Oriol Puigdemont

Oriol Puigdemont

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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.

Espargaro “angry” with result of “amazing” Honda debut at Qatar MotoGP

Pol Espargaro admits he is “angry” with eighth in the Qatar Grand Prix on his Honda MotoGP debut, but also hailed his race as “amazing”.

MotoGP champion Mir denied Qatar podium by "ambition"

Suzuki’s Joan Mir says “ambition” denied him a podium in the Qatar Grand Prix to kick off his MotoGP title defence, after being pipped on the line by two Ducatis.

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

MotoGP champion Marquez's injured arm finally starting to heal

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez's broken right arm, which ruled him out of the 2020 season, is now beginning to show signs of healing, according to Honda

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

Suzuki announces Brivio MotoGP exit, paving way for Alpine F1 move

Suzuki's MotoGP squad has confirmed the departure of team boss Davide Brivio, ahead of his imminent switch to the Alpine Formula 1 team

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

2020 MotoGP winner Mir a 'deserving' champion - Marquez

Marc Marquez says Joan Mir has "deserved" his 2020 MotoGP title win as he was "the most regular" rider on the grid

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"

Marquez has third surgery, faces potential six-month recovery period

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez has undergone a third operation on his right arm in Madrid and likely faces a six-month recovery period

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

Pol Espargaro has "no regrets" departing KTM without a MotoGP win

Pol Espargaro says he has "no regrets" about ending his MotoGP career with KTM without a race victory and is "super-happy" with his achievements from the last four years

Gerloff won't replace Rossi at Yamaha if he's ruled out of Valencia MotoGP race

Garrett Gerloff will not replace Valentino Rossi in the MotoGP Valencia Grand Prix should he be ruled out by COVID-19, Autosport has learned

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

Suzuki's Mir has "more to lose" in MotoGP title race now he's points leader

Joan Mir admits he has "more to lose" as the MotoGP championship leader, but considers this "normal" ahead of Sunday's European Grand Prix

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

Marquez "expected more" from Quartararo after MotoGP Jerez double win

Injured MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez admits he "expected much more" from erstwhile 2020 standings leader Fabio Quartararo after his double victory at Jerez in July

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

MotoGP tweaks Red Bull Ring Turn 3 barriers after horror crash

MotoGP has tweaked Turn 3 at Red Bull Ring for the Styrian Grand Prix by extending the air fence following last week's horror smash between Johann Zarco and Franco Morbidelli

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

Honda MotoGP rider Marquez broke plate in his arm opening window

Honda MotoGP boss Alberto Puig says Marc Marquez broke the plate in his right arm "trying to open a window" at home, which led to a second operation on Monday

MotoGP set for Portugal return as flyaway rounds cancelled

MotoGP has cancelled the remaining flyaway races in Argentina, Thailand and Malaysia for 2020, but is set to add Portugal to the calendar as the 14th race

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 new look MotoGP has the making of an unmissable season Plus

Why new look MotoGP has the making of an unmissable season

Against the backdrop of rider moves, a calendar shake-up and different rules to play by - thanks to a development freeze instigated by Dorna in the name of cost-saving - the much-delayed MotoGP season has all the ingredients necessary for a classic

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

Dorna prioritising MotoGP spectacle over post-COVID calendars

MotoGP promoter Dorna Sports' CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta says preserving the series' current competitiveness is more important than swelling the calendar again in light of the coronavirus crisis

Mugello set to be confirmed in next 2020 F1 calendar update

Formula 1 is expected to announce the next batch of 2020 race dates in the coming days with Mugello set to be the first new event on the updated schedule