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Aprilia set to partner with RNF to field satellite MotoGP bikes in 2023

RNF and Aprilia are close to finalising a deal that will see the Malaysian outfit become the Noale-based brand's satellite MotoGP team from next year.

Aprilia retains Espargaro and Vinales for 2023 MotoGP season

Aprilia has signed Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales to new contracts for the 2023 MotoGP season.,

The seismic aftershock of Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP Prime

The seismic aftershock of Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP

Suzuki's sudden decision to leave the MotoGP World Championship at the end of the season has acted as a stirring element in a market that had already erupted. We analyse what this means for the grid going into 2023

Suzuki set to quit MotoGP at the end of 2022

Suzuki is set to quit MotoGP at the end of the 2022 season just seven years after it returned to the premier class, Motorsport.com has learned.

Marquez: Jerez MotoGP crowd "picked me up" from near-crash

Marc Marquez says the “Spanish crowd picked me up” at Jerez’s final corner in the MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix when he had a dramatic near-crash under braking.

Marquez “not disappointed” in Honda’s 2022 MotoGP bike

Marc Marquez says he is “not disappointed” in Honda’s decision to radically overhaul its MotoGP bike for 2022, despite his difficulties in adapting to it.  

Marc Marquez, Aleix Espargaro clash over Jerez MotoGP practice incident

Aleix Espargaro says Marc Marquez deliberately waiting for him in FP2 for the MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix was “unbelievable” and has taken aim at Race Direction for not intervening.

Dorna halts filming of Amazon's MotoGP Unlimited series two

Dorna Sports has put a halt to filming the second series of Amazon's MotoGP Unlimited, just over a month after the first season premiered.

How praise for Honda's MotoGP bike has given way to doubt Prime

How praise for Honda's MotoGP bike has given way to doubt

In a little over two months, Honda has gone from setting the pace in MotoGP testing with its new RC213V prototype to being at a crossroads - caused by the discrepancy in its riders' feedback. After a Portuguese GP that underwhelmed, serious questions are now being asked of Honda in 2022

Miller in talks with LCR Honda over return for MotoGP 2023

Jack Miller is engaged in negotiations with the LCR Honda squad to return there for 2023 as an exit from Ducati appears more likely, Motorsport.com can confirm.

Aprilia open to supplying MotoGP satellite team in 2023

Aprilia says it is open to supplying a satellite team for the 2023 MotoGP season if the right offer materialises.

Why Marquez left Austin a winner after his latest MotoGP return

OPINION: Marc Marquez revealed in Austin he was up against a "lack of confidence and motivation", his own "fear" and precarious physical condition after another injury layoff. His starring return, making a remarkable comeback from a disastrous start, will remain forever in the history books of a MotoGP world championship that needs him more than ever.

The safety problem MotoGP's fraught Indonesia return exposed

OPINION: Last weekend's Indonesian Grand Prix at the new Mandalika International Street Circuit, held in extreme conditions and with asphalt that was tearing up, made it clear that the MotoGP world championship must review its protocols for approving the facilities where races are held.

The war within taking its toll on MotoGP's Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez's violent Indonesian GP crash has left him with the double vision problems that ruled him out of the final two rounds of 2021.

Espargaro used "false" rear brake to avoid Marquez-style crash

Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro says he used a "false" rear brake to avoid suffering a similarly brutal crash to that which ruled Marc Marquez out of the MotoGP Indonesian Grand Prix.

Why Yamaha hasn't learned from Honda and Suzuki's MotoGP mistakes

Fabio Quartararo gave Yamaha plenty of warnings about a lack of development ahead of their MotoGP world championship defence which went unheeded given its Qatar GP performance. It appears the Japanese manufacturer has fallen into a familiar trap which has also caught two of its major rivals in recent years.

How Ducati turned its feared MotoGP strength into a problem in Qatar

Enea Bastianini's victory in the Qatar Grand Prix was good and bad news for Ducati. The Italian's breakthrough win on a year-old Gresini bike, and the sluggishness exhibited by the 2022 models, suggests that Ducati has failed to take advantage of having a third of the MotoGP grid and leaves it with issues to resolve

Marc Marquez “riding in a strange way” in Qatar MotoGP practice

Marc Marquez admits he is “still riding in a strange way” on the 2022 Honda following Friday’s practice for the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix.

Marc Marquez's vision recovery "harder" than in 2011

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez admits his recovery from vision problems last winter was “harder” than when he went through the same thing in 2011.

How MotoGP’s underdog team hopes to “evolve” Vinales Prime

How MotoGP’s underdog team hopes to “evolve” Vinales

Maverick Vinales’ 2022 season appears to be make or break for the trouble MotoGP star, as he embarks on a full-time campaign with Aprilia after his acrimonious Yamaha split last year. The team is convinced it has pulled off a blinder in signing the nine-time race winner and is doing everything it can to extract the maximum from Vinales.

Mir says re-signing with Suzuki MotoGP team now his "priority"  

Joan Mir says the progress Suzuki has made with its 2022 MotoGP bike has made re-signing with the marque for 2023 his “priority”.

Why MotoGP 2022 will put Quartararo's complaints to the test Prime

Why MotoGP 2022 will put Quartararo's complaints to the test

OPINION: Fabio Quartararo's MotoGP title defence has gotten off to a rocky start, as he has expressed dismay at a lack of progress made by Yamaha with the engine of its 2022 bike - so much so, he says his future beyond 2022 remains "open". Will this weekend's season-opening Qatar GP prove Quartararo's complaints have been valid, or simply about pressuring Yamaha during contract negotiations?

MotoGP runner-up Bagnaia gets new Ducati deal through 2024

Ducati has announced it has re-signed 2021 MotoGP World Championship runner-up Francesco Bagnaia through to the end of 2024.

Honda ‘showing its muscle’ with its 2022 MotoGP bike

Pol Espargaro believes the work Honda has done to completely revise its MotoGP bike for 2022 and be strong straight away shows “you can see the muscle” of HRC. 

Suzuki’s MotoGP team boss hunt takes hit as Brivio stays with Alpine

Suzuki’s hunt for a new MotoGP team manager for 2022 has taken a hit as preferred option Davide Brivio will remain with Alpine.

Why Honda's rivals have reason to fear its 2022 MotoGP bike

The radical change of concept that Honda has pursued for its 2022 MotoGP bike has been the main talking point in pre-season testing. Most of its rivals highlighted have the competitiveness of a bike that is still very young and all indications suggest that their concerns are fully justified...

Fernandez’s Mandalika MotoGP test ended early by vision problems

Tech 3 KTM MotoGP rookie Raul Fernandez has had to end the 2022 Mandalika test early due to vision problems on Sunday as a result of a heavy crash on Saturday.

Fernandez beaten up by first “real crash” in Mandalika MotoGP test

Tech 3 KTM rookie Raul Fernandez says he had his first “real” crash on a MotoGP bike after coming off at 200km/h on Saturday at the Mandalika test. 

Quartararo’s MotoGP future “still open” as Yamaha frustrations continue

World champion Fabio Quartararo says his MotoGP future is “still open” as Yamaha has made little progress with its 2022 bike in pre-season testing.

Marc Marquez working with Rafael Nadal's doctor on arm recovery

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez is working with tennis star Rafa Nadal’s doctor on the recovery of the right arm he badly injured in 2020.

Suzuki’s MotoGP team manager hunt “taking longer than imagined”

Suzuki project leader Shinichi Sahara says the Japanese marque is still looking for a new MotoGP team manager, but it’s “taking longer than I imagined”.

Suzuki "close to ready" with 2022 MotoGP bike after first test

The 2022 Suzuki MotoGP bike is “close” to being ready to race after the first pre-season test in Malaysia, according to one-time world champion Joan Mir.

What a two-year difference in MotoGP bike spec makes

Sepang test pacesetter Enea Bastianini has explained how big a step it has been for him going from a 2019-spec Ducati to the 2021 version this pre-season.

Quartararo “not happy” with Yamaha bike after first MotoGP test

Reigning MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo says he is “not happy compared to what I expected” with his Yamaha bike after the first 2022 pre-season test in Malaysia.

Aprilia signs ex-Alonso F1 trainer to help Vinales in MotoGP

Aprilia has signed physical trainer Fabrizio Maganzi, who previously worked with double Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso, to help Maverick Vinales in MotoGP in 2022.

MotoGP testing “important” for Mir’s 2023 decision

One-time MotoGP world champion and Suzuki rider Joan Mir says this week’s pre-season tests in Malaysia and Indonesia will be “important” in influencing his plans for 2023. 

Quartararo feels "less pressure" now he's MotoGP champion

Reigning MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo says he is approaching the coming 2022 season “like if I was not champion”, as his primary goal must be race wins.

Why future options for MotoGP's recent champions are scarce Prime

Why future options for MotoGP's recent champions are scarce

As Fabio Quartararo's and Joan Mir's contracts with Yamaha and Suzuki respectively expire, the market situation and the drop in salaries in MotoGP severely limit the strength of the last two world champions when it comes to negotiating their futures. That means renewing their current deals is likely the best option for both

The secrecy surrounding Rossi's career-defining Yamaha MotoGP move

Valentino Rossi was at the height of his powers with Honda in 2003, and few would have tipped him to join a Yamaha outfit that was in disarray. That he did so owed much to personable team manager Davide Brivio and his successful courtship efforts, resulting in the most successful chapter of Rossi's glittering MotoGP career.

Vinales “still dealing with his inner demons”, says Yamaha MotoGP boss
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Vinales “still dealing with his inner demons”, says Yamaha MotoGP boss

Yamaha MotoGP team boss Lin Jarvis believes his ex-rider Maverick Vinales is “still dealing with his inner demons”, but believes he is just as talented as Fabio Quartararo.

Quartararo popular because he "doesn't look for enemies"

Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis says MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo is popular with his rivals because he “doesn’t look for enemies” in his racing.

Why Suzuki's quest for a new MotoGP boss may be too late Prime

Why Suzuki's quest for a new MotoGP boss may be too late

Suzuki is on the search for a new team manager after its decision not to replace Davide Brivio at the start of 2021 was backed up by its unsuccessful bid to help Joan Mir defend his 2020 MotoGP world title. But whoever Shinichi Sahara appoints next, it may have already come too late to convince Mir to stick with the project

Why MotoGP's under-fire graduate has a point to prove

OPINION: MotoGP-bound Darryn Binder was already under the microscope as his jump from Moto3 to join RNF's new top-class team was announced. But his crash with title hopeful Dennis Foggia caused significant consternation among the ranks - with many current riders suggesting the top level should be harder to break into as a result

Quartararo’s progression to MotoGP was “brutal”

Fabio Quartararo became the first French rider in history to win the MotoGP world championship and ended a seven-season drought for Yamaha at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Energica CEO: Had Ducati not entered MotoE, it would have been "short-sighted"

Energica CEO Livia Cevolini assesses her company's passage through the MotoE World Cup and warns of the difficulties facing Ducati, the constructor that will supply the series from 2023 onwards.

Quartararo has brought "positivity" to Yamaha MotoGP team

New MotoGP champion Fabio Quartararo has brought "a huge dose of positivity" to Yamaha and is "no prima donna", according to his colleagues at the Japanese manufacturer team.

Ducati set to become official MotoE supplier from 2023

Ducati will take over from Energica as the supplier of the bikes that will compete in the MotoE World Cup from 2023, Motorsport.com has learned.

Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha in MotoGP Prime

Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha in MotoGP

Fabio Quartararo has his first match point in the 2021 MotoGP title race this weekend at Misano. While the 2021 Yamaha is a much-improved bike to its inconsistent predecessor, its the rider himself who has shown the biggest evolution this season. Oriol Puigdemont delves into Quartararo's growth.

Marquez donated Aragon MotoGP trophy to fallen racer’s family Americas GP
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Marquez donated Aragon MotoGP trophy to fallen racer’s family

Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez donated his Aragon Grand Prix trophy to the family of Hugo Milan, who died in a European Talent Cup race in July aged just 14.

Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider Prime

Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider

Marc Marquez's romp to victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas led many to believe the 'old' pre-injury Honda rider was close to coming back to his full powers. However, the 'old' Marquez will probably never exist again and instead he'll have to adapt to his new reality to return to title-winning ways in 2022.

How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike Prime

How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike

His third place at Misano made Enea Bastianini the fifth different Ducati-mounted rider to score a podium in 2021. Amid a season that has seen one rider amass the bulk of Yamaha and Honda's success, the Ducati's versatility makes for a potent weapon, but the contribution of a former leading light shouldn't be forgotten

Yamaha eyeing Moto2 entry to support young riders
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Yamaha eyeing Moto2 entry to support young riders

Yamaha has been working on an entry in the Moto2 World Championship for several months now, its MotoGP team boss Lin Jarvis has revealed to Motorsport.com.

Puig: Marquez's injury won't change Honda's MotoGP bike philosophy

Honda boss Alberto Puig says Marc Marquez's injury will not change Honda's bike philosophy, and is convinced he will return to his former self "because he has not become afraid".

Gardner, Fernandez to test KTM MotoGP bike at Misano
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Gardner, Fernandez to test KTM MotoGP bike at Misano

Incoming Tech3 MotoGP riders Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez will make their debuts on the KTM in an official two-day test at Misano next weekend, Motorsport.com has learned.

Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble Prime

Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble

OPINION: The return of Andrea Dovizioso to the grid at Misano will be an interesting subplot to the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP season. But the circumstances that have led to the former Ducati rider ending his sabbatical point to his signing being one more of convenience than a long-term commitment

Vierge rejects SRT offer to make MotoGP debut at Aragon Aragon GP
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Vierge rejects SRT offer to make MotoGP debut at Aragon

Moto2 racer Xavi Vierge has turned down the offer to make his MotoGP debut with Petronas SRT at next weekend’s Aragon Grand Prix, Motorsport.com has learned.

How SRT can convince Dovizioso to join its MotoGP team

Petronas' withdrawal and Yamaha's desire to promote Franco Morbidelli to its factory MotoGP team this season has opened the door for the return of Andrea Dovizioso at SRT.

Marquez: Pre-injury me could fight for MotoGP title on 2021 Honda
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Marquez: Pre-injury me could fight for MotoGP title on 2021 Honda

Marc Marquez has claimed that his pre-injury self could have fought for the 2021 MotoGP title on the current Honda.

How Marc Marquez is facing his toughest challenge in MotoGP Prime

How Marc Marquez is facing his toughest challenge in MotoGP

The 2020 MotoGP season was an enthralling affair, but few would argue with you if you thought the world championship was a poorer place without Marc Marquez. In an exclusive interview, he explains the challenges he's faced in his comeback from injury and what he makes of the current MotoGP landscape.

Aprilia wants Vinales to race its MotoGP bike this season Austrian GP
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Aprilia wants Vinales to race its MotoGP bike this season

Aprilia is working at full speed to get Maverick Vinales to make his MotoGP debut for the Italian team as soon as possible this season, Motorsport.com has learned.