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10 things we’ve learned after Qatar GP

As you may well have clocked from social media activities, we were at Losail circuit in Qatar for MotoGP’s season opener. The principal reason for the jaunt was building investigation work for FIFA the launch of ‘Valentino Rossi – The Game,’ although the main event was obviously some intense racing in all classes. The gaming industry has, seemingly, endless pots… Read more →

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Photo Spesh: Qatar Test

Wings, winglets, aero nodules: call them what you will. Every Tom, Dick and Harry has been testing them under the floodlights at Losail, but it was the wing-less Suzuki of Maverick Vinales who ended the second day fastest. Many attempted race simulations for the first time this ‘season’ despite a greasy surface. All riders/teams tested new Michelin compounds and tried… Read more →

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Lougher to race Suter MMX500 at Isle of Man TT

As if 44Teeth ‘working’, possibly the first ever 133mph lap, and the onslaught of other reasons weren’t enough to attend the 2016 Isle of Man TT, here’s another: Suter Racing has announced that Ian Lougher will pilot the MMX500 two-stroke schlag in the RST Superbike and PokerStars Senior races, adding another smoke-infested dimension (and soundtrack) to the fortnight of fun… Read more →

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44T + Isle of Man TT

44Teeth will be live and direct from the 2016 Isle of Man TT in an official capacity. After years of persuasion and exhausting every excuse ever created, I’ve finally committed to racing at the world’s biggest motorsport event. I’ll be parading racing a Suzuki SV650 in the Lightweight TT for JHS Racing: long-term friends and sponsors of splendour. For obvious… Read more →

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How can Casey Stoner not race in 2016?

Probably because he’s got a family and a happier life in his native country, but that doesn’t stop the question being asked after Stoner ended the final day of MotoGP pre-season testing at Sepang 5th fastest, top Ducati on the timesheets, and 9th overall following three days in Malaysia and a two year racing sabbatical. “I have no intention of… Read more →

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KTM + WP announce Moto2 Project

Months after its RC16 MotoGP weapon encountered public eyes, KTM has announced a joint venture between the orange factory and WP Performance Systems (both of whom are owned by Cross Industries AG) with an all-new Moto2 project that looks rather factory. Unless KTM has been surreptitiously working on a 600cc four cylinder motor, or Moto2 rules will be relaxed to… Read more →

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Photo Spesh: Scott Redding’s Desmosedici

Coinciding with Pramac celebrating 15 years in the GP paddock after a brief soiree in Formula One, the newly dubbed Octo Pramac Yakhnich team unveiled their 2016 liveries and riders in Siena yesterday. The fundamentally Italian squad now has a blend of Russian after a partnership with Yakhnich was announced – the same set-up that took Sam Lowes to the… Read more →

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SCOOP! Valentino Rossi – The Game

We’re in Italy at the Monza Rally. Why? Milestone – the makers of the Official MotoGP game – have announced a partnership with Valentino Rossi for 2016. Next year’s version will be ‘dressed in yellow,’ featuring all the usual championship gaming but dedicated to the nine-time world champion. With changes to 2016’s real-world MotoGP activities at a minimum (Michelin branding… Read more →

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Casey Stoner Returns To Ducati

Following the gossip epidemic during the final round of MotoGP at Valencia, Ducati Corse has finally announced that Casey Stoner will return to the Italian manufacturer as ‘brand ambassador and test rider.’ Despite the current HRC contact expiring at the end of 2015, Ducati has made the announcement on the final day of the Milan show.   Although there’s no mention… Read more →

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MotoGP: Marquez quickest, Suzukis quick, Stoner quickie…

Another day and another fairly extensive (and expensive) crash-fest at Valencia to close the initial bout of MotoGP pre-season testing. Marc Marquez ended the test fastest, closely followed by Suzuki-powered Maverick Vinales, although times are obviously nothing to read into. For many of the riders, it was the first time sampling the new unified software and Magneti Marelli electronics package.… Read more →

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2016 MotoGP Season kicks off

With the hangovers and morning-after remorse dispelled from Sunday’s end-of-season festivities, there was a lot to get through before 2016 pre-season testing kicked off at Valencia this morning: Bridgestone branding removed from leathers, bikes and garage hoarding, replaced with Michelin for the first time since 2008. And, for some, a whole new Magneti Marelli electronics package to install as MotoGP… Read more →

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KTM RC16 MotoGP Project is go

Just over a year since announcing its return to MotoGP, KTM has debuted the RC16 at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. And it looks blisteringly sexual in testing guise. Ridden by lucky bastard the factory’s test rider and ex-GP pilot, Alex Hoffman, the shakedown lasted three days and, apparently, went very nicely indeed. The KTM RC16 and the ensuing… Read more →