MotoGP

Who could replace Folger at Tech 3 in 2018?

 Kohta NozaneYamaha test rider Nozane was the first rider to stand in for Folger when the German was first struck down by illness, and is the most convenient choice to replace him for 2018.Nozane is already under contract to Yamaha, and made a good imp

MotoGP

Folger will not race in 2018 due to illness

Folger was forced to miss the final four rounds of the 2017 season, as well as post-season testing, after being diagnosed with ‘Gilbert’s syndrome’, a genetic ailment that had rendered the German bedridden.Initially, it was expected th

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Ducati could feature e-cigarette branding in 2018

Although Ducati hasn't had Marlboro as an official title sponsor since 2010, it has maintained a close relationship with parent company Philip Morris, which also retains ties with the Ferrari Formula 1 team.Now the tobacco giant is poised to market its IQ

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MotoGP needs football-style transfer window - Smith

This year's 'silly season' is set to be frantic, as almost the entire grid - including all 12 factory riders - are out of contract for the 2019 campaign.In 2016, numerous major deals were announced early in the season, with Smith agreeing a switc

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Ducati warns it won’t repeat “extraordinary” Lorenzo contract

Like the majority of the field, both Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso are out of contract at the end of the 2018 season, with Dovizioso’s strong 2017 form in particular expected to make him a key player in the silly season.The Italian is likely to comm

MotoGP

Kiefer secures Moto2 future with single-bike entry

The team was set to be bought by former racer David Pickworth over the winter following the tragic death of team owner Stefan Kiefer during the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend.However, the deal – which would have seen the team field two KTMs for Aeger

MotoGP

Lorenzo admits current rider market value “not high”

The three-time premier class champion joined the Italian manufacturer after nine years with Yamaha, but found the transition from the YZR-M1 to the vastly different Desmosedici a difficult one.Steadily adapting to the Ducati across the year, Lorenzo ended

MotoGP

Ducati reveals 2018 MotoGP livery

The Italian manufacturer unveiled its revised colour scheme during a launch event on Monday morning at its Borgo Panigale headquarters, where Dovizioso and Lorenzo were on hand.Ducati is not expected to reveal its definitive GP18 machine until Sepang test

MotoGP

Pramac in talks with Bagnaia for 2019 MotoGP seat

The Italian squad, which signed Jack Miller from Marc VDS Honda to join Danilo Petrucci this year, is close to agreeing terms with Bagnaia, who finished fifth in last year's Moto2 standings as the top rookie.Bagnaia, 21, will contest a second season of Mo

MotoGP

Manufacturers back plan to cut back MotoGP testing

With two scheduled additions to the calendar over the next two years, it is expected that MotoGP will only host two pre-season tests to compensate for the expanded schedule from 2019.The introduction of Thailand to the calendar in 2018 will result i

MotoGP

Lorenzo: I'm a better rider than I was two years ago

After nine years with Yamaha, Lorenzo switched to Ducati for 2017, though found adapting to the Desmosedici a difficult task as he endured his first winless year in the premier class.He ended the campaign seventh in the standings on 137 points, and wit

MotoGP

Ducati braced for “difficult negotiation” to retain Dovizioso

Dovizioso enjoyed a breakthrough campaign with the Italian manufacturer last year, winning no fewer than six races and taking the championship battle with Marc Marquez down to the final race.However, the 31-year-old – along with almost the entire p

MotoGP

Aprilia should "redefine" goals for 2018, says Espargaro

In his first season with the Italian manufacturer, Espargaro finished 15th in the championship standings, taking a best result of sixth place in both the season opener in Qatar and later in Aragon.The Spaniard's year also included eight non-finishes amid

MotoGP

MotoGP rivals support Suzuki regaining concessions

After a difficult 2017 season in which it failed to score a single top-three finish, Suzuki once again has the right to perform unlimited engine development and testing with its factory riders in 2018.It originally had these rights prior to last year, but

MotoGP

Marquez must be less aggressive or risk injury - Schwantz

Marquez, whose style is characterised by always riding on the limit, suffered 27 crashes in 2017, more than anyone in MotoGP except Aprilia rookie Sam Lowes.The Honda rider also barely avoided falling in the season finale in Valencia while fighting for th

MotoGP

Dovizioso has "no doubt" about 2018 title challenge

Dovizioso enjoyed a breakthrough 2017 campaign, winning six races and taking the championship fight to Marquez down to the very last race of the year in Valencia.The 31-year-old had only won a single race for Ducati prior to the start of the year, and onl

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