Oriol Puigdemont

Oriol Puigdemont

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Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era

The once all-conquering Japanese manufacturers are going through a difficult period in MotoGP this season. With Suzuki quitting, Honda struggling to get near the podium and Yamaha only enjoying success courtesy of Fabio Quartararo, Japanese manufacturers have been left in the dust by their European counterparts. Key paddock figures explain why.

Mir ‘has too much trouble at Suzuki’ to look at Honda’s MotoGP woes

Joan Mir admits Suzuki “has a lot of trouble” within the team right now as its tough 2022 MotoGP season continues for him to pay much attention to Honda’s woes.

Rins in talks with LCR Honda over MotoGP move for 2023

Suzuki’s Alex Rins is in talks with LCR Honda for the 2023 MotoGP season to replace Alex Marquez, Autosport has learned.

Bagnaia says ‘unexplainable’ Germany MotoGP crash “difficult to accept”

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia “can’t explain” why he crashed out of the MotoGP German Grand Prix and not knowing why is “difficult to accept”.

Bradl slams Honda heat issues after getting burns in Germany MotoGP race

Honda’s Stefan Bradl has slammed “unacceptable” heat problems with the RC213V MotoGP bike after it burned his foot in a miserable German Grand Prix for the marque.

Pol Espargaro ‘feels like I’ve been hit by a truck’ after Germany MotoGP crash

Honda’s Pol Espargaro admits he “feels like one truck went over me” as he struggled with a rib injury in MotoGP German Grand Prix qualifying following a practice crash.

Quartararo “hoping” for Barcelona-style turnaround at German MotoGP

Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo says he is “hoping” for a grip turnaround like he experienced in Barcelona after struggling on the first day of the MotoGP German Grand Prix.

Bagnaia “can’t understand” Nakagami’s Barcelona Turn 1 smash

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia says he “can’t understand” why Takaaki Nakagami ended up triggering the multi-rider crash at the start of the MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix that took both out.

“Harmony” in Suzuki MotoGP team not same since exit decision

Joan Mir admits the “harmony” within the Suzuki MotoGP team has changed in the wake of the Japanese marque’s decision to quit the series at the end of 2022. 

Marquez wouldn’t have raced Mugello MotoGP had surgery news come earlier

Marc Marquez admits he wouldn’t have taken part in the MotoGP Italian Grand Prix had news of his fourth arm operation come earlier than it did.

Marquez to have further arm surgery, rest of 2022 MotoGP season in doubt

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez will have a fourth operation on his right arm following the Italian Grand Prix and is likely to miss the rest of the season.   

Marquez has “to take risks” to improve 2022 Honda MotoGP bike

Marc Marquez admits he “needs to take some risks” on Fridays on MotoGP race weekends to try and improve the troubled Honda bike.

Aprilia to partner with RNF to field satellite MotoGP bikes in 2023

RNF and Aprilia have finalising a deal that will see the Malaysian outfit become the Noale-based brand's satellite MotoGP team from next year.

Aprilia retains Espargaro and Vinales for 2023 MotoGP season

Aprilia has signed Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales to new contracts for the 2023 MotoGP season.

The seismic aftershock left by Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP

Suzuki's sudden decision to leave the MotoGP World Championship at the end of the season has acted as a stirring element in a market that had already erupted. Autosport analyses what this means for the grid going into 2023

Suzuki set to quit MotoGP at the end of 2022

Suzuki is set to quit MotoGP at the end of the 2022 season just seven years after it returned to the premier class, Autosport has learned.

Marquez: Jerez MotoGP crowd “picked me up” from near-crash

Marc Marquez says the “Spanish crowd picked me up” at Jerez’s final corner in the MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix when he had a dramatic near-crash under braking.

Marquez “not disappointed” in Honda’s 2022 MotoGP bike

Marc Marquez says he is “not disappointed” in Honda’s decision to radically overhaul its MotoGP bike for 2022, despite his difficulties in adapting to it.  

Marc Marquez, Aleix Espargaro clash over Jerez MotoGP practice incident

Aleix Espargaro says Marc Marquez deliberately waiting for him in FP2 for the MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix was “unbelievable” and has taken aim at Race Direction for not intervening.

Dorna halts filming of Amazon's MotoGP Unlimited series two

Dorna Sports has put a halt to filming the second series of Amazon's MotoGP Unlimited, just over a month after the first season premiered.

How Honda's praise for its 2022 MotoGP bike has turned into doubt Plus

How Honda's praise for its 2022 MotoGP bike has turned into doubt

In a little over two months, Honda has gone from setting the pace in MotoGP testing with its new RC213V prototype to being at a crossroads - caused by the discrepancy in its riders' feedback. After a Portuguese GP that underwhelmed, serious questions are now being asked of Honda in 2022

Miller in talks with LCR Honda over return for MotoGP 2023

Jack Miller is engaged in negotiations with the LCR Honda squad to return there for 2023 as an exit from Ducati appears more likely, Autosport can confirm.

Aprilia open to supplying MotoGP satellite team in 2023

Aprilia says it is open to supplying a satellite team for the 2023 MotoGP season if the right offer materialises.

Why Marquez left Austin a winner after his latest MotoGP return

OPINION: Marc Marquez revealed in Austin he was up against a "lack of confidence and motivation", his own "fear" and precarious physical condition after another injury layoff. His starring return, making a remarkable comeback from a disastrous start, will remain forever in the history books of a MotoGP world championship that needs him more than ever

Puig hits back at Michelin MotoGP chief over Indonesia tyre comments

Honda MotoGP boss Alberto Puig has hit back at comments made by Michelin surrounding the tyre problems it suffered in last weekend’s Indonesian Grand Prix.

The safety problem MotoGP's fraught Indonesia return exposed

OPINION: Last weekend's Indonesian Grand Prix at the new Mandalika International Street Circuit, held in extreme conditions and with asphalt that was tearing up, made it clear that the MotoGP world championship must review its protocols for approving the facilities where races are held

The war within taking its toll on MotoGP's king

Marc Marquez's violent Indonesia MotoGP crash has left him with the double vision problems that ruled him out of the final two rounds of 2021. While the crash appears to have been related to the rear grip problems Honda suffered throughout the Indonesian GP weekend due to Michelin's switch to an old tyre construction to better cope with extreme heat, it was also indicative of a nature that is beginning to take its toll on the six-time MotoGP world champion

How a “false” brake stopped another brutal Indonesia MotoGP crash

Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro says he used a “false” rear brake to avoid suffering a similarly brutal crash to that which ruled Marc Marquez out of the MotoGP Indonesian Grand Prix.

Why Yamaha hasn't learned from Honda and Suzuki's MotoGP mistakes

Fabio Quartararo gave Yamaha plenty of warnings about a lack of development ahead of their MotoGP world championship defence which went unheeded given its Qatar GP performance. It appears the Japanese manufacturer has fallen into a familiar trap which has also caught two of its major rivals in recent years

How Ducati turned its feared MotoGP strength into a problem in Qatar

Enea Bastianini's victory in the Qatar Grand Prix was good and bad news for Ducati. The Italian's breakthrough win on a year-old Gresini bike, and the sluggishness exhibited by the 2022 models, suggests that Ducati has failed to take advantage of having a third of the MotoGP grid and leaves it with issues to resolve

Riders split on safety of MotoGP’s big tech battleground and the ultimatum on the table

MotoGP riders have offered split opinions on the safety of ride height devices on the eve of the 2022 season, with some believing they are now too dangerous.

Marc Marquez “riding in a strange way” in Qatar MotoGP practice

Marc Marquez admits he is “still riding in a strange way” on the 2022 Honda following Friday’s practice for the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix.

Marc Marquez’s vision recovery to race in MotoGP “harder” than in 2011

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez admits his recovery from vision problems last winter was “harder” than when he went through the same thing in 2011.

How MotoGP’s underdog team hopes to “evolve” its enigma Plus

How MotoGP’s underdog team hopes to “evolve” its enigma

Maverick Vinales’ 2022 season appears to be make or break for the trouble MotoGP star, as he embarks on a full-time campaign with Aprilia after his acrimonious Yamaha split last year. The team is convinced it has pulled off a blinder in signing the nine-time race winner and is doing everything it can to extract the maximum from Vinales.

2020 MotoGP champion Mir says re-signing with Suzuki now his “priority”  

Joan Mir says the progress Suzuki has made with its 2022 MotoGP bike has made re-signing with the marque for 2023 his “priority”.

Why MotoGP 2022's dawn will put Quartararo's complaints to the test Plus

Why MotoGP 2022's dawn will put Quartararo's complaints to the test

OPINION: Fabio Quartararo's MotoGP title defence has gotten off to a rocky start, as he has expressed dismay at a lack of progress made by Yamaha with the engine of its 2022 bike - so much so, he says his future beyond 2022 remains "open". Will this weekend's season-opening Qatar GP prove Quartararo's complaints have been valid, or simply about pressuring Yamaha during contract negotiations?

MotoGP runner-up Bagnaia gets new Ducati deal through 2024

Ducati has announced it has re-signed 2021 MotoGP World Championship runner-up Francesco Bagnaia through to the end of 2024.

Espargaro: Honda ‘showing its muscle’ with revised 2022 MotoGP bike

Pol Espargaro believes the work Honda has done to completely revise its MotoGP bike for 2022 and be strong straight away shows “you can see the muscle” of HRC.

Suzuki’s MotoGP team boss hunt takes hit as Brivio stays with Alpine

Suzuki’s hunt for a new MotoGP team manager for 2022 has taken a hit as preferred option Davide Brivio will remain with Alpine.

Why Honda's rivals have reason to fear its 2022 MotoGP bike

The radical change of concept that Honda has pursued for its 2022 MotoGP bike has been the main talking point in pre-season testing. Most of its rivals have highlighted the competitiveness of a bike that is still very young and all indications suggest that their concerns are fully justified...

Espargaro: Honda has “turned completely” with troubled MotoGP bike

Pol Espargaro says Honda’s troubled MotoGP bike has “turned completely” in 2022 after topping the Mandalika pre-season test outright.

Fernandez’s 2022 Mandalika MotoGP test ended by vision problems

Tech3 KTM MotoGP rookie Raul Fernandez has had to end the 2022 Mandalika test early due to vision problems on Sunday as a result of a heavy crash on Saturday.

Rookie Fernandez beaten up by first “real crash” in Mandalika MotoGP test

Tech3 KTM rookie Raul Fernandez says he had his first “real” crash on a MotoGP bike after coming off at 200km/h on Saturday at the Mandalika test. 

Quartararo’s MotoGP future “still open” as Yamaha frustrations continue

World champion Fabio Quartararo says his MotoGP future is “still open” as Yamaha has made little progress with its 2022 bike in pre-season testing.

2022 Mandalika MotoGP test: Emergency meeting held due to track conditions

An emergency meeting between a delegation of riders and MotoGP has been held on Friday due to appalling track conditions at the 2022 Indonesian pre-season test at Mandalika.

The Superbike advantage some MotoGP teams take to the Indonesia test

MotoGP teams reckon lap times at the Mandalika International Street Circuit in Indonesia will fall by two seconds compared to World Superbikes in this weekend’s test.

MotoGP star Marquez working with Rafael Nadal’s doctor on arm recovery

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez is working with tennis star Rafa Nadal’s doctor on the recovery of the right arm he badly injured in 2020.

Suzuki’s MotoGP team manager hunt “taking longer than imagined”

Suzuki project leader Shinichi Sahara says the Japanese marque is still looking for a new MotoGP team manager, but it’s “taking longer than I imagined”.

Suzuki "close to ready" with 2022 MotoGP bike after first test

The 2022 Suzuki MotoGP bike is “close” to being ready to race after the first pre-season test in Malaysia, according to one-time world champion Joan Mir.

Bastianini explains what two-year difference in bike spec makes in MotoGP

Sepang test pacesetter Enea Bastianini has explained how big a step it has been for him going from a 2019-spec Ducati to the 2021 version this pre-season.

Quartararo “not happy” with Yamaha bike after first MotoGP test

Reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo says he is “not happy compared to what I expected” with his Yamaha MotoGP bike after the first 2022 pre-season test in Malaysia.

Aprilia signs ex-Alonso F1 trainer to help Vinales in MotoGP

Aprilia has signed physical trainer Fabrizio Maganzi, who previously worked with double Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso, to help Maverick Vinales in MotoGP in 2022.

Marquez has to “sacrifice” key strength on new Honda MotoGP bike

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez admits he is having to “sacrifice” his strength of corner entry on the 2022 Honda as he “doesn’t understand” its front end.

MotoGP testing “important” for Mir’s 2023 decision

One-time MotoGP world champion and Suzuki rider Joan Mir says this week’s pre-season tests in Malaysia and Indonesia will be “important” in influencing his plans for 2023. 

Quartararo racing in 2022 “like if I was not MotoGP champion”

Reigning MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo says he is approaching the coming 2022 season “like if I was not champion”, as his primary goal must be race wins.

Why future options for MotoGP's recent champions are scarce Plus

Why future options for MotoGP's recent champions are scarce

As Fabio Quartararo's and Joan Mir's contracts with Yamaha and Suzuki respectively expire, the market situation and the drop in salaries in MotoGP severely limit the strength of the last two world champions when it comes to negotiating their futures. That means renewing their current deals is likely the best option for both

The secrecy surrounding a MotoGP legend’s career-defining move

Valentino Rossi was at the height of his powers with Honda in 2003, and few would have tipped him to join a Yamaha outfit that was verging on disarray. That he did so owed much to personable team manager Davide Brivio and his effective efforts at courtship, resulting in the most successful chapter of Rossi's glittering MotoGP career

Espargaro gained "realistic" understanding of Marquez's MotoGP speed in 2021

Pol Espargaro says he gained “a more realistic perspective” in 2021 of how Honda MotoGP team-mate Marc Marquez is so fast.

Vinales “still dealing with his inner demons”, says Yamaha MotoGP boss

Yamaha MotoGP team boss Lin Jarvis believes his ex-rider Maverick Vinales is “still dealing with his inner demons”, but believes he is just as talented as Fabio Quartararo.

MotoGP champion Quartararo popular because he “doesn’t look for enemies”

Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis says MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo is popular with his rivals because he “doesn’t look for enemies” in his racing.