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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.

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

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

Rossi “very proud” of brother Marini’s maiden MotoGP front row

Valentino Rossi says he is “very proud” of his half-brother Luca Marini after the Avintia rider secured his first-ever MotoGP front row in qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Marquez “lost all confidence” after “lucky” Misano MotoGP Q2 save

Marc Marquez says he “lost all confidence” to push in MotoGP Emilia Romagna Grand Prix qualifying following a “lucky” save at the start of Q2 having already crashed in FP4.

Bagnaia: Quartararo struggles won't affect Misano MotoGP race tactics

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia says starting from pole for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix with Fabio Quartararo 15th won’t change his approach to Sunday’s potentially title-deciding MotoGP race.

Quartararo was “unconsciously not risking” in Misano MotoGP qualifying

MotoGP championship leader Fabio Quartararo says his Q1 exit in Emilia Romagna Grand Prix qualifying was a result of him “unconsciously not risking” in the tricky conditions.

Emilia Romagna MotoGP: Bagnaia continues pole streak, Quartararo 15th

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia snatched pole for the MotoGP Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as championship leader Fabio Quartararo is only 15th in a chaotic qualifying at Misano.

Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on

Saturday 23 October marks the 10th anniversary of Marco Simoncelli's death. The one-time 250cc world champion and double MotoGP podium finisher was the ultimate maverick character with big hair, a big personality and an even bigger talent. Autosport pays tribute to a much-missed figure, a decade on

Emilia Romagna MotoGP: Zarco tops wet FP3, title contenders in Q1

Johann Zarco led a Pramac 1-2 in a wet FP3 for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as both MotoGP title rivals Fabio Quartararo and Francesco Bagnaia drop into Q1.

Marquez: Rossi’s appeal “something unrepeatable” in MotoGP

Marc Marquez says Valentino Rossi’s appeal bringing MotoGP to a mainstream audience is “something unrepeatable”, as the Italian prepares for his final race on home soil. 

Rossi not certain new MotoGP age limits “will fix all the problems”

MotoGP veteran Valentino Rossi says increasing the minimum age limit of Moto3 entrants to 18 “is a big difference” but doesn’t believe it solves the main issue of riding standards.

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

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

Quartararo: Yamaha “made big steps” in wet Misano MotoGP practice

Fabio Quartararo says Yamaha has “made big steps” with its MotoGP bike in wet conditions despite ending Friday’s damp Emilia Romagna Grand Prix practice sessions only 16th overall.

Emilia Romagna MotoGP: Miller tops damp FP2 session

Ducati’s Jack Miller dominated a damp second MotoGP practice for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as points leader Fabio Quartararo’s wet woes continued in 16th.

FIM raises age limits for junior series following teenager deaths

Motorcycle racing governing body the FIM has announced it will raise the minimum age limits across all of its championships in the wake of recent junior series deaths.

Emilia Romagna MotoGP: Zarco tops wet FP1, Quartararo 18th

Pramac’s Johann Zarco topped a wet first MotoGP practice for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as fellow Ducati rider Francesco Bagnaia crashed late on, while Fabio Quartararo was 18th.

Darryn Binder on his “no-brainer” Moto3 to MotoGP jump

Darryn Binder admits he didn’t expect his MotoGP debut in 2022 would come straight from Moto3, but says signing for Yamaha and RNF Racing was a “no-brainer”.

Marquez: Arm recovery still "too slow" in MotoGP 2021

Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez admits his right shoulder’s physical fitness continues to improve following his Austin win, but “it’s too slow” for him still.

Bagnaia: MotoGP 2021 “wasn’t the year to try to win the championship”

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia will go “all in” to keep his MotoGP title hopes alive at Misano this weekend but admits 2021 “wasn’t the year to try to win the championship”.

Quartararo must approach Misano MotoGP match point 'like season start'

Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo admits he has to approach his first 2021 MotoGP title match point this weekend at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix "like the beginning of the season".

Yamaha announces 2022 MotoGP deal with RNF and signs Binder

Yamaha has announced the rebranded RNF Racing team will be its official satellite team from 2022, and has signed Moto3 rider Darryn Binder to partner Andrea Dovizioso.

Ducati to become official MotoE supplier from 2023

Ducati will take over from Energica as the supplier of the bikes that will compete in the MotoE World Cup from 2023, Autosport has learned.

No talk over Ducati MotoGP team orders yet – Miller

Jack Miller says there's been no official conversations with Ducati about employing team orders in the final MotoGP races to aid team-mate Francesco Bagnaia's slim title hopes.

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

MotoGP returns to Misano for a second time this campaign and the 16th round of the 2021 world championship season, the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Avintia sacks MotoGP mechanic for faking PCR test result

The Avintia MotoGP team has announced that it has parted ways with a member of its squad who faked a PCR test result to gain access to the MotoGP paddock.

Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha on his road to the MotoGP title Plus

Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha on his road to the MotoGP title

Fabio Quartararo has his first match point in the 2021 MotoGP title race this weekend at Misano. While the 2021 Yamaha is a much-improved bike to its inconsistent predecessor, its the rider himself who has shown the biggest evolution this season. Oriol Puigdemont delves into Quartararo's growth.

Redding: MotoGP teams’ approach to riders now “not respectful”

Ducati World Superbike rider Scott Redding says the way MotoGP teams now handle young talent and dismiss older riders is “not respectful”.

Rea: Rossi saying my missed MotoGP shot was a shame "really nice"

Six-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea says Valentino Rossi calling his missed MotoGP opportunity “a great shame” is “really nice”, and agrees with the Italian legend.

Gerloff doesn't want MotoGP shot just "because I have a good passport"

Yamaha World Superbike rider Garrett Gerloff says he doesn’t want a full-time ride in MotoGP “just because I have a good passport”.

WSBK king Rea not getting proper MotoGP shot “a great shame” – Rossi

Valentino Rossi says it is “a great shame” six-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea never got a proper shot in MotoGP. 

How KTM has wrestled control of young MotoGP talent from Honda Plus

How KTM has wrestled control of young MotoGP talent from Honda

There once was a time when Honda controlled any young rider who emerged in motorcycling, but its market dominance has now swung to the side of MotoGP rival KTM and, to a lesser extent Ducati. Could this development have significant ramifications for the future?

Marquez donated Aragon MotoGP trophy to fallen racer’s family

Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez donated his Aragon Grand Prix trophy to the family of Hugo Milan, who died in a European Talent Cup race in July aged just 14.

Bastianini feels like a proper MotoGP rider after recent purple patch

Avintia rookie Enea Bastianini says he feels like a proper MotoGP rider now following a run of three successive top-six finishes on his two-year-old Ducati.

MotoGP set for longest season ever as provisional 2022 calendar finalised

The 2022 MotoGP season is set to be the longest in the series’ history, as 21 races have been drafted into a provisional calendar.

Jorge Martin critical of ‘senseless’ COTA MotoGP penalty

Pramac rookie Jorge Martin has taken aim at MotoGP’s Race Direction following a penalty in the Grand Prix of the Americas that “makes no sense”.

Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider Plus

Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider

Marc Marquez's romp to victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas led many to believe the 'old' pre-injury Honda rider was close to coming back to his full powers. However, the 'old' Marquez will probably never exist again and instead he'll have to adapt to his new reality to return to title-winning ways in 2022

Bagnaia won’t make desperate moves to keep MotoGP title hopes alive

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia says he won’t make any desperate and aggressive moves on Fabio Quartararo in the final three races to keep his slim MotoGP title hopes alive.

Rins “was trying to survive” in COTA MotoGP race

Suzuki’s Alex Rins says traction issues and circuit bumps meant his MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas was simply about “trying to survive” to the finish.

Espargaro “needs explanation” to his “nightmare” COTA MotoGP crash-fest

Aprilia MotoGP rider Aleix Espargaro says he “needs an explanation” to his “nightmare” Grand Prix of the Americas weekend, after he crashed five times across the event.

Rossi’s COTA MotoGP race “a disaster” physically

Valentino Rossi says his MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas was “a disaster” in regards to his physical condition, after the 42-year-old struggled to 15th in his final US race.

The Marquez self-preservation that fulfilled a COTA MotoGP “dream”

Marc Marquez scorched to his seventh Circuit of the Americas victory in MotoGP last Sunday with a display reminiscent of his pre-injury form. However, his path to the win across the weekend was in keeping with the current reality of his physical limitations, with self-preservation on Saturday key to his Sunday success

Tank Slappers Podcast: Americas MotoGP review, Marquez victorious

Marc Marquez stormed to his second win of the 2021 season in emphatic fashion in the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas.

Mir "doesn’t respect" Miller COTA MotoGP clash penalty

Suzuki’s Joan Mir says he "doesn’t respect" the penalty he was given for a last-lap clash with Ducati’s Jack Miller in Sunday’s MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas.

MotoGP’s Rossi critical of “Russian Roulette” Moto3 restart decision

Valentino Rossi has praised the harsh penalty given to Deniz Oncu for causing the terrifying Moto3 crash in Sunday’s Austin race, but was critical of the “Russian Roulette” restart decision.

Quartararo “doesn’t need to obsess” about winning MotoGP title now

Fabio Quartararo says “I don’t need to get obsessed” with winning the MotoGP title now, after second at the Grand Prix of Americas has given him his first match point.

Marc Marquez knew COTA could be last chance of 2021 MotoGP win

Marc Marquez says his dominant MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas victory was “perfect” but admits he felt pre-weekend that it could be his last chance to win in 2021.

Americas MotoGP: Marquez dominates at COTA as Quartararo extends points lead

Honda’s Marc Marquez cruised to his second win of the 2021 MotoGP season at the Grand Prix of the Americas, as Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo strengthened his championship lead.

Mir was “scared” when Suzuki blew up in Americas MotoGP FP4

Joan Mir admits he was “a bit scared” when his Suzuki spectacularly expired on the Circuit of the America’s back straight at the start of MotoGP FP4 on Saturday.

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

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

Miller “f****** sick” of repeating tyre issues in MotoGP qualifying

Ducati’s Jack Miller is “fucking sick” of his MotoGP qualifying being compromised by issues with Michelin’s soft rear tyre after ending Saturday at the Grand Prix of the Americas 10th.

MotoGP riders' request to shorten COTA race “not taken seriously” – Petrucci

Tech3’s Danilo Petrucci says the MotoGP field requested the Grand Prix of the Americas to be shortened on safety grounds, but organisers “didn’t take us seriously” in the safety commission.

Quartararo not pressured by title rival Bagnaia’s recent “perfect” MotoGP form

MotoGP championship leader Fabio Quartararo admits he’s “not really” feeling pressure from title rival Francesco Bagnaia despite his “perfect” form continuing with pole at the Grand Prix of the Americas.

Rossi heaps praise on Bagnaia’s MotoGP pole streak for Ducati

Valentino Rossi has heaped praise on Francesco Bagnaia following his Grand Prix of the Americas pole, noting “it’s a long time” since a Ducati MotoGP bike has been ridden so well.

Americas MotoGP: Bagnaia claims third consecutive pole to beat Quartararo

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia scored his third-successive MotoGP pole after beating championship leader Fabio Quartararo to end Marc Marquez’s qualifying stranglehold at the Grand Prix of the Americas.

Americas MotoGP: Miller leads FP3 by 0.679s, Mir in Q1

Ducati’s Jack Miller dominated third practice for the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas, as reigning world champion Joan Mir has dropped into Q1 in qualifying.

What is causing COTA’s “dangerous” surface problems for MotoGP?

MotoGP’s return to America for the first time since 2019 has hardly been the positive affair it would have hoped for, as safety concerns were raised by riders after Friday.