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Espargaro “angry” with result of “amazing” Honda debut at Qatar MotoGP

Pol Espargaro admits he is “angry” with eighth in the Qatar Grand Prix on his Honda MotoGP debut, but also hailed his race as “amazing”.

Tank Slappers Podcast: Vinales wins MotoGP 2021 opener in Qatar

Maverick Vinales drew first blood in the 2021 MotoGP World Championship with a commanding victory on his Yamaha in the Qatar Grand Prix.

MotoGP champion Mir denied Qatar podium by "ambition"

Suzuki’s Joan Mir says “ambition” denied him a podium in the Qatar Grand Prix to kick off his MotoGP title defence, after being pipped on the line by two Ducatis.

Quartararo: Vinales was “in another league” in Qatar MotoGP

Fabio Quartararo says his factory Yamaha team-mate Maverick Vinales was “in another league” in the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix, as the Frenchman had a “disaster” with tyre wear.

Miller “hit a wall” with tyres in Qatar MotoGP

Ducati’s Jack Miller says he “hit a wall” with rear grip in the closing stages of the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix, which caused his slump from podium contention to ninth.

Vinales feels “Yamaha is back” after Qatar MotoGP win

Qatar Grand Prix winner Maverick Vinales believes "Yamaha is back" to its full potential following his commanding victory in the 2021 MotoGP opener.

Qatar MotoGP: Vinales beats Ducati quartet to claim victory

Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales ended Ducati’s Qatar Grand Prix stranglehold with a stunning victory in the 2021 MotoGP opener as world champion Joan Mir was denied a podium on the line.

Dovizioso's manager doubts MotoGP race return with Aprilia in 2021

Andrea Dovizioso’s manager Simone Battistella says “I don’t think there is a chance” his rider will race the Aprilia in 2021, despite agreeing to test the bike next month.

Bagnaia: "Not possible" to replicate Quartararo's first MotoGP win

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia admits it’s “not possible” to copy Fabio Quartararo’s tactics from Jerez 2020 to win his first MotoGP race after qualifying on pole for the Qatar Grand Prix.

Rins needed "more balls" for stronger Qatar MotoGP qualifying lap

Suzuki’s Alex Rins says he could have qualified better than ninth for the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix “with more balls” on his best Q2 lap on Saturday.

MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix – how to watch, start time, & more

Francesco Bagnaia claimed his maiden MotoGP pole position ahead of his factory Ducati debut at the 2021 opener Qatar Grand Prix. Here’s how and when you can watch the race.

Binder "sick" at thought of Qatar MotoGP top 10 being good result

KTM’s Brad Binder says the fact he thinks cracking the top 10 in the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix will be a good result makes him “sick to my stomach”.

Quartararo: “Story” of Yamaha being easy MotoGP bike “finished”

Fabio Quartararo says the “story” of the Yamaha being branded an easy MotoGP bike is “finished” as he had to “push like hell” for second in Qatar Grand Prix qualifying.

Mir “missing a lot” in Qatar MotoGP qualifying

Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says he was “missing a lot” in Qatar Grand Prix qualifying but is “confident” of being able to recover from 10th on the grid.

MotoGP Qatar: Bagnaia blitzes lap record for maiden pole

Francesco Bagnaia demolished the Losail lap record to claim his maiden MotoGP pole at the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix as world champion Joan Mir was only 10th.

Qatar MotoGP: Morbidelli tops FP3 as champion Mir misses Q2

Petronas SRT’s Franco Morbidelli led third practice for the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix as Ducati’s Jack Miller crashed again, while world champion Joan Mir missed the Q2 cut.

Binder: Losing concessions not behind KTM Qatar MotoGP slump

Brad Binder has dismissed suggestions KTM losing its concessions for the 2021 MotoGP season is the reason for its slump in form in practice ahead of the Qatar Grand Prix.

Morbidelli "man to beat" in Qatar MotoGP – Miller

Qatar MotoGP practice pacesetter Jack Miller says Pertonas SRT’s Franco Morbidelli is “the man to beat” in the opening race weekend of the 2021 season.

The past clues which hint at the MotoGP order in Qatar Plus

The past clues which hint at the MotoGP order in Qatar

The MotoGP season kicks off this weekend in Qatar - two years after it last visited the Losail circuit for a race weekend as last season's round was called off. As ever, the pecking order is difficult to map out at this early stage of the season, but perhaps the 2019 race offers some clues as to how things might shake out...

MotoGP set for new Drive to Survive-style series on Amazon

MotoGP promoter Dorna Sports is finalising plans to have its own Drive to Survive-style documentary series on the Amazon Prime streaming platform.

Defending MotoGP champion Mir "very pissed off" after Qatar practice

Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir admits he is “very pissed off” following Friday practice for the Qatar Grand Prix having missed a provisional Q2 place.

Vinales: Yamaha will “suffer” if it gets stuck in Qatar MotoGP pack

Maverick Vinales admits Yamaha will “suffer” if it gets “stuck” in the pack at the start of the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix.

Pol Espargaro ‘needed’ Qatar MotoGP FP2 crash for Honda 'knowledge'

Pol Espargaro says he ‘needed’ the fast crash on his time attack during Qatar Grand Prix FP2 because it meant he found the limit of his Honda MotoGP bike.

Qatar MotoGP: Miller leads tight FP2, Honda's Espargaro crashes again

Jack Miller led a Ducati 1-2 in second practice for the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix, while Honda rookie Pol Espargaro registered his second crash of the day.

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

MotoGP returns to action for 2021 with the Qatar Grand Prix, the now traditional season opener at the Losail International Circuit. Here’s how to watch qualifying.

Espargaro “can’t wait” for Dovizioso to test Aprilia MotoGP bike

Aleix Espargaro says he “can’t wait” for ex-Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso to test the Aprilia in April and is certain he will offer “good feedback” about the bike.

Morbidelli tops Qatar MotoGP FP1 as Miller crashes

Petronas SRT’s Franco Morbidelli led Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro in the opening MotoGP practice for 2021 at the Qatar Grand Prix, as pre-race favourite Jack Miller on the Ducati crashed.

Zarco: 2021 “my time” to win in MotoGP

Pramac rider Johann Zarco says 2021 is “my time to get victories and podiums” as he enters his fifth season in MotoGP, and believes “everything is ready” to do so.

Mir “surprised” Marquez not riding in Qatar MotoGP races

Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says he is “surprised” about Marc Marquez’s decision not to race in the Qatar and Doha Grands Prix this week.

MotoGP tightens up track limits for 2021 with pressure sensors

MotoGP has tightened up track limits for the 2021 season, with a new pressure sensor system installed at circuits to more accurately police transgressions.

Espargaro: Honda isn't MotoGP’s hardest bike

Pol Espargaro says “I don’t agree” with claims the Honda is the MotoGP grid’s most difficult bike to ride ahead of his Qatar Grand Prix debut with the Japanese marque.

Riders keen on a MotoGP version of F1's Drive to Survive

Leading MotoGP riders have reacted positively to the idea of a Drive to Survive-style series for the championship, with a documentary being filmed this season.

Vinales without MotoGP crew chief until Qatar race day

Maverick Vinales has confirmed he will be without his MotoGP crew chief until at least Sunday of the Qatar Grand Prix due to a reactive COVID-19 test result.

Morbidelli carrying “a great weight” as a MotoGP title contender

Franco Morbidelli says he comes into the 2021 MotoGP season carrying “a great weight” as he starts for the first time as a title favourite in the premier class.

How Marquez's absence changes the Qatar MotoGP dynamic

Marc Marquez's decision to miss the first two races of the 2021 MotoGP season shows an evolution in his approach to racing. His decision also has implications for the rest of his Honda team and members of the grid.

Why MotoGP's returning king can make or break Mir's 2020 legacy Plus

Why MotoGP's returning king can make or break Mir's 2020 legacy

The absence of Marc Marquez from the most open season in MotoGP history cast a looming shadow over reigning champion Joan Mir. The six-time world champion will miss the first two grands prix of 2021 as he continues to recover from injury, but remains the essential benchmark that nobody can rule out

Podcast: Why Marquez’s Qatar MotoGP absence hints at a stronger rider

Marc Marquez will not race in this weekend's opening round of the 2021 MotoGP season in Qatar, nor in the follow-up Doha Grand Prix as he continues recovering from injury.

Bradl to replace Marquez in Qatar MotoGP races

Honda has confirmed test rider Stefan Bradl will stand in for six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez in the opening races of the 2021 season in Qatar.

Marquez ‘doesn’t trust Qatar’ to show MotoGP grid form

LCR’s Alex Marquez admits he ‘doesn’t trust’ the Qatar circuit to show the true form of the 2021 Honda or its MotoGP rivals following pre-season testing.

Marquez to miss opening two MotoGP races in Qatar

Honda has announced six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez will not contest the opening two rounds of the 2021 season in Qatar.

Morbidelli’s Yamaha MotoGP upgrades “substantial” for 2021

Franco Morbidelli believes the "substantial" upgrades to his Petronas SRT ‘A-spec’ Yamaha MotoGP bike have resolved a number of the issues he had in 2020.

Quartararo: Yamaha “ready” to manage MotoGP struggles better in 2021

Fabio Quartararo believes Yamaha will be better able to “prepare something” with its MotoGP bike when it encounters difficult moments this season unlike in 2020.

Why a MotoGP legend needs to ditch social media and enjoy retirement Plus

Why a MotoGP legend needs to ditch social media and enjoy retirement

OPINION: Jorge Lorenzo's status as one of the greatest MotoGP riders of all time is hard to dispute. But his constant social media spats with fellow riders and insistence on listing his achievements to his detractors are running the risk of tarnishing a legacy he worked hard to create

Bagnaia doesn't feel like Ducati MotoGP number two rider

Francesco Bagnaia says Ducati has not made him feel like a number two rider in its factory MotoGP squad, despite team-mate Jack Miller being tipped as an early title favourite.

Can leaving a factory team end Rossi’s MotoGP victory drought? Plus

Can leaving a factory team end Rossi’s MotoGP victory drought?

It is over three-and-a-half years since the Italian national anthem rang out to declare a Valentino Rossi victory in MotoGP. To some onlookers his move out of the factory Yamaha squad meant the 2017 Dutch TT could remain his final win but, after an encouraging transition at Petronas SRT, hope is far from lost

Podcast: Previewing Joan Mir’s title defence with the MotoGP champion

The 2021 MotoGP season is just around the corner and it’s a big one for Suzuki rider Joan Mir.

Silverstone to give away F1 and MotoGP tickets to key workers

Silverstone has announced that it will give away thousands of free tickets for its Formula 1 and MotoGP races to key workers who served through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marini: Hard to copy “strange” Miller Ducati MotoGP riding style

Avintia MotoGP rookie Luca Marini says he studied all Ducati riders’ data during the Qatar test, but admits its leading rider Jack Miller’s “strange” style is difficult to copy.

Aprilia set for private MotoGP test with Dovizioso at Jerez

The Aprilia MotoGP squad is set to undertake a three-day private test at Jerez next month with 15-time race winner Andrea Dovizioso as talks between both parties have arisen again.

Marquez "will never be slow" on MotoGP return – Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow believes his former Honda stablemate Marc Marquez “will never be slow” when he finally returns to MotoGP from injury, but concedes he will need time to readjust.

Rossi: Atmosphere within new SRT MotoGP team “beautiful”

Valentino Rossi has praised the feeling with his new Petronas Sepang Racing Team as “beautiful” following MotoGP pre-season testing in Qatar.

Espargaro ‘would have signed for’ Honda MotoGP test debut

Pol Espargaro says he was reassured by his maiden Honda MotoGP test in Qatar last week, and ‘would have signed for’ the feeling he has after only four days riding.

What Marquez will we get on his much-needed MotoGP return? Plus

What Marquez will we get on his much-needed MotoGP return?

As Marc Marquez’s comeback draws nearer, the six-time MotoGP world champion will have the eyes of the motorsport world on him to see if his incredible speed returns instantly. How Marquez deals with this could be key to both what he and the wider grid faces in 2021

Binder: KTM MotoGP test struggles look worse than they are

Brad Binder believes KTM’s Qatar pre-season test struggles with its new MotoGP bike “look worse on paper than in reality” ahead of the 2021 season.

Miller ‘enjoying’ being tagged as MotoGP title favourite

Ducati’s Jack Miller admits he is ‘enjoying’ being tagged as a favourite for the 2021 MotoGP world championship following a strong pre-season test in Qatar.

Tank Slappers Podcast: Who is in the best shape after MotoGP testing?

The 2021 MotoGP pre-season has come to a close with Ducati’s Jack Miller fastest on the combined timesheets after five days of running.

What we learned from MotoGP pre-season testing in 2021

MotoGP's short pre-season has concluded, but who looks in best shape ahead of the 2021 season and who is in trouble as racing looms? Here's what we've learned

Marquez to travel to Qatar for COVID vaccine

Six-time premier class world champion Marc Marquez will travel to Qatar this week to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine being offered to the MotoGP paddock.

MotoGP champion Mir only "70%" ready for start of 2021 season

Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir admits he’s only “70%” ready for the 2021 season and is likely to start it on the 2020 Suzuki chassis.

Qatar MotoGP test: Petrucci tops wasted final day

Tech3 KTM’s Danilo Petrucci topped a final day of the Qatar MotoGP test ruined by high winds, with only five riders posting lap times.