Ezpeleta not ruling out reduced 2021 MotoGP calendar

Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta says preserving MotoGP’s current competitiveness is more important than swelling the calendar again in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.  The global COVID-19 outbreak has forced MotoGP to trim down its 2020 calendar from 20 rounds to just 13 events across just eight circuits in

Dovizioso taken to hospital with suspected fracture

Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso has been taken to hospital in Italy to undergo checks on a suspected left collarbone break from a motocross crash. Dovizioso was taking part in a motocross race in the Emilia Romagna regional championship in Italy on Sunday when he crashed and landed on heavily

Smith taking mental steps ‘to go from tester to rider’

Bradley Smith has used the Misano test to alter his physical and mental preparation “from tester to rider” for Aprilia ahead of filling in for the suspended Andrea Iannone. One-time MotoGP race-winner Iannone is currently battling an 18-month ban for a doping violation after an illegal steroid was found in

MotoGP Podcast: The impact of Danilo Petrucci’s 2021 KTM move

The MotoGP rider market for 2021 continues to shake up as Danilo Petrucci is now set to join KTM in place of Honda-bound Pol Espargaro. Petrucci confirmed earlier this month that he will be leaving Ducati at the end of the year as his former Pramac team-mate Jack Miller moves

Mugello MotoGP race cancelled amid F1 rumours

MotoGP has announced it will not race at Mugello in a revised 2020 season, with this news coming amid rumours the circuit could host a Formula 1 round this year. The outbreak of COVID-19 forced MotoGP to cancel the Qatar Grand Prix back at the start of March, with the

Podcast: What next for KTM after Espargaro bombshell?

After the bombshell report from Motorsport.com last week that Pol Espargaro is set to join Honda in 2021, KTM faces an uncertain MotoGP future. Just as it looked to be heading towards the front of the MotoGP field, KTM has been dealt a blow by the impending loss of its

Petrucci would be ‘competitive right away’ in WSBK

Ousted Ducati MotoGP rider Danilo Petrucci would be “competitive right away” in World Superbike if he chose to switch to the series in 2021, according to his former team boss Francesco Guidotti. Petrucci clarified earlier this week that Jack Miller’s promotion to a factory ride with Ducati in 2021 has

Podcast: What Jack Miller will bring to Ducati in MotoGP

Ducati will bring in a fresh perspective to its 2021 MotoGP line-up after it signed Jack Miller on a one-year deal last week. Miller has been part of the Ducati stable since 2018 and has proven to be a valuable asset for the Italian marque in the development of the

KTM insists engine freeze won’t slow its progress

KTM insists that the MotoGP engine freeze introduced to control costs in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic will not affect its progress. The Austrian marque became the first to resume testing this week since the COVID-19 crisis placed the 2020 campaign on hold, as it undertook two days

Marquez ‘a bit worried’ about Honda contract pressure

Alex Marquez has admitted he is a “little bit worried” by the pressure of having limited time to prove himself worthy of a new Honda MotoGP contract this season. Reigning Moto2 champion Marquez was promoted to a works Honda ride for 2020 on a one-year contract, but the coronavirus-induced delay