Dani Pedrosa On Top

On the final day of the Thailand testing the Repsol Honda Team concluded another very productive session of testing that saw Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa continue working on the general development of their RC213V, carrying out tests on the latest engine configuration, chassis, aerodynamics, and Michelin tyres. Over the three days, Marc completed a…

Pedrosa Trying To Beat The Cold

Honda’s Dani Pedrosa says he has been trying to replicate the cold and wet conditions he struggled with in MotoGP last season over the winter. Pedrosa’s small stature has often resulted in him struggling to warm up the tyres in the wet or in particularly cool conditions, as well as being unable to use the…

Rossi Admits Yamaha Is Worried

Valentino Rossi admitted his Yamaha team was left worried by a muted showing on the final day of MotoGP’s first 2018 pre-season test at Sepang. Rossi was second – 0.035s behind pace-setting teammate Maverick Vinales – on Monday, but could not match that pace on the following day, finishing six tenths in arrears in eighth…

Aprilia Need New Engine Says Espargaro

Aprilia must turn its attention to updating its MotoGP engine after improving its chassis for the first winter test at Sepang, says Aleix Espargaro. The Spanish rider finished up 13th-fastest on the final day of the test, 1.132 seconds behind pace-setter Jorge Lorenzo but eight tenths up on new teammate Scott Redding. While praising Aprilia…

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…

Suzuki Engine Focus Pays Off

Suzuki has managed to vastly improve the GSX-RR’s engine, the team’s Achilles heel last year, according to Alex Rins. A misdirection with engine choice during the pre-season of last year saw Suzuki struggle for much of 2017, with three late-season top-five finishes the only highlight. Keen to avoid a repeat, Suzuki has focused its efforts…

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…