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How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike Plus

How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike

His third place at Misano made Enea Bastianini the fifth different Ducati-mounted rider to score a podium in 2021. Amid a season that has seen one rider amass the bulk of Yamaha and Honda's success, the Ducati's versatility makes for a potent weapon, but the contribution of a former leading light shouldn't be forgotten

Misano MotoGP test: Aprilia's Espargaro heads final day from Bagnaia

Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro topped the final day of MotoGP testing at Misano by 0.080 seconds as KTM rookies Raul Fernandez and Remy Gardner made their debuts.

Vinales “satisfied” with Aprilia MotoGP move

Maverick Vinales says he is “satisfied” with his decision to quit Yamaha and join Aprilia in MotoGP following his first two rounds with the Italian manufacturer.

The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career

Maverick Vinales’ early debut with Aprilia has been one of the most interesting plots of the recent MotoGP rounds. The results may not look standout on paper, but a closer inspection reveals just how much progress Vinales has truly made in understanding a bike that has taken him well out of his “comfort zone”

Lecuona ‘pissed off’ to be benched at MotoGP test for rookies

Iker Lecuona says KTM benching him for the second day of the Misano MotoGP test to give his bike to 2022 rookie Raul Fernandez “really pisses me off”.

Misano MotoGP test: Bagnaia tops opening day for Ducati despite crash

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia topped the first of two days of MotoGP testing at Misano fresh from his San Marino Grand Prix, despite suffering a crash during the afternoon.

Rossi: MotoGP in Italy will be fine "without me"

Valentino Rossi is confident Italian MotoGP representation will be in a strong place even after he retires at the end of the 2021 season.

Dovizioso: Quartararo “doing something crazy” on Yamaha MotoGP bike

Andrea Dovizioso says the Yamaha MotoGP bike is “particular” and can’t yet understand where his ‘A-spec’ bike and the factory version differ as only Fabio Quartararo is “doing something crazy”.

Tank Slappers Podcast: San Marino GP review

Ducati's Francesco Bagnaia doubled up his MotoGP victory tally after fending off Fabio Quartararo in a tense San Marino Grand Prix.

Morbidelli “didn’t think it was possible” to make Misano MotoGP start

Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli admits he “didn’t think it was possible” to start last Sunday’s MotoGP San Marino Grand Prix after a “really tough” warm-up session on his injured knee.

How ‘El Diablo’ and ‘the Beast’ starred in MotoGP’s Misano contest

On a day each of the podium trio could claim to be the star of the show, the San Marino Grand Prix will be remembered as a pivotal race in both MotoGP’s present and future. While Fabio Quartararo demonstrated his world title credentials just behind Francesco Bagnaia’s flawless victory charge, a new threat emerged from the shadows

Marquez “over my limit” chasing Bastianini in Misano MotoGP race

Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez admits he was “over my limit” trying to run with Avintia rookie Enea Bastianini in third in Sunday’s San Marino Grand Prix. 

How Bagnaia’s key Ducati MotoGP strength was aided by Jorge Lorenzo

Francesco Bagnaia has explained that he bettered his braking style on the Ducati MotoGP bike in 2021 by studying three-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo’s data last year.

Mir “angry” at MotoGP title loss as he is now a "better rider”

Suzuki’s Joan Mir admits he is “a bit angry” at the 2021 MotoGP title slipping from his grasp as he believes “I’m a better rider” than in 2020.

Quartararo ‘enjoying riding on the limit’ despite MotoGP title risks

Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo says he almost crashed several times in the MotoGP San Marino Grand Prix but ‘enjoys’ being “fully on the limit” despite having to defend a championship lead.

Bagnaia was “terrified” of repeating 2020 Misano MotoGP race crash

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia admits he was “terrified” in the final laps of Sunday’s MotoGP San Marino Grand Prix about repeating the crash which robbed him of Misano victory in 2020.

Bastianini: Overtaking ‘MotoGP boss’ Marquez for first MotoGP podium fantastic

Enea Bastianini says overtaking “the boss of MotoGP” Marc Marquez on his way to a maiden MotoGP podium in the San Marino Grand Prix was “fantastic”.

Misano MotoGP: Bagnaia fends off Quartararo for back-to-back wins

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia fended off a hard-charging Fabio Quartararo to claim a stunning home MotoGP win at the San Marino Grand Prix, as rookie Enea Bastianini took his maiden podium.

Vinales: Qualifying “still complicated” on Aprilia MotoGP bike

Maverick Vinales admits qualifying on the Aprilia MotoGP bike is “still complicated” for him and “hoped to be a bit faster” than 10th for the San Marino Grand Prix.

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

Francesco Bagnaia followed up his maiden MotoGP win in Aragon by taking pole for the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano. Here’s how and when you can watch the race.

Quartararo: Yamaha "struggling more than usual" in MotoGP qualifying

MotoGP championship leader Fabio Quartararo admits he is “struggling much more than usual” in qualifying at the San Marino Grand Prix, despite putting his Yamaha third on the grid.

Miller "happy to play blocker" for Bagnaia in Misano MotoGP race

Jack Miller says he is "happy to play blocker" for Ducati team-mate Francesco Bagnaia in Sunday’s MotoGP San Marino Grand Prix, should the poleman breakaway at the front.

Rossi “very frustrated” with Misano MotoGP Q1 crash

Valentino Rossi says he’s “very frustrated” with the crash in qualifying for the MotoGP San Marino Grand Prix which ultimately left him 23rd on the grid for his home race.

Mir critical of Marquez’s towing tactics in MotoGP at Misano

World champion Joan Mir is critical of Marc Marquez using other riders as a reference to make lap times behind during the MotoGP San Marino Grand Prix weekend.

Misano MotoGP: Bagnaia takes pole in crash-strewn qualifying

Francesco Bagnaia snatched back-to-back MotoGP poles after topping San Marino Grand Prix qualifying with a new lap record to head a Ducati 1-2, while Fabio Quartararo crashed late on.

Misano MotoGP: Bagnaia pips Quartararo in FP3, Marc Marquez crashes

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia topped a tight third practice for the MotoGP San Marino Grand Prix as Marc Marquez will have to go through Q1 in qualifying after a late crash.

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

Maverick Vinales topped Friday practice for Aprilia at the MotoGP San Marino Grand Prix at Misano. Here’s how and when to watch qualifying.

Rossi confident in VR46’s MotoGP step despite sponsor confusion

Valentino Rossi is confident his VR46 team will race in MotoGP next season, despite continued confusion and delays over the title sponsorship of the outfit.

Vinales has "no thoughts of positions" despite topping Misano MotoGP practice

Aprilia’s Maverick Vinales admits topping Friday practice for the MotoGP San Marino Grand Prix made him “much more calm”, but has "no thoughts" regarding results right now.

Marquez "needs rain" to limit dry MotoGP running at physical Misano

Honda’s Marc Marquez admits he “needs some rain” to limit dry running in the MotoGP San Marino Grand Prix practice sessions owing to the track’s physical nature.

Sepang Racing Team to be rebranded as RNF Racing in MotoGP

The Sepang Racing Team has announced it will be rebranded as RNF Racing as of 2022 and will continue in MotoGP through to the end of 2026.

Dovizioso: Yamaha MotoGP bike felt "very strange" in Misano practice

Andrea Dovizioso says his first day on the Petronas SRT Yamaha on Friday at the San Marino GP was “strange” because the bike is “very different” to his old Ducati.

MotoGP points leader Quartararo “can’t understand” missing wet feeling

Fabio Quartararo “can’t understand” why he can’t feel like he did in 2019 on the Yamaha MotoGP bike wet conditions, after the rain-hit practice sessions for the San Marino Grand Prix.

Misano MotoGP: Zarco leads wet second practice as Quartararo struggles

Pramac Ducati’s Johann Zarco topped a soaked second practice for the MotoGP San Marino Grand Prix, while championship leader Fabio Quartararo struggled on the Yamaha down in 18th.

Misano MotoGP: Vinales tops rain-hit FP1 as Dovizioso and Morbidelli return

Aprilia’s Maverick Vinales topped a rain-interrupted FP1 for the MotoGP San Marino Grand Prix as Andrea Dovizioso and Franco Morbidelli marked their returns.

Rossi: Dovizioso is “an important name” for MotoGP

Valentino Rossi says his new team-mate at Petronas SRT for the remainder of Andrea Dovizioso’s return to MotoGP is significant because he is “an important name for the Championship”.

Dovizioso "couldn't say no" to Yamaha MotoGP offer after 2013 miss

Andrea Dovizioso says he “couldn’t say no” to Yamaha’s offer of a MotoGP return, adding that he was disappointed to miss out on a factory ride in 2013.

Marc Marquez “not enjoying” riding in MotoGP right now

Marc Marquez admits “I’m not enjoying” riding right now in MotoGP due to the physical limitations he is trying to recover from following his career-threatening arm break last year.

Morbidelli: Yamaha “didn’t owe me” factory MotoGP status, but I deserve it

Franco Morbidelli admits Yamaha “didn’t owe me” factory status in MotoGP, despite his form on an old M1, but he believes he “deserved” it.

Honda “needs to follow” Marquez on MotoGP bike development – Espargaro

Pol Espargaro says Honda “needs to follow” what Marc Marquez says in regards to MotoGP bike development, and that its current philosophy is “intelligent”.

Yamaha announces Morbidelli, Dovizioso's MotoGP deals

Yamaha has announced it has signed Franco Morbidelli on a two-year contract to the end of 2023, while Andrea Dovizioso’s MotoGP return with SRT has been officially confirmed.

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

MotoGP heads to Misano for the 14th round of the 2021 world championship season, the San Marino Grand Prix, to complete its latest double-header.

Michelin to remain MotoGP tyre supplier until 2026

Michelin will continue as the official tyre supplier in MotoGP until at least the end of the 2026 season after securing a new three-year contract extension.

Marquez: I crash every time I try to ride Honda MotoGP bike like I want

Marc Marquez admits as soon as he tries to ride the 2021 Honda MotoGP bike in his normal style “I crash”.

Puig: Marquez's injury won't change Honda's MotoGP bike philosophy

Honda boss Alberto Puig says Marc Marquez's injury will not change Honda's bike philosophy, and is convinced he will return to his former self "because he has not become afraid".

Espargaro says Honda Aragon MotoGP woes “painful”

Pol Espargaro says the struggles he had in riding the Honda in last Sunday’s hot MotoGP Aragon Grand Prix, in which he was “super slow”, was “painful”.

Zarco “the loser of the day” after Aragon MotoGP

Pramac’s Johann Zarco says he was “the loser of the day” after finishing 17th in the Aragon Grand Prix dented his hopes of securing runner up spot in the MotoGP standings. 

Tank Slappers Podcast: Aragon GP Review

Francesco Bagnaia became the eighth different rider to win a MotoGP race in 2021 after beating Marc Marquez in a thrilling duel at the Aragon Grand Prix.

How Ducati’s Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future

Duelling against Marc Marquez at the Aragon Grand Prix, Francesco Bagnaia came out on top to secure a long overdue MotoGP victory. As Marquez likened Bagnaia to a Ducati title contender of old, it appears the Italian rider could finally start to fight for wins on a more regular basis

Rossi “tried to hypnotise” Aragon winner Bagnaia on tyre choice

Valentino Rossi says he “tried to hypnotise” MotoGP Aragon Grand Prix winner Francesco Bagnaia ahead of the race to make the correct tyre choice.

Mir “not really satisfied” with Aragon MotoGP podium return

Reigning world champion Joan Mir admits he’s “not really satisfied” with his third-place finish in last Sunday’s MotoGP Aragon Grand Prix.

Gardner, Fernandez to test KTM MotoGP bike at Misano

Incoming Tech3 MotoGP riders Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez will make their debuts on the KTM in an official two-day test at Misano next weekend, Autosport has learned.

Vinales stepped out of “my comfort zone” in Aprilia MotoGP debut

Maverick Vinales says he was “not anymore in my comfort zone” lining up for his first race on the Aprilia in Sunday’s MotoGP Aragon Grand Prix.

Marquez: Bagnaia was like Dovizioso in Aragon MotoGP battle

Honda rider Marc Marquez says fighting with Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia for victory in Sunday’s MotoGP Aragon Grand Prix was “the same” as his battles with old foe Andrea Dovizioso.

“Something went wrong” with Quartararo’s tyre in Aragon MotoGP race

Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo says “something went wrong” with the rear tyre he raced in the MotoGP Aragon Grand Prix, and could only manage eighth as a result.

MotoGP near misses give Bagnaia's first win "extra sweetness"

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia says thoughts of his numerous near-misses in MotoGP gave his maiden victory in Sunday’s Aragon Grand Prix an “extra sweetness”.

Aragon MotoGP: Bagnaia claims maiden win after fending off Marquez in thriller

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia took his maiden MotoGP victory after fending off Marc Marquez in a thrilling Aragon Grand Prix, while Fabio Quartararo struggled to eighth.

Marquez: MotoGP crash saves “don’t exist right now”

Honda’s Marc Marquez has responded to his high crash rate in the 2021 MotoGP season, admitting “saves doesn’t exist in my dictionary right now”. 

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

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

Quartararo "doesn’t have pace" for Aragon MotoGP podium

Championship leader Fabio Quartararo believes he currently "doesn’t have enough pace" to fight for the podium in Sunday’s MotoGP Aragon Grand Prix despite qualifying third.