Yamaha first MotoGP team to unveil 2023 livery ahead of new season

The Japanese manufacturer was unsuccessful in its bid to defend its riders’ title with Fabio Quartararo in 2022, with the French rider scoring three wins and ultimately losing the championship to Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia.
With Quartararo helping Yamaha to second in the manufacturers’ standings, the 2021 world champion was able to mask what was largely a difficult year for the …Keep reading Source

Ducati proved MotoGP team order claims in 2022 were “bullshit”

Francesco Bagnaia ended a 15-year wait for Ducati when he won the world title at the Valencia finale earlier in November, the Italian overturning a 91-point deficit at the halfway point of the season to beat 2021 champion Fabio Quartararo by 17.
In the latter part of the campaign, Ducati did issue instructions to its seven other riders that they had to be mindful when racing Bagnaia and don’t …Keep reading Source

Ducati: Valentino Rossi MotoGP era of team “left a lot of wounds”

Francesco Bagnaia ended a 15-year wait for Ducati in last weekend’s season finale at Valencia, as he beat Fabio Quartararo to the MotoGP title by 17 points.
It marks a hard-fought turnaround in fortunes between its first title in 2007 and 2022, with Ducati hitting its nadir in 2011/2012 when it failed to find success with MotoGP legend Rossi – with the Italian scoring just three podiums …Keep reading Source

Quartararo ‘disappointed’ by Valencia MotoGP test engine issues

The 2021 world champion said “something went wrong” after the faster engine which he had previously tested in Misano produced the same speed as his 2022 engine.
He said the team’s test rider Cal Crutchlow had tested the motor at both Motegi and Jerez, where it produced more horsepower, but it failed to do so at Circuit Ricardo Tormo.
Quartararo had previously praised the 2023 engine …Keep reading Source

Marquez: Mir and Rins must learn to live with crashes on Honda MotoGP bike

Honda will shake-up its line-up across its factory team and satellite squad LCR, with 2020 world champion Mir joining Marquez at the Repsol-backed factory outfit as Rins replaces Alex Marquez at LCR, after both Mir and Rins were left without rides when Suzuki decided to quit MotoGP.
The 2022 season was a struggle for Honda, with the Japanese marque finishing last in the constructors’ …Keep reading Source

Tank Slappers Podcast: MotoGP Valencia GP review

In a tense race Bagnaia did enough to seal the title, marking Ducati’s first riders’ world championship since Casey Stoner’s triumph 15 years ago.
The Italian rider also made history by overcoming a 91-point deficit, to ultimately take the title by 17 points.
The 2022 season finale also saw Rins deliver Suzuki the perfect leaving present with victory in Valencia, as the Japanese …Keep reading Source

Marquez explains MotoGP Valencia crash due to “braking too late”

The Honda rider crashed out of the title decider on lap 10 of 27, having been running in fourth before sliding off at Turn 8.
Marquez said he was losing time at Turn 1 throughout the weekend, with the RC213V difficult to stop in a straight line, before finding the torque was “not the same like in practice” at the start of Sunday’s race.
The six-time MotoGP world champion says braking …Keep reading Source

Bagnaia only lost faith in MotoGP title for “one hour” over 2022 season

The Italian made history on Sunday at the season finale Valencia Grand Prix, as he became the first Ducati rider in 15 years to win the MotoGP title for the brand after finishing ninth in the race – while rival Fabio Quartararo was only fourth.
Bagnaia is also the first rider in history to have overturned a deficit as massive as 91 points having suffered five DNFs to win the title.
That …Keep reading Source

The key moments that led to Bagnaia’s historic maiden MotoGP title

Bagnaia came into the 2022 season as one of the favourites to fight for the championship having ended up just 26 points 2021 title winner Fabio Quartararo at the conclusion of a breakout campaign for the Ducati rider.
But a troubled pre-season on the GP22 put Bagnaia onto the back foot, with the Italian electing to revert to a 2021-spec engine prior to the opening round of the year in …Keep reading Source

MotoGP Valencia GP: Full Moto2 and Moto3 race results

The 23-lap Moto3 race kicked off finale day at the 2022 Valencia Grand Prix, with newly-crowned world champion Izan Guevara leading almost the entire contest from pole.
Quickly, the Aspar rider and Tech3 KTM’s Deniz Oncu broke away from the rest of the pack, with the pair running line astern in a tense race.
On several occasions Oncu had a look into passing Guevara at the final corner, but …Keep reading Source