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Jorge Martin surgery postponed, Jerez MotoGP return in doubt

Pramac Ducati MotoGP rider Jorge Martin’s surgery on fractures suffered in a violent crash during the Portuguese Grand Prix has been postponed and a Jerez return is now in doubt.

Marquez ‘doesn’t trust Qatar’ to show MotoGP grid form

LCR’s Alex Marquez admits he ‘doesn’t trust’ the Qatar circuit to show the true form of the 2021 Honda or its MotoGP rivals following pre-season testing.

Aprilia set for private MotoGP test with Dovizioso at Jerez

The Aprilia MotoGP squad is set to undertake a three-day private test at Jerez next month with 15-time race winner Andrea Dovizioso as talks between both parties have arisen again.

Pramac to carry F1 logo on 2021 MotoGP bikes

The Pramac Ducati squad will carry the Formula 1 logo on its 2021 MotoGP bikes after new F1 boss Stefano Domenicali requested it.

MotoGP to implement strict lockdown for paddock for Qatar test and opener

The MotoGP paddock will be subject to a strict lockdown protocol for the Qatar test and double-header to ensure the 2021 season can get underway safely

Dovizioso won't return "at all costs" to MotoGP in 2021

Andrea Dovizioso says he will not return to MotoGP in 2021 "at all costs", but remains open to the possibility of acting as a replacement for Marc Marquez at Honda

Dovizioso "ready" if Honda needs MotoGP replacement for Marquez

Andrea Dovizioso's manager Simone Battistella says his rider is "ready" should Honda call him up to stand-in for the still-recovering Marc Marquez during the 2021 MotoGP season

Lorenzo "never imagined" Rossi's SRT MotoGP move

Three-time MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo says he "would never have imagined" Valentino Rossi moving to the satellite Petronas SRT Yamaha squad in 2021

MotoGP teams to discuss Qatar GP date change

MotoGP teams will meet online with Dorna Sports and the FIM on Thursday to discuss the possibility of moving the date of the 2021 season-opening Qatar Grand Prix

Suzuki MotoGP team won't replace F1-bound Brivio for 2021

The Suzuki MotoGP squad will not sign anyone to the role of team manager to replace Formula 1-bound Davide Brivio in 2021, Autosport understands

Rins thought he lost third in MotoGP standings in Portugal GP slump

Alex Rins admits he "didn't even think to finish third" in the MotoGP standings as he slumped to 15th in the Portuguese Grand Prix due to an incorrect tyre choice

Damage from early collision ended Mir's Portugal MotoGP race

MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says an electronics issue caused by early contact in the Portuguese Grand Prix forced him to retire from the 2020 season finale

Marquez's wrist "was sleeping" during Valencia GP

Honda's Alex Marquez has said his injured left wrist suffered in a violent MotoGP qualifying crash was "sleeping" during the Valencia Grand Prix and it "difficult to finish the race"

Mir's sophomore MotoGP year "an example" for Marquez

Honda rookie Alex Marquez says Joan Mir's sophomore MotoGP season in 2020 is a "really good example" for him to follow for his second year in 2021

Rins will keep "chipping away" until MotoGP title hopes end

Alex Rins says he'll keep "chipping away" until his MotoGP title hopes have vanished in the remaining two rounds, after finishing second in the European Grand Prix

Marquez: Yamaha cheated and the MotoGP riders knew it

Alex Marquez claims Yamaha "cheated" and the riders knew the engines they used in the MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix were illegal

Aleix Espargaro "hates" how he had to overtake in Teruel MotoGP

Aleix Espargaro says he "hates" how he had to make "on the limit" overtakes in the MotoGP Teruel Grand Prix because of the Aprilia's poor acceleration

How Honda has fixed a bike that only Marc Marquez could ride Plus

How Honda has fixed a bike that only Marc Marquez could ride

The Honda RC213V was for a long time seen as 'Marc Marquez's bike' and, with his injury lay-off, none of Honda's other riders had been able to get a tune out of it. But it's undergone a subtle transformation, and is now a force with his brother Alex

Avintia denies VR46 2021 MotoGP takeover rumours

Avintia owner Raul Romero has denied speculation Valentino Rossi's VR46 organisation will buy its MotoGP grid slots for 2021

Bradl trials radio warning system in Misano MotoGP practice

Honda test rider Stefan Bradl tried a new radio warning system during Friday practice for the MotoGP San Marino Grand Prix upon request from organiser Dorna Sports

Honda confirms Marc Marquez out of Austrian MotoGP

Honda has confirmed Stefan Bradl will replace Marc Marquez in this weekend's MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix, but hasn't ruled out the champion returning for the second Red Bull Ring race

The MotoGP tyre trick that helped Quartararo to Andalusian GP victory

Fabio Quartararo's Andalusian Grand Prix victory was partly made possible by a preparation technique Michelin advised all MotoGP teams to do, but only the Yamaha and Suzuki riders acted upon

Yamaha sent MotoGP engines back to Japan after Jerez troubles

Yamaha sent engines used by Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales at the MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix back to Japan for inspection following reliability concerns

Alex Marquez: Racing for Honda in MotoGP without Marc changes nothing

Alex Marquez says being the only Repsol Honda MotoGP rider in this weekend's Andalusian Grand Prix in the absence of his injured brother "changes nothing" for him

Dovizioso passed fit to race in Spanish MotoGP after collarbone break

Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso has been passed fit to race in this weekend's season-opening Spanish Grand Prix just weeks after breaking his collarbone in a motocross race incident

Smith to replace Iannone for Aprilia in MotoGP while serving suspension

Aprilia has confirmed to Autosport that test rider Bradley Smith will replace Andrea Iannone for as long as he is under suspension for a doping violation

Avintia: Ducati has said nothing about a Zarco Pramac MotoGP move

Avintia MotoGP boss Raul Romero says he is "counting on" keeping Johann Zarco in 2021 and Ducati hasn't indicated otherwise, amid rumours of a Pramac move for the Frenchman

KTM rules out Pedrosa return as Espargaro MotoGP replacement

KTM's racing director Mike Leitner has ruled out the Austrian marque filling the Honda-bound Pol Espargaro's MotoGP seat in 2021 with Dani Pedrosa

Why Espargaro signing isn't a disaster for Alex Marquez Plus

Why Espargaro signing isn't a disaster for Alex Marquez

Honda has reached an agreement with Pol Espargaro for 2021, in a move that appears to have left Alex Marquez in the cold even before he has turned a wheel as an HRC rider, as well as undermining KTM's project in MotoGP. But the reality is less clear cut

MotoGP News: Pirro says wildcard ban due to Honda not wanting Lorenzo to race for Yamaha

Ducati test rider Michele Pirro says the ban on MotoGP wildcards this season is unfair and suspects the decision could be related to Honda not wanting Jorge Lorenzo to race for Yamaha

MotoGP promoter Dorna helping teams pay wages amid COVID-19 hiatus

MotoGP promoter Dorna Sports says it is offering financial assistance to all satellite MotoGP teams and the Moto2 and Moto3 squads to help pay staff wages during the coronavirus-enforced hiatus

Ducati MotoGP team still plans private test despite Italy lockdown

The Ducati MotoGP team is still planning to conduct a two-day private test in Valencia at the end of March despite the entirety of Italy being under coronavirus quarantine

Several MotoGP teams to continue testing this month at Jerez

Several MotoGP manufacturers are set to carry out a private test at Jerez later in March in the absence of racing this month as a result of the coronavirus outbreak

Marc Marquez: Brother Alex must earn Honda MotoGP contract renewal

Marc Marquez says his younger brother and works Honda MotoGP team-mate Alex must "earn" a contract renewal, and that he will not "impose" his preference on the Japanese manufacturer

Ducati in fresh bid to get Johann Zarco to Avintia MotoGP team

Johann Zarco could end up at Avintia in MotoGP next year despite dismissing the outfit as "not a top team" when rumours of a move first appeared last weekend

Marquez's secret weapon for taming the Honda Plus

Marquez's secret weapon for taming the Honda

Marc Marquez is carrying Honda to 2019 MotoGP dominance single-handedly with a bike no one else seems able to master. And that might be down to how he uses motocross to hone his style

Why Honda must now split with Lorenzo Plus

Why Honda must now split with Lorenzo

Even though Jorge Lorenzo and Honda both insist on seeing out the contract that ties them together through 2020, prolonging the current situation for another year makes no sense for either party when it seems to be getting even worse

MotoGP champion Marc Marquez in advanced talks over new Honda deal

Honda and six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez are already in advanced talks over a contract extension to the end of 2022

KTM fully accepting of Pedrosa's no-go stance on MotoGP race return

KTM motorsport boss Pit Beirer says he is "100% fine" with MotoGP test rider Dani Pedrosa's decision not to come out of retirement to replace Johann Zarco for 2020

Zarco can race or test for MotoGP rival while under KTM contract

KTM motorsport boss Pit Beirer says that Johann Zarco has the company's blessing to test or race for a rival MotoGP manufacturer while he remains under contract

Why Aragon MotoGP surge masked Aprilia's "reality"

Aleix Espargaro warns his strong MotoGP Aragon Grand Prix weekend is not the "reality" of Aprilia's true pace and admits the manufacturer is still "suffering"

Jorge Lorenzo adamant breakthrough with Honda MotoGP bike is near

Jorge Lorenzo insists he is "closer than ever" to making a breakthrough with his Honda MotoGP bike, despite being "frustrated and disappointed" at qualifying 11th at Jerez

MotoGP champion Marc Marquez admits surgery tougher than expected

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has admitted he will not be in perfect shape at the first pre-season test of 2019 at Sepang after "complicated" surgery

Jorge Lorenzo: Training accident ahead of 2019 MotoGP very stupid

Honda rider Jorge Lorenzo says a "very stupid" training accident left him with a fractured scaphoid ahead of the 2019 MotoGP season

Jorge Lorenzo to have second operation to treat injuries on Monday

Three-time MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo will undergo his second surgery in just over a month on Monday to address discomfort in his right foot

Lorenzo discharged after wrist surgery, targets Sepang MotoGP return

Ducati MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo has been discharged from hospital after undergoing surgery on his left wrist on Tuesday

'No solution' to Yamaha's MotoGP problems - Johann Zarco

Tech3 rider Johann Zarco believes there is "no solution" to Yamaha's recent MotoGP problems following another dismal showing for the brand in the Aragon Grand Prix

Ducati won't block Jorge Lorenzo testing Honda MotoGP bike in 2018

Ducati will not prevent Jorge Lorenzo from testing for Honda in the official sessions that follow the MotoGP season finale in November, Autosport has learned

Iannone's 'special' Aprilia MotoGP deal has options beyond 2020

Aprilia's new recruit Andrea Iannone says he signed a "very special contract" with his new employer, with options that go beyond the standard two-year MotoGP factory contract cycle

Honda rider Pedrosa wants 'more respect' from MotoGP race direction

Honda rider Dani Pedrosa has called for "more respect" from MotoGP's race direction in the wake of his collision with Jorge Lorenzo in the Spanish Grand Prix

Maverick Vinales feeling 'very negative' amid Yamaha MotoGP woe

Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales was left with "very negative feelings" after the Jerez MotoGP race, having had to push "110%" just to secure a muted seventh-place finish

Jorge Lorenzo says Valentino Rossi copied him on Yamaha return

Jorge Lorenzo has accused former MotoGP team-mate Valentino Rossi of copying him when the Italian returned to Yamaha in 2013

Ducati calls MotoGP's late testing rule changes 'disrespectful'

Ducati has called MotoGP's late decision to change its testing restrictions "disrespectful", after the Italian manufacturer had to alter is arrangements to suit the new rules

Maverick Vinales puzzled by Yamaha's loss of form in MotoGP test

Maverick Vinales admits he was puzzled by why he was uncompetitive on the second day of Valencia's post-season MotoGP test on Wednesday having topped the times on day one

Ducati: Asking Lorenzo to let Dovizioso past was 'misunderstanding'

Ducati MotoGP programme general manager Gigi Dall'Igna says telling Jorge Lorenzo to give up his position to Andrea Dovizioso during the Valencia finale was the team's "misunderstanding"

Yamaha's Rossi/Vinales reverted to 2016 MotoGP chassis at Valencia

Yamaha MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales both reverted to 2016 chassis for Sunday's Valencia season finale

MotoGP Valencia: Marquez doesn't understand Friday crash

Championship favourite Marc Marquez says he was baffled by his crash at the end of second practice for MotoGP's season-closing Valencia Grand Prix

Marquez: Nobody will remember if Dovizioso wins more MotoGP races

Marc Marquez says "nobody will remember" if he claims the 2017 MotoGP world championship with fewer race wins than title rival Andrea Dovizioso

Speed of Yamaha rider Rossi's recovery 'perplexing' - MotoGP doctor

MotoGP medical director Angel Charte says he is "perplexed" by the speed of Valentino Rossi's recovery from his broken leg

Marc Marquez convinced Jorge Lorenzo will win MotoGP races in 2017

Marc Marquez believes Jorge Lorenzo will win races with Ducati in MotoGP this season, despite the Ducati rider's troubled start to the season