MotoGP

[ad_1] Honda and Yamaha have dismissed reports they are interested in poaching Andrea Dovizioso from Ducati for the 2019 MotoGP season, despite the Italian’s sensational form this year. Dovizioso scored six race victories this season and was Marc Marquez’s main championship challenger, only falling short of denying the Honda rider in a dramatic Valencia season
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[ad_1] Staying with Honda will “always be” four-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez’s preferred choice over switching to a rival manufacturer, according to his manager Emilio Alzamora. Marquez secured his fourth premier class title in five years this season, and has only competed for the works Honda team since making his MotoGP debut in 2013. But
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[ad_1] Scott Redding says he expected Aprilia’s MotoGP bike to be “easier to ride” than the Ducati he has switched from and finds it “very demanding”. Former Pramac Ducati rider Redding is replacing Sam Lowes at Aprilia for 2018. Redding ended last week’s two-day Valencia MotoGP post-season test 19th-fastest in the combined times, two seconds
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[ad_1] The new fairing Yamaha introduced in the Valencia MotoGP test shows banning winglets last year was “a farce” designed to hamper Ducati, says Andrea Dovizioso. MotoGP banned aerodynamic winglets, which had been pioneered by Ducati, at the end of 2016 on safety grounds. Manufacturers subsequently compensated for the loss of winglets with aerodynamic fairings,
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[ad_1] Ducati MotoGP programme general manager Gigi Dall’Igna says telling Jorge Lorenzo to give up his position to Andrea Dovizioso during the Valencia finale was the team’s “misunderstanding”. Lorenzo was running ahead of title-chasing team-mate Dovizioso in fourth during the Valencia decider and was given the coded message ‘Suggested Mapping 8’ but declined to move
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[ad_1] Yamaha MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales both reverted to 2016 chassis for Sunday’s Valencia season finale. After Rossi and Vinales qualified only seventh and 13th respectively, the works Yamaha squad made a last-minute decision to switch to the same year-old bike specification Tech3 satellite rider Johann Zarco had used to take second
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