Gerald Dirnbeck

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Pedrosa wanting to race again “a huge compliment”, says KTM MotoGP boss

KTM motorsport boss Pit Beirer says Dani Pedrosa’s decision to finally race the KTM in a MotoGP wildcard outing is a “huge compliment” to “the squad and the bike”.

No change to Spielberg Turn 2 after horror MotoGP smash

No changes will be made to the Red Bull Ring's Turn 2 layout following the horror collision between Johann Zarco and Franco Morbidelli in the 2020 MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix.

Nakagami: Honda support growing after best MotoGP finish in Jerez

Takaaki Nakagami says he senses Honda's support of him is growing following his best-ever MotoGP finish in the Andalusian Grand Prix

Nakagami credits 'copying Marquez' for improved Andalusia MotoGP form

LCR Honda MotoGP rider Takaaki Nakagami has credited emulating elements of Marc Marquez's riding style and set-up for his dramatically improved form ahead of this weekend's Andalusian Grand Prix

MotoGP teams to hold test before 2020 season gets underway

KTM MotoGP boss Pit Beirer has confirmed to Autosport that a test will take place prior to the coronavirus-delayed 2020 season getting underway

Honda's all-Marquez 2020 MotoGP line-up will affect Marc more

Honda's decision to pair MotoGP dominator Marc Marquez with his brother Alex could affect the reigning champion more than the rookie, believes grand prix legend Wayne Rainey

MotoGP race winner Gibernau won't stay in MotoE after 2019 season

MotoGP race winner Sete Gibernau will not remain part of the MotoE grid after the 2019 season, the rider has told Autosport

Miller: Could be some truth to Lorenzo taking MotoGP ride rumours

Pramac Ducati rider Jack Miller admits that recent rumours about Honda's Jorge Lorenzo taking his MotoGP ride for 2020 might have "some truth" in them

Bradl: Crutchlow comments not productive for Honda MotoGP development

Honda MotoGP test rider Stefan Bradl says Cal Crutchlow's outspoken nature is generally 'not productive' for the development of the manufacturer's bike

Valentino Rossi expected "a lot more" from 2020 Yamaha MotoGP test

Valentino Rossi admits he "expected a lot more" from the 2020 Yamaha MotoGP prototype rolled out for Monday's post-Czech Grand Prix test, in which he was sixth fastest

Champion Moto2 team Kiefer denied place on 2020 grid

Long-time Moto2 squad Kiefer Racing has been informed it will not be granted a slot on the grid for the 2020 season

Zarco aims to "control emotions" and accept KTM MotoGP situation

Johann Zarco says he is now more accepting of his situation at KTM and aims to "better control" his emotions in the second half of the 2019 MotoGP campaign

KTM MotoGP rider Zarco not 'destroying' himself with new manager

Johann Zarco says his new manager Jean-Michel Bayle has stopped the KTM MotoGP rider from 'destroying' himself, amid a tough 2019 campaign aboard the RC16

Crutchlow questions Michelin's Mugello MotoGP tyre hole conclusions

LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow has questioned the conclusions MotoGP tyre supplier Michelin reached regarding a hole "the size of a mobile phone" in his rear tyre in Mugello

Struggling Zarco hopes for boost from Pedrosa's KTM MotoGP verdict

Johann Zarco says KTM MotoGP test rider Dani Pedrosa's feedback will validate whether his comments about the RC16 so far this season "are wrong or not"

Espargaro: KTM's MotoGP engine now stronger than Yamaha's

Pol Espargaro says KTM's MotoGP engine is now stronger than that of Yamaha, after he passed Valentino Rossi "like he was stopped" during Friday practice at Mugello

More energy management-limited races to stop crashes – Formula E

ABB FIA Formula E is looking at ways to bring back energy management-limited races in a bid to reduce on-track clashes between drivers, according to sporting director Frederic Espinos

Lotterer: FE should consider fragile front end to promote clean racing

DS Techeetah driver Andre Lotterer says the ABB FIA Formula E championship should investigate making the front end of its Gen2 car more fragile to encourage cleaner racing

Vienna interested in hosting Formula E race, has held early talks

Officials from the Austrian city of Vienna have expressed their interest in hosting an ABB FIA Formula E race, with early-stage discussions understood to have taken place

KTM would rather spend Marc Marquez's salary on its MotoGP bike

KTM CEO Stefan Pierer believes the money it would take to sign five-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez is better spent developing its RC16 premier-class bike

Moto2's Brad Binder says he's been promised a KTM MotoGP test

Brad Binder has revealed he was promised a MotoGP test by KTM after his first Moto2 victory last year, and is still waiting for it to be honoured

LCR Honda boss: Cal Crutchlow can fight for 2020 MotoGP title

LCR Honda team boss Lucio Cecchinello has backed his rider Cal Crutchlow to fight for the MotoGP title in 2020

500cc legend Rainey: '19 MotoGP pressure on Marquez more than Lorenzo

Three-time 500cc champion Wayne Rainey believes Marc Marquez will be under more pressure in the Honda MotoGP camp next year than newcomer Jorge Lorenzo

Iannone expected Aprilia bike to be 'worse' at Valencia MotoGP test

New Aprilia MotoGP recruit Andrea Iannone said he expected the RS-GP bike to be "worse", but has still identified areas to make improvements

Avintia MotoGP team didn't just sign me for money - Karel Abraham

Karel Abraham insists the Avintia Ducati MotoGP team did not choose to sign him until 2020 because of the budget he can bring

Miller can be a MotoGP champion if he's 'clever', says Crutchlow

Pramac Ducati rider Jack Miller can be MotoGP champion "within three years" if he's "clever" about his approach to racing, former team-mate Cal Crutchlow believes

Bradley Smith on brink of Aprilia MotoGP test role for 2019

Bradley Smith says he is close to a deal to become Aprilia MotoGP test rider and hopes it can be concluded this weekend

Crutchlow: Gentle Pedrosa style wouldn't suit Honda MotoGP test role

Cal Crutchlow believes the retiring Dani Pedrosa would not make a good test rider for the Honda MotoGP squad

Marquez says post-race Brno test 'solved' recent MotoGP problems

Marc Marquez says some of the Honda parts he sampled in Monday's Brno MotoGP test helped "solve problems" he has experienced in recent races

'Dangerous' Mexico F1 track won't be suitable for MotoGP - Rossi

Valentino Rossi says the Mexico City Formula 1 circuit is too "dangerous" for MotoGP and that racing there next season "is not a good idea"

Brno race was KTM's 'worst day' since start of MotoGP project

KTM says its "disaster" on Sunday at Brno marked the "worst day" since the start of the Austrian marque's MotoGP project

Valentino Rossi: Yamaha MotoGP test team 'better late than never'

Valentino Rossi says it is "better late than never" for Yamaha to create a European test team, after the Japanese manufacturer confirmed it will do so in 2019

Sidelined Folger completes first test since 2017 Aragon MotoGP race

Sidelined MotoGP rider Jonas Folger has made his first outing on grand prix machinery since he stopped racing last year in a test with the Kalex Moto2 team

Smith 'happy' to retire from racing unless he lands new MotoGP ride

KTM's outgoing factory MotoGP rider Bradley Smith says he would be "happy" to retire from competitive racing if he cannot secure a premier-class ride for 2019

MotoGP could benefit from a transfer window, says KTM's Smith

KTM rider Bradley Smith reckons MotoGP could benefit from a football-style transfer window for contract negotiations as rider market speculation for the 2019 season increases

Toyota drivers slam 'unfair' Dakar Rally tyre rules

Toyota drivers Nasser Al-Attiyah and Giniel de Villiers have blamed a regulation prohibiting them for using an on-board tyre inflation/deflation system for their drop down the Dakar Rally order

Suzuki must look to replace Iannone for 2019 MotoGP – Schwantz

Suzuki should prioritise finding a replacement for Andrea Iannone for the 2019 MotoGP season, says grand prix motorcycling legend Kevin Schwantz

Aprilia must 'redefine goals' for 2018 MotoGP season - Espargaro

Aleix Espargaro says Aprilia may need to adjust its expectations for the 2018 MotoGP season after a turbulent campaign last year

Marquez needs lower risk style in MotoGP or faces injury - Schwantz

Four-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez will need to adopt a lower risk riding style in future or could eventually suffer a bad injury, says grand prix motorcycling legend Kevin Schwantz

Smith: MotoGP ride for developing KTM more demanding than I expected

Bradley Smith admits stepping up from a satellite team to the factory KTM MotoGP outfit in 2017 was far "more demanding physically and mentally" than he ever anticipated

Cal Crutchlow and Marc Marquez targeting more neutral Honda in 2018

LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow says both he and MotoGP champion Marc Marquez are asking for "exactly the same" from Honda in 2018, with both riders targeting a more neutral bike

Mika Kallio disappointed not to get full-time KTM MotoGP 2018 seat

KTM test rider Mika Kallio admits he is disappointed to have missed out on a full-time seat in MotoGP with the Austrian marque after it opted to retain Bradley Smith

Cal Crutchlow hoped MotoGP would return to Donington next year

LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow was left baffled after MotoGP chose to keep the British Grand Prix at Silverstone instead of returning it to Donington Park

Marc Marquez now MotoGP's only 'alien' - Cal Crutchlow

Four-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez is now the only rider on the grid who can consider himself an "alien", believes Honda stablemate Cal Crutchlow

Tech3's Zarco happy with first day on troublesome 2017 Yamaha

Tech3 rider Johann Zarco says he felt no "negative things" riding Yamaha's much-maligned 2017 bike for the first time in the Valencia post-season test

Yamaha undecided on Tech3 MotoGP bike spec for 2018

Yamaha MotoGP boss Lin Jarvis says no decision has yet been made on the specification of bike Tech3 will use next season, but that its policy "will remain the same"