Why Yamaha won't have a Hulkenberg moment with Lorenzo
OPINION: In Valentino Rossi's enforced absence from the factory Yamaha, test rider Jorge Lorenzo should be a natural replacement. But where Nico Hulkenberg has shone when jumping into the deep end, some key factors suggest Lorenzo might struggle
COVID-19 has hung over the world like a shroud of misery this year, and no matter how many precautions are taken, MotoGP sadly isn't shielded from it casting its gaze upon the paddock. On Thursday, having felt unwell at home in Italy, nine-time grand prix world champion Valentino Rossi became the first premier class rider to test positive for the virus and will miss this weekend's Aragon Grand Prix.
Rossi admitted on his social media accounts on Thursday evening that next weekend's Teruel GP at Aragon is likely a "no go" for him. This comes a week after six Yamaha team members were forced to self-isolate in Andorra after one member was hit by the virus, while Moto2 rider Jorge Martin was forced out of the Misano double-header last month after testing positive.
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
Aragon MotoGP: Yamaha riders continue to dominate as Vinales tops FP2
Is Aragon make or break for Dovizioso's MotoGP title hopes?