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Dovizioso: Aprilia MotoGP wildcard 'isn't in the plan'

Fifteen-time MotoGP race winner Andrea Dovizioso says wildcarding with Aprilia 'isn't in the plan' for him currently following his second test on the RS-GP at Mugello this week.

The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike Prime

The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike

Honda hasn’t enjoyed an easy start to the 2021 MotoGP campaign, despite gains last season which looked to have carried over into the pre-season. Now admitting it does have issues in serious need of resolving, it faces an almost impossible task in doing so.

MotoGP legend Schwantz: Rossi "still has some fight left in him"
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MotoGP legend Schwantz: Rossi "still has some fight left in him"

MotoGP legend Kevin Schwantz is sure Valentino Rossi "still has some fight left in him" but admitted he is "concerned" about the Italian after a poor start to 2021.

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.

Rossi has SRT’s support after worst-ever MotoGP season start

Valentino Rossi says he has a lot of support from Petronas SRT amidst his worst-ever start to a MotoGP season in the nine-time grand prix world champion’s career.

Alex Marquez “needs to accept” difficult recent MotoGP results

LCR Honda’s Alex Marquez admits it’s “not really easy” to stay calm right now after a bruising start to his 2021 MotoGP campaign but needs to “accept” the situation.

Marquez identifies 2021 Honda MotoGP bike weakness

Marc Marquez says he was better able to understand the weak points of the 2021 Honda MotoGP bike compared to its predecessor during last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix. 

Old MotoGP bike causing "shadow of frustration" – Morbidelli

Franco Morbidelli admits there is a “shadow of frustration” hanging over him having to ride a two-year-old MotoGP bike in 2021 and has had a “frank” discussion with Yamaha.

How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem Prime

How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem

The brutal nature of a series of crashes at Jerez has reopened the debate about whether current MotoGP speeds are beyond the safety limits of the tracks. But even if riders are supportive of the move, getting the manufacturers to find a consensus on how speed reductions should be achieved may be altogether harder

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.

Quartararo undergoes arm pump surgery after Jerez MotoGP race Spanish GP
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Quartararo undergoes arm pump surgery after Jerez MotoGP race

Fabio Quartararo has undergone surgery following the right arm-pump issues that cost the Yamaha MotoGP rider a likely victory in the Spanish Grand Prix last weekend.

Nakagami cried after missing maiden MotoGP podium at Jerez

Takaaki Nakagami admits he was “crying” when he returned to his LCR garage after missing a maiden MotoGP podium by just under seven tenths in the Spanish Grand Prix.

Vinales tops Jerez MotoGP test, Quartararo absent

Maverick Vinales topped the post-Spanish Grand Prix MotoGP test day at Jerez on Monday, while Yamaha teammate Fabio Quartararo was absent due to his physical condition following the race.

How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption

Jack Miller’s tough start to life as a factory Ducati MotoGP rider left him mentally battered and bruised, but a pep talk and positive reinforcement from a surprising source aided the Australian to show his full potential with victory at the Spanish Grand Prix

Bagnaia 'will go slow' if he thinks about MotoGP points lead

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia admits he’s “happy” to lead the MotoGP standings for the first time but says he’ll “start to be slower” if he thinks about the championship now.

Honda “was a mess” in Jerez MotoGP race – Espargaro Spanish GP
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Honda “was a mess” in Jerez MotoGP race – Espargaro

Pol Espargaro admits his Honda MotoGP bike “was a mess” in all areas apart from braking in a difficult Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez in which could only manage 10th.

"Magic modification" helped Morbidelli to Jerez MotoGP podium

Franco Morbidelli says a "magic modification" from his Petronas SRT crew chief rewarded him with his first MotoGP podium of 2021 in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.

Marquez “destroyed” after Jerez MotoGP race

Marc Marquez admits he ends the MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix feeling “destroyed”, but says this is a hangover from his heavy FP3 crash and not because of his right arm.

Quartararo “lost” after Jerez MotoGP arm-pump problem

Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo admits he’s “lost” about what to do after an arm-pump problem robbed him of a commanding MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix victory on Sunday.

Emotional Miller “worked arse off” for Spanish MotoGP win Spanish GP
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Emotional Miller “worked arse off” for Spanish MotoGP win

Ducati’s Jack Miller says he “worked my arse off” to secure his first dry-weather victory in MotoGP after winning Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Spanish MotoGP: Miller wins, Quartararo fades from first to 13th Spanish GP
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Spanish MotoGP: Miller wins, Quartararo fades from first to 13th

Jack Miller stormed to his first MotoGP win in five years after guiding his Ducati to victory in the Spanish Grand Prix after long-time leader Fabio Quartararo hit trouble.

Tech 3 to remain KTM satellite MotoGP team through 2026

KTM has announced it has extended its satellite partnership with Tech 3 in the MotoGP world championship for five more years.

MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix - Start time, how to watch & more

MotoGP travels to Jerez this weekend for the fourth round of the 2021 season. Here's how you can watch the Spanish Grand Prix in your country.

Binder: Tyres felt like "a rock" in Jerez MotoGP qualifying Spanish GP
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Binder: Tyres felt like "a rock" in Jerez MotoGP qualifying

KTM’s Brad Binder had to use a pre-heated rear tyre for his sole Q2 run in MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix qualifying, which he says felt “like a rock”.

Leading MotoGP riders critical of Jerez run-off areas

Leading MotoGP riders have expressed concern about the safety of the Jerez circuit due to the lack of run-off space at some corners on the Spanish Grand Prix venue.

Morbidelli: Late MotoGP Q1 demotion almost “a safety issue”

Franco Morbidelli says his late demotion to Q1 at the MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix left him facing “a safety issue”, as he didn’t have the necessary tyres prepared.

Marquez had brief memory issue after Jerez MotoGP crash

Marc Marquez admits he was “scared” after his big MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix practice crash on Saturday as he briefly “didn’t remember exactly what happened”.

Suzuki “far from solving” MotoGP qualifying issues, says Mir Spanish GP
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Suzuki “far from solving” MotoGP qualifying issues, says Mir

Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir admits Suzuki is “far from solving” its qualifying deficiencies having only managed 10th for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Spanish MotoGP: Quartararo on pole again, Marquez 14th Spanish GP
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Spanish MotoGP: Quartararo on pole again, Marquez 14th

Fabio Quartararo pipped Franco Morbidelli to his second pole of the 2021 MotoGP season after topping Spanish Grand Prix qualifying, as Marc Marquez was 14th.

Marc Marquez declared fit to ride following hospital visit Spanish GP
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Marc Marquez declared fit to ride following hospital visit

Marc Marquez has been declared fit to continue riding in the MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix following precautionary checks in hospital after a big crash in FP3 for the Honda rider.

Spanish MotoGP: Nakagami tops FP3, Marquez suffers big crash

Takaaki Nakagami pipped Fabio Quartararo in a tense FP3 for the MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix, while Marc Marquez missed Q2 after a big crash late on.

Can MotoGP’s underdog spoil Yamaha’s party at Jerez? Spanish GP
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Can MotoGP’s underdog spoil Yamaha’s party at Jerez?

Ducati stole the headlines with Francesco Bagnaia's FP2 pace at the Spanish Grand Prix. But with the Italian's breathtaking one lap pace masking a race-pace deficit, Yamaha appears best-placed to once again assume the favourite tag - although an on-form Aleix Espargaro's encouraging form means an upset can't be discounted.

MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix qualifying - Start time, how to watch

MotoGP travels to Jerez this weekend for the Spanish Grand Prix. Here's how you can watch qualifying for the fourth round of the 2021 season.

Espargaro: Aprilia’s Jerez MotoGP practice pace “shocking” Spanish GP
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Espargaro: Aprilia’s Jerez MotoGP practice pace “shocking”

Aleix Espargaro admits his pace on used medium tyres during Spanish Grand Prix FP2 on his Aprilia MotoGP bike was “a little bit shocking”, having ended Friday third overall.

Marquez had "no problem" mentally at Jerez crash corner

Honda's Marc Marquez says he had “no problem” mentally riding through Jerez’s Turn 3 where he suffered his season-ending crash in the Spanish Grand Prix last July.

Rossi not feeling pressure as MotoGP future decision looms

Valentino Rossi says he is not feeling any extra pressure despite his continuing struggles on his Petronas SRT Yamaha MotoGP bike, after ending Friday’s Spanish Grand Prix practice in 21st.

Spanish MotoGP: Bagnaia tops FP2 from Quartararo Spanish GP
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Spanish MotoGP: Bagnaia tops FP2 from Quartararo

Francesco Bagnaia was fastest in second practice for the MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix on his Ducati as Marc Marquez was 16th after electing against a late time attack.

Marquez: Star Moto3 rookie Acosta will be in MotoGP “soon”

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez is convinced star Moto3 rookie Pedro Acosta “will arrive soon” to the premier class after his breakout start to his grand prix career.

Spanish MotoGP: Binder leads Espargaro, Marquez in FP1 Spanish GP
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Spanish MotoGP: Binder leads Espargaro, Marquez in FP1

KTM’s Brad Binder topped a tight opening practice for the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez by 0.191 seconds from Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro.

MotoGP riders open up on social media struggles

Leading MotoGP riders have offered their thoughts on the role of social media in their professional lives following Maverick Vinales’ decision to stop using Twitter following the Portimao round.

Marquez has “no clear target” for Jerez MotoGP round

Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez admits he has “no clear target” for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez as he continues his return to action following an injury layoff.

Espargaro: I don’t need Marquez to show how fast I am

Pol Espargaro says there’s no added pressure with the return of Honda MotoGP teammate Marc Marquez and says he "doesn’t need" him to show how fast or slow he is.

Brivio: Talking with Alonso no different to MotoGP champion Mir

Alpine Formula 1 racing director and former Suzuki team boss Davide Brivio says talking with Fernando Alonso is "not very different" to reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir.

Aprilia signs agreement to continue in MotoGP until at least 2026

MotoGP will continue to have six manufacturers on its grid through to 2026 after Aprilia became the final marque to sign a new five-year agreement with Dorna Sports.

Fausto Gresini's wife takes over MotoGP team
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Fausto Gresini's wife takes over MotoGP team

Nadia Padovani the wife of the late Fausto Gresini, has taken over ownership of the Gresini Racing MotoGP squad with immediate effect, becoming team principal also.

2021 MotoGP Spanish GP – How to watch, session times & more Spanish GP
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2021 MotoGP Spanish GP – How to watch, session times & more

MotoGP travels to Jerez for the fourth round of the 2021 season. Here's the full schedule for the Spanish Grand Prix.

VR46 team to race in MotoGP from 2022 with Saudi backing
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VR46 team to race in MotoGP from 2022 with Saudi backing

Valentino Rossi’s VR46 squad will step up to MotoGP properly in 2022 and will be backed by Saudi Arabian oil giant Saudi Aramco.

Rins "not an idiot" in Portugal MotoGP lead crash
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Rins "not an idiot" in Portugal MotoGP lead crash

Alex Rins says he would have let Fabio Quartararo go in their MotoGP victory battle in Portugal had he seen he was over the limit as "I'm not an idiot".

Valentino Rossi was “first modern MotoGP rider”
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Valentino Rossi was “first modern MotoGP rider”

Nine-time motorcycle grand prix world champion Valentino Rossi says he was “the first modern MotoGP rider” and “became a lesson” for future racers in the series.

Lorenzo: Yamaha not treating Morbidelli well with old MotoGP bike
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Lorenzo: Yamaha not treating Morbidelli well with old MotoGP bike

Triple MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo believes Yamaha is not treating Petronas SRT’s Franco Morbidelli “in the best way” by not giving him machine parity with its factory riders.

Brivio: Team radio biggest difference between F1 and MotoGP

Alpine racing director Davide Brivio says the use of team radio is the biggest difference he has felt since leaving MotoGP for Formula 1 at the start of the year.

Espargaro “needs to be patient” as Honda MotoGP speed will come

Pol Espargaro says he must “be patient” as he continues to adapt to the Honda MotoGP bike in 2021 and is sure the speed he is missing “will come” soon.

KTM “not in a terrible place” despite struggles - Binder

Brad Binder says KTM is “not in a terrible place” despite a tough start to the 2021 MotoGP season for the Austrian manufacturer.

Marquez doesn’t know when he’ll be fully fit on MotoGP bike
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Marquez doesn’t know when he’ll be fully fit on MotoGP bike

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez admits he doesn’t know when he’ll be fully fit this season after making his comeback from injury last weekend in Portugal.

Miller "in the trenches" after poor MotoGP run

Jack Miller admits he is "in the trenches" after a tough start to life as a factory Ducati MotoGP rider, which continued with a crash in the Portuguese Grand Prix.

Espargaro: Aprilia upturn after Gresini death 'not fair'
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Espargaro: Aprilia upturn after Gresini death 'not fair'

Aleix Espargaro admits it’s “not fair” that Aprilia is showing the strongest MotoGP form it ever has so far in 2021 after the death of long-time team boss Fausto Gresini.

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.

Rossi “more confident” after Portugal MotoGP race

Petronas SRT’s Valentino Rossi admits he is “more confident” in his form after the MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix despite crashing out of the points.

What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best? Prime

What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best?

Following his resounding MotoGP return with a seventh place finish in Portugal, Marc Marquez now must work to rediscover his best form before turning his attention towards results-based targets

Gearbox issue led to Zarco’s Portugal MotoGP crash

Johann Zarco says “a little issue” with his Pramac Ducati’s gearbox caused him to crash out of second late on in last weekend’s MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix.