David Emmett

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Spies eager to learn from Lorenzo

Yamaha's new factory MotoGP signing Ben Spies says he wants to learn as much as possible from his world champion team-mate Jorge Lorenzo and is keen to work closely with the Spaniard

Hayden leaning towards 'big bang'

Nicky Hayden has hinted that he wants Ducati to retain the 'big bang' engine configuration for the 2011 season after the first test of its engine options at Valencia

Spies: Works bike clearly a step up

Ben Spies said it was immediately clear from his first test day on the factory Yamaha that the works bike was better in 'every way' than the satellite machine he had used at Tech 3 in his rookie season

Hayden vows not to dwell on crash

Nicky Hayden is determined not to 'mope' about crashing out of second place in the final grand prix of the 2010 season, despite admitting he had lost a big opportunity

Lorenzo doubted he would catch Rossi

Jorge Lorenzo said his Portuguese Grand Prix victory came as a surprise because he had feared his Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi would be unbeatable as he edged away early on

Rossi keen to test V8 Supercar

Valentino Rossi says he is eager to try a V8 Supercar - but will probably not do so until his MotoGP career is over

Australian MotoGP date change mooted

The Australian MotoGP race could be set for a switch to an early-season slot to address riders' concerns about the poor weather conditions that often affect its traditional October date - but the change will not happen until 2012

Stoner calls for Honda unity

Casey Stoner has urged his 2011 employer Honda not to operate a split garage, and insisted that Dani Pedrosa has nothing to fear from Stoner's former Ducati boss Livio Suppo if the Italian takes charge at Honda

Q & A with Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo finished off the podium for the first time all season at Aragon last weekend, being pushed back to fourth place by Nicky Hayden on the final lap

Lorenzo not panicking over title

Jorge Lorenzo says he is not panicking about Yamaha's disappointing current form and would rather be defending a points lead on a slower bike than having to close a gap on a faster bike

Rossi could miss final GPs for surgery

Valentino Rossi is considering skipping the final two races of the 2010 season to have surgery on the shoulder injury that has hampered his performances for much of the year

Tomizawa still in riders' thoughts

Leading MotoGP riders said thoughts of Shoya Tomizawa's death at Misano were still weighing heavily on them as the Aragon Grand Prix weekend got underway today, but they accepted that they had to put such feelings to the backs of their minds while racing

Honda duo thrilled with Aragon form

Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso believe they are in even better shape for the Aragon Grand Prix than the Friday lap times suggest

Rossi encouraged by pace in wet

Valentino Rossi was buoyed by his performance in the wet second practice session at Aragon today, as he felt his pace in the rain had been an area of weakness since he returned to action following his lay-off with a broken leg

Pedrosa: No need for changes at Honda

Dani Pedrosa says he sees no reason to change Honda's management structure next year, despite rumours suggesting that former Ducati team boss Livio Suppo is set to take on a similar role with his new employer

Dovizioso admits HRC hopes now slim

Andrea Dovizioso has admitted that it looks unlikely that he will be part of the factory Honda team next year now that it has signed Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner, and says he is open to moving to another manufacturer if an acceptable alternative ride cannot be found within the Honda family

Stoner relaxed about track knowledge

Casey Stoner does not think having refrained from trying the Aragon circuit on a road bike will put him at any disadvantage to his rivals as the MotoGP field gets up to speed at the new venue today

Q & A: Hayden on events at Misano

Nicky Hayden has now crashed at the first corner at Misano in three out of four MotoGP appearances at the track - and failed to start due to an injury on the other occasion

Capirossi set for surgery after tangle

Loris Capirossi will require surgery to the little finger on his right hand following his tangle with Nicky Hayden at the start of the San Marino Grand Prix

Rossi: Fatal crash was unpreventable

Valentino Rossi believes Shoya Tomizawa's fatal crash in the Misano Moto2 race was purely a freak accident, and that no changes to regulations or the track could have prevented the crash

Q & A: Rossi on Tomizawa's accident

The entire motorcycle racing world championship community was left devastated today when rising Moto2 star Shoya Tomizawa was killed in an accident at Misano

Rossi: Shoulder not leg is main issue

Valentino Rossi reckons his lingering shoulder injury and Yamaha's straightline speed deficit are the main factors holding him back at Misano this weekend, rather than any issues with the leg he broke at Mugello

Stoner criticises Rossi over Ducati test

Casey Stoner says Valentino Rossi would only have himself to blame if Yamaha did not release him early so he could test for Ducati this year

Stoner not looking at Honda form

Casey Stoner says he remains fully committed to solving Ducati's current problems even though he will leave the team at the end of 2010, and is not paying any attention to future employer Honda's strong form

Q & A with Valentino Rossi

After seven years and four world championship titles, Valentino Rossi is heading for pastures new in 2011, having signed a two-year deal with Ducati. It is only the 31-year-old's fourth manufacturer switch in a 15-year grand prix career

Rossi: Ducati a new adventure for me

Valentino Rossi says joining Ducati will be the start of 'a new adventure' in his 15-year grand prix career, after speaking about his switch from Yamaha for the first time after testing at Brno on Monday

Q & A with Ducati's bosses

Shortly after Valentino Rossi was finally confirmed as a Ducati rider for 2011 in the Brno paddock on Sunday afternoon, the Italian manufacturer held a press conference for the international media, hosted by its president and CEO Gabriele del Torchio and team manager Vittoriano Guareschi

Ducati: Rossi deal brings icons together

Valentino Rossi was motivated to make his historic switch to Ducati after seven years racing for Yamaha because of the strong relationship he struck up with the Italian manufacturer's general manager Filippo Preziosi - that is the view of the company's president Gabriele del Torchio

Abraham reveals Cardion Ducati plan

Moto2 rider Karel Abraham and his family-run Cardion AB team will step up to the premier class with a satellite Ducati GP11 in 2011, it was finally confirmed at the squad's home grand prix in Brno - on Saturday afternoon

Rossi rules out Laguna victory

Valentino Rossi has ruled out any chance of victory at Laguna Seca this weekend, and insists he still does not expect to be back to his best until Misano in September

Stoner: Rossi 'not a crippled hero'

Casey Stoner says he was impressed by Valentino Rossi's performance on his comeback in the German Grand Prix - but reckons the media has over-hyped the world champion's return from injury

Dovizioso certain victory is possible

Andrea Dovizioso believes he can fight for German Grand Prix victory tomorrow having qualified fourth at the Sachsenring

Dejected Hayden apologises to team

Nicky Hayden has apologised to his Ducati team for his poor qualifying result in Germany, admitting that his 15th place was way below par

Lorenzo plays down practice struggles

Jorge Lorenzo played down his disappointing result in today's free practice session at the Sachsenring, which saw him only sixth fastest

Stoner not surprised by Rossi's pace

Casey Stoner says it came as no surprise to him that Valentino Rossi was immediately on the pace on his return from injury at the Sachsenring today, and expects the champion to get quicker and quicker as the weekend goes on

Stoner accuses Capirossi of blocking

Casey Stoner says he will talk to his former team-mate Loris Capirossi tonight after being blocked by the Suzuki man in practice at Catalunya today

Tired engine hampers Hayden

Nicky Hayden put his low-key performance in Catalunya practice down to both poor traction and having to initially use a bike with a fading engine

Stoner optimistic about arm pump

Casey Stoner feels his arm pump problems will be less of an issue at Catalunya this weekend - and might even be completely cured

Pedrosa starts 'from scratch' on set-up

Dani Pedrosa says he is having to start set-up work from scratch at every race this year because established base set-ups are simply not too working with the 2010 Honda package

Yoshikawa will treat race like a test

Yamaha's substitute rider Wataru Yoshikawa says he is 'honoured' to stand in for Valentino Rossi but is regarding his three-race stint in the factory race seat primarily as a data gathering exercise

Q & A with Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo arrives at his second home grand prix of the season at Catalunya this weekend with a healthy championship lead and a first title already in sight - even with 12 races still to go in 2010

Lorenzo insists title not on his mind

MotoGP championship leader Jorge Lorenzo says he is still trying to push to the maximum rather than riding with the title in mind, even though he is now 47 points clear of his rivals after one third of the 2010 campaign

MotoGP grid sizes "a joke" - Stoner

Casey Stoner has labelled MotoGP's grid size as "pathetic", calling for more customer bikes to boost the numbers

Stoner: Yoshikawa call-up atrocious

Casey Stoner has slammed Yamaha's decision to field test rider Wataru Yoshikawa in place of Valentino Rossi for at least the next three MotoGP rounds

Pedrosa calls for Honda consistency

Dani Pedrosa believes he still has a chance of catching Jorge Lorenzo in the MotoGP title battle - but only if Honda can start producing its best form more consistently

Q & A with Casey Stoner

Casey Stoner's season of misfortune took another twist at Assen when the Australian revealed he was still suffering from the arm pump that affected his performance so badly at Silverstone

Stoner mystified by arm pump

Casey Stoner remains mystified as to the cause of the arm pump that once again afflicted him during this weekend's Dutch TT

Hayden: Practice crash spoiled Assen

Nicky Hayden reckons his crash in final practice on Friday morning was ultimately the root cause of his disappointing Dutch TT result

Lorenzo open-minded on 2011 situation

Jorge Lorenzo has not ruled out a move away from Yamaha for 2011 but says that having Valentino Rossi competing against him on the same bike is "perfect"

Dovizioso plays down gap to leaders

Andrea Dovizioso is relaxed about Honda's deficit to the leaders in Thursday practice at Assen, as he believes the bike is quick enough to match Ducati and Yamaha once a front end issue is resolved

Stoner hopes to keep Lorenzo in sight

Casey Stoner is optimistic he can take the fight to Jorge Lorenzo in the Dutch Grand Prix on Saturday after running the championship leader close in practice - but says that given his disastrous start to 2010, a podium finish would be an acceptable result for Ducati

Spies not expecting regular podiums

Ben Spies is keeping his feet firmly on the ground despite a career best MotoGP finish at Silverstone, downplaying the idea that he will be a regular visitor to the podium from now on

Stoner says tracks becoming too safe

Casey Stoner has suggested that increased levels of track safety are having an adverse effect on riding standards in the world championship

Stoner convinced Ducati can win

Casey Stoner remains convinced that he can be competitive with the Ducati GP10, though he has once again ruled himself out of the title battle

Pedrosa puzzled by race issues

Dani Pedrosa does not believe his crashes in the build-up to the British Grand Prix caused his disappointing race form

Hayden frustrated to miss podium

Nicky Hayden admitted after finishing fourth in the British MotoGP that he was disappointed to have missed out on a podium yet again in 2010

Dovizioso confident Honda is gaining

Andrea Dovizioso reckons his second place at Silverstone shows that Honda is getting stronger and stronger as the season progresses

Lorenzo: Change of mentality was key

Jorge Lorenzo says a change of mental approach was key to his Silverstone victory, as he put a disappointing performance at Mugello behind him to dominate in Britain today

Stoner unconcerned by arm pump issue

Casey Stoner is confident that he will not suffer a recurrence of the arm pump that afflicted him in Sunday's British MotoGP when the championship reconvenes in Holland next Thursday

Lorenzo undecided on race tyre choice

British MotoGP pole position holder Jorge Lorenzo says he will wait until the morning before deciding whether to race on the soft or hard Bridgestone compound tyres