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Alex Zanardi open to Daytona 24 Hours or Indianapolis 500 bid

Alex Zanardi says he is only interested in one-off racing events, after ruling out a full-season motorsport return in the near future

Luca di Montezemolo set to stay on as Ferrari president

Luca di Montezemolo looks set to continue as Ferrari president long-term after announcing that he will not campaign for a seat in the Italian Parliament

Former CRT rider Michele Pirro says class has a MotoGP future

MotoGP's CRT class will not be rendered obsolete when radical changes - including a spec ECU - are brought in for 2014 according to Michele Pirro

Daniel Ricciardo believes 2013 F1 season is key for his F1 career

Daniel Ricciardo says next season will be a crucial one for his career as he bids to prove he has what it takes to land a Red Bull seat for 2014

Marquez warned against 'overdoing it' in maiden MotoGP season

Marc Marquez must ease into life as a MotoGP rider and resist overreaching himself in an attempt to win too soon, according to 15-time world champion Giacomo Agostini

Ducati MotoGP test seat a step forward - Michele Pirro

Michele Pirro insists joining Ducati as a test rider does not represent a backward step even though it will leave him without a full-time race programme for the first time in more than a decade

Giacomo Agostini says Rossi and Lorenzo will renew hostilities

Motorcycle racing legend Giacomo Agostini believes it is inevitable that Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi will renew hostilities over the course of the 2013 MotoGP season

Loris Capirossi says 2012 tyre changes have made MotoGP safer

Loris Capirossi believes the tyre changes he recommended and Bridgestone implemented over 2012 have helped make MotoGP safer

Rossi/Lorenzo pairing will create a 'big problem' for Yamaha

Valentino Rossi's return to Yamaha as team-mate to Jorge Lorenzo will lead to a tumultuous year for the Japanese outfit's crew and management, reckons a key figure in Rossi's first Yamaha stint

Stefan Bradl admits 2012 MotoGP season exceeded expectations

Stefan Bradl admits his 2012 MotoGP rookie campaign exceeded both his and his LCR squad's expectations

Andrea Iannone pleased with his MotoGP progress so far

Andrea Iannone believes he is already making good progress at Ducati but insists he will maintain his patient, methodical approach

Bernie Ecclestone has 'a thousand more ideas' to pursue at F1 helm

Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone insists he has no plans to slow down and has 'a thousand more ideas' to pursue at the sport's helm

Valentino Rossi hopes rally win a good omen for MotoGP resurgence

Valentino Rossi hopes his victory in last weekend's Monza Rally marks the start of an upsurge in his fortunes ahead of his return to the Yamaha MotoGP team

Valentino Rossi: Ducati spell taught me nothing

Valentino Rossi admits he learnt nothing during his barren two-year spell with Ducati

Robert Kubica eyes more success after Rally di Como win

Robert Kubica hopes his maiden victory in a World Rally Car in Italy last weekend will lead to even greater success with the Citroen C4

Ducati owners want MotoGP title challenge from 2015

Ducati's new owner is not expecting the Italian squad to be back in a position to fight for the MotoGP world championship until 2015

Valentino Rossi says Yamaha return is 'like I'd never been away'

Valentino Rossi's first days back at Yamaha after his Ducati stint felt like he had "never been away", according to the seven-time MotoGP champion

Sebastian Vettel still an immature F1 driver - Jacques Villeneuve

Sebastian Vettel still needs to mature as a Formula 1 driver according to former world champion Jacques Villeneuve, who believes the German "reacts like a child"

Mercedes limited by double DRS system - Ross Brawn

Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn believes his squad's pioneering use of double DRS ended up proving costly in other development areas

MotoGP: Spec ECU and datalogger made mandatory for 2014

A Spec ECU and datalogger system will be made compulsory in MotoGP from 2014, governing body the FIM has announced

Marquez looking to learn from Pedrosa in 2013 MotoGP season

Marc Marquez expects sharing the Honda garage with 21-time MotoGP winner Dani Pedrosa will prove massively beneficial to his bid to acclimatise quickly

Rossi expects to start 2013 as number two rider to Jorge Lorenzo

Valentino Rossi believes he will start the 2013 MotoGP season as 'number two' to Jorge Lorenzo at Yamaha - but reckons that is an advantageous position

Michael Schumacher will not race on in motorsport after F1

Michael Schumacher says he will not compete in any other forms of motor racing after he leaves Formula 1 at the end of the season

MotoGP's spec ECU plans could still be scuppered by Honda

Dorna's chances of introducing a spec ECU in MotoGP could still be scuppered by objections from Honda

Stefano Domenicali: Felipe Massa will repay Ferrari faith

Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali is convinced Felipe Massa will repay the faith the Italian squad had put in him by extending his contract

Ferrari downplays talk of Sebastian Vettel joining team in 2014

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has played down talk of Sebastian Vettel joining Fernando Alonso at Ferrari in the future, suggesting Felipe Massa is a more suitable second driver

Honda issues MotoGP quit threat over standard ECUs

Honda has warned it would consider quitting MotoGP if Dorna's spec ECU proposition becomes mandatory

Robert Kubica aiming to complete full championship in 2013

Robert Kubica says he is aiming to complete a full championship in 2013 following his return to competition last month

HRT boss Luis Perez-Sala calls for F1 customer cars rethink

HRT boss Luis Perez-Sala believes Formula 1 needs to consider allowing customer cars again, and fears engine costs in 2014 could kill off small teams

Ferrari to shut down windtunnel to verify its accuracy

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo says the Italian squad plans to shut down its windtunnel in order to verify it is working properly

FIM unhappy over Misano MotoGP start mess that hampered Dani Pedrosa

FIM president Vito Ippolito has criticised Misano's race directors following the chaotic start procedure that contributed to Dani Pedrosa's early exit from the San Marino Grand Prix

Valentino Rossi not regretting Ducati exit despite team's progress

Valentino Rossi says he still has no regrets over his decision to leave Ducati despite his podium finish on home soil at Misano

Andrea Iannone hails 'special' Ducati move after securing MotoGP ride

Andrea Iannone says the joy of joining Ducati outweighs the elation of sealing a switch into MotoGP's premier class for the 2013 season

Robert Kubica says confidence boosted by rally victory

Robert Kubica says his confidence levels have been boosted following his victory in an Italian domestic rally on Sunday

Robert Kubica still aiming for Formula 1 return

Robert Kubica still hopes that he will be fit enough to return to Formula 1 in the future - but admits he still has a long way to go before he will know if that target is achievable

FIA president Jean Todt says F1 must cut costs by one-third by 2015

Formula 1 needs to reduce its costs by one-third by the end of 2015 if the sport is not to lose a number of teams

Alex Zanardi wins gold in 2012 Paralympic handcycling race

Former Williams, Lotus and Jordan Formula 1 driver Alex Zanardi won gold in the 2012 Paralympic handcycling race around Brands Hatch circuit on Wednesday

Lucas di Grassi appointed Formula E development driver

Lucas di Grassi has been appointed the official development driver of the FIA's new Formula E championship

Suzuki working on 2014 MotoGP return

Suzuki wants to return to MotoGP from 2014, but has ruled out entering any races as a wildcard next year

Alex Zanardi eyes Indianapolis 500 bow

Alex Zanardi is interested in racing in the Indianapolis 500 - an event he never took part in despite his success in the United States

Ducati pins MotoGP hopes on re-organisation

Ducati will re-organise its racing department and seek to take full advantage of its relationship with Audi from 2013 in a bid to once again rediscover winning form in MotoGP

Valentino Rossi says he will retire from MotoGP if Yamaha move doesn't bring strong results

Valentino Rossi says he will retire from MotoGP should his switch to Yamaha not meet with an upturn in results

Crutchlow: Ducati lied to me about 2013 works seat

Cal Crutchlow says Ducati lied to him about the possibility of a works seat opening up from 2013

Valentino Rossi says Ducati failure a 'shame' after decision to leave team

Valentino Rossi has broken his silence over his decision to leave Ducati and return to Yamaha's works MotoGP squad, describing his lack of success with the Italian team as "a real shame"

Valentino Rossi 'couldn't wait' for Ducati to find form says Davide Brivio

Valentino Rossi did not have time to wait for Ducati's MotoGP programme to become competitive, but has made his bravest move yet by returning to Yamaha to take on Jorge Lorenzo

Valentino Rossi denies he has decided to leave Ducati

Valentino Rossi denies he has decided to call time on his Ducati career, saying the lure of winning on three different manufacturers still appeals to him

FIM says CRTs to stay on in MotoGP in 2013

MotoGP will continue to run CRT machinery in 2013 but could be set for a change thereafter, with Honda ready to supply more affordable prototype machinery

Heikki Kovalainen wants to see stronger results from Caterham as weighs up 2013 F1 options

Heikki Kovalainen has suggested Caterham will need to start posting stronger results if he is to stay with the team after his current contract expires

Andrea Dovizioso fires warning shot to Yamaha, saying he has alternatives

Andrea Dovizioso says he 'has alternatives' and could even be open to moving into the Superbike World Championship should he fail to land a works ride with Yamaha

Dovizioso reckons beating Spies, Crutchlow key to landing factory ride

Andrea Dovizioso believes beating Ben Spies and Cal Crutchlow over the remainder of 2012 will be fundamental to his ambitions of landing a factory MotoGP ride

Valentino Rossi encouraged by Audi talks

Valentino Rossi says he is encouraged by Audi's "ambitious project" for Ducati following a meeting with the German giant's chairman Rupert Stadler at the Sachsenring

Battaini replaces injured Abraham at Cardion Ducati team

Ducati's official test rider Franco Battaini expects it will take time to re-acclimatise to a full MotoGP weekend after stepping in to replace the injured Karel Abraham at the Cardion Ducati squad

Ducati believes a planned new engine is the only hope to keep Valentino Rossi

Ducati team boss Vittoriani Guareschi has labelled Ducati's planned new engine as the 'only hope' of convincing Valentino Rossi to stay at the squad, after the seven-time champion expressed his concern that there appeared to be no solution to the team's current struggles

Bernie Ecclestone open to idea of customer cars for small F1 teams in 2013

Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is open to the idea of customer cars returning to the sport next year in a bid to help smaller teams

Rossi says Ducati needs something radical after engine tweaks failed to work

Valentino Rossi says the engine modifications Ducati trialled at a recent Mugello test have not worked, and that the team needs something 'more radical'

Honda: No rush to find replacement for Casey Stoner

Honda Racing will not rush a decision on who will replace Casey Stoner from 2013, and will not rule out any options - like that of Valentino Rossi returning - according to vice president Shuhei Nakamoto

Pirelli ready to supply Q3-only tyres, but says teams are reluctant to change format

Pirelli's motorsport boss Paul Hembery says the Italian tyre manufacturer is ready to supply Formula 1 teams with Q3-only tyres

Domenicali expecting quick reaction to Ferrari's slow start to 2012

Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali says he expects a quick reaction from the Italian squad on the back of the disappointing form shown at the start of the season

Valentino Rossi calls for Ducati to help riders

Valentino Rossi says it is up to Ducati to rectify problems with its 2012 challenger, and that his confidence in his own abilities has not been diminished by his struggles on the Desmosedici

'I cannot ride this Ducati' declares Valentino Rossi after Qatar MotoGP struggle

A downbeat Valentino Rossi conceded that at present he simply cannot get to grips with the 2012 Ducati after struggling to 10th place in the Qatar Grand Prix