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Miller: MotoGP ‘doesn’t appreciate’ Petrucci as it should

Ducati’s Jack Miller says “I don’t think we appreciate” Danilo Petrucci and how he came from the back of the MotoGP grid to become a race-winner over the last decade.

MotoGP Valencia: Lecuona fastest in wet FP1

Tech3 KTM rider Iker Lecuona topped a wet first practice for MotoGP 2021's Valencia Grand Prix finale, as motorcycle racing legend Valentino Rossi begins the final race of his career.

Norris has discussed racing together with MotoGP legend Rossi

McLaren Formula 1 racer Lando Norris says he has spoken with retiring MotoGP legend and personal idol Valentino Rossi about racing together in the future.

MotoGP riders react to Rossi’s “end of an era” retirement

The MotoGP field has shared their thoughts on Valentino Rossi’s retirement at the end of this weekend’s Valencia Grand Prix, with Maverick Vinales calling it the “end of an era”.

Rossi: Becoming an “icon” in MotoGP “the best thing of my career”

Valentino Rossi says “the best thing” of his MotoGP career was how he “became something like an icon” and making motorcycle racing “more famous” globally.

Vinales “very sad” MotoGP season ending after “very late” start

Maverick Vinales says he is “very sad” the 2021 MotoGP season is ending this weekend as his campaign “started very late”, referencing his switch from Yamaha to Aprilia.

2021 MotoGP Valencia Grand Prix – how to watch, session times & more

MotoGP heads to Circuit Ricardo Tormo for the 18th and final round of the 2021 world championship season, the Valencia Grand Prix.

KTM confirms 2022 Dakar Rally debut for Petrucci

Two-time MotoGP race winner Danilo Petrucci will make his Dakar Rally debut in 2022 with KTM after losing his seat in the premier class of grand prix racing.

Joan Mir’s year without MotoGP win “difficult to digest”

Suzuki’s Joan Mir says going a full calendar year without a victory in MotoGP has been “difficult to digest”, and the 2020 world champion is “not having a good time”.

Marquez’s Algarve MotoGP result “important” after “shit” season

Alex Marquez says his run to a season-best fourth in the MotoGP Algarve Grand Prix was “really important” having 'hit a lot of shit' this season.

Why MotoGP's under-fire graduate has a point to prove

OPINION: MotoGP-bound Darryn Binder was already under the microscope as his jump from Moto3 to join RNF's new top-class team was announced. But his crash with title hopeful Dennis Foggia caused significant consternation among the ranks - with many current riders suggesting the top level should be harder to break into as a result

Tank Slappers Podcast: Algarve MotoGP review

The events of MotoGP's Algarve GP are discussed on the latest Tank Slappers Podcast, as Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia produced a dominant victory, while newly-crowned champion Fabio Quartararo crashed out.

Oliveira escapes injury after Lecuona crush in Algarve MotoGP

KTM’s Miguel Oliveira says medical checks showed no signs of injury after a nasty collision with Tech3’s Iker Lecuona which red-flagged the MotoGP Algarve Grand Prix.

Marquez ruled out of MotoGP finale in Valencia with vision problems

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez has been ruled out of this weekend’s 2021 season finale at Valencia as he is suffering from vision problems following a concussion.

How Portugal exposed the biggest threat to Quartararo’s MotoGP title defence

Fabio Quartararo’s first DNF of his title-winning 2021 MotoGP season couldn’t have come at a better time. But the events of the Yamaha rider’s Algarve Grand Prix exposed the M1’s well-known major weakness, which could threaten his championship defence given the increasingly Ducati-heavy makeup of the grid heading into 2022

Miller’s Algarve MotoGP battle with Alex Marquez “felt like 2014 all over again”

Ducati’s Jack Miller says his tussle for third with Alex Marquez in the MotoGP Algarve Grand Prix “felt like 2014 all over again”, when both fought for the Moto3 title.

Bagnaia: MotoGP needs F1-style superlicence after Darryn Binder incident

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia believes MotoGP needs to adopt a superlicence system as seen in Formula 1 to better manage the talent coming into the premier class.

Suzuki’s Mir “needed” his strong MotoGP Algarve weekend

Suzuki’s Joan Mir says he “needed” his “unbelievable” Algarve Grand Prix weekend, after claiming a season-best second in Sunday’s MotoGP race. 

Bagnaia “did the same race as Misano” to win Algarve MotoGP

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia says he felt no difference in pressure in the MotoGP Algarve Grand Prix now the title is done, noting “I did the same race as Misano”.

Quartararo was “making a lot of mistakes” in Algarve MotoGP

World champion Fabio Quartararo admits he was “making a lot of mistakes” before crashing out of the MotoGP Algarve Grand Prix, noting his race went away from him in qualifying.

MotoGP Algarve: Bagnaia takes dominant win in red-flagged race

Francesco Bagnaia dominated the Algarve Grand Prix to win the MotoGP constructors’ championship for Ducati, as the race was red-flagged on the penultimate lap for a crash.

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

Francesco Bagnaia is on pole position for the MotoGP Algarve Grand Prix at Portimao. Here’s how and when you can watch the race.

“Nothing changed” to grant Mir MotoGP qualifying breakthrough

Suzuki’s Joan Mir says “nothing changed” at the Algarve Grand Prix compared to previous rounds to grant him his first-ever top three qualifying result in MotoGP.

Ducati MotoGP duo keen to have Stoner as rider coach in 2022

Francesco Bagnaia and Jack Miller have both expressed an interest in Ducati hiring a MotoGP rider coach for 2022, with both mentioning double world champion Casey Stoner as an option.

Quartararo hindered by “weird feeling” in Algarve MotoGP qualifying

MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo says his seventh in Algarve Grand Prix qualifying was a result of a “weird feeling” he got from a set-up change that didn’t work.

MotoGP Algarve: Bagnaia secures fifth consecutive pole position with lap record

Francesco Bagnaia claimed his fifth-straight MotoGP pole after topping qualifying for the Algarve Grand Prix with a lap record, as world champion Fabio Quartararo was only seventh.

MotoGP Algarve: Bagnaia beats Quartararo by 0.001s in FP3

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia led MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo by just 0.001 seconds in an extremely tight Algarve Grand Prix FP3.

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

New MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo topped Friday practice at the MotoGP Algarve Grand Prix. Here’s how and when to watch qualifying.

Espargaro: Honda MotoGP bike now 'safer' to ride

Pol Espargaro says Honda has made an "amazing" step between MotoGP's last visit to Portugal in April and this weekend's Algarve Grand Prix, noting how the bike is safer.

Quartararo not "obsessed” with Bagnaia fight in Algarve MotoGP

MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo says he’s “not obsessed” with engaging in a battle with Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia at the Algarve Grand Prix this weekend, having led him in practice.

Mir was "mentally collapsed" after recent MotoGP races

Suzuki’s Joan Mir revealed he was “mentally collapsed” after the recent run of MotoGP races and had to take a week off following the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

MotoGP Algarve: Quartararo leads over Bagnaia in FP2 session

MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo topped the second practice for the Algarve Grand Prix aboard his Yamaha, the Frenchman once again leading Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia.

Stoner “has missed” Rossi racing at the front in MotoGP

Double world champion Casey Stoner says that he's “missed Valentino Rossi at the front” in MotoGP in recent years and feels the racing could have been “incredible” if he was.

Algarve MotoGP: Champion Quartararo pips Bagnaia in first practice

New MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo edged ahead of Francesco Bagnaia to top first practice for the Algarve Grand Prix by 0.045 seconds.

Bagnaia would “really like to fight” Quartararo in final MotoGP rounds

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia says he would “really like to have a fight” with new MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo in the final two races of the 2021 season.

Quartararo shuns number one plate for MotoGP title defence

New MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo has categorically ruled out running the number one plate in 2022, saying that “I feel like I’m not number one”.

Dovizioso “not instinctive” on Yamaha MotoGP bike yet

Petronas SRT’s Andrea Dovizioso admits he’s “not instinctive” still on the Yamaha MotoGP bike as he continues his preparations for his full-time return in 2022.

Martin has to "face the fear" of Portimao MotoGP return after crash

Jorge Martin admits he was “scared” initially when he found out MotoGP would be returning to Portimao following his serious crash in April, but now has to “face the fear”.

Marquez to miss Algarve MotoGP round after training accident

Honda has announced Marc Marquez will miss this weekend’s MotoGP Algarve Grand Prix in Portugal after suffering a concussion in a training incident.

Quartararo initially questioned MotoGP move after first test

New MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo admits he “couldn’t ride” his Yamaha on his first test back in 2018 and questioned “what the hell am I doing on this bike?”.

The financial implications fuelling junior bike racing's dangerous aggression Plus

The financial implications fuelling junior bike racing's dangerous aggression

The pressure shouldered by young riders is at the root of the increased on-track aggression seen in lower categories of late, which motorcycling's governing bodies want to curb with new rules. But will stopping under-18s from racing in the world championship and capping grid sizes prevent the often desperate acts of youths pursuing their MotoGP dreams?

2021 MotoGP Algarve Grand Prix – how to watch, session times & more

MotoGP returns to Portimao for a second time this season for the 17th round of the 2021 world championship season, the Algarve Grand Prix.

RNF explains MotoGP management reshuffle for 2022

RNF Racing owner Razlan Razali says the decision to split with long-time Petronas SRT team director Johan Stigefelt was by “mutual agreement” ahead of the MotoGP team’s rebranding.

Quartararo’s progression to MotoGP was “brutal”

Fabio Quartararo became the first French rider in history to win the MotoGP world championship and ended a seven-season drought for Yamaha at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Yamaha: New MotoGP champion Quartararo has brought "positivity" to team

New MotoGP champion Fabio Quartararo has brought "a huge dose of positivity" to Yamaha and is "no prima donna", according to his colleagues at the Japanese manufacturer team.

VR46 still progressing on “very slow” Aramco MotoGP deal

VR46 team boss Pablo Nieto says the MotoGP squad is making progress with its Aramco title sponsorship for 2022, but “things are going very, very slow”.

Vinales feels he had podium pace in Misano MotoGP

Aprilia’s Maverick Vinales believes he had pace enough to fight for the podium in the MotoGP Emilia Romagna Grand Prix had he not qualified down in 19th.

Tank Slappers Podcast: Quartararo wins title and Misano GP review

Fabio Quartararo clinched the 2021 MotoGP world championship at the Emilla Romagna GP in a tense race won by Marc Marquez.

Binder explains “super-stupid” Misano MotoGP sighting lap crash

Brad Binder labelled his crash on the sighting lap for the MotoGP Emilia Romagna Grand Prix “super-stupid” having been caught out by cold brakes on the way to the grid.

Espargaro: Maiden Honda MotoGP podium “pain relief” after ‘risky’ KTM exit

Pol Espargaro says his maiden MotoGP podium with Honda at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was “pain relief” having struggled across 2021 after his “huge risk” move to HRC.

Bastianini “wasn’t confident” of Misano MotoGP podium return

Avintia rookie Enea Bastianini admits his crash-strewn Saturday meant he “wasn’t confident” of returning to the podium in Sunday’s MotoGP Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Mir’s Misano MotoGP jump start due to launch control confusion

Outgoing MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says his jump start in Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was a result of him having doubts that he’d engage his Suzuki’s launch control.

The three factors that crowned MotoGP’s newest champion at Misano

The prospect of Fabio Quartararo clinching the 2021 MotoGP world championship title at Misano appeared small after struggling to 15th in qualifying, while main rival Francesco Bagnaia took pole. Here's how the Yamaha rider turned it around, with help from an ill-fated Bagnaia tyre choice, to secure the crown with two races to spare

Marquez: Key to Quartararo’s MotoGP title was his ability “to suffer”

Marc Marquez says the key to Fabio Quartararo’s 2021 MotoGP world championship was how the Yamaha rider was “able to suffer” and still pick up strong results.

Rossi “a bit angry” with Bagnaia’s Misano MotoGP tyre choice

Valentino Rossi says he’s “a little bit angry” that protégé Francesco Bagnaia ran the hard front tyre in the MotoGP Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, which ultimately caused his title-ending crash.

Bagnaia’s Misano MotoGP race was “win or gravel”

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia is “frustrated” by the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix crash that ended his MotoGP title hopes, but admits his race “was either win or gravel”.

Quartararo: Mugello win "key" to 2021 MotoGP title tilt

Newly-crowned MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo says his win at Mugello was "the key point" to his 2021 title tilt because of the confidence it gave him.

Marquez says wet Misano practices crucial to his latest MotoGP win

Honda’s Marc Marquez says the fact most of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend was rain-affected proved key to him being physically stronger in Sunday’s MotoGP race.

Quartararo struggled to eat ahead of MotoGP title-clinching race

Newly crowned 2021 MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo says he struggled to eat before Sunday’s title-deciding Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, as he had to come through from 15th.

Emilia Romagna MotoGP: Quartararo claims title as Marquez seals victory

Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo is the 2021 MotoGP world champion after Francesco Bagnaia crashed out of the lead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, while Marc Marquez won the race.