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Satellite Suzuki, Aprilia, KTM – will it happen?

Since 2016 and the departure of IodaRacing (Aprilia), the only satellite machines on the MotoGP grid have been provided by Ducati, Honda and Yamaha. Under the latest MotoGP contract all manufacturers are ‘obliged’ to supply customer machines, the theory being that each factory would eventually have one factory and one satellite team. But at present Ducati has eight bikes on ...

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Dunlop confirms Suzuki MotoGP test

Michael Dunlop will travel to Malaysia to test for the factory Ecstar Suzuki MotoGP squad at Sepang before the first official test on the 28-30 January. The 15-time Isle of Man TT race winner has been handed the opportunity of the one-off test at the Sepang International Circuit following his success at last year’s TT when he won the Senior ...

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#2018StartsNow: The wait is over as MotoGP™ testing begins

The 2018 MotoGP™ season starts at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia for the first official pre-season test of the year. ——————————————————— Visit The Official Website: http://www.motogp.com/en Official App on iTunes: http://bit.ly/MotoGPAppItunes Official App on Google Play: http://bit.ly/MotoGPAppGooglePlay Buy your VideoPass: http://bit.ly/1VideoPass Buy your TimingPass: http://bit.ly/TimingPass Like MotoGP on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MotoGP Follow MotoGP on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MotoGP Subscribe to MotoGP on ...

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Dorna pondering future ‘city race’

Carmelo Ezpeleta has discussed the possibility of holding a new MotoGP race within a city, with part of the track making use of a public road for the main straight. In a wide-ranging interview with Spanish publication Expansion, the Dorna CEO revealed the race could be hosted by a “warm city” and said these plans are based on a “solid project.” ...

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Hernandez to stand in for Tech 3 at Sepang?

Yonny Hernandez appears to be the favourite to stand in for the Tech 3 Yamaha team at the upcoming MotoGP test at Sepang as team boss Hervé Poncharal continues the search for a full-time replacement for Jonas Folger. It was confirmed on Wednesday that Folger would sit out the 2018 season as he seeks to fully recover from Gilbert’s syndrome, ...

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KTM: Moto3 very high on our list for ‘18

KTM will do everything in its power to wrestle the 2018 Moto3 crown out of Honda’s grasp after enduring “a disaster” of a season, according to Motorsport Director Pit Beirer. The factory that won Moto3 rider’s titles in 2012, ’13 and ’16 registered just one race win from 18 outings in a largely underwhelming 2017, a year in which several ...

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EXCLUSIVE: Danny Aldridge (Technical Director) – Interview

The 2017 Moto2 season saw two riders disqualified for the unusual offence of using oil ‘outside the FIM Moto2 specifications’. The initial occurrence meant Mattia Pasini (Italtrans) was stripped of second place in Catalunya. But the same infringement then cost Dominique Aegerter (Kiefer) what would have been Suter’s only victory – and podium – of the season, in Misano. The ...

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‘They can’t fall asleep if Mika is there’

KTM Motorsport director Pit Beirer has revealed the factory offered test rider Mika Kallio “a very respectful test rider contract” on top of a bonus to ensure the Finn remained in his current role for the 2018 season. Kallio had been in the frame to dispossess KTM’s full-time rider Bradley Smith of his permanent seat on the MotoGP grid in ...

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Rider clashes not a worry for Ducati

Ducati’s Paolo Ciabatti isn’t envisioning a return to awkward relations between his factory riders 2018 after stating he expects both Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo to challenge for the MotoGP world championship. At Ducati’s factory MotoGP launch on Monday Dovizioso and Lorenzo expressed their expectations of being involved in the upcoming title fight. As questions of the possibility of future ...

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What now for Herve Poncharal and Monster Yamaha?

On Tuesday night, Monster Yamaha MotoGP boss and IRTA president Herve Poncharal got a call from Jonas Folger’s manager Bob Moore to say the rider would not be taking part in the 2018 season as he is taking the year off to fully deal with the Gilbert’s syndrome which put paid to the latter part of 2017. Not making the ...

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