s Doha Grand Prix weekend “disappointed me as I suppose he has disappointed his fans”.

Petrucci feels he is "too big" for KTM MotoGP bike

Double MotoGP race winner Danilo Petrucci says he is “too big” for the KTM he is riding in Tech 3 colours this year and likened it to being on a Moto3 machine.

The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons Prime

The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons

MotoGP’s 2021 rookie crop is one of the strongest in recent years, but one is already standing out. Jorge Martin’s Doha GP heroics have courted many to compare him to numerous MotoGP legends. Autosport spoke to Pramac boss Francesco Guidotti to find out why MotoGP’s latest Spanish star is already making such an impact

UN issues damning report on Indonesian venue set to host MotoGP

The United Nations has released a damning report on human rights violations on the Indonesian island of Lombok related to construction of the Mandalika resort set to host MotoGP.

MotoGP eyes test on new Indonesia street track in 2021
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MotoGP eyes test on new Indonesia street track in 2021

MotoGP could stage a test at the Mandalika Street Circuit in Indonesia this year ahead of the return of the Indonesian Grand Prix in 2022.

Rossi unsure if MotoGP form will rebound in Europe

Petronas SRT Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi admits he is unsure if his poor form from the Qatar MotoGP races will rebound when the series returns to Europe next week.

No change to Spielberg Turn 2 after horror MotoGP crash

No changes will be made to the Red Bull Ring's Turn 2 layout following the horror collision between Johann Zarco and Franco Morbidelli in the 2020 MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix.

Bagnaia admits Doha MotoGP mistake was “unacceptable”

Francesco Bagnaia says “confidence” in his Ducati caused the mistake which cost him a podium shot in the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix, admitting it was “unacceptable” as a factory rider.

Quartararo: Sharing MotoGP podium with Zarco a career highlight

Fabio Quartararo says sharing France’s first ever MotoGP 1-2 with Johann Zarco in the Doha Grand Prix was “one of the best moments of my career”.

Ducati MotoGP rider Miller undergoes arm surgery

Ducati MotoGP rider Jack Miller has undergone a successful operation on an arm pump issue following last Sunday’s Doha Grand Prix in Qatar.

Binder was "scared" about Doha MotoGP tyre gamble

KTM’s Brad Binder admits he was “really quite scared” of having to use the medium front tyre in the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix but “didn’t have a choice”.

Vinales: You have to be "crazy" fighting Ducati riders

Yamaha's Maverick Vinales says "you have to be crazy sometimes" when fighting Ducati MotoGP riders following last Sunday's Doha Grand Prix.

MotoGP rookie Bastianini blinded by hair in Doha GP

Avintia rookie Enea Bastianini admits he was unable to advance on 11th in the final laps of the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix as “my hair got in my eyes”.

McPhee apologises for punch-up after Doha Moto3 crash

Petronas Sprinta Moto3 rider John McPhee has issued an apology for fighting with Jeremy Alcoba following a crash late on in the Doha Grand Prix.

Rins explains "super scary" Doha MotoGP save

Suzuki's Alex Rins has explained what caused his "super scary" front end moment during the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix which resulted in a spectacular save.

Espargaro: Finishing 13th in Doha MotoGP round “disgusting”

Honda's Pol Espargaro has harshly judged his 13th in the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix as "disgusting" but is adamant he is "sat on the best bike on the grid".

Zarco: MotoGP points lead "not redemption" for KTM nadir

Pramac’s Johann Zarco leads the MotoGP standings following the Doha Grand Prix, but doesn’t consider this any form of “redemption” following his near career-ending KTM nadir in 2019.

Martin dedicates first MotoGP podium to late Gresini

Jorge Martin has dedicated his maiden MotoGP podium in the Doha Grand Prix to the late Fausto Gresini, having raced for the Italian in Moto3.

Quartararo: Doha MotoGP win “most special” of my career

Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo says his victory in the Doha Grand Prix is the “most special” one of his MotoGP career.

Mir: “Super dangerous” Miller Doha GP clash “intentional”

Suzuki’s Joan Mir says Jack Miller ‘intentionally’ hit him on the pit straight at close to 200km/h in the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix, saying the Ducati rider showed “no respect”.

Doha MotoGP: Quartararo wins as Mir and Miller clash

Fabio Quartararo recovered from a poor start on his Yamaha to take a commanding victory in the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix, while rookie Jorge Martin scored his maiden podium.

Doha Moto2: Lowes holds off Gardner for second straight win

Sam Lowes fended off Remy Gardner to claim his second-successive win in 2021 in a tense Moto2 Doha Grand Prix, as rookie Raul Fernandez bagged his first podium.

Doha Moto3: KTM's Acosta charges from pitlane to win

Moto3 rookie Pedro Acosta claimed his maiden victory in a chaotic Doha Grand Prix having started from pitlane, the Ajo KTM rider fending off Darryn Binder by 0.039 seconds.

Struggling Morbidelli has to “wing it” in Doha MotoGP race

Franco Morbidelli admits his feeling on his Petronas SRT Yamaha is bad “no matter what we do” and will have to “wing it” in the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix.

Martin: Wins in junior classes “better” than first MotoGP pole

Pramac rookie Jorge Martin admits winning races in Moto2 and Moto3 felt “better” than scoring his maiden MotoGP pole position on Saturday ahead of the Doha Grand Prix.

Martin: Doha GP “not my day to win” despite maiden pole Doha GP
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Martin: Doha GP “not my day to win” despite maiden pole

Pramac rookie Jorge Martin admits Sunday’s Doha Grand Prix is “not my day to win”, despite storming to a sensational maiden MotoGP pole on Saturday.

Rossi explains worst-ever MotoGP qualifying result

Valentino Rossi says he was “never strong” on Saturday of the Doha Grand Prix, after registering his worst-ever MotoGP qualifying result of 21st.

Doha MotoGP: Rookie Martin claims sensational maiden pole Doha GP
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Doha MotoGP: Rookie Martin claims sensational maiden pole

MotoGP rookie Jorge Martin led a Pramac Ducati 1-2 in a thrilling Doha Grand Prix qualifying, as Valentino Rossi registered his worst-ever premier class qualifying result.

Doha MotoGP: Quartararo tops wind-affected FP3, Mir to Q1

Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo topped a wind-affected FP2 for the Doha Grand Prix, as MotoGP world champion Joan Mir once again missed the Q2 cut.

Seven riders hit with pitlane starts for irresponsible riding

Seven Moto3 riders, including Qatar Grand Prix podium finisher Pedro Acosta, have been slapped with pitlane starts for Sunday’s Doha GP for irresponsible riding in Friday practice.

Rossi “not fast enough” ahead of Doha MotoGP qualifying

Valentino Rossi admits he is “not fast enough” currently at the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix and admits he is worried he won’t be able to revive his form for qualifying.

Why MotoGP’s top gun looks more dangerous at the Doha GP

Lightning hasn't struck twice for Maverick Vinales since 2017 and his wayward form of recent years makes predicting how he'll fare each MotoGP race weekend tricky. But fresh from his Qatar GP win, Vinales looks like an even more dangerous prospect for the Doha GP following an intriguing Friday practice.

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.

Binder responds to “sensitive” Rossi after criticism

Brad Binder has responded to a “sensitive” Valentino Rossi’s criticism of his aggressive riding in the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix, with the KTM rider adamant he did nothing wrong.

Doha MotoGP: Jack Miller leads Ducati 1-2-3 in FP2

Jack Miller monstered the field in FP2 for the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix to lead a Ducati 1-2-3 as world champion Joan Mir faces Q1 again after finishing 13th.

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.

Doha MotoGP: Espargaro tops FP1 as Morbidelli hits trouble

Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro topped the first practice of the inaugural MotoGP Doha Grand Prix, while Franco Morbidelli was struck by more technical dramas on his Petronas SRT Yamaha.

Vinales "pissed off" over Yamaha's starts to MotoGP races

Maverick Vinales admits he's "pissed off" with the starting capability of the 2021 Yamaha MotoGP bike, having been monstered by four Ducatis off the line in the Qatar 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.

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.

Morbidelli: No clear cause of Qatar MotoGP woes found

Petronas SRT’s Franco Morbidelli admits no clear cause for the problems which meant he finished the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix 18th have been found ahead of this weekend’s Doha GP.

KTM has “taken a hard blow” by Qatar MotoGP tyre allocation

Brad Binder feels KTM has “taken a hard blow” by Michelin’s front tyre allocation for the opening two Qatar MotoGP races, ahead of this weekend’s Doha Grand Prix.

Doha GP ‘not a must-win’ for Ducati MotoGP rider Miller

Ducati’s Jack Miller doesn’t see this weekend’s Doha Grand Prix at Losail as being a must-win, having finished a lowly ninth in last week’s Qatar GP at the same venue.

Why MotoGP’s new Amazon Prime series is long overdue Prime

Why MotoGP’s new Amazon Prime series is long overdue

OPINION: MotoGP is getting its own version of Drive to Survive on Amazon Prime at some point in the near future. It was news welcomed by the grid’s leading riders. And following the impact DTS has had on Formula 1, MotoGP desperately needs the same boost.

Aprilia proved pre-season form “not a joke” in Qatar

Aleix Espargaro says he proved in last Sunday’s Qatar Grand Prix that Aprilia’s MotoGP pre-season form “was not a joke” and the team is “better than ever”.

Marini “nearly forgot” half-brother Rossi was on Qatar grid

MotoGP rookie Luca Marini admits he “nearly forgot” he was starting the same race as half-brother Valentino Rossi in his debut Qatar Grand Prix.

Espargaro angry with result of “amazing” Honda MotoGP debut

Pol Espargaro admits he is “angry” with eighth in the Qatar Grand Prix on his Honda MotoGP debut, but also hailed his race as “amazing”.

KTM's Binder "not enjoying life" after 'survival' Qatar race

Brad Binder admits he’s “not enjoying life” on the 2021 KTM currently after suffering a race of ‘survival’ in the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix.

Morbidelli’s Qatar GP wrecked by holeshot device issue

Franco Morbidelli’s MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix was wrecked by an issue with his Petronas SRT Yamaha’s holeshot device, which left him without points in 18th.

Yamaha tester Crutchlow allowing Vinales to focus on racing

Maverick Vinales says the introduction of Cal Crutchlow as Yamaha MotoGP test rider for 2021 has allowed him to “concentrate on racing”, following his commanding Qatar GP win.

Rossi: Overstressing rear tyre behind Qatar MotoGP struggle

Valentino Rossi says he “had to struggle” in the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix having “stressed” his rear tyre too much on his Petronas SRT Yamaha.

MotoGP champion Mir denied Qatar podium by "ambition"

Suzuki’s Joan Mir says “ambition” denied him a podium in the Qatar Grand Prix to kick off his MotoGP title defence, after being pipped on the line by two Ducatis.

Quartararo: Vinales "in another league" in Qatar MotoGP

Fabio Quartararo says his factory Yamaha teammate Maverick Vinales was “in another league” in the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix, as the Frenchman had a “disaster” with tyre wear.

Ducati's Miller “hit a wall” with tyres in Qatar

Ducati’s Jack Miller says he “hit a wall” with rear grip in the closing stages of the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix, which caused his slump from podium contention to ninth.

Vinales feels “Yamaha is back” after Qatar MotoGP win

Qatar Grand Prix winner Maverick Vinales believes Yamaha “is back” to its full potential following his commanding victory in the 2021 MotoGP season-opener.

Qatar MotoGP: Vinales passes Ducati quartet to win

Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales ended Ducati’s Qatar Grand Prix stranglehold with a stunning victory in the 2021 MotoGP season-opener as world champion Joan Mir was denied a podium on the line.

Qatar Moto2: Lowes takes dominant win, podium for Gresini

Sam Lowes dominated the Moto2 Qatar Grand Prix for his seventh career win, while Fabio Di Giannantonio gave the Gresini team an emotional podium in third.

Qatar Moto3: Masia wins wild season opener in Ajo KTM 1-2

Jaume Masia won a thrilling Moto3 Qatar Grand Prix on his KTM Ajo debut, fending off rookie teammate Pedro Acosta and Darryn Binder on the run to the line.