“Strong penalties” only way to stop constant MotoGP Turn 1 pile-ups

At the start of Saturday’s delayed 11-lap sprint at the Buddh International Circuit, five riders ended up tangling into Turn 1.VR46 Ducati duo Marco Bezzecchi and Luca Marini collided into Turn 1, with the latter suffering a broken collarbone while his polesitting team-mate was forced to recover to fifth.At the same time as this incident, LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl touched the back of Tech3’s …Keep reading Source

MotoGP Indian GP: Bezzecchi leads Marquez in first practice

Jorge Martin and Luca Marini traded the top spot in the timesheets for much of the extended 70-minute session at the Buddh International Circuit, each enjoying long stints at the front on their respective Ducatis.Pramac rider Martin was the first among the two to break the 1m50s barrier as he set a lap time of 1m49.358s in the first 10 minutes of practice, with his VR46 rival Marini’s response …Keep reading Source

Bastianini out of next three MotoGP rounds following Catalan GP crash

The Italian crashed braking for Turn 1 on the opening lap of last Sunday’s Catalan GP having started from 14th following a grid penalty.Bastianini collected Pramac’s Johann Zarco, who in turn was forced into a collision with fellow Ducati riders Fabio Di Giannantonio, Alex Marquez and Marco Bezzecchi.The four-time grand prix winner was taken to the medical centre for checks and later …Keep reading Source

MotoGP riders feel “insane” Austrian GP party should be copied by other tracks

The Red Bull Ring has been a mainstay on the MotoGP calendar since it returned to the schedule in 2016, hosting events every year since – including double-headers in 2020 and 2021 during COVID times – and has become a firm fan favourite.It’s one of the better-attended events on the calendar, with a weekend total of 173,013 – including 93,519 on Sunday – turning up for the 2023 Austrian …Keep reading Source

When one Italian motorsport legend flirted with another

A dominant force throughout the 1960s and early 1970s, Agostini won a record 15 grand prix motorcycle world titles – eight of which were in the premier class known today as MotoGP.With 122 grand prix victories to his credit, Agostini achieved more than most could ever dream of between 1963 and 1977.Between 1967 and 1972, Agostini was frighteningly consistent, winning every race he entered in the …Keep reading Source

Pol Espargaro ‘worked more than ever’ to get fit as MotoGP comeback confirmed

The eight-time MotoGP podium finisher suffered multiple fractures to his back and jaw after hitting an unprotected barrier in a crash in FP2 for March’s season-opening Portuguese Grand Prix.Espargaro underwent surgery on his injuries and had to have his mouth wired shut for the better part of a month early in his recovery.This forced him onto a liquid diet and contributed to him losing 2.5kg per …Keep reading Source

ITV pulls MotoGP British GP free-to-air live coverage

For the past two seasons, ITV has aired two MotoGP rounds live on free-to-air television, with the British GP at Silverstone included.It marked the first time UK viewers have been able to watch MotoGP live on terrestrial television following the broadcasting rights shifting from BBC to BT Sport (now TNT Sport) in 2014.This has contributed to a decline in interest in MotoGP in the UK, with TNT …Keep reading Source

The MotoGP philosophy Suzuki’s “madman” installed that Honda and Yamaha can’t

In a decision that caught everyone by surprise – from the members of the team itself to the rest of the paddock – Suzuki decided in early 2022 to shut down its MotoGP programme at the end of the campaign. Despite the brutal blow for the Hamamatsu-based team, which had to face most of the year with an uncertain future, the manufacturer left the championship in the best possible way from a sporting …Keep reading Source

MotoGP to enforce controversial tyre pressure rule from Silverstone

After it emerged in 2022 that numerous teams had been taking advantage of a grey area in the regulations and running tyre pressures outside of the recommended minimum limit, new regulations were implemented for 2023.For 2023, riders and teams must adhere to a minimum front tyre pressure of 1.9 bar (27.6psi) and 1.7 bar (24.7psi) on the rear.However, this rule coming into force has been kicked down …Keep reading Source

Quartararo: Continued growth of Yamaha’s MotoGP rivals in 2023 “my biggest worry”

Yamaha’s 2023 season has been disappointing, with the Japanese marque bottom of the manufacturers’ table having scored just one grand prix podium and one sprint rostrum courtesy of 2021 world champion Quartararo.
The Frenchman has complained numerous times this season that everything Yamaha tried with the new bike in the winter never worked, with Quartararo reverting to 2021 set-up …Keep reading Source