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Nakagami escapes MotoGP Catalan GP crash without serious injury

Takaaki Nakagami says he has "no serious injury" after his controversial Turn 1 crash involving Alex Rins and Francesco Bagnaia at the MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix.

Nakagami “lost all his credit” with riders in Barcelona MotoGP crash

Pramac’s Johann Zarco says Takaaki Nakagami “lost all his credit” with the riders who backed him after his Mugello clash with Alex Rins following his Barcelona MotoGP collision with Rins.

Tank Slappers Podcast: MotoGP Catalan GP review

Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo dominated the MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix as nearest title rival Aleix Espargaro threw away a podium by miscounting the number of laps remaining.

Quartararo was “expecting more of a fight” in Barcelona MotoGP race

Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo admits he was “not expecting” to be as fast as dominant as he was in the MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix and was “expecting more of a fight”.

Bagnaia “can’t understand” Nakagami’s Barcelona Turn 1 smash

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia says he “can’t understand” why Takaaki Nakagami ended up triggering the multi-rider crash at the start of the MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix that took both out.

Morbidelli: MotoGP stewards’ decision on Barcelona crash only ‘good for the show’

Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli says the stewards’ decision on the MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix Turn 1 crash was only good for the show and not the riders.

Angry Rins blasts Stewards as “not at MotoGP level” after Barcelona crash

Alex Rins has blasted MotoGP’s race stewards as being not good enough and has called for change following a Turn 1 collision with Takaaki Nakagami in the Catalan Grand Prix.

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.

MotoGP Catalan GP: Quartararo dominates, Espargaro blunder costs podium

Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo dominated the MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix as nearest title rival Aleix Espargaro threw away a podium by miscounting the number of laps remaining.

MotoGP Catalan GP: Full Moto2 and Moto3 results

Valentino Rossi protege Celestino Vietti snatched victory in the Moto2 race at the MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix, as Aspar’s Izan Guevara took the spoils in Moto3. 

MotoGP riders brace for “race of survival” in Catalan GP

Francesco Bagnaia feels polesitter Aleix Espargaro remains favourite for victory at the MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix but expects all riders to suffer in a “race of survival” over tyre management.

Espargaro “didn’t enjoy” risks for “crazy” Catalan MotoGP pole lap

Aleix Espargaro says he didn’t enjoy taking extra risks to secure pole position for the MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix despite setting a new lap record in Barcelona.

MotoGP reduces tyre options for 2023 season

MotoGP has announced it will scale back its tyre options for race weekends from the 2023 season, with just two compounds set to be available for riders.

MotoGP Catalan GP: Aprilia’s Espargaro storms to pole with lap record

Aleix Espargaro converted his scotching practice pace into pole position for the MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix with a new circuit lap record to see off Francesco Bagnaia’s late charge.

MotoGP Catalan GP: Aprilia’s Espargaro keeps top spot with new lap record

Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro continued his stranglehold of the timesheets at the MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix after setting a new lap record to top FP3.

Bagnaia: “Shocking” Aprilia will be “hard to beat” in Barcelona MotoGP

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia says he was “shocked” initially when he followed the Aprilia in MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix practice on Friday and believes it could be “hard to beat”.

Quartararo “worried” he’s “super slow” after Barcelona MotoGP practice

Reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo admits he is “worried” because he is “super slow” at the Barcelona circuit following Friday’s MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix practice.

MotoGP Catalan GP: Home favourite Espargaro leads Aprilia 1-2 in FP2

Aleix Espargaro led an Aprilia 1-2 at the end of second practice for the MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix after dominating the session by 0.303 seconds.

MotoGP Catalan GP: Rins leads FP1 from Vinales

Suzuki’s Alex Rins opened up the Catalan Grand Prix fastest of all in the first MotoGP practice session of the weekend.

MotoGP champion Marquez’s “complex” arm surgery deemed a success

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez’s “complex” operation on his right arm has been deemed a success by his surgeon.

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.

2023 Ducati MotoGP favourites yet to have futures decided

Ducati’s factory MotoGP line-up vacancy is yet to be resolved ahead of the Catalan Grand Prix, as both Enea Bastianini and Jorge Martin claim to still be in the dark.

Quartararo: "Not an easy decision" to sign new Yamaha deal

MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo says it was “not an easy decision” to sign a new contract with Yamaha after his 2023-24 deal was announced on Thursday.

Quartararo signs new two-year MotoGP deal with Yamaha

Reigning MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo has re-signed for Yamaha on a new two-year deal that will take him to the end of 2024.

2022 MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix: When is it and how to watch?

The ninth round of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship is the Catalan Grand Prix in Barcelona. Here is the full timetable and TV schedule.

Tank Slappers Podcast: The implications of Marquez's latest surgery

Marc Marquez's announcement that he will be going for more surgery on his right arm was the main talking point from the MotoGP Italian Grand Prix.

Yamaha rules out Toprak Razgatlioglu MotoGP move for 2023

Yamaha has ruled out a move to MotoGP for World Superbike star Toprak Razgatlioglu in 2023 following the marque's split with satellite partner RNF Racing for next year.

“Harmony” in Suzuki MotoGP team not same since exit decision

Joan Mir admits the “harmony” within the Suzuki MotoGP team has changed in the wake of the Japanese marque’s decision to quit the series at the end of 2022. 

The human importance of Marquez’s latest enforced MotoGP absence

OPINION: Marc Marquez will likely sit out the remainder of the 2022 MotoGP season to undergo a fourth major operation on the right arm he badly broke in 2020. It is hoped it will return him to his brilliant best after a tough start to the season without a podium to his name. But it’s the human victory that will far outweigh any future on-track success he may go on to have

Espargaro’s “dream” Mugello MotoGP win charge derailed by VR46 duo

Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro says his “dream” of fighting for MotoGP Italian Grand Prix victory was derailed because he “lost 15 laps” trying to overtake Valentino Rossi’s riders.

Rins brands Nakagami "one of the most dangerous" riders after Mugello MotoGP crash

Alex Rins says Takaaki Nakagami is "one of the most dangerous" riders in MotoGP after a clash in the Italian Grand Prix took the Suzuki rider out of the race.

Marquez wouldn’t have raced Mugello MotoGP had surgery news come earlier

Marc Marquez admits he wouldn’t have taken part in the MotoGP Italian Grand Prix had news of his fourth arm operation come earlier than it did.

Bagnaia “has to be a machine” to get MotoGP title challenge back on track

Despite his Italian Grand Prix win on Sunday, Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia says he has “to be more like a machine” to win the 2022 MotoGP title because of recent errors. 

Quartararo “had nothing to lose” for “precious” Mugello MotoGP podium

Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo says he had “nothing to lose” in Sunday’s MotoGP Italian Grand Prix to take a “precious 20 points” in second to extend his championship lead.

MotoGP Italian GP: Bagnaia takes home win as Marquez makes last start before surgery

Francesco Bagnaia beat title rival Fabio Quartararo to claim a home MotoGP Italian Grand Prix win for Ducati, as Marc Marquez made his last start for the foreseeable future.

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”.

Di Giannantonio hails 'incredible dream' maiden MotoGP pole at Mugello

Gresini rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio says achieving an “incredible” maiden MotoGP pole position on Saturday at the Italian Grand Prix was “one of my dreams”.

Marquez admits “nightmare” MotoGP surgery situation only way forward

Marc Marquez admits his “nightmare” scenario of having to likely miss the rest of the 2022 MotoGP season to have a fourth operation on his arm is his only option.

Marquez to have further arm surgery, rest of 2022 MotoGP season in doubt

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez will have a fourth operation on his right arm following the Italian Grand Prix and is likely to miss the rest of the season.   

MotoGP Italian GP: Di Giannantonio takes shock pole after fiery Marquez crash

Gresini rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio took a shock maiden MotoGP pole in a rain-hit Italian Grand Prix qualifying which was red-flagged after a fiery Marc Marquez crash in Q2.

Yamaha “surprised” by RNF’s Aprilia MotoGP announcement timing

Yamaha MotoGP team boss Lin Jarvis admits the timing of RNF Racing’s announcement to ditch the Japanese marque in favour of Aprilia for 2023 came as a surprise.

MotoGP officially retires Valentino Rossi’s #46 at Mugello

MotoGP has officially retired nine-time grand prix motorcycle world champion Valentino Rossi’s #46 at a ceremony on Saturday at the Italian Grand Prix.  

The MotoGP tribute that does a disservice to a legend

OPINION: MotoGP will retire Valentino Rossi’s famous #46 from competition in a ceremony on Saturday ahead of the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, a track where 'The Doctor' enjoyed phenomenal success. While it will draw the attention of Rossi fans, it’s a tribute that ultimately does a disservice to the series’ ultimate star

MotoGP Italian GP: Bagnaia tops FP3 after a crash, Marquez down in 21st

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia topped a tense third practice for the MotoGP Italian Grand Prix despite a crash, as Marc Marquez was only 21st.

2022 MotoGP Italian Grand Prix: Full Friday practice results

Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro ended the opening day of running at the 2022 MotoGP Italian Grand Prix fastest of all.

RNF/Aprilia MotoGP tie-up ‘changes nothing’ for Dovizioso’s future

Andrea Dovizioso says the recently announced tie-up between RNF Racing and Aprilia in MotoGP “doesn’t change anything” for him, as he “doesn’t have any plans for the future”.

Marquez has “to take risks” to improve 2022 Honda MotoGP bike

Marc Marquez admits he “needs to take some risks” on Fridays on MotoGP race weekends to try and improve the troubled Honda bike.

Oliveira says KTM has “offered” Tech3 demotion for MotoGP 2023

Three-time MotoGP race winner Miguel Oliveira says KTM has “offered” him a demotion from its factory squad back to Tech3 for 2023, which he admits is “not my dream place”.

Quartararo’s Mugello MotoGP pace “opposite” to 2021 race-winning form

Championship leader Fabio Quartararo admits he is currently “opposite” at Mugello after Friday’s MotoGP Italian Grand Prix practice to how he was when he won at the track in 2021.

MotoGP Italian GP: Espargaro tops red-flagged FP2 from Bagnaia

Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro snatched top spot from Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia in a red-flagged FP2 for the MotoGP Italian Grand Prix.

Prospective manufacturers “must be brave” to race in MotoGP now

Honda’s Pol Espargaro says any potential manufacturers wanting to race in MotoGP “must be brave with a lot of money” due to the current technical regulations.

MotoGP Italian GP: Nakagami tops FP1 as teams debut upgrades

LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami dominated opening practice for the MotoGP Italian Grand Prix as many teams debuted upgraded motorcycles.

Aprilia to partner with RNF to field satellite MotoGP bikes in 2023

RNF and Aprilia have finalising a deal that will see the Malaysian outfit become the Noale-based brand's satellite MotoGP team from next year.

2022 MotoGP Italian Grand Prix: When is it and what time does it start?

The 2022 MotoGP season continues this weekend with the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello. Here are the full session and TV times.

Pramac unveils striking new MotoGP livery

The Pramac Racing team has unveiled a striking new livery for its two MotoGP bikes ahead of the Italian Grand Prix that it will use for the rest of 2022.

Rins: Suzuki’s MotoGP exit shock “not easy” for rival teams

Alex Rins says Suzuki’s shock decision to quit MotoGP is “not easy” on rival teams as it has put two big-name riders onto an already volatile 2023 market.

Aleix Espargaro “happy” to leave MotoGP if new Aprilia offer didn’t come

Aleix Espargaro says he was “happy” to leave MotoGP at the end of 2022 had he not been able to come to terms with Aprilia over a new contract.

Aprilia retains Espargaro and Vinales for 2023 MotoGP season

Aprilia has signed Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales to new contracts for the 2023 MotoGP season.

MotoGP postpones Finnish GP to 2023

MotoGP's Finnish Grand Prix will be cancelled for the 2022 season, with the current geopolitical situation between Russia and Ukraine forcing its postponement to 2023.

The Honda problem Yamaha is now facing in MotoGP

Andrea Dovizioso believes Yamaha is in “a very similar situation” to Honda with Marc Marquez in that only one rider can be strong on the M1 in MotoGP currently.