MotoGP

Dovizioso rejects Ducati's initial contract offer

Dovizioso, who has been with Ducati since 2013 and finished runner-up to Honda's Marc Marquez last year, has a contact that runs to the end of 2018 - and has been in negotiations with the Borgo Panigale firm over an extension.Team manager Davide Tardozzi

MotoGP

Vinales can "smell victory" after strong COTA showing

Renowned COTA master Marc Marquez beat Vinales to victory by 3.5 seconds, but the Yamaha rider was clearly best of the rest, finishing ahead of third-place man Andrea Iannone by a similar margin.Teammate Valentino Rossi finished fourth in the works Yamaha

MotoGP

Rossi says strong Honda MotoGP form "worrying"

Marquez went virtually unchallenged at the Circuit of the Americas, cruising to his sixth successive win at the Texas venue on Sunday while Yamaha rider Rossi could do no better than fourth.It follows Honda’s first win of the season in Argentina, which

MotoGP

Zarco chooses KTM over Honda for 2019 move

The Frenchman has been linked to a KTM move since last year, although Honda and Suzuki are both known to have also been interested in securing Zarco's services for next season.It's understood the Tech 3 Yamaha rider reached a verbal agreement during last

MotoGP

Crutchlow: "I'm not a sixth-place rider anymore"

The LCR Honda rider was running behind Johann Zarco's Tech 3 Yamaha in sixth when he lost the front and crashed at Turn 20 on lap eight.He remounted and went on to finish out of the points in 19th place.Explaining the incident, Crutchlow said he couldn't

MotoGP

Pedrosa "totally finished" after "unthinkable" COTA result

Pedrosa sustained a fractured right radius after a highside crash on the opening lap in the previous round in Argentina, and underwent surgery 10 days before the start of the Austin weekend.While he was cleared to ride at the Circuit of the Americas, Pedr

MotoGP

Lorenzo: Austin performance "difficult to accept"

Lorenzo was the top Ducati on the COTA grid in sixth, but struggled massively in race trim, finishing 31 seconds behind race winner Marc Marquez in 11th.This meant the three-time champion is left with only six points from the first three races, continu

MotoGP

Miller rode with shoulder tear, cracked collarbone

The Aussie admits he kept his injury quiet heading into the weekend, first revealing that he was carrying a tear to his rotator cuff and a crack in his collarbone after qualifying 18th on Saturday.He opened up on the injuries more after finishing a credib

Sport

Motorcycling: Marquez wins in Texas for sixth year in a row

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Honda's reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez ran away with the Grand Prix of the Americas for the sixth year in a row on Sunday to take his first victory of the season in dominant fashion.

MotoGP

Marquez: Argentina criticism gave me "special motivation"

Marquez came in for criticism after an aggressive approach in Argentina, in which he clashed with Aleix Espargaro and Valentino Rossi, receiving a 30-second time drop for the latter incident.Marquez typically dominated at the Circuit of the Americas, maki

MotoGP

Austin MotoGP: Marquez romps to sixth COTA victory

Having been demoted to fourth place on the grid from pole for blocking Maverick Vinales in qualifying, Marquez leapt to second into Turn 1 as Andrea Iannone scorched into an early lead.The Suzuki man's time in the lead proved short-lived however, as Marqu

MotoGP

Austin MotoGP: Marquez leads Vinales in warm-up

Marquez, who was demoted from pole to fourth on the grid for blocking Maverick Vinales in qualifying, took the top spot in the opening part of the 20-minute session, and held it throughout barring a brief interlude when Andrea Iannone nudged 0.150s ahead

MotoGP

Marquez explains Vinales block in Austin qualifying

Vinales was on a quick lap and set to challenge Marquez's provisional pole benchmark when he came up on the Honda rider in the final sector and was forced to back out, gesticulating angrily at Marquez as he rode past.He recovered with his nest lap, finish

MotoGP

Marquez gets three-place penalty for blocking Vinales

Honda rider Marquez was placed under investigation at the end of qualifying for blocking Vinales at Turn 15 while the Yamaha rider was on a hot lap.The reigning champion had provisionally scored his sixth successive pole at the Circuit of the Americas a

Sport

Motorcycling: Marquez on provisional pole in Texas for sixth year running

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Honda's MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez crashed but still took pole position for the Grand Prix of the Americas for the sixth year in a row on Saturday, pending a stewards' investigation.

MotoGP

Austin MotoGP: Marquez on pole, but under investigation

Marquez predictably led the opening runs at the Austin, Texas track with a best lap of 2m04.134s, giving himself a 0.394s buffer over nearest challenger Valentino Rossi.But the reigning champion lost the front end of his works Honda at Turn 13 mere mome

MotoGP

Austin MotoGP: Marquez tops rain-disrupted FP3

Marquez was among the few riders to better his Friday laptime before weather intervened, and ended up four tenths clear of nearest rival Johann Zarco, who likewise posted his personal best lap of the weekend.The Frenchman had looked set to miss out on an

MotoGP

Marquez wary of Vinales threat in Austin

Honda rider Marquez has never lost at Austin since the track was added to the calendar in 2013, but ended up second-fastest on the opening day of action of COTA behind Suzuki's Andrea Iannone.Vinales - who is in the midst of an 11-month win drought - wa

MotoGP

MotoGP to impose tougher penalties after clashes

Tougher measures were agreed to in Friday's Safety Commission meeting at Austin, which was attended by most riders following the controversy surrounding Marc Marquez's aggressive riding at Termas de Rio Hondo.The world champion, recovering from an earlier

MotoGP

Austin MotoGP: Iannone tops FP2 as Marquez crashes

Having spent much of the session playing second fiddle to Honda’s Marc Marquez, Iannone pulled out an amazing lap of 2m04.599s in the dying moments to beat Marquez – the renowned master of Austin – by 0.056s.Weather conditions remained cool at the

MotoGP

Dovizioso says Austin bumps remain “very, very bad”

Many complained last season about the large amount of bumps in certain parts of the Grand Prix of the Americas venue, which hosts the third round of the championship this weekend. Ahead of this year’s race, event organisers attempted to mitigate the

MotoGP

Austin MotoGP: Marquez leads Rossi in first practice

Marquez sat atop the timesheets virtually throughout the 45-minute session at the Circuit of the Americas, a track where the Spaniard is unbeaten, ending up setting a best time of 2m05.530s.The Honda rider was more than a second clear of the field in the

MotoGP

Lorenzo: Stewards, not riders, at fault for MotoGP aggression

The debate over MotoGP penalties has been reignited following a controversial Argentine Grand Prix, where reigning champion Marc Marquez was punished for clashes with Aleix Espargaro and Valentino Rossi.The Rossi incident sanction took Marquez out of the

MotoGP

Vinales not "obsessed" over 11-month win drought

Vinales opened his Yamaha career with back-to-back victories at the start of 2017 and followed it up with another win at Le Mans two rounds later to build a healthy lead in the standings.But the Spaniard's form then dipped and he slipped out of contention

Formula 1

MotoGP Americas 2018 practice one: Start time, TV channel, live stream and circuit info for the Grand Prix in Austin, Texas

MOTOGP returns for the third race of the season – the Grand Prix of the Americas. Brit Cal Crutchlow was the surprise winner in a race that ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous in Argentina. In a farcical start, Jack Miller was the only rider a

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