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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 →


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 →

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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 →


Video: Minimotos + Mobility Scooters

We have an office, an actual place to call home. This dainty little office should have been the location for our retrospective review on the post-Xmas minimoto endurance shenanigans, tawdry backdrops and all, though some technicalities impeded such reserved notions. Instead, we descended on Hexagon in Farnham where Baron used his suave and sophistication to blag some mobility scooters for… Read more →


Minimoto Madness: Part Two – The Race

There were megalolz, there were broken bones, there was some bloody serious racing to combat turkey comedowns and hangovers of monumental proportion: the annual post-xmas minimoto endurance race was a who’s who of MotoGP, WSB, BSB and TT paddocks rolled into an old hangar near Swindon. After a hurty leg and getting torpedoed several times during last years event, Baron… Read more →

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Minimoto Madness: Part Two

Remember last year’s post-Christmas minimoto endurance race, where Team 44Teeth acted as mobile chicanes amongst a clusterfuck of broken bones and trips to A&E? Well, there’s another instalment planned this Chrimbo and we’re rerunning the fun on the 27th of December – with a twist. The format is the same, although there’s a switch to an upgraded, more fanciful venue… Read more →


Video: Onboard Macau with Peter Hickman

Most top-level sportsmen deserve unconditional respect and admiration, although the prerequisite swingers for pure road racing swing my vote of nepotism any day. I honestly can’t understand how these boys even sit down with balls that big and this notion was amplified after watching Peter Hickman’s astonishing onboard footage from this year’s Macau Grand Prix. It’s almost as incredible as… Read more →


Do Supplements Make You Faster?

Doping. Currently a bit of sore point in other sports. After the continuing clusterfuck in cycling and Russian athletes having to take a temporary seat on the naughty step, even doping in football – the UK’s sweetheart – has been brought into question. But what of motorcycle sport? The Haga saga and his dietary pills were well-documented, but I’ve had… Read more →

00 Valencia Test MotoGP 10 y 11 de noviembre de 2016. Circuito Ricardo Tormo

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 →


Phil Crowe: Fat but f**king Fast

The Irish racers call him the ‘Beast from the East’ and you can probably see why. I first encountered Phil Crowe several years ago at the Castle Combe Grand National: the annual (and only) motorcycle race meeting of the year at my hideously fast local circuit. Admittedly, I was returning to racing after a nasty injury and wasn’t feeling it,… Read more →