Lorenzo Tops With Lap record

Ducati MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo ended the three-day pre-season test in Sepang quickest, setting a new unofficial lap record in the process. Lorenzo surpassed the previous best MotoGP time at Sepang, set by Honda’s Marc Marquez during winter testing in 2015, by 0.037s. The Maverick Vinales laptime that stood as the best effort from the…

Lorenzo Is Now Styling

Jorge Lorenzo was satisfied with the Ducati Desmosedici GP18 after the first day of the Sepang MotoGP pre-season test, as he felt it was more suited to his riding style. Lorenzo, who begins his second season with the Italian brand, ended the first official test day of 2018 in third, 0.03s behind teammate Andrea Dovizioso….

No More Big Pay Days At Ducati

Ducati won’t offer its MotoGP riders a repeat of the “extraordinary” big-money contract that helped it lure Jorge Lorenzo from Yamaha, says CEO Claudio Domenicali. Like the majority of the field, both Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso are out of contract at the end of the 2018 season, with Dovizioso’s strong 2017 form in particular expected…

Lorenzo’s Value Takes A Hit

Jorge Lorenzo admits his value in the MotoGP rider market is “not high” after a troubled maiden campaign with Ducati in 2017. The three-time premier class champion joined the Italian manufacturer after nine years with Yamaha, but found the transition from the YZR-M1 to the vastly different Desmosedici a difficult one. Steadily adapting to the…

Dovizioso Confident He Will Challenge For Title

Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso says he has “no doubt” he will challenge for the title again in 2018 after finishing runner-up to Marc Marquez last season. Dovizioso enjoyed a breakthrough 2017 campaign, winning six races and taking the championship fight to Marquez down to the very last race of the year in Valencia. The…

Lorenzo Hires A New Coach

Former 250cc racer Alex Debon will join the coaching team of Ducati MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo for 2018. Debon, 41, made 152 starts in the 250cc/Moto2 category between 1998 and 2010, scoring two grand prix victories and a best championship placing of fourth in 2008. He was also test rider for Aprilia’s 250cc project in…

Dovizioso Centre Of Poaching Rumours

Honda and Yamaha have dismissed reports that they are interested in poaching Andrea Dovizioso from Ducati for the 2019 MotoGP season. Dovizioso scored six race victories this season and was Marc Marquez’s main championship challenger, only falling short of denying the Honda rider in a dramatic Valencia season finale. The Italian veteran’s success will likely…

Valencia – Marquez versus Dovizioso

After nearly eight months, 17 Grands Prix, 399 racing laps, five race-winners and 10 different riders on the podium, the 2017 MotoGP season comes down to this – 30 laps in Valencia on Sunday to decide who will wear the crown as the king of two-wheel motorsport. Some 32 riders have taken to the grid…

Marquez Points Lead No Problem Says Dovizioso

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso insists falling 16 points behind main MotoGP title rival Marc Marquez in Sunday’s Aragon Grand Prix is “not a drama”. Having arrived in Aragon level on points with Marquez, Dovizioso slipped to a seventh-place finish at the Spanish track despite running third in the opening laps. With Marquez scoring a fifth…

Honda- Ducati MotoGP Battle Is Wide Open

Andrea Dovizioso says the MotoGP title race is “completely open” heading into the final five races, as he believes none of the remaining tracks will overwhelmingly favour either Honda or Ducati. Dovizioso, who is level on points with Honda’s Marc Marquez at the top of the standings, had stated earlier this season that Ducati needed…