Tag Archive for MotoGP

What can we expect from KTM in MotoGP?

There I was, sitting in the hotel lobby, waiting for the shuttle to Losail circuit before qualifying and wondering how I was going to survive another day without alcohol in Qatar. Thoughts of KTM’s MotoGP project also meandered though my mind as, moments earlier, I was told that Bradley Smith had signed for the Austrians. And would you believe it?… Read more →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Dream Garage: Troy Bayliss’s Ducati Desmosedici GP3

Ducati’s Desmosedici D16RR was the first glimpse of road-legal MotoGP replicas under the four-stoke era. While the super-exclusive Desmo polarised sportsbikes fanatics (some couldn’t quite grasp Ducati’s rightful insistence on downgrading and detuning for obvious longevity and financial motives), you can’t dispute its true Grand Prix DNA and sexy V4 soundtrack. Even so, there’s nothing quite like the real thing.… Read more →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Nakamoto: “We hope Valentino will understand his mistake”

Just when you thought Sepang’s shitstorm was subsiding as MotoGP heads to Valencia, HRC’s Vice President, Shuhei Nakamoto has rightfully gone public with his view of events. While some of it is obvious (understandable) Honda-based propaganda, there are some fascinating nuggets and balanced thoughts. Rather than rehashing the press release and crafting a story, here’s the full ‘Q&A’… We’ll leave… Read more →