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Miller "hero" of Doha MotoGP qualifying after 'scary' near-miss – Quartararo

Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo says Jack Miller is the “hero” of MotoGP Doha Grand Prix qualifying after surviving “the scariest moment I’ve ever seen” late on in Q2.

Strategy blunder costs Mir Q2 spot in Doha MotoGP

Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says a strategy blunder by Suzuki late on in FP2 in the Doha Grand Prix cost him a place in Q2.

Marquez to miss opening two MotoGP races in Qatar

Honda has announced six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez will not contest the opening two rounds of the 2021 season in Qatar.

Morbidelli’s Yamaha MotoGP upgrades “substantial” for 2021

Franco Morbidelli believes the "substantial" upgrades to his Petronas SRT ‘A-spec’ Yamaha MotoGP bike have resolved a number of the issues he had in 2020.

Moto2 Qatar test: Lowes pips Bezzecchi by 0.013s

Sam Lowes ends the final Moto2 test of the 2021 pre-season fastest of all, pipping Valentino Rossi protégé Marco Bezzecchi by 0.013 seconds on the final day.

Qatar Moto3 test: Masia fastest as rookies impress

Jaume Masia ended the final Moto3 pre-season test of 2021 fastest of all, leading impressive rookie Ajo KTM team-mate Pedro Acosta in Qatar.

Quartararo: Yamaha “ready” to manage MotoGP struggles better in 2021

Fabio Quartararo believes Yamaha will be better able to “prepare something” with its MotoGP bike when it encounters difficult moments this season unlike in 2020.

Why a MotoGP legend needs to ditch social media and enjoy retirement Plus

Why a MotoGP legend needs to ditch social media and enjoy retirement

OPINION: Jorge Lorenzo's status as one of the greatest MotoGP riders of all time is hard to dispute. But his constant social media spats with fellow riders and insistence on listing his achievements to his detractors are running the risk of tarnishing a legacy he worked hard to create

Bagnaia doesn't feel like Ducati MotoGP number two rider

Francesco Bagnaia says Ducati has not made him feel like a number two rider in its factory MotoGP squad, despite team-mate Jack Miller being tipped as an early title favourite.

Can leaving a factory team end Rossi’s MotoGP victory drought? Plus

Can leaving a factory team end Rossi’s MotoGP victory drought?

It is over three-and-a-half years since the Italian national anthem rang out to declare a Valentino Rossi victory in MotoGP. To some onlookers his move out of the factory Yamaha squad meant the 2017 Dutch TT could remain his final win but, after an encouraging transition at Petronas SRT, hope is far from lost

Marini: Hard to copy “strange” Miller Ducati MotoGP riding style

Avintia MotoGP rookie Luca Marini says he studied all Ducati riders’ data during the Qatar test, but admits its leading rider Jack Miller’s “strange” style is difficult to copy.

Marquez "will never be slow" on MotoGP return – Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow believes his former Honda stablemate Marc Marquez “will never be slow” when he finally returns to MotoGP from injury, but concedes he will need time to readjust.

Rossi: Atmosphere within new SRT MotoGP team “beautiful”

Valentino Rossi has praised the feeling with his new Petronas Sepang Racing Team as “beautiful” following MotoGP pre-season testing in Qatar.

Espargaro ‘would have signed for’ Honda MotoGP test debut

Pol Espargaro says he was reassured by his maiden Honda MotoGP test in Qatar last week, and ‘would have signed for’ the feeling he has after only four days riding.

What Marquez will we get on his much-needed MotoGP return? Plus

What Marquez will we get on his much-needed MotoGP return?

As Marc Marquez’s comeback draws nearer, the six-time MotoGP world champion will have the eyes of the motorsport world on him to see if his incredible speed returns instantly. How Marquez deals with this could be key to both what he and the wider grid faces in 2021

Binder: KTM MotoGP test struggles look worse than they are

Brad Binder believes KTM’s Qatar pre-season test struggles with its new MotoGP bike “look worse on paper than in reality” ahead of the 2021 season.

Miller ‘enjoying’ being tagged as MotoGP title favourite

Ducati’s Jack Miller admits he is ‘enjoying’ being tagged as a favourite for the 2021 MotoGP world championship following a strong pre-season test in Qatar.

What we learned from MotoGP pre-season testing in 2021

MotoGP's short pre-season has concluded, but who looks in best shape ahead of the 2021 season and who is in trouble as racing looms? Here's what we've learned

MotoGP champion Mir only "70%" ready for start of 2021 season

Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir admits he’s only “70%” ready for the 2021 season and is likely to start it on the 2020 Suzuki chassis.

Qatar MotoGP test: Petrucci tops wasted final day

Tech3 KTM’s Danilo Petrucci topped a final day of the Qatar MotoGP test ruined by high winds, with only five riders posting lap times.

2021 Yamaha MotoGP bike “ready” to race – Vinales

Maverick Vinales believes the 2021 Yamaha MotoGP bike is “ready” to race after topping the penultimate day of pre-season testing in Qatar.

KTM 'hitting a wall' in Qatar MotoGP testing

Miguel Oliveira says KTM has “hit a wall” in terms of performance with its 2021 bike at the Losail circuit during MotoGP’s Qatar test.

Espargaro: First Honda MotoGP crash "not the one I was waiting for"

Pol Espargaro admits his first crash as a Honda MotoGP rider was “not the one I was waiting for” in Thursday’s Qatar test.

Qatar to offer MotoGP paddock COVID-19 vaccinations

MotoGP and the state of Qatar have partnered to offer the entire paddock travelling to Doha COVID-19 vaccinations, following the successful rollout in the country.

Marquez not cleared to finish Qatar MotoGP test, but will "push" doctor

Alex Marquez says he has not been cleared to complete the Qatar MotoGP test on Friday after fracturing his foot, but will push the circuit doctor to pass him fit.

Qatar MotoGP test: Vinales fastest as Marquez fractures foot

Maverick Vinales led a Yamaha 1-2 on the penultimate day of MotoGP pre-season testing in Qatar, while Alex Marquez suffered a fractured foot after a crash.

Binder "killing time" in corners on 2021 KTM MotoGP bike

Brad Binder feels he is making every corner of the Losail circuit “way too round” on his new KTM MotoGP bike in Qatar testing, which is “killing time”.

Rossi "felt like a real rider" on first day of second Qatar MotoGP test

Petronas SRT’s Valentino Rossi says he “felt like a real rider” again following the opening day of the second Qatar MotoGP pre-season test.

Miller: Honda’s Espargaro "standout" of MotoGP testing

Jack Miller believes Honda’s Pol Espargaro has been the “standout” rider of MotoGP pre-season testing in Qatar after an impressive Wednesday on the RC213V.

Quartararo “scared” of Yamaha’s overtake potential in Qatar

Fabio Quartararo admits he is “a bit scared” about the overtaking potential of the 2021 Yamaha at Losail following the opening day of the second Qatar MotoGP test.

Miller smashes Qatar lap record as MotoGP testing continues

Ducati’s Jack Miller set an outright lap record at Losail as he topped the opening day of the second Qatar MotoGP pre-season test ahead of Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo.

Crutchlow: “Sad for MotoGP” no British rider on 2021 grid

Cal Crutchlow says it’s “sad for MotoGP” that no British rider will race in the premier class in 2021, after Aprilia elected to field Lorenzo Savadori instead of Bradley Smith.

Being top MotoGP rookie in Qatar test “not important” – Bastianini

Reigning Moto2 world champion and Avintia Ducati rider Enea Bastianini says it was “not that important” to be the fastest MotoGP rookie after the first Qatar test.

Aprilia "deserves to fight" with MotoGP’s best in 2021 – Espargaro

Aleix Espargaro believes Aprilia “deserves” a strong 2021 MotoGP season after the step forward it made with its RS-GP bike over the winter.

Yamaha updating Morbidelli’s MotoGP bike “a great surprise”

Franco Morbidelli admits Yamaha bringing updates for him to try on his Petronas SRT ‘A-spec’ MotoGP bike was “a great surprise” for him in the Qatar test.

Rins: Testing 2022 Suzuki engine not detracting from 2021 MotoGP work

Alex Rins doesn’t feel testing Suzuki’s prototype 2022 MotoGP engine on Sunday at the Qatar test detracted from his work on the 2021 GSX-RR.

Why 2021 is Aprilia's most important MotoGP season Plus

Why 2021 is Aprilia's most important MotoGP season

Aprilia’s pre-season progress in MotoGP in recent years has always ended up flattering to deceive. But concessions in the rules has allowed it to start 2021 with a new bike. The early signs are promising, and they need to be as 2021 - for numerous reasons - will be Aprilia’s most important season in MotoGP.

Rossi: 2021 Yamaha MotoGP bike “very similar” to 2020 M1

Petronas SRT rider Valentino Rossi admits the feeling between the 2021 Yamaha MotoGP chassis is “very similar” to last year’s after encountering rear grip issues in the Qatar test.

Zarco feels more important to Ducati MotoGP bike development

Johann Zarco says he feels he is more important to Ducati’s MotoGP bike development since stepping from Avintia to Pramac, which is “a nice feeling”.

Espargaro: Not knowing limit of Honda MotoGP bike "stressful"

Pol Espargaro admits it is “so stressful” not knowing the limits of the Honda MotoGP bike following the second day of pre-season testing in Qatar

Vinales "surprised" by Qatar MotoGP test long run pace on old bike

Maverick Vinales says his strong long run pace during the second day of the Qatar MotoGP test came as a surprise to him because he didn’t try Yamaha’s new chassis.

Miller: Ducati ‘chasing its arse’ seeking 2021 MotoGP bike gains

Factory Ducati rider Jack Miller says he and his team are currently ‘chasing our arse’ looking for marginal gains with its 2021 MotoGP bike in Qatar pre-season testing.

Quartararo pips Miller on second day of Qatar MotoGP test

New factory Yamaha signing Fabio Quartararo set the pace on the second day of Qatar MotoGP pre-season testing, beating Ducati’s Jack Miller by 0.077 seconds.

Quartararo "totally lost" readjusting to Yamaha MotoGP bike

Fabio Quartararo admits he was “totally lost” for half of the opening day of MotoGP pre-season testing trying to readjust to his Yamaha after riding street bikes in the winter

Suzuki already testing 2022 MotoGP engine in Qatar

Suzuki test rider Sylvain Guintoli has revealed the Japanese marque has already been testing its 2022 MotoGP engine during Qatar pre-season running

Espargaro: Honda and KTM MotoGP bikes “too different to compare”

Pol Espargaro admits the KTM he rode last year and his new Honda MotoGP bike are “too different to compare” following the first day of the Qatar pre-season test.

Rossi: First Petronas SRT MotoGP laps were “strange”

Valentino Rossi admits his first laps for Petronas SRT on the opening day of the Qatar MotoGP test were “strange”.

2021 Aprilia “quite different” to ride – Espargaro

Aleix Espargaro says the 2021 Aprilia RS-GP doesn’t look like a revolution, but feels “quite different” to ride after topping the first day of the Qatar MotoGP pre-season test.

Aleix Espargaro tops opening day of Qatar MotoGP test for Aprilia

Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro topped the opening day of MotoGP pre-season testing in Qatar aboard his new RS-GP, while there was a crash for LCR Honda’s Alex Marquez.

Maverick Vinales Q&A: What Yamaha must do for 2021 MotoGP glory

Maverick Vinales enters his fifth season as a factory Yamaha MotoGP rider in 2021, and it will perhaps be the most significant one he has faced. He speaks exclusively to Autosport about the year ahead and what needs to happen for Yamaha to fight for the championship

MotoGP champions Suzuki unwrap 2021 bike

Reigning MotoGP riders’ and teams’ world champions Suzuki has unveiled its 2021 livery ahead of pre-season testing in Qatar on Saturday.

Rookies react to first MotoGP outing in Qatar shakedown

Friday’s shakedown test in Qatar provided MotoGP’s rookie riders with the opportunity to sample their machinery for the first time ahead of their debut season in 2021.

2021 MotoGP pre-season Yamaha's toughest – Vinales

Maverick Vinales admits the fact MotoGP testing is taking place in Qatar on the same track as the opening two rounds makes 2021’s pre-season the toughest he’s faced with Yamaha.

MotoGP 2021 Aprilia's "most important" year - Rivola

Aprilia CEO Massimo Rivola admits the 2021 season is the marque’s “most important” one given the freedom it has to develop its RS-GP compared to its rivals.

Aprilia reveals new MotoGP bike, confirms rider line-up

Aprilia has unveiled its 2021 MotoGP challenger at its official launch event in Qatar and confirmed Lorenzo Savadori as its second rider alongside Aleix Espargaro.

Crutchlow can "make the difference" for Yamaha MotoGP bid - Rossi

Valentino Rossi believes three-time MotoGP race winner Cal Crutchlow can “make the difference” for Yamaha in 2021 as its official test rider following the struggles of 2020.

Rossi not racing in MotoGP "just to spend time"

Valentino Rossi says he is not racing “just to spend time” and has set his sights on fighting for victories in the 2021 MotoGP season with Petronas SRT.

Morbidelli/Rossi relationship won’t change as MotoGP team-mates

MotoGP 2020 runner-up Franco Morbidelli says "nothing will change" between himself and Valentino Rossi as Petronas SRT team-mates as "nothing is as big as friendship"

SRT: Rossi won't have less pressure as satellite MotoGP rider

Petronas SRT team director Johan Stigefelt doesn't believe nine-time grand prix world champion Valentino Rossi will have less pressure on him as a satellite MotoGP rider in 2021

SRT "seemed more upset" than Yamaha at 2020 MotoGP title loss

Petronas SRT team principal Razlan Razali admits his squad appeared "more upset" at losing the 2020 MotoGP title than Yamaha was, but stresses this situation has been "addressed"