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Is it game over for Valentino Rossi? Plus

Is it game over for Valentino Rossi?

One win in three years. Overshadowed by the new generation. A shock split with his career-long crew chief. These are tough times for Valentino Rossi. TOBY MOODY gives his verdict on MotoGP's legend at a crossroads

Burgess surprised by Valentino Rossi's decision to part ways

Valentino Rossi's crew chief Jerry Burgess says he was taken by surprise by the Italian's decision to drop him at the end of the 2013 MotoGP season

Toby Moody previews the MotoGP showdown Plus

Toby Moody previews the MotoGP showdown

The rookie versus the reigning champion: it promises to be an epic final battle for the MotoGP title as Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo go head-to-head at Valencia. TOBY MOODY previews the showdown

Let's praise MotoGP for finding a solution Plus

Let's praise MotoGP for finding a solution

Mandatory pitstops came to MotoGP in Australia as tyre wear concerns on the resurfaced Phillip Island track led to an emergency one-off format change. TOBY MOODY reckons the sport deserves credit for finding a solution

Toby Moody: Pedrosa bites back Plus

Toby Moody: Pedrosa bites back

Just as it looked like he might be edged off MotoGP's top table, Dani Pedrosa beat them all at Sepang. TOBY MOODY reckons that bodes well for this weekend's Australian Grand Prix, and that the paddock will still be missing a man no longer racing...

Toby Moody: Marquez isn't dirty Plus

Toby Moody: Marquez isn't dirty

Fingers were pointed at Marc Marquez following a move that resulted in team-mate Dani Pedrosa crashing out of the title fight at Aragon, but TOBY MOODY argues the Spaniard is far from a dirty rider

Toby Moody: is Pedrosa just unlucky? Plus

Toby Moody: is Pedrosa just unlucky?

This year seemed to be Dani Pedrosa's golden shot at a MotoGP title, until Marc Marquez turned up. Does that make Pedrosa unlucky, or is he simply not good enough? TOBY MOODY argues that Honda's quiet man shouldn't be underestimated

Lorenzo does a Rossi Plus

Lorenzo does a Rossi

Jorge Lorenzo needed to win at Silverstone - and after a dramatic race, and under relentless pressure, he did just that. TOBY MOODY reflects on a stunning British Grand Prix weekend

Toby Moody: could Marquez be bad for MotoGP? Plus

Toby Moody: could Marquez be bad for MotoGP?

As TOBY MOODY marvels at Marc Marquez and Honda's Brno performance, he wonders whether MotoGP is in danger of entering a predictable 'Schumacher era'

Toby Moody: Crutchlow is what Ducati needs Plus

Toby Moody: Crutchlow is what Ducati needs

Fans fear Cal Crutchlow has made a mistake by signing for struggling Ducati, but TOBY MOODY reckons the Brit's feisty personality can galvanise the troubled Italian team

Toby Moody: Marquez bucks expectations Plus

Toby Moody: Marquez bucks expectations

Few thought Marc Marquez would avoid the traps of a MotoGP rookie season; fewer still thought Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa would be the ones making mistakes. But this is no straightforward season, as Toby Moody analyses

Valentino Rossi questions Sachsenring safety

Valentino Rossi has questioned the safety of the Sachsenring layout following a spate of heavy crashes during the MotoGP weekend

Have Lorenzo and Yamaha hit the sweet spot? Plus

Have Lorenzo and Yamaha hit the sweet spot?

With three wins from six races, MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo is on a roll, but the real battle – catching nemesis Dani Pedrosa – is now on, and Honda is raising the stakes, says Toby Moody

Toby Moody: Marquez comes down to Earth Plus

Toby Moody: Marquez comes down to Earth

It looked like Marc Marquez was immune to the usual traps that await an ultra-rapid, over-confident MotoGP rookie, until Mugello. But Toby Moody is certain the Honda sensation won't be knocked off his stride for long

Why MotoGP must try a bit of proactive promotion Plus

Why MotoGP must try a bit of proactive promotion

Motorcycle racing's top echelon must do more to attract new viewers in this digital, instant-gratification age. Toby Moody suggests a few ideas for the rights holder to try

Toby Moody: How Marquez rattled the MotoGP field Plus

Toby Moody: How Marquez rattled the MotoGP field

Dani Pedrosa may have won the Spanish GP, but his team-mate Marc Marquez - and his move on Jorge Lorenzo - was the main talking point post-race. Toby Moody looks at how the Spaniard has rattled all his rivals in three races

Jerez MotoGP: Valentino Rossi plays down qualifying crash

Valentino Rossi does not think his heavy crash at the end of Jerez MotoGP qualifying will have any impact on his race prospects

Valentino Rossi fears tyre management could hamper Jerez race pace

Valentino Rossi fears he will not be able to sustain a strong race pace throughout Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix unless he can get to grips with this weekend's tyre choice

Toby Moody: MotoGP's fog finally lifts Plus

Toby Moody: MotoGP's fog finally lifts

MotoGP's blistering 2013 season-opener reminded the paddock what it had been missing in recent dour years, reckons Toby Moody, as he celebrates the start of a spectacular new era

Qatar MotoGP: Bradley Smith says top level harder than expected

Tech 3 Yamaha's rookie Bradley Smith says the first two days in Qatar have opened his eyes to the demands of MotoGP

Qatar MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo and Yamaha unsure over new chassis

Jorge Lorenzo says Yamaha will wait until Saturday before deciding whether to race its new chassis in Qatar, as he feels there is little to choose between the two designs

Qatar MotoGP: Valentino Rossi hails Marc Marquez's performance

Valentino Rossi says the advantage Marc Marquez held over his fellow Honda riders in Friday MotoGP practice in Qatar proves that the Spanish rookie is a serious threat to the establishment

Marc Marquez says expecting debut MotoGP win would be dangerous

Marc Marquez says it is dangerous to expect too much from his MotoGP debut in Qatar, even if he believes victory is not impossible

Best features of 2012: Stoner stuns MotoGP Plus

Best features of 2012: Stoner stuns MotoGP

Best features of 2012: Casey Stoner's retirement announcement was a seismic moment for MotoGP, as Toby Moody analysed in this column from May last year

Valencia MotoGP: Valentino Rossi says last Ducati ride a great pity

Valentino Rossi labelled his final ride for Ducati, a dreary ride to 10th that included being lapped and finishing behind three CRT bikes, a 'great pity'

Valencia MotoGP: Nicky Hayden says Ducati progress clear even in wet

Nicky Hayden shrugged off the effective loss of second practice, and declared himself happy with Ducati's start to MotoGP's 2012 finale at Valencia

Casey Stoner says MotoGP exit won't sink in until after finale

Casey Stoner believes his retirement from the sport will not fully sink in until after his farewell race this weekend at Valencia

Valentino Rossi backs Max Biaggi's retirement decision

Valentino Rossi has paid tribute to his 'great rival' Max Biaggi and backed his countryman's decision to quit racing at the end of 2012

MotoGP: How the past could help the future Plus

MotoGP: How the past could help the future

As MotoGP bosses and participants argue over the sport's future rules and direction, Toby Moody reckons it may be worth them casting their minds back to what has worked in the past...

Aragon MotoGP: Ducati's Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden rue crashes

Ducati's Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden reckon their crashes in Aragon qualifying cost them chances of showing better pace

MotoGP Aragon: Rossi fears Saturday washout will hinder Ducati

Valentino Rossi fears a Saturday washout could hinder Ducati's chances of a strong result this weekend in the Aragon Grand Prix

Honda's Dani Pedrosa not keen on full spec ECUs in MotoGP

Dani Pedrosa has warned against the possible introduction of a control ECU to MotoGP in the coming years

Aragon MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo not taking title lead for granted

Jorge Lorenzo says he is taking nothing for granted this year despite his comfortable lead in the MotoGP standings

Pedrosa's title blow: Karma or cruel luck? Plus

Pedrosa's title blow: Karma or cruel luck?

A series of bizarre events contrived to put Dani Pedrosa out of the San Marino MotoGP, and in effect take the life out of the championship fight. Toby Moody unravels the Misano madness

Misano MotoGP: Valentino Rossi says race will be true test of Ducati progress

Valentino Rossi insists Sunday's San Marino Grand Prix will be the true test of whether Ducati's new chassis and swingarm have delivered genuine progress

Jonathan Rea hopes standing in for Casey Stoner leads to MotoGP future

Jonathan Rea hopes standing in for Casey Stoner at Honda will open the door to a MotoGP future

Valentino Rossi insists he's still focused on Ducati despite impending Yamaha return

Valentino Rossi insists his impending departure from Ducati has not reduced his determination to improve the team's form before the end of 2012

Dani Pedrosa denies Brno dogfight victory was a turning point

Dani Pedrosa has denied that his hard-fought victory over Jorge Lorenzo in the Czech Grand Prix marked a breakthrough moment in his MotoGP career

Jorge Lorenzo hopes title fight with Dani Pedrosa boosts MotoGP

MotoGP championship leader Jorge Lorenzo believes his title battle with Dani Pedrosa could bring a new audience to the sport

Dani Pedrosa rides the Moto GP wave Plus

Dani Pedrosa rides the Moto GP wave

The factory Honda rider has hit a rich vein of form in 2012 and now looks a title favourite - particularly after Casey Stoner's decision to have ankle surgery. Toby Moody will be ready to eat humble pie if the Spaniard delivers...

Jorge Lorenzo: Yamaha wall will not return despite Valentino Rossi coming back

Jorge Lorenzo says there will be no repeat of the animosity which led to a wall being erected between himself and Valentino Rossi when they were Yamaha team-mates previously

Casey Stoner not surprised by Valentino Rossi's decision to leave Ducati

Casey Stoner says he was not surprised by Valentino Rossi's decision to leave Ducati after two 'difficult and embarrassing' seasons

Rossi: His greatest challenge of all Plus

Rossi: His greatest challenge of all

He may be going back to the team where he shared his greatest successes, but it won't be easy for Valentino Rossi to re-light the winning fire, says Toby Moody. And Rossi's exit signals a long hard road back for Ducati too

Team Italia: How to nurture bike racing talent Plus

Team Italia: How to nurture bike racing talent

Team Italia, backed by the Italian Motorcycle Federation, has played and continues to play a big role in the development of young talent in the MotoGP world championship, as Toby Moody explains

Valentino Rossi: Mugello race proves Ducati on target for MotoGP recovery

Valentino Rossi reckons Ducati proved in the Italian Grand Prix that it is closing back in on the MotoGP frontrunners, even though both the former champion and team-mate Nicky Hayden were very disappointed not to take a home podium for the squad

Rossi attributes qualifying form to soft-tyre struggle; confident he will fare better in race

Valentino Rossi is confident he will be much stronger in Sunday's Italian Grand Prix than he was in Mugello qualifying, where he struggled with Bridgestone's soft tyre and only managed 10th on the grid for his home race

Nicky Hayden denies being in World Superbike talks with Ducati and insists he wants MotoGP seat

Nicky Hayden has denied being in discussions over a switch to the Superbike World Championship with Ducati, and says he is determined to remain in the Italian firm's MotoGP line-up

Valentino Rossi says his future in MotoGP remains open

Valentino Rossi says that he still needs to hold further talks with Ducati and Audi before he can decide on his future in MotoGP

Rossi and Ducati: One more chance Plus

Rossi and Ducati: One more chance

With VW Audi Group buying Ducati and many of the top rides already secured for 2013, Toby Moody wonders whether Valentino Rossi might stick with the Italian manufacturer, tap into its extra resources and finally turn it back into a winner

Silverstone: MotoGP at its best Plus

Silverstone: MotoGP at its best

Spectacular racing in all classes, a heroic ride from the home star, and plenty more intrigue over the future of MotoGP's biggest name - the Silverstone weekend had it all, reckons Toby Moody

Could 2012 be Yamaha's year? Plus

Could 2012 be Yamaha's year?

2011 belonged, without doubt, to Casey Stoner and Honda, but the pairing have been outshone by Jorge Lorenzo and Yamaha in 2012. Toby Moody asks whether there is a new dominant pairing in MotoGP

Valentino Rossi hails seventh at Catalunya as best dry-weather ride for Ducati

Valentino Rossi says his ride to seventh in the Catalunya Grand Prix represents his best performance for Ducati in dry conditions

Stoner and Rossi hit out at Moto2 title contender Marc Marquez's post-race penalty

MotoGP world champions Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi have hit out at the decision to give Moto2 title contender Marc Marquez a one-minute penalty for his incident with Pol Espgargaro at Catalunya

Cal Crutchlow pins Catalunya Grand Prix podium hopes on tyre choice

Cal Crutchlow hopes his decision to use a softer rear tyre, and his experience with handling the rear slicks when they degrade, will pay dividends in the Catalunya Grand Prix

Ducati pair hampered by rear grip issues in MotoGP practice at Barcelona

Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden both complained of poor rear grip as Ducati's struggles continued in Friday practice at Catalunya

The day Stoner shocked the MotoGP paddock Plus

The day Stoner shocked the MotoGP paddock

Casey Stoner shocked the MotoGP paddock on Friday when he announced his retirement at the end of the season. Toby Moody looks at the Australian's reasons and analyses what it means for the future of the sport

Rossi says prospect of wet MotoGP race at Le Mans could favour Ducati

Valentino Rossi reckons the wet weather which is forecast for Sunday's French Grand Prix could favour Ducati

The man with MotoGP's future in his hands Plus

The man with MotoGP's future in his hands

Amid a crucial time of change for MotoGP, Dorna chief Carmelo Ezpeleta is under more pressure than ever before. Toby Moody caught up with him to ask the big questions about the sport's direction

Casey Stoner says MotoGP is going backwards as he announces retirement

Casey Stoner believes MotoGP is 'going backwards' in moving away from being a prototype-only championship, after saying the series no longer holds his interest

Valentino Rossi: Stoner's retirement a big loss for MotoGP

Former champion Valentino Rossi believes Casey Stoner's exit from MotoGP is a big loss for the sport