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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 →

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Valentino Rossi Broke My Heart, or something…

I didn’t watch the Malaysian MotoGP live. Instead, I enjoyed a weekend of debauchery with ten of my bestest mates at a secluded holiday house in Salcombe, Devon. You know, feverishly drinking and inhaling Mr Sheene under a duvet with whores and plenty of poker and japery. I was sharing a room (not a bed) with Mike, for that was… Read more →

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Ducati TriOptions Cup Finale: Brands Hatch GP

I’m suffering with an almighty hangover of doom after getting absolutely bungalowed during the end-of-season festivities at Brands Hatch (mainly the Tsingtao tent and free beer), which utterly ruined me. You know, jumping in a wheelie bin with a few mates and rolling down Paddock Hill at 4am kind of ruined? Ergh… While every other British Superbike class was decided,… Read more →

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Arm Pump: The Devil’s Work

Arm pump is the devil’s work, pure and simple. Any trackday regular or racer who has suffered this nasty, inexplicable ailment will comprehend the damage it can cause, whether it be spoiling a trackday session or utterly ruining a race weekend. I’m not going to lie: it’s bungled my racing exploits over the years. There’s no concrete remedy for Chronic… Read more →

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Junior Suicide: KTM RC Cup World Final

World Cup Finals usually conjure up visions of overpaid thundercunts buffoons kicking a ball around, governed by greedy, corrupt suits who should be classed as despicable vermin. While I admire the skill and natural talent of the beautiful game’s players (I am, after all, a Gooner), KTM’s motorised variety of the World Cup staged at this weekend’s Silverstone BSB was considerably… Read more →

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Is this the future of UK racing talent?

It’s the British GP at Silverstone this weekend. Although the home-crowning fairytale is mathematically impossible, Danny Kent is edging towards bringing the first GP title back to Blighty since Barry Sheene in 1977. Even without clinching the championship, Kent is already the most successful British rider since Bazza’s era and has a medley of 2016 MotoGP contracts at his disposal.… Read more →

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Ducati TriOptions Cup: Rd5 Cadwell Park

British Superbikes at Cadwell Park is always a special occasion. 40,000 race fans – most of them pissed for the entire weekend – crammed into the Lincolnshire valley create a festival-type atmosphere, and not even the Bank Holiday date change could scupper the annual party in the park involving the Ducati TriOptions Cup. Last year at Cadwell I bagged a… Read more →

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Suzuka 8hr: Photo Spesh + Musings

Short of hiring the services of Mr V Rossi or a drone strike that obliterated the entire grid, Yamaha couldn’t have done much more to secure the 2015 Suzuka 8hr victory. Flying in Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith to partner their in-house, insanely fast test rider (and MotoGP podium man), Katsuyuki Nakasuga, it was apparent from the start of the… Read more →