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Rins set to sign factory Honda contract to join LCR in MotoGP

Alex Rins is set to sign a factory contract directly with Honda to join LCR for the next two MotoGP seasons, with Autosport understanding that an announcement is imminent. 

Alex Marquez will leave LCR Honda for 2023 MotoGP season

Alex Marquez will leave the LCR Honda team at the end of the 2022 MotoGP season and now looks set to join Gresini Ducati next year.

Bagnaia still has “no answer” for costly Germany MotoGP crash

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia says he still “has no answer” for his crash in the German GP that has effectively ended his MotoGP title hopes for 2022.

Injured Rins will decide Germany MotoGP participation on Saturday

Suzuki’s Alex Rins says he will decide whether or not to continue with this weekend’s MotoGP German Grand Prix on Saturday as he battles with a left wrist fracture.

Aprilia’s Espargaro explains last-lap Catalan MotoGP mistake

Aleix Espargaro says his last-lap MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix blunder was down to him being led astray by the Barcelona circuit’s lap counter and the placement of his pit board.

Espargaro MotoGP update snub hints at impending Honda exit

HRC has taken the decision to transfer the new parts it brought to Mugello for Marc Marquez to Takaaki Nakagami, leaving aside Honda factory rider Pol Espargaro.

Quartararo critical of decision to run “dangerous” Mugello MotoGP qualifying

Reigning MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo has criticised the decision to allow Italian Grand Prix qualifying to go ahead when it did as “conditions were really dangerous”.

Riders express concern to Dorna of precarious MotoGP contracts

MotoGP riders expressed concerns to Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta on Friday at the French Grand Prix about the trend of low-cost contracts being put in place by teams.  

Marquez “not here to fight for the title” in 2022 MotoGP season

Marc Marquez admits he is “not here to fight for the title” in the 2022 MotoGP season and has seen that become clear over the past three races.

Bastianini "not inferior" to official Ducati riders despite riding 2021 MotoGP bike

Erstwhile championship leader Enea Bastianini says he “does not feel inferior” to Ducati’s factory riders despite using a 2021-spec MotoGP bike at Gresini this season.

Rins’ Suzuki “was like a cat in water” in tough Jerez MotoGP race

Alex Rins says his Suzuki had a “fatal feeling” on the front-end in the MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix and “was like putting a cat in water” after struggling to 19th.

Overtaking in modern MotoGP now “so hard” - Miller

Ducati’s Jack Miller says it’s “so hard to pass now” in modern MotoGP due to the competitive nature of the series and feels this has put more pressure on riders.

Ducati affected by MotoGP cargo plane breakdown in Kenya

Ducati and two of its satellite squads have been affected by a MotoGP cargo plane breaking down in Kenya on its way to this weekend’s Argentine Grand Prix.

Factory Ducati riders switch to year-old MotoGP engines for 2022

Francesco Bagnaia has elected to run a 2021 engine in his factory Ducati for the 2022 MotoGP season, forcing team-mate Jack Miller into the same move due to the regulations.

Sepang officials issue MotoGP warning after Espargaro bubble breach

Officials at the Sepang circuit have issued a warning to MotoGP governing body the FIM after Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro breached COVID bubble protocols in the country.

The salary hit MotoGP riders face in 2022 Plus

The salary hit MotoGP riders face in 2022

Rider salaries in the premier class have dropped significantly in the last four years, mainly due to the effects of the pandemic. But it has also changed due to a shift in the contractual model used by manufacturers, which is set to have a significant impact on the balance of power in 2022

Pramac MotoGP manager Guidotti set to move to KTM, Leitner to depart

KTM MotoGP team manager Mike Leitner will depart the team, with Pramac's Francesco Guidotti set to take his place in the role.

Puig: Honda “far from ready” with 2022 MotoGP bike

Honda team boss Alberto Puig says the marque is “still far from being ready” with its 2022 bike following the Jerez test, but noted the “conclusions are positive”.

"Moral champion" Fernandez feels team stood in way of his Moto2 title bid

MotoGP rookie Raul Fernandez believes he is “morally champion” of the 2021 Moto2 season and suggests the Ajo KTM squad stood in his way during his title tilt.

Joan Mir’s year without MotoGP win “difficult to digest”

Suzuki’s Joan Mir says going a full calendar year without a victory in MotoGP has been “difficult to digest”, and the 2020 world champion is “not having a good time”.

The financial implications fuelling junior bike racing's dangerous aggression Plus

The financial implications fuelling junior bike racing's dangerous aggression

The pressure shouldered by young riders is at the root of the increased on-track aggression seen in lower categories of late, which motorcycling's governing bodies want to curb with new rules. But will stopping under-18s from racing in the world championship and capping grid sizes prevent the often desperate acts of youths pursuing their MotoGP dreams?

Marquez: Rossi’s appeal “something unrepeatable” in MotoGP

Marc Marquez says Valentino Rossi’s appeal bringing MotoGP to a mainstream audience is “something unrepeatable”, as the Italian prepares for his final race on home soil. 

How KTM has wrestled control of young MotoGP talent from Honda Plus

How KTM has wrestled control of young MotoGP talent from Honda

There once was a time when Honda controlled any young rider who emerged in motorcycling, but its market dominance has now swung to the side of MotoGP rival KTM and, to a lesser extent Ducati. Could this development have significant ramifications for the future?

MotoGP set for longest season ever as provisional 2022 calendar finalised

The 2022 MotoGP season is set to be the longest in the series’ history, as 21 races have been drafted into a provisional calendar.

Jorge Martin critical of ‘senseless’ COTA MotoGP penalty

Pramac rookie Jorge Martin has taken aim at MotoGP’s Race Direction following a penalty in the Grand Prix of the Americas that “makes no sense”.

Lecuona ‘pissed off’ to be benched at MotoGP test for rookies

Iker Lecuona says KTM benching him for the second day of the Misano MotoGP test to give his bike to 2022 rookie Raul Fernandez “really pisses me off”.

KTM MotoGP outcast Lecuona set for 2022 Honda WSBK switch

Tech3 KTM MotoGP outcast Iker Lecuona has reached a deal to join Honda’s factory World Superbike effort for the 2022 season, Autosport has learned.

Rins has lost fear of falling after Silverstone MotoGP podium return

Alex Rins admits he has been “afraid of crashing” in recent MotoGP races but has pushed this aside now after making his podium return at the British Grand Prix.

Moto3 star rookie Acosta set for 2024 MotoGP leap

Star Moto3 rookie Pedro Acosta will make his MotoGP debut in 2024 after agreeing a new three-year KTM deal that will begin with two seasons in Moto2 starting in 2022.

Crutchlow in for Vinales at Silverstone, Dixon gets MotoGP debut at SRT

Cal Crutchlow will replace the ousted Maverick Vinales at the Yamaha factory team for the British Grand Prix, while Jake Dixon will make his MotoGP debut with Petronas SRT.

Marquez had to take painkiller injections ahead of Austria MotoGP race

Honda’s Marc Marquez revealed he had to take some painkilling injections prior to the MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix owing to pain in his recovering right arm.

Vinales/Yamaha MotoGP situation like Messi’s at Barcelona – Mir Austrian GP
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Vinales/Yamaha MotoGP situation like Messi’s at Barcelona – Mir

Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir has likened the situation between Maverick Vinales and Yamaha to that of football legend Lionel Messi quitting Barcelona, in that “nobody knows the truth”.

Yamaha suggests Vinales tried to blow up his engine in Styrian MotoGP race

Yamaha MotoGP rider Maverick Vinales was suspended and withdrawn from this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix for trying to deliberately damage his bike's engine in the Styrian GP, the team suggests.

Aprilia’s Savadori has surgery after fiery Styrian MotoGP crash

Aprilia MotoGP rider Lorenzo Savadori has undergone a successful operation on a broken ankle following his fiery crash in Sunday’s Styrian Grand Prix.

Marquez admits arm condition worse than expected at Styria MotoGP

Honda’s Marc Marquez admits his physical condition on Friday at the MotoGP Styrian Grand Prix is worse than expected, which he says is “a blow”.

Vinales' MotoGP future "at a standstill" following Yamaha exit

Maverick Vinales says his 2022 MotoGP future is currently “at a standstill” following his shock decision to quit Yamaha at the end of the current season. 

Vinales says leaving Yamaha “is an option” but denies Aprilia MotoGP links

Maverick Vinales has denied links to Aprilia for the 2022 MotoGP season, but admits leaving Yamaha “is an option”.

Marquez: Assen MotoGP FP2 crash "affected me a lot"

Honda's Marc Marquez admits the heavy FP2 crash he suffered on Friday at the Dutch Grand Prix “affected me a lot” on Saturday after qualifying down in 20th.

Suzuki MotoGP rivals “better than us” in recent races – Mir

Reigning world champion Joan Mir admits Suzuki’s MotoGP rivals “are being better than us” in recent races having finished last weekend’s German Grand Prix an off-colour ninth.

Marc Marquez: Germany MotoGP win "makes up for the suffering"

Marc Marquez says his emotional comeback victory at the MotoGP German Grand Prix "makes up for the suffering" he endured with injury over the past year.

Marquez "can't think about" continuing German MotoGP win streak

Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez is certain his 10-year German Grand Prix victory streak will end on Sunday as he’s “not here to win”, but hasn’t ruled out a podium.

Suzuki: Rins doing “what we asked of him” amidst MotoGP crash run

Suzuki boss Shinichi Sahara says Alex Rins is doing “what we asked of him” in response to his spate of recent MotoGP crashes, claiming “we are not worried or angry”.

Brembo developing bigger MotoGP brake discs after Barcelona test

Following productive running at the post-Catalunya MotoGP test, Brembo’s new and bigger brake discs will be used at this year’s Austria double-header to avoid a repeat of Maverick Vinales’s crash last year.

Mir "pissed off" at Catalunya MotoGP strategy blunder

MotoGP world champion Joan Mir laments his decision to race the medium rear tyre in Sunday’s Catalan Grand Prix and is “pissed off” as he feels it cost him victory.

Mir: Quartararo endangered other MotoGP riders in Catalan GP

MotoGP world champion Joan Mir believes Fabio Quartararo throwing his chest protector away during the Catalan Grand Prix “is punishable” because “it puts other riders in danger”. 

Vinales laments agenda behind out-of-context MotoGP future quotes

Maverick Vinales has criticised the way comments he made about his MotoGP future were taken out of context, claiming “people always try to put me in conflict with my team”.

Honda will gain MotoGP concessions for 2022 without 2021 podium

If Honda fails to score a podium in 2021 it will become a concession manufacturer for the first time from the 2022 MotoGP season, Autosport can confirm.

Rins’ Catalunya MotoGP absence “hurts” - Mir

Reigning champion Joan Mir says Suzuki team-mate Alex Rins’ absence from the MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix “hurts” him as he now “lacks information” he can use this weekend.

Mir: MotoGP track limits need ‘human touch’ after Mugello farce

MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says the series’ track limits rules need a ‘human touch’ after he was farcically awarded and then stripped of second in the Italian Grand Prix.

Marc Marquez’s recovery “stuck” since his MotoGP return

Honda’s Marc Marquez admitted after finishing 12th in Friday’s Italian Grand Prix practices that his recovery since his MotoGP comeback in Portugal has been “stuck”.

Marquez: No Honda rider close to victory in MotoGP

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez admits “I don’t see any Honda rider close to victory” right now, following the opening day of the French Grand Prix.

Mir doubtful he can win MotoGP French GP amid Suzuki struggles

Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says “I don’t think I can win” the French Grand Prix as Suzuki is “struggling” at Le Mans this weekend.

Gresini becoming Aprilia MotoGP satellite would be "romantic"

Aleix Espargaro believes the Gresini Racing MotoGP team becoming Aprilia’s official satellite squad in 2022 would be “romantic” following the death of Fausto Gresini in February.

Mir “not worried” by winless start to MotoGP title defence

Suzuki’s Joan Mir says he’s “not worried” about the winless start to his MotoGP title defence and admits he “expected” not to have an easy start to 2021.

Injured MotoGP rider Jorge Martin to be replaced by Rabat at Jerez

Former MotoGP rider and 2014 Moto2 champion Tito Rabat will stand in for the injured Jorge Martin at Pramac for the Spanish Grand Prix following a violent crash at Portimao.

Miller feared Doha MotoGP FP2 top time would be “cancelled”

Ducati’s Jack Miller thought his MotoGP FP2 pacesetting lap would be scrapped when LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami crashed in front of him.

Morbidelli forced to open new engine for Doha MotoGP round

Petronas SRT rider Franco Morbidelli will have to unseal a third engine from his allocation for the 2021 MotoGP season after encountering issues in FP1 for the Doha Grand Prix

Marquez “worried” about Honda’s MotoGP qualifying form

Alex Marquez admits he is “a bit worried” about the potential of his Honda MotoGP bike in qualifying ahead of this weekend’s Doha Grand Prix.