MotoGP: Why Franco Morbidelli missed out on factory Yamaha

Yamaha MotoGP team principal Lin Jarvis says 2020 runner-up Franco Morbidelli deserves a factory-spec M1, but it simply wasn’t possible to give him one for 2021. Morbidelli is the only one of Yamaha’s four riders in 2021 not to have factory-supported current-spec machinery, with the Italian remaining on the lesser

Honda to remain in MotoGP for five more years

The Honda Racing Corporation will remain in the MotoGP world championship until the end of 2026, after signing a new five-year deal with Dorna Sports. Honda has been a mainstay in the world championship since it made its full-time return to grand prix racing’s premier class in 1982, winning the

Thailand MotoGP cancellation reports “a misunderstanding”

Reports the 2021 MotoGP Thailand Grand Prix has been shelved by the government were a “misunderstanding”, according to a spokesperson from the Buriram circuit. On Tuesday reports surfaced in the Bangkok Press that the local Thai government had taken the decision to postpone the beginning of its new MotoGP contract

MotoGP news: 2021 Thailand GP set to be cancelled

Thailand’s government has taken the decision to cancel the 2021 MotoGP race due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to reports in the country. Thailand was one of the first races to drop off the original 2020 calendar and never returned to the revised schedule as MotoGP promoters Dorna Sports

MotoGP: Dovizioso “ready” if Honda needs Marquez replacement

Andrea Dovizioso’s manager Simone Battistella says his rider is “ready” should Honda call him up to stand in for the still-recovering Marc Marquez during the 2021 MotoGP season.  Marquez underwent a third operation in December on the broken right arm which ruled him out of the 2020 MotoGP campaign, and

LCR commits to MotoGP for five more years

The satellite LCR squad has announced it will remain in MotoGP through to 2026 having signed a new deal with Dorna Sports and the International Race Teams Association. Lucio Cecchinello’s outfit was founded by the Italian in 1996 when he raced in the 125cc world championship, with the squad expanding

KTM reveals first pictures of Oliveira as factory MotoGP rider

KTM has revealed its first pictures of double MotoGP race winner Miguel Oliveira as part of its factory team line-up for 2021 alongside Brad Binder. Oliveira made his MotoGP debut in 2019 with KTM at the satellite Tech3 squad, remaining with Herve Poncharal’s outfit in 2020 despite being asked to

Why Suzuki’s Brivio replacement must come from within

With its charismatic leader Davide Brivio leaving for Formula 1, the Suzuki MotoGP squad he turned into a world championship-winning force in 2020 has a major recruitment headache that it needs to resolve carefully. Brivio’s departure from Suzuki leaves the Japanese factory with a huge dilemma: whether to find a

MotoGP working on Sepang test without quarantines

MotoGP is working with the Malaysian government to allow the paddock to go to the first pre-season test in the country without having to serve a minimum quarantine period. Travel restrictions remain in place worldwide heading into 2021 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, with countries tightening their borders in the

Yamaha “confident” in MotoGP engine reliability for 2021

Yamaha is confident in the reliability of its engines for the 2021 MotoGP season, having been hampered early in 2020 by technical issues. The Japanese marque suffered mechanical problems on several of its engines across the Jerez weekends in July, with Valentino Rossi, Maverick Vinales and Franco Morbidelli all losing