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

MotoGP

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

MotoGP

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

MotoGP

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

Puig named as new Honda MotoGP team boss

As predicted by Motorsport.com, Puig, 50, takes over the role from Livio Suppo, who announced his departure from Honda last November.The Spaniard will report to HRC race operations manager Tetsuhiro Kuwata, and will combine his new role with his

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

Yamaha warns of six-way rider market spending war

All 12 of the factory riders in the premier class will be out of contract at the end of 2018, with deals covering 2019 and beyond expected to be signed in the opening part of the year.The arrival of KTM for the 2017 campaign alongside Suzuki, Aprilia, Yam

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

Rossi's team would get Yamaha satellite priority over Tech 3

Rossi, who turns 39 in February and is out of contract after this season, has been strongly linked to a team boss role when he chooses to retire from grand prix motorcycle racing.His VR46 team already competes in Moto2 and Moto3, and Dorna boss Carmelo Ez

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

MotoGP

Morbidelli my most talented rider since Nakano - Marc VDS boss

Bartholemy spent five years with Kawasaki between 2004 and 2009, first as team coordinator before being promoted to team manager when the Japanese marque split with Harald Eckl in late 2006.Nakano joined Kawasaki in 2004 and instantly impressed with

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