Upgrade for free today You have only 5 articles remaining to view this month. LCR rider Cal Crutchlow says Honda’s MotoGP bike remains “by far” the hardest to ride on the grid despite recent gains made by the Japanese manufacturer. Honda enjoyed a strong off-season in testing and its four-time world champion Marc Marquez finished
Johann Zarco has defended his race strategy in the MotoGP season opener, where he slipped down the order in the closing stages after leading most of the race. The Tech3 rider led the first 17 of 22 laps at Losail, having set a record lap to claim pole position, before gradually falling back and finishing
Suzuki rider Andrea Iannone says his run to ninth place in MotoGP’s Qatar season opener shows he is more mature than team-mate Alex Rins. Iannone was the Japanese manufacturer’s top finisher in Losail, although Rins was firmly in contention for a top-six finish until he crashed out at mid-distance. The Italian rider said he backed
Yamaha needs to invest more resources into fully getting on top of its electronics problems to stay competitive in MotoGP, believes Valentino Rossi. The 39-year-old, who recently signed a fresh two-year contract with Yamaha that keeps him racing until the end of 2020, opened his 2018 campaign earlier this month with a third-place finish in
Jorge Lorenzo insists he is not “wasting a single minute” thinking about his Ducati MotoGP future despite a difficult start to the year. The Spaniard failed to finish the opening round of the season in Qatar after a brake failure, which he admitted he was “lucky” to escape from unhurt, while running in 10th place.
The Austin circuit is working to reduce the bumps in its track surface for next month’s MotoGP race following criticism by riders last year. Many riders pinned the blame on Formula 1, which also hosts its United States race at Austin, as the high-downforce cars have a tendency to create ripples in the asphalt that
Upgrade for free today You have 10 articles remaining to view this month. Amid renewed interest from MotoGP rival factories in Andrea Dovizioso, Oriol Puigdemont argues Ducati cannot afford for him to be tempted to jump ship – so needs to pay up It should come as little surprise that the likes of Honda and
Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa will use up the first of Honda’s five allocated private test days for the 2018 MotoGP season on Monday at Jerez. The pair, who finished second and seventh respectively in last weekend’s season opener in Qatar, will be in action on the first of a planned three-day test at the
Aleix Espargaro says Aprilia has to improve its MotoGP bike to keep him beyond the end of his current contract. Espargaro, who finished the Qatar season opener 19th, joined Aprilia for the 2017 season from Suzuki on a deal that runs until the end of this season. Several riders have already firmed up their post-2018
Andrea Dovizioso has been in talks with Honda and Suzuki, Autosport has learned, while awaiting a firm offer from his current MotoGP employer Ducati. Dovizioso led Ducati’s first proper MotoGP title charge this decade last year – winning six races and finishing runner-up to Marc Marquez. Last weekend, he won the 2018 season-opener in Qatar
Cal Crutchlow labelled MotoGP the “best motorsport event in the world” after the Qatar season opener featured an eight-rider battle for the win for much of the race. The LCR rider was in podium contention for much of the 22-lap race alongside both factory Hondas, Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi, the respective works and satellite Ducatis of
Marc VDS is moving towards a deal to replace Tech3 as Yamaha’s satellite MotoGP team from 2019, Autosport understands. Though Marc VDS has been supplied by Honda since its graduation to MotoGP in 2015, team boss Michael Bartholemy has previously expressed frustration about that relationship. Honda has also strengthened ties with LCR, which is now
Ducati MotoGP team manager Davide Tardozzi says Andrea Dovizioso is “worried” about Honda rival Marc Marquez’s performance in the season opener in Qatar, despite having ultimately beaten him to victory. After three consecutive runner-up finishes at the track, Dovizioso withstood a final-corner lunge from Marquez to win the first race of 2018. But reigning champion
Valentino Rossi says people were correct to question whether he was too old for a new two-year Yamaha MotoGP deal before his third place finish at the Qatar season opener. The 39-year-old announced a fresh contract in the run up to the Qatar event that runs until the end of 2020, by which time he
Marc Marquez said he would not have been able to sleep had he not attempted to overtake Andrea Dovizioso at the final corner in MotoGP’s season opener in Qatar. Having followed Dovizioso through past long-time race leader Johann Zarco with five laps of the race remaining, Marquez pursued the Ducati rider in the closing laps.
Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales says the set-up changes he made on Saturday in Qatar rendered the whole of MotoGP pre-season testing “useless”. Vinales – who won in Qatar a year ago on his Yamaha race debut – continued to struggle for pace in qualifying at the Losail circuit after a difficult winter, ending up having
Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso is a clear favourite for the MotoGP opener in Qatar despite qualifying fifth, according to his rivals. Dovizioso, who has finished second in Qatar for three years straight, topped first and second practice and the shorter FP4 session in the lead-up to qualifying, and held provisional pole after the first runs
Maverick Vinales says his Yamaha had “trouble in all areas” during the first day of MotoGP practice in Qatar, and that his bike’s problems have not changed since testing. Vinales, who won on his Yamaha debut in Qatar last year, was only 11th in both FP1 and FP2 as the 2018 MotoGP season kicked off.
Yamaha MotoGP boss Lin Jarvis has revealed Johann Zarco could be offered a factory-spec bike by the Japanese manufacturer for 2019. Tech3 Yamaha rider Zarco has been linked to several rival factories, namely KTM and Suzuki, off the back of a rookie season in which he regularly challenged and sometimes beat Yamaha’s factory riders Valentino
Tech3 Yamaha MotoGP rider Johann Zarco believes victory is a realistic prospect in this weekend’s season-opening Qatar Grand Prix. Zarco stunned on his premier class debut 12 months ago when he led for the first six laps of the Qatar race, before crashing out at Turn 2. While he admitted his race pace during the
KTM has revealed the livery for its RC16 for the 2018 MotoGP season, its second season in the premier class. The team’s launch took place at Salzburg Airport’s Hangar-7, which is owned by title sponsor Red Bull. KTM made its MotoGP debut last year, finishing fifth in the manufacturers’ standings, and will continue with an
Herve Poncharal says Johann Zarco continuing with Tech3 after the 2018 MotoGP season is “not impossible” despite KTM’s interest in the Frenchman. Tech3 will switch from being Yamaha’s satellite team to a KTM factory-supported operation in 2019. Its star rider Zarco is currently one of the most sought-after people in MotoGP, with KTM having openly
Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso says he’s “glad” to be considered the favourite for victory in the opening round of the new MotoGP season in Qatar. Although Dovizioso did not top of any of the nine days of pre-season testing, his long run pace in the final pre-season test at the Losail track has marked him out
MotoGP rookie Franco Morbidelli says reigning champion Marc Marquez is teaching his fellow Honda riders that crashing is a necessity. The Honda MotoGP bike has garnered a reputation for being difficult to ride in recent years, as reigning Moto2 champion Morbidelli – who is stepping up to the premier class with Marc VDS – found
Aprilia racing manager Romano Albesiano admits the Italian MotoGP manufacturer “overestimated” its own capabilities when it chose to recruit Sam Lowes for 2017. Lowes originally agreed a two-year deal with Aprilia, but the Moto2 graduate was released half way through his contract after a rookie campaign that was largely devoid of results. He will return
Aprilia has unveiled the 2018 livery for its MotoGP bike, which will be ridden by Aleix Espargaro and Scott Redding. The new paint scheme features slightly more red compared to the 2017 version. Aprilia is going into its fourth season in the premier class in collaboration with Gresini Racing, with Espargaro continuing with the team
Andrea Iannone believes Suzuki “can’t hide” its race pace deficit relative to its MotoGP rivals, admitting he “suffered too much” on long runs despite his rapid Qatar test times. Iannone was third on the opening day of running at Losail, and topped last Friday’s session before having to miss the final day due to illness.
MotoGP privateer outfit Tech3 will link up with KTM from the 2019 season onwards, following its decision to split with long-time partner Yamaha. The French team has fielded Yamaha bikes in grand prix motorcycle racing’s premier class since 2001, but announced in February it would part ways with the Japanese manufacturer at the end of
Jorge Lorenzo says Ducati’s 2018 MotoGP bike still “doesn’t feel natural” following the conclusion of the final pre-season test in Qatar. Lorenzo ended the three-day test in 10th place overall, three tenths slower than team-mate Andrea Dovizioso and was narrowly outpaced by Pramac’s Ducati GP18 rider Danilo Petrucci as well. The Spaniard said the three
A lack of factory support for Johann Zarco prompted Tech3’s decision to part with Yamaha at the end of the 2018 MotoGP season, says team principal Herve Poncharal. Tech3 announced before the final pre-season MotoGP test that it was ending its 18-year relationship with Yamaha and had a new manufacturer partner for next year. Zarco