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MotoGP Le Mans: Andrea Dovizioso leads Marc Marquez in FP2

Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso pipped Honda's Marc Marquez to finish on top in second practice for the French Grand Prix

MotoGP Le Mans: Jack Miller tops FP1 by more than one second

Jack Miller led reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez by more than one second to top a drying first practice for the French Grand Prix

Valentino Rossi not sure Yamaha MotoGP slump at Jerez a one-off

Valentino Rossi concedes there is no guarantee Yamaha will bounce back from its "upsetting" outing at Jerez this weekend at Le Mans, given the extent of its problems

Rear brake use helping Jorge Lorenzo on Ducati's MotoGP bike

Jorge Lorenzo believes rear-brake use is proving pivotal to his improvements on Ducati's MotoGP bike, and will continue to do so

Pol Espargaro says KTM riders opening to making MotoGP 'sacrifices'

Pol Espargaro says he and KTM team-mate Bradley Smith are open to making "sacrifices" during MotoGP weekends to help the bike's development

MotoGP team not on Valentino Rossi's radar yet

Valentino Rossi says moving his VR46 outfit up from Moto2 and Moto3 to MotoGP is not yet on his radar, despite the series chiefs backing such a move

Aprilia rookie Sam Lowes: Cracking MotoGP 'like a jigsaw'

Aprilia rookie Sam Lowes says understanding MotoGP and making progress is proving to be "like a jigsaw"

Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes and Ferrari F1 Spanish GP gains 'identical'

Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes and Ferrari have made "pretty much the identical step" with Formula 1 upgrade packages brought to the Spanish Grand Prix

KTM MotoGP bike no longer 'kicking like crazy' with new engine

KTM's MotoGP bike is no longer "kicking like crazy" with the switch to its reconfigured engine, Pol Espargaro says

Tarran Mackenzie picks up Danny Kent's former Moto2 ride

Tarran Mackenzie will replace fellow Briton Danny Kent at Kiefer Racing for the rest of the 2017 Moto2 season

Has Rossi's replacement already stepped forward? Plus

Has Rossi's replacement already stepped forward?

Sooner or later, Valentino Rossi will retire. But even if the MotoGP legend doesn't hang up his helmet until the end of 2018, one rider on the grid might already have one arm on the '19 Yamaha's handlebars

LCR MotoGP team looking at Moto2 frontrunners for second 2018 entry

LCR Honda boss Lucio Cecchinello says Moto2 riders such as Franco Morbidelli and Takaaki Nakagami could fit the bill if his MotoGP team expands to run two bikes again in 2018

Yamaha MotoGP riders Rossi and Vinales divided on new chassis test

Yamaha MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales are divided on the effectiveness of a new chassis they tried during Monday's post-Spanish Grand Prix test

Maverick Vinales fastest for Yamaha in Jerez post-race MotoGP test

Yamaha's Maverick Vinales led the way in MotoGP's post-Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez

Tyres caused 'unbelievable' slow MotoGP race, says Espargaro

Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro says what he considers an unbelievably slow race pace during the Spanish Grand Prix shows that Michelin's front tyre "needs to improve a lot"

Jorge Lorenzo proved critics wrong with first Ducati MotoGP podium

Jorge Lorenzo believes his first MotoGP podium with Ducati will silence the critics who doubted he could adapt to its bike after a tough start to the season

Sam Lowes: Moto GP Spanish Grand Prix was the 'worst of my life'

Aprilia MotoGP rider Sam Lowes described Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez as the "worst race of my life"

Miller's Bautista shove fuelled by other MotoGP Spanish GP lunges

Jack Miller says pushing Alvaro Bautista after their Spanish Grand Prix clash was a result of built-up frustration at other MotoGP riders "lunging from six kilometres back"

Honda's Dani Pedrosa ends four-year home drought with Jerez win

Dani Pedrosa claimed his first victory of the 2017 MotoGP season, leading Honda team-mate Marc Marquez home in the Spanish Grand Prix

Crutchlow 'wasted time' trying Honda parts in Jerez MotoGP practice

Cal Crutchlow says he and his LCR MotoGP team have been "wasting time testing things for Honda" during Spanish Grand Prix practice sessions

Jerez MotoGP: Pedrosa wins tough all-Honda pole fight with Marquez

Dani Pedrosa beat Honda MotoGP team-mate Marc Marquez to pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix, topping qualifying for the first time in 18 months

Jerez MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa fastest for Honda again in practice

Honda MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa continued his perfect start to the Spanish Grand Prix weekend by setting the pace in third practice ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Maverick Vinales

Valentino Rossi worried by Honda wet pace in Jerez MotoGP practice

Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi said he was quite "worried" by the pace Honda showed in the wet first Spanish Grand Prix practice session

MotoGP Jerez: Dani Pedrosa leads Honda-dominated second practice

Dani Pedrosa led the way in second practice for the Spanish Grand Prix, as Honda's MotoGP riders dominated again and Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo found form.

Jerez MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa fastest in wet first Jerez practice

Dani Pedrosa set the pace in a wet first practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez, as Honda's MotoGP riders filled four of the top five places

Danny Kent gets Moto3 lifeline with KTM after split with Moto2 team

KTM has handed 2015 Moto3 champion Danny Kent a career lifeline in the class, after he parted company with the Kiefer Moto2 squad

KTM brings new MotoGP engine to Jerez after Le Mans test

KTM has brought a revamped version of its MotoGP engine to Jerez, and could use it at the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend

Cal Crutchlow 'sure' Honda wants to keep him for 2018

Cal Crutchlow says he is "sure Honda wants to keep me" as part of its extended MotoGP line-up in 2018

Suzuki calls up Sylvain Guintoli to replace Rins from Le Mans

Suzuki has called up 2014 World Superbike champion Sylvain Guintoli to deputise for injured MotoGP rookie Alex Rins from the French Grand Prix at Le Mans

Valentino Rossi: 2017 Yamaha MotoGP bike better late in races

Valentino Rossi says Yamaha's 2017 MotoGP bike is stronger late in races than it was last year, even with his early-season struggles

KTM to test new engine for MotoGP bike at Le Mans

KTM will test a new-specification engine for its maiden MotoGP bike at Le Mans this week, before the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez

DTM outlaws radio use in race conditions for 2017 season

The DTM has outlawed team-to-driver radio communication during race conditions for the 2017 season

KTM's new MotoGP fairing a 'completely different concept'

Bradley Smith says the new front fairing introduced by KTM for its MotoGP bike at Austin represents a promising and "completely different" concept to the winglets he used with Yamaha

Dale Earnhardt Jr to retire from NASCAR at the end of 2017

Two-time Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr will retire from the NASCAR Cup Series at the end of the 2017 season

Rossi hits out at Zarco's 'Moto2' tactics after Austin incident

Valentino Rossi criticised MotoGP rookie Johann Zarco's overtaking tactics after their run-in at Austin

Avintia MotoGP squad locks in 2018 Ducati supply deal

The Avintia squad has penned a new deal to use Ducati machinery for the 2018 MotoGP season

MotoGP Austin: Vinales leads FP3 as Marquez and Lorenzo fall

Maverick Vinales set the fastest lap of the Austin MotoGP weekend so far to lead third practice, a session in which eight riders including Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo crashed

Aspar Ducati's Abraham fractured ankle in Austin team-mate clash

Karel Abraham sustained a hairline fracture in his right ankle in a "completely useless" Austin practice clash with Aspar Ducati MotoGP team-mate Alvaro Bautista

MotoGP Austin: Maverick Vinales fastest in first practice

Yamaha's championship leader Maverick Vinales led the way by more than half-a-second in first practice for the Austin MotoGP round

Fernando Alonso gets early Indy 500 test debut on May 3

McLaren Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso will start his maiden Indianapolis 500 programme earlier than expected, in a test early next month

Marc Marquez: Argentina crash shows Honda 'not ready' in MotoGP 2017

Marc Marquez says his crash out of the lead of the Argentinian Grand Prix shows Honda's MotoGP bike is still not where he wants it to be

Valentino Rossi 'very interested' in Fernando Alonso's Indy 500 attempt

Seven-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi says he is very interested to see how McLaren-Honda Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso will fare in the Indianapolis 500 next month

How Rossi highlights Raikkonen's shortcomings Plus

How Rossi highlights Raikkonen's shortcomings

While Valentino Rossi continues to fight through adversity to remain a MotoGP title candidate, Kimi Raikkonen appears more and more of a hanger-on in Formula 1. The difference between the two veterans is stark

New DTM cars faster than ex-F1 driver Paul di Resta expected

This year's revamped DTM cars are proving faster than Mercedes driver Paul di Resta anticipated

Marc Marquez anxious for Austin MotoGP podium amid rocky 2017 start

Marc Marquez insists he just wants to steady his MotoGP title defence with a podium at Austin, a circuit he habitually dominates, this weekend

McLaren F1 team calls up Button to replace Alonso for Monaco GP

Jenson Button will return to Formula 1 for the Monaco Grand Prix, standing in for McLaren's Fernando Alonso

Stefan Wilson parked 2017 Indy 500 bid for McLaren and Alonso

Stefan Wilson shelved his own hopes of securing a 2017 Indianapolis 500 deal with Andretti Autosport so McLaren Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso's programme could be put together

Alonso Indy 500: McLaren opens door for more IndyCar races in future

Fernando Alonso's 2017 Indianapolis 500 programme opens the door for McLaren to contest the race, or even other IndyCar events, again in the future, major shareholder Mansour Ojjeh says

KTM MotoGP programme 'beginning to see the light' after scoring

KTM is "starting to see the light" with its new MotoGP project, Pol Espargaro believes, after scoring its first points in the Argentinian Grand Prix

New DTM chief Berger believes series can't drop below 18 cars

The new chairman of DTM promoter ITR, Gerhard Berger believes this year's drop to 18 cars is "the absolute minimum" the series can afford

Marquez leads surprise star Abraham in Argentina MotoGP qualifying

Honda's Marc Marquez maintained his perfect qualifying record in MotoGP's Argentinian Grand Prix, taking pole position for a fourth-consecutive year

MotoGP Argentina: Maverick Vinales leads practice one for Yamaha

Yamaha's MotoGP championship leader Maverick Vinales set the pace in first practice for the Argentinian Grand Prix

KTM's first MotoGP bike 'black and white' to Yamaha, Espargaro says

The philosophy of KTM's maiden MotoGP bike is "black and white" compared to riding Yamaha's M1, Pol Espargaro says

Alex Rins cleared to race with injury in MotoGP Argentina

Suzuki rookie Alex Rins has been cleared to ride in this weekend's second MotoGP round of 2017 in Argentina, with a partially-fractured bone in his right ankle

Valentino Rossi knew he couldn't ditch 2017 Yamaha MotoGP bike

Valentino Rossi concedes he knew switching back to Yamaha's 2016 MotoGP bike was not an option for this campaign when he was struggling pre-season

KTM to hold off on new parts for first races of MotoGP debut season

KTM is set to wait until the post-Spanish Grand Prix test at Jerez in May before evaluating any new development items on its MotoGP bike

Redding 'glad' to have missed out on Ducati's 2017 MotoGP bike

Scott Redding says he is "glad" he missed out satellite squad Pramac's only 2017 Ducati, as it puts pressure on his MotoGP team-mate Danilo Petrucci to perform

Was Lorenzo's Ducati debut as bad as it looked? Plus

Was Lorenzo's Ducati debut as bad as it looked?

As far as first races go, Jorge Lorenzo's debut with Ducati was underwhelming at best. But was that down to teething problems, or does Sunday's race in Qatar point to further problems to come throughout the year?

KTM had hoped for points on first full MotoGP weekend, says Smith

KTM had hoped it would be capable of scoring points in its first weekend as a full-time MotoGP competitor at the Qatar Grand Prix, Bradley Smith has admitted

Valentino Rossi hails Friday breakthrough after Qatar MotoGP podium

Valentino Rossi credited a practice breakthrough with his Yamaha MotoGP bike's set-up for going from a "quite critical" situation to the podium in the Qatar Grand Prix