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Pol Espargaro laments “no motivation” from Honda to improve his MotoGP bike

Pol Espargaro admits “there’s not been this motivation to improve” from Honda towards him later on in the 2022 MotoGP season, but says “talking bad” about HRC isn’t helpful.

Miller admits 2022 MotoGP title “a long shot” despite re-ignited charge

Ducati’s Jack Miller admits his hopes of winning the 2022 MotoGP title are still “a long shot” despite recent results putting him just 40 points behind the championship lead.

Crutchlow says wet Thailand MotoGP race start “very dangerous”

Cal Crutchlow says he was “not very happy” at the start of the wet MotoGP Thailand Grand Prix as the amount of spray being kicked up was “very dangerous”.

The signs the old Marquez is really back to trouble his MotoGP rivals Plus

The signs the old Marquez is really back to trouble his MotoGP rivals

OPINION: Marc Marquez has completed the first three races of his MotoGP comeback from a fourth major operation on his right arm and has already achieved more points than Honda scored in his absence. While there is still some way to go before he is ready to win races, there have been plenty of signs to suggest that the old Marquez really is back

Not finishing last in Thailand MotoGP return “means a lot” – Petrucci

Danilo Petrucci says not finishing last in his one-off appearance with Suzuki at the MotoGP Thailand Grand Prix “means a lot” to him.

Oliveira “never relaxed” in wet Thailand MotoGP win charge

KTM’s Miguel Oliveira feels it was a positive to have been forced into “attack mode” throughout the wet MotoGP Thailand Grand Prix as it meant he was “never relaxed”.

Yamaha “very unclear” on Quartararo’s Thailand MotoGP disaster

Yamaha admits it is “very unclear” on what led to Fabio Quartararo’s disastrous Thailand Grand Prix, which saw him struggle to 17th in the wet MotoGP race.

Marc Marquez: Wet Thailand MotoGP race “saved my life”

Marc Marquez admits the MotoGP Thailand Grand Prix being run in wet conditions “saved my life” as it made the race less physical for his recovering right arm.

Espargaro “couldn’t avoid” Binder clash that led to Thailand MotoGP penalty

Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro says he “couldn’t avoid” the collision with Brad Binder which netted him a long lap penalty in Sunday’s MotoGP Thailand Grand Prix.

Bagnaia credits Miller pep talk for wet Thailand MotoGP podium

Francesco Bagnaia credits his third-place finish in the wet MotoGP Thailand Grand Prix to a pep talk his Ducati team-mate Jack Miller gave him ahead of the race.

Zarco reveals Ducati issued instructions for battling MotoGP title hope Bagnaia

Johann Zarco has revealed Ducati has issued instructions for all Ducati riders to heed while battling 2022 MotoGP title hope Francesco Bagnaia.

MotoGP Thailand GP: Oliveira wins wet race, Quartararo woes blow title fight open

KTM’s Miguel Oliveira won a tense wet MotoGP Thailand Grand Prix as Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo’s championship lead has been slashed to two points after he struggled to 17th.

Thailand MotoGP race start delayed due to heavy rain

The 2022 MotoGP Thailand Grand Prix start has been delayed due to a torrential downpour flooding the circuit at Buriram.

Espargaro “can’t go faster” amid Thailand MotoGP woes

MotoGP championship contender Aleix Espargaro says he “can’t go faster” than he is on the Aprilia at the Thailand Grand Prix having struggled to 13th in qualifying.

Last corner key to “unexpected” maiden MotoGP pole for VR46 star Bezzecchi

Valentino Rossi protégé Marco Bezzecchi “didn’t expect” to score a maiden MotoGP pole at the Thailand Grand Prix, with a “very good last corner” key to his lap.

MotoGP Thailand GP: Bezzecchi snatches first pole for Valentino Rossi's team

Marco Bezzecchi snatched a maiden MotoGP pole for himself and Valentino Rossi’s team after beating Jorge Martin by 0.021 seconds in a thrilling Thailand Grand Prix qualifying.

MotoGP Thailand GP: Martin quickest for Ducati in FP3, Marquez to Q1

Pramac’s Jorge Martin topped third practice for the MotoGP Thailand Grand Prix despite a crash as Honda’s Marc Marquez failed to get into qualifying Q2 directly.

Marquez “used many lives” in Thailand MotoGP practice

Marc Marquez says he could “use many lives” in Friday’s MotoGP Thailand Grand Prix practice as he begins to feel like he can push harder on his recovering right arm.

Petrucci “thought I was slower than I was” in Thailand MotoGP return

Danilo Petrucci admits he “thought I was slower than I was” at the end of MotoGP Thailand Grand Prix practice on his first outing as Joan Mir’s Suzuki replacement.

Crutchlow "in severe pain" after heavy Thailand MotoGP practice crash

RNF Racing’s Cal Crutchlow says the ankle he badly broke in 2018 is “in severe pain” after suffering a heavy crash in second practice for the MotoGP Thailand Grand Prix.

Quartararo "didn't feel good" in Thailand MotoGP practice

MotoGP championship leader Fabio Quartararo says he “didn’t feel good” on his Yamaha in Thailand Grand Prix practice on Friday, but felt he was still quick.

MotoGP announces 2023 provisional calendar

MotoGP has revealed a provisional calendar for the 2023 season, which will feature 21 grands prix, 42 races in total and three triple-headers.

MotoGP Thailand GP: Zarco leads Bagnaia in FP2 as Ducati lock out top four

Pramac’s Johann Zarco led a Ducati 1-2-3-4 in second practice for the MotoGP Thailand Grand Prix from Francesco Bagnaia.

MotoGP gives India 2023 slot as full calendar expected soon

MotoGP has formally confirmed its first grand prix in India will take place in 2023, with a full provisional schedule expected to be announced soon.

MotoGP Thailand GP: Marquez tops tight FP1 despite crash

Honda’s Marc Marquez topped a tight opening practice for the MotoGP Thailand Grand Prix despite suffering a crash in the early part of the session.

Marquez “took more time than expected” to recover after Japan MotoGP race

Marc Marquez says his right arm “took more time than I expected” to recover following his first full MotoGP race distance since his fourth major arm operation three months ago.

Bagnaia “still thinking” about Motegi MotoGP crash a week on

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia admits he comes into this weekend’s MotoGP Thailand Grand Prix “still thinking” about his crash and problems he had last week in Japan.

Crutchlow: Quartararo “uncrackable” despite Yamaha MotoGP bike frustrations

Yamaha test rider Cal Crutchlow believes 2022 MotoGP championship leader Fabio Quartararo is “uncrackable” mentally given the problems he has faced with the bike.

How a MotoGP favourite’s return happened in a year ‘not even Hitchcock could script'

Having retired from MotoGP at the end of 2021, Danilo Petrucci finds himself with Suzuki this weekend for an unlikely Thailand Grand Prix outing.

Binder hopes Motegi MotoGP podium “sign of things to come” for KTM

KTM’s Brad Binder says he hopes his second-place finish in last weekend’s MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix “is a sign of things to come” for the Austrian marque.

“Having no time to brood” only positive of Suzuki’s final home MotoGP race

Suzuki team boss Livio Suppo says the fact the squad “doesn’t have time to brood” is “the only positive” of its disastrous final MotoGP race on home soil in Japan.

Crutchlow explains “panic” that hindered his Japan MotoGP race

Cal Crutchlow says a bike alarm on his way to the grid caused him to “panic” and forget to engage his starting devices, which hindered his MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix.

Nakagami to miss MotoGP Thailand GP for further surgery on injured finger

Takaaki Nakagami will miss MotoGP’s Thailand Grand Prix this weekend and undergo further surgery on his injured finger, with Tetsuta Nagashima coming in as cover.

MotoGP points leader Quartararo 'hasn't enjoyed racing for a while'

MotoGP championship leader Fabio Quartararo admits his struggles with the Yamaha in 2022 have led to him "not enjoying riding a bike in a race for a long time".

MotoGP announces race in Kazakhstan for 2023 season

MotoGP has unveiled its plans to stage a grand prix in Kazakhstan from the 2023 season.

Petrucci makes surprise MotoGP comeback with Suzuki in Thailand

Double MotoGP race winner Danilo Petrucci will make a surprise return to the series at the Thailand Grand Prix as Joan Mir’s replacement.

The talent-outweighing ambition that will kill Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP title hopes

OPINION: For the fourth time in 2022, Francesco Bagnaia has made a costly error while battling other riders. Crashing while chasing one point at the Japanese Grand Prix has lost him eight to a struggling Fabio Quartararo. With just four rounds remaining and a history of errors in high-pressure situations, Bagnaia and Ducati need a serious rethink to stop its best opportunity of a title in 15 years slipping away

Miller ‘didn’t know I had dominant Motegi MotoGP win in me’

Ducati’s Jack Miller admits he “didn’t know I had it in me” to dominate the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.

Marquez: Japanese GP first MotoGP race where “I didn’t feel pain"

Marc Marquez says Sunday’s MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix was the first race since badly breaking his right arm in 2020 where “I didn’t feel pain during the race”.

Bagnaia crashed out of Japan MotoGP race because he was “too ambitious”

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia says he crashed out of the last lap of the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix trying to overtake points leader Fabio Quartararo because he was “too ambitious”.

Quartararo laments “frustrating” Motegi MotoGP race

Championship leader Fabio Quartararo says his MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix was “frustrating” because he “cannot overtake at all” on his Yamaha after finishing eighth.

Espargaro explains ‘eco map’ issue that forced pre-race bike swap in Japan MotoGP

Aleix Espargaro says his Aprilia team forgetting to switch from an ‘eco’ engine map before the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix forced him into his pre-start bike swap.

MotoGP Japanese GP: Miller dominates, Bagnaia crashes as title rivals struggle

Jack Miller dominated the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix to salvage a dark day for Ducati’s 2022 title hopes, as team-mate Francesco Bagnaia crashed on the last lap.

MotoGP Japanese GP: Full Moto2 and Moto3 race results

Ai Ogura delighted home fans with victory in the Moto2 race at the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix, as Izan Guevara strengthened his Moto3 title hopes with a win.

Marquez “boy who cried wolf” when it comes to MotoGP race predictions

Ducati’s Jack Miller says Marc Marquez is “the boy who cried wolf” when it comes to dismissing his own chances of victory in MotoGP races.

Quartararo “a bit lost” in wet MotoGP Japanese GP qualifying

MotoGP championship leader Fabio Quartararo admits he was “a bit lost” in the wet qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix and “expected much better” than ninth.

Bagnaia slams “not acceptable” MotoGP Japanese GP qualifying result

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia insists there is “something not working” on his bike in wet conditions after ending MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix qualifying a “not acceptable” 12th.

Marquez: Japan MotoGP race “not the time” to think about comeback win

Marc Marquez says the Japanese Grand Prix is “not the time” to think about fighting for a comeback MotoGP win, despite ending a three-year pole drought on Saturday at Motegi.

MotoGP Japanese GP: Marquez scores first pole in three years in wet qualifying

Marc Marquez scored his first MotoGP pole position in three years after topping a wet Japanese Grand Prix qualifying, as the title challengers struggled.

Japan MotoGP qualifying to go ahead despite weather fears

Final practice for the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix has been cancelled due to poor weather at Motegi, but qualifying will go ahead.

MotoGP Japanese GP: Marquez tops wet FP2 amid typhoon threat

Honda’s Marc Marquez topped a red-flagged wet FP2 for the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix amid a typhoon threat for qualifying day at Motegi.

Nakagami ended Japan MotoGP practice with ‘glove full of blood’

LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami says he ended Friday’s MotoGP practice for the Japanese Grand Prix with his glove “full” of blood from a gruesome right-hand injury.

“Too competitive” Crutchlow “pissed off” to miss top 10 in Motegi MotoGP practice

RNF Yamaha stand-in Cal Crutchlow says he “must be too competitive” because he was “pissed off” to end Friday’s MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix practice in 17th.

“Full attack” MotoGP Motegi practice approach revealed race concerns for Marquez

Marc Marquez says the longer Friday practice for the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix allowed him to go “full attack”, but admits doing so in the race will be “difficult”.

Quartararo finding it “hard” to keep motivated against “beautiful” MotoGP rivals

Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo says the steps his rivals made in FP1 at the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix were “really beautiful”, which is “hard” to remain motivated through.

MotoGP Japanese GP: Miller leads Bagnaia in extended FP1

Jack Miller led a Ducati 1-2 in an extended FP1 for the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix as Aragon winner Enea Bastianini was only 14th after a late crash.

Moto2 team escapes uninjured from Motegi garage fire

Moto2 team Marc VDS Racing says none of its crew were harmed in a garage fire that broke out at Motegi on Thursday at the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix.

Why it's time to embrace MotoGP's friendly 2022 title battle

OPINION: MotoGP is in the grips of an exciting conclusion to its 2022 season as the top three in the standings are split by just 17 points with five races to go. Much has been made that there isn’t much rivalry between Fabio Quartararo, Francesco Bagnaia and Aleix Espargaro. But recent history and the shifting perspectives of the modern world mean we should look at the 2022 MotoGP title battle in a new, positive light

Espargaro “relaxed” about 2022 MotoGP title challenger status

Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro says he is “relaxed” about the fact he is fighting for the 2022 MotoGP title because he knows “I will have my chances” in the final races.

Marquez “felt ready” to fight in Aragon MotoGP race before lap one chaos

Marc Marquez says he is disappointed in the collisions in last week’s MotoGP Aragon Grand Prix because he “felt ready” to fight after “an amazing start”.