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What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best? Plus

What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best?

Following his resounding MotoGP return with a seventh place finish in Portugal, Marc Marquez now must work to rediscover his best form before turning his attention towards results-based targets

Ducati wants to keep its six MotoGP bikes for 2022

Ducati is keen to continue fielding six bikes in MotoGP beyond the 2021 season and has been in contact with Gresini Racing about a potential tie-up.

Ducati: “Gamble” Zarco proving to be MotoGP rider “we thought he was”

Ducati sporting director Paolo Ciabatti admits signing Johann Zarco in 2020 was a “gamble” as “nobody trusted him” following his miserable part-2019 MotoGP campaign with KTM.

Ducati not worried by missed Qatar MotoGP wins

Ducati’s sporting director Paolo Ciabatti has insisted to Autosport that the Italian marque is not worried by its failure to win either of the Qatar MotoGP races.

Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash

Despite Suzuki’s decision not to appeal against Race Direction’s refusal to penalise Jack Miller following the incident with Joan Mir in Losail, something must be done to avoid a repeat of such an incident, which could have easily ended in tragedy

How Suzuki plans to avenge Mir's Qatar MotoGP podium defeat to Ducati

After clearing all doubts generated by the MotoGP pre-season in last week’s Qatar Grand Prix, Suzuki and Joan Mir have a new task on their hands for the Doha GP.

The key changes behind the latest 'return of the Mack'

Maverick Vinales’s authoritative victory at the MotoGP season opener came during a period of personal and professional change for the Yamaha rider. Can it be the springboard for a title challenge?

Morbidelli’s Qatar MotoGP race wrecked by holeshot device issue

Franco Morbidelli’s MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix was wrecked by an issue with his Petronas SRT Yamaha’s holeshot device, which left him without points in 18th.

MotoGP set for new Drive to Survive-style series on Amazon

MotoGP promoter Dorna Sports is finalising plans to have its own Drive to Survive-style documentary series on the Amazon Prime streaming platform.

How Marquez's absence changes the Qatar MotoGP dynamic

Marc Marquez's decision to miss the first two races of the 2021 MotoGP season shows an evolution in his approach to racing. His decision also has implications for the rest of his Honda team and members of the grid.

Marquez to travel to Qatar for COVID vaccine

Six-time premier class world champion Marc Marquez will travel to Qatar this week to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine being offered to the MotoGP paddock.

Marquez cleared to ride bikes again, Qatar MotoGP return hopes boosted

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez has been cleared by doctors to ride a motorcycle for the first time since July, boosting his Qatar Grand Prix return hopes

Huge fire wrecks Argentina MotoGP venue

The Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, host of the MotoGP Argentine Grand Prix, has suffered a huge fire which has destroyed most of the paddock and pit area

How MotoGP's COVID protocols will work in Qatar

MotoGP will implement a protocol which will allow the paddock to enter Qatar in March without having to serve a mandatory quarantine period

Bradl better than Dovizioso as Marquez's MotoGP stand-in - Hernandez

Marc Marquez's crew chief Santi Hernandez says Stefan Bradl "would make much more sense" to stand-in for the injured six-time MotoGP world champion again in 2021 than Andrea Dovizioso

Rins thought news of Brivio's Suzuki MotoGP exit "was a joke"

MotoGP race winner Alex Rins admits he initially thought team boss Davide Brivio's exit from Suzuki "was a joke" when the Italian told him of his decision

Why Suzuki's Brivio replacement must come from within Plus

Why Suzuki's Brivio replacement must come from within

With its charismatic leader Davide Brivio leaving for F1, the Suzuki MotoGP squad he turned into a world championship-winning force in 2020 has a major recruitment headache that it needs to resolve carefully to build on the foundations Brivio built up

MotoGP working on plans to run Sepang pre-season test in February

MotoGP is working with the Malaysian government to allow the paddock to go to the first pre-season test with softer COVID-19 restrictions

Marquez admits Jerez MotoGP return was "a mistake"

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez has admitted his attempt to return to action at Jerez just days after surgery on a broken right arm was "a mistake"

The true Marquez blunder that caused lasting damage Plus

The true Marquez blunder that caused lasting damage

OPINION: Regardless of whether or not Marc Marquez opts for a third surgery to fix the injury to his right arm, his attempted return to action at Jerez - four days after the initial operation - will go down as one of the worst decisions in MotoGP history

The defining plot points from MotoGP 2020 Plus

The defining plot points from MotoGP 2020

Largely shaped by the pandemic and the absence of its dominant force, 2020 proved to be MotoGP's most dramatic campaign in recent memory as a new champion emerged from a cluster of more fancied names. Here are the year's key takeaways

Dovizioso set to take MotoGP sabbatical in 2021

Outgoing Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso is set to take a sabbatical in 2021 and won't become a test rider, Autosport understands

Yamaha being investigated over illegal MotoGP engines

Yamaha is under investigation for allegedly running illegal MotoGP engines during the Spanish Grand Prix weekend at Jerez, Autosport understands ahead of the European GP

Why Mir shouldn't obsess over winning in his hunt for the MotoGP title Plus

Why Mir shouldn't obsess over winning in his hunt for the MotoGP title

Never has a MotoGP title been won by a rider who hasn't won a grand prix, the scenario facing points leader Joan Mir with three rounds to go. But the Suzuki rider shouldn't let concerns over taking that elusive top spot distract from his title bid

Dovizioso negotiating with Yamaha over MotoGP test rider role for 2021

Andrea Dovizioso could return to the Yamaha fold in 2021 as its official MotoGP test rider in place of Jorge Lorenzo, Autosport has learned

Pol Espargaro 'part owes' Teruel GP fourth to MotoGP rookie Lecuona

KTM's Pol Espargaro says "in part I owe" his fourth place in the MotoGP Teruel Grand Prix to Tech3's Iker Lecuona after using his set-up for the second Aragon race

Honda set to renew Repsol MotoGP title partnership

The factory Honda MotoGP squad is set to agree a new two-year title sponsorship deal with Spanish oil giant Repsol, Autosport has learned

How pressure management can win the MotoGP title Plus

How pressure management can win the MotoGP title

Inconsistency throughout the field has created one of the most unpredictable MotoGP campaigns in history. Seemingly a result of the absence of world champion Marc Marquez, the pressure this reality is creating is influencing the 2020 title fight

The youngster set to end a 20-year wait for Suzuki Plus

The youngster set to end a 20-year wait for Suzuki

Three podiums from the last four races have propelled Joan Mir into the fight for the most unlikely of MotoGP titles. However, there are other factors that further back up his chances of serving up Suzuki's first premier-class crown since 2000

Exclusive Jorge Lorenzo Q&A: 2021 Ducati MotoGP return "almost happened"

Jorge Lorenzo has revealed in an exclusive interview with Autosport that a return to MotoGP with Ducati in 2021 "almost happened"

Suzuki: MotoGP stewards influence should be reduced

Suzuki team boss Davide Brivio has criticised MotoGP's Stewards Panel for being given "too much importance" and feels stewarding needs to be rethought

MotoGP teams wary of KTM building “super engine” for 2021 season

Several MotoGP manufacturers are not happy that KTM will be permitted to develop its engines ahead of the 2021 season, with fears it is working on a "super engine"

Why the FIM needs to review MotoGP's stewards panel Plus

Why the FIM needs to review MotoGP's stewards panel

The inconsistent sanctioning policy of the FIM Stewards Panel, and the discontent that has spread among the three grids of the MotoGP World Championship as a result, makes an intervention essential to preserve the prestige of the championship

MotoGP champion Marquez ruled out for two to three months by arm injury

Honda has announced MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez will remain out of action for a further two to three months due to his broken right arm

Yamaha withdraws request to unseal MotoGP engines

Yamaha has withdrawn its request to unseal its 2020 MotoGP engines to fix a mechanical issue on safety grounds

Why the Ducati-Dovizioso divorce was unavoidable Plus

Why the Ducati-Dovizioso divorce was unavoidable

After months of speculation, Andrea Dovizioso's Ducati contract saga was shut down during MotoGP's Austrian Grand Prix weekend. Although he won the race and is fighting for the 2020 title, the impending split comes as no surprise

KTM can develop engines if it loses MotoGP concessions

KTM will be able to unseal and develop its MotoGP engines in the event it loses its results-based concessions at the end of the 2020 season

Yamaha requests to unseal its MotoGP engines after mechanical issues

Yamaha has made a request to all MotoGP manufacturers to unseal its engines on safety grounds following a series of mechanical issues, Autosport has learned

The keys to KTM's meteoric rise in MotoGP Plus

The keys to KTM's meteoric rise in MotoGP

KTM has dominated every motorsport discipline it has entered throughout its history, but faced an entirely new challenge in MotoGP. Five years on, with huge investment in personnel and technology, here's how the Austrian brand has reached the summit

The set-up 'fight' reflecting a change in Rossi's standing at Yamaha Plus

The set-up 'fight' reflecting a change in Rossi's standing at Yamaha

Valentino Rossi returned to the MotoGP podium in the Andalusian GP, but it came after 'political' wrangling over bike set-up which represents another change in approach from Yamaha with the Italian

Why Marquez isn't Vinales' main threat in MotoGP this year Plus

Why Marquez isn't Vinales' main threat in MotoGP this year

Fabio Quartararo's consistency in the final third of his rookie season already posed a major problem for Maverick Vinales. Now, following his first MotoGP win at Jerez last weekend, the pressure is on Vinales to prove that he is still Yamaha's main man

Injured Marquez evaluating shock MotoGP return at Andalusian Grand Prix

Marc Marquez is exploring the option to return to MotoGP action this weekend despite undergoing surgery on Tuesday after breaking his right arm in a violent Spanish Grand Prix crash

Marquez undergoes successful surgery on broken arm after Jerez MotoGP crash

Reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez has undergone a successful operation on the right arm he broke in a violent Spanish Grand Prix crash on Sunday

Honda not replacing injured Marquez for second Spanish MotoGP race

Honda will not replace the injured Marc Marquez in this weekend's MotoGP Andalusian Grand Prix, with the reigning world champion ruled out of the second race at Jerez

Why Crutchlow's Honda days were already numbered Plus

Why Crutchlow's Honda days were already numbered

Cal Crutchlow's Honda MotoGP exit has been confirmed. Though Pol Espargaro's move to the factory team pushing Alex Marquez to LCR may have made Crutchlow's exit inevitable, the writing was on the wall long before that

Quartararo set for hearing on MotoGP testing rules breach

Petronas SRT MotoGP rider Fabio Quartararo will face an FIM hearing during the Spanish Grand Prix weekend for allegedly breaching private testing rules

Remembering Valencia MotoGP 2013 - Lorenzo's 300km/h work of art

Jorge Lorenzo arrived at Valencia in 2013 as the outsider for that year's MotoGP world title. Ultimately coming up short against Marc Marquez, the way the Yamaha star rode that race was a work of art, Oriol Puigdemont remembers

The KTM exodus that suggests a management flaw Plus

The KTM exodus that suggests a management flaw

OPINION: With announcements imminent that Pol Espargaro and Jorge Martin have signed for Honda and Ducati respectively, the KTM exodus suggests a management flaw at the Austrian factory

Quartararo: Marquez has "raised the bar" in terms of fitness in MotoGP

Future factory Yamaha MotoGP rider Fabio Quartararo says reigning world champion Marc Marquez has forced the entire championship to train harder, and has prompted the Frenchman to rethink his approach

Quartararo outlines why Rossi should choose SRT for 2021 MotoGP season

Fabio Quartararo doubts Petronas SRT is any less professional than the works Yamaha outfit he will join in 2021, which should sway Valentino Rossi's decision to extend his MotoGP career

MotoGP News: KTM certain MotoGP engine freeze won't hurt progress

KTM insists the MotoGP engine freeze introduced to control costs in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic will not affect its progress

MotoGP News: Ducati has agreed deal with Martin as Miller's 2021 Pramac replacement

Ducati has agreed a deal with Moto2 frontrunner Jorge Martin to replace works team-bound Jack Miller at the Pramac MotoGP squad for 2021, Autosport has learned

MotoGP News: Miller joins works Ducati squad in 2021

One-time MotoGP race winner Jack Miller will step up to the factory Ducati team for the 2021 season, with an option to extend his stay by a further year

MotoGP News: Dovizioso's Ducati contract talks still stalled

Contract negotiations between Ducati and Andrea Dovizioso for the 2021 MotoGP season are still on hold, with the rider's manager confirming no proposal has been made to his rider

MotoGP News: KTM casts doubt on Dovizioso switch for 2021

KTM boss Pit Beirer says the Austrian marque's plan is to retain its current MotoGP line-up of Pol Espargaro and Brad Binder, casting doubt on the rumoured Andrea Dovizioso switch

MotoGP News: Petronas SRT has spoken to Yamaha about 2021 Rossi deal

Petronas SRT boss Razlan Razali has confirmed to Autosport that talks have been held with Yamaha about signing Valentino Rossi for the 2021 MotoGP season

How Rossi’s Petronas Yamaha deal is drawing closer Plus

How Rossi’s Petronas Yamaha deal is drawing closer

From taking time to assess his MotoGP future to having the decision effectively made for him, Valentino Rossi has made the first steps on the path to joining the satellite SRT-run Petronas Yamaha squad

How COVID-19 has thrown MotoGP silly season wide open Plus

How COVID-19 has thrown MotoGP silly season wide open

While certain key players are tied down for the foreseeable future, there remain significant question marks about the 2021 MotoGP rider roster, and the indefinite pause resulting from the coronavirus pandemic has created further complications

All six MotoGP manufacturers to meet for cost-saving crisis talks

All six MotoGP manufacturers will meet with each other this week to discuss cost-saving measures, including a freeze on engine development, in the wake of the coronavirus crisis

Ducati offers radical solution to MotoGP 2020 calendar problem

Ducati believes it will be difficult to find 10 countries able to host a race this season due to the coronavirus pandemic, and has offered up a radical alternate solution