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Dovizioso explains "smart" decision to test Aprilia MotoGP bike

Fifteen-time MotoGP race winner Andrea Dovizioso says testing the Aprilia at Jerez this week was “smart” for him as he continues to work towards a comeback in 2022.

2021 MotoGP Portuguese GP – how to watch, session times & more

MotoGP heads back to Portimao for the third round of the 2021 season, for the Portuguese Grand Prix, following an enthralling double-header opener in Qatar.

Ducati wants to keep its six MotoGP bikes for 2022

Ducati is keen to continue fielding six bikes in MotoGP beyond the 2021 season and has been in contact with Gresini Racing about a potential tie-up.

Podcast: How will Marquez fare on his MotoGP return?

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez will make his long-awaited return to action this weekend at the Portuguese Grand Prix.

Where does Honda's new MotoGP signing sit ahead of its king's return?

Pol Espargaro’s first results as a Honda MotoGP rider may not appear special. But dig a little deeper and a clearer picture of his performance emerges. And, as Lewis Duncan writes, it’s cause for celebration at Honda with the return of Marc Marquez set to provide Espargaro with the reference he has been missing so far this year

Ducati: “Gamble” Zarco proving to be MotoGP rider “we thought he was”

Ducati sporting director Paolo Ciabatti admits signing Johann Zarco in 2020 was a “gamble” as “nobody trusted him” following his miserable part-2019 MotoGP campaign with KTM.

Mir has to ride MotoGP qualifying laps in "unnatural" way

Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says he is having to ride qualifying laps on his Suzuki in a style “not really natural” to him.

Aleix Espargaro has proved he's "a top-level rider" in MotoGP

Aleix Espargaro believes he’s proved he’s “a top-level” MotoGP rider at Aprilia and doesn’t believe having a stronger team-mate will dramatically boost development of the RS-GP.

Petrucci "too big" for KTM MotoGP bike

Double MotoGP race winner Danilo Petrucci says he is “too big” for the KTM he is riding in Tech3 colours this year and likened it to being on a Moto3 machine.

Lorenzo: Rossi “disappointed” me and his fans with Doha MotoGP display

Triple MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo says ex-Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi’s Doha Grand Prix weekend “disappointed me as I suppose he has disappointed his fans”.

Marc Marquez cleared to make MotoGP return at Portimao

Marc Marquez will return to MotoGP for the first time in nearly a year after being given permission by doctors to take part in this month’s Portuguese Grand Prix.

Ducati not worried by missed Qatar MotoGP wins

Ducati’s sporting director Paolo Ciabatti has insisted to Autosport that the Italian marque is not worried by its failure to win either of the Qatar MotoGP races.

The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons Plus

The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons

MotoGP’s 2021 rookie crop is one of the strongest in recent years, but one is already standing out. Jorge Martin’s Doha GP heroics have courted many to compare him to numerous MotoGP legends. Autosport spoke to Pramac boss Francesco Guidotti to find out why MotoGP’s latest Spanish star is already making such an impact

UN issues damning report on Indonesian venue set to host MotoGP

The United Nations has released a damning report on human rights violations on the Indonesian island of Lombok related to construction of the Mandalika resort set to host MotoGP

MotoGP eyes test on new Indonesia street track in 2021

MotoGP could stage a test at the Mandalika Street Circuit in Indonesia this year ahead of the return of the Indonesian Grand Prix in 2022.

No change to Spielberg Turn 2 after horror MotoGP smash

No changes will be made to the Red Bull Ring's Turn 2 layout following the horror collision between Johann Zarco and Franco Morbidelli in the 2020 MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix.

Rossi unsure if MotoGP form will rebound in Europe

Petronas SRT Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi admits he is unsure if his poor form from the Qatar MotoGP races will rebound when the series returns to Europe next week.

Bagnaia slams “unacceptable” Doha MotoGP race mistake

Francesco Bagnaia says “confidence” in his Ducati caused the mistake which cost him a podium shot in the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix, admitting it was “unacceptable” as a factory rider.

Quartararo: Sharing Doha MotoGP podium with Zarco a career highlight

Fabio Quartararo says sharing France’s first ever MotoGP 1-2 with Johann Zarco in the Doha Grand Prix was “one of the best moments of my career”.

Ducati MotoGP rider Miller undergoes arm surgery

Ducati MotoGP rider Jack Miller has undergone a successful operation on an arm pump issue following last Sunday’s Doha Grand Prix in Qatar.

Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash

Despite Suzuki’s decision not to appeal against Race Direction’s refusal to penalise Jack Miller following the incident with Joan Mir in Losail, something must be done to avoid a repeat of such an incident, which could have easily ended in tragedy

Binder was "scared" about Doha MotoGP tyre gamble

KTM’s Brad Binder admits he was “really quite scared” of having to use the medium front tyre in the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix but “didn’t have a choice”.

Podcast: How Yamaha stole Ducati’s Qatar MotoGP races

Fabio Quartararo doubled Yamaha's delight in Qatar by storming through from a lowly start to claim victory in the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix.

Vinales: You have to be “crazy” fighting Ducati MotoGP riders

Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales says “you have to be crazy sometimes” when fighting Ducati MotoGP riders following last Sunday’s Doha Grand Prix.

MotoGP rookie Bastianini blinded by hair in Doha GP

Avintia rookie Enea Bastianini admits he was unable to advance on 11th in the final laps of the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix as “my hair got in my eyes”.

Has Yamaha banished its demons with its 2021 MotoGP bike? Plus

Has Yamaha banished its demons with its 2021 MotoGP bike?

Against the expected run of play at Qatar's Losail circuit, both Yamaha riders Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo carved through a resolute Ducati defence to secure back-to-back MotoGP wins for the Japanese marque. After a difficult 2020, it appears that Yamaha has swaggered back into championship contention

Rins explains “super-scary” Doha MotoGP save

Suzuki’s Alex Rins has explained what caused his “super-scary” front end moment during the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix which resulted in a spectacular save.

Espargaro's Doha MotoGP result "disgusting"

Honda’s Pol Espargaro has harshly judged his 13th in the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix as “disgusting” but is adamant he is “sat on the best bike on the grid”.

Zarco: Leading MotoGP championship "not redemption" for KTM nadir

Pramac’s Johann Zarco leads the MotoGP standings following the Doha Grand Prix, but doesn’t consider this any form of “redemption” following his near career-ending KTM nadir in 2019.

Jorge Martin dedicates first MotoGP podium to late Gresini

Jorge Martin has dedicated his maiden MotoGP podium in the Doha Grand Prix to the late Fausto Gresini, having raced for the Italian in Moto3.

Quartararo: Doha MotoGP win “most special”

Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo says his victory in the Doha Grand Prix is the “most special” one of his MotoGP career.

Mir brands “super dangerous” Miller Doha MotoGP clash “intentional”

Suzuki’s Joan Mir says Jack Miller ‘intentionally’ hit him on the pit straight at close to 200km/h in the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix, saying the Ducati rider showed “no respect”.

Doha MotoGP: Quartararo powers to victory from Pramac Ducati pair

Fabio Quartararo recovered from a poor start on his Yamaha to take a commanding victory in the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix, while rookie Jorge Martin scored his maiden podium.

Struggling Morbidelli has to “wing it” in Doha MotoGP race

Franco Morbidelli admits his feeling on his Petronas SRT Yamaha is bad “no matter what we do” and will have to “wing it” in the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix.

Jorge Martin: Wins in smaller classes “better” than first MotoGP pole

Pramac rookie Jorge Martin admits winning races in Moto2 and Moto3 felt “better” than scoring his maiden MotoGP pole position on Saturday ahead of the Doha Grand Prix.

Miller "hero" of Doha MotoGP qualifying after 'scary' near-miss – Quartararo

Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo says Jack Miller is the “hero” of MotoGP Doha Grand Prix qualifying after surviving “the scariest moment I’ve ever seen” late on in Q2.

Martin: Doha GP “not my day to win” despite maiden MotoGP pole

Pramac rookie Jorge Martin admits Sunday’s Doha Grand Prix is “not my day to win”, despite storming to a sensational maiden MotoGP pole on Saturday.

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

Jorge Martin has taken a stunning maiden MotoGP pole position ahead of Pramac Ducati team-mate Johann Zarco at the Doha Grand Prix. Here’s how and when you can watch the race.

Rossi explains worst-ever MotoGP qualifying result

Valentino Rossi says he was “never strong” on Saturday of the Doha Grand Prix, after registering his worst-ever MotoGP qualifying result of 21st.

Doha MotoGP: Rookie Martin takes sensational pole, Rossi down in 21st

MotoGP rookie Jorge Martin led a Pramac Ducati 1-2 in a thrilling Doha Grand Prix qualifying, as Valentino Rossi registered his worst-ever premier class qualifying result.

Doha MotoGP: Quartararo tops windy third practice

Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo topped a wind-affected FP3 for the Doha Grand Prix, as MotoGP world champion Joan Mir once again missed the Q2 cut.

Rossi “not fast enough” ahead of Doha MotoGP qualifying

Valentino Rossi admits he is “not fast enough” currently at the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix and admits he is worried he won’t be able to revive his form for qualifying.

Why MotoGP’s top gun looks more dangerous at the Doha GP

Lightning hasn't struck twice for Maverick Vinales since 2017 and his wayward form of recent years makes predicting how he'll fare each MotoGP race weekend tricky. But fresh from his Qatar GP win, Vinales looks like an even more dangerous prospect for the Doha GP following an intriguing Friday practice

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

MotoGP completes its Qatar residency with the second leg of its double-header and the first Doha Grand Prix at the Losail International Circuit. Here’s how to watch qualifying.

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.

Binder responds to “sensitive” Rossi after aggressive MotoGP riding criticism

Brad Binder has responded to a “sensitive” Valentino Rossi’s criticism of his aggressive riding in the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix, with the KTM rider adamant he did nothing wrong.

Strategy blunder costs Mir Q2 spot in Doha MotoGP

Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says a strategy blunder by Suzuki late on in FP2 in the Doha Grand Prix cost him a place in Q2.

Doha MotoGP: Miller leads Ducati charge in second practice

Jack Miller monstered the field in FP2 for the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix to lead a Ducati 1-2-3 as world champion Joan Mir faces Q1 again after finishing 13th.

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

Doha MotoGP: Aprilia's Espargaro tops FP1 as Morbidelli suffers technical woes

Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro topped the first practice of the inaugural MotoGP Doha Grand Prix, while Franco Morbidelli was struck by more technical dramas on his Petronas SRT Yamaha.

Vinales “pissed off” over Yamaha’s starts to MotoGP races

Maverick Vinales admits he’s “pissed off” with the starting capability of the 2021 Yamaha MotoGP bike, having been monstered by four Ducatis off the line in the Qatar 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.

Rossi questions “respect” of some MotoGP riders

Valentino Rossi has questioned the level of “respect” some riders on the current MotoGP grid have for their rivals, following a clash with Brad Binder in the Qatar Grand Prix.

Morbidelli: No clear cause found for Qatar MotoGP woes

Petronas SRT’s Franco Morbidelli admits no clear cause for the problems that meant he finished the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix 18th have been found ahead of this weekend’s Doha GP.

KTM has “taken a hard blow” by Qatar MotoGP tyre allocation

Brad Binder feels KTM has “taken a hard blow” by Michelin’s front tyre allocation for the opening two Qatar MotoGP races, ahead of this weekend’s Doha Grand Prix.

Doha GP ‘not a must-win’ for Ducati MotoGP rider Miller

Ducati’s Jack Miller doesn’t see this weekend’s Doha Grand Prix at Losail as being a must-win, having finished a lowly ninth in last week’s Qatar GP at the same venue.

How Suzuki plans to avenge Mir's Qatar MotoGP podium defeat to Ducati

After clearing all doubts generated by the MotoGP pre-season in last week’s Qatar Grand Prix, Suzuki and Joan Mir have a new task on their hands for the Doha GP.

Aprilia proved pre-season form “not a joke” in Qatar MotoGP - Espargaro

Aleix Espargaro says he proved in last Sunday’s MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix that Aprilia’s pre-season form “was not a joke” and the team is “better than ever”.

2021 MotoGP Doha GP – how to watch, session times & more

MotoGP stays in Qatar for the second round of the 2021 season, for the first-ever Doha Grand Prix, after Maverick Vinales clinched victory at the Qatar GP.

Why MotoGP’s new Amazon series is long overdue Plus

Why MotoGP’s new Amazon series is long overdue

OPINION: MotoGP is getting its own version of Drive to Survive on Amazon Prime at some point in the near future. It was news welcomed by the grid’s leading riders. And following the impact DTS has had on Formula 1, MotoGP desperately needs the same boost.