How a new world-class series 'without the bull****' is faring
If you recall anything about MotoE's first season, chances are the fire that wrecked its paddock will come to mind. But where the on-track action is concerned, the series' quirks - a result of technological limitations - have given it a unique identity
As the newest addition to Dorna's family of championships sharing the ticket with its main attraction MotoGP, MotoE has inevitably looked like a quirky oddity in its inaugural season - what with its ultra-short calendar, ultra-short races and extremely eclectic grid, the biggest name on which is an ex-MotoGP race winner returning after a decade's hiatus.
Even in the paddock itself it inescapably sticks out like a sore thumb, standing by itself away from the main MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 facilities, its bikes either grouped in the single-building garage tent or at the recharging stations.
Surname pressure is something many have had to deal with in their motorsport careers. And while Luca Marini doesn’t have that, his familial relation and the team he rides for in MotoGP have cast a brighter spotlight on his progress. But, as he has shown in 2022 – and as he reveals to Autosport – Marini is so much more than just the brother of a legend
Reigning MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo had a 91-point lead over rival Francesco Bagnaia after the German Grand Prix, a seemingly impregnable gap to overcome in the remaining 10 races. But as the Frenchman struggled for pace with his Yamaha, Bagnaia stormed back into contention and swept to Ducati's first riders' title since 2007
After a run on Honda's 2023 prototype MotoGP bike, six-time champion Marc Marquez made his pessimism clear with his initial reaction. But the Japanese marque has made leadership changes behind closed doors - and a more representative bike promised for the Malaysia test in February could placate Marquez
While new MotoGP champion Francesco Bagnaia might not be the loudest rider on the grid, his calm exterior belies a steely backbone. His part in turning around Ducati's fortunes at the start of the year, when displeased with a new engine concept, shows the strength of his character
OPINION: Despite the superiority exhibited by the Ducati in 2022, the context in which Francesco Bagnaia became MotoGP world champion means that both the rider and the Italian marque merit the same recognition that the brand and Casey Stoner received after their 2007 title
OPINION: MotoGP’s fifth last round showdown of the modern era delivered a tense finale despite the predictable outcome, as Francesco Bagnaia ended 15 years of pain for Ducati. But as emotions ran high for the Italian marque, a final victory for a departing Japanese rival tinged the campaign’s conclusion with sadness
Since Ducati announced the arrival of Enea Bastianini to its factory team for 2023, the staging of the four-time race winner has strained the atmosphere within the Italian manufacturer, which has raised its guard in anticipation of what may happen between him and championship favourite Francesco Bagnaia
Zarco joins LCR Honda for final three MotoGP races of 2019
LCR MotoGP team boss says he surprised Honda with Zarco idea