MotoGP: Silverstone charity event set to go ahead

MotoGP fans will be delighted to hear that the ever popular pre-event held at Silverstone is set to go ahead this year, despite the charity Riders for Health closing their UK offices to concentrate on their African projects. The news that the UK projects were set to be stopped came earlier this week, as the auction planned at Donington Park’s World SBK round was cancelled. … Continue reading MotoGP: Silverstone charity event set to go ahead

MotoGP: Lorenzo wins stunning Italian GP

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Lorenzo dominates in Italy                                                Photo: Yamaha MotoGP

Jorge Lorenzo produced another master-class performance aboard his Movistar Yamaha as he took the win by 0.019s ahead of Marc Marquez at the Italian circuit of Mugello as team-mate Valentino Rossi was forced to retire from his home race with an engine failure.

Starting from pole position, Rossi was unable to stop his Spanish team-mate from hitting the front in the first corner after Lorenzo got a stunning start from the second row. The opening laps saw the two factory Yamaha bikes split by just 0.1s and it seemed only a matter of time before we were treated to an intense battle from the team-mates.

However the Italian dream was over for Rossi as he was out of the race on lap eight with an engine failure, seeming to leave Lorenzo to cruise to victory.

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez was soon on the charge for the victory from second position and was up with his compatriot for the second half of the race. The fight for first was not the only battle down the field as the two Ducati factory team-mates were both after the final spot on the podium.  Continue reading “MotoGP: Lorenzo wins stunning Italian GP”

MotoGP: Iannone tops day one in Italy

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Iannone impressed in front of home fans today.   Photo: Ducati

Ducati Factory team’s Andrea Iannone was the only rider to get into the 1.47s lap times at the Italian circuit of Mugello, despite a serious charge from Jorge Lorenzo throughout the session.

After he was left without a ride by the Italian factory, Iannone came out of the box in FP2 this afternoon and proved why he is worthy of a factory ride. Securing a podium at the Italian GP last season it’s clear the crazy Iannone has a strong pace in Tuscany.

This morning’s free practise was hampered by damp track conditions following heavy rain yesterday which meant only 14 riders set a lap time, the majority of which were on intermediate tyres. Yonny Hernandez finished this morning fastest, meaning it’s been a Ducati dominance at their home circuit so far. Continue reading “MotoGP: Iannone tops day one in Italy”

MotoGP 2017 finally starts to come together

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It will be all change at Ducati next season. Photo: Ducati Course

The few more jigsaw pieces for the MotoGP 2017 season have finally fallen into place ahead of the Italian Grand Prix this week, with four rider announcements following the re-signing of Dani Pedrosa to Honda at the beginning of the week.

Valentino Rossi announced he was to stay with Yamaha at the start of the 2016 season, which then led to the Chinese whispers starting over who was to be the Italian’s team-mate as early as March.

Following this news we then heard that reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo was to move over to the red side from 2017 as he signed with the factory Ducati, in what was one of the worst kept secrets of 2016. This then resulted in speculation of who was to replace the Spaniard in the Movistar Yamaha team, with the two favourites being Dani Pedrosa or Maverick Vinales. Continue reading “MotoGP 2017 finally starts to come together”

Dovizioso to stay with Ducati for 2017

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Following the announcement from HRC yesterday it was only a matter of time before a more pieces of the 2017 jigsaw fell into place.

Dovizioso has been with Ducati since 2013 following stints with Honda and Yamaha and has been steadily improving his pace on the Bologna beast since. Despite being unable to win a race, the Italian has been able to get the Desmocedici up into podium challenging pace and it’s clear they are happy with his progress to offer him another contract.

Dovizioso said: “I am very satisfied to have reached this agreement with Ducati and to be able to continue the adventure begun back with them in 2013. In the last few years we have worked with a lot of commitment and we have succeeded in taking the Desmosedici GP to an excellent competitive level, and so I am convinced that soon we will obtain the satisfaction that we deserve.”

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Dani Pedrosa re-signs with HRC

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Pedrosa stays in red until 2018.     Photo: Repsol Honda

MotoGP’s 2017 grid has began to take shape this morning as Dani Pedrosa has announced he is to stay with Honda for two more seasons, despite strong rumours he was to make a shock move to Yamaha.

The Spaniard began his MotoGP career with the Repsol Honda Team back in 2006 and even though he is yet to win a championship with the team, he has been a consistent podium finisher throughout the years as well as being plagued with injury.

Explaining he was happiest to stay with the team he has been with since his debut premier class race, it’s clear Pedrosa and Honda are a pairing which would be tough to break. He is currently sitting in fourth in the championship standings and when his new contract is up for renewal in 2018, it will stretch their relationship to 13 years.

Pedrosa explains his choice: “I’m very happy to be able to announce my renewal with the Repsol Honda Team. I’m very grateful to Honda for the trust they’ve shown in renewing with me for an additional two years. I think it’s best for me to continue with the company I was with at my very first race. I’m happy that the negotiations have been quick, and now I can just focus on racing. I want to give 100% this weekend at the Italian GP.” Continue reading “Dani Pedrosa re-signs with HRC”

MotoGP: Lorenzo wins French crash-fest

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Lorenzo proved why he’s world champion this weekend. Photo: Yamaha MotoGP

Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo dominated in France this weekend to take the victory in stunning style ahead of team-mate Valentino Rossi as only 13 riders finished the race.

Leaving the fifth round of MotoGP leading the championship standings, Lorenzo got a stunning start from pole position and never looked back from the first corner. Drama unfolded behind the Spaniard however as the opening lap saw plenty of overtakes as the riders began to settle into their positions.

Ducati Factory team-mates Andrea Dovizoso and Andrea Iannone were the two riders to stay up with Lorenzo under the French sun and it looked as if they may be able to challenge for the victory, but Iannone’s dreams came crashing down as he slipped out of second position with 17 laps to go.  Continue reading “MotoGP: Lorenzo wins French crash-fest”