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Rossi has fondness for all his “special” MotoGP rivalries

Retired MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi has labelled the many rivalries he had during his career as “something special” and expressed fondness for all his on-track foes.

The Rossi-less future MotoGP must now navigate Plus

The Rossi-less future MotoGP must now navigate

Motorcycle racing's greatest showman has left the stage, as Valentino Rossi calls time on his remarkable career on two wheels. But in his successors, all of whom were inspired by 'the Doctor', grand prix racing has vibrant new acts to keep us hooked

Rossi to contest Gulf 12 Hours ahead of 2022 GT programme

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi will contest January's Gulf 12 Hours at the wheel of a Ferrari at the start of what looks set to be a full programme of car racing in 2022.

Valentino Rossi’s 10 greatest MotoGP races Plus

Valentino Rossi’s 10 greatest MotoGP races

As the Italian legend finally bows out and retires from MotoGP, it marks the end of one of the most incredible careers in motorsport history. Here is Autosport’s pick of his best rides and the stories behind them

Yamaha “can have best bike” in MotoGP with more power - Quartararo

Reigning MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo says Yamaha “can have the best bike” on the grid if the YZR-M1 had more horsepower.

Tank Slappers Podcast: 2021 Season Review Part 1

Two riders stood out across a hectic 2021 MotoGP season, with both Fabio Quartararo and Francesco Bagnaia proving to be head and shoulders above the rest.

Gresini feared MotoGP team would fold after team owner’s death

The Gresini Racing team feared the MotoGP squad would not make it through the death of its namesake founder Fausto Gresini back in February.

MotoGP winner Petrucci says Dakar switch is “another world”

Double MotoGP race winner Danilo Petrucci says his switch from road racing to rallying ahead of his Dakar debut in 2022 has been “completely another world”. 

How Sir Frank Williams helped a MotoGP legend after his own life-changing accident

Sir Frank Williams' contribution to motorsport, and Formula 1 in particular, is legendary. But the impact the late team owner had on people extended to a much more personal level for some. Suffering life-changing injuries of his own in 1993, MotoGP icon Wayne Rainey tells Autosport just how pivotal Williams was to his life

Ducati: Bagnaia “takes another step” in MotoGP when he “reaches his level”

Ducati general manager Gigi Dall’Igna says Francesco Bagnaia “takes another step” every time “you expect him to really reach his level” in MotoGP.

Barcelona agrees new Formula 1, MotoGP deals until 2026

The Spanish GP will stay in Barcelona until at least 2026 after Formula 1 agreed a new deal with the promoter and local authorities.

Rossi hopes Honda gives him first title-winning MotoGP bike

Valentino Rossi hopes Honda will give him his first MotoGP title winning 500cc bike from 2001 for his collection and spoke with team boss Alberto Puig about it.

MotoGP officially announces eight-part Amazon docuseries

MotoGP has officially announced an eight-part docuseries to air on Amazon Prime Video in 2022 based on the events of the 2021 season.

Pramac MotoGP manager Guidotti set to move to KTM, Leitner to depart

KTM MotoGP team manager Mike Leitner will depart the team, with Pramac's Francesco Guidotti set to take his place in the role.

Vinales “needs much more” before Aprilia MotoGP bike is his

Maverick Vinales admits the Aprilia MotoGP bike does “not yet” feel like his own and “needs much more” before he gets to that point.

MotoGP to use fully sustainable fuel from 2027

MotoGP has announced it will introduce part-sustainable fuels from 2024, with the aim of the world championship using fully sustainable solutions from the 2027 season.

Gardner “expected worse” from KTM MotoGP bike

Reigning Moto2 world champion Remy Gardner admits he “expected worse” from the KTM MotoGP bike he rode last week at the post-season Jerez test ahead of his 2022 rookie campaign.

Darryn Binder felt no pressure in much-debated MotoGP step at Jerez

Darryn Binder says he felt no pressure in the first test of his much-debated MotoGP step direct from Moto3 for 2022 with RNF Racing last week at Jerez.

Puig: Honda “far from ready” with 2022 MotoGP bike

Honda team boss Alberto Puig says the marque is “still far from being ready” with its 2022 bike following the Jerez test, but noted the “conclusions are positive”.

How Ducati has drawn first blood in the 2022 MotoGP title race

The 2021 MotoGP season may have only just ended but preparations for 2022 are well underway following a two-day test at Jerez this week. Ducati has hit the ground running while a lack of progress dominated Yamaha’s and world champion Fabio Quartararo’s test. While no battle lines have been drawn yet for 2022, it appears Ducati has already drawn first blood...

Bagnaia quickest on final day of 2022 MotoGP pre-season Jerez test

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia headed 2021 world champion Fabio Quartararo on the final day of MotoGP running for the year at the Jerez test.

Ducati MotoGP bike “perfect already” – Bagnaia

Francesco Bagnaia says the 2021 Ducati MotoGP bike “was perfect already” but the Italian manufacturer is “improving this perfect bike” during the Jerez post-season test.

Why Suzuki's quest for a new MotoGP boss may be too late Plus

Why Suzuki's quest for a new MotoGP boss may be too late

Suzuki is on the search for a new team manager after its decision not to replace Davide Brivio at the start of 2021 was backed up by its unsuccessful bid to help Joan Mir defend his 2020 MotoGP world title. But whoever Shinichi Sahara appoints next, it may have already come too late to convince Mir to stick with the project

Quartararo needs to see Yamaha progress before signing 2023 MotoGP deal

World champion Fabio Quartararo says he won’t sign a new Yamaha MotoGP deal until he sees tangible progress with its 2022 bike having expected more from the Jerez test.

Nakagami tops first test of 2022 MotoGP pre-season at Jerez

LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami kicked off Honda’s 2022 MotoGP pre-season preparations by topping the opening day of the Jerez test by 0.043 seconds.

Gardner thinks Fernandez's Moto2 title claims “bullshit”

Remy Gardner says his Tech3 MotoGP team-mate Raul Fernandez’s claims that the Ajo team stood in his way in their Moto2 title battle are “bullshit”.

"Moral champion" Fernandez feels team stood in way of his Moto2 title bid

MotoGP rookie Raul Fernandez believes he is “morally champion” of the 2021 Moto2 season and suggests the Ajo KTM squad stood in his way during his title tilt.

Petrucci: I’ll be among the "last normal people" to win in MotoGP

Danilo Petrucci says he is likely to be “one of the last normal people” to be successful in MotoGP “without being a phenomenon”.

Rins “expected” crash in Valencia MotoGP finale while fighting for win

Suzuki’s Alex Rins says he “expected” his crash out of the MotoGP Valencia Grand Prix while fighting for victory as he’d strayed slightly off-line.

MotoGP unveils 2022 entry list, VR46 still without title sponsor

The official entry list for the 2022 MotoGP season has been unveiled, with Valentino Rossi’s VR46 Racing Team still without Aramco title sponsorship.

Lecuona’s MotoGP farewell “difficult to manage” after pre-race tears

Tech3’s Iker Lecuona says his final MotoGP outing at the Valencia Grand Prix was “tough to manage” as pre-race tears left his mind “in another world” at the start.

Tank Slappers Podcast: Grazie Valentino

The 2021 season was brought to an end last weekend at the Valencia Grand Prix, with MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi bowing out after a 26-season career.

Ducati MotoGP star Miller to contest Australian Superbike finale

Ducati MotoGP star Jack Miller will compete in the final round of the Australian Superbike Championship at The Bend next month.

How Rossi got the perfect send-off to his MotoGP career

The greatest chapter in MotoGP history came to a close at the Valencia Grand Prix as Valentino Rossi bid farewell after 26 seasons of grand prix racing. While his run to a strong 10th was a pleasing end to his time in MotoGP, it was what happened at the front of the grid that capped the Italian's ideal send-off

Quartararo “worried” about Ducati going into MotoGP 2022

MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo admits Ducati’s form during the Valencia Grand Prix weekend has him “worried about next year”.

Jorge Martin thought he’d miss MotoGP finale due to illness

Pramac MotoGP rider Jorge Martin says he thought he would miss the Valencia Grand Prix as he spent all of Saturday night vomiting and hadn’t eaten since Saturday lunchtime.

Morbidelli: Rossi was “unattackable” in Valencia MotoGP finale

Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli says he didn’t want to engage Valentino Rossi on his final MotoGP outing, but found his mentor was “unattackable” anyway in the Valencia Grand Prix.

Rossi was "worried" ahead of his "special" final MotoGP race

Valentino Rossi admits he “didn’t expect” how “special” his final MotoGP race would be at the Valencia Grand Prix as he was “a bit worried” coming into it.

Bagnaia: Valencia MotoGP win “best way possible” to celebrate Rossi

Francesco Bagnaia says his victory in the Valencia Grand Prix sporting a retro Valentino Rossi helmet was the “best way possible” to celebrate the end of the MotoGP legend’s career.

MotoGP Valencia: Bagnaia wins finale as Valentino Rossi brings career to a close

Francesco Bagnaia led a historic first Ducati 1-2-3 in a tense Valencia Grand Prix as Valentino Rossi brought his illustrious MotoGP career to a close with a ride to 10th.

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

Jorge Martin is on pole position for the MotoGP Valencia Grand Prix at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo. Here’s how and when you can watch the race.

Honda withdraws Espargaro from Valencia MotoGP finale

Honda has announced Pol Espargaro will not take part in Sunday’s 2021 MotoGP season finale at the Valencia Grand Prix following a heavy crash on Saturday.

Valentino Rossi’s best MotoGP helmet designs

After 26 seasons of grand prix racing, Valentino Rossi will call time on his illustrious career at the conclusion of this weekend’s Valencia Grand Prix.

Jorge Martin ‘risked a lot’ for Valencia MotoGP pole

Pramac rookie Jorge Martin says he was “risking every corner” on the lap which ultimately claimed him pole for the MotoGP Valencia Grand Prix.

Yamaha announces VR46 Moto2 team for 2022

Yamaha has announced it will expand its grand prix presence from MotoGP to include a Moto2 operation in 2022 in collaboration with Valentino Rossi’s VR46 Master Camp.

Espargaro: Race direction error "ruined" Valencia MotoGP qualifying

Aleix Espargaro says his Valencia Grand Prix qualifying was “ruined” by a “big mistake” from MotoGP race direction, who wrongly flew a yellow flag at the end of Q2.

Rossi: Valencia Q2 entry “changed everything” for final MotoGP qualifying

Valentino Rossi hailed his Saturday at the Valencia Grand Prix as “great” and says gaining direct entry into Q2 in FP3 “changed everything” for his final MotoGP qualifying.

Quartararo "on the limit for nothing" in "sad" Valencia MotoGP qualifying

MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo was “so on the limit for nothing” in a tough Valencia Grand Prix qualifying in which he was eighth and “sad” at not understanding why.

MotoGP Valencia: Martin snatches pole after Bagnaia and Miller crashes

Pramac’s Jorge Martin snatched pole in a dramatic MotoGP qualifying for the Valencia Grand Prix after both factory Ducati riders Francesco Bagnaia and Jack Miller crashed late on.

Espargaro escapes serious injury after violent MotoGP FP3 crash

Honda’s Pol Espargaro has escaped serious injury after being hospitalised following a violent crash in FP3 for the MotoGP Valencia GP, but will sit out qualifying.

MotoGP Valencia: Aprilia’s Espargaro tops FP3, Rossi makes Q2 for final race

Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro made a major form turnaround at the MotoGP Valencia Grand Prix to top a tight FP3 as Valentino Rossi secured a Q2 place for his final qualifying.

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

Jack Miller topped Friday practice at the MotoGP Valencia Grand Prix. Here’s how and when to watch qualifying.

MotoGP legend Rossi says racing with Norris would be “fantastic”

Retiring MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi says the prospect of one day sharing a car with McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris in a sportscar race is “fantastic”.

Bagnaia’s Valencia MotoGP form “another world”

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia says his form during Friday’s MotoGP Valencia Grand Prix practice was “totally another world” compared to his miserable 2020 visit.

Quartararo “totally lost” after Valencia MotoGP practice

MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo says he was “totally lost” on his Yamaha during Friday’s Valencia Grand Prix practice and has similar feelings to those he had in 2020.

MotoGP Valencia: Miller leads Pol Espargaro by 0.012s to top FP2

Ducati’s Jack Miller pipped the Honda of Pol Espargaro by 0.012 seconds in a thrilling-but-crash-strewn second practice for the MotoGP Valencia Grand Prix.

Suzuki rules out Alpine F1 boss Brivio's MotoGP return for 2022

Alpine Formula 1 racing director Davide Brivio has been ruled out of a return to the Suzuki MotoGP team next year, amid recent speculation about his future.

Marquez doctor “positive” after latest injury - Honda MotoGP boss

Honda MotoGP team boss Alberto Puig says both HRC and Marc Marquez must exercise “patience” following his latest injury setback, but that his doctor was “positive” regarding recovery.

Yamaha will continue with Crutchlow as MotoGP test rider in 2022

Yamaha has confirmed it will continue with three-time MotoGP race winner Cal Crutchlow as its test rider for the 2022 season, though nothing has been officially signed yet.

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.