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The secrecy surrounding a MotoGP legend’s career-defining move

Valentino Rossi was at the height of his powers with Honda in 2003, and few would have tipped him to join a Yamaha outfit that was verging on disarray. That he did so owed much to personable team manager Davide Brivio and his effective efforts at courtship, resulting in the most successful chapter of Rossi's glittering MotoGP career

COTA undertaking track resurfacing to fix bumps after F1 and MotoGP complaints

The Circuit of the Americas is undergoing further resurfacing work as it attempts to finally address the bumps that have beset it in recent years.

Jack Miller stuck in Australia with COVID-19, Ducati delays MotoGP team launch

Jack Miller has been stranded in Australia due to a positive COVID-19 test, which has forced Ducati to move its 2022 launch date.

Espargaro: “No panic” if new Honda MotoGP bike not instantly quick

Pol Espargaro believes MotoGP testing in 2022 being just five days will be enough to get the new Honda ready, but there’s “no panic” if the marque needs longer.

Why a difficult 2021 hasn't broken one Honda MotoGP ace's resolve Plus

Why a difficult 2021 hasn't broken one Honda MotoGP ace's resolve

Pol Espargaro’s switch to Honda for 2021 was one of MotoGP’s biggest rider market shocks. But a difficult bike coupled with various external factors led to a difficult first campaign. As a critical 2022 campaign for both Espargaro and Honda looms, his 2021 experience hasn’t dented his long-held resolve

Ducati MotoGP “DNA is incredible” for Gresini’s Bastianini

Gresini’s Enea Bastianini says “the DNA” of the Ducati MotoGP bike he will ride in the 2022 season is “incredible for me”.

Marc Marquez back on track at Portimao to step up MotoGP return preparations

Marc Marquez has stepped up his MotoGP comeback preparations by completing laps at Portimao on a Honda RC213V-S.

Gresini Racing first MotoGP team to unveil 2022 bikes

The Gresini Racing team has become the first MotoGP team in 2022 to unveil its new motorcycles as it begins its partnership with Ducati.

Marc Marquez: Doctors didn’t know how long eye injury would take to recover

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez admits his doctors didn't even know how long it would take him to recover from his latest eye injury.

MotoGP ace Marquez’s vision problems show “clear improvement”

Doctors have confirmed six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez’s vision problems have shown a “clear improvement” and has returned to on-bike training.

The Drive to Survive mistakes MotoGP must avoid in 2022 Plus

The Drive to Survive mistakes MotoGP must avoid in 2022

OPINION: MotoGP will get its own Drive to Survive-style series in 2022, airing on Amazon Prime Video. It’s a much-needed grab at the mainstream for MotoGP, but a paradigm shift in the series highlighted by one of its leading stars must be embraced and not overshadowed by a desire to replicate DTS’s popcorn drama

Espargaro gained "realistic" understanding of Marquez's MotoGP speed in 2021

Pol Espargaro says he gained “a more realistic perspective” in 2021 of how Honda MotoGP team-mate Marc Marquez is so fast.

MotoGP winner Petrucci "crying like a baby" after historic Dakar Rally stage win

Danilo Petrucci says he's "crying like a baby" after becoming the first former MotoGP rider to top a stage of the Dakar Rally having been declared the winner of a shortened stage five.

Ex-MotoGP star Rossi out of Gulf 12 Hours due COVID-19 contact

Retired MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi will miss this month's Gulf 12 Hours endurance race due to being a close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Tank Slappers Podcast: Pecco Bagnaia Special

Ducati MotoGP rider Francesco Bagnaia enjoyed a breakout season in 2021 and emerged as a title contender.

Why KTM's latest young outcast is a cautionary tale for MotoGP Plus

Why KTM's latest young outcast is a cautionary tale for MotoGP

Iker Lecuona’s absence from the 2022 MotoGP grid after losing his KTM ride will likely pass most onlookers by. But after just 30 race starts in a MotoGP move he was sucked into by circumstance, the World Superbike-bound 21-year-old's story should act as a warning to KTM - and MotoGP as a whole - in regards to its future stars

How Ducati's expanded roster will threaten MotoGP's balance in 2022 Plus

How Ducati's expanded roster will threaten MotoGP's balance in 2022

That Ducati will compete with eight prototypes in MotoGP this year is nothing new, having already done so between 2016 and 2018. But the involvement and coverage of the Borgo Panigale company in its alliances is now much greater than in past years, which could have the effect of unbalancing the premier class

Ducati's 2022 MotoGP bike "already raceable" after first test

Francesco Bagnaia says the 2022 Ducati MotoGP bike "was already raceable" following his first test on the latest prototype in November at Jerez.

Aprilia has “a long way to go” to reduce MotoGP deficit

Aprilia CEO Massimo Rivola admits his MotoGP team still has “a long way to go” to close its deficit to the leaders, despite scoring a breakthrough podium in 2021.

Rossi’s MotoGP team finalises title sponsor following Aramco saga

Valentino Rossi’s MotoGP team has finalised its title sponsor for 2022 following a lengthy debacle involving Saudi Arabian oil giant Aramco, which will not back VR46 Racing.

Stoner: MotoGP corner run-offs “worst thing that's happened" to bike racing

Double MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner believes the advent of large asphalt run-offs at circuits is “the worst thing that’s happened to motorcycle racing”. 

The Rossi "secret" Bagnaia plans to utilise in MotoGP 2022

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia says he will try to “enjoy” race weekends more in 2022, noting that “was a secret” that mentor and MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi used during his career.

Why Bagnaia thinks MotoGP is "changing" for the better

2021 MotoGP runner-up Francesco Bagnaia believes we are now in "a great page of our sport" because "respect" between riders has changed.

Miller: Speed of MotoGP rookies “makes me nervous”

Ducati’s Jack Miller says the speed MotoGP rookies show now “makes me nervous”, but says it’s “amazing” to watch their progress.

Ranking the top 10 MotoGP riders of 2021 Plus

Ranking the top 10 MotoGP riders of 2021

Eight different riders won races across an ultra-competitive 2021 MotoGP season. Although Fabio Quartararo wrapped up the title with two rounds to go, the Yamaha rider had strong competition from the revitalised Ducati factory team and the world championship's returning king. Autosport picks out the year's 10 best riders

Marquez MotoGP recovery on track amid treatment for double vision

Marc Marquez is recovering from double vision and will continue to prepare for the 2022 MotoGP season alongside a treatment plan over the next few weeks, according to his Honda team.

Petrucci “loved, but not respected” in his MotoGP career

Double MotoGP race winner Danilo Petrucci believes he was “loved, but not respected” during his time in grand prix motorcycle racing, and says it’s impossible to be both.

Double world champion Casey Stoner wants MotoGP bikes made harder to ride

Double MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner believes racing in the premier class “would be incredible” with changes made to certain technical regulations.

Vinales “still dealing with his inner demons”, says Yamaha MotoGP boss

Yamaha MotoGP team boss Lin Jarvis believes his ex-rider Maverick Vinales is “still dealing with his inner demons”, but believes he is just as talented as Fabio Quartararo.

MotoGP champion Quartararo popular because he “doesn’t look for enemies”

Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis says MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo is popular with his rivals because he “doesn’t look for enemies” in his racing.

KTM’s MotoGP young rider approach “not correct” – Lecuona

World Superbike-bound Iker Lecuona says KTM’s approach to young riders in MotoGP is “not correct” after he lost his Tech3 ride for 2022 after just 29 grands prix.

Mir ‘doesn’t give a shit’ about MotoGP title defence critics

Joan Mir says he “couldn’t do better” than he did in the 2021 MotoGP season, while stating that “I don’t give a shit” about critics of his failed title defence.

Jorge Martin’s rookie MotoGP year “the best and the worst” season

Pramac rider Jorge Martin says his rookie season in MotoGP was “the best and the worst season together”, having won a race but also suffered a violent crash in Portugal.

Yamaha: Rossi’s final MotoGP season “totally valid”

Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis concedes Valentino Rossi’s final year in MotoGP was “disappointing” in terms of “pure results” but says his decision to continue in 2021 “was totally valid”.

Miller: Ducati can dominate with 2022 MotoGP bike

Jack Miller believes Ducati has “got a good chance” of dominating the 2022 MotoGP season with its latest Desmosedici following a positive Jerez test on the GP22 prototype.

Suzuki “decided not to be defending champions” for 2021 MotoGP season

Suzuki boss Shinichi Sahara says his team took the decision to come into the 2021 MotoGP season to “not be defending champions” and instead “be challengers again”.

How Quartararo cast aside prior doubts to become MotoGP's new king Plus

How Quartararo cast aside prior doubts to become MotoGP's new king

Doubts were cast over Yamaha’s French recruit after his disastrous end to the 2020 MotoGP season with Petronas SRT, but Fabio Quartararo answered them convincingly in 2021 to claim a MotoGP title that exhibited both his devastating speed and mental strength

Binder: 2021 MotoGP season was an extended rookie campaign

KTM’s Brad Binder feels his 2021 MotoGP season was essentially an extended rookie campaign given how little time he spent on the bike in 2020.

Pol Espargaro “wasn’t ready” for Honda MotoGP debut

Pol Espargaro admits the lack of pre-season testing in 2021 meant he came into the Qatar Grand Prix opener in March “not ready” for his Honda debut.

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.