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

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

MotoGP: Rossi reflects on ’emotional’ factory Yamaha exit

Valentino Rossi says his final outing with the factory Yamaha MotoGP squad in the Portuguese Grand Prix was “an emotional moment”. Nine-time grand prix world champion Rossi has spent 15 years of his career with the works Yamaha squad, first joining it in 2004 and returning in 2013 following a

MotoGP champion Mir feels “free just to focus on the riding”

Suzuki’s Joan Mir admits he feels “free just to focus on the riding” now he is MotoGP world champion, following today’s Portuguese Grand Prix practice sessions. Mir said he felt “no difference” on track, after scoring his maiden MotoGP title – Suzuki’s first in 20 years – in just his