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‘No pressure’ to repeat Marquez’s rookie MotoGP podiums – Bastianini

Reigning Moto2 world champion Enea Bastianini says there is 'no pressure' on him to emulate Alex Marquez's rookie MotoGP podium success from 2020 this season

Rossi: Yamaha needs serious programme with MotoGP test team

Valentino Rossi believes more than simply having a good test team, Yamaha needs to have a "serious" testing programme if it is to improve its troubled MotoGP challenger

SRT: Rossi podium removed "doubts" over 2021 MotoGP decision

Petronas SRT boss Razlan Razali says Valentino Rossi's podium in the MotoGP Andalusian Grand Prix removed "doubts" he had over the Italian for 2021 after his poor Spanish GP weekend

Redding's "free spirit" attitude didn't suit MotoGP, says Pramac boss

Scott Redding had a hard time with the "professional aspects" of MotoGP and is more suited to a career in World Superbikes, believes his former team boss Francesco Guidotti

Petrucci and KTM MotoGP team have positive first meeting

Danilo Petrucci and KTM have had a "very positive" first meeting, according to Petrucci's manager, as the outgoing Ducati MotoGP rider eyes a switch to the Austrian marque in 2021

Rossi: Yamaha still a long way off MotoGP rivals' top speed

Valentino Rossi says Yamaha still has "a long way" to go to match its MotoGP rivals' top speed, despite positive initial impressions from the 2020 prototype engine

Valentino Rossi: Yamaha needs better MotoGP qualifying tactics

Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi lamented a "wrong" Valencia qualifying strategy that left him mired in traffic and consigned him to a lowly 12th on the grid

Valentino Rossi "can't keep up" with MotoGP rivals - Agostini

Motorcycle racing legend Giacomo Agostini believes Valentino Rossi is not as strong as his main MotoGP rivals anymore, but deserves praise for still "having fun"

Valentino Rossi: Yamaha MotoGP bike "in trouble" at Jerez

Valentino Rossi said the Yamaha MotoGP team is "in trouble" at the Spanish Grand Prix after ending Jerez Friday practice only 16th fastest overall

Valentino Rossi: Losing 'deserved' MotoGP titles motivates me at 40

Valentino Rossi says losing MotoGP titles he feels he "deserved" to win are helping to keep him motivated as he turns 40 years old

Petrucci given access to Dovizioso's MotoGP support staff at Ducati

New factory Ducati MotoGP rider Danilo Petrucci has been granted access to team-mate Andrea Dovizioso's support staff ahead of the 2019 season

Ducati hopes to benefit from simpler 2019 MotoGP teams structure

Ducati will benefit from the "simplification" that will come with fielding fewer MotoGP satellite bikes in 2019, reckons its technical chief Gigi Dall'Igna

Lewis Hamilton suffers small crash riding Superbike at Jerez

Reigning Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton took part in a Superbike track day at Jerez on Saturday, suffering a small crash in the process

Jack Miller stunned by performance of 2019 Ducati MotoGP bike

Pramac Ducati rider Jack Miller says he "can't believe" his new 2019 Desmosedici is just two years removed from the bike he used in MotoGP this season

Valentino Rossi unsure about new Yamaha MotoGP engines for 2019

Valentino Rossi says he is not fully convinced by the new types of engine Yamaha brought to MotoGP's post-season test at Valencia, as his pace was "not fantastic" with either unit

Iannone expected Aprilia bike to be 'worse' at Valencia MotoGP test

New Aprilia MotoGP recruit Andrea Iannone said he expected the RS-GP bike to be "worse", but has still identified areas to make improvements

Rossi and Vinales believe they lost a Yamaha one-two at Valencia

Yamaha MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales believe they were on course for a one-two finish in the Valencia Grand Prix, before Vinales crashed and the race was stopped

Valentino Rossi: Late season MotoGP crashes a 's**t emotion'

Valentino Rossi called crashing while fighting for victory in two MotoGP races in a row a "sh*t emotion"

Jorge Lorenzo's injuries 'worse' than expected in Valencia practice

Jorge Lorenzo says his injuries felt "worse than expected" in Friday practice ahead of his final MotoGP race with Ducati at Valencia

MotoGP riders say Valencia track conditions similar to Silverstone

KTM MotoGP rider Bradley Smith says he is "a little bit worried" about the Valencia race on Sunday after "borderline dangerous" track conditions in Friday practice

Valentino Rossi accepts Marc Marquez will beat his MotoGP records

Valentino Rossi has conceded that his MotoGP records are in danger if Marc Marquez continues his current form

Aragon Grand Prix crucial test for Ducati's MotoGP progress

MotoGP's Aragon Grand Prix this weekend will be a crucial "test" of Ducati's progress, reckons Andrea Dovizioso

MotoGP Mugello: Rossi says he needs two tenths to fight for podium

Valentino Rossi says he needs to find an extra two tenths of a second per lap to be able to finish on the podium in Sunday's Misano MotoGP race

MotoGP prepared to enforce Monday races after Silverstone cancellation

MotoGP boss Carmelo Ezpeleta has indicated he is willing to enforce delaying races until Monday if necessary in future, in the wake of last month's British Grand Prix being cancelled

Vettel Milan F1 crash: Steering wheel error caused demo-run shunt

Sebastian Vettel has explained how using Kimi Raikkonen's steering wheel contributed to his crash during Formula 1's Milan demonstration ahead of the Italian Grand Prix

Valentino Rossi: My demands making Yamaha MotoGP staff 'run away'

Valentino Rossi has suggested that Yamaha's MotoGPs engineers have now taken to running away from him as a result of his constant demands for an acceleration breakthrough

Marc Marquez deserved penalty at Mugello - Danilo Petrucci

Pramac Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci believes Honda rival Marc Marquez should have been penalised for their run-in on the opening lap of the Mugello MotoGP race

Andrea Dovizioso angry after wasted first day of MotoGP Mugello practice

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso was left "angry" after a blown engine and a defective tyre compromised his efforts on the opening day of practice for MotoGP's Italian Grand Prix

Iannone says MotoGP split with Suzuki is unfortunate for both sides

Andrea Iannone says his form in MotoGP practice at Mugello shows his impending split with Suzuki is "unfortunate" for both parties

Andrea Iannone to split with Suzuki after 2018 MotoGP season

Andrea Iannone has confirmed he will depart the Suzuki MotoGP team at the end of the 2018 season

Valentino Rossi fears Yamaha won't fix MotoGP problems in 2018

Valentino Rossi is worried Yamaha will "need another season" to recover its MotoGP form if it fails to find a quick solution to its electronics issues

Crutchlow: Marquez Jerez MotoGP win not as easy if Hondas the same

Cal Crutchlow claims Marc Marquez would not have won the Jerez MotoGP race so easily if the reigning champion had been using the same Honda bike as the LCR rider

MotoGP: Ducati riders disagree on 2018 bike weakness

Ducati riders Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso disagree over whether the team's 2018 MotoGP bike is better than last year's version

Iannone ready to explode over criticism before Austin MotoGP podium

Andrea Iannone says he was close to "exploding with anger" before scoring his first MotoGP podium as a Suzuki rider in last weekend's Austin race

Valentino Rossi 'exaggerated' over Marc Marquez incident - Agostini

Valentino Rossi "exaggerated" in his critique of Marc Marquez in Argentina and was wrong to suggest the Honda rider hit him deliberately, says grand prix motorcycling legend Giacomo Agostini

Valentino Rossi urges Yamaha to speed up fixes for electronics woes

Yamaha needs to invest more resources into fully getting on top of its electronics problems to stay competitive in MotoGP, believes Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi: New Yamaha MotoGP bike will be based on 2016 chassis

Valentino Rossi has confirmed that Yamaha's 2018 MotoGP challenger will be based on the 2016 version of its M1, following this week's private test in Sepang

Casey Stoner believes he could have beaten Marc Marquez in MotoGP

Casey Stoner believes he would have been able to beat Marc Marquez had he not chosen to retire from MotoGP before the Spaniard stepped up to the top class

Iannone cannot solve problems with Suzuki's MotoGP bike

Andrea Iannone says he still cannot solve the problems he is having with Suzuki's MotoGP bike following his switch from Ducati for this season

Rossi: Motocross injury cost me Mugello podium

Valentino Rossi says he did not have enough energy to score a home podium in MotoGP's Italian Grand Prix, as he "suffered more than normal" due to his motocross injury

Rossi felt 'a little cheated' by Vinales in Le Mans MotoGP battle

Valentino Rossi feels Yamaha MotoGP team-mate Maverick Vinales "cheated him a little bit" by cutting the track on the penultimate lap of their French Grand Prix battle

Nicky Hayden's condition still 'serious' on Friday morning

Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden's condition remained unchanged overnight, with doctors saying he is still in an 'extremely serious' condition following his cycling accident

Aprilia ready to supply satellite team for 2018 MotoGP season

Aprilia "would be ready" to field more MotoGP bikes with a satellite team next year, racing manager Romano Albesiano believes

Andrea Dovizioso nearly rejoined Honda MotoGP team for 2017

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso has revealed he came "very close" rejoining Honda for 2017, during MotoGP's silly season last spring

Valentino Rossi's winter MotoGP pace deficit 'gone' after Qatar GP

Valentino Rossi's deficit to MotoGP's pacesetters has "gone" after the Qatar Grand Prix season opener, his Yamaha crew chief Silvano Galbusera believes

MotoGP 2017 testing: Ducati taking 'lots of updates' to Sepang

Ducati will bring "a lot of updates" to the first major MotoGP test of 2017 at Sepang next week, as it adapts to Jorge Lorenzo's feedback and the winglet ban