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Podcast: Explaining the sponsorship mess at Rossi's VR46 MotoGP team

Valentino Rossi's VR46 team is set to step up to MotoGP in 2022 as a two-bike operation running Ducati machinery, with Aramco allegedly its title sponsor.

Honda MotoGP rider Marquez hopes to increase bike training “if arm permits”

Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez hopes to increase his motorbike training in the summer break “if the arm permits”, as he continues recovering his injured right arm.

KTM “trusted” its MotoGP talent system “a year earlier than we wanted”

KTM’s Pit Beirer says Pol Espargaro’s factory team departure at the end of the 2020 MotoGP season forced it to promote its own talent “one year earlier than we wanted”. 

Quartararo: Taking Rossi's MotoGP place at Yamaha a "huge responsibility"

MotoGP championship leader Fabio Quartararo says the responsibility of taking Valentino Rossi’s place at the factory Yamaha squad in 2021 was “huge” due to the expectation of results.

Espargaro battling “weakness of knowledge” on Honda MotoGP bike

Pol Espargaro has attributed his struggles in MotoGP qualifying sessions in 2021 to a “weakness of knowledge” on the Honda.

Moto2 riders who turned down Aprilia MotoGP ride ‘won’t be happy' - Espargaro

Aleix Espargaro believes the Moto2 riders who turned down an Aprilia MotoGP race seat for 2021 "will not be happy in future" as the bike is "close to the top".

Quartararo has to ride 2021 Yamaha MotoGP bike “like an animal”

MotoGP championship leader Fabio Quartararo admits he has to ride the 2021 Yamaha in a way “not really natural” to him and be “a bit more like an animal”.

Gerloff focused on WSBK in 2021 “to earn an opportunity” in MotoGP

Garrett Gerloff says he remains focused on his World Superbike campaign with Yamaha in 2021 in order “to earn an opportunity” to race in MotoGP full-time in 2022.

Honda: Marquez’s FP2 crash cost him Assen MotoGP podium shot

Honda boss Alberto Puig believes Marc Marquez would have fought for the podium in the MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix had his heavy FP2 crash not “complicated” his weekend.

Frustrated Aleix Espargaro “feels like an idiot” after Assen MotoGP race

Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro admits he “feels like an idiot” after the MotoGP Dutch TT as difficulties overtaking in the Assen race stopped him from showing the RS-GP’s true potential.

Miller rues “shit nothing crash” in Dutch MotoGP race

Ducati’s Jack Miller says he is “really pissed off” with himself after a “shit nothing crash” took him out of the MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix podium battle. 

Marquez “impressed” by his charge from 20th in Assen MotoGP

Marc Marquez says he is “impressed” by his charge from 20th to seventh in the MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix and felt his Honda had podium potential at Assen.

Rossi: Vinales’ Yamaha MotoGP exit won’t influence 2022 decision

Valentino Rossi says Maverick Vinales’ shock exit from the factory Yamaha MotoGP team at the end of 2021 won’t have any influence on his decision to keep racing in 2022.

Vinales feels MotoGP races now “a nightmare” for him

Maverick Vinales admits he’s started to “feel that when I come to races it started to be a nightmare”, as rumours of a Yamaha MotoGP exit continue to gain momentum.

Rins: Zarco “destroyed” my Assen MotoGP race with “idiot move”

Suzuki’s Alex Rins says an “idiot move” from Johann Zarco “destroyed” his MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix, as he was forced to recover from last after being knocked off track. 

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”.

Arm struggles had Quartararo "scared" in Assen MotoGP race

MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix winner Fabio Quartararo admits he’s been struggling with his right arm throughout the Assen weekend and was “scared” about it halfway through the race.

Assen MotoGP: Quartararo takes dominant victory ahead of Vinales in Yamaha 1-2

Fabio Quartararo dominated the MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix to head a Yamaha 1-2 ahead of Maverick Vinales after an early battle with Francesco Bagnaia on the Ducati.

Vinales considering shock Yamaha MotoGP exit for Aprilia in 2022

Maverick Vinales is seriously considering a shock exit from Yamaha at the end of the 2021 MotoGP season to take up a seat with Aprilia for 2022.

MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix – Start time, how to watch & more

Maverick Vinales is on pole position at Assen after beating team-mate Fabio Quartararo in qualifying for the MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix. Here’s how and when you can watch the race.

Quartararo “needs to be clever” battling Vinales in Assen MotoGP race

Fabio Quartararo admits he “needs to be clever” in battling with Yamaha MotoGP team-mate Maverick Vinales in the Dutch Grand Prix.

Bagnaia "lucky" to drop into Q1 in Assen MotoGP qualifying

Francesco Bagnaia says going through the first part of qualifying for the MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix was ‘lucky’ as it allowed him to find a key improvement on his Ducati.

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.

Vinales rode same bike to Assen MotoGP pole as he did in Germany nadir

Dutch Grand Prix poleman Maverick Vinales says he hasn’t change “not even one click” on his Yamaha at Assen just one week after his worst ever MotoGP weekend.

Miller slams “bullshit double standard” qualifying antics in MotoGP

Ducati’s Jack Miller has slammed unnamed MotoGP riders for their “bullshit double standards” in deliberately slowing in qualifying to look for a tow while criticising the same behaviour in Moto3.

Assen MotoGP: Vinales beats team-mate Quartararo to pole, Marquez 20th

Maverick Vinales beat Yamaha team-mate Fabio Quartararo to MotoGP pole for the Dutch Grand Prix in a thrilling battle, while Marc Marquez will start 20th after a crash.

Fernandez to step up to MotoGP in 2022 with Tech3 KTM

Star Moto2 rookie Raul Fernandez will move up to the MotoGP World Championship in 2022 with Tech3 and KTM, Autosport has learned.

Assen MotoGP: Vinales leads Quartararo as Marc Marquez misses Q2 spots

Maverick Vinales led a Yamaha 1-2 from team-mate Fabio Quartararo in third practice for the MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix as Germany winner Marc Marquez drops into Q1.

Assen MotoGP Friday “first time I enjoyed” riding the Honda - Espargaro

Pol Espargaro says Friday practice for the MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix was the “first time I enjoyed being fast in every lap” with the Honda in 2021.

SRT MotoGP rider Morbidelli has successful knee operation

Petronas SRT MotoGP rider Franco Morbidelli has undergone a successful operation on his injured left knee and now faces an eight-week rehabilitation programme.

Riders pushing for stricter track limits rules in MotoGP

Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro has revealed riders have been pushing for MotoGP’s track limits rules to be made stricter than they currently are.

MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix qualifying - Start time, how to watch & more

Maverick Vinales topped both Friday practice sessions for Yamaha at the MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix at Assen. Here’s how and when to watch qualifying.

Marquez feels “lucky to escape” monster Assen MotoGP crash unharmed

Marc Marquez admits he feels “lucky” to have walked away from his massive crash in FP2 for the MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix, while urging Honda to fix the bike’s electronics. 

Quartararo wary of making "stupid mistake" in wet Assen MotoGP FP2

MotoGP championship leader Fabio Quartararo says he was “too careful” the wet part of FP2 for the Dutch Grand Prix because he was wary of making a “stupid mistake”.

Assen MotoGP: Vinales tops rain-hit FP2, Marquez suffers huge crash

Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales was fastest in a rain-affected second practice for the Dutch Grand Prix, while Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez walked away from a massive crash.

Assen MotoGP: Vinales leads Espargaro, Rins in FP1

Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales topped the first practice session for the MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix just days after suffering his career-worst grand prix race weekend in Germany.

Morbidelli to undergo knee surgery after missing MotoGP Dutch TT

Petronas SRT MotoGP rider Franco Morbidelli will undergo surgery on the left knee injury which ruled him out of this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix.

Quartararo: Vinales “one of the fastest guys I’ve ever seen” in MotoGP

Fabio Quartararo says Yamaha MotoGP team-mate Maverick Vinales is “one of the fastest guys I’ve ever seen” and has identified where he needs to improve to stop his 2021 struggles.

Marquez “back to our real situation” at Assen after MotoGP Germany win

Honda’s Marc Marquez says he “cannot expect” to repeat his Germany victory in this weekend’s MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix, admitting he will be “back to our real situation”.

Rossi doubts “difficult” prospect of racing with VR46 team in MotoGP

Valentino Rossi doubts he’ll race for his own VR46 team in MotoGP on a Ducati, and admits it’s “very difficult” for him to continue his career at all in 2022.

Vinales “has given up many times” during Yamaha MotoGP woes

Maverick Vinales has admitted he “has given up many times” as he continues to struggle for form on the Yamaha in 2021, saying his MotoGP woes are “difficult to accept”.

Gerloff finding it “strange” to share a MotoGP garage with Rossi

Franco Morbidelli’s Petronas SRT injury replacement Garrett Gerloff admits it’s “strange” to be sharing a garage with MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi this weekend at the Dutch Grand Prix.

Yamaha WSBK rider Gerloff replaces Morbidelli for Dutch MotoGP

Yamaha World Superbike rider Garrett Gerloff will make his MotoGP debut in this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix in place of the injured Franco Morbidelli at Petronas SRT.